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  1. Not sure what the compression ratio is in that motor, but you should have at least 120lbs. Pulling it is probably the best plan.
  2. Backspace is the distance from the hub face to the inside edge of the rim. Offest is the difference between the hub face and the centerline of the rim. I don't know what the hub to the outside edge is called.
  3. The engine is definitely later than '16, is there a frame number?
  4. I did, and enjoyed it immensely. I bought my first lathe when I was 18 and have been collecting machine tools since. Come in very handy working on the older Buicks and such.
  5. I'll take a look, but I really doubt it. It's been parked outside since at least 1980 and is pretty weathered.
  6. Good point, I'm sure these things weren't perfect from the factory, probably more correct with a few adjustments. I've got a '30 Marquette model 36 (almost the same car) with questionable wood, so this thread is really interesting. I hope I can save it, this looks like a lot of work, and I'm not a woodworker.
  7. Dave, we have a lot in common. I've been dragging stuff home from the neighbors since gradeschool, it adds up after awhile. Tractors: 1927 McCormick 15-30 1929 AC 20-35 1936 Farmal F-12 1949 AC HD7W 1951 LeRoi TractAir Engines: A dozen or so... a couple Maytags, FM Jack Jr, 2HP Stover, 1 1/2HP R&V, 4HP Associated, 4 HP FM Type H, 25HP TICO, 15HP Pattin Brothers, 20HP Bessemer, 90HP Superior, few others. Equipment: 1926 Jager cement mixer (2 cyl LeRoi engine), 1940 Adams grader, 1947 Insley Excavator, 1947 International KB8 truck. I don't know how many cars 1916 to 1998, half a dozen bikes. Most stuff is projects aquired on the cheap over the years. Then there is the shop, possibly my worst addiction.
  8. It's a 2 door, green on green. I'll take a pic tonight.
  9. Starting to put my wife's '67 Skylark back together. The door panels are original and in very good shape except the vinyl is separting from the board along the lower edge. What's the best way to repair this?
  10. Been sitting 30+ years. Rough but fairly complete. Anybody need anything?
  11. It should turn easy with a 2 foot breaker. Sounds like you may have some rust in the cylinders. You could try more oil and cranking, but I wouldn't be optimistic that it would clean up if you do get it to run. You may want to pull a head and see what you are dealing with. Don't ruin your starter trying to crank it too much.
  12. It's a 90HP Superior. It's 12" bore and about a 24" stroke. It needs a little TLC before it can be run, so no sound clip. Sorry.
  13. I'm in the same age range as you guys, but never really developed an affinity for the '70s cars. I drove a '72 Toronado and a '76 Pacer in high school, but I wanted a '60s car. First car I loved was a '63 Impala, then a '68 Camaro, then a '67 Skylark. Lately I've been more and more interested in prewar cars. I'm glad people are saving some of the 70's cars, but I don't see one in my future.
  14. Do you have a big enough socket to put on the crank bolt to see just how much force is require to turn it? Is it a good battery and cables? A full charge shoud crank it for several minutes.
  15. The car is painted and waiting for chrome. I am in need the pieces on the front fenders that go between the door and wheel opening.
  16. A compression test is a good idea. In my experience they will start and run even with stuck rings, they just smoke and foul plugs. Valves are another story, are they all opening and closing? I bought a '64 that had been parked in a closed garage for 25 years. The guy I bought it from had started it, and it ran terrible. When I pulled the valve covers, there were several bent push rods. Every exhaust valve that was open while it sat was rust that way, one so bad the stem was nearly rusted through. What do the plugs look like after you have been cranking it? Are they wet? Do they smell like gas? Remember these things (or at least mine) are cold blooded. When it's cold I have to pump my '63 about 5 times to get it to fire.
  17. Dave, that is one cool little shovel. You obviously have more spare time than me. How about big engines? This one weighs in at 11,300#.
  18. Do you have fuel in the carb? It can take a long time to suck fuel for the tank (or a can) particularly if it's cranking slow. With the air cleaner off look down the primaries and open the throttle, you should see gas squirting. If not, you can pour a "small" (a tablespoon or two) amount of gas down the carb. I use a water bottle with a pop top. Hold the throttle open a bit and give it a crank. If you have spark and compression it should fire and run for 2-5 seconds. Keep the gas bottle well away from the car and keep your face away from the carb when cranking because they can flash out the carb. Repeat a few times and it should have pulled fuel to the carb. If you already see gas in the carb, you have another problem.
  19. Personally, I have to do things over. Even if it would be completely hidden and only I would know. They don't look like there's a structural issue, just whether your happy with them.
  20. I put them away in the fall and leave them there till spring. If you are going to start it when it's cold, make sure to warm it up thoroughly (i.e. drive it somewhere.) If you don't, condensation will be left in the motor and the exhaust system and you may do more harm than good.
  21. Nice excavator Dave. What Buick collector could be without one. The Insley is a '47 and straight eight powered, unfortunately not a Buick. My grader is a 1940 Adams. Looks like you have a Fordson back there too.
  22. Wikipedia says that parts of Brazil and Chile were drive on left prior to WWI, don't know if that's accurate or not. I can't imagine the trouble switching sides would cause, or course not as many people drove back then.
  23. Thanks Dave. I seems like a read somewhere that Buick had an office/representative in Argentina in 1916, which was a "drive on left" country at that time. So most likely that was it's original destination? My guess is that it was converted in the late 20's.
  24. I agree, one thing at a time. Don't take something apart unless you plan on putting it back together, the fewer parts you have laying around the better. A body off restoration is an incredible amount of work, but very managable. Dave, where did you get your grader? My great uncle used to have one, gas powered. I've got a '47 Insley excavator; 26,000# that's a big toy.
  25. Yes, I think '14 and later domestic Buicks are left hand drive. Chile was "drive on left" until sometime after WWI, so it could have been this car's original destination.
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