View Full Version : How-To: Disassembly and Storage

08-28-2007, 09:07 PM
Or How To Make It Easier To Reassemble The Puzzle.

Obviously most on this forum have done major work on their cars. But there are those who may be doing this for the first time. I thought while I was tearing down and packaging the accessories off of the engine that this would be a good time to discuss organization.

I've been guilty at times of dumping everything in a box with the certainty that I could figure it out later. Boy is that a mistake. On a large scale, this can lead to being overwhelmed when the car is laying on the floor in a thousand pieces. Everyone has there own way of keeping organized, and I'm going to share with you my way.

I like using the boxes that reams of paper come in at the office supply stores such as Staples, Office Max or Office Depot use. These are a generic shape and stack well. Because of the weight of the paper they were designed to carry, they are usually extremely strong.

My checklist of things I use to make and store what I pull off the car includes;

* 10 Ream Paper Box
* Zip Lock or similar sandwich and freezer bags
* Tags
* Printed copies of the parts book for the section I'm dealing with
* I use a labeler because I have one, but a Sharpie will do just as well.
* Scotch tape
* Digital Camera


If I haven't started a box that a part should go into, I start by labeling the box. It doesn't need to be this elaborate, just easy enough to locate when you need it. As I hadn't started a box yet for the 'Engine Electrical', I made a quick label on the computer (I made a template for this long ago) and printed it out. I just taped this to the box. Again, a Sharpie or Magic Marker will be just as good.


If the item is large enough, I just tag the item. This is the starter. I made a label with the part number and discription and attached this to the mounting hole on the starter. As mentioned, a marker will work just as well.


I do like to put things in zip lock baggies, but everything doesn't always fit. In this case, like the starter, the alternator and brackets have tags tied to them. I do toss a copy of the parts list and diagrams in a baggie and toss that in the box to. It keeps the paper neat when you finally need it.


The box may look a little empty now, but I have another starter coming and I want to find another alternator. On parts like these, I like to have spares as I doubt NAPA will have one of these in stock.


Smaller parts, like these motor mounts, will fit in a bag just fine. I cleaned the grease off in mineral spirits before storing the parts. There was no real diagram with the mounts, so I just included the section of the parts book. I made a label for the outside of the bag, tucked in the parts, the part sheet and zipped it closed.



When done, I have boxes that can be stacked one on top of the other. Try not to forget the law of gravity. The boxes are sturdy, but I'd still put the heavier ones at the bottom. I hope for those less experienced this has been useful. Trying to locate special bolts or fasteners after three or four years can be frustrating. I try to make notes if I think I'll need them, either on the box, or

08-28-2007, 09:18 PM
I do something similar, but just toss everything in one big plastic tub. I figure if i can't ID every Studebaker part on the car by now, it's time to quit. Every now and then I'll pull out a obscure part and give N8 a pop quiz.:)

64 Daytona HT/R2 clone
64 GT R2
63 Lark 2 door
52 & 53 Starliner
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

08-28-2007, 09:23 PM
Great way of sorting it all out, I think you will need a store room for all those boxes. Great job!

1959 Lark Sedan

08-28-2007, 09:34 PM
I use the little paper lunch bags for fasteners, springs, linkages, etc. They make some that are smaller than a beer can; I'll write on the bag what the fasteners go to, drop 'em in, and fold it down. When they're that small, they're ideal for 4 fan bolts, or 6 bellhousing bolts, or dist. hold down and it's bolt... you get the idea. That way, every not, bolt, washer, and clip easily goes right back where it came from; no time wasted guessing on similar bolts! And, you can line the bags up in the order you'll need them as you assemble.

And my favorite, you've already mentioned: The Amazing Digital Camera!! Mine uses SD cards; a 2 gig card will hold about 1800-1900 pics (with my 4 meg camera)... I buy separate cards for each of my cars, starting with the day I pick it up, and keep everything on one card. Then, if you have to sell it some day, you've got incredible documentation of every step- what potential buyer wouldn't DROOL over that- and bid confidently?[^]

I will say, you've gotten WAY ahead of me- I use the paper because I can write on it; and those fancy labels on the boxes?[:0] Not me... just my hen-scratching on the cover with a Sharpie[:I] Your way is WAY better if- Heaven forfend- you decide to sell it as a basket case...

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

08-28-2007, 09:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

I will say, you've gotten WAY ahead of me- I use the paper because I can write on it; and those fancy labels on the boxes?[:0] Not me... just my hen-scratching on the cover with a Sharpie[:I] Your way is WAY better if- Heaven forfend- you decide to sell it as a basket case...

I've actually had to move while doing my '71 Fury GT. Those stacked boxes made moving a breeze with a little U-Haul trailer :D. And I do plan on moving during the course of this build, so it does make that aspect easier. I do line up the parts when I'm doing some work like you do. My bag just happens to be plastic.

Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1794.98)

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08-28-2007, 10:33 PM
the ziploc bags are key. that way you just put the tag in the box with the parts, don't have to worry about it getting ripped off etc. Also you can just write on the bags with a sharpie for baggies full of greasy bolts etc.


55 Commander Starlight

08-28-2007, 11:12 PM
My work as a wellsite geologist gives me access to a vast quantity of little muslin bags, about 4X5", with drawstring closure. I accumulate a few new ones, leftovers unused from various wells. Also, from time to time, I will rinse and dry used ones, and other than being stained a bit by clay or silt, they are quite useable. I've got literally thousands of them. They have sewn-in Tyvek (waterproof) labels, and usually one side of the label is still unmarked. They are great for keeping the fasteners associated with a particular part all in one place.

I can, say, pull off a coupe quarter panel, throw the bolts in a sample bag, and tie the drawstring to one of the bolt holes on the quarter.

If anybody wants a mittfull of these bags, let me know.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

08-28-2007, 11:19 PM
In addition to taking digital pictures, I use my camera's video function to do a walkaround of the area I'm going to work on, and narrate any salient points I think I might forget before it all goes back in :)


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

08-29-2007, 07:53 AM
My car was disassembled when I got it. every thing was in boxes and baggies. To organize every thing and see what I had,I hung a 10'x4' piece of cheap steel fencing on the wall,then tie-wired all the loose odds and ends and baggies onto the fence.


08-29-2007, 04:43 PM
I'm with Nate and Tom...
I use HD freezer ZipLock bags and a fat marker.
Each 'thing' that gets taken apart gets it's own bag.
Labelled by subsystems.
Then, when it's time to put it all together, just find the bag and reinstall the stuff.
If you have a bag of bolts left over, you know you missed something;)

quote:Originally posted by N8N

the ziploc bags are key. that way you just put the tag in the box with the parts, don't have to worry about it getting ripped off etc. Also you can just write on the bags with a sharpie for baggies full of greasy bolts etc.

08-29-2007, 04:49 PM
Downside is that when you get all done, you might be the one 'in the bag'[}:)]