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  1. Mark, I want to compliment you on your photography skills. These photos are beyond great. The details are right there to be seen very easily. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  2. Mark, You're gonna have a fully restored car before long. I have every reason to believe that this upholstery is gonna be first rate. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  3. When I was growing up in South Hutchinson, Kansas, our one neighbor in the next block had a 1954 Buick. Mr. McBride worked for the telephone company and his oldest daughter was in my class at school. The Buick was a 1954 Super 2-Door Hardtop. It was that Robin's Egg Blue with the White top. I remember that he washed that car every Saturday and it still looked like brand new when they traded it in for a new 1963 Buick. Many years later I asked him about that '54. He told me that that car was the best automobile that he ever owned. He said that he wished that they could have kept it and I always thought that that car was the sharpest thing on 4 wheels. It started my life-long love affair with Buicks. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  4. Don and Larry are right on with their assessments. These old cars were not designed for old, fat people. Ask me how I know this. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  5. As Don said, you will be under the hood about every 100 miles with the oil can. Make it a point to stay off the dirt roads with one of these engines because they slobber, ooze, drip, and leak oil from various points. They will become a dust and dirt magnet in time. Don is right, folks are intrigued by the open valve action. If you are lucky enough to get hold of one, take care of it and you will have more fun than you can ever imagine. Those engines were a design marvel. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  6. Mark, Since you have an open-bodied car, your footrest is way different than what is in our 1920 Coupe. Our footrest is shorter and the brackets cover the ends of the board. Have you ever thought about getting into the upholstery business?๐Ÿ˜ What you are doing really looks good. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  7. In the case of the wind wings on my car, the configuration of the glass has everything to do with how it is held in the brackets. The wind wing hardware was made by a company by the name of Sewell. From everything that I can find out about this company they were a rather expensive accessory back in the day. $22.50 was a healthy price in the middle teens. If anyone wants to PM me I can tell you exactly how the glass is held in the brackets. As I said, the shape of the glass has everything to do with how the glass is held. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  8. There is a video forthcoming. I wanted to make sure that everything was OK and that the engine would run. Everything was checked, checked again, and then it was looked at again. I'm sorry folks - I just did not want to come across as a dufus and not have the engine start with the video camera running. This has given me some time to finish up the last details so that we will have a good photographic result. I installed an in-line fuel filter between the gasoline tank and the vacuum tank. I bought 10 gallons of alcohol free gasoline to start with and I want to get the carburetor dialed in so that the engine runs really well. I will let everyone on here know when the video takes place and post the details. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  9. HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT HERE - THE ENGINE RAN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 45 YEARS AND 6 DAYS THIS AFTERNOON!! As Larry said in the previous post, the engine ran this afternoon for about 10 minutes. I watched the ammeter running at a steady 'charge', the oil pump was doing its job by sending oil up through the sight gauge on the dash, the water pump packing was doing its job with no leakage so far, and the Marvel Carburetor had no signs of fuel leakage. The engine was running on the fuel in the vacuum tank as the gasoline tank is bone dry empty. I sure am glad that I went to the trouble of priming the oil pump. Things got a little smoky from the assembly grease on the valves and that will dissipate rather quickly on the next run. I started the engine with the exhaust cutout open so as to help it breathe a little better and I am here to say that a John Deere tractor hasn't got anything on this engine. Keeping in mind that this engine was dry, it started on the third attempt of the starter pedal. My daughter and son-in-law are going to be here tomorrow afternoon and we will get the arrangements made to shoot the video so that everyone can see the results of this rebuild/restoration. For the short time that it ran it sure sounded good. More to come. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  10. The spare tires cover in the photos is what is on our '16 Buick Touring. I had Gary Martin of Goldfield Trim make this cover for me when he put the new top on the car. The material is what is used to cover boats. I had the embroidery work done before he sewed everything together. The cover is open, or slotted on the bottom side so that it can slip over the tires. There are three, small diameter screen door springs hooked together and sewn into the back side to hold it on and in place. I had seen an old photo of a tire cover that was styled like this, so he used that as a pattern, or guide if you will, to make this one. We like it and think it gives the car a 'finished' look about it. Back in the day these covers were a very popular accessory that really served a good purpose. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  11. I think there is something that I need to clarify for everyone so that no one gets the wrong idea about this car. The Black finish on the body is believed to be the original brushed on colored varnish that it left the factory with. Back in the day anything that could go through a baking oven had an enamel finish. Since the body was composite (sheet metal over a wooden framework) it was finished with a brush and wet sanded probably two times. I can trace the history of the car back to 1943 and the body finish from then to the present has not been touched. There are several places that a person can see brush marks in the finish. When Gary Martin did the new upholstery for us he found this document inside the rear passenger door panel. I like to think of this as the car's 'birth certificate'. It is dated 10/15 and lists the body color as Black. After having the fenders repainted and seeing how well they turned out, I started thinking that there was really going to be a noticeable difference between them and the body. I used a product that the body shops use called 3M FINESSE. This stuff looks for all the world like runny toothpaste. I used soft cotton dish towels to apply the product to the body and I rubbed and rubbed and rubbed some more. The towels turned Black and on the final application I let it dry to a haze and then started all that rubbing all over again. I then applied a coat of hard paste wax. The result is what you see in these photos. We think that it turned out pretty well. My thinking was/is that I do not want to do anything more than is absolutely necessary to bring back and preserve what is here. Well, that's the story for the finish and I am very serious in telling everyone that this old Buick is not perfect by any means. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  12. As my long time, old friend here in Hutchinson used to tell my Dad, "The ol' gal has her workin' clothes on". I couldn't agree with him any more. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  13. Be careful there Ben๐Ÿ˜ Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  14. Larry, That Buick really looked sad in those pictures. My shop building even looked horrible also. I try not to think about all of the work and effort that has gone into what you see in the photos today because it just makes me tired to think about it. But think about all of the fun that is just waiting to happen now. Hot damn - let's go! Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  15. Where does a person get one of these GPS units that is talked about on here? How much does something like this cost? Do you have to have one of those 'smart' (I callem stupid) phones to make it work? If that phone is required, then count me out. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  16. Our D-45 is literally just a few days away from the first start-up after the engine rebuild. I think I could write a book about this project. Parts and pieces off this car have been from California to Massachusetts and from Upper Michigan to Old Mexico with a lot of places in between. We're waiting on the last piece to get back home for the start-up. The steering wheel needs to be in place so that the spark and throttle quadrant can be reinstalled. The controls must be in place so that the engine can be started. There have been setbacks along the way, but the comebacks were always better. There have been some extremely skilled and talented folks that had a hand in the result you see here. We want to do a video that thanks all of those involved. We are going to do a live video of the engine start-up. There is one thing that I really want to let folks know about and that is that this car is NOT a Trailer Queen. It is not perfect by a long shot. The things that were done to and with this car were done with the idea of making it as nice as possible and then enjoy the heck out of it. 45 years is too long to let any car set and not be driven and enjoyed. We're going to do our best to make up for that. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  17. I would talk with John Wolf out in Willoughby, Ohio about the springs. He has a whole bunch of NOS Stewart vacuum tank parts and pieces. He rebuilt the tanks for my '16 and the '20 and did the fix for my'20's tank. He will be the person you will want to talk with. His contact information is on his website - John Wolf and Company. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  18. Andy, you identified the problem in the vacuum tank right on. That was what was happening with the tank on my '20. The springs were replaced in the lid so that the valve closed properly and the problem was solved. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  19. There is something else that I want to add to this explanation of things. I am running the Original Formula Zerex 50/50 Anti-Freeze so as to be safe with all of the white metals involved in the cooling system. I also put in one full bottle of No-Rosion cooling system treatment. This acts as an anti-foamant, rust inhibitor, and a water pump lubricant. This solution is good down to 31 degrees below zero. I think we're gonna be OK. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  20. I should explain the process so that folks will know just what is entailed. The block is placed in the oven on a rotisserie so that it is rotated whiled being heated. The temperature is brought up slowly and evenly and then held at the 750 degree mark for approximately 2 hours. The block is allowed to cool at its own pace once the heat is turned off. Cast iron is poured at somewhere around 2,000 degrees, so the 750 is not going to hurt it in any way. They had the block at 7:30 AM that morning and I was on my way back home at around 3:00 PM that afternoon. The casting was still moderately warm when we put it in the back of my truck. This is a very interesting process to go through. If I had not watched what all was involved I would have had a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Looking into the water jacket through the freeze plug openings the inside of the water jacket cavity looked just like it did on the outside of the block. Trust me when I tell you that the block is clean everywhere - no heating problems to be had with this engine. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  21. Ed, Thank you for your compliments on the old Buick. I had read about the Thermal Cleaning process right here on the Forums. You would not believe what was in the floor of the water jacket on this engine after 100+ years. When the freeze plugs were taken out the buildup was almost even with the bottom of the plug openings. The guy at our local radiator shop told me that this radiator was one of the nicest 'old' units that he had seen in years. If we had not gone the route we did with the block, it would have been a total disaster for the cooling system. When I had the block over at Missouri I asked the guys if putting the block in a hot tank would have done the same thing? I was told that that is a completely different process with different results. In my humble opinion, if a person is going to totally rebuild an old engine like this, Thermal Cleaning should be the first thing on the list of things to do. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  22. I am very hesitant to get into this discussion and take a side on who's right and wrong. I just want to report on what I did with my engine rebuild. With regard to using Vinegar as a derusting agent - yes, it does work and I have used it for that very purpose. However, a person has to be very careful with it and it needs to be neutralized when finished. Yes, it does work. When I pulled the freeze plugs out of the block on my engine things looked every bid as bad, if not worse, than what Victor W's block looks like. The decision was made to have the cylinder block 'thermally cleaned'. The block was already off the crankcase and this made things easier to handle. I took the block over to Precision Machine in Jefferson City, Missouri for the cleaning. The block went into the oven for about 2 hours at around 750 degrees. When it came out the casting looked like it had just left the foundry. Grease, oil, rust, mineral deposits, and anything that was in the water jacket was turned into a fine white ash after the baking. I simply could not see the rebuilding of this engine and not have this step done. I have used the Evaporust before and it is a good product. It does what it is intended to do. The fact that I was/am fearful for the radiator on this car had a LOT to do with the decision to go this route. They charged me $125.00 for the cleaning. I figure that that was the best money I could have spent on this engine restoration. I realize that this is just one person's experience and maybe not everyone needs to go this route. I did and I am very happy with the result. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  23. If anybody wants any radiator emblem or hubcap restored to perfection there is only one person on the planet who can be trusted to do it correctly and to perfection. That person is Karla Maxwell out in Vista, California. Her website is - www.MaxwellEnamels.com Her phone number is - (760) 941-1966. She has restored the radiator emblems on all three of our Buicks and they are absolutely beautiful. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  24. I like to think that there is another way of looking at this situation and I have voiced my opinion to anyone who will stand still long enough to listen. "There wouldn't be any '55 Buicks or Riviera's if it weren't for the old, and I mean old, Buicks" Somehow, they just do not want to hear that or even acknowledge that the 'old' Buicks are what made the late model cars possible. The comment about going to a Sam's Club parking lot to see late model vehicles is so very true. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
  25. That is a really nice looking '37 Buick. I know a guy who has a '37 also. Terry Wiegand South Hutchinson, Kansas AACA Life Member #947918
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