View Full Version : Fuel System: Wagonaire Gas Filler Water Intrusion

08-04-2014, 10:07 PM
Wagonaire owners and Forum Members Bruce Wheeler and Gary Ash were discussing the problem of water getting into a Wagonaire's gas tank through a poor seal at the filler ("gas") cap.

Gary found a Studebaker Service Letter to that effect, calling for a Fuel Tank Filler Neck Water Deflector, P/N 1562555, to be installed on Wagonaires built before the Serial Numbers in this Service Letter. (You might have to simultaneously hit CTRL and + on your keyboard to enlarge this enough to read it.)

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Bruce sent me a snail mail piece asking about that deflector; specifically, how it fits on the filler neck. Fortunately, my own 1964 Wagonaire was built after the V8 Serial Number listed, so it already has one. Here are three photos of it:

Front Side, as viewed when installed on the filler pipe:

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Back Side from directly above:

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Back Side from an angle, so you can see the "rim" that grips the filler neck:

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To answer Bruce's question, the Deflector simply grips the filler pipe by friction. It was easily pried off my Wagonaire's filler pipe with a screwdriver, the shank being wrapped with a rag so as to not mar the [of course] Astra White paint. To reinstall, one simply pushes it back on. It is an easy friction fit on or off. When installed, as seen in the Service Letter, it covers up the screws securing the filler pipe to the quarter panel.

Sadly, Bruce reports that these are not available from any vendors, although he did not say he had contacted all of them. Does anyone have a stash of them? Any parts cars out there that might yield one? They could be easily pried off a parts car's filler neck with only a flat blade screwdriver, so they'd be easy to get if a parts wagon had one.

Or, if someone wants to make one:

The Outside Diameter is 3 7/16"

The Inside Diameter is 2 1/4"

The Width of the Raised Lip in the center is 3/16"

Be sure to note the slight outward flange on the piece, best seen in the last photo. :) BP

08-04-2014, 10:39 PM
I appreciate the effort you go to in posting information for us. The pictures are grate and I'll be checking my Wagonaire tomorrow and looking at two parts cars in a local junk yard.

Thanks again for going out of your way to help the rest of us.

08-04-2014, 10:49 PM
I appreciate the effort you go to in posting information for us. The pictures are great and I'll be checking my Wagonaire tomorrow and looking at two parts cars in a local junk yard.

Thanks again for going out of your way to help the rest of us.

You're welcome, Nick. :)

This does prove you learn something new every day; I was not aware of this situation until I got the snail mail letter today and Service Letter copy from Bruce Wheeler! :eek:

By the way, Nick; if you find extra deflectors on the parts cars, be sure to pry them off. Somebody needs them. :D BP

08-05-2014, 07:23 AM
If I should find any extra I'll be sure and post them here!

08-05-2014, 09:15 AM
See http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Studebaker-special-washer-1562555-NOS-Item-2408-/271530358089

Robert Kapteyn

Bordeaux Daytona
08-08-2014, 09:31 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I checked my parts wagon and it still has it. I couldn't get the locking gas cap off of our '65. Either the key is wrong or it's frozen up from sitting too long. I'll have to spray something in it like pb blaster or wd 40.

08-08-2014, 04:48 PM
Bob: How thick is the metal? Can you put a micrometer on it? It looks to be about .060" (16 gauge). It wouldn't to too bad to stamp or spin, but it would still take tooling. I wonder if some cast urethane rubber might work instead, if there is something that stands up to today's gas. Can I borrow your part to get some exact dimensions?

08-08-2014, 05:08 PM
If whomever bought that from Don's Old Car Stuff would share it to Gary Ash, others would have a shot at getting a rare piece.
Since this one is loose Bob P. would not have to further deface his Wagonaire.

Bordeaux Daytona
08-08-2014, 05:14 PM
I don't think it was sold so you could always ask the seller if he still has it.
Says "Not Sold" under picture


08-08-2014, 07:42 PM
There are some 1562555 Filler Neck Deflectors in stock at SI- South Bend.

08-08-2014, 09:07 PM
I'm on it!

08-08-2014, 09:48 PM
Gary: It is .050" thick throughout.

But it sounds like you don't need the dimension or sample now, since Andy Petrass has confirmed their being available at Studebaker International in South Bend, right? :cool: BP