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1934 Pierce V12 start over point


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We spent a sunny afternoon today pulling the crankcase and driveline out of a 1934 Pierce Arrow V12 convertible coupe. Lucky guy in the middle is 3rd owner Bill Morris of this super original car. After 50 years of storage the engine is being rebuilt for its next 50 years of touring. See attached image. Stude8

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The engine shop of choice here is Auto Machine in St Charles, IL. They have considerable experience with prewar engines, inline 8's with Babbit bearings and as a rule don't allow Chevy engines in the door.

I'll attach a before picture of car but a good overall shot is not available, this all started in a Chicago Winter season so it has never been outside the garage at a suitable time to photograph. Stude8

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A word to the wise. Use modern inserts in the rod bearings if at all possible, if you plan on much freeway driving. Babbit worked well enough in the old days (we used to drive the wheels off a '29 Packard Super 8 with babbit bearings), but sustained freeway speeds will pound it out of the rod bearings (which we've also done a few times).

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It's Back! The V12 is back from machine shop and is going together, see attached photo. We are looking for a source of new connecting rod cap bolts, 3/8-24 X 2-19/32" (Studebaker # 192163). Several of the old ones are not useable after close inspection, threads distorted and such. If you have a proven source for these type of parts please reply. Thanks, Stude8

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