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curt
06-29-2007, 04:37 PM
I get a 'F-' for my work yesterday. Car was slow to start after I had plug wires and distributor cap off. Once it started it missed big time. I found #4,#6, & #8 plug wires off. I corrected that . Again it was slow to start but ran smooth in the shop. I drove to the gas station and load caused a miss. Upon checking I found the distributor cap secure and rotated about one plug counter clock wise.[xx(] I runs great ,now.
Anyone else want to confess a boo boo?:)

studeclunker
06-29-2007, 05:03 PM
Don't be so rough on yourself. I wouldn't give you worse than a D+, most probably a C-, unless of course you're a professional mechanic.

Sounds a lot like something I'd do, actually...[:I]

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studeclunker
06-29-2007, 05:03 PM
Don't be so rough on yourself. I wouldn't give you worse than a D+, most probably a C-, unless of course you're a professional mechanic.

Sounds a lot like something I'd do, actually...[:I]

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

DEEPNHOCK
06-29-2007, 05:09 PM
I brought a certain yellow Stude home without telling my wife about it.....
(am still hearing about it...)
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by curt
<snip>
Anyone else want to confess a boo boo?:)

DEEPNHOCK
06-29-2007, 05:09 PM
I brought a certain yellow Stude home without telling my wife about it.....
(am still hearing about it...)
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by curt
<snip>
Anyone else want to confess a boo boo?:)

PlainBrownR2
06-29-2007, 05:20 PM
Yeah, don't beat yourself up too much curt.:) We all have them moments where we say "Thats gonna be the highlight on the blooper reel" [:o)]. I have quite a few myself. I think the most recent one started with adjusting the valves. This led to a couple of plugs fouling on one side of the engine, as I adjusted them the fun way. This led to two cylinders missing as the oil from the valve covers dribbled into the plug threads and around the tips of the plugs. Alright, pull plugs, clean them, gap them, no biggie. Well I must have got a little exhuberant on one of the plugs as I cracked the porcelain on the rearmost plug, which led to the wire separating with the connector still in the wire clip. This of course led to only 7 of the 8 cylinders firing(major miss) and the breaking of the porcelain occurring not in the driveway, but on the way to school. This eventually gave way to wrapping the wire up in a safe spot at school, driving from school with 7 cylinders firing and finding a replacement plug and pulling the old one. [:o)]



1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged
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PlainBrownR2
06-29-2007, 05:20 PM
Yeah, don't beat yourself up too much curt.:) We all have them moments where we say "Thats gonna be the highlight on the blooper reel" [:o)]. I have quite a few myself. I think the most recent one started with adjusting the valves. This led to a couple of plugs fouling on one side of the engine, as I adjusted them the fun way. This led to two cylinders missing as the oil from the valve covers dribbled into the plug threads and around the tips of the plugs. Alright, pull plugs, clean them, gap them, no biggie. Well I must have got a little exhuberant on one of the plugs as I cracked the porcelain on the rearmost plug, which led to the wire separating with the connector still in the wire clip. This of course led to only 7 of the 8 cylinders firing(major miss) and the breaking of the porcelain occurring not in the driveway, but on the way to school. This eventually gave way to wrapping the wire up in a safe spot at school, driving from school with 7 cylinders firing and finding a replacement plug and pulling the old one. [:o)]



1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged
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lstude
06-29-2007, 05:26 PM
quote:Anyone else want to confess a boo boo?

Gosh, I don't think I will live long enough to write all of that![:0]

Leonard Shepherd
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lstude
06-29-2007, 05:26 PM
quote:Anyone else want to confess a boo boo?

Gosh, I don't think I will live long enough to write all of that![:0]

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

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wagone
06-29-2007, 06:53 PM
I believe my biggest occurred with a Ch**y, as opposed to a Stude and my apologies for "entering it" in the "contest". But it is almost too funny to pass up. I had just dropped the distributor back in on a rebuild and placed the rotor in postion and lacking a handy screw driver to tighten down the screws I figured I'd do that later before installing the cap. Only thing is when later came I had forgotten that the screws were still loose. Durn thing ran fine until about 3000 rpm and a mile from home when the rotor lifted up off the shaft as far as it could go and sorta busted things up a little inside the cap. Needless to say it refused to run at that point. That's a D- in my book.

wagone and the R2 Avanti

wagone
06-29-2007, 06:53 PM
I believe my biggest occurred with a Ch**y, as opposed to a Stude and my apologies for "entering it" in the "contest". But it is almost too funny to pass up. I had just dropped the distributor back in on a rebuild and placed the rotor in postion and lacking a handy screw driver to tighten down the screws I figured I'd do that later before installing the cap. Only thing is when later came I had forgotten that the screws were still loose. Durn thing ran fine until about 3000 rpm and a mile from home when the rotor lifted up off the shaft as far as it could go and sorta busted things up a little inside the cap. Needless to say it refused to run at that point. That's a D- in my book.

wagone and the R2 Avanti

63larkcustom
06-29-2007, 08:01 PM
On the way home with the wagon after buying it.. i noticed it started missing a lot and would shut down in traffic. I thought it was vapor lock so I added an electric pump to the car..It still had the miss. I kept thinking it was vapor lock so then put f/i rubber hose around the line from the pump to the carb.. Once again..did it again... Went out later that evening and fired up the car.. it was kinda dark...and saw a spark coming out of the bottom bottom plug wire. It was barely in the cap and was shorting.... put the wire back in and the car ran fine..

63larkcustom
06-29-2007, 08:01 PM
On the way home with the wagon after buying it.. i noticed it started missing a lot and would shut down in traffic. I thought it was vapor lock so I added an electric pump to the car..It still had the miss. I kept thinking it was vapor lock so then put f/i rubber hose around the line from the pump to the carb.. Once again..did it again... Went out later that evening and fired up the car.. it was kinda dark...and saw a spark coming out of the bottom bottom plug wire. It was barely in the cap and was shorting.... put the wire back in and the car ran fine..

showbizkid
06-29-2007, 10:02 PM
On a Grand Wag I owned once (actually it owned me), I replaced a bad solenoid and got a couple of wires reversed. When I went to start it up, the starter drive wouldn't disengage. Shutting off the ignition switch had no effect, since the starter was energized, and the engine kept running on compression! I finally yanked the wires off the solenoid but by then it was too late and I'd burned up the starter.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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showbizkid
06-29-2007, 10:02 PM
On a Grand Wag I owned once (actually it owned me), I replaced a bad solenoid and got a couple of wires reversed. When I went to start it up, the starter drive wouldn't disengage. Shutting off the ignition switch had no effect, since the starter was energized, and the engine kept running on compression! I finally yanked the wires off the solenoid but by then it was too late and I'd burned up the starter.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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rockne10
06-29-2007, 10:27 PM
Over thirty years ago I decided I needed to buy some tools and shop manuals if I ever hoped to afford to keep a Studebaker on the road. I knew even less then than I know now.

Scenario:
Timing gear needs replaced...I think that bolt should come out of the end of the camshaft but, the book doesn't say remove the bolt. I don't know any better so, I trust the book. I leave the bolt where it is and break the end off the camshaft.:( Only had to do that once!

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://www.4wheelz.net/virtual/images/rockne/1928_rockne03_f820_th.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

rockne10
06-29-2007, 10:27 PM
Over thirty years ago I decided I needed to buy some tools and shop manuals if I ever hoped to afford to keep a Studebaker on the road. I knew even less then than I know now.

Scenario:
Timing gear needs replaced...I think that bolt should come out of the end of the camshaft but, the book doesn't say remove the bolt. I don't know any better so, I trust the book. I leave the bolt where it is and break the end off the camshaft.:( Only had to do that once!

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://www.4wheelz.net/virtual/images/rockne/1928_rockne03_f820_th.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

55s
06-30-2007, 09:27 AM
At one point, I thought I knew my 259 Lark engine had lots of carbon build-up. A Studebaker mechanic told me that they used to put small quantities of rice down the carburetor, and this would clean out the carbon.

The old girlfiend was in charge of the rice, and was advised to put it in slowly. Sure enough, it all ended up being dumped in all at once.

The revving engine stalled, and the removal of the heads for a valve job was required.

I don't think I'll try this again and I don't think this trick works.

Paul

55s
06-30-2007, 09:27 AM
At one point, I thought I knew my 259 Lark engine had lots of carbon build-up. A Studebaker mechanic told me that they used to put small quantities of rice down the carburetor, and this would clean out the carbon.

The old girlfiend was in charge of the rice, and was advised to put it in slowly. Sure enough, it all ended up being dumped in all at once.

The revving engine stalled, and the removal of the heads for a valve job was required.

I don't think I'll try this again and I don't think this trick works.

Paul

lstude
06-30-2007, 09:58 AM
I had said that I had too many to list, but there is one that really stands out. Back in the late 70s I owned a 73 VW Squareback. A friend down the road said he would tune it up for me. I let him do it and when I got it back it would hardly run. It was missing and knocking real bad and didn't have any power. (Not even as much as it had before which wasn't much).

He said that it had done it when he drove it and he thought it had swallowed a valve which is common on the VWs.

Another friend and I decided to rebuild the engine. We put in all new valves and rings, but the engine looked nice inside.

When we were putting the rebuilt engine back in the car, we installed the distributor and when we looked in it we noticed that there was a loose screw laying inside by the points.[:0]

We think all that was wrong with the engine was that loose screw!

Leonard Shepherd
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lstude
06-30-2007, 09:58 AM
I had said that I had too many to list, but there is one that really stands out. Back in the late 70s I owned a 73 VW Squareback. A friend down the road said he would tune it up for me. I let him do it and when I got it back it would hardly run. It was missing and knocking real bad and didn't have any power. (Not even as much as it had before which wasn't much).

He said that it had done it when he drove it and he thought it had swallowed a valve which is common on the VWs.

Another friend and I decided to rebuild the engine. We put in all new valves and rings, but the engine looked nice inside.

When we were putting the rebuilt engine back in the car, we installed the distributor and when we looked in it we noticed that there was a loose screw laying inside by the points.[:0]

We think all that was wrong with the engine was that loose screw!

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

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stude53
06-30-2007, 11:20 AM
Leonard, I think my best boo-boo was a loose screw, too ... in my head.

I was driving my wife home from a lively party, and ran out of gas near the top of a hill. No problem! I managed to do a dead engine Y-Turn and proceed to roll back down the hill and right into a gas station and up to the pump. I smugly got out and put the nozzle in the filler tube ... no gas flowed. Turns out the station was closed (hadn't noticed that).

It was 2:30 am and the station didn't reopen until 7:00 am. What to do? Thinking clearly, I reasoned that another station was nearby and was open 24 hours, and that I could get there if I could just drive over one more hill. There must still be some gas in the tank, thought I, just not enough to reach the fuel pickup tube. And, I reasoned, that water was heavier than gas. So I poured two bottles of beer in the gas tank to raise the fuel level.

The car still didn't start. So I climbed back in, went to sleep (probably passed out), and only awoke when the station owner shook my shoulder. Fill 'er up, said I.

Then I borrowed $10 from my wife so I could pay for the gas (had spent all my money on beer for the party). I then drove safely home.

Some One Up There was surely watching, and took pity on a poor, drunk, stupid driver that night.

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53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

stude53
06-30-2007, 11:20 AM
Leonard, I think my best boo-boo was a loose screw, too ... in my head.

I was driving my wife home from a lively party, and ran out of gas near the top of a hill. No problem! I managed to do a dead engine Y-Turn and proceed to roll back down the hill and right into a gas station and up to the pump. I smugly got out and put the nozzle in the filler tube ... no gas flowed. Turns out the station was closed (hadn't noticed that).

It was 2:30 am and the station didn't reopen until 7:00 am. What to do? Thinking clearly, I reasoned that another station was nearby and was open 24 hours, and that I could get there if I could just drive over one more hill. There must still be some gas in the tank, thought I, just not enough to reach the fuel pickup tube. And, I reasoned, that water was heavier than gas. So I poured two bottles of beer in the gas tank to raise the fuel level.

The car still didn't start. So I climbed back in, went to sleep (probably passed out), and only awoke when the station owner shook my shoulder. Fill 'er up, said I.

Then I borrowed $10 from my wife so I could pay for the gas (had spent all my money on beer for the party). I then drove safely home.

Some One Up There was surely watching, and took pity on a poor, drunk, stupid driver that night.

[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

Chucks Stude
06-30-2007, 12:02 PM
Had a 62 Gt, and it would not start. Spent three days trying to run down a no spark situation, only to find the wire that goes thru the distibutor to the points was broken in the distributor wall. It looked fine, but was broken inside.

Chucks Stude
06-30-2007, 12:02 PM
Had a 62 Gt, and it would not start. Spent three days trying to run down a no spark situation, only to find the wire that goes thru the distibutor to the points was broken in the distributor wall. It looked fine, but was broken inside.

curt
07-01-2007, 09:47 AM
Dave, what a treat Mr. Biggs. I'm glad you two had a good time at the meet. You get an A+ for behavior.
I hope you are dry from the rains!

curt
07-01-2007, 09:47 AM
Dave, what a treat Mr. Biggs. I'm glad you two had a good time at the meet. You get an A+ for behavior.
I hope you are dry from the rains!

rockinhawk
07-01-2007, 10:26 AM
Back in the 70's I was doing a tune up on my car in the front yard.When I went to put the new condenser in I dropped the tiny little screw. After a brief search I assumed it had fallen in the grass and was lost forever. I found another screw and put everything back togather. Whwn I fired it up I realized the screw had fallen inside the distributer,lodged between the drive gears and snapped the dist. shaft. Loose screws are dangerous in more ways than one. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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rockinhawk
07-01-2007, 10:26 AM
Back in the 70's I was doing a tune up on my car in the front yard.When I went to put the new condenser in I dropped the tiny little screw. After a brief search I assumed it had fallen in the grass and was lost forever. I found another screw and put everything back togather. Whwn I fired it up I realized the screw had fallen inside the distributer,lodged between the drive gears and snapped the dist. shaft. Loose screws are dangerous in more ways than one. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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