My Half A$$ Studebaker Rebuild

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  1. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    It's Sunday and thinking of going to the Saratoga Car Show. Just checked the dates, oops, it's next Sunday. Ok then, I'll get on to the lower control arm.

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    While in between coats of paint, I started fitting the replacement seats and actually able to use one of the reinforced original mounting holes.

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    Factory support which allows my Transit Connect seat to be pretty much located perfectly fore, aft and centered, I'm amazed.
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  2. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Rear foot is pretty close to fitting in the factory seat belt hole. I may just have to drill a couple of holes in the rail to fit it.

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    Right rear hangs in the air, so a bracket will have to be made to fit it properly.

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    Right front will interfere with the center console mounting, but the seat is more important to me than the center console. I'll have to fabricate support for the seats on both sides and I haven't even fitted the passenger side with the floor heater. Hopefully, there is enough room for the inner foot to mount.

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  3. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    The overdrive switch on the throttle was sketchy, so I wanted to look into it.

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    All contacts were dirty and loose, leading to poor connections. Plus the burnt blue wire from early on.

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    It does sorta, kinda work.

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    Dirty contacts and in need of lubing.
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  4. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Crudy solder job linking the tab to the fuse holder and wobbles as well. A quick cleaning and resolder, peened the brass rivets and everything is now tight.

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  5. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Everything looks like it's working reliably. Amazing what a little solder, cleaning, lubing with die electric grease and time will fix. Time for a Hagen Das.
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  6. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    I get it: struggles with questionable finish products last WY trip have almost eliminated my desire to continue my project, so I'm going to live vicariously through your efforts for a while, if that's cool.
  7. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Chris, you are more than welcome. It does sometimes overwhelm me, but a step at a time and it gets done. When I bought my 98 Chevy truck, it needed an engine. I really didn't want to swap an engine, but did. I would spend a couple hours a day on it and it runs great.

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    I just take a little at a time and since I don't need the car, I can stop anytime. I did not look forward to doing the front end, but I am almost ready to reinstall one side, so I only have 1/2 way more to go.
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  9. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Exactly. plus these things are darn expensive.
  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  11. Nailhead

    Nailhead Inclusion Rider

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    I would love to be able to do that, work on the truck as time & inclination permit, but it's 150 miles away & I always feel pressured to maximize my time & production when I'm there.

    Good show-- stick with it.
  12. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    Rebuilding switches; there's a lost art.
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  13. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    This is, thankfully, a simple switch. New switches have way too many plastic parts and springs that break or shoot off somewhere never to be found. This is a robust one worth fixing.
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  14. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    I disassembled the wiper switch in my 66 Volvo and replaced the tiny spring that seated the tiny ball that made the connection. It worked.
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  15. bocutter ed

    bocutter ed Been here awhile

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    That's what I had. A '62 with stock 4 on the floor.
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  16. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    No time to work on the car Saturday. We had our CJMC BBQ with a short ride.

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    Ride done, lets eat!
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  17. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Our host.

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    The excellent food.

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    Nice place to chill. After lunch and shooting the breeze, I tried to go home, but the starter didn't want to go to work. I pushed and had someone start it. All was good until I inadvertently killed it at a light. The guy I was riding home with tried to start it while I pushed, but it didn't take and it was level ground. This bike needs a lot of speed to bump start. I sent him to go ahead and go home as another member was coming to help. He was able to bump start it while I pushed and almost had a coronary. I knew I shouldn't have eaten that last piece of chicken or more ambrosia. I did make it home on the bike as it's always brought me home, even from Death Valley, twice! Not bad for a 36 year old bike that I don't maintain enough. Guess it's another project to look into.
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  18. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I had a busy sunday planned so I Got up early to work on the car. It's been in the 90's here and my garage faces south. So I raised my flag and went to the garage at 6am. I wanted to try to get the right side suspension done.

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    I had to modify my support to accommodate the inner shaft

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    And it's in. Time to put in the outer pin.


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    No matter how I lined everything up, the wedge would start to spin. So instead of hammering it, I used the press to fit it.

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    I fiddled with the bushings and just can't get it right. It seems to take a lot of effort to run these in which tells me I'm dong something wrong. Any suggestions?
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  19. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    It's 8:30am and time to pack it in and take the wife to breakfast and the car show.

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  20. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    For some reason, I really like this car.

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    Hemi powerered

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    The interior is well done. French seams even!

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