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  1. I am in the process of swapping the engine out in my '39 Special mdl. 40 and find there are several items I will want to replace (gaskets, etc.). My question is, for the purpose of getting parts, how many years was this particular engine used? Generally most shops tell me they don't have anything listed for a Buick until 1949 or something like that. If the item I need for my '39 is the same item used in the '49 I'd like that information. Thanks for your help!
  2. <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Looks like a lot of floor space. What is that about 30 x 40 or so? and how thick did you pour it, looks like you used 2x6 to form with. Where are you and how much is concrete per cubic yard there. Hittin on about $90 here. Everything is higher now and probably gonna get worse. I too am needing to pour some concrete under the lean to part of my barn for to put a new compressor, my bead blaster, sand blaster, press and drill. There won't be any vehicls on it so I plan to only pour about 3 1/2 inches.</div></div> Lamar - Nice looking garage! I also have a lean to similar to yours - and that's where I got sick and tired of doing my mechanics in the dirt. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> My area is 40 x 48 and I poured it 5 1/2 inches (to support my car lift). I went the extra expense because I didn't want to worry about any problems because I already had a solid base. I'm in the Cincinnati OH area and the concrete was $83.50 per, but I got nickle and dimed to death on the "extras" such as hot water, fuel surcharges, fiber, and calcium. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" /> A new air compressor is on my list too. Have you done any research? I'm leaning towards and 80 gallon 2 stage.
  3. This is a GREAT idea. I'm in the process of converting my barn into a more comfortable garage. I just got my concrete floor poured last week and now I'm in heaven - or I will be when I get the electric hooked up, the water line connected and the car lift installed. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> After working in the dirt and gravel for years, I've come to the conclusion that my old back and knees can't take it anymore. I guess I'm getting too darn old. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> The last straw for me was trying to maneuver a '39 Buick engine on a hoist thru the dirt trying to get the daggone thing in the car. The hoist wheels kept sinking in the dirt. <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
  4. I was one of the new memberships during the week of Hershey. I wanted to become a member and Hershey provided an excellent opportunity to sign up. I'm looking forward to attending the different activities and outings.
  5. Hello, I am in need of a heater switch for my '39 Buick Special. Anyone have one for sale? Thanks,
  6. Thanks a lot bjr - that would explain the "teeth" along the sides.....
  7. Hello, I want to upgrade my rear shocks and use modern technology. The best way I can see to do that is to put them inside the coil springs. Has anyone ever done this? It doesn't look that difficult if I can find a shock with shouldered stems on top and bottom. I searched previous posts and couldn't find anything about anyone doing this. If anyone out there has done this, please advise what type of shocks you used - this way I wouldn't have to search 13 gazillion shocks to find which would work the best. Many thanks!
  8. Hello, I found this light while cleaning out my '39 Buick Special. I'd like to know what vehicle this is from 'cause I don't think it is a Buick option. It has a single filament bulb which makes me think it might be a backup light...??? The back side has "teeth" along the edges with cloth around, and in back of, the lens(see photos). I tried to clean it up some to locate a part # or some identifying marks to no avail. Thanks for looking........
  9. Hello Jon, My $.02, I replaced the tank and lines on my '89 and I wouldn't leave anything to chance. For the small price of a sending unit, believe me, you don't want to do this job again any time soon. While you're under the car and grimy, might as well move up to the front behind the drivers tire and replace the fuel filter.
  10. Thanks so much for your help, Harry. You also introduced me to a new resource for parts!
  11. Greetings Marine! Welcome to the world of Reattas! Looks like you have a very nice car there. I know that NCBRIJEN is in North Carolina - is that where you'll be when you get back? Just curious, as I have family in Raleigh. I know you'll enjoy your car when you get home in September! Thanks for what you are doing overseas.
  12. My jag says this car is purrrrrfect for us! <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/cool.gif" alt="" />
  13. Hello, I need help with a part number for my '39 Special (series 40) 4 dr. I need the lower control arm knuckle support pin #, and what year/models will work.
  14. Hi, I'll throw this out for all the electrical gurus - I have an understanding of home electrics so this puzzles me on my car... I am doing a re-wire starting with the headlights. According to my shop manual diagram, it shows 16 gauge wire coming from the headlight switch and going to the headlights. It has a branch off wire that goes to the dimmer switch using a 12 gauge wire. Why the different gauges? I don't understand and would like an explanation because it's my understanding that the 12 gauge wire is overkill branching off from a 16 gauge wire. Thanks!
  15. My gear has 34 teeth and 24 splines. I was able to find a gear for mine locally. You might what to give them a try for yours. They said that they can get parts for standard shift back to 1933. www.northwesttransmissionparts.com
  16. It reminds me of a car I saw recently at the Sloan Museum Buick Gallery - the placard at the Gallery said that the drivers' door was "fake", inoperable, because the spare tire was mounted outside the door - I also believe the hand brake was in the way.... unfortunately, I did not take any photos of that particular car for comparison.
  17. Sorry to hear you are having the same problem as I ('39 Special), but I'm missing 3 teeth instead of just one. If you refer to the thread I started a couple of days ago, you'll see the response I got on the different models that gear is on (years, series, etc.). I am trying to locate a new or replacement gear myself. If you come across anyplace where one can purchase a gear, please let me know, and I will do the same because my transmission is apart and waiting.... <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />
  18. I have been traveling around from parts store to parts store the past few days and no one has this particular part..... NAPA didn't, Advance Auto didn't, and a couple of other local stores that stock older parts didn't. Online I checked Bob's Automobilia, Kanter and obsoletebuick.com - no luck..... Any advice on where to go?? Can you suggest any other links I haven't thought of? Does anyone have one just laying around in their garage? <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> I noticed another fellow on this forum, with a '39 Roadmaster, seemed to have the same problem...
  19. I'm in need of a low/reverse slide gear for tranny. I checked Bob's automobilia to no avail. Does anyone know any place else I could contact or does anybody have one? Thanks...
  20. Thanks all for the great responses - both pro and con. The first thing I did when I brought my Buick home was drop and clean the gas tank and blow the lines. I installed a new fuel pump that the previous owner had purchased but had not installed. That's where I stand today with my current problem. I am noticing quite a bit of crud in the glass bulb so maybe I should take the advice of checking my lines for leaks or maybe again just replace the lines so I'll know they are fine. Thanks again!
  21. Hello, I'm tired of the fuel pump on my '39 Special working only intermittently. I want to install an electric pump at the tank, remove the glass ball at the engine, and pump right to the carburetor. Can someone recommend something that has worked for them? Our local NAPA store didn't have any suggestions for a 6 volt system.... <img src="http://forums.aaca.org/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />
  22. You all have great cars! Here's my '39 Special, currently undergoing an engine swap.....
  23. Wes, Try the obsolete chevy site. I buy mine there for about $20.
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