Terry Wiegand

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  1. Mr. Wurke, your saying the engine has TWO crankshafts is not quite accurate. There is the crankshaft that runs the rods and pistons. Then there is an eccentric shaft that runs the double sleeves for the intake and exhaust functions. I owned a 1928 Willys-Knight Model 56 Two-Door Coach for 32 years. It was sold new here in my hometown of Hutchinson, Kansas and the drive line had never had a wrench put on it. The car was completely original inside and out and as far as the engine smoking a lot, it didn't. The oil rectifier worked as it should and if I were to unhook the fan belt from the water pump, close the hood, and turn my back to the car, one could not hear the engine running at idle speed. My wife and I left the church after our wedding in the car. We brought the first daughter home from the hospital when she was born in that car. The car was extremely smooth and quiet all through the gears. It was the shortest wheelbased, smallest cubic inch displacement 6-cylinder engine that Willys-Overland produced, but the proportions and styling was second only to the Great Six PlaidSide Roadster. Most folks do not understand the sleeve valve engine and are scared of them. The engineering in that engine has things turning in rotation or sliding back and forth. No hammering of parts against each other as in the poppet valve engine. I am a huge fan of the Knight double sleeve valve engine. And then I discovered early Buick Six-Cylinder cars. And the time just flies when you're having fun! Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  2. There are six freeze plugs in the 1916/1917 Buick Light Six block. The two in the front are easy to get at. The two on the side of the block are no problem. The two on the back end of the block are problems just waiting for you. I have enclosed photos of the proper Dorman expansion plug for your engine along with the tool I made to insert them flush into the block boss. I smeared them good with PermaTex gasket sealer before driving them in. The black gooey stuff cleans up very well with denatured alcohol. The part number on the box is what you need. I am thinking that you can get these at O'Reilly's or AutoZone or NAPA parts stores. You will want to be careful when you order these plugs. Tell the counter guy that you want these plugs that are Made in America. I had the guy order a box for me and when they came in they were stamped 'Made in China' in the bottom of the plug. HELL NO!! There ain't gonna be any of that across the pond trash in my 102 year old Buick if I can help it. The parts guy at Rose Motor Supply here in Hutchinson called their distributor and had them open the boxes that they had and make certain that I got American made products. I have five full boxes of the American made plugs that will be sufficient for my three Buicks. Life is good. Terry Wiegand Out Doo Dah Way
  3. I hope you have several bushel basketfuls of $100.00 bills when you start this project. You are going to need them. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  4. Larry, you could use a nice closed model to go along with your two open cars. I could talk to Joannie for you. Friends do things like that for friends you know. Terry Wiegand Out in Doo Dah
  5. The last set of BF Goodrich Silvertown Cord high pressure tires that I bought from Coker for the '16 were made in Viet Nam I believe. That was several years ago and they still have zero miles on them. They look like the day I got them. Brian, I know what you are thinking when you take into account what you paid for that tire. Somebody is making a killing off that tire in regard to the price and it ain't the manufacturer. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  6. Derek, thanks for the explanation. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah America
  7. Please excuse my ignorance here, but, what are you guys talking about? What is an SSE? Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  8. Mark, do you have these 'modified' caps in several different sizes? My '16 has several sizes of cups to deal with. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  9. Dale, WHAT!!? You're not a member of The Buick Club of America! We can fix that, PM me your address and I will send you an application form to fill out and we can get you signed up. You'll get to see Ben that way in Milwaukee next month. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  10. Mark, that is a downright 'slick' idea. One must remove the cap to fill it with grease anyway, so why not do what you do and replace the original cap after pumping in the grease. I don't care what Larry Schramm and Brian Heil say about you, you're an alright dude! Good on ya. Please bring that little homemade cap with you to Milwaukee - I'd like to see it for grins and giggles. Terry Wiegand Out Doo Dah Way
  11. Jay, I REALLY, REALLY like your '32. The proportions on the car are just right. In fact, Harley Earl and company did an absolutely fantastic job on all of GM's 1932 models. Love the color scheme on your car also. Terry Wiegand Out in Hot and Muggy Doo Dah
  12. I spoke with Bob earlier this evening and we talked about the Delco Combination Switch Key. I told him that I would post a few photos to show what this little, extremely hard to find, key looks like. I think the technical term for this type of key is a barrel key since it slips over a pin in the switch mechanism. If anyone is looking for one of these keys, this is what you need to be watching for. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  13. Bob, yes, the driver side rear wheel is left hand thread on the axle housing. This is one of the things that you will learn while playing with these old Buicks. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  14. Bob, thank you for posting the photos of your D-45. In the above photo you asked if the lower shackle bolt was correct. It is not. The shackle bolts were drilled for a threaded grease cup. There were grease cups on all of the spring shackle points. Buick went to the Alemite pinned fittings for the 1920 models. I have some of the big acorn nuts for the rear wheels. I will send you a private message about them. Do you have the 'DELCO' key for the combination switch lock? If you do not, I have an extra one of those that I will part with. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  15. Bob, a lot of us on here would like for you to post some good close-up photos of the interior, dash (with the gauges), under hood shots showing both sides of the engine, and the top. You know how old Buick guys are. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  16. Larry DiBarry and I visited about this car a little bit earlier this afternoon. I told him that it certainly is not my cup of tea. In my humble opinion the car is just plain gawdy. Getting rid of those J C Whitney rear view mirrors hanging on the windshield posts would be a huge step in the right direction. Those headlight lens 'brow' thingies have simply got to go. I have never seen a Buick with chrome plated rim wedges. And that front bumper is awful looking. It looks like the wraparound ends almost hit the tires. The side curtains look like they do not fit properly. Someone obviously spent some money on this car. It is a shame that they did not do it right. Black leather upholstery would be the only way to go on a car like this. OH WELL, it takes all kinds to make this old world go around. Terry Wiegand Out in Windy Doo Dah
  17. Dale, the Bug is cool and I mean WAY COOL! Love it. You's da man! You need to pack it up and bring it to Milwaukee for the meet. You got Ben's stamp of approval and it doesn't get any better than that. Terry Wiegand Out Doo Dah Way
  18. In the one photo of the ignition side of the engine, one can see the two-piece pushrods. This was a new feature for the 1923 models. The drum style headlights point to a 1923 model. The only thing that I am not seeing in the front view photo is the moulding around the radiator shell opening. Everything else points to it being a 1923 model. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  19. Might there be a BCA member going back home that will be going through Pontiac, Normal, or Bloomington, Illinois? If there is I would like to talk with you about taking a flat bar type front bumper for a 1918 Buick to a gentleman in that area. He does not drive so he cannot come to the Meet to pick it up. However, arrangements can be made for someone to pick it up from any of these three areas. This bumper weighs approximately 25 - 30 pounds. Please contact me if you could help with this endeavor. Thank you in advance for any help sent this way. Terry Wiegand Phone - (620) 665-7672 eMail - terrywiegand@prodigy.net
  20. The cap in the above photos is a Delco and it is in really nice condition. If I had it I would clean it up with acetone and make sure that the wire sockets were good and clean. These caps show up on evilBay quite often and really do not bring that much money. Just be thankful that you aren't needing a 1922 and earlier threaded post cap. A NOS one of those can bring almost $500.00. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah America
  21. Gary, I am following this discussion very closely. I am going to be in the business of cleaning up the transmission and rear axle on my 1916 D-45. The transmission has straight cut gears and no synchronizers whatsoever. I do not think that I will have to tear the transmission completely down. I will however flush the case very thoroughly before any new lubricant goes back in. Since there are some very learned folks on here that are familiar with these early transmissions, what would be recommended for my application? Gary, I certainly did not intend to hijack your discussion here. I was thinking since my question was relevant to what you are doing here, maybe I could learn what to use in my situation. Thanks for any help and/or advice. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  22. I am anxiously waiting for the photos. Terry Wiegand Doo Dah Kansas
  23. Ronnie, I do have one of the BUICK rim wedges left. You are in luck today because this is the very last one of these that I have left. This one has your name on it and it will be on its way to you once I have your mailing address. I might mention that this wedge is the proper one for steel-felloed wheels. The reason for that is because it has the short flat surface that goes up against the felloe. My 1920 has wooden-felloed wheels and that area on the wedge is rounded with a radius about the same as on a silver dollar. It butts up against a small plate that is screwed to the felloe. There is a difference in these wedges. I have sent you a PM about the shipping. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  24. Ronnie, are you talking about a rim wedge? If you are, does it have BUICK cast into it? I might have one - I'll look and see if it is still where I think it could be. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  25. Hey Ben! I was just thinkin' the same thing about Dale. Why don't you ask him if he has gotten to the visor on the model of the Bug that he is building. Hey Dale!, are you coming to Milwaukee next month for the National Meet? Terry Wiegand Doo Dah America