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costatlc
10-19-2006, 09:37 PM
Just one of those days...

I started this morning by washing the Stude up for drive down the hill into town. She looked and sounded so good I grabbed the video camera and took a little shaky footage. You can see that here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqkwhbc-E6Q

As I was driving into town I was thinking how great the car was running today. And then.... I started to smell that awful smell of burnt metal. Not too long after that I saw the smoke. :(

To keep this from being any longer than it needs to be, one of the freeze plugs pushed out and she dropped her water. I'm hoping there wasn't too much damage to the engine - I shut 'er down and got water into her as quickly as I could. The block showed 260 degrees on my hand held so we'll see. I'm disappointed that this will be the second set of freeze plugs I've paid to have replaced in 6 months. Oh well, would have been better off doing it myself.

http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h259/costatlc/StudeatFarias10.jpg
Regards,
Tom

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

Randy_G
10-19-2006, 10:02 PM
She sure sounded good on the tape, hope all is well with the engine.

Randy_G
1959 Lark (project)
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Randy_G
10-19-2006, 10:02 PM
She sure sounded good on the tape, hope all is well with the engine.

Randy_G
1959 Lark (project)
www.automotivehistoryonline.com

John Kirchhoff
10-19-2006, 10:36 PM
If she got too hot, it may have galled a couple of pistons. We're not going to talk about how I know that. If so, sometimes use will slick them up again. I doubt you did any damage unless it got hot enough to be pinging like mad.

John Kirchhoff
10-19-2006, 10:36 PM
If she got too hot, it may have galled a couple of pistons. We're not going to talk about how I know that. If so, sometimes use will slick them up again. I doubt you did any damage unless it got hot enough to be pinging like mad.

studeclunker
10-19-2006, 11:43 PM
To quote a favourite celebrity from my childhood regarding your video; "Wonnerfull-ah, Wonnerfull-ah, Wonnerfull-ah."
You know, it's odd. I thought the engine changed more than that from '52 to '55. Your motor looks much like my '52. Well, perhaps not so decrepit as mine.[:I]
A pleasure to see such a beautiful car.[:p]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

studeclunker
10-19-2006, 11:43 PM
To quote a favourite celebrity from my childhood regarding your video; "Wonnerfull-ah, Wonnerfull-ah, Wonnerfull-ah."
You know, it's odd. I thought the engine changed more than that from '52 to '55. Your motor looks much like my '52. Well, perhaps not so decrepit as mine.[:I]
A pleasure to see such a beautiful car.[:p]

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

Blue 15G
10-20-2006, 06:09 AM
I enjoyed your video and your car looks great! Hope everything turns out okay with your engine.

Blue 15G
10-20-2006, 06:09 AM
I enjoyed your video and your car looks great! Hope everything turns out okay with your engine.

CHAMP
10-20-2006, 07:32 AM
I think the 55 sedans are beautiful cars. Sure had the other brands of that time period beat IMHO!:)

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

CHAMP
10-20-2006, 07:32 AM
I think the 55 sedans are beautiful cars. Sure had the other brands of that time period beat IMHO!:)

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

1956 Hawk
10-20-2006, 11:16 AM
I had a freeze plug fall out two different times in my Hawk. The heads will crack if it gets to hot. Don't know if you want to pull them though. Just be sure to check for water in the cylinders. If you want to solve your freeze plug problems forever the holes can be tapped to 1 1/4" pipe thread and Ford racing freeze plugs can be screwed in. It's a pain but I did it without pulling the engine.
David

1956 Hawk
10-20-2006, 11:16 AM
I had a freeze plug fall out two different times in my Hawk. The heads will crack if it gets to hot. Don't know if you want to pull them though. Just be sure to check for water in the cylinders. If you want to solve your freeze plug problems forever the holes can be tapped to 1 1/4" pipe thread and Ford racing freeze plugs can be screwed in. It's a pain but I did it without pulling the engine.
David

costatlc
10-20-2006, 12:32 PM
Thanks all for the nice comments. I'll like your solution David - that would solve that problem for good.

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

costatlc
10-20-2006, 12:32 PM
Thanks all for the nice comments. I'll like your solution David - that would solve that problem for good.

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

Roscomacaw
10-20-2006, 03:47 PM
Tom, the best easy fix is to buy the copper Dorman plugs that go in easily and then you use a wrench to tighten the dome nut that's on them. Not talking the rubber expansion kind - these are all metal. I really like them. Fairborn Studebaker and probably other vendors carry them and you could quite possibly order them from a local auto parts place as well.;)

http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/10/20/100_0469.JPG

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

Roscomacaw
10-20-2006, 03:47 PM
Tom, the best easy fix is to buy the copper Dorman plugs that go in easily and then you use a wrench to tighten the dome nut that's on them. Not talking the rubber expansion kind - these are all metal. I really like them. Fairborn Studebaker and probably other vendors carry them and you could quite possibly order them from a local auto parts place as well.;)

http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/10/20/100_0469.JPG

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

mbstude
10-20-2006, 04:23 PM
Ah, you just have to love that wonderful rumble of a Stude V8. Unlike any other!!! [8D]

BTW, this video looks like it would be a great way to sell a car on ebay.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

mbstude
10-20-2006, 04:23 PM
Ah, you just have to love that wonderful rumble of a Stude V8. Unlike any other!!! [8D]

BTW, this video looks like it would be a great way to sell a car on ebay.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/020avatar_river.jpg

costatlc
11-02-2006, 11:06 AM
Well, we lucked out. Although there was a little water when I dropped the oil yesterday, I think we're in good shape - at least based on the way it is running and the look of the new oil. New freeze plugs and we're ready to tear up the road again.



Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

costatlc
11-02-2006, 11:06 AM
Well, we lucked out. Although there was a little water when I dropped the oil yesterday, I think we're in good shape - at least based on the way it is running and the look of the new oil. New freeze plugs and we're ready to tear up the road again.



Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

Roscomacaw
11-02-2006, 01:19 PM
Tom,

Forgive me, but I'm trying to figure how any coolant could have gotten in the oil due to leaking freeze plugs.[B)]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

Roscomacaw
11-02-2006, 01:19 PM
Tom,

Forgive me, but I'm trying to figure how any coolant could have gotten in the oil due to leaking freeze plugs.[B)]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

costatlc
11-02-2006, 02:30 PM
Problem related to engine getting really hot?

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

costatlc
11-02-2006, 02:30 PM
Problem related to engine getting really hot?

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

1956 Hawk
11-02-2006, 02:45 PM
Overheating an engine often blows out the head gaskets. If there is water in the oil I would at least pull the heads to replace the gaskets, and check the combustion chambers for cracks.
David

1956 Hawk
11-02-2006, 02:45 PM
Overheating an engine often blows out the head gaskets. If there is water in the oil I would at least pull the heads to replace the gaskets, and check the combustion chambers for cracks.
David

Roscomacaw
11-02-2006, 10:07 PM
Yeah Tom... if you found "only a little bit of water", you'd better keep a close eye on that thing. If you've got coolant leaking into the oil, the oil should start to show a creamy brown hue to it.:(

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

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

Roscomacaw
11-02-2006, 10:07 PM
Yeah Tom... if you found "only a little bit of water", you'd better keep a close eye on that thing. If you've got coolant leaking into the oil, the oil should start to show a creamy brown hue to it.:(

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

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