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  1. Some of you may know about my 1932 speedster project. two threads tell the tale: http://forums.aaca.org/f230/32-buick-8-50-4-su-353115.html http://forums.aaca.org/f165/1932-speedster-custom-2012-great-race-319610.html I pulled the engine last week and it needs some work. Do any of you know if the later small block 8's internal parts can be worked into these early blocks? I'm thinking of the full insert bearings used from 1947, and if it's safe to bore to 3.0938 for later pistons (this block is already at 3.00, up from original 2.9375). Thanks, jc
  2. <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings> </xml><![endif]--> I'm in Los Angeles and my 61 Buick with a 364 Nailhead is at my friend’s house in Van Nuys. The car was running fine until it was backfiring through the carb. It had 4 bad lobes on the camshaft and was still running. I have changed my camshaft, cam bearings, timing gears, chain, lifters, rods, and couldn't get my car started. I did not degree the cam when I put it in. I was told by Elgin and the guy I bought it from that I should not have to. I got the right firing. I put the timing chain and gears in tdc and according to the manual. I have checked the timing, it has good compression, firing stroke, correct firing order and can’t get my car running good. I then changed my carter carb with an Eldebrock 1406 and it started but the rpms are too low, It will idle with the carb held wide open and the valves are hardly moving. The stock nonadjustable rockers are in it. Some of the new rods from Egges seem too loose against the rocker arms. The valves don't look like they are moving very much. I have been trying to get it going for over a few weeks. I made sure all the cam bearing holes lined up. I put in a stock 401 cam E-564-S from northern auto parts, Vl-3 lifters, 364 push rods from Egges. Cylinder 1 on the passenger side is on the firing stroke, the rotor is facing 1, and timing is at 12. I got a 1406 Eldebrock carb. Flame thrower coil, Petronix points which were in the motor before and worked. New plug wires, distributor cap and ac 45s plugs. I soaked the lifters in oil first but did not pump them. I thinking maybe the lifters are not pumping up but I don't know why they wouldn't by now when the car has started. They lifters are VL-3 's according to the box. I tried again to get it going with no luck. It will turn over but it will barely idle. I looked at it with the valve cover off and they are barely moving. I have read so much at this point but I don't where to go from here. I thought I did everything right, timing, firing order, etc. Everybody has a different idea but nothing is working so far. My next step is to tear it apart again or find a shop. I haven't been able to find a shop that wants to work on a nailhead or is familiar with them. I took the valley pan off, the cam is still good. I turned the oil pump shaft with a drill and screw driver. And there is pressure of 45 to 50 on the oil sensor but I don't see any oil coming up through the engine. I'm not sure what the oil path is on the nailhead. Do I need have an old distributor shaft to move the oil through the engine? Also the push rods are loose against the rockers. There seems like there is too much play. I feel like the none adjustable stock rockers should be tighter against the rods, I’m wondering if the rockers are worn but again the car ran before with a bad cam. Some of the push rods are very noticeably loose. I pulled a new lifter out and there was no oil in it. This is a daily driver and you know what it's like not having a car in LA. I'm becoming very desperate and grasping at straws I need help or someone that can come look at it with me in Van Nuys to figure it out or a nailhead knowledgeable mechanic that I can bring it to in southern California close to Los Angeles area. 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  3. I noted that the engine in a 1947 Buick Roadmaster I was looking to buy appeared to be painted black. I was told the reason, was that it had been rebuilt in the Buick factory. Does that explanation sound correct? Thanks...G
  4. An Engine Rebuild Shop is liquidating their equipment in the area. Here's a list of the equipment and links to the listings. All machines are in the Cleveland Ohio area. Great for you Do It Yourselfers. Get the machines at a fraction of what you'd pay for them new. Peterson TCM-25 Valve Guide & Seat Machine SHOP EQUIPMENT Peterson Machine Tool TCM-25 Valve Guide Seat Machine Van Norman 570 Rotary Broach Machine SHOP EQUIPMENT Van Norman #570 Automatic Rotary Broach Honemaster EH100 Machine Hone SHOP EQUIPMENT Honemaster EH100 For Honing Engine Blocks Boring Bar and Stand SHOP EQUIPMENT Kansas Instrument Engine Boring Bar Machine & Stand Valve Tumbler SHOP EQUIPMENT Hayden Trans Tool Valve Tumbler Heated Rinse Tank SHOP EQUIPMENT Kansas Instrument Model PHR400 Heated Rinse Tank Booth Caustic Hot Tank SHOP EQUIPMENT Peterson Caustic Hot Tank for Used for Engine Cleaning Sunnen MBB1290D SHOP EQUIPMENT Sunnen Precision Hone Machine Engine Rebuilding
  5. I'm assuming all of you have an antique or classic vehicle of some sort. There is a small company in Grand Rapids, MI that I've been dealing with a lot lately. The name is Northwestern Auto Supply. You can find them online at Northwestern Auto Supply, Antique Auto Parts, Old Car and Truck Parts For Sale, Engine Parts, Grand Rapids, Michigan They do ship world-wide and they have just about anything you can think of for vehicles, other than any body. They DO NOT deal with body stuff. They even have a complete machine shop where they do everything right there except for turn cranks. I was surprised to learn that they even do babbiting yet. If you're restoring a vehicle back to it's original glory, there's nobody else I would turn to. The employees are a wealth of knowledge, and learn as much as possible about your problem to be sure they don't sell you the wrong part. In short, these guys truly care about the customer. They don't want to see you buy the wrong part EVER. They take pride in what they do.
  6. I bought a 1940 Dodge D14 this summer, and was LOVING IT, until a rod started knocking this fall. I just pulled the engine and am going to take it to a shop for a rebuild. They'll do new rings and (if needed) oversize pistons or rebore cylinders, new valves and seats, and take care of the knock. While the engine is out, what else should I do, or have the engine shop do? The transmission shifted smoother than my '71 Chevy C10, so I'm not going to touch that. Will probably go through the clutch - what should be done while it's out? Thanks for any feedback! I've gone through several 2 cylinder John Deere engines, but never have gone through a whole car engine. This car has become my baby, so I want to make sure that everything is done right (cost considerations will come into play...I can't afford to go overboard).