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    Hello Terry Oh dear! I received the same message today at 18.46 UK time - the same message. I've deleted it as well. Best wishes, Nick Bell from across the pond.
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    Another 1918 E49

    Yes they are incredibly rare and intact snubbers (?US term) or shock absorbers (UK term), I'll take some more pictures of them. Even the canvas straps are in unworn condition which is a testament to the probable low mileage of this car.
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    Another 1918 E49

    Yikes! That is a serious infestation, US mice obviously have good taste going for Buicks.
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    Another 1918 E49

    More pictures of the E-6-49, it is super original and complete - including the obligatory mouse nest in the front seat!! However have you ever seen the correct beading along the top of the front passenger seat and the fabric covering on the bodywork above the robe rail? First job was to remove that terrible fender from the front of the chassis, looks better already. I'm going to recommission the mechanicals and leave the rest as is...
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    Fun with gauges, Buick E-49

    Don, you are correct in thinking your 'pinwheel' is in backwards. I've just taken a couple of photos of mine in my 1918 E45... I've recently cleaned it out and replaced the cracked glass and it works fine now.
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    Another 1918 E49

    Well, here she is... Thank you Terry and Larry for not 'stealing my thunder'. Fresh out of the container this morning, having crossed the Atlantic Ocean to start her new adventures in the UK. Coming to join my E-6-45 which Terry knows well and on which we've just completed a 350 mile tour to Wales from Oxford last week-end.
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    Valve Cage Removal

    And a couple of views of its rehabilitated engine with nicely aligned valve cages!!
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    Valve Cage Removal

    Here are some more pictures of my E45 in its new habitat, as requested by Terry...
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    Valve Cage Removal

    Hello from across the pond. I have had the same problem with my 1918 D45. I soaked the cage with a 50/50 mix of acetone and ATM, tried hitting the valve with a 5lb hammer and wooden pole from below, tried jacking the car up on the pole pushed up through the bore so the entire weight of the car was taken by the valve and cage and at the same time applied heat (having removed the ATM/acetone mix!) and attached a slide hammer to the valve stem - all at the same time and no luck. All this was taking place over a period of months and I was getting desperate. I finally called in a legendary fettler here in the UK (name supplied in personal communications) who had listened to my tale of woe over the months and eventually made a 200 mile round trip to visit me. He took his 5lb lump hammer and a steel drift and told me to look away... He then made several well aimed blows with the drift around the lip of the cage - driving it down the bore, subjecting the rust on the cage to a percussive sheering force . (Boy was I worried about my beautiful cast iron block...). He then reattached my slide hammer and within a few upward slides the cage started moving and came out within minutes. Genius! He fixed a problem in five minutes which had me baffled for 3 months or more... His theory was that the counter intuitive blows to the rim of the cage transmitted the shock such that the rust which had effectively welded the cage to the block cracked thus releasing the cage. I needed to remove the cage because it had turned and had reduced the inlet orifice by about 50%. One of the other cages had spun around and completely blocked off the exhaust outlet to another cylinder, but happily that one moved easily. I found that the inlet cages had rusted, whereas the hotter exhaust cages were free. Terry Wiegand knows this car because he helped the owner free the engine before he sold it to me. It is now running sweetly with new white metal bearings having had a knock in the engine.
  10. Thank you Don, looks like 33ft lbs, i was going to tighten to 35, so not far out!
  11. Can someone tell me the correct torque settings for the big-end bolts on a 1918 Buick E45 please?
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    2-1918 Buick touring cars on ebay

    They look VERY tempting, but check out his feedback: -1 and a disatisfied customer declaiming him as a scammer only one week ago... it may be too good to be true. I would strongly advise any prospective purchaser to look at the cars in person before bidding.
  13. Has anyone got a top water pipe from the cylinder block (two outlets) to the top rad hose (one outlet) which they could sell me? All propositions considered.