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Everything posted by Brian_Heil

  1. Tried the Teflon route. Didn’t work as well as the correct graphite rope with the ends cut on a 45 and overlapped. Does it leak ever so often. Yep. If it drips more than a couple at a lunch stop then the packing nut is due for a snug. I’m talking a 1/16 of a turn. It lubricates too. Something that scored bushing was much in need of.
  2. Late 1980s Buick like the Le Sabre had a jack in a stowage box in the trunk. I have purchased several of them for just the same purpose. Couple of bucks at the bone yard.
  3. I found a couple of these in my spare parts PM me if interested Thx!
  4. 9 inch Great shape. See the pics. $100 for the pair + shipping
  5. This is a small screw with part of the shank not threaded and a small spring is held under the head. Tighten it down until the threads stop and the spring is slightly compressed. Sorry I don’t have one or have yet to find one in my stash.
  6. Here is the link to the parts as listed over in the Buick Pre War Site
  7. Starter/Generators Manifolds Valves/Cages/Springs/Keepers Rockers Rocker Pedestals Rocker Shafts Pushrods Lifters Cams Cam Gears Cam Covers Fan Supports Rods Pistons Cranks Jugs Crankcases Water Pumps Flywheels Dipsticks Mickey Mouse Gas Cap Starter Linkage Choke Linkage Brake Rods w/ Front Cross Shaft Side Covers PM me as I probably have what you need. Thx!
  8. Just purchased a big lot to get something I needed. Now it’s your turn. PM me with your needs. From full engines and transmissions down to bolts and everything in between. Two nice 21/22 radiators too. One with shroud.
  9. Lots of dealer type items in the same auction.
  10. Not mine Was asked to post Low miles https://raucherbrothersauctioneers.hibid.com/catalog/303403/cernak-buick-online-liquidation-auction/
  11. Did the engine builders provide a build sheet? A good builder has a standard one. Ring end gaps, bores, journals, pistons, ring thickness, piston groove, and the list goes on … all at several locations on every hole and every journal? I read a dozen a week and had to sign every one for my parts when we were building the 3800 prototypes. And the math that notes the clearances should be built into the sheet. If not, did they keep theirs? If there isn’t one, I’d ask why.
  12. Only one version of 6 cylinder offered in 1923.
  13. Hold the ‘tickler’ plunger down until fuel comes out around the plunger stem. Then you know fuel has reached the bowel lid. Bowl is now as full as it can get.
  14. This would be dependent on how much fuel was in the vacuum tank when you started the trial.
  15. Advance. Now there is something they all like with today’s gas having twice the octane of fuel back in the day. The reason the compression is ~4.5:1 and the factory spark setting is so near TDC is because that’s all the fuel could tolerate before it knocked. I’ve been running my base timing 14 degrees more advanced than factory spec for 25 years and 40,000+ miles. My advance lever never gets moved, it stays full advanced always. Make sure your advance weights are also doing their job and if you have a vacuum advance, it too.
  16. Choke and cars. They’re all different. Use the choke on my 1923 (other than on a frosty morning cold start) and it will flood in seconds. Go inside and have another coffee if you use it on a summer day, cold start or hot start. You just earned a 15 minute delay. We learn each car’s personality. My car starts best in the summer with the throttle lever down a couple inches and no choke. It took a while to learn this. They’re all different.
  17. I had the little spring plunger drop out of the distributor cap once. Found the little devil and spring too. Had the points rubbing block break off on NOS points. No point gap. Most NOS points out there for sale have this same issue. JB Weld 25 years and counting to re-attach. Failed external ballast resistor. Found it sparking in the dark. Hit and miss running. Dirty combination switch contacts. Cooked a 6v battery because I could not turn my starter generator down low enough after it got re-built. I now run my halogen spotlight to get my net charge down to 1 amp down the road. All of this on my 1923. I share it to let you know, you are not alone. Rather, you are enjoying your initiation to the Buick PWD Fraternity.
  18. I continue to struggle with a cheap foreign twist knob battery disconnect switch. If this thing is not really tight, the motor will crank but there is not enough voltage left to fire the ignition. I've proven it to myself and have a knife switch battery cutoff I need to yet install. Long story but on 6v systems, check your connections and grounds. You need all 6v.
  19. Read the post again. Didn't see where you pulled plugs and checked they were all firing while held against the block. Signed, The Guy Who Once Spent a Frustrating Afternoon With the Distributor Rotor in His Pocket
  20. Happy Birthday Mabel! I found an envelope with a name and address on it in my 1923 with an early 1980s post mark I contacted the person early in my ownership ~1997 and they sent a large envelope of pictures of the car unrestored in the late 1970s he had taken. He and the car were in the Boston area then. He owned it for a short period Who did the cosmetic restoration after him is a mystery. He had no info on who he sold it to or bought it from. The car ended up in a Kruse auction cosmetically restored and the gentleman I bought it from in New Hampshire got it at the auction or from a flipper who got it at the auction. Anyway, Kruse said they woukd not do searches of auction history. The car still sports it’s unique radiator ornament and a Manhattan NY Buick dealer etched plate with 4 digit phone numbers and contact information on the front passenger toe board. I believe the plate to be original to the car.
  21. Anticipate the vehicle’s response and downshift sooner. Problem solved.
  22. Helping a friend of a friend’s widow. Gentleman in Nebraska sent his S/G out for a rebuild and then passed away. Family looking for leads as to shops he may have sent it to, to track it down. Any and all names of shops that he may have sent it to appreciated. The family will do the leg work if they have the business names. By any chance if someone has a 1916 S/G available, they would be interested in that also. Thank you in advance.
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