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  1. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    For the one damaged thread I am going have my son Steve make one with an oversized thread. It is not a problem. Bj
  2. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Hello I think I may have discovered one reason, if not the main one, as to why there has been no attempt to persuade Studebaker engine to start. This morning I spoke at some length to Sandra (Sandy) Tilley the daughter of the (late) Merrigum owner. She tells me that her father had owned the car for at least 30 years and in all that time it was not started. This may be have been a very simple problem. The thread in the cylinder head to take the spark plug for the front cylinder has been stripped and a repair similar to one of todays “Helicoils” had been made but It had been “Stuck” onto the thread at the bottom of the spark plug and then for a second time the thread in the head stripped . At this stage all attempts to repair this seem to have been have been abandoned. What is now needed is a plug that will screw into the head and that can be drilled and taped to take a new spark plug. While doing this it may be an ideal time to make adaptors to take 14 mm spark plugs for all the six cylinders.* Sandy also told me that her father found that after leaving it for some time the motor had become “stuck" and could not be turned over. No further attempts to start it were made. I also discovered that I had not tightened the wheel “Nut”for the left hand rear wheel. The noise we were hearing when rocking the car back and forth was simply the hub slipping in the wheel. * Your comments are welcome. We are off in the morning to drive in the Lagonda to Hamilton (200 miles) for the start of the VSCC "Wimera Wander”.
  3. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Hi Tinindian Thank you for the suggestion, I have been using NGK in the Lagonda for some time but have found them prone to "wet" when starting from cold if I flood the carbs. I have just ordered a set (6) new (in the box) Champion from eBay. Delivered to the letter box for less than I could get them from a local "Autobarn" (parts shop). It may still be a little while before I need them but I find it better to buy these things as they are available. Bernie j.
  4. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Thank you Scott I will add your chart to my ever expanding Studebaker file. Other Light Six owners who do not already have this should copy it for their own records too. Bernie j.
  5. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Hello OnSafari Now with the new tires on it I will be able to push it out and give it a wash then I can start to give it paint a light cut and polish. I need to remove one door so I can have the paint colour matched. I am trying to reach a balance between spending time on mechanical work and body. I would also like to make a start on restoring the interior trim but unfortunately there is only one of me. Bernie j
  6. Triumph Super Seven

    I have now heard from the new owner and at his request I have sent him photographs of a number of cars that I have done in the past using the same basic format for the body. I gather from this discussion that he intends to complete my body. I also included a couple of photographs of the early 1920s Aston Martins which were the inspiration for my body design. They are all basically flat panels with joins covered with a crescent mould and without compound curves, requiring the use of an "English Wheel". Bernie j
  7. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Some progress, perhaps very minor but progress of a sort. Being one of those people who like to dot their i and cross their t I have just this morning bought 25 new 1/2 inch x 20 high tensile nuts and hardened washers to suit along with a new 1/2 inch die-nut so I can clean up the threads on the head studs and fit the new washers and nuts. Hopefully a step in the right direction. While I was doing these I notices something else that will require some attention. When I removed the spark plugs I noticed that one had some "plumber's teflon tape" wound around the thread so It looks as though at least one cylinder will require a "heli'coil" fitted to the sparkplug hole. The next task will be to find some new spark plugs as some of the existing ones have had a hard life. I would sooner not use adaptors & fit 14mm plugs. Perhaps some of the other early (aluminium head) Light Six owners can advise what spark plugs they are using. Brand, heat range etc. and where they buy them. One option I have used in the past was to use (in Australia) Ford Falcon 6 cylinder 18mm tapered seat plugs (NGK A6FS) after machining off the taper and fitting a suitable washer borrowed from some old 18mm plugs. or if I can find them NGK A6 which have a conventional flat seat with a standard type washer. These are 12mm reach with a 25.4 hex. (In other vintage cars with 18mm plugs.)
  8. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Yippee ! Don't look now but following a visit from our son Steve and with his invaluable assistance we managed to get the engine "rocking" gently in top gear by pushing the car back and forth. Little by little it rocked a little further with each push, then suddenly the motor was free and will now turn over smoothly on the crank handle. My next task will be to remove the oil pan and throughly clean it out before replacing it and refilling with fresh oil. My next trick will be to go over the magneto and carburettor. Then lots of degreasing and cleaning under the hood (bonnet). Earlier today I ordered a Service Manual from Paxtons so it is all systems go. More and more I am convinced that I would be totally wrong to even think about a ground up, bare chassis restoration and/or a bare metal re-paint. If I can, with the least amount of interference bring it back to where it was before being relegated to the Fowl-house in the 1940s that should be sufficient. I am increasingly confident that I will be able to establish that the milage shown on the speedo is indeed correct at 36,016 miles. Hopefully I will be able to proceed even further without the need to remove the cylinder head. Bernie j.
  9. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Just diverting slightly from the subject of the Studebaker I think that I should let some of the people who don't know me, have some idea of what I am all about. Both the cars seen here were subjects of "threads"in Our Cars & Restoration projects on this Forum. The two "Finished Dixie Flyer photographs were taken at the original Kentucky Wagon Co works at Third Street, Louisville Ky.
  10. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Thank you Scott You are a fantastic fund of information, I have now ordered a Service Manual from Faxon. If you don't have a spare Horn and Horn Button perhaps there is someone else reading this that has one (of each) for sale. Meanwhile I have been in contact with two other members of the Historical Studebaker Register, both confirm that my car is the one that came from a Farm Clearance Sale at Dookie in central Victoria. This being so it would tend to confirm that the 36,016 milage is genuine. HSR Member Graham Mc Cormack has written in an email received yesterday:- Bernie, in regard to your inquiry about your Studebaker Light Six. I am almost certain that this is the car that was auctioned as per your article at a place called Merrigum which is near Shepparton. I believe it would be less than 8 to 10 years ago, my guess would be about 5 years ago. The car was in a chook shed along with several newer cars. And could not be removed without partially dismantling the shed. I was the losing bidder on this car And as far as my memory goes it sold for a figure around ten thousand dollars. To identify its year you need to check the casting numbers below the valve cover on the LH side of the block. I remember it being either 1920 or 1921 making it a very early example. Remember the Americans date things in reverse to us, so the year would be listed first followed by the month and day. The instruments and headlights differed to my 1922 model. Best of luck. Graham McCormick For readers unfamiliar with colloquial Australian a "Chook" is a Hen and a "Chook-shed" is a Hen-house.
  11. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Golly! How small is the world? I have earlier today recieved an email from Greg Diffen, a member of the Autralian Historical Studebaker Register who is now living in England. This what he had to say having seen the photo of my Studebaker. Rotating Spokes is the name of the clubs bi-monthly newsletter. Hi Bernie, I have just opened up the latest Rotating Spokes here in the UK where I now live and seen your inquiry about this car. It may have been one I was trying to buy years ago, but the farmer would never sell it. I did visit them several times but until the old Cocky was dead then it was a no go. Back in about 1987 I went up to a wedding with a girlfriend in Dookie. The couple getting married, did tell me there was an old Studebaker on a farm out there and sent me out to the farm to see it. If it is the same car it was the first farm on the South side of Cashel Road in between Cosgrove-Caniambo Road and Kellows road. The farmer was always pleasant enough and a great guy to talk to. Somewhere here I would have pictures of the car but have no idea where. The car had come onto the farm before the war from memory and been used a bit around the farm and parked up. I can't remember if the car had been on the farm since new or not, but it may have been. My memory is hazy on this as it was so long ago. I think the farm was traded at some point before the war or in the recession and the car was on the property then and came with the farm. It was a rust free car stored in an open sided barn. The hood was going to pot and the interior was original. It looked like a great car to restore at the time. It may be the same car, but without looking at my old pictures taken of it on the farm, I can't be sure. Regards Greg Diffen Below are two photographs of the farm in question. Bernie J
  12. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    Thank You Scott I will keep a look out for one. Bj
  13. Lagonda Rapiers

    Thank you Digger I have now passed on the spare rods to my son Steve i have re-assembled the carbs and manifolds back onto the Rapier and will closely moniter my "Repairs". Bj.
  14. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    First real step forward. 32 X 4 tire mounted on a freshly painted (not too glossy) wheel. Bj
  15. Early 1920s Studebaker ?

    At last I can think of something for all the people wanting to sell me parts. I will eventually require a horn and a horn button for the centre of the steering wheel. To meet present day saftey requirements I will also need two combined Stop/Tail lamps although I will probably simply buy repoduction lamps for those and I will not be needing them for some time yet. I will probably manage to find a suitable horn at a swap-meet locally which just leaves the horn button if someone can show me a close up photograph of the button and how it mounts onto the centre of the steering wheel/column. Perhaps someone can tell me the make and model horn I should be looking for too. Bj.