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PlainBrownR2
07-07-2009, 10:45 PM
This is something of a first for me and a major deal because I'm working with some awful big and heavy stuff. As many of you know, since December I have been working on a 1955 Commander parts car(feeds the 1955 Commander we have in the garage), to make a driveable modified vehicle using Stude power, but with some modern replacement parts installed. This is an ongoing work in progress, and it keeps me occupied while I'm out of work. Well I just finished painting the vehicle Rustoleum Gloss Black with some Sunrise Red striping down the fenders, and today I pulled the old drivetrain out.

A little history on the car, this was purchased by my Dad's friend out of the dealership out of Beardstown, IL. It could be seen as buying a trade in as it was purchased in the mid sixties. It was a Windsor Blue/Alpena Blue 259 with a T86 three speed with overdrive. He drove this all over the planet with this car until it was parked in a dirt floor in a shed in Beardstown, which also lies ontop of a flood plain. For those who don't know how that works, on occaision the water will seep up from the ground below(or it may flood) and wreak havoc on any metal structure due to the contents in the river or sediment. So the top of the car was great, but I had to patch in new floor, torque boxes, and frame sections from the rockers down. The vehicle was then taken to Texas where it was put on another dirt floor, and that's where it stayed until we bought it in 95 and brought back from Texas. This December I decided to pull the car out, pull off the good pieces, and whatever was left I would reuse myself.
Practically(and that includes the 535976 heads) is stock on the car as it left the dealership. The only thing altered is the tranny was converted to a floor mounted shifter which uses a Foxcraft shifter, that needs a ball. This was done by my Dad's friend sometime in the mid to late sixties, as he wanted a floor shift. It also has a rather large ding in the fender from an accident involving parking on a guy wire(which left a rather perfect impression in the fender of the size of the wire, lol).

Anyway, back to the present. Using a 4000 lb hoist we purchased years ago to work on a K-Body Blazer's 305, I undid two bolts to the front engine mounts, two coupling the transmission mount, and four or so holding it to the driveshaft, and with a little maneuvering, I slid the car back and the engine and trans were home free. I found a tire and stuck the whole magilla on the tire to protect the oilpan.
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Look Ma!! A smallmouth 259!! Did ya get the picture??[:o)]


This was only part 1 of 2 parts as I needed to make some space in the truck. I have a 289 from a 64 Lark I intend to use, so I backed the truck up, pulled the hoist in, lifted the engine up, and pulled the truck away. I then took an old rim, and lowered my engine and free engine stand down on the rim, so I could move the hoist clear once it was on the ground.
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Out with the old, and in with the, ummmm less old [:o)]


At this point I was pretty well tired(Type 1 diabetes, go figure), so I slung the tarp back over the 289, put the blanket over the 259, and called it a day. I do things in much much smaller increments, it's a lot less taxing. My intention is to use the trans again from the 259, the heads from the 259(I cleaned and ported them myself, they're sitting on a shelf in the basement), and any other misc bits and pieces to make one drivetrain from two. I also have intentions of twin turbos, port injection, blah blah blah, but that's still aways in the future yet.

In case anyones wondering why no garage, no space inside, so everything sensitive is covered or protected when I'm finished. I work in God's Garage(best way to put it sorry, lol). It's also muddy, which makes moving the hoist difficult to maneuver when its loaded. So

DEEPNHOCK
07-08-2009, 08:01 AM
Don't ever apologize for where you work on your Studebaker..
The fact that you are out there working on it is soooo commendable.
My hat is off to you!
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

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In case anyones wondering why no garage, no space inside, so everything sensitive is covered or protected when I'm finished. I work in God's Garage(best way to put it sorry, lol). It's also muddy, which makes moving the hoist difficult to maneuver when its loaded. So, rather than moving the hoist away from the car, I move the car away from the hoist[}:)]
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jclary
07-08-2009, 08:15 AM
quote:Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK

Don't ever apologize for where you work on your Studebaker..
The fact that you are out there working on it is soooo commendable.
My hat is off to you!
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

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In case anyones wondering why no garage, no space inside, so everything sensitive is covered or protected when I'm finished. I work in God's Garage(best way to put it sorry, lol). It's also muddy, which makes moving the hoist difficult to maneuver when its loaded. So, rather than moving the hoist away from the car, I move the car away from the hoist[}:)]
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:)...And you don't have to worry 'bout spotting up the floor or containing fumes,etc.:)

John Clary
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Lark Parker
07-08-2009, 09:11 AM
That doesn't look like a "checkbook restoration " to me.<G>

"and with a little maneuvering, I slid the car back"
You know that has to be an understatement, John. It takes me 12 trips when I'm working alone. That has to be even tougher without concrete. Good going, hang in there.
Thanks for the pics.

LP

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52-fan
07-08-2009, 09:51 AM
Your workshop looks like mine. I know exactly what you mean about trying to move a hoist with a Stude engine on grass. Most of the work on the Daytona is happening in the yard. The large amount of rain we had earlier this year really put a dent in my plans.

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PlainBrownR2
07-08-2009, 03:15 PM
Thanks guys, yeah it's a checkbook restoration, a little, very little restoration (holds up finger and index finger [:o)]. Jeff would know what kind of ground this like to work on. This is seasonal concrete of sorts, which means in the springtime you're not working in it as much because it can turn to an invariable springy spongey mush. When I put the hoist under the car I knew what I was in for when the front legs sunk down half an inch when the engine was raised. That hoist wasn't going anywhere as soon as that happened. So I have improvise [}:)]. The next step I think is to hose out the sediment and grease from inside the bay and the crossmember, and then figure out the steps to the engine and tranny shuffle, lol.

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