Robert Engle

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  1. There are no definitive records on the number of antique Buicks still on the road, let alone their condition of unrestored, restored or modified. The only known record comes from the BCA roster. There are 8 1932 56S cars listed with BCA. I can be reached at Bob Engle
  2. Welcome to the 32 Buick world. I would be glad to answer any questions you may have. What are your plans for the car? Keep it like it is and enjoy driving it? restoring to correct condition and appearance? These cars are good drivers and function best when driven frequently. There are many items that are not original or correct. This is not a criticism, as the car looks great and should give a lot of enjoyment as it is. I prefer not to dwell on the non original issues unless you want me to. This forum is to encourage owners, not respond negatively. Feel free to PM me if you want any info. Bob Engle
  3. Mac's method of displaying badges. Bob Engle
  4. I have some clockwork parts, but no hands, face or bezel. Bob Engle
  5. Take the rod out of one side. Make a plate to mount the base mounts for the Optima onto. Attach the plate to your tray and you are in business. Bob Engle
  6. Here's some photos of the Sandoz clock. I've been after Mac for several years to make another batch on lenses for the clock. Maybe this year?? Bob Engle
  7. I found some older photos of the 50 series engine pans for your reference. Bob Engle
  8. Some photos of 32-58 engine pans. Sorry for the dust and dirt on the parts. Too cold for cleaning. Bob Engle
  9. There is a factory stock clock delete that covers the hole in the glove box door if the clock was not ordered with the car. It had the woodgrain pattern on the metal surface. Bob Engle
  10. I believe you are talking about the rear mount for the engine bay side pans. The pans are bolted to the bottom flange of the frame, Spring attached at the rear to the flywheel cover and the front is bolted to the crossmember. Diver side is a 2 piece pan bolted around the exhaust pipe. I'll take photos of my 32-58 tomorrow morning and post them. These pans are frequently missing as mechanics didn't feel like working around them. A 1/4"x 20 hex head bolt goes down through the spring and bolts to the pans. Bob Engle
  11. I set the optima batteries diagonally in the battery tray on my Model A Ford, my 1917 D45 Buick and my 1932 Model 58 Buick. There is a company that makes a battery using the same technology as the Optima called Odessy. The price is significantly higher. Remember, that you are not constrained to placing an Optima vertically. It will function well in any way you put it. Or the alternative is to just accept changing the battery every 3 to 4 years. Bob Engle
  12. You should have sychronizers in your transmission. My 1932 Buick has a sychromesh transmission. Low gear will not have sychronizers, but second and third will. Bob Engle
  13. I have seen several 32 Buicks (mine included) that had a strip of material attached to the top back of the back cushion. A strip of about 1"X 1" wood was attached to the strip of material and then this wood strip was fastened with wood screws to the back Body wood. If I get some good weather, I'll pull my seat cushions out of storage and take some photos. I won't guarantee that this is correct, but I have seen several cars this way. Bob Engle
  14. I have an unrestored 1917 D45. I would be glad to talk with you about my experiences to date. Dean Tryon out of Wake Forest maintains a 1915 to 1918 Registry. You do not need to join any other clubs to get his newsletters. If you sign up for his newsletter, you will get a digital copy of all the newsletters, a list of members and an index of all tech info in his newsletters. The D series cars in 1916 and 1917 were 115"wheel base and the late 1917 and 1918 E series cars were a 124 " wheel base. There can be some debate about cars in the transition from one model to the other and the actual year of the cars. Send me a PM and I will send you my phone number, email address and home address. Bob Engle '