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vegas_vintage
09-21-2006, 12:07 PM
WHAT ARE THESE???

http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/vegas_vintage/oil-filter.jpg
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/vegas_vintage/air-filter.jpg

any help is greatly appreciated! i have no idea why there is liquid up in that oil filter if that's what it is?? it says "oil level" on the side, so i assume it has something to do with that.

thanks in advance for your help.

** danielle **
http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/vegas_vintage/pictureformyspaceofstudey.jpg

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 12:24 PM
Heh - the "thingy" with oil in it is the air cleaner. More specifically, an "Oil Bath Air Cleaner". Every so often, you dump the old oil out of it, clean the thing out with some solvent and then install fresh oil to the "fill" line. No paper air filter to buy!
The other "black box" houses the core for the car's heater-defroster system. That's why there's hoses and a control valve on it - to regulate the flow of warm water (from the engine's cooling system) into and out of the metal core therein.


Cute Lark!;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

StudeDave57
09-21-2006, 12:25 PM
I was typing my reply as Mr Biggs was. We had pretty much the same answer, except that he didn't identify what's in that last picture~

It looks to me like a very happy lady in her nice lookin' '59 Lark!!! ;) :D :) [8D] [^]



StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser

vegas_vintage
09-21-2006, 12:35 PM
ok, so i clean out the oil and put fresh oil in?? what type of oil? not regular oil i would assume??
thanks!

and i love that lark!

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 12:40 PM
Yes, regular engine oil.:D

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 12:44 PM
By the way, if that air cleaner hasn't been properly serviced in some time, there may be a layer of really thick "gop"? "goop"? in the lowest part of where the oil goes. It's dirt that's been trapped and settled to the bottom (as it's supposed to do). But if you just see metal, someone's known how to clean and service it along the way.[^]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

vegas_vintage
09-21-2006, 12:44 PM
ALSO - I need to know a good place to buy Studebaker parts or replacement part, because I have a guy that can help me overhaul the engine and get it all back to running A+
Any place you all know of?

I really appreciate the help! :D

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 12:50 PM
Too MANY places to list them all. There's Fairborn Studebaker <stude6@yahoo.com>(937) 878-1576 There's Studebakerparts.com (602)995-5311 There's www.studeparts.com ((800) 722-4295 - etc., etc..:D and many, many more!

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 01:01 PM
Also, all due respects to your mechanic friend, I'd suggest you contact the local Studebaker club chapter (I hope you've already joined the national club - if not you can do so from this website) to ask them for guidance. If you're in Vegas, I would guess the Southern Nevada Chapter would cover your locale. I can give you a contact phone # if you E-mail me by clicking on my "handle".;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

vegas_vintage
09-21-2006, 01:19 PM
why do i need to contact a chapter in order to restore the engine? i'm new at this, so any help is appreciated.
thanks.

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 01:29 PM
I was trying to say that insights from someone who's built a Stude engine or two would be good for your mechanic to be informed of. We've heard of too many disasterous scenarios where a "mechanic" has built a Stude engine when he's never done one and there ARE certain little tips that can help alleviate problems that are peculiar to Studebaker engines. By and large, they're like any other internal combustion engine of their time. But little details that Stude folks know can help to have an optimum rebuild that will give years of trouble-free service.
SO, contacting a local chapter MAY (not for certain, mind you) afford you a local sort who can give some guidance to your mechanic friend.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
09-21-2006, 01:29 PM
Of course, we're here too.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

vegas_vintage
09-21-2006, 02:10 PM
MUCH THANKS!!! :D

StudeDave57
09-21-2006, 02:30 PM
Everyone has their favorites. One place I'd start looking for anything you may need, (and then some!!!) so as not to single out my favs or family, would be:

http://www.studebakervendors.com/

I concour with the local Chapter recommendation as well~ someone in your area can help keep you out of trouble when it comes to having work done on your pride and joy. I know of many situations where advice was too little too late, and much heartache followed. [:0] :( :( [V]


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser

Anne F. Goodman
09-21-2006, 03:01 PM
Yes amen to that. Great place to ask questions before you do anything.
Lessons Learned the hard way.

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion
1958 Transtar

StudeRich
09-21-2006, 04:59 PM
Danielle; Really impressive, cool 2dr. Lark, my favorite! I have a Regal 4dr. '59 Lark the same color, it came out in about April 1959 as a "spring color"! Are you sure that the engine NEEDS a rebuild or overhaul? It looks like it has had fairly recent maintenance, ie: new spark plug wires, new spark plugs, new heater hoses, not too old Red/Orange paint on cyl. head (the whole Engine was Silver). That indicates a valve grind at least, if not a complete overhaul at some point![^] I would test the compression, first thing. If it is using oil/smoking, those 6cyl. engines do that, because of excessive oil getting into the intake valve guides, the piston ring manufacturers included (in the day) a small "restrictor" to insert in the oil gallery to reduce the amount of oil going to the valve lifters in their new box of Rings. You may want to print this out to give to your mechanic/friend. I can help with parts at http://studebakersnorthwest.com
e-mail: rich@studebakersnorthwest.com -We also are on the West Coast, so that will save on shipping. [^]
Updated 9/22/06 Here's a link to a pic of my '59 Lark Regal 4door.
http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=72&pos=2

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

glen
09-21-2006, 05:07 PM
Ditto....Ditto....Ditto!!!!
To all of the above and more....I was
fortunate to find a good mechanic who
likes Studes and is never is afraid to
ask a question or make a phone call,
when he is trying to figure out some-
thing on "Charlene". He doesn't just
"fly by the seat of his pants". [8D]

Glen Brose
Chino Valley, AZ
Home of "Charlene"
53 Champion Tudr Sedan
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g204/glen_05/StudebakeratBarona.png

vegas_vintage
09-21-2006, 06:46 PM
Yay! I'm so happy to have all you *smart* people helping me out!! ;););););););)
Again, I really do appreciate it!!!
:D:D

** danielle m. **

Springfield, Missouri


http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n82/vegas_vintage/pictureformyspaceofstudey.jpg

rockne10
09-21-2006, 08:19 PM
Danielle,
I avoided joining SDC and my local Chapter when I got my first Studebaker because I thought there was so much help and resources at hand, I didn't need to.

Then I attended a Chapter picnic because it was close. Then I attended a swap meet. What I found was a huge group of the nicest people, down to earth with just a touch of the quirkiness that makes each day fun, and a thousand resources I could not have imagined existed.

Thirty years later the experience has only grown. I've gone places and done things with this group I never would have on my own. Just running down the highway with twenty Studebakers in front of you and another twenty behind is a thrill; And knowing you are all going to stop someplace and spend time together and learn something new or see something different.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

60Lark
09-22-2006, 12:48 AM
Hello Danielle,

There is a fellow SDC member very close to you that is an excellent Studebaker mechanic, very honest, with very reasonable prices. He is a member of the Qzark Trails Chapter of SDC, his garage is in Aurora, Missouri, just a few miles south of you. He works almost exclusively on Studes. His name is Myron McDonald (Myron's 66) 22 E. Church St. Aurora, MO (573)678-4466, give him a call.

BTW Very Nice Little Lark :)

Good Luck

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Studebaker Fever
60 Lark
51 Champion
Phil
Arnold, Missouri

StudeDave57
09-22-2006, 04:28 AM
For those who are just dying to see it~ here's a picture of Dad's (StudeRich) '59 he's talking about above-~-~-~

http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/displayimage.php?album=72&pos=2

No worries Dad!!! [}:)] [:0] :D :)

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser