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  1. '63 Champ Pickup - Beginnings

    Beginnings

    My 1963 Studebaker Champ 8E5 truck was purchased a number of years ago - best I can figure right now, it was about 10 years ago. I actually knew of this truck 20 years ago after seeing an ad in the local ‘Trading Post’, but missed buying it by about 1 day. I soon found out that another Studebaker owner in Colfax had purchased it - he came by my house looking for a source for a piston. ...
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  2. '62 GT Hawk - Non-Progress Report June 25, 2016

    A 'non-progress' report on the '62 GT Hawk. Between working a couple of days this week, and going to my Mom's for two days to do some plumbing work with my brother, not too much has happened on the Hawk. I did order a 0-1" ball anvil micrometer graduated in ten-thousands of a mil. This will allow me to measure the bearing shell thicknesses on the bearings. So, to verify bearing clearances, take the journal OD measurements with a mic; use the dial bore gauge to measure the bore without the bearings ...
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  3. '62 GT Hawk - Engine Reassembly Slow Down June 19, 2016

    Update 6/19/2016: Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers on the forum!

    Not a huge amount of progress to report, because I bought myself a Fathers Day present - a dial bore gauge. As mentioned earlier, I normally use snap (telescoping) gauges to measure the bearing IDs. But on a Stude V8, the required snap gauge (at least in my Starrett set) for the main bearings has a lot of tension so I worry about scratching the bearing surface, plus it takes me a number of measurements ...
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  4. '62 GT Hawk - Engine Reassembly June 15, 2016

    Update Wednesday June 15: Back on the engine reassembly. The machine work was done a number of years ago, but I'm going back and verifying all the clearances and measurements. Today I got the crankshaft unbagged and re-measured the main and rod journals. Put the crank in my high tech wooden crank holder to do the measurements:
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  5. '62 GT Hawk - Exhaust Manifolds

    Short entry this time........blasted and coated the exhaust manifolds.

    I like the Eastwood coating for the exhaust manifolds. They can be 'pre-cured' in an oven, but I have to wait for a day that my wife will be gone until the evening to do that :
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