January 13,2001 - My third Olds arrived from a ten year storage in North Carolina.
In 1932, Oldsmobile offered six models in six and eight cylinder versions. style chart This is a six cylinder Deluxe Four Door Sedan. standard specifications It is a dual side mounted model with artillery wheels which makes this car much more rare particularly in this condition. This beauty is in original condition with 41k miles on the odometer.
Dudley was the second owner for nearly forty years. His age and distance from the car forced him to put it up for sale. I promised him continued tender loving care.
The engine seized from sitting so long. I have since freed the flat head and it purrs like a kitten. My plans right now are to clean her up and preserve it's unrestored originality. I'll take it to some shows and tours each year and in time start a frame off restoration.
Olds Ad Slogan for 1932. "Outstanding General Motors value in the medium priced field."
Brochures of model year features and accessories
All Cleaned up and enjoying the Cherry Blossoms in the Spring of 2001
9/30/2001 Tri-County Annual Car Show in Wayne, NJ Safe at Home 11/02/03
It's present status. Woke it up from a long sleep.
It's Alive ! Hear and See it run.
The latest NOAC Monthly Journal ( Runabouts to Rockets ) featured a 1932 Coupe. What caught my eye immediately were the wheel trim rings and how they added just the right dressed look to the car. As a result, I purchased a set of aftermarket 17" trim rings and they fit perfectly. I had to buy another set to dress the side mounted wheels as well. Pictures to follow.
My maintenance and upgrade impulse has shifted to the '32. Some appearance improvements have been addressed:
Dress trim rings
Leather straps for the side mount mirrors
As well I put in new spark plugs, points, condenser, rotor, cap, and coil and timed it as per specs.
This car doesn't get started or driven regularly. As a consequence, drain back of the gas and the emptying of the carburetor makes starting a drawn-out process to get it primed. I've decided to discretely mount an in-line electric fuel pump as an assist in starting. I will wire it through an on /off switch and turn it off once the car starts. The theory is that the electric fuel pump will add the needed pressure to more quickly prime the carburetor and therefore start sooner saving the starter motor and battery from unnecessary wear. Hope it works.
4/28/17 Installation of the electric pump went well even though I needed to make a bracket to allow the gas line to pass through an available opening. I tried to hide as much as possible. The test starting went well and the car started without having to prime the carburetor physically as well as using starter fluid to get it started. I was cautious and did not let the electric pump run for too long before cranking over the car. By the third try the car started. Knowing now that there were no leaks while it was pumping, I will attempt to start it tomorrow and allow the pump to run longer before cranking. Hopefully it will start sooner.
5/4/17 So problems occurred and it took some time to resolve. The next test of the two pump concept caused the mechanical to leak over the sump bowl and after much testing proved that the diaphragm was damaged as well.
Trying to run the car on the electric pump alone was a disaster. Too much pressure and the carb flooded over.
Luckily, the former owner ( Dudley) was a wise man and had accumulated many parts 'in the event of.' I have four pumps in various stages of disrepair. After two days of swapping parts I finally made one that works perfectly.
The final outcome is that the car is running very well with a freshly rebuild pump and carburetor. I will leave the electric pump installed in the event of an emergency but will need to install a low pressure regulator to decrease the pressure to the carb before attempting to use it.
5/14/17 My '37 is in the Transmission shop for repairs. I'm suffering from O.S.A. ( Oldsmobile Separation Anxiety). So, for therapy, I've been repairing and solving minor issues left unresolved for far too long on the '32. In so doing, I have spoken to some very knowledgeable fellow '32 owners and have learned a lot about the amazing engineering of these beautiful cars. Rush Wright in West Virginia, owner of two, explained and educated me as to the design, materials, and method of getting manifold vacuum to the windshield wiper - ingenious ! Unlike today, everything is thoughtfully designed for the owner to repair. With a handful of tools almost everything can be fixed.
I kept looking for some vacuum hose from the firewall to the intake manifold thinking that was the solution to the non- functioning of the wiper. Wrong! The vacuum is shared via copper tubing with the decarbonizer. ( That's a topic for another day). The copper tubing runs through the firewall, crosses to the driver side on the interior wall, and up the interior driver's side corner rail to the wiper motor. At that point, a short section of rubber tubing attaches to the wiper mechanism to supply the vacuum. Oldsmobile thought ahead and provided easy access to it without major disassembly of the interior. I'm impressed.
Photos to follow ..........