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53commander
07-27-2012, 09:45 AM
I figure I'd put up a pic of the progress on my motor. Open to all comments good or bad, you cant hurt my feelings.

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x112/2002shee/0725122023.jpg

JoeHall
07-27-2012, 09:59 AM
Lookin like a million bucks ! Are you rebuilding it, or just prettying it up?
Joe

BobPalma
07-27-2012, 10:04 AM
Lookin' good; cool beans. What distributor is that? BP

53commander
07-27-2012, 10:29 AM
Lookin like a million bucks ! Are you rebuilding it, or just prettying it up?
Joe


Lookin' good; cool beans. What distributor is that? BP


Engine is completely rebuilt. The distributor is a Mallory that I got from Dave Thibault (as recommended by some guys here). Thanks for the good words.

Silverplate
07-27-2012, 11:17 AM
Very sweet!

DEEPNHOCK
07-27-2012, 01:52 PM
I still have trouble trusting the 600+ pound Stude V8 dressed long block to hang from four 5/16" bolts...:ohmy:
But that's just me:o
Jeffhttp://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/icons/icon6.png

studegary
07-27-2012, 02:01 PM
I still have trouble trusting the 600+ pound Stude V8 dressed long block to hang from four 5/16" bolts...:ohmy:
But that's just me:o
Jeffhttp://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/icons/icon6.png

I agree! I was there when a Packard Hawk engine unexpectedly fell into its engine compartment, while the owner was guiding it in (ISTR, from below). We and the Hawk survived, but just due to luck. That was about 40 years ago, but the same thing could happen today.

The engine looks good, assuming that you are going for a modified look.

Mike Van Veghten
07-27-2012, 02:55 PM
I still have trouble trusting the 600+ pound Stude V8 dressed long block to hang from four 5/16" bolts...
Those aren't bolts...they are studs...."much" stronger...!?!?

I'd be more concerned about the wimpy little welds on the lift plate itself...

Mike

53commander
07-27-2012, 03:24 PM
I agree with the concern over the lift plate, when it's time I might just go with a chain. The plate is there more to keep anything from falling into the intake then final lifting anyway. The engine will be installed into a rolling chassis, no body so lift and manuvering will be minimal.

Gary, I am going for a modified look as the engine is a '56 going into a '53. I didn't want to try and fool anybody so I picked out what I thought would look best while trying to at least keep it period correct.

Just a little back story, the engine and trans were put into the car by the sons of the dealer owner back in the early 60's.

Thanks for the comments so far

DEEPNHOCK
07-27-2012, 03:46 PM
Symantics Mike.. Nitpic away! <lol>
Jeffhttp://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/icons/icon6.png



Those aren't bolts...they are studs...."much" stronger...!?!?

I'd be more concerned about the wimpy little welds on the lift plate itself...

Mike

Hawklover
07-29-2012, 08:46 PM
The block looks great.......modified or not........one need not assume anything..........Sophia Vergada dressed in ten different outfits would still look georgeous.......
I agree! I was there when a Packard Hawk engine unexpectedly fell into its engine compartment, while the owner was guiding it in (ISTR, from below). We and the Hawk survived, but just due to luck. That was about 40 years ago, but the same thing could happen today.

The engine looks good, assuming that you are going for a modified look.

JoeHall
07-30-2012, 06:07 AM
I think that plate is the greatest thing since a pocket on a shirt, and bought one soon after I saw one. Have used it to install several Stude V8s, including a 352 with TH400 hanging off of it. It provides for a straight pull on four, 5/16" studs, versus a side-angle pull on whichever two bolts of you choose with a chain. I consider the plate far superior, but what do I know.

I only use a chain for motors without an intake mounted.

Skybolt
07-30-2012, 07:29 AM
Nice to see a new heart for the patient. Another Studebaker lives again.

I have one of those plates and have used them for more than 30 years on Studebaker V8's without one mishap. I have seen bolts bend if using the two bolt method but never a broken stud from the lifter plate.

PackardV8
07-30-2012, 08:07 AM
I think that plate is the greatest thing since a pocket on a shirt, and bought one soon after I saw one. Have used it to install several Stude V8s, including a 352 with TH400 hanging off of it. It provides for a straight pull on four, 5/16" studs, versus a side-angle pull on whichever two bolts of you choose with a chain. I consider the plate far superior
Bolt Tensile Breaking Strength Grade 5 Bolt Dia 5/16" Coarse 6300# Fine 6950#

Like Joe, I've lifted near 1000# weights with those lifting plates with no sign of a problem with the welds and as the above shows, the four 5/16" bolts are way more than strong enough. Your results may vary.

jack vines

53commander
08-23-2012, 11:47 AM
Here's as much bling as it's going to get

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x112/2002shee/0814121937.jpg

dnevin
08-23-2012, 03:17 PM
I really like it!

Just the right amount of bling. :)

Magnum Wheel Man
08-23-2012, 03:31 PM
she's gorgous... mine is black, & ugly, & covered in years of congield sludge... hopefully someday looks 1/2 as nice as yours...

Tom B
08-23-2012, 04:15 PM
One 50,000 lb tensile strength (grade 5) bolt will carry 3,834 lbs, four will support 15,339 lbs.

I use two chains and four manifold bolts myself.

53commander
08-23-2012, 04:36 PM
I'll be installing the motor onto the chassis this weekend. No body in the way so it will be easy. I already lifted the motor with the manifold plate and I'm confident it will hold just fine. I have an all new exhaust system to put on, then just hook up some fuel lines and I'll be able to fire it up. I'll save that for another thread and put up some video.

StudeRich
08-23-2012, 05:58 PM
Very nice looking Engine. I am sure you WILL remember to install the Oil Pressure line from the left head to the Filter if you have not yet, I would hate to see the result! :eek: :(

Update: OPPS, looks like you got there already in todays Pic, Good Job!

Just my opinion, but I like the contrast of the Black Valve Covers better than the Turquoise Engine Paint, your opinion obviously differs. :)

53commander
08-23-2012, 07:58 PM
Just my opinion, but I like the contrast of the Black Valve Covers better than the Turquoise Engine Paint, your opinion obviously differs. :)

I bounced around a few ideas for valve covers and I appreciate the input. Black was one idea as was chrome or silver powdercoat. Now you got me thinking again haha.

dpyle
08-24-2012, 05:41 PM
I would like to know the cost to rebuild an 1964 Avanti R2 factory 289 engine. Assume the needed new parts cost $1800 and the supercharger does not need repair.

unclemiltie
08-24-2012, 06:56 PM
How come when you get them looking so pretty like this one you always seem to scratch them some place obvious when you drop them in? I have been mad at myself more than once for scratching them.

Farrier1951
08-24-2012, 11:00 PM
I am so *^&(^^ Jealous!

sals54
08-25-2012, 12:25 AM
Very Purrrdy.

52-fan
08-25-2012, 08:49 AM
Since you asked for comments...IMHO the orange 289 sticker looks out of place on the turquoise valve cover. A different color or moving the orange to the air cleaner would be better.

53commander
09-04-2012, 12:11 PM
Getting closer!

http://i187.photobucket.com/albums/x112/2002shee/0902121351.jpg

Magnum Wheel Man
09-04-2012, 01:15 PM
Looking awesome... Wish mine was that far along... I did pick up a factory cast iron 4 barrel manifold for my engine last week though

StudeRich
09-04-2012, 07:02 PM
Since you asked for comments...IMHO the orange 289 sticker looks out of place on the turquoise valve cover. A different color or moving the orange to the air cleaner would be better.

Actually they are bright RED and Blue and would look much better on the correct Black Valve Covers, hint, hint!

Clem64
09-04-2012, 07:34 PM
So that's what a FlightOMatic actually looks like. I've never seen one without layers of grease and grim on it until now:!!:

StudeRich
09-04-2012, 07:37 PM
So that's what a FlightOMatic actually looks like. I've never seen one without layers of grease and grim on it until now:!!:

Yes Dean, that is the short Tail version used from '56 to '57, yours and all '58 & on Cars will be the Long Tail version with the "slide-in" driveshaft yoke.

nvonada
09-05-2012, 06:35 AM
Looks great. I like your clutch pedal return spring. Replace that rope with a bungee cord and you are good to go.

Nathan

r1lark
09-05-2012, 10:31 AM
I'm still trying to figure out why this car even has a clutch pedal, since it's an automatic transmission............
:confused:

53commander
09-05-2012, 02:14 PM
I'm still trying to figure out why this car even has a clutch pedal, since it's an automatic transmission............
:confused:

Both pedals are hooked together via the shaft at the bottom.