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Magnum
03-25-2007, 06:19 PM
Well, as the subject line says, we're back in Kansas tonight after the weekend of adventure. The truck made it....about half-way back anyway. We lost an hour at the first gas stop when I tried to start it without the ignition turned on. The novelty of the clutch-operated starter caused me to forget the switch and flood the engine out. After coming dangerously close to running down the 6-volt battery (can't get a jump start from just anyone!!), a good samaritan with an old truck back home offered to give me a pull-start with his Suburban. Oh, yeah, you can do that with a Manual tranny!!! (Been so long since I've driven one I clean forgot you could do that [:I]). Once out on the open road, the truck would do 55 MPH with the engine singing, but she bucked and backfired at partial throttle. After a couple of hours, though, the carb developed problems and began dumping fuel down the side and possibly into the intake. I kept on running the carb bowl dry, causing the truck to buck and surge until I backed of and let the pump catch up. Eventually I was down to 40 MPH, which kept us on the road past sundown. Did I mention the headlights are dim? As in, "I can't see the freaking road, are these things even on?" dim. We made it to the outskirts of Des Moines, IA before calling it quits. Our hotel was on the other side of town so we left Bucky (the truck's new nickname) at a truck stop until the next morning. We returned with a Uhaul truck and trailer and dragged her the rest of the way home.

In retrospect, trailering would have been a better plan. As some folks said, "Runs and drives well" in an Ebay ad means different things to different people. Still, the family didn't kill each other and we have one more entry in the scrapbook for the kids to marvel later at the crazy things their dad did when they were young.

The punch list on the truck is long and got longer on the trip (little things like the driver's door popping open at speed [:0]). However, i am happy to report that the brakes work! I avoided, not a BMW, but a fuel tanker truck at a four-way stop that snuck up on me!

This is kinda long, so I'll end with a general thanks to everyone who offered advice and advance thanks for all the questions I'm gonna ask. Its great to have found such a vocal group of enthusiasts.

Mike
"Magnum"

P.S. You can see the truck in its E-bay ad here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=010&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&viewitem=&item=200085437490&rd=1,1

mbstude
03-25-2007, 08:05 PM
Cool deal! Sounds like you had quite the adventure! And a sharp lookin' truck ya got there too! [8D]

A few weekends ago, we were working on my uncle's '52 Champion. I was in charge of cranking it up when needed, and suddenly it wouldn't crank back up. I flooded the carb really bad. [:0] My uncle didn't know why his sweet running little Champ wouldn't crank! And then, do'h! I had forgotten to turn the key. [:I][:o)]

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Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, Georgia
'59 Scotsman PU
'63 Daytona HT

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/truck_pretty_sky.jpg
http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://georgiastudebaker.com/

mbstude
03-25-2007, 08:05 PM
Cool deal! Sounds like you had quite the adventure! And a sharp lookin' truck ya got there too! [8D]

A few weekends ago, we were working on my uncle's '52 Champion. I was in charge of cranking it up when needed, and suddenly it wouldn't crank back up. I flooded the carb really bad. [:0] My uncle didn't know why his sweet running little Champ wouldn't crank! And then, do'h! I had forgotten to turn the key. [:I][:o)]

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Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, Georgia
'59 Scotsman PU
'63 Daytona HT

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/truck_pretty_sky.jpg
http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://georgiastudebaker.com/

showbizkid
03-25-2007, 08:14 PM
That's a good-lookin' truck, Mike. Every moment you spend on it is going to be a good time and a great memory - even the frustrations (maybe especially the frustrations, since they tend to turn into interesting stories later on!).

Have fun!


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

showbizkid
03-25-2007, 08:14 PM
That's a good-lookin' truck, Mike. Every moment you spend on it is going to be a good time and a great memory - even the frustrations (maybe especially the frustrations, since they tend to turn into interesting stories later on!).

Have fun!


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

bams50
03-25-2007, 09:13 PM
For future reference, you can jump-start a 6V vehicle with a 12V... you just connect the jumper cables as usual, with the exception of the neg. cable on the 6V; start cranking the 6V vehicle, and WHILE it's cranking, touch the neg. cable to the vehicle's block; and remove as soon as it starts! As long as the connection is completed ONLY while actually cranking, it won't hurt anything- and will really spin it over!

Good luck with Bucky![8D]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

bams50
03-25-2007, 09:13 PM
For future reference, you can jump-start a 6V vehicle with a 12V... you just connect the jumper cables as usual, with the exception of the neg. cable on the 6V; start cranking the 6V vehicle, and WHILE it's cranking, touch the neg. cable to the vehicle's block; and remove as soon as it starts! As long as the connection is completed ONLY while actually cranking, it won't hurt anything- and will really spin it over!

Good luck with Bucky![8D]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

Anne F. Goodman
03-25-2007, 09:22 PM
Bucky Looks great. A few minor problems. He or she was just getting your attention. Studebakers like to teach us new tricks everyday. Once we learn the lessons that they teach us they become great companions along the way. They each have their individual personalities when let to come out with patience and humor are extremely entertaining. They also become very dependable. I would drive mine anywhere. Enjoy your new friend.
Oh glad you guys made it home Ok.
Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Ca
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/xmasannecopy.jpg

Anne F. Goodman
03-25-2007, 09:22 PM
Bucky Looks great. A few minor problems. He or she was just getting your attention. Studebakers like to teach us new tricks everyday. Once we learn the lessons that they teach us they become great companions along the way. They each have their individual personalities when let to come out with patience and humor are extremely entertaining. They also become very dependable. I would drive mine anywhere. Enjoy your new friend.
Oh glad you guys made it home Ok.
Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Ca
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/xmasannecopy.jpg

mapman
03-25-2007, 11:07 PM
Another great succesful Studebaker adventure! You will be glad you tried the drive for the rest of your life, even if you never try it again. Your kids will remember it too. These adventures make owning old cars a part of the good life. I hope you have pictures to show. Planning for various posibilities certainly adds to the fun. You planned to get it home and you made it safely. Keep us posted.
Rob

mapman
03-25-2007, 11:07 PM
Another great succesful Studebaker adventure! You will be glad you tried the drive for the rest of your life, even if you never try it again. Your kids will remember it too. These adventures make owning old cars a part of the good life. I hope you have pictures to show. Planning for various posibilities certainly adds to the fun. You planned to get it home and you made it safely. Keep us posted.
Rob

studeclunker
03-26-2007, 03:13 AM
I had a '64 wagon do the same thing to me. The fuel pump in the carb was shot. It started spraying fuel all over the engine and I called it quits. Some friends came down the mountain and picked me up. Switched out the carb and toddeled up the mountain back home.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studeclunker
03-26-2007, 03:13 AM
I had a '64 wagon do the same thing to me. The fuel pump in the carb was shot. It started spraying fuel all over the engine and I called it quits. Some friends came down the mountain and picked me up. Switched out the carb and toddeled up the mountain back home.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?