New Pertronix coils don't work in 28 Studebaker President- why? in Studebaker, Erskine & Rockne Posted September 28, 2020 · Edited September 28, 2020 by 53BuickSuperConv (see edit history) I thought the same thing after talking with Jon Meyers (Stude guru for post-war cars, Avantis etc). He figured it was just overflowing, and sold me an Avanti overflow kit which I have yet to have time to hook up. But yesterday, coolant was right up to neck simmering like it should after I got home, and it had not spit a drop. Strangest thing. Yes, I was thinking air from pump or somewhere due to the foaming (and water was ok). Might have been dumb luck yesterday, and will start spitting again next time. 🙂 Can't believe that has anything to do with coils or "spitting engine"! I torqued the head when I put the new gasket on of course. and no change. I'll dare bet the waterpump has not been touched in OVER 40 years since we got it; I know I've never touched it. Dad just drove it (along with his other five old cars) in parades and such around the farm, so no serious miles on it in all that time, nor any real 'work' except what I've done (rebuild fuel pump as I first suspected lack of fuel at the cause of dying on the road, since it always required priming to start also). Just happy it runs again, Only drive it a few miles once or twice a summer, as the farm is 3 hours away. As long as Dad hangs in there anyway! 94 and going strong; yet.