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1925 McLaughlin Country Club Coupe needs work


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Hello from Alberta, Canada everyone. I  just acquired my first vintage car and I’m struggling to locate parts. I don’t even know if it is a Standard Six or a Master Six. It has what I believe to be the 255 CI straight six. In particular I would like to source tires ( 525/550 x 21” white walls preferably) and tune up parts such as rotor, distributor cap, plugs, wires, coil, fan belt, etc. I want to keep the car as close to original as possible, safety considerations not withstanding. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

 

Craig

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Nice car!  There's a fellow with a beautiful 1925 McLaughlin Phaeton in the Okanagan (B.C.) and he may be able to point you toward some parts.

 

You should also be in touch with the Alberta Vintage Touring Association (or something like that).  They do several tours a year for brass and nickel era cars - your car would fit right in once you get it on the road.  They may have some Alberta contacts.

 

Send me a private message if you'd like contact information for these leads.  The Buick guys here should be able to help you find ignition parts.

 

Peter

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Also guys, I am curious about the weight of oil to use in the engine for optimal performance/protection and I assume it should run on leaded fuel, but what octane would be best? I think it has the original Marvel updraft on her. Original vacuum tank too.

 

On a side not the underside of this vehicle is replete with grease nipples and most of them look to have been recently replaced. A good sign it has also been greased but out of curiosity can any one direct me to the correct grease, or indeed, greases to be used for suspension components and the like?

 

Craig

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There has been much written here and many opinions given on the subject of oil.   You may want to search out a few threads.  My advise is to get to know a few people with cars of similar vintage and choose someone you trust and respect.  You'll go nuts try to find the "correct" answer to your question.

 

Similar story for grease but not so much variety of opinion.

 

I will PM you.

 

Peter

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Before you buy any parts for this,you need to confirm the year. It's NOT a 1925 ! The 1925 engine still used a starter/generator combination. The distributor is different and more.

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Good looker, but that is a 28 I believe. Not a 25. 

Engine oil. I would use straight 30.  Gas, if you can find no ethanol is the best. Shell premium.  You don't need premium but I think it's least likely to have ethanol. If you are driving it regularly it's not a problem, mostly an issue if it sits for months at a time. Lots of info on here and local.  Im only 200 miles away.😁

Tires: George Moir in Edmonton. 

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