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  1. The amusing thing about the video is that today we treat those cars as if they were fragile ! Try doing that trip that with your 2021 Jeep !
  2. Dont forget it is also "NUMBERS MATCHING"
  3. Good that you were successfull. Your way was a lot simpler. I had to replace the caps anyway - they were pretty rusty and pitted.
  4. I had a heck of a time getting all mine out. I ended up removing the bushing and drilling the hole to accept a screw inserted from the bushing bore (photo) and a slide hammer to pull them. It was a bear. The pushrod was similar, just drilling through the cap and crappy old felt. Obviously, I destroyed the caps. I made replacements of stainless steel and polished them before installation - they look like they were nickeled. This is my spare engine that had sat in the forest,with no hood, for 40 years. The caps rere carp anyway.
  5. What about grinding to .020" under. I think those are available. I dont think the additional .010" will make a difference
  6. This is the float level at which I set my E-45. It runs well
  7. I have a 1918 E-45 Buick. Mechanically the same as yours. First, get an owners manual, there are reprints and there is a ton of information there. Bobs Automobilia has them. After sitting for so long there are many things you should check before attempting to start the car or even turn the engine.. Try to move the valves by tapping on the rocker arms with a hammer, use wood between the hammer and rocker. See if all the valves will work. If you have a stuck valve and try to turn the engine, you may bend a pushrod. Oil the valve stems with penetrating oil. Remove the plugs a
  8. Critterpainter, WOW, I had a Cat 28 too. Yours is the only other one I have heard of. Mine was wide track with special "flotation" grousers. Very wide. It had an impulse mag in place of the Eisman and always started very easily with a bit of gas thru the priming cups
  9. I have owned VW's. My last (forever) was a '98 Passat - it just loved the dealership, especially after the warranty ran out. It got to 98K miles and by that time the ABS, CD changer, Remote locks, turbo oil cooler several plastic engine gizmos and radio had failed - enough! Adios. Failures had nothing to do with maintenance and driving style.
  10. The owners manual for my 1918 Buick says: "Once a year the car should get a thorough overhauling. At which time the motor, clutch, transmission, universal joint, steering gear, and axle should be taken apart. cleaned and adjusted before being reassembled. This work should be done by an experienced mechanic" They dont make them like they usta ! Thankfully. I expect that this was rarely done.
  11. That moly grease is what I meant. It spreads out pretty well and sticks. Messy as heck
  12. Larry, I think you have a good chance at success as long as the pitting is not in the area where the rubber rides. Polish the ball an mating ring out with fine sandpaper on a lathe if you can - it all helps. You get some horrible grease with the kit. Be sure you get all the surfaes coated with it - especially where the rubber rides. You will find that when shimmed properly, there will be lots of drag due to the rubber compression. Leaving the bolts a touch loose will be a big help when you go to align the ball and torque tube and spline on assembly.
  13. It is strange that the spring washer is shown on the "wrong" side of the seal. However,I think it would be best not to use the spring with the new rubber seal. There is a lot of compression of the rubber seal without the spring. The added compression with the spring installed may be too much and accelerate wear.
  14. I am reasonably sure this car was owned by Don Heineman of San Carlos, California (San Carlos is about 25 miles south of San Francisco) for a while. I dont remember how long Don owned the car. Don died a couple of years ago. I am 100% positive that Don owned a a Straker Squire of that era. I would be surprised if it was not the same one. I cant remember when Don owned his car.
  15. There is a swich of sorts in the body of that socket. It consists of a couple of contacts and 3 small balls. When you open the glove box door, the light should come on. However they can corrode and become inoperative. If you can get it apart and clean it, it will work
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