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  1. And Jon, if I do do that, what is your recommendation for the sealer to use? I already know that Super Glue does not work. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  2. I was under the impression that by going to the Nitrophyl material that put an end to the 'coating' issue. I feel like I know less now than when I started asking questions. Somebody, please explain to me and everyone reading on here just what in the world is going on. The car is completely put back together and this issue is the only thing stopping me from taking a short drive with it. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  3. Fighting with all of this is about enough to make a person want to set down and cry. I don't know how many times that I have heard over the years that the Marvel carburetors were nothing more than junk. I remember my Dad being told when he got this car back in the early 60's that the carburetor was really touchy and that the car simply could not be made to run right. I bought into this thinking and I was the Poster Boy for anything but a Marvel. I don't remember now who it was that told me about the folks at Classic Carburetors in Phoenix. Our 1920 Buick Six was running very poorly and it seemed like that anything I did in the way of adjustments really didn't help much at all. I contacted those folks and gave them all of my sad story. Mark Buber told me to send the unit down to them and that they would see what they could do for it and me. I was never so surprised in my life. The car started and ran a whole lot better after the rebuild. I sent the other two units from our Buicks down to them for rebuilding. This unit is the last one that they did for me and I have every reason to believe that once the float problem is corrected this one will run very well also. I know that a whole lot of folks do not like Marvel carburetors and that is OK. But from my own personal experience I will say that if one of these units is rebuilt correctly and adjusted properly, they really aren't all that bad. It's a personal preference issue. It really is a shame that Mark Buber's father-in-law passed when he did. Those guys knew and understood those Marvel units like nobody else in the country. I am a huge fan of originality and this unit left Flint on the car we now have. I do have a source for non-alcohol fuel in our area and that is what I plan to use in it whenever possible. Should I coat this new float that I'm getting from Gregg? You tell me. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  4. Well, here is the latest news from out Doo Dah Way. The steering wheel and controls are back in place and that really makes a difference in how the spark and throttle actions work. Now, it's on to the next BIG issue - the carburetor. I found out on Sunday that the float in the fuel bowl is Cork and you guessed it - it ain't coated. I simply got lucky in getting the engine to start and run a few times before the float sunk. I had heard folks say that coating a cork float with Super Glue would seal it up against any of the modern fuels. I pulled the float and let it bake in the hot sun to get dried out. I gave it a good coating of Super Glue and let it dry for 24 hours. I gave it a second coating and let that dry for 24 hours. Put the float back in the bowl and it promptly sunk. So, I'm here to say that whoever started that myth about the Super Glue did not know what they are talking about. I'm here to tell others that it doesn't work. I have a call in to Gregg Lange for one of his Nitrophyl (I can't spell it) floats that I'm told will do the job for this engine. I have a lot of time, expense, and effort in this carburetor and I expect it to do the job. With the float not working there is a steady leak out the air intake opening and it is not supposed to do that. My '20 doesn't do that. We are ready to drive this car!! Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  5. I got a new set of pilot tubes and crush gaskets for my 1916 Light Six engine and this engine was built in 1915. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  6. Hugh and Dj59, There was a very noticeable change with the 1923 Buick Starter/Generator unit. The 'clicking' sound during the 'motoring' phase went away. They became silent from then on. I was hoping that Brian Heil would have jumped in here and explained. He is our resident 1923 Buicks expert. Knowing that car as I do, I'd bet my last dollar that there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  7. Would this be Jim Milewski's 23-48? Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  8. Mr. Riviera, THANK YOU for the compliments and kind words. About the only thing that I can say is I am trying the best I can to get a good result. In answer to your question - no, I am not going to do anything toward putting any bumpers on the car. The dual spares setup on the rear would really be a challenge to say the least. Then again, the car left the factory without bumpers and I think we are going to leave it at that. I am not really sure when Buick had front and rear bumpers as standard equipment. Hopefully, someone on here will know that and chime in for us. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  9. I want to report that I think we're headed in the right direction again. As posted about earlier the original Combination Switch developed an electrical problem that could have been way worse than it was. The spare switch that I had for years was checked over very thoroughly and found to be in better physical condition than the original. This was installed into the dash and the wiring was connected and finished up this afternoon. The starter/generator 'motors' quite nicely like it is supposed to. I put the battery charger on the battery on the slow setting and I will give it another try in the morning. I got an email update from UPS telling me that my package (steering wheel) will be delivered Tuesday instead of Wednesday. I keep asking myself - what the heck else can go wrong. It just seems like it is one thing after another the closer the finish line gets. As for the original switch, I am going to hang onto it because it can be taken apart and rebuilt. Who knows, there might be someone out there desperately needing it. I might add that I'm not interested in dealing with this switch again anytime soon. The opening in the dash panel is a strong 1 3/4" high X 4 1/4" long. For a guy with fat fingers it's not the most comfortable situation to find yourself in. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  10. I got a 'HOT' 6-Volt coil from Brillman's Tractor Parts down in Virginia. I told them that I was looking for an ignition coil for my old Buicks. They told me that what they have will certainly do the job. The fellow told me that a standard coil like what was used on Chevrolet Sixes in the 30's, 40's, and 50's was somewhere between 25 - 30,000 volts. He said that their coils are 55,000 volts. I got one and really like it and I am going back for two more. At $37.00 you can't beat the price. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  11. I do have some steering box parts in case there is a need. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  12. Buick used a JACOX (Jackson-Church-Wilcox) steering gear assembly. Hugh is right, they are not that complicated of a unit, but they do have to be adjusted right. There are two half-nuts in the box and they can be turned around so that when a person turns the steering wheel to the right the car turns left. When my Dad rebuilt the front end on my car years ago, he was told about that and was very careful setting things back together. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  13. Here is the latest information on the engine video as of 07/22/21. I tried once again to start the engine this morning. There was an electrical issue with the Combination Switch (sparks flew) and the Starter / Generator did not 'motor' after that. The switch has gone South. There is an old saying that I have heard my entire life and it goes like this - God looks after Drunks and Fools. He was definitely looking after me this morning. I parted out a D-45 rolling chassis quite a few years ago and had the presence of mind to save the Combination Switch out of the cowl section of the car. This switch is in really good condition and is going into the dash panel on the car. Here are a couple of photos of the original switch and the small piece that is no longer attached where it should be. Here is some better news. The steering wheel will be back home Wednesday. The replacement switch will be installed before the wheel goes back on and HOPEFULLY the engine can be started and running soon. There are times when a person almost feels like giving up. It just seems like things are fighting me every step of the way. I am just thankful that this happened right here in my shop instead of out on a tour somewhere. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  14. Jake, No, we are scrambling as fast as we can to get this engine running so that we can get some miles on it before the Red Flag Tour in late September. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  15. Keith, what you are seeing is a bottom fitted bedsheet over the top. A friend of mine gave me that suggestion to help keep the top material clean when we're not driving the car. We got a cheap set of bedsheets from Walmart in the queen size and it works really well. Wait until you guys see how the gasoline tank is filled. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
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