My Half A$$ Studebaker Rebuild

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by vtwin, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Fire Escape

    Fire Escape Long timer

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    So am I!

    Partly because of what he is doing but largely because it is a daily reminder that I need to not start any projects like this.


    Bruce
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  2. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Due to my concern the #2 cylinder compression was temporary, I checked it again today.


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    Yep, it's still good. I think I freed up the rings.

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    One front end part is finally clean, 6 or 7 more parts to go. Ugh. Time for dinner.
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    It’s yet another reminder to me that I really don’t know how to do this stuff very well.

    I enjoy the thread, though; watching competence is fun.
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  4. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I told my wife to, "Be careful, I've got a spindle in the freezer." "Which side is it on?" She asked. "On the right". "Ok". My daughter remarked. "Dad mentions a car part is in the freezer and Mom doesn't ask why, just where in the freezer is it. You guys have been married too long."

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    Needed to install the Turner seal race.

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    More cleaning and painting. worked on the right side upper A arm.

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  5. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I drilled out the rubber for the bushings and cut the sleeve with a rip saw. Then used an air chisel to drive out the outer sleeve.

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    That's a lot of work. I think I'm going to find a piece of pipe and cut to fit in between the arms like the factory manual.
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  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Lower A arm. Someone broke the head of the bolt off and peened the bolt in place. If I ever get the part ordered for my welder, I'll get that bolt out.

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    Moved onto to the overdrive. The solenoid is a three wire on the old transmission and the "new" transmission is a two wire. Decided to swap out the solenoid and governor for the original ones.

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    Used my bicycle wrench, or maybe it's a mono shock wrench, I forget.

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    40mm was too large and the 36mm barely fits. I used to plastic mallet to drive it on. It worked well enough.
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  7. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Parts are in, but the overdrive still doesn't seem to work. It's ok, it will get addressed.

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    Went ahead and used my new bleeder to bleed the rear brakes. I wanted to get rid of some older brake fluid I had and poured it in and used the bleeder pull it and any garbage through. All the while topping off with fresh clear fluid. Once the older stuff went through and the clear stuff shows up, I shut the bleeder off. I didn't want to waste a full tank of air in my compressor and this tool uses a lot.
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  8. Fire Escape

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    You mention there being a spindle in the freezer
    Wife asks which side
    Daughter knows that a spindle IS a car part

    You are doing something RIGHT!


    Bruce
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  9. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Since both kids moved out and if my wife isn't available, I can now bleed brakes by myself. They've all helped with that and pushing cars around most their lives. :lol3
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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Sold two sets of wheels yesterday, so I'm flushed with cash.[​IMG] I decided to spend it on the Hawk and dropped by to see Carl and Herman.


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    I used the money on these, but it wasn't enough. It was like when I used to go onto the Snap-On truck and spend $200-300 and came away with a handful of tools. I needed these anyway and the money from the wheels helped, somewhat.

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    I also went to Alan Steel and bought my floor. Like Michelangelo and a block of marble, I only have to cut away the parts that don't look like the floor.
  11. Nailhead

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    Bleeding brakes on my Dasher was pretty much required of any friend of mine during high school.
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  12. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    :jack A Dasher! (AKA Audi Fox?) That should be in "Cars Millenials Won't Remember".
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  13. Nailhead

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    It is-- go look. Mine was brown, the second red.
  14. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Ok, cleaning and painting is dreary, but taking one day at a time to do parts is slowly getting it done.


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    Leaving the right side upper "A" arm out in the sun to warm up while the bushings are in the freezer, freezing.

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    Cutting the support down to the needed length.

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  15. vtwin

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    That went easier than I expected.


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    New snubber in as well. It was a little wider, but a little trimming and it fits fine.

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    Time to move onto the right side lower arm. I have to get that broken peened bolt out.
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  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I actually drilled it centered.:clap

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    Well, I learned something, it's not a bolt, but a wedge pin. It's out though and no damage to the lower joint.

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    Drove out the lower bushings using the drill out rubber, air chisel bushing method.


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    Replacing the sway bar link bushings as well. Painted a bunch of parts today and it's time for dinner.
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  17. vtwin

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    The springs came in, but they fell short. :-) I posted a query in Tech Talk on the Studebaker Drivers Forum and someone responded that they work fine and even handles better with these Precision (Moog CC655) springs. Looks like they are going in. The photo looks like they are really short, actually only 1 1/2". They are stiffer though.

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  18. Nailhead

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    VT, I'd do all your painting for the mere satisfaction of accomplishment. That kind of non-finish painting is to me such a gimme toward that satisfaction that I look forward to it every time.
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  19. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Chris, there are so many defects in the work I'm doing the pictures don't show. :shog Wait until I leave the orange trunk lid on the car.:jump
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    Gold '76 wagon for me. Loved it until it croaked.