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jazzer3

57 Studebaker Commander 4 door sedan

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Hello, This is a commander update. Ken delivered to me one rear window for the commander and I got a new rubber. Reading the shop manual on rear window showing the men with rubber mallets makes me wary. I am thinking about farming the installation out but worry about the experience of the shop with this type installation.

The valve covers are painted, the valves all checked good, I need to get number one up to TDC and get the distributor in it's proper location. The fuel pump, carburetor, distributor and wires, water pump have to be installed and then we get a battery in there and see what happens

post-39071-143143022997_thumb.jpgI spent very little time on the rear seat using the can of cleaner shown(it is so old it had no "schpritz" and I had to poke a hole in the can, don't do this at home) a fingernail brush and a dull knife scraped sideways.

The hubcaps are as good as i can get them and i let all those parts on the trunk hoping those guys that live in the tree and make cookies show up.

Jay

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

Got some work done on the Commander today. The valve covers are on, carburetor installed, fan and pulley in place, oil filter and lines all tight. New throttle return springs seem to be correct. Number one is up top there is oil in the engine, next it will get primed and the distributor put in it's proper location. Then the fuel lines then the battery.

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Then a prayer and we'll see what happens,

Jay

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The Commander was running yesterday and sounds good, topped off the transmission fluid and today I start replacing brake parts. I talked to the people at the glass shop and they can install the rear window when I am ready. post-39071-14314305529_thumb.jpg

Happy Easter,

Jay

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Hello, the Commander's rear brakes are in place and has a new master cylinder, the rear mounting bolt for the master cylinder fought all the way out. The front brakes are next. Each day after doing mechanical work I play for a bit cleaning things.

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The masking tape is impossible. I have the right front fender cleaned a bit but no photos.

I have been firing it up every day and letting it run until warm, all the gauges work, no turn signals but I haven't looked under the dash yet.

I saw some Goodyear radials at Walmart that were reasonably priced and looked like a good size, I believe I will take them five wheels.

Jay

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The front fenders of the Commander have the typical rust most cars of 20th century Pennsylvania had to expect. I don't want to get into extensive bodywork and would like to preserve the car as it is as much as possible.

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This rust is never going to get worse and I would like to stabilize the area without welding in patches and matching paint. I would like to put some kind of backing up-underneath the fender then applying some kind of clear acrylic.

Opinions and or suggestions appreciated.

attachment.php?attachmentid=42683&d=1428509703&thumb=1This is inside the right rear dogleg, the plan here is POR 15 and fiberglass cloth built up in layers. I have done this in spare-tire wells and it worked fine.

attachment.php?attachmentid=42684&d=1428509813&thumb=1attachment.php?attachmentid=42685&d=1428509844&thumb=1I do plan on welding here to rebuild this body mount. Note remainder of curb-feeler there is a complete on on the rear, are they factory.

attachment.php?attachmentid=42686&d=1428509964&thumb=1attachment.php?attachmentid=42687&d=1428509990&thumb=1The hood is lookin scary!

attachment.php?attachmentid=42688&d=1428510053&thumb=1Cleaned these brake parts this AM but it is so damp and cold compared to yesterday my hands were killing me, arthritis ya know.

Going to Lancaster for a few days to watch the Grandsons will be anticipating reading here on Friday night just what to do with those front fenders.

Thanks,

Jay

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The Commander is off the jackstands temporarily and went for a few rides around our property totaling about three miles. Everything in the driveline seems to be working OK, now I need to make a tailpipe and do some rust repair, then it gets new tires and the rear window installed.

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Jay

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Some rust repair was necessary and I needed to see, a four foot florescent light suspended on ropes works well.

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Seeing is not a problem, here is what needs fixin.

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The new mount is welded in but the bottom of the new mount is made from one piece of 3/16" steel verses the original which appeared to be two pieces of thinner stock.
Had to rush home so no photos of what got done yesterday but it was a good day of progress. I wasn't sure what i was going to use to replace the mount but there is quite a pile of cut-offs that are kept for these problems. A short piece of 2" X 4" steel tube cut up provided the uprights for the mount. The rounded corners of the tubing closely match the radius of the original mount.

Jay

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The body mount is only 1/8" and not 3/16" as I posted yesterday and the piece used for the floor measured .072". I got a good weld along the pinch weld just in front of the door and tied as much surrounding metal as possible into the body support post-83135-0-29135600-1432482324_thumb.jpost-83135-0-16317100-1432482335_thumb.jpost-83135-0-89507800-1432482353_thumb.jpost-83135-0-20886500-1432482491_thumb.jpost-83135-0-50194200-1432482444_thumb.jpost-83135-0-88228700-1432482508_thumb.j

Not exactly factory but strong.

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After buying seam sealer and undercoating to finish the job a spot just below the firewall insulator looked suspect so the tools came out and a piece 3 inches by 8 inches was welded in.  I didn't grind any welds smooth as they were solid and looked good enough to me with a little dressing.

  Now the interior gets a good cleaning and put back together.

Jay

 

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Some before and after shots of the roof and hood, the hood still needs waxing

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getting there slowly.

Jay

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One needs to watch out for that hood ornament, wiping polish off the hood. the back of the ornament and my hand met, it is as pointy as the front. 

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I've driven the Commander about 100 miles so far.  It drives nicely on the road but there may be some transmission issues.  I did drop the pan and clean the screen but maybe should have done some additional cleaning.  It seems to me that it doesn't go into a lower gear until after you pull-out from a stop, it might struggle a bit on some starts especially if uphill and will then downshift after moving.   The more it is driven it seems to work better and I suctioned out a pint of trans fluid and added a pint of sea-foam to see if things work better.  I did have the carburetor off but was careful not to disturb linkage adjustments, this is the first older car with an automatic transmission we have had since a 56 Plymouth back in 1976 and I'm not used to all this linkage and adjustments

  Thank you Ken for the rear window and Mary Ann and Bill for a straight front bumper.

Although the transmission may require removal I am tickled at hoe the Commander works otherwise and deem it worthy of finding a carpet kit, the painted steel front floor should be covered.

Thanks all,

Jay

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