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Jeff T.
05-13-2005, 03:50 AM
We all know the design flaws of the venerable OHV six(it's all in your head man)but would you, the Studebaker tinkerer, just for a few extra cubic inches and perhaps reducing an aggrivation or two replace an OHV six with a Champ 185 flathead of 55-58 vintage in a vehicle that will not accept a V8.

Jeff T.

"I'm getting nowhere as fast as I can"
The Replacements.

PaulDriver
05-13-2005, 06:59 PM
If you are going flathead, why not a 245?

BRUCESTUDE
05-14-2005, 11:04 AM
IF THE OHV IS BEYOND REPAIR,AND YOU ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT ORIGINALITY, THEN YES, I WOULD REPLACE W/A FLATHEAD. ONE FROM A 59-60 LARK SHOULD FIT RIGHT IN, THO THEY ARE BACK TO 169. THE 185 HAD A LONGER STROKE, THUS SOME CONSIDERED THE 169 A LITTLE BETTER FOR HIGH REVVING.
P.S. I LOVE THE SOUND OF A FLATHEAD 6!

Roscomacaw
05-14-2005, 07:29 PM
The first Stude engine I ever built was a Champion in a 52 sedan. I used to love to drive that thing in circles in a huge nearby parking lot with my head hanging out the window so I could listen to the purr of that little 170!:D That's such a sweet little motor![:p]

Miscreant at large.

Studeblazer
05-15-2005, 08:05 AM
I have a flathead 6 out of a 59 Lark in case you decide you are going to make the switch and are in need of one. Located in Iowa

Joel
1958 Champion
1961 Champ
1962 Champ