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David A.

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About David A.

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    Member, been hanging around a while...
  • Birthday 10/12/1963

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    Greer, SC
  • My Project Cars
    50 B2B, 80 Shay Roadster, 66 Mustang, 64 Rambler Typhoon, 55 Willys Jeep CJ5, 54 Metropolitan Conv.,38 Buick Century


  • Location
    Greer, SC
  • Interests
    Antique auto restoration

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  • Occupation
    Technician at Michelin

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  1. David A.

    Man are these old trucks tough!

    Glad to hear neither you or your truck sustained any damage!
  2. My grandfather had polio when he was a child so stepping over his car running board wasn’t an option for him. He cut out a square piece of rubber backed carpet, punched a hole in the edge of it, and tied a piece of cord to it. He would lay the carpet on the running board before he got in. After he was in and seated, he would pull up the piece of carpet with the cord. Before he got out he would just drop the piece of carpet onto the running board before climbing out. It may be a little more challenging dropping the carpet onto a truck running board since it’s further down than a car, but you could probably use the cord to lower it into place.
  3. David A.

    Engine problem

    I had a problem with my 38 Buick. It would run fine around the yard and short slow trips, but if I tried going more then 5 miles or running at higher speeds, it would die. Someone on another truck thread was having a similar problem and was told the reproduction gas caps were not vented. Longer trips and faster speeds caused a vacuum in the gas tank and was starving the engine. I checked my Buick gas cap and sure enough, no vent hole. I haven’t had nice enough weather to try it with a vented cap, but I’m hoping that will solve my problem. Might be worth checking as it seems you have checked everything else.
  4. David A.

    Me and the B-1-D

    One of the choke knobs should say throttle.
  5. I may order a part from these people in the future, but I would never have them make a part for me! I had them make a transmission cluster gear shaft and it was horrible! The machining marks were terrible. It would have destroyed the needle bearings in short order, plus it wasn’t heat treated properly. I was suspicious after looking at it so I took it to a machine shop and asked them to check the hardness. It was just unhardened mild steel. They did refund my money, but I wasted a lot of time.
  6. David A.

    Can we get a good Windshield Gasket?

    I used steele’s windshield seal and i am very pleased with it.
  7. That sure is a nice looking truck!
  8. I sanded and buffed one of my original wheels that still had an area of good paint on it. Then I took it to Finish Masters and had them match it for me. I’ll try to attach a picture of my finished wheel and a picture of the formula. I thought they did an excellent job of matching the original color.
  9. Kind of makes you hate to have to cover them up!
  10. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it looks like you painted the shoe contact surface on the inside of the drum. Won’t that gum up your brake shoes? I don’t know, that’s why I’m asking.
  11. David A.

    missing on couple cylinders

    I had a similar problem on a 1938 Buick. It turned out to be a bad intake manifold gasket. It was pulling plain air in rather than the fuel air mixture. When I would spray starter fluid near the leaking gasket it would pick those cylinders up. Just watch out for the fan and for safety’s sake, I did it when I first started the engine before the exhaust manifold got hot. Good luck! Some problems can be a real bear to figure out.
  12. David A.

    Original buildsheet

    That is really neat! Rarely does that information survive the years. I saw you are from Aiken, I’m about 100 miles from you in Greer, SC. I am hoping to finish restoring my B2B this Summer.

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