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About frshcatch

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  1. That is very useful information. I have to soon install a '29 Commander head. I have found a source for an aluminum head, but it is expensive. Does anyone know where there might be a salvaged head or an OEM head? I was wondering if there is a particular order in which you tighten the bolts. I may be installing an aluminum head and don't want to break it. Also, it looks like the original head bolts were securing the head. What do forum members recommend regarding replacement of bolts, type of bolts, helicoils, preparation of bolt holes, use of lubricants or locking agents, etc.? Thanks, H
  2. See my previous post on how I finally timed my engine. The timing light didn't work because my distributor has jitter and the timing mark jumped around too much to be useful. So, I lined up the timing mark by hand cranking. Then I put one of those spark indicator lights on the #1 spark wire. Then I rotated the distributor (in the proper direction) until the spark fired. Bingo! TDC. The only challenge is to make sure you are on the compression cycle and not on the exhaust cycle.
  3. That is a beautiful and impressive engine. I assume he also changed the transmission and differential. And, probably the brakes? It would take an upgrade of the rest of the mechanicals to handle that engine. I don't think I dare go nearly that far with my engine.
  4. John, Thank for the tip on the Dyke book. I went looking for it on the internet and found it to be available for free in digitized form on Google Play. It allows you to read the entire book on the computer or on a handheld device. Amazing. There are three editions available. But, the latest that I could find is the 12th edition rather than the 14th that you have. Nevertheless, it is very informative and an entertaining read. Also, I searched for Studebaker and found the History of Studebaker written by Erskine. Also facinating.
  5. Thank you all for the excellent and timely feedback. I will back off of the increased compression. Although it appears somebody should try it, I guess I won't volunteer :-). If I don't get this problem solved I may end up with a SBC. That would be a shame.
  6. I am having a cylinder head cast for my 1929 Commander 6. In the process we are considering increasing the compression ratio. My understanding is that the original ratio was about 5:1. We are going to increase it to 7.5:1. My question is whether they produced engines in that period with low compression ratios because the engines could not handle the higher compression ratios, or whether they were kept low because of the low octane of the gasoline at that time? Has anyone increased compression for these cars? Is it a wise thing to do? How much can it safely be increased? I would like to g
  7. My 29 Commander sat for a year until I finally got itstarted. It had been converted to 12V with a new ignition switch. It was amatter of luck that I got the both the original switch on the column and thenew switch to be on at the same time. Yet, the timing was still off. Weattempted to set the timing with a light, but ended up setting it 180 degreesout of phase. We finally got it to start by simply twisting the distributorwhile cranking it. When the timing was approximately right it started right up.Yet, I learned later that this can have disastrous consequences for somereason. Nevertheless, i
  8. What was the engine color for the 1929 Studebakers? My Commander engine is John Deere green. Would that be correct?
  9. When I bought my car it had some sort of a Chevrolet water neck. It works OK, but I would like to replace it with a period correct cast water neck. Does anyone know who might have a water neck like that?
  10. I just replaced a 48 Plymouth 3-speed with an OD 3-speed. I am having a heck of a time getting it to function properly. It free-wheels, but doesn't seem to engage the planetary gears. So, be careful what transmission you install. I will continue to work on it. I am optimistic that I will find the problem.
  11. I am new to the antique Studebaker forum. I have a 1929 Commander GJ cabriolet with the 6-cylinder engine. I believe the engine number is 1652013. I think it is the proper original engine, but it has been overhauled, slightly updated, and switched to 12V. The cylinder head is cracked and needs to be replaced. Can anyone help me locate a replacement, or tell me where I might get a new one fabricated? I will also need to replace the leather fan belt and radiator hose connector from the head. I am sure there will be several other parts that I will need, but these will get me running again. Tha
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