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  1. I'm trying to find clamps that look like the original for my fresh air duct and heater hose. Does it have a particular name for the clamp?
  2. When I did my rebuild for the 1940 it was cheaper to machine the rods to take insert bearings. I'm sure in the US though you could find someone who rebabbits rods much cheaper then what in was quoted.
  3. Thanks @Gary W. I didn't think to paint the weights black. You barely notice them
  4. From illustrations and original photographs I've seen I think they are the original washers. There is about a 3/64" gap next to the long stud and yes a much larger gap next to the last stud.
  5. You are probably right. They have been indoors the whole time, I was driving on them 7 years ago however i dont think it's worth the risk to continue using them now
  6. Thanks, i will definitely look at getting new ones. Would be a disaster to have a crash after restoring a car because the old tyres were kept
  7. The tyres are about 20-25 years old. Tread barely worn. Should I be worried about the rubber deteriorating? Is it possible to hide tyre weights under the metal trim?
  8. Repainted the rims and added the silver stripes. First attempt was with a brush, using a jack to keep the brush steady and turning the wheel on the axle as the paint was applied. Started off okay but then the paint would thin out on the brush and more paint on the brush needed and was difficult keeping a consistent width from stopping to starting again. Even worse for the thinner outer lines. Decided to go with paint marker pens and was able to do a complete rotation of the wheel with a much more consistent width. Sprayed a clear coat over the top. Top left was using brush for wider line. Bottom were done with the marker pens End result The before photo
  9. I'm getting my engine ready to go back on chassis but am making sure I've torqued everything correctly after running engine. I have good clearance around the studs except the last 2 at the firewall end being in close contact with the manifold(see photo). What are your thoughts on the clearance? I believe the washes I have are the originals? The are quitethick, flat with a small raised outer edge on the side that rest on the manifold and more rounded on the nut face. Belleville washes as I understood them have a slight curve in them. Was there ever a washer on the longer stud with the thick metal piece that clamps the end of the manifold? Not not thread left on the stud so I would imagine not Looked on Bob's website but didnt see washers. Old Buick Parts had washes for the exhaust.
  10. I believe this mechanics jacket dates to the 1950s. Does anybody know anything about the patch? Was it a Buick dealership? I have another spare patch to and have also seen same the same logo on a belt buckle on ebay.
  11. Is the engine the original 248ci or been replaced with a 263?
  12. We both learned something 🙂. What car do you have? Btw as for the different lengths of the drag link springs I tested the springs by applying wieght and measuring the travel distance. Converting the measurements of the springs to a percentage they were very close. I added the difference of length to the spring stop by welding on some more round steel. Then tightened up plug in the rod until the stops bottomed out and backed off the specified 3 to 3.5 turns. Only difference being the plug sticks out about a 1/4 inch before that there was plenty of thread to allow that.
  13. My apologies I was just stating what it was and I was confused as to what you were getting at. Maybe other models/makes you do keep it dry but the 1940 manual states: "When inspecting or replacing front wheel bearings, it should be determined that the inner race is free to revolve on the steering knuckle. Polishing steering knuckle and applying bearing lubricant will afford clearance and prevent rust forming between race and knuckle. The bearing inner races are designed to creep on knuckles in order to afford a constantly changing load contact" I dont have any experience in old cars apart from this 1940 Buick so if I read something in the manual i just assume its standard practice for other cars of the era but I have been learning Buick tended to do alot of things differently from other manufacturers
  14. That is wheel bearing grease on the front steering knuckle
  15. Sorted the spring problem in the draglink and reassembled. Also cleaned brakes, painted and reassembled. Only had to buy new springs as old once were a little stretched.