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Pepse
08-21-2017, 10:45 AM
Strange lead in, but I need to order a engine tune-up for my '57 Scotsman, points cap, rotor, etc. Being that I would like these this week I decided on Rock Auto versus Studebakerparts.com. Mainly because Studebakerparts.com does not take Paypal and I would need to send a money order. So, for those that have ordered from them is everything the correct stuff?

Later. Pepse.

Mrs K Corbin
08-21-2017, 10:54 AM
Aint but one way to find out!

joncon
08-21-2017, 11:09 AM
Haven't ordered too many Studebaker parts from Rock Auto, but have bought several parts for my Henry J. All the parts were correct and fast shipping. Sometimes you can buy parts they are closing out and get great deals. I bought Wagner made in USA wheel cyls for under $4 a piece.

Dick Steinkamp
08-21-2017, 11:13 AM
I've ordered a lot of parts from Rock Auto and have always been happy with the quality, fit, and speed of delivery. Never parts for a 57 Scotsman, however.

Something you should be aware of. Many Studebakers I have owned did not have the original distributor. Parts get changed during their lifetime and if someone has a part that fits and works but that is different from the original, that is often what was done.

For basic Studebaker tune up parts, I have always gotten them from my local NAPA store. They don't usually have them in stock but can have them there that afternoon or next day.

jackb
08-21-2017, 11:18 AM
Why not go to your nearest NAPA ?? They should be able to get all the stuff in a few days.

rusty nut garage
08-21-2017, 11:58 AM
Studebaker parts.com does take paypay.
Might want to call them


Strange lead in, but I need to order a engine tune-up for my '57 Scotsman, points cap, rotor, etc. Being that I would like these this week I decided on Rock Auto versus Studebakerparts.com. Mainly because Studebakerparts.com does not take Paypal and I would need to send a money order. So, for those that have ordered from them is everything the correct stuff?

Later. Pepse.

alex54
08-21-2017, 10:01 PM
According to my records, I've ordered over 200 parts over the last 4 years. The parts for my Studebaker has been limited through RockAuto, but I've never had any problems.

Pepse
08-22-2017, 03:12 AM
Okay, first, someone from Studebakerparts.com sent me a message that they do take PayPal; I only had looked at the "Ordering" tab on the home page. Second I have used Rockauto for newer vehicles and have had success with there parts, never been disappointed. But being that I am working on a 60 year old vehicle is a reason I asked.

But then tonite at work I got to thinking "Hey wait a minute!" True it could use a tuneup but I haven't figured out why it doesn't turn over with the key, only by jumping the solenoid. True the points might be froze together and the solenoid is crap but I still need to get it to turn over with the key, maybe it will all work then. Ya see I am taking over a project my late father-in-law started about 20 to 25 years ago wherein he stripped the car of all external items like grill, bumpers, taillight assemblies, etc., etc. and then did some body work and the car is maybe 3 or 4 hours away (some more sanding and stuff) from primer and paint. and I noticed a lot of wires under the dash are disconnected and I see some wires disconnected under the hood. And I didn't think to take a copy of the wiring diagram with me when I went to work on it Sunday. Ya see at the moment I gotta drive 10 miles to be able to work on it. Which so far has been to get the rear brakes to let go (froze up because the emergency brake was set). I sprayed the E brake cables and sprayed Blaster into the back of the brake housing and let it set for 2 weeks then Saturday I went and beat the crap outta the drums with a brass hammer and the wheels now turn. So now it can be trailered to my place. But I still wanted to see if it runs. So now I gotta hook wires up and see if it is a bad solenoid or the wiring. When I turn the key on the idiot lights don't light so it could/should be the wiring. Anyway this is long but this is kinda where I am with this project.

Later. Pepse.

christophe
08-22-2017, 04:10 AM
I've been very disappointed with the Standard ignition cap (Autolite setup) from Rockauto's. Of course, it's not their fault. After a few hours of use, the terminals, which are no longer brass but seem to be some kind of aluminium, were desintegrating by the action of current. NOS parts are the best way except, maybe, for the condenser.
Best of luck with your project.

Buzzard
08-22-2017, 11:08 AM
I dealt with Chris & Chuck @ Studebakerparts.com. Great people and great service, besides it keeps it all in the acknowledged Studebaker vendors group. We should always support those who support us to keep them viable for next time.
JMHO
Bill

greyben
08-22-2017, 12:24 PM
Rock Auto occasionally has parts incorrectly listed for older cars. I'm sure their parts lists are electronically provided by vendors. It helps to be familiar with your make and model to avoid getting an incorrect part. I've personally had no problems with Rock Auto with either parts or service. I've also had no problem with Studebaker vendors regarding service. Repops are often a problem with quality and fit, but there isn't always another choice.

StudeRich
08-22-2017, 01:06 PM
With a Champion Six you are often not sure if it is equipped with the Autolite, or Delco Distributor, it is not as clear cut as to to which years used which one like the V8's. Some years used BOTH.

And then there is what Dick said; you never know if it was changed.

The best way to be sure is to identify the ROTOR Shape, match it to the pictures in the Studebaker Chassis Parts Catalog.

dpson
08-22-2017, 02:35 PM
Be careful, Rock Auto is not always correct for older vehicles as I found out when ordering a rear transmission seal (C6 auto) for a 1969 F100. They list a passenger car transmission seal, which is not the same as the truck seal. Also be aware several other national vendors appear to use the same parts database as they too listed the wrong seal.

Pepse
08-23-2017, 02:56 AM
Well, I am glad I held off from ordering from anyone yet. I will definitely look to see which distributor it has. I will more than likely go with a Stude vendor. Now that I looked at the local Badger Wheels Aug. newsletter there is a Studebaker only swap meet Sept. 15 & 16 in Menomonie. That is about a 40 minute drive. I also checked and I don't work that Saturday, so I will plan on it. Besides I need a new/used taillight lens amongst the tuneup stuff. And who knows what else I might find there. And also, it is good I asked questions. It made me realize that since I am dealing with a 60 year old car it would be chancy to go through a chain parts store or warehouse. Thanks.

Later. Pepse.

Blue 15G
08-23-2017, 09:26 AM
I left the auto parts industry in 2002, and I noticed at the time, and even some time before that, that parts listings for very old vehicles were often inaccurate (when they listed them at all). I tried at the time to find out why, but never got a good answer from anyone. I think it boiled down to the fact that no one at the corporate level cared about the (low volume) old stuff. Or, the old "They're all the same" mentality took over, again because no one cared. So this danger in trusting modern catalog listings for older car parts has been going on for quite some time now!

StudeRich
08-24-2017, 05:14 PM
Well, I am glad I held off from ordering from anyone yet. I will definitely look to see which distributor it has. I will more than likely go with a Stude vendor. /Cut/

OK good, just remember what the last sentence says in post #12, get the CD or Book Copy of your car's Chassis and Body Parts Catalogs, the CD also has the Shop Manual. :)

Pepse
08-25-2017, 01:07 AM
Chassis and body parts catalogs?? Why? I am familiar with getting a shop manual from when I had Ford Capris and Mercury Capris but chassis and body parts catalogs? I have no objection just curious as to why.

Later. Pepse.

StudeRich
08-25-2017, 02:54 AM
Because when working on or restoring a Studebaker and buying PARTS, fitting different years together etc. etc. it is ALL about the PARTS.

All the install sequence, (relationship to each other) shape, look of the parts, pictures, correct Part Name are clearly shown, important for assembling, ordering and the Picture Numbers direct you to the Part Numbers for each Part, VERY well written and well illustrated.

All of the Studebaker Vendors use the Studebaker Factory Part Numbers, not their OWN various numbers as all the aftermarket Big Three Parts Co's. do.

Skip Lackie
08-25-2017, 06:08 PM
To add to what Rich said: Studebaker's parts books seem to be unique, in that they list EVERY part, including nuts and bolts, and also have excellent illustrations of exploded views, again showing virtually every part. In some ways, they are more useful than the shop manual. I have parts books for all my old GM cars, but they are often more confusing than helpful. Studebaker's parts books are truly a useful resource.

Pepse
08-26-2017, 12:59 AM
Sounds great, I will look into getting the books as soon as I can.

Thanks. Pepse.

Xcalibur
08-27-2017, 05:27 PM
I've always been pleased with Rock Auto, BUT I've never ordered Studebaker stuff from them. I prefer to patronize "our" unique vendors so they can continue producing/selling the really odd-ball stuff we need.

dmackenzie
08-28-2017, 01:41 PM
I also have a 57 scotsman. RockAuto has been pretty much 100% when I order 57 champion parts. Also, there was a huge difference when I switched to electronic ignition; that was better than any tune up. Rock auto sells the conversion module.

Pepse
08-29-2017, 03:00 AM
dmackenzie,


i noticed an electronic ignition setup. But, for now (and maybe always) I will stick with the original stuff. Some of why I wanted an old car is because of the simplicity compared to today's computerized vehicles. But at least I have good opinions for Rock Auto when dealing with the Classics.

Thank you. Pepse.