unclemiltie

10-05-2013, 10:38 AM

I continue to inventory and try to put order to my parts. I am presently sorting through tie rod ends. Yes, it is a blast, NOT.

As I was marking individual ones, I was thinking that the ends for 41-46 Champion look very similar to he ones for 47-49 Champions and also for the ones for 1950 Champion. They have 3 different sets of parts numbers.

So I get the mic out and after doing some measurements, I find the measurements including the taper are the same. I think, hmnn, this is interesting. Hey, one has to try and make this task a little interesting as marking part numbers on parts is not something that is at the top of my list. The only difference appears to be the dust cover and some have a rubber spacing washer.

So I go one step further and dig into my parts books. The original books show them as three different sets of numbers. But then I look at the hand written comments in my books which came out of a Studebaker dealership. The three sets all reference a fourth set of numbers and show this forth set is a replacement for all three of the original sets. I then try to find this pair of hand written numbers in the parts books. They are not there and are also not in the 51-54 parts books which sort of matches the number range on this fourth set of numbers.

I then look in the last parts price list I have from 1971 and I find these numbers listed as "end".

I assume Studebaker came out with a replacement set which replaced all three sets of numbers but the parts books never got updated to reflect this.

This is one of the main reasons I kept this set of manuals from a dealership, they are ragged but they have invaluable comments in them.

There have been other cases where they have added comments on replacement part numbers which I have found very helpful in search for a part for my car.

As I was marking individual ones, I was thinking that the ends for 41-46 Champion look very similar to he ones for 47-49 Champions and also for the ones for 1950 Champion. They have 3 different sets of parts numbers.

So I get the mic out and after doing some measurements, I find the measurements including the taper are the same. I think, hmnn, this is interesting. Hey, one has to try and make this task a little interesting as marking part numbers on parts is not something that is at the top of my list. The only difference appears to be the dust cover and some have a rubber spacing washer.

So I go one step further and dig into my parts books. The original books show them as three different sets of numbers. But then I look at the hand written comments in my books which came out of a Studebaker dealership. The three sets all reference a fourth set of numbers and show this forth set is a replacement for all three of the original sets. I then try to find this pair of hand written numbers in the parts books. They are not there and are also not in the 51-54 parts books which sort of matches the number range on this fourth set of numbers.

I then look in the last parts price list I have from 1971 and I find these numbers listed as "end".

I assume Studebaker came out with a replacement set which replaced all three sets of numbers but the parts books never got updated to reflect this.

This is one of the main reasons I kept this set of manuals from a dealership, they are ragged but they have invaluable comments in them.

There have been other cases where they have added comments on replacement part numbers which I have found very helpful in search for a part for my car.