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Function of this 1932 part on 344cid ???

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This mounts on the manifold side of the engine just above the fuel pump. Can someone explain the function ?

Thanks in advance.

Tony

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Wizard control?

Read more: https://autoweek.com/article/car-news/1932-buick-model-56-business-coupe-more-wizardry-less-cost#ixzz5cVxhsyto

 

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The smallest straight eight offered had 82.5 hp from 230.4 cubic inches of displacement, but it was the clutch and suspension that Buick emphasized to set the car apart from the competition.“Wizard Control” was 1932 Buick marketing-speak for freewheeling and a power clutch. The magic wand that opened the door was located to the lower left of the clutch pedal. By depressing this control button while lifting your foot off the accelerator, you could get the car moving, freewheel downhill, and shift gears—all without depressing the clutch. This was accomplish- ed using engine vacuum through a control valve and an assortment of rubber and brass piping. Wizard Control vanished after 1934.

 

http://www.2040-parts.com/1932-1933-buick-80-90-series-engine-vacuum-control-valve-wizard-ride-control--i2097972/

 

Disabled on many cars now

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That is part of the "Wizard Control" or automatic clutch control. Most of them were disabled and disconnected many years ago because the Wizard Control is complicated and didn't work after a few years of use or disuse.

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OK thanks. There is a similar one on the transmission but with 3 pistons. I was not aware it required this one also. The plumbing was not all it tact when we got the car. I put vacuum on the clutch vacuum assist and it did pull the clutch so the diaphragm is good. 

If I am right the one on the transmission modifies how the clutch vacuum assist operates depending on which gear you are in. But I guess I'll need to figure out what this one does when operating now that I know it is for the wizard control. 

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You will need to find some instructions on how they are supposed to work.  But better if disabled even if it looks as built

Try here

http://www.buickheritagealliance.org/index.php/archives/browse/1932

 

http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/

 

http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Buick/1932 Buick/1932 Buick Reference Book/image1.html

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The top piston ties into the the wizzard actuator button on the toeboard.  

The  bottom piston ties into the gas pedal linkage.

 

Interestingly, early wizzard control parts were brass and later ones were diecast material.

 

Bob Engle

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8 hours ago, Robert Engle said:

The top piston ties into the the wizzard actuator button on the toeboard.  

The  bottom piston ties into the gas pedal linkage.

 

Interestingly, early wizzard control parts were brass and later ones were diecast material.

 

Bob Engle

And that button on the toe board was an electrical switch, vacuum switch, mechanical switch ??? I never found the switch. 

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On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:15 PM, 1939_Buick said:

You will need to find some instructions on how they are supposed to work.  But better if disabled even if it looks as built

Try here

http://www.buickheritagealliance.org/index.php/archives/browse/1932

 

http://www.oldcarmanualproject.com/

 

http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/NA/Buick/1932 Buick/1932 Buick Reference Book/image1.html

Thank you for letting me know about the reference manuals, I did not know they were available. 

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The book you want is SPECIFICATIONS and ADJUSTMENTS   1932.  lots reproductions and some originals available.  The Button is a red mushroom shaped piece on the floorboard under the clutch pedal.  it is mechanical,  The Button is threaded on a piece that goes through the toeboard and on the engine side there is a bracket and rotating rod that has linkage going to the valve you pictured. The whole wizzard control is a simple vacuum operated mechanical system that is complex in it's setup and adjustment.  Buick was focusing on selling cars to the ladies and the idea of not having to be pressing on the clutch pedal frequently was viewed as meeting that goal.  I have a lot of advertising pages from magazines of the 1932 period touting the advantages of Buick for the ladies.

 

Bob Engle

 

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CTCV,

 

I assume you do not belong to the Free Spirit Chapter of the BCA.  I would suggest that Dave Brady of Dave Interior Restorations in Emmaus at 610.065.2172, would welcome a phone call and a visit to his shop so you can have a #D view of this set up on his car. I would offer mine to see but it is in CT.  I suggest bringing a camera.  Feel free to mention my name.

 

John D. Scheib

 

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John

Sorry for the delayed response. Good to know and I am not far away from Emmaus. It would be well worth it.

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