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Roscomacaw
02-19-2007, 01:25 PM
Pete's heart transplant's coming along. It's slower than we would like, but that's all my fault. Between company last weekend and numberous other things that demand attention, it's not been the "Wham-Bam" that I'd envisioned. We're anxious (Pete and me) but we're getting there. Today, the engine will lower onto the frame and get buckled in.
Dailing in the BH was a pain but it got done. Heh - locating new pins to use only took me 3 or 4 hours and I KNEW I had some here, just had to "unearth" them.[}:)]
I've put three pics up in an album and while I've got more detailed shots to share, Pete's wonderin' why I'm not already out in the shop with him. So I'll put the rest up later.

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Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

studeclunker
02-19-2007, 11:25 PM
Was that Pete eyeballing the camera-man? It's interesting that Pete's bumper looks identical to a Champ. That Beautiful valley cover, and you almost can't see it. What kind of motor was the original, Bob? It looks a lot like the motor in my '52.

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Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Dwain G.
02-20-2007, 12:20 AM
Bob, two questions. Who did the timing cover polish? Looks great! And when you pulled the exhaust manifolds off the old engine were you able to tell what cylinder(s) had a blown head gasket?

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Roscomacaw
02-20-2007, 01:20 AM
Clunk, remember me telling about the old gent that never saw that motor get finished? It was a '63 Lark of some sort. Full-flo 289.

Dwain, I've yet to look at the old engine to see if I could detect anything. I had another set of manifolds hanging on the wall that were cleaned, painted and ready to go. Maybe if I think of it tomorrow, I'll pull the plugs and see what's what.:D

I've added some more pics for your perusal! Feel free to comment, cajole, critisize and cackle.[:o)]
http://s102.photobucket.com/albums/m111/studebob/

Some of this stuff is pretty basic for most of us, but I've explained some of it for those that haven't done these things.:D



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

ROADRACELARK
02-20-2007, 10:12 AM
Nice pics Bob!:) Reminds me of back in the 70's when you were on this end of the good ole' USA. Us Stude guys did a lot of this stuff back then. Not quite as much fun now, but then we don't do it quite as often either.;) Motor sure looks great, WAY better than the factory ever made them look. You keep up the good work and I'll watch for more pics.:)

Dan Miller
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Roscomacaw
02-20-2007, 11:24 AM
Thanks Dan.
Yes, I was much more productive then - right from one Stude to the next. But I must say that I've actually had fun with this transplant. Even last night, as I wiggled in the last of the four motor mount bolts, I felt invigorated and pleased with myself.[^]
The exhaust pipe Y was reluctant to pop onto the second manifold outlet after I'd gotten it on the first one. I didn't fancy loosening all 6 bolts on one manifold just so that it would go into the pipe flange so I just just gripped the pipe end and gave a hearty shove![}:)] Boink! - it was on!
This morning the spark slinger goes back in, tranny (UGH!) gets muscled into place (can you get a hernia lying on your back???[xx(]) and I get to finagle linkage for that new 4bbl. Then water pump, radiator, etc., etc., etc.. I'm GONNA drive this thing this afternoon![:0][}:)]:D

OH.... here's a little mystery you guys can speculate about. In the course of turning the engine thru repeatedly while trying to get the bellhousing aligned, every second time around for the crank would produce a distinct and audible "click!". Focused on the alignment, I didn't think too much of it at first.
Once I had the aligment within spec, I thought maybe I ought to find just what it was that was sounding off. Right quick I determined that it was coming from the rocker arm/valve spring area of the exhaust valve on #5 cylinder. Just as that valve actuated and the rocker came off the valve stem, there'd be a little click. I'd set all the valves earlier and I checked it again. Looked good.
I couldn't really see what the face of the rocker arm looked like nor the very end of the valve stem but they seemed to be smooth. The arm moves freely and the shaft shows NO wear at all.
I tried sticking a piece of thin cardboard between the rocker arm and the stand - effectively moving the arm a bit forward on the shaft. In doing so and then turning the engine thru - the noise was gone! I figured there MUST be some wear or notch or something amiss with the face or the valve stem and I backed off adjustment to where I could actually slide the rocker OFF of the pushrod and the valve. That way I could roll it around and SEE and FEEL the face of the arm and the top of the valve stem. Heh - BOTH looked like new! No wear, no deformity, no burrs, no nothin'. I used a fine file to put a "polish" to the arm face, thinking that if there were a low or high spot this would reveal it. Nada!
I did NOT want to do an about face at this point and so I happened to have some hard fibre rings (one of which matched the diameter of the rocker shaft perfectly:)) I oiled it, slid it over the shaft so that it's held captive by the arm and the stand and reset the valve. It don't click now. I don't know why and I don't care.[:I]
Some things that you could worry yourself about prove to be nothing at all. Like the cockeyed center main bearing that resides in the engine I just removed from Pete. When I had the lower end apart in '96, it was evident from the polish on the center main that it (the bearing shell) OR - the main seat - wasn't aligned right. I know - it DOES NOT make sense. Probably what was wrong was that the bearing shells were coated wrong or tweaked. Whatever was wrong - it had come from the factory like that.[:o)] After a momentary panic, I reminded myself that I'd been driving it like that for 6 years and who knows how many years it had served like that in the wrecked Cruiser I'd saved said engine from?
In taking it apart in '96, I'd anticipated installing new main and rod bearings - it didn't NEED them. Save for the whacky wear pattern on the center main, they all looked and plastigaged nicely. I COULD HAVE put new standard shells on the center main but I didn't want to break up the set of main bearings I had. 11 years later, my call was obviously a good one. Even tho it's developed a coolant leak, the lower end's still willing to do it's job. AND, this is why I keep saying "don't just summarily throw every new part you can buy into these things". Brand X stuff - yeah - that's t

Transtar60
02-20-2007, 02:46 PM
Mr.Biggs I checked out the pictures you posted and Pete is looking good!
I have a couple engines to fix up this year, If I can find a roundtoit.:D

3E38
4E2
4E28
5E13
7E7
8E7
8E12
8E28
4E2
59 Lark
etc

Karl
02-20-2007, 03:11 PM
Engine looks real good sittin in its new home.:)

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63larkcustom
02-20-2007, 07:33 PM
Looks great Bob. How long did the last engine work in Pete?

Roscomacaw
02-20-2007, 11:40 PM
Almost 18 years with a ring job!:)

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

studeclunker
02-21-2007, 12:26 AM
Was that a '61 Cruiser that your previous engine came out of? The reason I ask, is the four nut valve covers. they look just like Bess'.

That's one beautiful engine Bob. The air cleaner isn't the old Rambler cleaner. Did you change your mind?

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Ron Smith
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Transtar60
02-21-2007, 11:17 AM
Clunk, 1959 was the last year for 4 bolt valve covers.
If you had a '61 Cruiser with 4 bolt valve covers , its because
somebody retrofitted them.

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3E38
4E2
4E28
5E13
7E7
8E7
8E12
8E28
4E2
59 Lark
etc

Roscomacaw
02-21-2007, 11:18 AM
No Clunk - it was a 64 Cruiser. The valve covers were just a ruse to make it LOOK like the '57 vintage engine that Pete would've come with.[}:)]
Just toyin' around with the air cleaner. I intend to use the Rammer unit - even bought a new element for it on Monday. One thing tho - that big air cleaner interferes with the front oil filler pipe!:( Pipe's gotta go I guess. Not a big deal since I have breather caps on the later type valve covers.:D

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

studeclunker
02-21-2007, 01:21 PM
Hey, Mr. Biggs! How's about that there funky curved one ya got? That might clear the air cleaner?;)

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Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Roscomacaw
02-21-2007, 02:07 PM
I DID trial fit that one, Clunk, but I didn't care for the appearance of it. It WOULD clear the Air cleaner and function alright. Now that I think of it, I'm reminded of the Johnny Cash song about the Cadillac built over a number of years - only in this case, Johnny would've worked for NUMEROUS car companies![B)]

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

arkiejazz
02-22-2007, 08:35 PM
[:o)]Well, how'd it go today?[:o)]

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studeclunker
02-23-2007, 01:52 AM
He's got-ta... '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, auto-moe-beele! LOL! I see your point Mr. Biggs. Still, sometimes we have to take a bow to function. It's good to see that there are choices to be made. Hope you get it worked out. Since the valve covers have breathers, perhaps, it's not an issue? Just get a chromed cap-plate to match the valley cover and called it finished.

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Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Roscomacaw
02-26-2007, 09:06 PM
Well, Pete's fresh 289 roared to life this afternoon. It's not been achieved with relative ease, but the truth is, no STUDEBAKER parts gave me grief:D Aftermarket stuff however....:( I'll tell the whole sordid tale once I get everything buttoned up. Even tho I installed new Ex pipe gaskets, the left side is really blowin' bad. I had this problem before. It seems that whenever this Y-pipe was put together, for whatever reason it wasn't seated right to both manifolds.:( The stamped steel gaskets won't cut it and I had to stack two asbestos gaskets to seal it last time if I remember right!
First start attempt revealed a leaking BRAND NEW Holley oil pressure switch - the type that you wire into the fuel pump circuit (electric) to cut pump power when the engine dies. I just eliminated it and wired the wires together in the interest of getting the engine fired off. Which it did eventually. I took camera footage of it which I'll share later.
I've yet to honestly set the timing and figure out why the generator light's on all the time. I'll get the wife to help me slip the hood back on later so I can test drive it.:D I MISS my truck![B)]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Dick Steinkamp
02-26-2007, 11:47 PM
Congrats, Bob!!



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Anne F. Goodman
02-27-2007, 01:27 AM
Pete Lives "YES"

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1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Ca
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Karl
02-27-2007, 03:45 AM
Like Dick said. Congrats!!:DNow you just have to dial Pete in. Good Luck on your Yest Drive.;)

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64 Avanti R3w/NOS
88LSC Avanti 350 Supercharged w/NOS

DEEPNHOCK
02-27-2007, 07:32 AM
Your comment on the bearings reminded me of a conversation that I had at the '02 International Meet. There was a father/son ex Studebaker factory pair that came by and told us about their factory years. They both worked on the engine line (at different times), but never together.. The younger son worked the V8 line in the early sixties. He said his job was 'The Catcher'. He would catch the rod/piston as it was slid down the cylinder by the worker up above. Then he would install the rod cap and tighten it with a torque slip wrench. The senior guy next to him was waiting with a big wrench that fit on the end of the crankshaft. He would put the wrench on the crank and give it a turn. If it turned, down the line the block went. If it didn't, the block would be side railed over to the re-work line, where the bind would be fixed. The father said that most of the time the bind was a misaligned cap, and that a smack with a big hammer solved that.
I imagine the main bearings were treated about the same;)
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs
<snip>
Some things that you could worry yourself about prove to be nothing at all. Like the cockeyed center main bearing that resides in the engine I just removed from Pete. When I had the lower end apart in '96, it was evident from the polish on the center main that it (the bearing shell) OR - the main seat - wasn't aligned right. I know - it DOES NOT make sense. Probably what was wrong was that the bearing shells were coated wrong or tweaked. Whatever was wrong - it had come from the factory like that<snip>


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Roscomacaw
02-27-2007, 12:55 PM
Jeff, that might well explain it. I remember having several sets of main bearings at hand and I thought MAYBE if it's lightly worn, I might get by with a polish and a set of .001 or.002 under. Plastigaging the mains proved they'd still serve as was - even tho that center main was use-polished in cockeyed fashion.[B)] If I hadn't been so "frugal", I might have set a new set of main bearings in and plastigaged them JUST to see what that center main would show.[}:)] Of course, I'd have been irked at myself if I'd tweaked a new bearing set so I opted not to try it. IF and when I get the lower end of that thing apart anytime soon, I'll take pics of that set of shells.:)
Once it warms up a bit this AM, I'm gonna set the timing and take it for a spin. Last night, the wife helped me reinstall the hood on Pete. I had pushed him out of the shop to facilitate this manuver and once fitted, I fired it up (it starts RIGHT NOW with that nice, new Edelbrock in place!) and drove it back into the shop bay. First move under it's own power with the new motor![:p]

Besides going to the Edelbrock, I've installed an electric fuel pump (Holley) and regulator. That seems to work well except that I think the fuel pump's noisy.[}:)]
While I had the engine bay empty, I thought: "Hmmm... good time to change that starter solenoid. It's been doing duty at least 11 years now and it's easy to get to while the engine's out of the way!"
I've got a bin I keep miscellaneous electrical parts in and there were 4 or 5 of these F*rd type solenoids in the drawer that I'd accumulated. They all looked like NEW - one of them still in it's original box. I grabbed one and exchanged it for the veteran. Alright![^]
Another thing I've done is to move the battery back into the tool box. It's irked me that it's right in the way of anything I might wanna do around the left side of the engine, so I took a battery box for a boat battery and used it to locate the battery on the right end of the tool box that spans the front of the bed. I used some welding cable I'd scavenged from McDonnell-Douglas 18 years ago to make the cables that lead to the enging compt.. Even tho the tool box doesn't exactly seal like a vault, I've gotta figure a way to vent it in a bit more positive way than trusting to the flow past the shrinking seals.[8]
Anyway - once this was done and the new engine was in place, I figured I'd test the starting system to see if it was gonna do what it should. You know - with the new cables, battery placement, new solenoid and reassembled engine - there's always room for some "gotcha!". <SIGH> there was....
I twisted the key and while the GEN lite glowed, the starter lay silent.:( I thought surely that one of the two smaller leads on the solenoid had gotten crossed by "someone".[8] They looked alright but I swapped them anyway as my failing eyes couldn't see which terminal was which. Twist the key again and STILL no racket!:(
I fish around a bit for a length of wire and end up jumping the BAT side to both of the smaller terminals. NADA! What the hell? So.. disconnect the battery - take out the "new" solenoid and put in another new one (remember, I've got 4 or 5 to choose from![:o)])
Oh - and when I TAKE that bad new one out, I jumper test it with the battery and sure enough, the sucker won't actuate.[}:)]
Confidently, I install the next solenoid. Hook up all the wires and try the key again. STILL no joy!!!:(:(:(
This time I go straight to the jumper wire. CRAP! this one won't work either! I march BACK to the garage where my stash of stuff is and grab TWO more solenoids (and these are various brands BTW) and go back to the shop. Now wary, I give these two a test on the battery BEFORE they get near the engine compt.! BOTH refuse to click.[xx(] (Dub in Twilight Zone theme music!) Ol' Biggs is starting to doubt his sanity (Yes, I know many of you have written that off some time ago![}:)])But I'm an ex-aircraft/industrial electrician - I've even designed control circuits for heavy machinery. Machines bigger than m

60Lark
02-27-2007, 01:45 PM
Ain't it Great when a plan comes together - in spite of Ole Murphy ;)

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Roscomacaw
02-28-2007, 03:44 PM
Took Pete on the road a bit ago. First time out.[:p] I won't beat on him til he's got a few miles on his new ticker, but I couldn't resist just a bit of right-foot antics.
Man![:0] That 4bbl sounds and FEELS nice![8D] But what's this[?][?][?] I just get goin' in second and it's fadin' on me!:( Oh! That's right! I had opted on the cautious side and initially set the fuel pressure regulator at 2psi. [:I]
Pull over - raise the hood - click, click on the regulator and back at the wheel. First is done in a heartbeat - second sure pulls nice - third and we GONE! :D I LIKE IT![:p]


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1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

arkiejazz
03-03-2007, 06:49 PM
[:o)]Way to go Biggsy!! Aint it great to be back in the saddle again![:o)]

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N8N
03-04-2007, 07:25 AM
I love it when a plan comes together...

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Roscomacaw
03-04-2007, 04:19 PM
The "plan" FINALLY is coming together! But it wasn't easy.[8]

Last post I told of bumping the pressure regulator up a couple of notches. And that DID cure the stumble under acceleration!
The next day, I take the truck over to pick up some fence panels that I was given by a neighbor. Everythings fine (save for the fact that that damned Holley fuel pump is lounder than the 289) until I start to drive off with the load. I smell fuel pretty strong - figure I better have a look. I raise the hood with the engine idling and am confronted by gasoline spraying wildly across the front of the engine compartment![:0] The regulator has succumbed to the pressure of the fuel pump.[xx(] Probably courting disaster, I choose to drive it another 100 yards so as to get it onto my property. It makes it without a problem.

The fuel pump saga initially starts with my yearning to get away from the oil-slinging things that pass for new pumps these days. NAPA carries Carter # M2211 as a new pump for Stude V8s. I've mentioned, in earlier threads, how these seem to be good for a few weeks before the vent hole starts to spew engine oil and make a mess of things.[}:)] I've been determined to try an electric pump with this new engine - even tho I've been a LONG-time proponent of the mechanical pumps that Studes always came with.
I've had - for QUITE some time - two brand new Dupree electric fuel pumps in my possession. I figured I might press one of these into service on Pete. I WAS concerned that the innards of these older manufacture pumps might succumb to new blend gasoline but figured I'd at least give them a try.[^] My worry was unfounded. The pumps never even got to taste new style petrol as both of their bellows disintegtrated when I tried them![xx(] <sigh> Frugality has it's practical limits, I guess.[V]
Having that plan dashed - when I initially went to get a FRESH fuel pump last week - I didn't want to settle for ones like Kragan and Napa carry. I've had less than happy results with one like that on another Stude. Figured I'd go for something that the performance crowd uses and went to a store that panders to such folks.
When I go in, the store owner confesses he doesn't have the "standard fare" Holley pump in stock (sold out), but DOES have a Holley "Blue Line" that's got more pressure and costs more as well. (come's with it's own pressure regulator, which is supposedly capable to take the 14lbs output from the pump and tame it to as much as a third of that).
Anxious to get things going, I take the setup on his assurance that I'll be happy with it. I install the pump on the left, inner fender panel and opt for another common type of regulator that's easily adjustable. In testing my plumbing, that regulator immediately failed and tho it was a new one - it was one I'd had around here for a few years. There was no returning it as I don't even recall where I'd bought it.[?]
I didn't like the Holley regulator that had COME with the new fuel pump. I didn't like it because of the way it mounted and because of the very vague instructions that came with it. As a consequence, I went and got another adjustable regulator like the first one. This time a test of the setup proved OK and, in fact, I managed the initial startup of the new engine with this pump-reg duo and it seemed capable even if the pump WAS objectionably loud.:(
Well, if you've read the earlier postings, you know that I got to drive Pete a few miles with the pump-reg duo before the pump over-muscled the new regulator. THAT did it! I went and bought another of the NAPA-branded electric pumps ($38 bucks and change) and yet another regulator. So far, these are serving quietly and well. Not many miles on them yet, but so far I'm happy.:)
To my surprize, the speed shop guy took the Holley back if I agreed to pay a restocking charge. I told him, up front, that it did indeed pump fuel - just more (and whit more noise!) than I desired.

I like the way Pete starts up now - no having to crank him a bit to fill the leaky, ol' Stromberg. I've tried

Anne F. Goodman
03-04-2007, 05:07 PM
Its Great To hear that Pete is doing so well. Lots of work but I think I can see that grin on your face from Fresno.I think thats what that bright light that we saw from down south Had to be Mr. Bigg's Grin.

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mbstude
03-04-2007, 06:31 PM
Cool deal Bob! I've been following the progress, and I'm envious! I had to put a new gas tank on my truck today; the old one had rust and other trash in it. [xx(] So that's two 4E's back on the road being driven daily. [^][8D] Now we just have to get everyone in the country between us to do the same... :D

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studeclunker
03-05-2007, 02:15 AM
Love to oblige, Matt, but I've got to get the current projects done first.

Glad to see Pete up and back in service. Congratulations, Mr. Biggs! Don't you think Pete would be better to drive east in June than the wagon? His engine is fresher and probably more trouble free.

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Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Roscomacaw
03-05-2007, 01:44 PM
Clunk,

I'll conceded that Pete's a possiblity as far as going to SB in June. The wagon's slated to get a new engine and soon. Not that it has to have a new engine - the 259 that's in it seems fine. But I've got this here fresh monster motor (321cu.in., W/R3 valves, etc., etc., etc...) that I want to install in the wagon. My HOPES are to get this done - as well as delrin bushings and disc brakes - before June. Whether or not that'll happen within that timeline, I'm not actually certain at this point. As to the 259 that's in the wagon now, a carb rebuild would make it ready for a cross-country trip in my estimation. Naturally, I'd have more fun if I had the "big block" in place for the trip.
There's alot about the wagon that's got to be done besides a carb to put it back on the road tho. Not that it's not do-able by June, but I'll hafta git my rear in gear if it's gonna be ready. The truck COULD be a positive thing in that I could haul some sheet metal to sell at SB, but I'm resisting the siren call of recompense to offset my trip's cost. In no small part because I'd rather do the trip in a "car" as opposed to Pete. Pete's been back to SB once already (in '97). Lucy - the wagon - might like to visit her birthplace once as well.[:X]

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