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  1. Greg, the more I look at my Stromberg carburetor the more I see it has been modified by the previous owners. The car came from north of Chicago so starting the car on frozen mornings probably required a choke. In Texas now I don’t need to use it much. 
    Thanks for the comments. 
    John BCA #50690

  2. Gentlemen, all good advice.  Here is what I did and the results.  First, I pulled the in-line fuel filter (between the gas tank and the fuel pump).  It was full of gunk and trash.  I replaced this with a new one.  The car immediately started but then died after about a minute and would not restart. Then I pulled the air breather and checked the carburetor.  Two problems.  The flapper or choke was frozen in almost a closed position.  No wonder it would not start.  I pulled the choke knob on the dash and could barely get it to move.  Crawling under the dash I found that the choke cable was bent at a 90 degree angle around the lever for the hood vent.  No wonder it was hard to pull and that it was stuck in one position.  I replaced the choke cable and the choke flapper is now working fine.  I'm wondering how the car even ran with this problem.  The second issue is that the carburetor was full of trash and gunk and the seals and gaskets were falling apart.  I had bought a carburetor rebuild kit a few months back and it came in handy.  I rebuilt the carburetor after cleaning it out.  Now the engine starts instantly and idles smoothly.  In fact the idle is now to fast I guess because that is the only way the engine kept running.  I have now backed off on the idle.  Very pleased with the results.  Hope this helps anyone with the same issues.


    John P. BCA # 50690

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  3. Gentlemen,

    This morning my 1935 Buick Special 46C started well and ran well for about an hour.  Then at a stoplight she died and would not restart.  After trying to crank for a few minutes I stopped at which point a local police officer instructed me I had to move the car or it would be towed.  I cranked it again

    and she started and was able to move her about 50 yards to a parking lot where again she stalled.  After cranking a few times the 6 volt battery failed and I had her towed home.  After switching in a spare battery I tried to restart.  Although several times the engine came close to starting it never did.

    On another classic car I had a vapor lock problem that I fixed with an electric fuel pump.  When the electric fuel pump is on there is no vapor lock.  I live in Houston, Texas and it hit 91 degrees yesterday.  The 1935 Buick has an electric fuel pump switch also but it was not on when the car died.  I turned it on when trying to restart with the new battery and you can hear it running.  But the car still would not restart.  Maybe its possible the fuel filter next to fuel pump is clogged.  It is clear and I cannot see anything blocking the filter but maybe there is.  

    The engine is a straight 8, 222 cubic inch, 93 HP.  It has run very well since I bought the car last October.

    Has anyone had this issue before?  Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    John P. BCA #50690

  4. Gentlemen,

    My 1935 Buick Special 46C has been stalling when I come to a stop.  I have bumped the idle up and that

    seems to help.  It has been suggested that I run a can of carburetor cleaner through the gas tank to 

    clean out the carburetor jets.  Has anyone done this?  Any issues with it damaging a 1935 car engine?  Does

    this work?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.


    John P.  BCA #50690

  5. Gentlemen, I have a 1935 Buick 46C.  It is a convertible with a rumble seat.  It also has a large trunk mounted on a platform hanging off the back bumper.  Does anyone know if the trunks were factory installed or were they an aftermarket item?  My trunk seems a little large for the space.  In looking on line, pictures of model 46C's show a slightly smaller trunk.  But the trunks I see on model 66s look the same as mine.  Is it possible that my trunk was actually designed to fit the slightly larger model 66?  Or is it possible that the first owner bought the trunk from an after market manufacturer and then modified the base to make it fit.

    Thanks for your help.


    John P. #50690

  6. Gentlemen,

    I have a 1935 Buick Special 46C.  It has the luggage trunk mounted to the back of the car.  It hangs above the bumper on a platform.

    I am having difficulty getting the fuel spout into the gas tank.  I have looked at the platform which holds the trunk with a couple of large

    screws and with two large, chrome wing nuts (one on each side).  I am hoping there is a way to swing this forward so I don't have to 

    take the entire platform apart and remove the trunk.  Any ideas?


    John P. # 50690

  7. I am a first year Buick Club member.  BCA# 50690.  I have a 1935 Buick Special 46C.  I have been told

    there are only 15 of these left.  I am trying to find other owners of 1935 Buick Special 46C's.  Is there

    a membership directory or a listing of cars by owner that I can access?

    Thanks for your help.


    John P.


  8. Buick35,

    Here is your picture.  Josephine, which is her name, was a frame off restoration done well over 10 years ago.

    She is a 46C Convertible with a rumble seat.  The trunk has custom fit luggage from 1935.  The engine is a 

    straight eight of 230 cubic inch generating 92 hp.  The color is Raleigh Blue which is the original color.

    Currently I have Josephine in a paint shop getting some touch up work done.

    Thanks for your interest.

    John P.  #50690



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  9. Jon,

    What great info.  Thanks for taking the time to type this up.  I will give it a try once I get my

    Buick back.  Currently, she is in a paint shop getting some touch up work done.  In two weeks

    when I get her back I will take up the carburetor and idle issue.


    Thanks again.


    John P.  #50690

  10. Gentlemen, I have a 1935 Buick Special 46C.  It has a straight 8 engine with 222 cubic inches.  The car starts well and runs 

    well.  A good driver.  The problem I am having is after driving at speed when coming to a stop the car will sometimes stall.

    I recently adjusted the clutch to make sure the transmission was disengaging from the engine.  That seemed to help some.

    When I purchased the car the idle was set high so I reduced the idle.  Is it possible that the idle was intentionally set high

    to prevent the problem I am having?  Or is it something else.  A friend suggested the carburetor was set too rich and should 

    be adjusted.  He said when following the car that he could smell gas after I had to restart the stalled car.  This could have

    been a flooding issue.  

    Any help will be appreciated.


    John P.  #50690

  11. I have a 1935 Buick Special that is painted Raleigh Blue.  There are a few rock chips and scratches that I wish to touch up.

    I do have a small bottle of touch up paint that matches.  Does anyone have any recommendations for touching up the paint

    or a website or a you.tube video that they would recommend?  Also, do you have a touch up paint shop to recommend in the

    Houston area?

    Thanks in advance for the help.


    John P.  #50690

  12. Gentlemen,

    I am the proud owner of a "new" old 1935 Buick Special 46C.  She runs well and starts well.


    The issue I am having is that occasionally when I come to a stop the car stalls.  I am pressing

    the clutch pedal all the way to the floor and it doesn't disengage from the engine until the last 

    inch or two.  I'm thinking that the clutch linkage or cable has become loose or stretched and 

    that is the problem.  If I tighten up the clutch cable then the clutch should disengage from the

    engine much sooner when I press on the clutch pedal.


    If I slide the stick shift (its on the floor) into neutral and coast to a stop the problem does not

    occur.  I then shift into first to begin accelerating. 


    Does this make sense or should I be looking in another direction?


    John P.  BCA #50690

  13. Gentlemen,

    I just bought a 1935 Buick Special 46C.  It's a beautiful car.  But I only have one set of keys and want to make

    a spare set.  The local hardware store guys look at me with crossed eyes when I ask for a key blank for a car 

    this old.  Does anyone have any suggestions for finding key blanks for this car.  

    Thanks in advance.

    John P.

  14. In March of 2019 I had a LoJack Vehicle Recovery System installed on my 1939 Cadillac LaSalle Coupe.  The service was good.  The technician came to my house and installed the system.  

    I have now purchased a 1935 Buick Special 46C and wish to have another LoJack system installed on the car.  That is where the problems start.

    Over the last three days I have left three messages with their sales department (listed on their website) and have not heard back.  In addition I have talked to Customer Service three times and

    have been assured three times that an email has been sent to the sales manager asking him to contact me.  Still no response.

    LoJack's poor customer/sales service does not breed confidence in their ability to quickly follow up if you report your car is stolen.  Has anyone else had any experience with LoJack' sales or 

    customer service?  Do you have any recommendations for another Vehicle Recovery System?  

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    John P.

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