Stude Light

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About Stude Light

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  • Birthday September 26

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    Oakley, Michigan
  • Interests:
    Camping, Shooting, Flying, Restoring vintage equipment and now, vintage cars


  • Biography
    I bought a 1923 Light Six Tourer in 2009 and have been doing a "museum quality" restoration on it in my spare time. I also bought Mike Keeler's inventory of mid 1920's Studebaker parts before he moved out of Michigan. I've gradually been selling off those spare parts.

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  1. Stude Light

    Looking for Work Shop/Out Building advice

    When I bought my current home, about 2 years ago, it had an existing 21 year old pole barn on it. Pressure treated poles set into the dirt, metal exterior siding, asphaft roof and concrete floor. I dug down along several of the poles and along the base board that contacts the ground. It all looked like the day it was installed with no rot or soft spots that I could find. I'm on a 50/50 clay and sand loam in Michigan. There are lots of older pole barns around here and I haven't heard of any issues. I wouldn't be afraid of building a new pole barn. Is a foundation building better? Yes, but I'm just not seeing any problems with 20, 30 or even 40 year old pole buildings. Just my experience. Scott
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    My "new" lathe - Input?

    Dalton made lathes very similar to the South Bend. My Nine by Four Dalton has been a really nice piece of equipment that I've use many times making parts for restoration projects. This one had some surface rust when I got it but cleaned up nicely - WD40, steel wool and plenty of elbow grease (and time), but was a fun project in itself. Here is a pre and post restoration of a lathe in a condition similar to yours
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    My "new" lathe - Input?

    Nice find. You'll have fun with it. This is an extremely helpful forum: Scott
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    1946 chevy pickup

    08054 is a New Jersey zip code
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    Old gas station in downtown Detroit.

    Vinsetta Garage in Berkeley, MI (suburb of Detroit) dates back to 1919 It is now a restaurant but kept most of the charm of the original facade and an interesting vintage automotive interior
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    1923 Studebaker touring parts car Portland OR craigslist

    Yeah, that's a project alright. 1923 Light Six with some really interesting headlamps.
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    Wagner Distributer

    1920-1923 Big Six and Special Six
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    Wagner Distributer

    The Wagner K96 was used on the Special Six and Big Six 1923 and prior. I'll look in my other book tomorrow to see how far back. Scott
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    Richard Quinn

    Yikes! Good to hear though that he is doing well, post surgery. I'll add him to my prayer list. Scott
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    Freshly Rebuilt 1958 Olds Oldsmobile 371 knocking at idle

    Knocking usually is a bearing or piston pin. One thing you might try is just grounding one plug at a time and see if the knock changes tone or intensity. If so, you'll know what cylinder it is. If not, it may be something else. Scott
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    Fuel lines and fittings.

    Todd, One thing that I always notice on flare fittings is the flare nut used. Pictured is what you typically find in the hardware store on the left, an original 20s nut in the center and something I found on eBay on the right. I was also able to find nuts shaped liked the one on the left but as tall as the others so I turned it down on the lathe to look like the center one. It sounds as though I'm a bit like Mr. Harwood as I turned down the one on the right to get an exact match to the center one (hey, I like things to be right and it wasn't slender enough in the middle). Scott
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    Wanted: Engine for 1924 Light Six Model EM

    1920-22 was a 3 ring piston with an 11/16" piston pin and unbushed. Then sometime in 1922 they switched to a 4 ring piston with a bushed pin. In 1924 they changed to a larger diameter (7/8") piston pin. Wonder if the larger pin design maybe created a problem? Interesting that Egge had the larger pin piston but not the smaller. This could probably fixed with a thicker wall bushing. Regardless, need to find Dave an engine. I know there is a spare engine out there, we just need to find it.
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    Wanted: Engine for 1924 Light Six Model EM

    Thanks for the info. I'm not terribly worried as I fully inspected the pistons when rebuilding but I will consider replacing them when I have the time to take the car down. I did have two other sets of cast iron pistons from other Light Six engines. One was like my originals (from a 1922) and looked fine but the other set were different (1924) and several had cracks. I do know where several 1920-mid 23 blocks are but shipping from Australia will be expensive. Scott
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    Wanted: Engine for 1924 Light Six Model EM

    What kind of speeds were you two typically pushing your cars too? Kinda makes me think about replacing my original cast iron pistons although the pistons were not the weak link during a competitive 25,000 mile durability test run by General Motors Research on a 1922 Light Six.
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    Wanted: Engine for 1924 Light Six Model EM

    Dave, If you don't come up with a complete engine I have a Wagner starter, generator and distributor if needed. My spare 1924 block went to Europe two years ago and is running in a car now. I'll keep my eyes open for one but you may need to buy a car to get one. Scott