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Eric W

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  1. Made a 2nd try on the left side tube in the last photo above - realized there needs to be a jog in the line to clear the bump stop. Got a replacement axle tee fitting from Merle's - they're great for parts for older cars. $7.59 incl tax, so not worth mail ordering from anyone. Last photo (below) - 2nd try at that left side brake tube with a jog to clear the bump stop. Also got the right side line secured to the wheel cylinder, the axle clamp (just inboard of the suspension spring), and the differential cover clamp. Hardly any time to work on it because of other things going on, bu
  2. Thanks Chris. I looked at the Classic Tubes - fairly expensive compared with bend-your-own from the local parts store. In the last week, I picked up a couple of Studebaker history books from a local club member who's reducing his collection. Also got the '52 Commander owner's manual (so I can see what controls are supposed to be there and how they work), the '52 product line marketing brochure, and the '52 "Inside Facts for Studebaker Salesmen" which was by far the most expensive, but probably the most rare of the bunch. Pulled the rear brake lines - along the frame and along the a
  3. I don't see leak from the lines, but yes, I reached that same conclusion that I'll change those out. Inline Tube has a set that's labeled for a '50 Champion that used the same frame & brake tube routing as far as I can tell. I did buy a tube from them once before, and I recall that shipping was nearly as much as the tube since they're stuck shipping a huge box... And for longer tubes they bend them approximately in half around a large radius - for the user to straighten. But the set is all 6 tubes for the car at the correct length with end fittings already installed. Anyway, so
  4. Thanks JW - I've been studying the hub installation on the Studebaker forums - they caution about over torque, and the Studebaker torque is less than what you reference for Packard. I expect to redo both sides - need to replace the parking brake cable & there were incorrect shoe return springs on the left side. Anyway, some updates over the past week - got the '57 front brakes installed, including new wheel cylinders & hoses. Put an initial adjustment on all 4 brakes. This morning, got to the point of bleeding the system, and the (new) master cylinder leaks. Compared with t
  5. Lot of little things this weekend. That last photo was just the drum on the spindle - no brake inside. Temporarily bolted the "loaded" backing plates to the spindles to disassemble the brakes. Put all the small parts in Evap-o-rust to clean them up. Cleaned the backing plates. Sorry, no before photos, but they were caked with mud. Got the correct '54-later wheel cylinders installed in the rear brakes. Got the rear drums put back on. Tightened the brakes with the adjusters to hold the drums from rotating while torqueing the nuts that hold the drums on. So the
  6. I'm in Tucson. '57 brake looks like it means business by comparison...
  7. A '57 Silver Hawk V8 gave up its brakes today. It had already had the roof cut off, engine removed, interior stripped, etc... Finned drums pretty cool - too bad these get covered up. Also picked up the parking brake cable clip that's missing from my master cylinder installation photo and 1 more 15" rim for the spare (there was a 14" in there with no tire when I got the car). Also got through DMV for new title & plate.
  8. Thanks Paul - what you describe is in line with what I was thinking. I did get the '52 shop manual, one of the first things I bought. But as you point out, the brakes I've got don't match what's in the '52 book... Yes, I figured the '52 wheel cyl's that I got won't work with the rear brakes - just wanted to ID which ones they are to get the correct cylinders. Yes, I'll be looking for the later brakes for the front to keep the front/rear balance correct.
  9. Thanks - what year / year range of brake is in your photo? There don't appear to be any pushrods on the wheel cylinder on the brake in my photo, but they're in there. I bought the wheel cylinders for '52, and the push rods are really short. The wheel cylinder that I took off had longer pushrods. Yes the parking brake cable is spliced, but there's an issue farther forward with that cable that I haven't figured out yet. I think it's routed on the wrong side of the exhaust, so it hits the exhaust. I haven't found a diagram that shows the cable relative to the exhaust, so I'll be looking for photo
  10. Here's some photos. Rear brake, front brake, tail light housings with fried reflectors, chip out showing several paint jobs...
  11. Was looking through the shop manual to understand what self-adjusting parts are missing from the front brakes. In the same section, there are photos of rear brakes with self adjusters. Checked the spec's on the car - front brakes, 11", rear brakes 9". I'm thinking the rear brakes on the floor under the car now are about the same size as the fronts. They didn't have self-adjusters, they have the "star wheel" adjusters that I backed off as part of getting the drums off. I haven't worked on Studebaker before, so I didn't think anything of fronts with self-adjusters and rear with manua
  12. Yes, the brake switch wires are on the list. I work from an excel spreadsheet rather than trying to keep it in my head or on random pages. I prioritize the spreadsheet - to try to keep the whole car from being taken apart at once, and so I can "check off" jobs as they are completed. I don't have it in front of me at the moment, but columns are along the lines of: "item" "system" "priority" "est. cost" "supplier" "done" "date done" "actual cost". Also helps to remember later what I did...
  13. I had cross-threaded the original brake "V" or "Y" block, so while I was out of town the past few days, I ordered another block & bolt kit (from Midwest Jeep Willys - in Florida). Not the same angle as the one I took off, but easy enough to get the lines to fit. Also worked through the front seat belts this afternoon. Will add photo of them fastened down, but now waiting for the paint to dry on the under-floor backing plates (all seatbelt parts from Juliano's).
  14. Northwest - between Cortaro & Twin Peaks, west side of the highway.
  15. Evap o rust works pretty well. I was impressed with the cylinder plunger in particular. The cleaner-looking washers and the spring clip started out less rusty than the larger washers and the nuts. I'll drive it at least weekly - usually to the Thursday cruise night at Freddy's at Orange Grove & Thornydale, and also a couple of times/year to the Cars & Coffee at La Encantada, but also just around the neighborhood. At the C&C, it's fun to see my low-$$$ vintage car parked between a classic 300SL and a new McLaren...
  16. Thanks Paul - I'll look into the later brakes. Got the new master cylinder in. I'll post a picture later. Photos here - some brake master mounting parts I soaked in Evap-o-rust overnight, and a quick appearance improvement for the trunk emblem.
  17. No hill holder in this one. This looks to be a fairly low-option car - no radio, though there's an antenna on the right front fender, and a radio in the trunk. First day, I got the master cylinder out and the front drums off. Looking online, I saw that the rear drums require a puller. I don't recall exactly how the Buick rear drums were secured, but they didn't need a puller. I ordered the rear seat belts (I had fronts in the right color that I never got to installing in one of the Buicks), master cylinder, wheel cylinders, and the front hoses. I got the wheel cylinders, and though
  18. After several months of no vintage car around, I got this Studebaker last week. I had been scanning the c-list ads here and to about 500 miles out for the past couple of months. Don't know anything in particular about Studebakers - if you've seen my other threads (and listed in the signature), I've worked with Buicks for the past 4 years or so. Anyway, this one was very easy for me to get to for a look over, was in the budget, seems to run well enough, and is in better condition than the last 2 Buicks I was working on. As in, I hope it doesn't take as long before I'm driving it. I do most all
  19. Looks to be a big collection of parts for the money... I can't get there, but maybe someone can save this... https://duluth.craigslist.org/cto/6170556622.html - listed as $950 for all... Kevin - 218-428-9479 For Sale do to storage loss. All my remaining 65 Buick Skylark parts collection. To many items to list them all but here are a few , Bumpers, Radiator support , 2 sets of doors, windows, tail lights, hood , trunk, seats front and rear w/extra, moldings boxed GS frame with 10 bolt posi. Lots of extra's. Must get rid of. Would like to sell it all as a pac
  20. Here's a '48 plastic from the '16 Nationals swap meet area. Hard to capture the shimmer of the metallic red. Did 4 coats of the red, one half at a time to let each side sit flat on the table. The chrome & blue were in good shape, so I didn't do anything with those.
  21. Just a little something to hang on the wall... I believe I found this at Nationals last year in the swap meet area. If you've been through some of my other threads, I was repainting with Testor's paints. For this one I tried metallic blue & metallic red to maybe give more of the original shimmer rather than a solid color. Colors are: Red Metal Flake #1529 and Blue Metal Flake #1539. and Metallic Silver #1146. First 3 photos are the "before", then cleaned & polished the frame w/ Simichrome, then painted/assembled indoor photo & outdoor photo. I'm alway
  22. After much deliberation, I concluded the remaining items to get this one safely back on the road, though not beyond my abilities to arrange, were beyond my capacity at the moment. The car has been advertised for sale on the local c-list for about a month, and after a visit from a Swede, an inquiry from an Australian, and a near-trade with a local, the car is in the very capable hands of Matt Tisdale, of Tisdale Coachworks in Winslow, Indiana. Matt is very well known in the Dodge Power Wagon community, and his company makes many repro parts for these. Sounds like he'll have this car on the road
  23. Same car, same seller, 1 year later. In case anyone would like more details... https://phoenix.craigslist.org/nph/cto/5986395260.html
  24. Was in the garage to start/run the car for a few minutes to keep the carb from getting gummed up. Noticed what looked almost like some sort of cardboard "shim" around the steering column, right were it passes under the dash. Remembering other posts on here that spoke of the steering column document holder, I pulled it out - it was a stack of old registrations (in the clear plastic steering column document holder)! Though there isn't any paper from the very first owner, I'd guess it was Helen S. Schlecht of Denver, Co., because this was listed as who it was bought from on a 1963 Ari
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