My Half A$$ Studebaker Rebuild

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

  1. MikeyT

    MikeyT Krusty Olde Pharte

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    In my admittedly limited experience, I'd say a poor ground on a condenser will cause most of the points failures you will see.
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  2. leavundst

    leavundst Been here awhile Supporter

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    My only experience with points is on an old ford tractor. First tried a rebuild kit from tractor supply but it was terrible Chinese shit. Replaced with Pertronix and the tractor ran better then ever.
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    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    The Pertronix kit is the way to go. I put one in our old Ferguson TO-20 and the difference was night and day.

    -Joe
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    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    Kim and I went to the Chickasha Fall Swap Meet today and when I saw these, I thought of you.

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    There were a few Stude trucks as well, but these seemed to be a clean place to start.

    -Joe
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  5. Tiggum

    Tiggum Retired

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    Good photos; thank you. Pale green Stude in top photo is a '53 Commander coupe. White with the burgundy top in second photo is a '52 Commander Starlight (Stude language for a 2 door hardtop, rather than a coupe like the '53 in the previous photo). Both look like pretty nice survivors.
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  6. Purcell69

    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    They were definitely pretty clean for the age and very original. The Commanders were the only non-truck Studes at the swap meet today. Chickasha is a big deal in these parts. They do one in May and another in October every year and folks come in from surrounding states as well. A few years ago they moved the event to the Grady County fair grounds, so they were able to add indoor vendors as well. Some folks didn’t like the change from the nearby Muscle Car Ranch, but since the move, the event has continued to grow.

    -Joe
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  7. Zoef zoef

    Zoef zoef Long timer

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    Sir, if I may ask, what was the difference? Reason for asking, I have a Ferguson TEA-20 of 1953 with points.
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    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    I can't really say the difference. Mine is a 1951 with the Continental (Z120 I think), engine. There are a lot of external parts that interchange with the Ford N series, like the starter and distributor. It has been a long time since I picked up a book about the Ferguson tractors to be able to give you a difference between the TO and TEA models. I think the biggest difference may be in the sheet metal and maybe the wheels, but again, it has been a long time since I looked at any info on them.

    -Joe
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    Zoef zoef Long timer

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    Thank you for your reply. Sorry, my question is unclear, my question was about what was the effect of adding an electronic ignition to a Ferguson?
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks Joe, I will post these in the Studebaker Forum as well.
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    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    I’m sorry I misunderstood. The Pertronix kit is a simple drop in replacement for the points type ignition. I don’t think there is a difference between the TO and the TEA as far as a Pertronix kit is concerned, but it might be worth checking in to.

    I source most of my parts through these guys:

    https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/index.htm

    The kit makes the tractor much easier to start, with a stronger spark and no points to clean and gap or replace.

    -Joe
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  12. MrBob

    MrBob In the Pines. Supporter

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    Did you catch the price on the 53 Commander? That looks like a solid car. We also have a thread on Survivor cars in Shiny Things and those guys would fit right in
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    Purcell69 Mors ex Tenebris

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    I wish I could remember. As I recall, neither was more than $5k. I want to say $3800, but there was so much we looked at that it all ran together.

    -Joe
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    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I hope to be starting on the floor soon.

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