Terry Wiegand

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The carburetor is now rebuilt and I have gone thru the heat riser system.  I basically made brass plates to block the system off from the exhaust.   The motor is filled with oil.  I was going to crank the motor with the plugs out until I read oil pressure on the gauge, but I think the motor is a little tight and I am afraid that I will just put a lot of strain on the starter.  Larry DiBarry did send me a starter gear, and it is amazing how much better everything works when you have the right parts.  The Starter pedal is off to the powder coater so vice grips are filling in.  I broke my starter pedal when the pedal bolt was on but not tight, and I pushed on the pedal.  It broke smooth across the keyway.  That would not be good if this bolt ever came loose while in service.  Larry again helped keep me moving by spreading Buick holiday cheer in the way of small packages.  

 

I think my best bet is to just work a little more on what is needed to make the motor run and skip the idea of a cranking without the plugs.  I do seem to have good compression which is nice.   I am moving on to getting the exhaust sorted out.  I have several hangers and clamps to fabricate.

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Yesterday afternoon (it was 62 degrees here) I got the oil lines that feed the dash-mounted sight gauge disconnected.  Once these are cleaned and flushed, I will polish them like my friend in North Carolina did on his 1916 D-45.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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The UPS guy just dropped off the clutch cone about 30 minutes ago.  I had sent it out to Bob Knaak in California to have the new leather lining installed.  I am very happy with the result.  Don't you just love it when a plan comes together.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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If you go back and look at the photos that I posted on November 30, the one photo has the cracks circled.  I spoke with Tom Noland earlier today and he said the casting repair would be finished this weekend.  We will get it back home on the 23rd.  He educated me about these early day castings.  I learned that they have hard spots in them and of course this block had to have one of the cracks run right through one of the them.  He was able to save the block and laughingly told me not to bring him any more like this one.  I will post some photos when I get it home and have the freeze plugs installed.  I want to give it one good coat of paint before it heads to the machine shop for rebuilding.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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The cylinder block is back home and tucked away awaiting the next Winter storm that is headed our way.  This photo shows the repair work that has been done - wait a minute! - what repair work? - I don't see anywhere where any work was done.  The guys at Noland's Cylinder Head Service are simply that good.  They pressure tested the block at 45 psi and it was solid.  In talking with Tom Noland I was able to learn about cast iron and some of its properties.  He told me that when a casting like this is allowed to cool too quickly, that that is what causes hard spots.  Plus the quality of the material back at that time was not as good as what we have today.  Metallurgy has evolved light years in the last 100+ years.  I think that I will take my Dotco and gently go over the casting wherever  I can and finesse the surface so that once the paint goes on it won't look too bad in certain spots.  I am just glad to be able to keep moving forward and this is a huge step toward getting it ready to turn over to the engine rebuilding shop.  The three manifold studs have to be threaded yet and set in place.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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It is a beautiful day here and work begins again on the 1916 engine.  I took the temporary freeze plugs out and installed the 'Made in US of A' Dorman plugs.   This is a Buick for cryin' out loud - can't have any foreign crap anywhere on this car.  Tomorrow the new manifold studs will be put in place and I will finesse the casting a bit with the Dotco so that the paint will look pretty good when that part of the rebuild is done.  I wanted to wait a bit on ordering the paint so that the danger of freezing during shipment is not so great.  Larry Schramm is taking the starter/generator unit up to Rex Curtis in Lansing, Michigan for a rebuild for me.  Rex has told me that he will have it for me in June so that Larry can bring it back to me in Oklahoma City at the Buick National Meet.  The next thing is to pull the crankcase out of the frame and get the engine up to Davenport, Iowa for the rebuild.  More photos to come.

 

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South Hutchinson, Kansas

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A close-up shot of the freeze plugs and one can even read the Dorman name and number in them - almost.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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Here is a photo of a rather simple shop aid that I made.  I am going to use this to help spread the frame rails about .050" - .075" at the flywheel housing engine mounts.  Doing this will allow picking the crankcase straight up and out of the frame rather easily.  Back in the day Buick engineered things to fit together very precisely and I know from experience in parting out two rolling chassis that this will be an extremely useful and simple tool to have on hand for this project.  The body will have been lifted slightly to allow for the slight movement in the rails.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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Here is a better photo of the three manifold studs that I had to remake.  Three of them went South during the thermal cleaning process.  The studs thread into the water jacket, so that means that the threads will need to be sealed.  I will post a photo when this has been done.  Then the casting will get its first coat of paint.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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We have a very nice afternoon going on, so, I got the new manifold studs installed.  While waiting for the paint to get here from Bill Hirsch, I will get busy with the Dotco and wire brushes and finesse the casting.  I am going to give the casting one coat of paint before I take it to the engine rebuilders.  I will give it the second coat after it comes back home.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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After your first experience sending the block to a shop, I'd rempve all the manifold studs befire taking it to another shop or you might be making more.

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22 hours ago, Terry Wiegand said:

Here is a photo of a rather simple shop aid that I made.  I am going to use this to help spread the frame rails about .050" - .075" at the flywheel housing engine mounts. 

 

Couldn't you use a bottle jack?

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There are several ways to do what needs to be done here.  My little shop aid weighs about 4 or 5 pounds and will be relatively easy to position in place.  I will post a photo when this part comes into play.  You are absolutely right - there are several ways to do the same thing in most cases.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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Don

I thought about that very thing also.  I talked with the fellows at the rebuild shop and they assured me that leaving them in would not be a problem for them.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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The frame rails spreader has been put in place.  Next thing is to free up the body to frame rail bolts and then undo the motor mount bolts.  I will only need to lift the body about two inches to allow the flywheel housing arms to come forward under the firewall.  The coupling nuts and eyebolts are in place as can be seen in the photo.  The steering column has been disconnected from the firewall and the dash panel allowing the body to come up just enough for the needed clearance.  More photos will posted as things proceed.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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Here is the camshaft that will go back into the engine during the rebuild.  I sent this down to Competition Cams in Memphis to have them check it out.  They checked it for straightness, the bearings for round, and most importantly, they magnafluxed it to check for any cracking and/or fissures.  It got a clean bill on everything.  They then micro-polished the lobes and bearing journals.  The lobes show absolutely no signs of wear at all.  I cannot say that about the cam that is presently in the engine.  The way things look today, we will be delivering the engine to Abrahams Machine Service in Davenport, Iowa on the 19th.  The valve train on this engine will be starting life again in a brand new (as originally built) condition.  Having all of this work done ahead of time is really going to speed the rebuilding process up.  More photos to come.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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My son-in-law helped me this morning and the crankcase was removed from the frame.  We were very careful and things went exactly as planned.  Two weeks from today we will be delivering the engine to the rebuilder in Davenport, Iowa.  I will post photos when I have everything ready to set in the truck.  I owe Glenn Manes a huge thank you for the advice on how to lift the body to remove the crankcase.  The body only came up about 1 1/2" to let the flywheel housing slip under the firewall.  Things worked real nice.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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Terry:

Good progress! You had asked about the engine cradle I had made. This is what I came up with to transport the engine to Reeve's Enterprises in Cazanovia NY.

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Then I had to make another when we went to get the spare engine from Louisville KY.

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I just about have the transport cradle finished up.  The back end is finished and I will finish up the front end a little later this afternoon.  This engine minus the transmission and starter/generator unit will probably weigh in somewhere around 600 pounds.  Once the engine is all back together the center of gravity will raise noticeably and it will have to ride close to 575 miles coming back home.  There just cannot be any problems.  We hate problems at our place.  More photos to come.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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The big consideration in putting this 'carrier if you will', together was that I wanted for it to be fork-lift friendly on the re builders end.  It will ride very nicely in the back of my truck.

 

Terry Wiegand

South Hutchinson, Kansas

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