Terry Wiegand

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  1. Tinker's 1917 D45 Christmas wish

    Bob, the 1916 and 1917 engines shared the same intake and exhaust valve head diameters, stem diameters, and stem lengths on all valves. 1918 models was when things started changing. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas

    Jim, what's going on in Gettysburg next year? Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  3. Barbara and I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our old Buick enthusiast friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Really Happy New Year. No Christmas greeting can be complete without a little humor thrown in to get the grins and giggles started. When we lived in Northeast Iowa, we listened to a radio station out of Oelwein, Iowa with call letters of KOEL. Every year at Christmas time they would play seasonal music by some guys way, way up in Northern Minnesotio or quite possibly across the border in that country called Canada. The local DJ called it 'HOSERLAND'. Anyway, these guys called themselves the Yoopers. They had a little song that they sang to the tune of Jingle Bells. It went something like this - Jingle Bells Shotgun Shells Rabbits All The Way Oh What Fun It Is To Drive A Rusty Chevrolet! We dedicate this little ditty to all the hosers out there and don't have too much fun in one place! We sincerely hope that Thriller is not offended or anything like that. We certainly wouldn't put him in the category of being a hoser. Merry Christmas friends from our home to yours. Terry and Barbara Wiegand Out Doo Dah Way

    I have a copy of an Exide battery service record card from the dealer here in Hutchinson. I am going to have my friend at Douglas Photographic in Wichita, Kansas reproduce this after it has been all cleaned up and have several of them for our Buicks. Thought you guys might like to see it. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  5. Here is a question that I have been wondering about for some time. I am pushing pretty hard at trying to get my 1916 D-45 ready to be back on the road. Here is my question - The car is equipped with a Delco Starting, Lighting, and Ignition system. It came out of the factory with an Exide Battery. I can get either a Delco or Exide 6-volt battery when the time comes to put the battery in place. Delco is GM, but Exide was original equipment. The question is which way does a person go? I am a huge fan of authenticity. I'm leaning toward the Exide. Would like to hear what you guys think. Terry Wiegand Out Doo Dah Way
  6. Buick engine

    Ben, I ordered a new 1976 Century Custom Sport Coupe in late August of 1975. I took delivery on November 21, 1975. I have always been told that the 1976 Buicks were the last models to use an honest-to-God, Buick-built engine. Beginning with the 1977 GM vehicles they went to what is referred to as a 'corporate' engine. It was used in Chevrolet, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, and GMC trucks along with Buick. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  7. Tinker's 1917 D45 Christmas wish

    Bob, here are the photos as promised. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  8. 1917 or 1918??

    I have been following this discussion since it began and I want to throw out a few things to Mr. Wright for him to seriously consider. A more knowledgeable group of early Buick enthusiasts and fact seekers you will not find anywhere on these forums. We all try our best to help out our friends with advice and technical information when asked about and needed. It is a very fair statement to say that we all have been there and done that at some time or another. There is no one on here trying to make you look bad or rain on your parade. The simple facts are that you have an E-49 Buick 7-Passenger Touring Car. This was a car that Buick released in the calendar year of 1917 and they designated it as a 1918 model. Those are the plain, simple facts. Now whether you choose to accept the facts or go on demeaning those who are trying to help you, then that choice is entirely up to you. No one on here has given you any reason to doubt what we are telling you or given you any bogus information. We can and have backed up what we have told you with copies of original Buick Motor Company documents and you still do not want to believe us and talk to us in a disrespectful tone and manner. I am going to contact Lamar Brown (the moderator) and ask him to shut this discussion down as soon as possible. I am going to explain to Mr. Brown that your adamant attitude of perpetuating incorrect information is not beneficial to the current viewers and future viewers looking for technical information. Hopefully when you ask for help in the future you will be more receptive to those trying to help you. Good luck with your 1918 Model E-49 Buick. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  9. 1917 or 1918??

    The only thing cleared up in regard to 1917 and the E-49 model is that they were introduced during the 1917 calendar year and designated as a 1918 model by Buick Motor Company. To state anything different is to put out incorrect information. To someone coming along and reading this later will come to an incorrect conclusion as to what is fact. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas

    And an Exide battery it shall be. That's a cool picture Pete. Dave, if you can, could you post a photo of your sign. I know that there were several variations of them. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  11. 1917 or 1918??

    Larry and I have the same original Buick Motor Company frame and engine number documents and he got his posted before I did. Thanks Larry, you beat me to it. Morgan, if it is important to you to not be wrong, this should settle the issue for you once and for all. WW1 was the reason for the D-Series vehicles to be continued on for the 1917 models. Things got muddied up a bit at that point with civilian vehicle production and the war effort. Hope this issue has been cleared up for all concerned. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  12. Tinker's 1917 D45 Christmas wish

    Bob, I have quite a few 1916 style rocker arms. These arms do not have the oil wick on the pivot bushing, so they would not be correct for your car's engine. I have 6 NOS 1916/1917 pushrods. However, from the description that you gave of what you have they are not like yours. I will get some photos posted tomorrow to show what I have. I am wondering if the pushrods on your engine have been changed out at some point in time. Your photo doesn't look like what I have. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  13. 1917 or 1918??

    I do not want to start an argument about this issue, but, I do have copies of Buick Motor Company records that show the Model E-49 as a 1918 model. Back at that time it was a common practice for states to issue titles in the year that the vehicle was registered in. In other words if a vehicle was registered in the calendar year of 1917 even though it was technically a factory designated 1918 model the state titled it as a 1917 model. On the other side of that issue if a 1918 model was held over and sold in the 1919 calendar year, a lot of states titled it as a 1919 model. That happened a lot. I will refer to the Buick - The Complete History book by Dunham and Gustin that shows the Model E-49 as a 1918 model. It doesn't make any difference when the vehicle was introduced to the public for sale or when it was sold. An E-49 is a factory-designated 1918 Model Buick. ALL E-model Buicks are factory-designated 1918's. Give ma a day or two and I will post photos of Buick Motor Company documentation for you guys. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas

    Hey Brian, what are you guys gettin' Finn for Christmas? J. H., we love that Christmas greeting with the snow and all. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  15. 1917 or 1918??

    One possibility is that the crankcase was replaced at some point in the engine's lifetime. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  16. 1917 or 1918??

    Morgan, let me explain some things to you about the E-49 Model. Buick designated this model as a 1918, however, it was introduced during the 1917 model production run. Since it is a 7-Passenger Touring, it took the place of the D-55 which was only built during the 1916 model production run. Yes, it was built during the 1917 production year, but it is considered a 1918 model. There were four sets of lot numbers assigned to the E-49 models. Your frame number of 323592 falls in the first set of lot numbers which are 320773 - 325772. Engine numbers assigned to the E-49 models start at 320782 and go up from there. The number stamped into the bell housing is more than likely a casting number. Something else that a lot of folks do not know is that during this time frame front axle assemblies had a serial number, transmissions had a serial number, rear axle assemblies had a serial number, and the starter/generator units had a serial number. These serial numbers were all tied into the frame number and listed on the finishing report and packing slip before being shipped out of the factory. The Buick Motor Company really made things hard by assigning frame numbers like they did instead of doing it sequentially - which they went to later. Hope this information has been of some help to you and others wondering about the same thing. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas

    We have some pretty sharp old Buicks guys on here and the remains of this old Buick has a part on it that needs identified. What is here is the remains of a 1929 Model 27 (firewall tag confirms this) that was converted into a truck during WW2. This was commonly done out here in farm country during the war. The guy who owns it drug it into Hutchinson from a farm out near the coast of Colorado. I have driven by it several times and finally decided to stop and take some photos just for the heck of it. Now, I have looked at a lot of basket cases in my time (Buicks and otherwise) but this thing has a part on it that I have never seen before and I haven't got a clue as to what it could be. Help us out here and explain the mystery part. Thanks for looking and the help. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas The Buick Mecca of Doo Dah
  18. Nickel plated radiator 1925 master roadster

    The only other type of Nickel plating that I have ever heard of is Hard Nickel Plating. Anyone know anything about that? Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas

    I believe it was Oldsmobile who furnished the engines for the Buick/Marquette. Terry Wiegand Out in Chilly Doo Dah
  20. Ed, I apologize for being very slow in the reply here. I have been busy with getting the new roof on my shop before it got too cold to work outside. That project is now finished. The origins of Conklin Buick in Hutchinson go back to late 1906 when the first Buick dealership in Hutchinson opened under the name Reno Buick Company. They were located in the 200 block of West Sherman Street and then they moved one block North to the Southwest corner of First and Washington Streets. Reno Buick was taken over by a guy named Kennedy in the early to middle 1930's. Stuart Conklin bought the dealership in 1943 right during the middle of WW2. When they moved into the West Second Street location I am not too sure about. In regard as to the Buick name being carved into the stonework on the building - it is not. Conklin was at that location approximately 40+ years. The Buick franchise has been in the same family for over 74 years now. That is quite a long time as far as the same owner(s) is concerned, however, I do not think it sets a record for a General Motors dealership longevity. Fearl Cadillac and Oldsmobile was right next door West of Conklin and Davis-Child Chevrolet was right across the street on the South side of West Second Street. O'Mara Pontiac was on East Fourth as long as I can remember back when growing up in Hutchinson. That certainly was a fun time to be growing up in Hutchinson. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  21. November Bugle 2017

    In my humble opinion the point that Larry Schramm brought out in his November Bugle editorial is that things are slowly but steadily getting worse. Sure, things can get worse, but, why would any reasonable thinking person want to see things go that route. Mr. Dewhirst, thanks for your opinion, but, we all want to hear what Jake has to say. He is the one in his post that thinks Larry Schramm is wrong. We want to know the WHY he says what he says. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  22. November Bugle 2017

    In regard to Jake Moran's #82 post, I'm sorry to have to tell you this Jake, but, Larry Schramm is right on. IT IS MARKETING 101. Just because this organization is a not-for-profit entity does not mean that it should not be run like a well managed company. For 95% or better, the Bugle is the face of this club to the membership. The Bugle is what they get for their $50.00 annual dues. We are extremely fortunate that we have Pete and Cindy at the helm of the Bugle. If the Bugle should ever start to be lesser than what it is now, this organization will dwindle at a rapid rate. We desperately need people like Larry Schramm and Mark Shaw to inject fresh marketing ideas into this group. Jake, just answer this question for us all on here - when was the last time that you attended a BCA National Meet and came away with the feeling that you had a great and fun time? Were the cars that you are interested in grouped in a way which was easy to view? It's not a whole lot of fun when a person has to trek all over the show field to see what your particular interest is. Can things be made better? You better bet your bippy that they can. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  23. Engine Splash Pan for 1918 six, 242 engine.

    The reason these pans are so often missing on the early six cylinder cars is quite simple. My '16 has a rather short radiator in comparison to my '22. All of these cars back then came from the factory with the belly pan as standard equipment. The first thing that happened when the new owner took the car in for service was the pan was taken off and thrown away. The reason for doing this was because the pan restricted air flow through the radiator and caused the engines to run hot. A lot of these old vehicles did not get much over 20 mph and thus the air flow through the radiator suffered dramatically. The pans are somewhat scarce because of this reason. This tidbit of Buick technical knowledge was passed on to me by the late David W. Chambers back in early 1990. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  24. 1920s radiator paint?

    The radiator shops in my area of the world use a heat dissipating type of paint to cover everything up after cleaning, flushing, and any repairs. I had the core and tanks out of my 1920 done like this and have had absolutely no heating problems since. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas
  25. Hand starter crank for Buick

    Brian, you could have put Finn to work and had him pull you out had you not had the crank with you. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas