John Jacques

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  1. Thanks Bloo for the great advice. I did what you suggested and found that I did have 6+ volts at the + side of the coil. However when I tested the - side of the coil there was power at the points opened or closed. When I first started working on this problem, I made a new wire which ran from the binding post on the distributer to the points, because the original one was very frayed. I did not, at that time, realize that the wire had both steel and copper strands. The one I made was made of copper only, so that may have been one problem. The other problem was that I had only one wire, not two. Just now I ordered the two wire set, and expect them to be delivered in about 1 week. I'll let you know how it turns out. Thanks again, Jakes.
  2. It's me again, Jakes. It's back again, no spark. In my last entry I mention that after installing a new coil, points & condenser it had very good spark. Well, didn't last that long. It was cranking and producing a very good spark. I thought that finally after over 20 years not starting (due to restoration and a professional engine rebuild) it would fire up. It tried to start a number of times, then that dreaded no spark issue returned. I rechecked everything that I could think of but nothing worked. I'm lost, again. Thanks for any help that you may provide.
  3. Well, I purchased a new set of points and installed them. To my surprise the engine fired right up. Thanks again to all of your suggestions. I'm sure that I'll be using this forum again, and again, Jakes out. Marty I agree with you, if the old one can be fixed, fix it.
  4. Thanks for all of your replies. The points looked like they were new, but I did clean them up by sanding and filing very lightly. Looks like I will probably get new ones anyway, and try again. I am aware that even new condensers can be bad, that is why I installed a new one. So, what is the best way to make sure you have a good condenser??? As mentioned in my original entry, the engine turns over very easily, so I do not believe that a starter draw is a factor. For some reason I neglected to send the above reply. After reading all of your replies, I located an old set of points that came with the car when I purchased it, I cleaned them and installed. BINGO, I had excellent spark, now I can break the engine in. WRONG! After turning the engine over a few extra times to make sure I still had a good spark, it failed again. Back to scratching my head. I'll head out now to the auto parts store and get a new set of points. After the new points are installed, I will respond, hopefully a positive reply. Thanks again, Jakes
  5. I'm attempting to start (for the first time) a 1937 Buick Opera Coupe that I recently purchased from an estate. The vehicle had been in a 20 year restoration project by the previous owner (now deceased). The engine was professionally rebuilt and has not been fired up. The engine does turn over very easily, but does not start. It has new plug wires, points, cap, rotor, condenser, coil, and a rebuilt carb. My problem is that I do not have spark. The timing has been set, and am getting power to the new coil. With an ohm meter check the points (when opened) and there isn't any continuity, so that's OK. The distributor does have good ground. I'm pulling my hair out, can anybody help me out. Thanks, Jakes
  6. I agree, looks exactly like the one in my 1937 Buick.
  7. Thank you, that will help me a great deal in my search.
  8. Hi Marty, I am not familiar with Mr. Seybold, How do I contact him?
  9. I don't think that all telescoping supports would be the same because of the difference in travel length from deck lids to deck lids, some opening more (or less) than others. If someone that has a coupe with this type of support could measure its length, that would be greatly appreciated. Jakes
  10. I am in the need for a pair of telescoping deck lid supports. I do have the elbow arm type but would prefer the telescoping style. Thanks, Jakes.
  11. MrEarl, no, I do not Instagram. With the help of Dave Tacheny, I did purchase from him a set of the spare tire covers. I received these parts yesterday, and for a very reasonable price. Therefore, my search for the center covers now has come to an end. However, the covers did not come with the center stainless steel rings, nor the Buick badge trims. I do have a set of the Buick badge trims which I will attempt to remove the small dings and re-use. I will be posting a search for these trim rings and for a set of deck lid telescoping supports. Thank you very much for all of your help, it was greatly appreciated. Jakes
  12. Thanks Matthew, I already contacted Dave. He'll get back to me on the floor plate as well as the 2 spare tire wheel covers I'm looking for. Thanks again, Jakes By the way, my Club membership application is in the mail.
  13. Hi everyone, another part that I am looking for is the brake/clutch floor cover plate. The vehicle that needs this part is a 1937 Buick coupe 37-46. Thanks, Jakes
  14. Thanks for that info, mine's is a series 40. I prefer to purchase the correct covers. Therefore the search for the covers will continue. Sorry MrEarl, thanks but I am going to have to pass on your offer. Hope you understand.
  15. Beautiful car Marty, looks like the covers are the same that MrEarl has. Thanks again, Jakes
  16. MCHinson, on second thought, I think your right, I'll install the gutters. Also, I just printed off the membership application, and will drop it this the mail soon. Thanks again,
  17. MrEarl, I think the covers are what I am looking for. Do you know what's the difference between 36 and 37, and if the Coupe covers are the same as the Roadmaster's? Both are 16". Asking price and shipping cost to 48001 (Michigan)? Thanks, Jakes MCHinson, thanks for the info regarding Dave Tacheny. I'll contact him, as I'm hearing his name come up a lot as a good source for Pre War Buick parts.
  18. Thank you very much for your reply and the 1937 restoration process by Gary W. I certainly will use this as a guide to my restoration. I know now why I do not see these rain gutters in images on line. Think I'll leave them off. Thanks again for all of your help, Jakes
  19. Thanks for the information regarding the rain gutters, I'll check it out tomorrow. As far as my other question goes, it's not the garnish molding I am referring. What I was referring to is what would go in the space between the door glass (when rolled up) and the outside door panel. And same on the other side of the glass to garnish molding. Is it a plain w/strip with or without chrome edging, or maybe a cat whisker? Hope this explains it better. These are the piece I would like to purchase separately, not in a set, as I have all the other door w/strips. Thanke, Jakes
  20. Thanks for the information Pete. I'll contact Trenton. Thanks again for the quick response. Jakes
  21. Hope you can help me. I am looking for two fender spare tire covers. I do have the surround sections, the inside covers (4), and the top trims. All that I am looking for is the outer covers. I do realize that a person made not want to sell the parts individually but, there maybe other that just have the outer covers. If the price is right, I could go either way. Thanks, Jakes
  22. I am in the process of restoring a 1937 Buick series 40 Opera Coupe. I purchased the vehicle from an estate sale. Currently I am reinstalling the door hardware and have door rain gutters to install. I tried researching how to install them, but, I cannot find any information. I only recently identified them through a sale listing; otherwise, I had no idea what to call them. Please take a look at the attached photos and help me out. Another question I have is: are there any inner and outer belt line door w/strips? If so, where could I purchase just these w/strips without buying a whole 6,8,10, piece set? Thanks, Jakes
  23. Bob, what I ended up doing was purchasing a water temp gauge for a 1951 GMC truck for $68.00, and interchanging the face plate with my defective water gauge. The unit I purchased was new and did not include the continious spiral wire protector. It did, however, include a short protective covering in areas where a bend was required. Suggestion to anyone else that goes this route, be sure to purchase a water temp gauge that has the correct length of tubing. Gauges come in different tube lengths. Thanks for the response.