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  1. Nice car. If it's running very rich but doesn't stall right away it could be the vacuum tank on the firewall. You don't say how familiar you are with them but the vacuum line from the engine sucks gas into the vacuum tank until it reaches certain level where the float in the tank shuts itself off and the gas drains by gravity into the carb. If this isn't working right gas get sucked into the vacuum line going to the intake manifold causing black smoke and sputtering. In your driveway disconnect the line at the manifold plug the fitting. it will run a short while off the gas in the vacuum tank . Take pictures of your vacuum tank and post them here. I don't know any vacuum tank user that this hasn't happened to. Once you get it right it works fine. I don't think it's the carb float cause it would happen sooner. Gas isn't pouring out of the carb, is it? Make sure that there isn't an electric fuel pump hidden somewhere under the car. If your vacuum tank is hooked up this probably isn't so . Get yourself a Dykes repair book off eBay. It's a thick blue covered book. Get one at least a year later than your car. They made one every year.
  2. The one that you have is an "export" version and I couldn't tell you what it covers as I don't have one. Motobooks on eBay has a reproduction copy though I doubt you want to go that route again.When I first bought my car , I was looking for a 1924 service book and Dave Chambers, who knew everything 6 cyl Buick, informed me of the situation. Twenty one years later I have yet to see a '24 version but have the '25. I also suggest that you get a Dykes book from 1925 or 1926.. They are very useful .
  3. I'm guessing as I don't see it here that you know that there never was a 1924 Buick service manual. You have to use the 1925. There are individual parts books as already stated. I used to see them on eBay
  4. The model 24-45 was offered in black with ivory pinstripes only. No choice. Wheels were painted black and pinstriped.. Was for the last time the biggest seller for the year with around 48,000 made and they are still being found since they ran and ran. In 1925 Buick just sold over 5,000 of this model as buyers turned to closed cars.
  5. Had a 68 Electra Conv that I bought in another state. Widowed owner had only an ignition key so I couldn't look in truck. A friend of mine drove it home and we both thought there might be a body in there since she was so adamant that she had no key and wouldn't look in the house. I got the stereo for the car and when I was under the dash putting it in, there on the transmission tunnel under the front seat were a set of original keys with the numbers not punched out. I quickly hauled myself out to the trunk and viola ,,,,,,a set of used snow tires and the usual rot behind the rear tires. The tires still had salt on them. In my 1929 Buick which was taken off the road in 1947, I found a letter in the back seat cushion from the socialist party about an upcoming meeting. I didn't attend.
  6. I believe car above is a 1924 or 1925 and not a limo. Looking at the dash picture again leeds me to think it's a 1925 series 9. The car in the barn was bought by a dealer for about forty five grand or twice what it was worth at the time. It was cleaned up and is shown below. Since then a good deal of it was repainted, a new leather top put on, new tires. The last picture shows the car with the top down and some more restoration done.
  7. bubba

    Loco pics

    here are some more Loco pics that I found. Taken at Hershey sometime in the 90's. (sorry if I put these in the wrong place. Don't know how to fix it)
  8. This is the 24-45 with Rex enclosures on it taken in 1929 before the "greenhouse effect". The California top was not made to be taken on and off. You had to take the original top off to tack the California top on the rear of the car. The Rex has 6 panels , 4 that open with the doors and the rear on each side takes a screw through the body to hold it in. This is the only "damage" made to the original car. If I kept this car i wasn't sure if I would put them back on or not. They are pretty rare. As fate would have it I can't put the top down on my 25-45 because it's a great original and it would crack. This car was next bought by Dave Chambers of 6 cyl. Buick fame. I wrote an article ,"My two 45's" in the Bugle a few years ago if you're interest is peaked.
  9. The car was sold at the A K Miller auction in Vermont. Anybody who knows about the auction will tell you how things went for crazy prices at the time. I went up there with a friend , a flatbed, and cash to bring my prize home. Spoke to several Loco guys there who informed me of what price it should go for. I never even got to raise my hand. Went for twice the estimate. It was all original and it was bought by a dealer, cleaned up and appeared at Hershey. Since then it went to private owners and more dealers with each one doing something else to it. I believe the last owner rebuilt the engine then sold it. The rear interior is still original. Will post more pics when I find them.
  10. Guys and Gals Captain Ahab here and this is my Moby Dick. It's been eluding me for over twenty years. This is the first sighting I got of the giant car. Over the years I have been tracking him but the elusive vehicle never made it to my garage due to one thing or another. I sat in him once as he mocked me but alas it wasn't meant to be. Now he's out there on some road who knows where as I lost track of him after his last sale. Perhaps his owner is reading this now. I'll post other pictures but first you may stare at this one as I still do just thinking that someday...........
  11. I had a 24-45 that had a Rex top put on it from new but was removed when the car was sold in 1931. The owner made a little green house out of it. The difference between Rex and California tops is that the Rex top uses the original top and the pieces are attached to the doors that hold the glass windows in a frame. The California top doesn't use the original top. It has a full size "hard top" that attaches to the car. This is from what I've seen over my years. I had brand new set of Rex enclosures in the crate which I sold. bubba
  12. Yes John, nice car. I've been looking for a Loco town car/ limo for years now. I managed not to buy one as it seems that they always have some kind of problem. In the mean time I have pictures of some and a collection of catalogs for the model 48. The first car posted here was for sale in the St Louis area if my memory is correct. I don't know where it went to but maybe someone here knows. I think it's a 48 made around 1927.
  13. My 25-45 has the original water tube and it's nickel plated.