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Require some tech tips and engine parts for this vehicle.  To change from  cast bearings to slipper Bearings.  Have been told that the Chevy 34 & 35 should have same  bearings.  Is it possible to change from  cast  bearings to slipper bearings at 30 thou as the crankshaft requires grinding.    If this is the case then can anyone direct us to a shop that would have the parts including a set of main bearings at 040 thou.

 

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We have a work shop here in Adelaide but they can not source the parts so we are now trying to obtain them via this forum. We have tried a couple of places in Michigan and California ,,, they have directed us to this forum.  I have logged into the forums at Buick Club of Australia but nothing as yet.

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On 1/12/2021 at 10:51 AM, Mark Gillett said:

Require some tech tips and engine parts for this vehicle.  To change from  cast bearings to slipper Bearings.  Have been told that the Chevy 34 & 35 should have same  bearings.  Is it possible to change from  cast  bearings to slipper bearings at 30 thou as the crankshaft requires grinding.    If this is the case then can anyone direct us to a shop that would have the parts including a set of main bearings at 040 thou.

 

 

Good machine shops can do the conversion from babbit bearings to slipper but you will find it hard to convince them to take the work on. In Australia I think the preferred replacement slipper bearings are Toyota R10? 

 

There is a fellow in Northern NSW who re-metals your original rods and the price used to be around the same as the cost of machining and fitting replaceable slipper bearings.

 

Try these people in the USA for engine rebuild kits

 

 https://www.kanter.com/productdetail.aspx?DeptNo=1400&MakeName=Buick&MakeYear=1935&CategoryID=31&ProductCode=1655&Router=Catalog

 

The kit for 1934/35 specifies for babbit bearings.

 

Is your coupe Holden bodied?

 

Would like to see some photos - we like photos on this forum.

 

Good luck with your rebuilt.

 

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20 hours ago, Mark Gillett said:

We have a work shop here in Adelaide but they can not source the parts so we are now trying to obtain them via this forum. We have tried a couple of places in Michigan and California ,,, they have directed us to this forum.  I have logged into the forums at Buick Club of Australia but nothing as yet.

I have never come across an Au Buick Club forum.  All the states have (very) separate Buick Clubs

You could try asking via the Au pre-war newsletter (from QLD).   Joining the AU pre-war email list is free

https://buickcarclubaustralia.com/aussie-pre-war-buicks/

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On 1/11/2021 at 5:51 PM, Mark Gillett said:

Require some tech tips and engine parts for this vehicle.  To change from  cast bearings to slipper Bearings.  Have been told that the Chevy 34 & 35 should have same  bearings.  Is it possible to change from  cast  bearings to slipper bearings at 30 thou as the crankshaft requires grinding.    If this is the case then can anyone direct us to a shop that would have the parts including a set of main bearings at 040 thou.

 

Chevy didn't use rod inserts ( slipper)  until 1953.  It's easy here to use them on the earlier Chev engines as long as machine shop has a con rod machine.  You would have to do size research to find what would work. 

Egge machine in California have engine parts. 

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NICE!

 

Looking at the photos I'm thinking it is one of the 18 Buick 8-40 coupes built by GM-H in 1935. The tramway pleated leather seats, straight pressed steel bumpers and twin sidemounts are unique to the Australian bodies.

 

Build plate should be nailed to the top of the left hand main sill and paint detail nailed onto the seat base.   

 

 

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