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All I know is the rope has as many people liking it as not. If the engine takes a rope seal then it is two piece. A ring seal is for one piece of course and is a different install.
Just prepare to use about 10 new blades to get the rope seal cut nicely.
No idea where to get body parts from. My bumper was messed up and I was amazed at how easy it was to bump the steel back to a decent shape. My right front fender needed some heat and bumping and it too came back.
If I do find a good parts source I will gladly post it.
Best of luck
I too am a 66 Buick owner with a 340. When I took mine apart I kept the valves and entire train in order and the heads came off with a few taps of the hammer.
I have to tell anyone, my best and most helpful resource for engine work is from boxwrench. This is a dvd about engine...
I have some experience as an old man in net gaming. Half Life Team Fortress. We use at times a voice chat called Ventrillo. You simply join into the server that I pay for and talk into your mic or headphone.
I think it would be cool to get some fellas every now and again and get into this voice...
66 Buick Tranmission question.
Should the transmission be movable by hand from the gear? The engine was frozen and I wonder if the tranny is too. The fluid was nice and red with no burned smell.
I am going to keep the 340. During the tear down I feared the worst when each piston needed 2 acts of congress to get out. I have a block now and will take it to the fella for tanking and magnafluxing soon.
this wat I keep bragging rights and original stuff.
Thanks for your ideas and...
What do you use at home or from the shelf that is a good parts washer solution. I remember the tubs with re circulating fluids but do not know what the solution is. Got any ideas.
And we had a time getting the pistons out of our 340. Had to beat each one out 1 at a time. It was hard enough...
Mid life crisis eh? well you have good therapy going there. I think that if I were in midlife then I will live to be 108. But here it too is medicine. I go in the am for my 2nd cardiac cath, April 3 for endarterectomy. So I spent today with my 16 yr old working on my 66 buick.
My humble opinion
I have had great luck in heating with propane or acety/oxy if you have it. I have yet to have it fail me as long as something can grab it.
Soak with PB Blaster first, it wont fire up either.
When we removed the heads, we found them filled with I think tranny fluid or marvel oil. No matter, it was there.
When we got the car, the plugs had been removed and were sitting on the air cleaner. This is why we did not even bother trying to start it. This whole deal is for me to do...
I have bookmarked the rover site, wrote to the author of the book, his pay link was broken, number on the site was a fax. The book looked informative.
Thanks again for your reply. Today we got into this motor. Have to download the photos, I think that post will be kinda...
Saw your ad. Looks like the same engine and all. At present the one I have is froze and have taken out 3 pistons so far because I could get to those bolts. In your ad you said you did not know if your engine was free or frozen and you would be checking, have you, and is it free.
Have removed the 340 without incident. Never have done a rebuild. Have many videos etc on Chevy 350 rebuild. Have not found a video or book on buick restorations.
Questions I have now.
1, What is the purpose of the damper and why only one?
2, Are there any known issues I should know related to...
Slow but steady
Thanks guys, going to simply go at it area by area, inch by inch. I really wanted to turn it so I could get to the bolts for the converter but managed today. Now at least we have it on the engine stand.