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  1. You NEED to call Bobs Automobilia at 805-434-2963. They speak fluent Buick. Also on this AACA site there is a pre-war Buick chat room that would help you.
  2. I see the Buick spent many years in California! One thing I might mention. Were you warned to not overtighten the front packing nut on the waterpump? It is better to let the waterpump weep a bit of water rather than over tighten the packing nut. The reason is that an over tightened packing nut puts an extra load on the shaft going to the generator and to the shaft driving the generator and the water pump. This then put a heavier load on the cam gear. The cam gear is Fibre and Old. If this old fibre gear strips you have a miserable task ahead of you in both finding a new gear and then changing it.
  3. Wow. I am on this forum about once every 3-4 weeks. I guess I have good timing. About the repair, after you get a new torque ball tapered seal or repair kit (Bobs Automobilia 805-434-2963 has them part TBK-343 I think) then you can go under the car and remove the 4? bolts holding the torque ball retainer to the torque ball assembly. Slide the torque ball retainer as far back as you can. Inside the retainer you will find the remains (cork if original or neoprene if replacement) of the seal. Behind the seal is a tapered bellview washer. Remove the old seal by cutting it so you can spin it out. This is the quick and dirty way to fix it fast. Clean the area up and slice the new tapered seal to place it around the torque tube in the correct orientation. Now super glue it back together and slide it into the retainer against the washer. Apply a thin layer of grease to the tapered edge of the seal and the torque ball that contacts the seal. Re-assemble. Don't forget to top off the trans with 90 Wt oil.
  4. I could not tell if the bosses that the manifold washers seat on are on the same plane or not. That could cause torque issues when bolting the manifolds to the head. I have not seen a stainless water manifold in a few years!
  5. Bobs Automobilia MIGHT have one. 805 434 2963 and cross your fingers
  6. Craig Lead was not added to gasoline until the early 30's. Regular pump gas (not premium) is fine for your car and higher octane than when the car was made.
  7. Depends. Manual trans cars had solid lifter, therefor longer pushrods.
  8. On the thermostat housing, the quick way to install a soft plug is to place a 1 1/2" ? dished plug with a 1/8" or so hole in it into the Short Hose between the water pump and the thermostat housing.
  9. I was moving a just purchased 34 Plymouth many years ago with the help of friend. He was steering and I was towing. Suddenly the door opened and he came flying out. He felt something on his knee and looked down to see a rat looking at him. After a few minutes and after the family was evicted we continued on.
  10. Several years ago there was a run of rotors that had a habit of the center contact shorting to the cam post.
  11. Steele offers 2 channels that are of the correct design but have different dimensions depending on construction of the doors. I assume yours is a wood bodied car. The correct should be either 021A or 021B. You will have to measure the door for the quantity of material you need. I can't offer any help for the top of the door.
  12. I was taught at an early age to use my left hand with the thumb tucked back to crank an engine. I learned on my dads caterpillar 22. Thankfully it started easily on most days. I then became the designated cranker for the neighbors Cat 28? which was a bigger gas engined tractor. I also volunteered at an antique tractor collection and started a Holt 45 by inserting a bar in the flywheel of the engine. NOT FUN My 1914 Ford T is obviously crank start and NO it does not have a battery, it is magneto ignition with the factory flywheel mounted magneto. Ford magneto is nothing like the magneto used on other makes and works quite well hot or cold. Of course add a battery could give me some free starts.
  13. Find another junk yard, that one is either NOT licensed or un educated. A LICENSED dismantler can Junk a car that they have received without paying a penalty. Some will try to scam the car owner by collecting the back fees due when they get the car from the owner.
  14. Is the 3/4 of a tank what the fuel gauge indicates? If the gauge is a china replacement it might be more inaccurate than the original gauge.
  15. All Bobs needs is the 4 pieces of metal from the shot mounts.
  16. I know I am late to the party, but those pits on the outer curved surface on the torque ball don't look pretty. I would have tried some carefully applied Devcon or JB weld. If you have to replace the seal in a hurry, or on the road, a quick trick is to pull the rear retainer off, cut the new seal, slip it around the ball and use a bit of super glue to glue it back together.
  17. St8-8-Dave is right, water jacket cover. Bobs Automobilia often has them
  18. The first Ebay listing has been corrected. It is correct for a 40 and 50 series (Special and Super) It would be wise to have it incase yours breaks again. they are hard to find.
  19. You will have to measure the outside diameter and count the number of teeth on YOUR flexplate and compare it to the one for sale. That information fell out of my head ages ago.
  20. Ask the seller of the upper one for the O/D of his and for the tooth count on the ring gear. 40 and 50 series (special and super) should interchange but 70 series (roadmaster) should be a larger diameter. If it matches yours its a good deal! Lower one is a Flywheel, not a flexplate. Not for Dynaflow.
  21. In my experience cheap 6V batteries don't start Buicks. I have found that the Optima 6V battery does a good job of starting a hot Buick engine (and a hot suborn 312 Ford engine). Also John Deere has (or used to) a long narrow 6V battery that was used in some of their 12V diesel tractors.
  22. If you want a correct looking filter assembly, then call Bobs Automobilia 805-434-2963 as they try to keep them in stock. There should be a mounting bracket on the tappet cover IIRC
  23. I don't know what years interchange on the flexplate. If you belong to the Buick Club of America you can put a free part needed ad in the monthy magazine. Thats an interesting failure. Perhaps it can be patched, but I would look hard for a used one first.
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