Tom Devoe

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  1. Berlinkhan - I think you will run into the same issue I did. Unless I can figure out a way to cast a new one in aluminum, we're out of luck. That thread is double helix, and not an acme thread, so it's a weird one for sure. I'll be replacing mine with an acme rod and new block which will be machined to fit. If I ever run across an original that hasn't deteriorated, well, I won't hold my breath. Let me know what you come up with. And that photo really took me by surprise. It's actually the interior of my car, but I don't mind at all that you used it, hope it helps you get yours fixed. As a matter of fact, if you've got the same model, we should keep in touch. Parts are pretty scarce for these cars.
  2. Hi Dale, I'll send a message to your email - thanks!
  3. Looking for a 31 grill grille shell for a model 54 Studebaker. I know it's a long shot, but maybe one is out there... Thanks!
  4. Sounds like a brake spring may have broken. When I had those same symptoms, I had two broken springs. Now I'm waiting for the only guy who has them to find his stock so I can get the car back on the road!
  5. Robert - I did not buy the lights in the links you sent. They look like they would work, but the construction of the light is a little different from what mine are. I'll take a few photos of the lights I have this week and post them here so you'll have a visual reference of a 31 model 54 lamp.
  6. Spinneyhill - yes, the original pump is a SW, but I'm running an AC on the engine now. I didn't want to damage the SW because they're so hard to find, so I tucked it away. If the car ever gets restored, I'll install it. Looking at the AC and SW pump side by side, it's hard to see a difference, so I doubt anyone except the most knowledgeable will notice.
  7. That's the wheel to my car. And I need a hubcap to replace a dented one. Heartbreaking.... Wish these scrap yards were near me.
  8. Gary - Thanks for the info! My car doesn't use any of the springs you show, as it fall after the switch to the single anchor. The parts car has the duo servo. It all finally sunk into my grey matter and makes perfect sense now, it just takes a while for me!
  9. Hi Robert - Dave had all the return springs, but didn't have 173641, which are the little springs that hold the shoes to the backing plate.
  10. A Ebbert - They are fairly straightforward, and quite easy to rebuild. I found when researching fuel pumps for my 31, that there are many that will work on your motor. As long as the actuation arm is the same shape, and the mounting pattern (to the engine block) is correct for your motor, chances are it'll work. I didn't want to reuse the original one for my car (I put it away for a future restoration), so I found a suitable replacement on ebay pretty cheap. The one I'm running is technically not the correct part number, but works great. Your best bet is to rebuild the one you have, as you know it works. Any 'new old stock" one that you find will have to be rebuilt anyway, to bring the diaphragm up to new gasoline specifications. I replied to your facebook post as to who I used for the kit when I rebuilt mine.
  11. Thanks for all the help. I called Dave Thibeault and he has most of the springs I need! Now to get the shoes relined.
  12. Thanks Steve! I will check through those part numbers tonight and see if they are correct for my car! I guess I have been conditioned not to look at the usual Stude parts suppliers, as they usually don't have anything pre 1938. I should have googled first!
  13. I posted this under general discussion since it applies to most makes, but I'll put this here too to see if there are any Studebaker vendors who supply pre war brake parts, or maybe someone has been through this before. So - I need a few brake springs for my 31 Studebaker. I think I'd like to just replace them all if new ones are available. Are there vendors out there who supply brake parts for vintage cars? Since the Stude is an orphan, would I need to see if other, more popular makes used the same size springs in order to rebuild my brakes? Maybe there are small spring manufacturers that could copy the old springs? I'd love to here what others have done to get a hold of these special springs. I have access to another 31 model 54, but it's brakes (the fronts anyway) are a totally different design than my coupe. My car was was built late in the model year, and I guess one of the running changes was the brake redesign. I believe that my car shares the same design as the 32 cars, maybe 33 too. TIA - Tom
  14. So - I need a few brake springs for my 31 Studebaker. I think I'd like to just replace them all if new ones are available. Are there vendors out there who supply brake parts for vintage cars? Since the Stude is an orphan, would I need to see if other, more popular makes used the same size springs in order to rebuild my brakes? Maybe there are small spring manufacturers that could copy the old springs? I'd love to here what others have done to get a hold of these special springs. TIA!!
  15. I realize this is an old thread, but I have just run across the Pullman auction info, and have been searching the autos made in York PA. Really interesting stuff, and my search led me to this thread. I hope Moparman was there, as it looks like a lot of info on the Bell was sold. Is there any update on the car and the restoration?