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dclewallen
01-14-2007, 05:28 PM
Are the pushrods in a 1953 232 V8 shorter than those in a later 1962 289? Thanks,

Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

Dwain G.
01-15-2007, 12:04 PM
Yes they are, by almost a 1/4". The change was made early in the 1961 model year to allow both six and V8 engines to use the same rocker arms.

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/grecian.jpg
Dwain G.

Dick Steinkamp
01-15-2007, 12:12 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dwain G.

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/grecian.jpg



Can we see the rest of that Kustom, Dwain? [:p]



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Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

StudeRich
01-15-2007, 02:52 PM
Yeah, I am with Dick S. ,curious as to what that is! It most closely resembles a '49-'50 Ford, but I see the grille cutout below the headlight looks like a '53-'54 Stude. sedan! That's different!

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

Dwain G.
01-15-2007, 08:20 PM
Recognize it now?

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/grecian2.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/grecian.jpg
Dwain G.

klifton1
01-15-2007, 08:47 PM
I don't remember the fins, but it looks like a 48 or 49 Studebaker done by Barris called the (Geracian). Not sure of the spelling. Looks to be worked over a couple of times since first built.
Klif

55 Speedster
42 Champ Coupe

Dick Steinkamp
01-15-2007, 09:46 PM
Nice! [:p]

http://www.barris.com/gallery_cars/Kustoms_HotRods/gallery_moderngrecian.html


http://www.barris.com/gallery_cars/Kustoms_HotRods/images/gallery/moderngrecian.jpg


When were the fins put on?




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Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

Dwain G.
01-15-2007, 11:25 PM
When the car was first built in about 1953-54, it was called the 'Grecian'. When Barris redid it in about 1958-59 it became the 'Modern Grecian'. That's when the fins went on along with some other minor changes and new paint.
The pictures I posted were taken at the Oakland Roadster Show in 1960. I should have two or three other shots but can't find them right now.
What really shocked this 18 year old kid when I saw this car up close and personal was the engine compartment. At the end of the show when some cars were already leaving, the hood on the Grecian was propped up about six inches. I could clearly see a dirty engine compartment in original green and a dirty little six cylinder engine!!!
Hey, we sure did a great job of hijacking this thread didn't we!!??

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/grecian.jpg
Dwain G.

Roscomacaw
01-15-2007, 11:37 PM
Man, if that's what Grecian Formula can do for your looks, I'm NEVER gonna even touch a bottle of the stuff!!!

Those aren't "skirts" on that thing - they're BLOOMERS![xx(]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

CHAMP
01-16-2007, 06:44 AM
I think I like it better without the fins!!! Back in the fifties customs were really big and Barris was the King of Costoms. It was also common for these cars to not have a functioning or even complete engine. Some of the engines would just be a shell of an engine, no crankshaft, camshaft, rods, pistons, or pushrods (to sorta stay on topic)

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

Dick Steinkamp
01-16-2007, 10:53 AM
quote:Originally posted by CHAMP
common for these cars to not have a functioning or even complete engine.


There was a tradition with the Oakland Roadster Show to have the cars START and DRIVE out of the building on Sunday evening after the awards ceremony. This was carried over when the Oakland Roadster Show became The Grand National Roadster Show. S2D was fortunate enough to be in the Grand National Roadster Show in 2001. Sunday night was pretty neat. A couple hundred hot rod engines firing up indoors...many without mufflers! Talkin' about noise and exhaust fumes [xx(]. All headed for the exits. The parking lot and streets around the Cow Palace were full of running, driving hot rods and customs. I've got that one burned into my memory (and my sinuses) [8D]

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Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

Dwain G.
01-16-2007, 12:40 PM
Just as Dick said, this roadster was driving out when this photo was taken:

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/roadster.jpg

http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/grecian.jpg
Dwain G.

John Kirchhoff
01-16-2007, 01:03 PM
As low as that thing sets, it'd be high centered on my driveway pronto!