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mbstude
05-15-2008, 05:16 PM
I've gotten a few things done to the ole truck lately.

Got a set of aluminum headlight assemblies from Sal. The bumper came from Mr. Biggs. I bought a set of headlight rims from Biggsie as well.

The bumper isn't mounted on, just sitting on the frame horns, which is why it looks lower than it should be. ;)
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/5_15_08/truck005.jpg

I'm also leaning toward adding the door trim.
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/5_15_08/truck006.jpg

I'm completely rebuilding the brake system. So far, I've got a new master cylinder installed, and everything from there back is all new. Lines, wheel cylinders, shoes, etc.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/5_15_08/truck001.jpg

Chevy drum installed. I'll never need a hub puller again. :D

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/5_15_08/truck004.jpg

I'm gonna tear into the fronts soon, and replace everything in there, as well as all the lines going to the front as well.

Once I get the brakes done, it'll be time for a new coat of Omaha Orange paint. [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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vegas paul
05-15-2008, 05:33 PM
Wow. Pimp my pumpkin...

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
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Warren Webb
05-15-2008, 05:54 PM
I like the idea of never having to pull the hubs again! The last time i had mine off to pack the wheel bearings, i drilled out the housing & installed zerk fittings. Only thing there is you cant go overboard when you grease them. From what I understand, trucks years ago had the zerks in the same location, but was later blocked off. Matt, what chev. drums did you use?

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

mbstude
05-15-2008, 06:10 PM
quote: Wow. Pimp my pumpkin...

Never heard that phrase before, Paul. ;)


quote:Matt, what chev. drums did you use?

Jerry Kaiser has 'developed' this setup, and that's where I got the idea.

I used 1976 1/2 Chevy truck rear drums. I had to have the Studebaker hubs 'turned' to fit the smooth drums, and install new studs. And when I put the new drums on the hubs, the drum hits the backing plate. I'm going to put a 5/16 wheel spacer between the hub and drum. (You may not have this problem.) Once I do that, I should be able to put the tires back on and put it on the ground.

Here's the site from Jerry.

https://www.studebakerparts.com/studebakerparts/parts/html/pages/trkdrum.html

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Mark57
05-15-2008, 07:54 PM
Good progress Matthew! [^] She's (He?) starting to look like a real "Deluxe Scotsman". ;)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
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mbstude
05-15-2008, 08:13 PM
I'm thinking that the truck is a girl, Mark. It's a 6 cylinder, and a V8 would be more fitting for a boy. And remember how jealous it got when I was lookin' at the girl in the school parking lot last year? Yep, it's gotta be a girl. ;)[:o)]

I'm gonna add the Transtar trim. I know we've discussed it before, but maybe even White over Orange two tone. [:0]:)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Mark57
05-15-2008, 11:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude
I'm gonna add the Transtar trim. I know we've discussed it before, but maybe even White over Orange two tone. [:0]:)

Matthew Burnette


Now that would be a great looking combo![^]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0099A.jpg

sals54
05-16-2008, 12:42 AM
Matt, Your truck is looking good. Keep up the good work.

sals54
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avantilover
05-16-2008, 04:55 AM
Soon he'll have a custom leather interior and CD Changer LOL.

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
Lockleys South Australia

bams50
05-16-2008, 05:38 AM
Gettin' there!



Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

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lstude
05-16-2008, 06:17 AM
Good progress Matthew. Keep the pictures coming!

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BobGlasscock
05-16-2008, 08:12 AM
Matthew, if it's a girl, it can't be the Orange Pumpkin cuz pumpkins have 'stems'. It might have to be a canteloupe, maybe.

Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Canteloupe.
Canteloupe who?



'50 Champion, 1 family owner

arkiejazz
05-16-2008, 03:38 PM
[:o)]Matthew, don't forget, if you go ahead with the two-tone, the upper color is Parchment and not refrigerator white.[:o)]

steve blake
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mbstude
05-16-2008, 04:02 PM
Thanks for the tip, Steve. I'm sure I can get Parchment White without any trouble. [8D]

I got the rear tires back on, and sitting on the ground today. The front end is up on jack stands, awaiting disassembly. :) I would be pullin' it all apart if it wasn't raining. [xx(]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Scott
05-16-2008, 04:56 PM
I have to say it isn't fair that a 17 year old kid (as nice as he is) can restore and rebuild cars and trucks easier and faster than a middle aged guy with a full time job. I thought I was working so I could do these things. Instead I have to spend most my time and money on everything else and the young man is miles ahead of me. Life isn't fair. And then there all the retired guys that also have time (presumably), if not money and are also miles ahead of me and my projects. Something's just not right, here...

Roscomacaw
05-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Black and Orange would be awesome too. 'cept fer tha fac' thut yew lives in Sowth Jawjuh an' you wood'n bea abl ta lay ah han' on it durin' tha summah.[8]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

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

mbstude
05-16-2008, 05:33 PM
Actually, I'm thinking of something more along the lines of this...

How's this for the truck's new logo?
http://www.icyurhavinaparty.com/pics/creams.jpg

[:o)][:o)]

Scott, if it makes you feel any better, I graduate from High School ONE WEEK from today. Off into the real world I go. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Mark57
05-16-2008, 06:20 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

I have to say it isn't fair that a 17 year old kid (as nice as he is) can restore and rebuild cars and trucks easier and faster than a middle aged guy with a full time job. I thought I was working so I could do these things. Instead I have to spend most my time and money on everything else and the young man is miles ahead of me. Life isn't fair. And then there all the retired guys that also have time (presumably), if not money and are also miles ahead of me and my projects. Something's just not right, here...

[quote]Originally posted by mbstude

Scott, if it makes you feel any better, I graduate from High School ONE WEEK from today. Off into the real world I go. :)



And that's when you'll find you have precious little time to restore and drive Stude's. [xx(]:(
Or is that after marriage and kids??? [:0]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0099A.jpg

mbstude
05-17-2008, 05:10 PM
Two tone it shall be. I don't think I can get Parchment (unless someone has a PPG number??), but I can get Ermine White, which shouldn't look too bad.

I got the front brakes all rebuilt today, with new lines run to the front. Got all the shoes adjusted, and my granddad helped me bleed the lines. Brakes seem to be good to go. [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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avantilover
05-17-2008, 05:19 PM
Congratulations on your upcoming graduation Matthew, what are you planning to do now?

I guess you could help Scott restore his vehicle and begin your career as a car restorer (smile).

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
Lockleys South Australia

Scott
05-17-2008, 05:48 PM
Yeah, yeah! Good idea John! I have a spare bedroom.

mbstude
05-17-2008, 05:52 PM
Interesting idea, but there's plenty of Studes here to keep me busy. [:o)]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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wolfie
05-17-2008, 07:05 PM
If you dont already have plans for further education you should really give consideration to the program at McPherson college in Ks that was talked about here several months ago(see posts from stellar restorations) or for that matter ANY advanced education in ANY field of study.Wish I had the opportunity to do it over from when I knew too much to waste time in school.I watch kids walk out of here (I work on a college campus in SC)every year into careers making more money than I will ever see in my life.Steve

mbstude
05-17-2008, 07:08 PM
I was really looking into the McPherson restoration program, but eventually decided that I didn't want to restore cars everyday for the rest of my life. Like someone told me, "I've got the rest of my life to figure out what I want to do." [:o)] Still looking into a couple things right now.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

arkiejazz
05-17-2008, 08:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

Two tone it shall be. I don't think I can get Parchment (unless someone has a PPG number??), but I can get Ermine White, which shouldn't look too bad.

I got the front brakes all rebuilt today, with new lines run to the front. Got all the shoes adjusted, and my granddad helped me bleed the lines. Brakes seem to be good to go. [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg


[:o)]Matthew, I never have a problem getting Parchment here. Your guy should be able to get it too. If not, let me know.[:o)]

steve blake
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PsychoBob
05-17-2008, 10:35 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

I was really looking into the McPherson restoration program, but eventually decided that I didn't want to restore cars everyday for the rest of my life. Like someone told me, "I've got the rest of my life to figure out what I want to do." [:o)] Still looking into a couple things right now.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg



Sounds familiar. I love wrenching on my antiques and rods, Studebaker or not. But I think if I had to do it everyday as a full time job, it would probably take all the fun out of it and I'd hate it after a while. The way I look at it is this. There's ALWAYS something that will get you frustrated when you're working on vehicles. When it's yours, and you're doing it in your own free time, you can close the hood, walk away, and go back to it later. When it's your job, you have to finish it or not get paid.

Anyway, nice truck. I had thought about using that style of grille on my '49, but then I got a nice NOS original grille handed to me, so that took care of that. Looks good, nice to see someone your age with a real appreciation of the old iron.

barnlark
05-18-2008, 05:48 AM
Great Job, MB. I was going to suggest creamsicle and you beat me to it. Congrats on the truck's progress and your upcoming graduation. You're a very bright guy with a great attitude and will be an asset to this club for many years no matter where life takes you. Life will be fair to you, I'm predicting.
Now...back to that brake job!

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53k
05-22-2008, 05:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

I've gotten a few things done to the ole truck lately. ...
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/5_15_08/truck005.jpg

Hey Matthew, I have a wheel for you- even the right color. :D

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Misc%20Forum%20pix/Miscellaneous%20%205-08%20046.jpg

It came off my wrecked 8E7. The wheel originally belonged to a California Hiighway Department Champ (painted completely orange).

[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

mbstude
05-22-2008, 05:37 PM
Paul, what the heck happened to cause that!? Did that Champ actually come with 15" wheels and '66 wheel covers? ;)

I'll take you up on the offer. It would look great hanging on the wall next to my destroyed Scotsman grille. :D[:o)]

I put this on the truck forum, but here's some more progress.

Well, the entire brake system is all new and ready to go. Shoes, wheel cylinders, master cylinder, all the lines, etc. have been replaced with new. Yesterday I got the grille mounted on. Not the stock way, but it'll work. I also have been doing just a few little small things to it. The store where we get paint couldn't get Parchment White, so I ordered a gallon of Ermine White to go along with the Omaha Orange. It should be in today for me to pick up. The new hood is in primer, ready for a little smoothing here and there. Holes have already been welded up. Once I get a radiator back in it, I'll take it for a drive, for a few miles or so and make sure it's gonna go and stop OK. And if everything checks out OK then, it's time for paint.

Got the bumper bolted on temporarily. Also doing some work on the grille. Filling cracks, etc. Yes, I used carriage bolts to bolt the grille on. Once painted, that won't be too noticeable. Without any mounting tabs, it's all we could think of to do.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/truck2006.jpg

'New' tailgate hinge.
(Check this out for info on that...)
http://www.network54.com/Forum/23885/message/1210774902/

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/truck2008.jpg

All four tires on the ground, with a completely new brake system. :)

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/truck2007.jpg

And today I spent a few hours filling hair line cracks in the grille. Just a little more sanding and it'll be good to go. [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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53k
05-22-2008, 07:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

Paul, what the heck happened to cause that!? Did that Champ actually come with 15" wheels and '66 wheel covers? ;)
I'll take you up on the offer. It would look great hanging on the wall next to my destroyed Scotsman grille. :D[:o)] ...

I had sent my son to town to pick up a screen door. Coming home, in a gentle curve the notorious 8E steering mechanism broke leaving him no steering control. He drifted into a headon collision with a GMC truck. Speed was low so there were no serious injuries, but the Champ was destroyed- hit in left front- about all that was salvageable from the cab was the seat and the right fender and door. My son's knee went into the 160 mph certified speedometer I had installed in the instrument cluster beside the '64 full instrument pod. Even the engine was damaged. The left valve cover was pushed in which pushed a valve in to the #1 piston breaking it.
All 1/2 Champs came with 15-inch wheels, but not '66 covers. I had bought a couple NOS sets at Standard Surplus for $9.95 a set [V] and I liked the looks of them. The reason the truck had the orange wheel was I had bought it from the original owner who ran a foreign car salvage yard in Berkeley, CA. He had also bought several surplus CA DOT Champs. Somehow one orange wheel made it on to my truck. He had messed up the front end so he had put a '63 Lark front panel on it and installed a Powershift tranny. The truck had MANY miles on it and the original engine was very tired so I dropped a R-1 in it and installed power brakes and A/C. I also put '61 Cruiser door panels in it (wanted the pockets on the doors). I had a camper shell custom built for it with a matching sliding glass. When we traveled, I put the kids in the back with a little 12-volt TV and their toys- made for a much more peacful ride:D.
I'll save the wheel for you- we'll get together one day (Reedsville, York, maybe Lancaster).

[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

Mark57
05-22-2008, 07:54 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/truck2007.jpg

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA


I hope those brake shoes laying there are surplus! [}:)]:D

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0099A.jpg

mbstude
05-22-2008, 07:57 PM
Sounds like quite a truck Paul. With all those little modifications you did, it must've really been something. Too bad it ended up like it did. [V]

Mark, those are the old shoes. Want 'em? [:o)]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Mark57
05-22-2008, 08:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude
Mark, those are the old shoes. Want 'em? [:o)]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA


Heh Heh... [}:)] Nope, I've kept one set of old brake shoes for my truck so that I can get them relined whenever I need a new set (I also have a spare new set as I got them for $30 which seemed like a steal to me). ;):)

But thanks for the offer! [:p]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0099A.jpg