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  1. Grimy

    California swap meets

    Turlock is Sat January 26,2019 and (I think) continues into Sunday, although just Saturday does it for me. It's always the last Saturday in January.
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    What is your preferred degreasing technique?

    Frank DuVal recommended steam and/or hot water higher up on this page. If one is replacing the wiring harness, steam is fine, but not if one is reusing the old harness.
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    34 Buick

    C Carl, a Series 50 DEFINITELY has a fiber camshaft gear.
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    34 Buick

    It looks like a 50 to me, and the spare engine is definitely a 50. (I owned a 1934 56S for 45 years.) Wheelbase will tell: 119" for 50 series, 128" for 60 series. On the subject car, the RF door seems short, suggesting the shorter wheelbase.
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    What is your preferred degreasing technique?

    Steam is not conducive to retaining cloth coverings on wiring harnesses.
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    What is your preferred degreasing technique?

    I use Oil Eater (at O'Reilly) when I want to remove grease but not paint.
  7. AJ, compression ratio was low. Body style suffixes for 1931-35 sedans as I know/knew them: 90 = 7-p sedan; 90L = 7-p limousine w/division glass 91 = club sedan 97 = 5-p sedan
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    Bought a '39 LaSalle. Best resource?

    +1 on grounds! A thorough flush and backflush of both radiator and block is in your future, and stocking filters to catch the crud dislodged from the block by repeated heating and cooling cycles, lest that crud clog the radiator. Even more importantly, if there is a zerk fitting on the water pump, IMMEDIATELY replace it with a grease cup loaded with water pump grease (put the zerk back only for judging). A lever-operated grease gun will blow the seals immediately. Those zerks were to be serviced with a 5-inch grease gun operated by a twist handle on the end.
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    34 Buick

    Beginning with the 1931 model year, all Buicks were inline 8s. For 1934-35, the new smaller Buick was the Series 40, which used a smaller division's basic body but had the new 233 cid (later 248) vastly improved engine with downdraft carburetion. The 50-60-90 series for 1934-35 had the same trim, dash, instruments, etc. which were different from the 40's. Series 40 had painted headlight buckets; the other series had chrome buckets.
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    Just retired - need some advice

    CONGRATULATIONS! A wise mentor gave me this advice long before I retired: Take a sheet of paper, lengthwise, and make 3 columns: Gotta-Dos, Self-Inflicted Wounds, and For Me. The Gotta-Dos are the dog poop of life: vehicle and home maintenance, doing your taxes, updating your will and trust, etc. You must complete ALL the items on the Gotta-Do list. Self-Inflicted Wounds are commitments to organizations (volunteer), side businesses, churches, etc. Once you've signed up, usually for a discrete period of time such as one year, that has become a secondary Gotta-Do, and for your reputation and especially for your own self-satisfaction, you need to perform these tasks well. The benefit of Self-Inflicted Wounds to your newly-retired self is that they provide a (usually) comforting continuation of work commitments over the last 40 years or so, a regularity that eases transition to retirement. My own experience is that often (not always) the most productive people in car clubs and other volunteer organizations are the newly-retired, who still have some "fire in their bellies." The 3rd category is For Me -- and the sky is the limit. What have you always wished you had time to do? Every six months or so, re-evaluate the balance of Self-Inflicted Wounds (remember, those are commitments for finite periods) and For Me, and adjust as you feel you should.
  11. What Spinney "piston." Very reliable but must be thoroughly cleaned every 20 years or so--ask me how I know.
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    1935 Lincoln K Club Sedan

    This exercise is one more proof of my long-held theory that auto manufacturers have, for decades, installed a tiny, undetectable component called an Urgency Detector which senses when the owner/mechanic really MUST meet a deadline, and then kicks in Obstruction and Failure Mode. Urgency Detectors are also found in Windows 95 computers, office copiers, and (for you really old people) fax machines.
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    41 Buick

    And the 1956 Mercury 4-door hardtop was called "Phaeton." That caused my teeth to grind, even as a teenager....
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    1935 Lincoln K Club Sedan

    One more "while you're in there": Replace those core plugs at the rear of the cylinder blocks... CONGRATULATIONS!
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    Pierce Arrow Crankshaft

    Good morning, Hugh, You were up late last night in TX! BOTH Parts for Sale and Pierce-Arrow would be good. I can post on the Pierce-Arrow Society Message Board (a much smaller version of these forums) a link to the AACA forum when you have posted it. I can't tell how many main bearings are on the shaft. First, the shaft is counterweighted so it's either a V-12 (1932 forward) or an 8 1934-forward. Pierce-Arrow did not make fire trucks themselves, but Seagrave bought Pierce 8 and 12 cyl engines AND the tooling when Pierce folded in Jan 1938. (Pierce-Arrow built truck chassis through 1931 when they sold truck lines to White; some 1929-31 used Pierce 8s as the 12 wasn't out yet, AND those were non-counterweighted.) Seagrave somewhat modified both engines over the years (cams and heads are different from Pierce, but I think the crankshafts are the same), and built the 8 until the late 1940s and the 12s until the late 1960s! All 8-cyl engines have NINE main bearings, and all 12-cyl engines have SEVEN mains. Hope this helps! VBR, George