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1950Champ
01-05-2007, 01:36 PM
Hello,
My Dad and I purchased a 1950 Champion recently, after dreaming of having one for many years, and have quite enjoyed tinkering on it thus far. We have rebuilt the front brakes, back ones had previously been done, and bled the system. Tomorrow we are going to bring the car to a local mechanic to see what he thinks needs to be done to it. He also has a 50 or 51 convertible. Is there anything in particular we should ask him to look into?
Thanks for the forum, it has answered many questions already,
Spence

CHAMP
01-05-2007, 01:44 PM
I would probably ask for a general safety inspection including the fuel system and all the rubber items.

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

CHAMP
01-05-2007, 01:44 PM
I would probably ask for a general safety inspection including the fuel system and all the rubber items.

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

Dick Steinkamp
01-05-2007, 02:18 PM
I'd say if you guys are good enough to rebuild brakes, you're good enough to check the rest of the car over.

Is it running?

Has it sat for any length of time?

Let us know what state it is in and I'm sure we can put a list together for you.





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Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

Dick Steinkamp
01-05-2007, 02:18 PM
I'd say if you guys are good enough to rebuild brakes, you're good enough to check the rest of the car over.

Is it running?

Has it sat for any length of time?

Let us know what state it is in and I'm sure we can put a list together for you.





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Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

1950Champ
01-05-2007, 02:34 PM
It is in running condition, we drive it around the subdivision some since we havn't gotten it inspected yet and consequently no license plates. It burns a bit of oil, but other than that the engine itself seems okay. The car was listed as being one that was driven frequently, but it seems that it couldn't have been driven much in its current state. It has been converted to 12v, but the 'runtz' things to the guages were fried. My main concern are the brakes, and lubrication. We got the brakes in much better shape (they had been overheating and dragging to the point of smoking) but they take an extra pump on the petal to get any results.
Thanks for the rapid input,
Spence

1950Champ
01-05-2007, 02:34 PM
It is in running condition, we drive it around the subdivision some since we havn't gotten it inspected yet and consequently no license plates. It burns a bit of oil, but other than that the engine itself seems okay. The car was listed as being one that was driven frequently, but it seems that it couldn't have been driven much in its current state. It has been converted to 12v, but the 'runtz' things to the guages were fried. My main concern are the brakes, and lubrication. We got the brakes in much better shape (they had been overheating and dragging to the point of smoking) but they take an extra pump on the petal to get any results.
Thanks for the rapid input,
Spence

starlightchamp
01-05-2007, 08:58 PM
Welcome to the forum 1950Champ. I suggest you go to our home page at
www.studebakerdriversclub.com and look under technical for the document
entitled "Things to do after you bought that Studebaker". This is an excellent
primer by Ingvar Vik and treats all major systems on the Studebaker. You can
do all the tests yourselves and then, if necessary, bring in a mechanic.
I have found that very few mechanics know anything now about Studebakers and you
are better off, with forum help, to do it yourself at least up to the point that special
tooling like valveseat resurfacing is needed. For sure, get the manuals from one of
the parts suppliers. The 1950 is a neat car--if only first gear was synchronized
I would drive mine every day.

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara
CA

starlightchamp
01-05-2007, 08:58 PM
Welcome to the forum 1950Champ. I suggest you go to our home page at
www.studebakerdriversclub.com and look under technical for the document
entitled "Things to do after you bought that Studebaker". This is an excellent
primer by Ingvar Vik and treats all major systems on the Studebaker. You can
do all the tests yourselves and then, if necessary, bring in a mechanic.
I have found that very few mechanics know anything now about Studebakers and you
are better off, with forum help, to do it yourself at least up to the point that special
tooling like valveseat resurfacing is needed. For sure, get the manuals from one of
the parts suppliers. The 1950 is a neat car--if only first gear was synchronized
I would drive mine every day.

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara
CA