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Essex_29

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Re: 1930 Buick V12 build
« Reply #360 on: July 05, 2024, 05:26:38 PM »
After doing some other stuff and waiting for the piece of plate I ordered, it was back to the accessory belts.
Same as with the alternator, the Mercedes power steering pump I had planned on using, didn't fit. I found
out that Volvo pumps are much smaller with remote reservoir, so I got one of those from a scrapped car,
and determined that it might fit, but only just.

This engine has a remote oil filter, and becasue all that wouldn't  fit in among my headers and narrow chassis,
 I still have to figure that one out. In any case, the oil filter connections will be in the same 10 mm (about 3/8")
thick piece of plate that I'm using for the pump mount here. More on that later on.
Lots of grinding and drilling to make this part.



The plate with all its holes fit first try. Unbelievable. Usually it's hard to get more than two holes to fit.
I then continued by making the pump mount. I wanted it to pivot on two bolts, to assure the belt runs
straight. Also a mount for the mount was made from 8mm (5/16") plate.



The hard part was to get the little mount in the right position, so I called a buddy, who came over to give
me a hand, holding the pump in the right position while I scribed. All parts back on the work bench holes
were drilled and tapped, and the parts were bolted together.



Lo and behold, it  came out spot on! I had counted on adjusting and filing holes, but first try. This never
happens.
I cut an old belt and shortened it to a nice fit using a knife, a piece of sheet metal and some pop rivets. Next time
I go shopping, I'll get a new belt, the popriveted one probably won't last for long.

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Re: 1930 Buick V12 build
« Reply #361 on: July 09, 2024, 03:04:40 PM »
The belt tensioner for the power steering pump is done. Also the crank sensor (arrow) is in place, and things
done so it can be replaced without removing more than one bolt.



Next up is the grille. The shape of the grille shell is nice, no need to alter that, but I don't like how the original
grille looked, it's just a stamped sheet, so I decided early on to make a tube grille.



For tubing I use the chapest alternative, which is chromed copper waterpipe, 3/8" daiamete, that's 10 mm in
local currency. I bought a 10.2 mm drill and drilled holes to make a matrix for the top and one for the bottom.
Since the grille shell is a bit wider at the bottom, I drilled the holes .327" farther apart in the bottom matrix.
This resulted in holes for 31 pieces of tubing.



The botom matrix here. It took some figuring out to get it to fit without showing from the front of the grille,
and to get each of the tubes fastened so the whole thing won't rattle. I bought a box of very small sheet
metal screws to get it all mounted.



All the parts and tubes trial fitted it looks okay, the spacing of the tubes follow the shape of the grille decently well.



The crank hole will get a filler piece, it looks a bit silly as you can see the tubes going past it.

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Re: 1930 Buick V12 build
« Reply #362 on: July 11, 2024, 04:34:54 PM »
A small pece of sheet metal was missing between the windsheild opening and the roof. 42" wide and when
 cut, about 2" high.
The first pic shows what was missing.
The piece going here is bent,  it goes all the way to the front of the roof and and is plug welded through the
myriad original holes. The bend wasn't straight, it was bent using a tipping die on my little bead roller, then
using the shrinker, got the new part straight so it fits.

In the second pic the new piece is lined up with vice grips, ready for plugwelding.



Finally the welds were ground down. Some welding still to do on the old front "forehead".
The arrow points at the hole where the axle goes for the viper motor I bought yesterday.

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Re: 1930 Buick V12 build
« Reply #363 on: July 12, 2024, 05:05:33 PM »
Wow that grill looks so much better!
Spending time with my grandkids gets in the way of finishing my car but I don't regret it!

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Re: 1930 Buick V12 build
« Reply #364 on: July 13, 2024, 11:24:03 AM »
Nice fab work. Your pump looks like the small ones they use here on Sprint cars. Your winshield frame looks great! The grille looks awsome also👍

 


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