Robert Engle

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  1. I have a diaphragm out of a 32 50 series Buick fuel pump that looks like it might work. Material is .036" thick on an old unit. Bob's sells rebuild kits for the 32 Buick fuel pumps. Bob Engle
  2. I would question the use of high grade bolts. You don't want to increase the torque value for the head bolts. Stressing the castings and threads are not a good idea. Think of the bolts as springs, High grade steels will have higher spring rates. I am a believer in installing hardened washers under the head bolts to prevent damage to the cylinder head. Bob Engle
  3. normal gravity pressure is 1/2 #per foot of elevation. what pressure does your electric pump produce? I assume that you have a needle and seat in the vacuum tank. This could be leaking and flooding the vacuum tank. Bob Engle
  4. About the closest you can get to finding the car is to join the BCA and get their roster of members listed cars by year and model. Then you can make contact with members that have your year model and share your engine and body numbers with them. It's unlikely that you will find the car, but you would get to meet some great BCA members in the process. Bob Engle
  5. With the float filling most of the bowl, It does not take much gas to fill to operating level. Many people put the electric pumps in just for this initial fill. I know that some people only put two screws in the caps so they only have to remove and loosen the other to swivel the cap out of the way. I don't think the top vent hole will work well as there would be no direction for the air to escape. Small fuel bowl, open system and a hot engine bay will cause evaporation quickly. Bob Engle
  6. Lacquer does respond differently than modern paints. It will soften and bond into the old paint. That's not a problem, in fact it can make it easier. I would use the preval to spray some primer. The spray can with lacquer should be fine. Fortunately with lacquer, you can easily add additional coats, so don't get too heavy with the first coat. Bob Engle
  7. It's hard to give an exact answer. It depends on you r skills, what type of paint you have and tools to work with it. I will list several things that will need to be done. 1. you must sand the bare metal to be free of rust. 300 grit will give you a good surface for your primer. 2. You must prime to get acceptable results. 3.The edges of the existing paint must be feathered to the bare metal. 4. when masking off the area to be painted, fold the tape edge that faces the repair area under. This will allow the paint to feather out under the tape. If you just apply tape, you will get a sharp edge when the tape is removed. This will be hard to get smooth. After painting, I wet sand with 600 grit, then move to 1,000 grit and and finally 2000 grit. At this point, you can compound and then buff for a smooth shiny finish. For small areas like this, I don't have a small paint gun , so I have had good luck with a Preval spray gun. You can buy these at Lowes. No need for an air line as they have a small pressure tank with the preval system. I would recommend that you practice on a scrap panel first. Whatever you do, you can always sand back to bare metal and try again. Bob Engle
  8. When I hung the doors on my 32 Buick, I wrapped heavy blankets around the top door frame and used my engine hoist with a woven strap wrapped on the door frame. It worked very well and the doors were easy to handle. Bob Engle
  9. I like to have undersized pins, so as soon as you get one pin out, slip the undersize pin in. It helps to keep the door from getting away from you. I do the same on hanging the doors, the undersized pins are asy get in and easy to replace with the correct sizie press fit pins. Bob Engle
  10. Definitley not a 32 heat riser. 1932, for all series, the heat came from the valve on the front of the exhaust manifold. I'me not sure what year they went to the center heat collection. Bob Engle
  11. The problem with cracks in the water jacket behind the lifters is that cracks here will leak water into the oil system and isn't noticeable like cracks on the exterior. Bob Engle
  12. Don't try to sell it in Connecticut! To register a vehicle there, a state trooper will physically look at the the old title and the car VIN?? number. If they don't match, no title will be issued. Bob Engle
  13. Find someone with a battery tester that can measure cold cranking amps and see if the battery is putting out enough amps. Bob Engle
  14. I believe they were originally just pressed into the die cast material. In time diecast swells and the tubes come loose. I've seen a number of they in this condition. I would just apply some JB Weld to lock it in. Bob Engle
  15. The tank on my 32 -58 was in terrible shape. I sent the tank to Rock Valley and they built a new stainless steel tank with the original filler, vent and sending unit components from my original tank. That was 15 years ago and cost $350 at that time. No coatings on the interior to fail, no corrosion with the SS. Bob Engle