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  1. Don’t let a few you-know-what’s spoil the punch bowl. The Pre War Division boys and girls have lots of fun and I think most others do too. Dictators come and go like a cheap meal at a bad restaurant.
  2. As they say, whatever turns your crank. I did have a guy ask if he could hand start my car once. I dug the crank out from under the back seat and let him go at it. I thought of leaving the ignition off but that was another time and another story where a not so nice guy said I had to move my car because I was parked in the wrong show field and he had no idea we have electric start. He never did get it to fire. Early on in my ownership we had a brutally cold spell. I left the garage door open and had -17 F on the garage thermometer. February and the car had not run since Thanksgiving when I put it away. First pull with full choke. Nothing. Second pull I got a bark. Went to 1/2 choke and it started in the 3rd pull. After that I didn’t see a need to mess with the hand crank. Another time we took the SS Badger car ferry across Lake Michigan to the National Meet in Rochester MN. They let classic car owners drive their own cars in and you are last in but first out and you have to back in. Somehow the headlights got left on and 4 1/2 hours latter I had a next to dead battery and a row of cars behind me with antsy car jockeys wanting to move cars out for impatient owners. Unload the luggage and out comes the back seat and the crank. Not sure how but it started. The waiting owners thought it was great entertainment.
  3. Hope your float looks and works better than mine. After my 24 years of ownership and who knows how many seasons before that, my float gave up the ship this spring. Carved a nice replacement out of nitrophyl.
  4. And I leave the lever fully advanced even when starting. It starts perfect here. The only time I ever touch my advance lever is to show off and reduce my idle speed by retarding timing, to show how low and smooth the engine can go if I want. +14 degrees gives you more power, more fuel economy and better cooling.
  5. Underneath on a 1923 6 cylinder. You are not going to hand start a big 6, there are better options. You are going to find a tow rope or a battery charger or jumper cables in a pinch. I speak from experience. So, set your timing more advanced to take advantage of modern fuel with twice the octane rating of 1923 fuels. With the timing lever fully retarded, (up), and a new timing mark you add to the flywheel, 7 degrees BEFORE TDC (match the distance of the existing 7 degree after TDC mark but on the other side of TDC) and time to this new mark. You have added 14 degrees to your base timing Do all of this with modern timing light run by a 12v source. I use the 12v lawn tractor. While you have the light connected, check your centrifugal advance weights for function. Rev the engine and the timing should further advance and then return at idle. Been running this 24 years and 40,000+ touring miles.
  6. The factory colors were maroon body, black fenders and black top. The wheels would have been body color with Chinese red pin stripe on the wheels and on the body. I’ve taken a few liberties with mine or should I say the previous owner had. Front bumpers were a dealer installed option. Attached we are on a week long tour in Tennessee.
  7. Kevin is the expert. When you first arrived at Flint (for me 1978) the first thing you learned to do while driving near The Buick was to stay the heck away from the Fisher Body Trucks delivering bodies from Fisher#1 to the Buick complex on the north side of town. They had a build sequence schedule to keep and drove like madmen. Here’s a pic off google from the 50s to give you an idea. They ran every few minutes and were every half mile on the road. A huge fleet and they ran flat out.
  8. Never had any trouble making the split rim small and the tire off. Getting it back to round and the two ends of the split rim to mate is another story especially with a stiff new tire. Here is my homemade rim spreader. That’s a 20 series GM truck jack that only requires you to twist the knob by hand as you tap the rim with a soft mallet to get things to move. 1/2 a twist and 3 or 4 taps of the rim. Repeat..... With any rim spreader, be careful, as it is very easy to egg shape the rim
  9. Did not ring a bell as a major factory on the complex. Next went through my copy of ‘A Place Called Buick’ by Don Bent. No Factory 25 discussed. Let me ask our friend Mr Kirbitz.
  10. I agree with this. So what does Andy have? An export?
  11. The engine and frame numbers are not the same. The engine number is always a larger number. Wondering if Buick transitioned to the 1924 style identification tags late in the 1923 model year? I’ve looked at the pics of your car it is a 1923. Any engine pics?
  12. It’s the tag on the frame rail with the number somewhere around 1 million since the one millionth Buick was produced in 1923. No letters. My 1923 frame tag is oval but yours is a rectangle which is interesting. Also my block number is stamped in the block on a cast pad and your engine tag is more like what started in 1924.
  13. Lots of people read this Forum. Trying to help others. A first check for solving death wobble is to check tire pressure. Cheap and easy.