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1931 Buick series 8-64 timing


Jniekamp
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Hi, this is my first post to the forum, thanks for adding me.

 

I have a 1931 series 8-64 Buick roadster that I need help on installing and adjusting the distributor. 20 plus years ago I removed the generator to have the armature rewound and rebuilt and now I'm wanting to get the car up running again. I have no memory as how to time it. (I was lucky enough to have the memory to locate all the parts)

 

Is there a timing mark on the front pulley or flywheel to time the engine? I see there is a cover plate back by the starter do see the flywheel.

 

Any help or source is greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you,

John

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On 4/5/2021 at 10:26 AM, Jniekamp said:

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Oh yes, I can make it out, I truly thank you for your help and kind offer. After hearing so much positive talk about the 1931 Buick book on specifications and adjustments, I went ahead and order my own this morning. I think until it comes, I'll be able to use your scan here and start that process.

 

Many many thanks! 

 

John

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I can provide you a restored Delco 660E distributor that has the dual points synchronized on my distributor machine which would make timing your engine to number one cylinder only a much simpler procedure. Chuck Straub   straub31@charter.net  cell 715 581 8602

 

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Getting the distributor set up on a machine is best as it will also make sure that the mechanical advance is working properly, but it sounds like you have a distributor to begin with. This is the tool I use to set my points to fire on the 45 degrees increments. It was a factory suggested shop tool for my Pierce and you can see the exact break in continuity with each light bulb going off. I found this one on eBay for just about $100 and have seen several others since.

 

 The manual page above gives you how to time the distributor to the engine as well as anything I can find, but this is for timing of the two sets of points to each other...

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21 minutes ago, Mark Wetherbee said:

Here’s a picture of the page from my tool catalog, there’s also a version made by Allen...

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I'd love to find one like this reasonably priced.! 

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Keep your eye on eBay, I’ve seen several complete ones going for $150 or less and others asking twice that but not selling. Mine came without the instructions but another person was kind enough to get me a picture of the section I needed... although if you’re mechanically inclined those instructions are not really needed to figure it out.

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Unfortunately ,Winn brand and other period auto ingnition synchrometers,like radiator mascot caps, are  collected, by tool collectors , who buy and hoard these things(often in multiples) who are not into actual cars and the stuff gets to help no one.

But thats life!.

 

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