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  1. Strange things were done by G.M. in the antipodes. I had a 38 series 40 sedan in my shed for some years that had been factory assembled in Trentham New Zealand with a 37 engine with the flat top pistons. The body and engine numbers on the car were identical to those on the original bill of sale. Everything would have been sourced CKD via Oshawa Ontario. Cheers, Clive
  2. A light horizontal pull to the rear axle will achieve the desired separation. Reattachment would be as envisaged. Allow half a day to complete the job. Quicker than on a 37. Good luck.
  3. It is quite straightforward to replace the torque ball seal on a 38. If the rear of the car is lifted high enough there is no need to disconnect the coils as they will bend back the required 6 inches or so without disconnection. You need to disconnect driveline at torque ball plus central brake hose, park brake linkages, shock absorbers and panhard rod. A new seal from "Bobs" will cure your leak. Good luck. Clive 3738
  4. gc`bvNew Zealand is a country with a temperate climate and a population of 4 million and comprises 2 main islands, each being roughly 1,000 miles long and 100 miles wide. In the 1920s over 50% of our vehicles were of American manufacture as they were built stronger and better able to withstand our rugged terrain and abysmal roads.This ratio declined in favour of firstly vehicles of British origin due to preferential tariffing and secondly vehicles of Japanese origin upon the collapse of the British motor industry. American vehicles were sourced by the franchised dealers out of Canada by virtue of them attracting lower sales taxes because Canada was a fellow commonwealth member. From the late 1920s to the late 90s most new vehicles were shipped here crated knocked down ( C.K.D.) and assembled here predominantly at the bottom of the North Island, again to avoid paying more tax than necessary. While Australian G.M. products were predominantly Holden bodied and differed somewhat from the cowl back to the North American vehicles, here in New Zealand most were Fisher bodied and identical to their U.S. and Canadian counterparts with the exception of being right hand drive. Sales of new Buicks by G.M. franchises ended in N.Z. in 1952 or 53 due to the factories ceasing production of R.H.D. variants, whilst a few Chevs and Canadian Pontiacs were available until the early 70's in factory R.H.D. Survival rates of all American vehicles here would be at the higher end of a world scale because of their strength and lively performance, our relatively kind climate, and mainly because their high value relative to average income dictated that they be kept on the road by some creative and innovative means for many years longer than their envisioned use-by date.
  5. Hi Neil, Highly unlikely that your motor was ever fitted with an oil filter. They did not seem to supply them with built up or c.k.d. Buicks and` Chevs shipped to N.Z. pre-war. Cheers, Clive
  6. Hi Neil, Your car was restored by John Smith (really) of Papamoa, Tauranga.He is now deceased but Paul MacDiamid of Rotorua gave major assistance with the restoration. He could be contacted via N.Z. Buick Enthusiasts at letsbuick@hotmail.com The car was for sale at Te Puke Vintage Auto Barn after John's death for $16 K and went to Taranaki from where you purchased it. Most N.Z. Buicks were supplied with leather upholstery, but I have seen a low mileage 1938 61 Sedan that came with Bedford Cord. On another note my friend has a 4 cyl. 1923 roadster that was one of eight exported that year, and it was parked at the same location as another of the eight during the North Island Centennial Rally, Hawkes Bay, Easter 2003.