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  1. My 38 Special pulled hard to the right, almost yanking the steering wheel out of my hands when cold and after the brakes warmed up it got a bit less but was still there. Turned out to be a bad inner wheel bearing seal which allowed grease to leak onto the brake shoe surfaces. I replaced the seal and the brake shoes and now I can take my hands off the steering wheel while braking and it doesn't move. Steve D
  2. On my 38 special I was able to remove and install the water pump with the fan attached without hitting the radiator. Since the upper hose, thermostat housing heater hoses and lower hose are already removed there is just enough space to lift it out. I did this twice within a few weeks since the first replacement pump ceramic seal was damaged in shipment and leaked like a sieve. Steve D
  3. I used "The Flying Dutchman" to rebuild my pump. Reasonably price and lead time and he even painted it Buick green. Working great. http://water-pump-rebuilders.com/contact.html Steve D
  4. On my 1938 Special I installed a Quick Fuel adjustable pressure regulator between the pump and the carb and set it to 2 1/2 lbs. pressure. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/qft-30-804qft file:///C:/Users/steve/OneDrive/Pictures/Our Photos/38 Buick/Quick Fuel 30-804 Quick Fuel Billet Pressure Regulators, Manifolds and Diaphragm Kits.htm Steve D
  5. I had brake pulling to the right on my 1938 Special which turned out to be leaking inner wheel bearing seals. Replaced the seals but also had to replace the brake shoes as the grease had contaminated them. Did a major brake adjustment when I installed the new shoes and the car brakes perfectly now. Steve D
  6. I use this 00 AWG cable with the proper connectors already attached on my 1938 Buick. The drop across the cables during starting is less than 0.1V. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Positive-Battery-Cable-2-0-AWG-00-Gauge-Ga-Copper-Custom-Made-Auto-Truck-Marine/131905856172?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 I also found that the that cheap green knob type battery disconnect was dropping almost 0.5V during cranking. Steve D
  7. Most of the coolant will drain out when the pump is removed. I drained as much as I could by removing the lower hose connection at the radiator and letting it drain into a large tub. Got about 80% of the coolant. I want to also recommend Flying Dutchman who my rebuilt bump but when I received it, it leaked worse than before. Turned out it was caused by a cracked ceramic seal that occurred in shipping. He sent me a replacement immediately and later I returned the bad one. Great service and the new pump works flawlessly. Steve D
  8. I found this body inspection sheet under the front seat when I redid the interior of my 1938 Buick Special. It is a bit hard to read but it shows that there were some production defects that had to be fixed. Steve D
  9. Good job, glad you did this before accumulating too much mileage. I had the exact same issue 25 years ago after rebuilding my 38 Special engine which had 20-25 lbs at 50MPH and 2-3 lbs at idle when hot. Your description is step for step what I did but I bought a rebuilt pump. Now, on cold start it goes to 45 lbs and stays there until the oil gets hot when it drops to 30-35 lbs at 50MPH and 10 lbs at idle. There is a relief spring in the pump that I think limits the max. pressure to 45 lbs but your pump seems to go higher. Was your pump rebuilt to factory specs or was the relief p
  10. I had severe foaming with EG coolant which turned out to be a cracked cylinder head at the rear two cylinder exhaust valve seats. The coolant would virtually blow and bubble out of the overflow tube after a high speed run. After replacing the head I still had a bit of foaming with EG and the car would run cool until a sustained highway drive where the temperature would slowly rise up to over 200 deg. This turned out to be a partially clogged radiator and after re-coring the radiator the foaming is totally gone. I use standard Prestone EG 50-50 and keep the radiator tank filled about 0.5-1" o
  11. Do you know if the 1995 Jeep clutch will also ft a 1938 special? Thanks, Steve D
  12. Electronic ignitions produce a higher voltage which could cause marginal spark plug wires to break down causing misfires. It would be especially noticeable under load. If the spark plug gaps have been increased as if often done with electronic ignition that would also increase the firing voltage. I would replace the spark plug wires and check the plug gaps. Steve D
  13. Here is a photo of the heater shutoff valve I just installed on the top hose: Steve D
  14. Rodney, My water pump is out for rebuilding but I'll post photos after I get it all back together. I got my shutoff valve from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000DCNGKQ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Steve
  15. Thanks for the responses. I think it is easier to rout the hoses if I put the valve on the inlet side so I'll probably do that. I also found the drawing below showing the heater hose routing. Note the top hose goes to the bottom core inlet. Steve D
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