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1928 Maxim Fire Truck with Buda BA-6

Posted By cweaver1210 Saturday, September 11, 2010 2:20 AM
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We are needing to find a distributor for our Buda BA-6 engine.  It has an Auto Lite IG-4143. A housing would be fine also. All parts are ok except for the housing.
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AUTO-LITE  DISTRIBUTOR  I G - 4143 ( 1928 MAXIM FIRE TRUCK, with B U D A  BA - 6 engine) ; WAS  ALSO USED ON THE FOLLOWING LISTED Diamond T Trucks: (1.)  1928 - 1929  Diamond T  TRUCK MODELS :  302 , 400 , with HERCULES W X B , 6 cylinder engine.
(2.)  1928 - 1930   Diamond T   TRUCK  MODEL  290  with  HERCULES  W X A - 2 , 6 cylinder engine.

(3.)  1928 - 1930   Diamond T   TRUCK MODELS:  502 , 505 , 550 , with HERCULES  W X C , 6 cylinder
engine. ( NOTE:  THESE D T Truck  MODELS: 502,505,550  could have AUTO-LITE DISTRIBUTOR
IG4143  ( OR )  I G C  - 4005B ).

(4.)  1928 - 1930  Diamond T TRUCK MODELS:  U56 , 600 , 700 , 800 , 1000 , 605 , with HERCULES       Y X B, Y X C  6 cylinder engine.

NOTE: OTHER  TRUCKS  FROM  1928 - 1929 ; 1930 ? ; MIGHT ? HAVE ALSO USED AUTO-LITE DISTRIBUTOR   I G -  4143 ; I DO " NOT " HAVE AUTO-LITE DISTRIBUTOR  APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR THESE OTHER TRUCKS.
Sunday, October 10, 2010 8:47 AM by 9482
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Have you though about marrying the drive gear you do have with the housing of another type of distributor with
a bit of machining to make something that "will fit"?
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CW: You didn't say, but I assume your Buda isn't dual ignition. Have you tried Buda in Shreveport, Phil Heisey and John Paulson??(I'm pretty sure they don't handle anything that far back, but might have suggestions). Are you on the fire truck sites like spaaamfa and alfowners?? There's diamondtclassics.com (org?net?) should get you some dimensions etc for the dist in one of 9482's named Diamond T's.
Those Herc engines were in a lot of other stuff; the WXC and YXC are in my 50 Motor manaul, covers 36-49; I believe they were in stuff up to the war. Posting a question re' what distributors they had should turn up some dimensions for you to ponder (as to whether you could adapt your innards and drive).
Stretch's suggestion may well be the easiest. I can eyeball a couple catalogs to see how recent I can fined one of the WXs or YX's if you like. With sympathy, Bud


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Hello all, I'm new here and have been looking for information in a Buda BA 6 I have in a 1928 maxim fire truck. I'm looking for what the #1 cylinder would be. I have read on another forum that it's 1-6 front to rear and my firing order is 15 36 24. Can anyone confirm this or provide any more information? Thanks
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I have a 1926 Buda B-U-S 6 cylinder. It is 1-6 front to rear and has a firing order of 1-5-3-6-2-4 If that helps.

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Yes that does help Daryl. That's the same order I have, thank you
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I have a 1929 Maxim with a Buda BA-6 engine and i am looking for an Auto-Lite distributor gear. Any thoughts to where i might be able to find one. Seems like a needle in a haystack right now.
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Without knowing where you've looked or what you've looked into, it's difficult to make suggestions...I assume you've tried the usual sources: those named above, the profe$$ional obsolete engine parts dealers, etc...
Assuming you mean the driven gear on bottom dist shaft, had cw1210 above found any additional sources, or could his be used as a pattern to cut new gear?? (Awkward if buried inside operating engine, but if apart in shop or on accessory shaft drive??)...or posting around for any other BA6 owners on other old truck sites??...
On that point, if yours in pieces/part stripped, enough left to cut new gear??
Obsolete ign parts dealers (arrebuild.com, others on Google) for your gear, or specs to cut new gear, or info as to what other Buda engines might've used same dist gearset, which could widen your possible sources..
A possibility---parts catalog shows BA6, BUI, BUS and BM marine engines share gaskets, valves and bearings---they might share dist gearsets as well...for marine engines there're sites like oldmarineengine...
As listed by 9482, your dist, whether or not IG4143, should be in all your posts, as it almost certainly has been used in many other engines, as was IG 4143...remember, though, that if used in other engines may well've had different driven gear used...


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A couple additional points...
If you post around for anyone else with a BA6 engine, that engine's occasionally listed in parts catalogs as just "BA"., so you should mention both...
You might try oldihc.org, as the IH 54M, 54H and 54DD buses are listed in a 1930 catalog with the BUS engine; someone there might know about the dist drive gears...
From eyeballing a couple catalogs both the BA6 and the BUS were in over half of the almost 50 makes using the Buda "B"s; that's not a full list by any means, but I have no production numbers, and since the BA6 seems to've been concentrated heavily in heavier trucks, actual numbers might be low...


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