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Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 06:53 PM
Pekka got me motivated to get the '55 President V8 detailed for installation. Gord Richmond built this motor.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/colorsand018.jpg?t=1224460501

I couldn't help kind of setting it together. The carbs are old ones (the ones going on it are apart at this point). The oil pan will be replaced with a later style one I have that is also freshly gold painted. The intake needs to be shined up a little. I love the old skool Edmunds air cleaners [:p].

The car is at that stage where the shiny, as shot paint, has been sanded (1500) and looks like H E double hockey sticks :(. I will go over it again with 2000, then buff...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/colorsand004.jpg

Making progress on assembling the chassis. With a few minor exceptions, it is essentially done...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/colorsand008.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/colorsand009.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

mbstude
10-19-2008, 07:14 PM
Impeccable work, Dick!! That engine is pure jewelry! [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

mbstude
10-19-2008, 07:14 PM
Impeccable work, Dick!! That engine is pure jewelry! [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

sweetolbob
10-19-2008, 07:50 PM
Dick-Nice choice on the engine color. It will look great under the hood of the Ute. Bob:)

PlainBrownR2
10-19-2008, 07:51 PM
I love that dual carb setup. Rarely(ok never) have I seen sidedrafts mounted to a V8. The only time I ever see those are on the British sports cars with the Zenith sidedrafts. [^]

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg
[img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
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41 Frank
10-19-2008, 07:58 PM
I like it:D

41 Frank
10-19-2008, 07:58 PM
I like it:D

silverhawk
10-19-2008, 07:59 PM
That is looking beautiful! I still think studebaker should have made one. BTW are the valve covers and valley cover on your engine the cast aluminum one from Studebaker International?

Dylan

silverhawk
10-19-2008, 07:59 PM
That is looking beautiful! I still think studebaker should have made one. BTW are the valve covers and valley cover on your engine the cast aluminum one from Studebaker International?

Dylan

BobPalma
10-19-2008, 08:00 PM
:) Nice work indeed, Dick; very pretty!

[?] Question RE: The intake manifold. It appears to be held on by two big cross-brackets on each side, not installed in this photo. This would be like a 1951-1954 intake manifold, with no through-bolts on the extreme outer ends of each side, as it would be on 1955-1964 manifolds. True?

(Just curious; I'm not commenting one way or another on the application.) :DBP

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

I love that dual carb setup. Rarely(ok never) have I seen sidedrafts mounted to a V8. The only time I ever see those are on the British sports cars with the Zenith sidedrafts. [^]



Well...they aren't TRUE side drafts. They are standard Stromberg WW's that were used on Stude V8's through 55 or so. They just had the air horn turned 90 degrees from "regular" WW's. In stock form, the air horn faced the rear of the car. On this aftermarket STU-V manifold, they mount "sideways" and face to the right. With this arrangement, you can run actual air cleaners. With aftermarket 2 x 2 manifolds that have the air horns facing to the rear, there is not enough room to run typical air cleaners.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:02 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobPalma

:) Nice work indeed, Dick; very pretty!

[?] Question RE: The intake manifold. It appears to be held on by two big cross-brackets on each side, not installed in this photo. This would be like a 1951-1954 intake manifold, with no through-bolts on the extreme outer ends of each side, as it would be on 1955-1964 manifolds. True?




Right as usual, Bob.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:04 PM
quote:Originally posted by sweetolbob

Dick-Nice choice on the engine color. It will look great under the hood of the Ute. Bob:)


Thanks, Bob. I think it goes great with the green. My first consideration was red, but this is a little more subtle and maybe more "classic".



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

That is looking beautiful! I still think studebaker should have made one. BTW are the valve covers and valley cover on your engine the cast aluminum one from Studebaker International?




I bought them from a poster on the Studebaker Swap Page...

http://www.studebakerswap.com/swap/swap.php

...but I believe they are the same as the ones SI sells. The valley cover has been machined to clear the intake manifold.



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

clonelark
10-19-2008, 08:17 PM
What a beautiful car, I have a 55 Conestoga (2 actually) that i have been wanting to make a pickup, do you know what the rear window is? looks to be a late 55-58 windshield?, i been wondering what to use on mine. Is this something you made, or is it an actual austrailan Ute?

wagonmaster
Bob Whiten

clonelark
10-19-2008, 08:17 PM
What a beautiful car, I have a 55 Conestoga (2 actually) that i have been wanting to make a pickup, do you know what the rear window is? looks to be a late 55-58 windshield?, i been wondering what to use on mine. Is this something you made, or is it an actual austrailan Ute?

wagonmaster
Bob Whiten

Daan
10-19-2008, 08:23 PM
That is just beautiful. I really like seeing these old customs being saved, and made even better looking than before. I do have to say that color is just great. I do have a question, is there a site (or a different thread) that goes more into the original build of this car? Mostly I wonder if the bed part is all hand fabricated, or is it part of a wagon or El-Camino type vehicle that was grafted in? Either way, it looks fantastic.

http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i44/DansStudes/

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by clonelark

What a beautiful car, I have a 55 Conestoga (2 actually) that i have been wanting to make a pickup, do you know what the rear window is? looks to be a late 55-58 windshield?, i been wondering what to use on mine. Is this something you made, or is it an actual austrailan Ute?




This one started as a Coupe (C model). The rear window is the stock rear window from the coupe turned upside down. It was customized in 1958 by Lee Talbot of Livermore, CA and exhibited in the 1959 Oakland Roadster Show. The tailgate is a (highly) modified Connestoga tailgate.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by clonelark

What a beautiful car, I have a 55 Conestoga (2 actually) that i have been wanting to make a pickup, do you know what the rear window is? looks to be a late 55-58 windshield?, i been wondering what to use on mine. Is this something you made, or is it an actual austrailan Ute?




This one started as a Coupe (C model). The rear window is the stock rear window from the coupe turned upside down. It was customized in 1958 by Lee Talbot of Livermore, CA and exhibited in the 1959 Oakland Roadster Show. The tailgate is a (highly) modified Connestoga tailgate.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

PlainBrownR2
10-19-2008, 08:31 PM
quote:
Well...they aren't TRUE side drafts. They are standard Stromberg WW's that were used on Stude V8's through 55 or so. They just had the air horn turned 90 degrees from "regular" WW's. In stock form, the air horn faced the rear of the car. On this aftermarket STU-V manifold, they mount "sideways" and face to the right. With this arrangement, you can run actual air cleaners. With aftermarket 2 x 2 manifolds that have the air horns facing to the rear, there is not enough room to run typical air cleaners.


Oh my mistake, now I see em, yeah they're WW's. I had a pair I used on a prior ill fated manifold project that also came from a couple of 55's. With the covering of the air cleaner over the horn and the orientation of the horn to the side they passed pretty easy for sidedrafts. They still look very unique sitting up there on the engine. Nice Work!! :)

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg
[img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]

PlainBrownR2
10-19-2008, 08:31 PM
quote:
Well...they aren't TRUE side drafts. They are standard Stromberg WW's that were used on Stude V8's through 55 or so. They just had the air horn turned 90 degrees from "regular" WW's. In stock form, the air horn faced the rear of the car. On this aftermarket STU-V manifold, they mount "sideways" and face to the right. With this arrangement, you can run actual air cleaners. With aftermarket 2 x 2 manifolds that have the air horns facing to the rear, there is not enough room to run typical air cleaners.


Oh my mistake, now I see em, yeah they're WW's. I had a pair I used on a prior ill fated manifold project that also came from a couple of 55's. With the covering of the air cleaner over the horn and the orientation of the horn to the side they passed pretty easy for sidedrafts. They still look very unique sitting up there on the engine. Nice Work!! :)

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg
[img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by Daan

That is just beautiful. I really like seeing these old customs being saved, and made even better looking than before. I do have to say that color is just great. I do have a question, is there a site (or a different thread) that goes more into the original build of this car? Mostly I wonder if the bed part is all hand fabricated, or is it part of a wagon or El-Camino type vehicle that was grafted in? Either way, it looks fantastic.




Here's some pictures from 1958 on the original build of the car by Lee Talbot...

http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/

The bed is hand fabricated. The rear quarters are stock Stude Coupe, and the tailgate is a modified Connestoga, but the rest is all fabricated by Lee...a VERY talented guy.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

barnlark
10-19-2008, 08:37 PM
Dick, I was just going to ask why the engine didn't end up red. You're right, much more subtle. I still like the 50's red/green combo with your paint, but maybe with the interior it would be overkill. Good decision. It's amazing that this has survived since it was built in the late 50's, let alone looks this solid and sleek now. Hand sanding down the paint is the most boring, tedious job to me, but I'm sure it will be done in time. Wish I lived near a project like this and could watch or pitch in. It really is history. Thanks for letting us in on it along the way.

barnlark
10-19-2008, 08:37 PM
Dick, I was just going to ask why the engine didn't end up red. You're right, much more subtle. I still like the 50's red/green combo with your paint, but maybe with the interior it would be overkill. Good decision. It's amazing that this has survived since it was built in the late 50's, let alone looks this solid and sleek now. Hand sanding down the paint is the most boring, tedious job to me, but I'm sure it will be done in time. Wish I lived near a project like this and could watch or pitch in. It really is history. Thanks for letting us in on it along the way.

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Dick, I was just going to ask why the engine didn't end up red. You're right, much more subtle. I still like the 50's red/green combo with your paint, but maybe with the interior it would be overkill. Good decision. It's amazing that this has survived since it was built in the late 50's, let alone looks this solid and sleek now. Hand sanding down the paint is the most boring, tedious job to me, but I'm sure it will be done in time. Wish I lived near a project like this and could watch or pitch in. It really is history. Thanks for letting us in on it along the way.


I wish you lived close also, Dave. I could use the help! [^]

The Kart will still be Viper Red and I think will look great in the bed at the show.



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-19-2008, 08:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Dick, I was just going to ask why the engine didn't end up red. You're right, much more subtle. I still like the 50's red/green combo with your paint, but maybe with the interior it would be overkill. Good decision. It's amazing that this has survived since it was built in the late 50's, let alone looks this solid and sleek now. Hand sanding down the paint is the most boring, tedious job to me, but I'm sure it will be done in time. Wish I lived near a project like this and could watch or pitch in. It really is history. Thanks for letting us in on it along the way.


I wish you lived close also, Dave. I could use the help! [^]

The Kart will still be Viper Red and I think will look great in the bed at the show.



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

barnlark
10-19-2008, 09:03 PM
Not sure how close you are to Seattle, but my father may have to move up there late this fall, or early winter, so I may be around for a day or two of something. Remember, free help's the best, unless it's accident prone..then it's costly. ;)

Sonny
10-19-2008, 10:21 PM
What a beauty Dick! Awesome just about covers it. ;)

Sonny
http://racingstudebakers.com/avatar_01.jpghttp://RacingStudebakers.com

Sonny
10-19-2008, 10:21 PM
What a beauty Dick! Awesome just about covers it. ;)

Sonny
http://racingstudebakers.com/avatar_01.jpghttp://RacingStudebakers.com

ChampTrucking
10-19-2008, 10:31 PM
DROOL! DROOL!!!

ChampTrucking
10-19-2008, 10:31 PM
DROOL! DROOL!!!

StudeDave57
10-19-2008, 10:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Not sure how close you are to Seattle...
That'd be about 70-80 miles or so~ depending on where in each town you're going from/to...

StudeDave '57 [8D]

StudeDave57
10-19-2008, 10:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Not sure how close you are to Seattle...
That'd be about 70-80 miles or so~ depending on where in each town you're going from/to...

StudeDave '57 [8D]

PekkaP
10-19-2008, 11:27 PM
Really awesome work, Dick. I love the intake - carbs -aircleaners -set up. Just so period correct, rare and cool! [:p]

Pekka

http://hotrods.pp.fi/Stude%20at%20Hillclimb%20Dodads%202006.jpg 1955 President State Coupe

1961 Lark Regal VIII Convertible

lstude
10-20-2008, 07:10 AM
Its too bad that I am 3000 miles away, or I would be at your shop every day, until you kicked me out.

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/MyStudebakernobackgroundsm.jpg

Jeff_H
10-20-2008, 08:52 AM
quote:I think it goes great with the green.

So do I. One reason I painted my 53K the original green color was the gold colored trim parts (S emblems and hubcap centers). They go very well with that green IMO.



Jeff in ND
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/53byalaketiny.jpg
'53 Champion Hardtop

Jeff_H
10-20-2008, 08:52 AM
quote:I think it goes great with the green.

So do I. One reason I painted my 53K the original green color was the gold colored trim parts (S emblems and hubcap centers). They go very well with that green IMO.



Jeff in ND
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/53byalaketiny.jpg
'53 Champion Hardtop

Dick Steinkamp
10-20-2008, 09:56 AM
quote:Originally posted by Studedude

My, what good taste you have! [8D]



"They" don't call us the EVIL TWINS for nothin'!



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-20-2008, 10:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by lstude

Its too bad that I am 3000 miles away, or I would be at your shop every day, until you kicked me out.



You wouldn't ever get kicked out, Leonard. But then there is heat, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a bathroom...and you could sleep in one of the Studes parked there ;) :D.



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

289cruiser
10-20-2008, 10:19 AM
FIRST CLASS, WORKMANSHIP, & ASSEMBLY!!

Thx for saving this piece of history.

LOUIS MOORE

lstude
10-20-2008, 11:59 AM
quote:You wouldn't ever get kicked out, Leonard. But then there is heat, a refrigerator, a microwave, and a bathroom...and you could sleep in one of the Studes parked there .

That's all I need, except maybe an income!

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/MyStudebakernobackgroundsm.jpg

53k
10-20-2008, 12:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

Pekka got me motivated to get the '55 President V8 detailed for installation. Gord Richmond built this motor.
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/colorsand009.jpg

Absolutely incredible Dick! I'm REALLY glad you went with Chippewa Green:).
BTW, are those the original (puny) brakes?


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)

53k
10-20-2008, 12:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

Pekka got me motivated to get the '55 President V8 detailed for installation. Gord Richmond built this motor.
http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/colorsand009.jpg

Absolutely incredible Dick! I'm REALLY glad you went with Chippewa Green:).
BTW, are those the original (puny) brakes?


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)

studegary
10-20-2008, 02:58 PM
As expected, you are doing very nice work. My only concern is the time line. Will you be finished in time? A lot of what is left is very time consuming. Do you have help to get it finished with some spare time for the unforseen?

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

StudeRich
10-20-2008, 04:58 PM
No Paul, you should know Dick better than that by now! I just sold him the grease seals for those front drums, so I know that the car had been changed to the '56-'66 Bendix style Wagner Brakes with the smaller Wheel Bearings and Seals before Dick got it. But he would have never settled for those '47-'53 Lockheed press-n-pray Brakes! :(


quote:Originally posted by 53k

BTW, are those the original (puny) brakes?

StudeRich -Studebakers Northwest Ferndale, WA

StudeDave57
10-20-2008, 05:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by 53k

BTW, are those the original (puny) brakes?

What Paul might be asking is-
The fronts are not finned, but the rears are- What's up with that?

I know I'm wondering myself...

StudeDave '57 [8D]

Dick Steinkamp
10-20-2008, 05:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57


What Paul might be asking is-
The fronts are not finned, but the rears are- What's up with that?

I know I'm wondering myself...



When I got the car, the fronts had already been changed as Rich indicated. The rears were still the puny little '53 brakes. I snagged some later rears from Bob Peterson and they just happened to be finned ones.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-20-2008, 06:09 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

As expected, you are doing very nice work. My only concern is the time line. Will you be finished in time? A lot of what is left is very time consuming. Do you have help to get it finished with some spare time for the unforseen?


It's my concern too. The unforeseen is what scares me a little. I have tried to think ahead as much as possible to have parts lined up, but I've already hit several "surprises".

I'm hoping it really isn't as tough as it looks. Once the color sanding and buffing is complete (early next week with any luck), assembly of the painted pieces should go fairly quickly. They have already been fitted. Jerry Forrester is finishing up on the chrome and that should ship early next week. Then it's engine and trans install, glass install, exhaust system, dash install, wiring, and about 100 little items.

I plan to have it in California in early December for the upholstery. The custom color vinyl is being made now by SMS in Oregon. I still feel I can make that time frame.

We'll see.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Andy R.
10-20-2008, 10:30 PM
Wow, Dick. Every 'ute' update is like hearing sleigh bells on Christmas Eve.

Superb choice on engine color. That jewel-like gold coupled with that jade green echoes and rivals some pieces in the Asian Art Museum![8)]

Andy
62 GT
http://a6.vox.com/6a00cdf7ec2443094f00e398c6501e0004-pi

Allan Songer
10-21-2008, 12:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp
The custom color vinyl is being made now by SMS in Oregon.



I hope you ordered it the day you bought the Ute.

The last "custom" order I got from SMS took NINE MONTHS!

gordr
10-21-2008, 04:07 AM
Dick is "blaming" me for rebuilding that engine, but all I did was pull the pan off, and Plasti-gage the bearings and mike the cylinders. It was a machine-shop rebuild with fairly low time on it that got turfed for a belly-button motah. (I think the real reason it got turfed was the previous owner had an incident related to brakes or steering, which resulted in the oil pan getting creased.)

Just so you know, Dick, if that engine fails to work properly for you, and I see no reason to believe it won't, I have a nice rebuilt '62 259 here that I was saving for a car of my own. I had a chance to drive the car it was in, and it has plenty of zoom-zoom. Should your engine prove to have hidden problems, I'll get the '62 engine to you ASAP. I sure don't want to see the Ute miss the roadster show because an engine I provided should happen to go sour.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

bams50
10-21-2008, 05:21 AM
quote:Originally posted by gordr

I sure don't want to see the Ute miss the roadster show because an engine I provided should happen to go sour.


I'm betting that having it running, while desirable, wouldn't be required for the show... if it doesn't run, some of us will just have to fly out there to help push it in;)

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

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

jimmijim8
10-21-2008, 06:22 AM
Dick, what a piece!!!! That car is too f$%)&*@! nice. A fellow from Pa. by the name of John Bradel made up one using a finned c body. I at one time had a photocopy of it. Wish I still had it. It was a nice piece also. jimmijim

Dick Steinkamp
10-21-2008, 08:59 AM
quote:Originally posted by gordr

Dick is "blaming" me for rebuilding that engine...

Thanking, not blaming [^]. Gord went above and beyond to prepare this motor for the Ute, then DELIVERED it to me! It is squeeky clean in and out and complete right through the T86 that Gord converted to the Scout floor shifter.

Under the valve covers and valley covers looks like new. Since Gord inspected this motor, I am confident it is excellent.

I still have Gord's '60 Lark 4 door V8, auto (back cover of TW a while back) that I traded him for the motor and trans. We're working out some title problems with it in order to get it across the boarder.

Thanks again, Gord. :D

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Dick Steinkamp
10-21-2008, 09:05 AM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

[quote]Originally posted by gordr

I'm betting that having it running, while desirable, wouldn't be required for the show... if it doesn't run, some of us will just have to fly out there to help push it in;)



Thanks for the offer, Bob, but rule #20 says...

20) Vehicles must be operable within their classification. All vehicles must run, drive forward and reverse, turn left and right, under their own power. Vehicles must be able to stop using their own braking system.

Come on out to the show anyhow. I can put you to work with a Q-tip! ;) :D

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Andy R.
10-21-2008, 01:05 PM
Dick, if you have a lay over in the Bay Area to/from the show, just send a message.
I'd be happy to help out (and get a good look), if needed.:)

Andy
62 GT
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Dick Steinkamp
10-21-2008, 06:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by Andy R.

Dick, if you have a lay over in the Bay Area to/from the show, just send a message.
I'd be happy to help out (and get a good look), if needed.:)




Thanks, Andy. I might take you up on that.

It needs to be in the Bay Area early December for the interior. Howdy Ledbetter in Fremont will be doing it. Howdy should finish it prior to the GNRS. I'll most likely take it to my son's place in San Jose to store it prior to taking it to Pomona. If it needs "finishing", I'll do that at my son's.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Dick Steinkamp
10-21-2008, 07:09 PM
Here's the engine with a few more pieces just sitting in place...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash002.jpg

I took the pan off today to switch to the later style one. Here's the bottom of the engine...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash008.jpg

Looks like new. Looks like the mains are 20 over.

Here you can see the crosshatch on the cylinder walls...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash010.jpg

We cut and buffed the engine compartment today in anticipation of installing the engine and transmission soon. Here's the Chippewa Green in it's final form. Like butter! [:p]...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash011.jpg

I also put the gauge cluster together today. NOS ammeter, temp, and oil gauges and the best fuel gauge and speedo I had in inventory. Most of the interior will be cream. Check the old skool Stewart Warner tach. It has a separate sending unit. It fit perfectly in the clock opening...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash006.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash007.jpg



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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sweetolbob
10-21-2008, 07:30 PM
Dick - I remain awed. The finished paint is spectacular, never thought I'd like green on a car so much. Thanks also for the Photobucket file on the original build, very interesting to see the original build effort and the people involved. Something one seldom sees. Keep up the posts. Bob;)

mbstude
10-21-2008, 07:37 PM
Looking fantastic Dick. [^][8D]

Hey, I have a tachometer exactly like that one. No sending unit, however. [V] But the tach itself does look nice enough to be NOS. :D

BTW, you shouldv'e taken the speedo apart, and set the odometer back to zero. Just in case you don't have enough to do. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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barnlark
10-21-2008, 10:32 PM
I have a tach like that too, only a greenline. Looks great in a Stude. That dash is beautiful, Dick. What a great combination all of this is looking. Those inner fenders have made me decide to take my front clip off this winter. I already have a new front panel shot and finished, so I may as well take care of the points I lost on the poor work I paid for on my inner fenders two years ago. I should have done the prep work myself. That I can do; paint work like yours needs skills that I have never mastered. Incredible, I can't wait to see that Ute finished for Christmas. [?][^]

Dick Steinkamp
10-21-2008, 11:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark
paint work like yours needs skills that I have never mastered. Incredible...


Thanks, Dave...but the body and paint skills are not mine...they belong to my buddy Jon Falcon. I'm learning, but I don't think I'll ever have the expertise and patience to do it as good as Jon does.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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JGK 940
10-21-2008, 11:43 PM
More good news and pretty pictures. Even the green is growing on me and that tach application is SWeeeeeet.

You'll have it done on time and break in the bed hauling big trophies home. Can't wait to see the shots from the winners' circle.

Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If the salt air never chew 'em up bumbye the lava will...

Ian Mackellar
10-22-2008, 05:45 AM
Hey Dick,Looking good. Did you need to etch prime the alloy valve covers before paint? I really like the reversed rear screen,most ute treatments lack in that area with the flat glass.In Australia we have a lot more options with plenty donor graft options available to finish the turrets on ute conversions nicely.Very clever and looks great.

Dick Steinkamp
10-22-2008, 10:11 AM
quote:Originally posted by Ian Mackellar

Hey Dick,Looking good. Did you need to etch prime the alloy valve covers before paint? I really like the reversed rear screen,most ute treatments lack in that area with the flat glass.In Australia we have a lot more options with plenty donor graft options available to finish the turrets on ute conversions nicely.Very clever and looks great.


It is nicely done...no thanks to me. Lee Talbot built the car in 1958. He is obviously a very talented and creative guy. It does all "fit" together almost like Studebaker could have made it.

I didn't etch prime the valve covers (maybe I should have). The area I painted has an "as cast", unmachined surface and I figured the paint would stick OK. We'll see. It's easy to redo if necessary.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Sonny
10-23-2008, 03:19 AM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/dash008.jpg

Looks like new. Looks like the mains are 20 over.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

Looks like somebody thought enough of the motor to do it right. The safety wiring is unusual, a nice touch. Obviously somebody considered this motor as high performance enough to need safety wired mains. But, (honest Dick, I HATE to say this, 'cause I know that you're trying to hustle to get it done), the safety wiring job is not very good. In fact, it's bad enough that I'd fix it. The way it's configured on a couple of bolts that I can see, it can/would actually loosen the bolts.

I doubt that you're gonna be winding this thing up high enough to need safety wired mains. My fix would be to simply snip the safety wire off, then check the torque on each main bolt, the end.

No lie big guy, I'm sorry Dick, but 20 years of playin' with airplanes forced me to tell ya. I'd just really hate to see a bit of unnecessary wire, mebbe cause you grief with this beauty. Gotta take care of each other. ;)

In fact, here's how it should look, http://www.ultralightnews.com/pilotslounge/images/ex5.jpg

After installation, the safety wire should be tight, not over-tight, just applying tension. It should always be installed so as to make the bolts tighten themselves, should one or the other become loose.


Sonny
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Dick Steinkamp
10-23-2008, 10:21 AM
Thanks, Sonny.

Actually, safety wired main bolts were standard on the early motors. This one is a '55 259. The shop manual pictures safety wired main bolts and the text tells you to "tighten bearing cap screws to proper torque and wire all cap screws securely". I'm not sure when Studebaker did away with this practice.

Although the wire is clearly not done with the proper tool, those pictured look to me like they are "pulling" in the right direction. I'll check them all today before I put the pan on and correct any that might be wrong.

I appreciate the "heads up". I wouldn't have taken a closer look without your help.





Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Sonny
10-23-2008, 05:47 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

Thanks, Sonny.

Actually, safety wired main bolts were standard on the early motors. This one is a '55 259. The shop manual pictures safety wired main bolts and the text tells you to "tighten bearing cap screws to proper torque and wire all cap screws securely". I'm not sure when Studebaker did away with this practice.

Although the wire is clearly not done with the proper tool, those pictured look to me like they are "pulling" in the right direction. I'll check them all today before I put the pan on and correct any that might be wrong.

I appreciate the "heads up". I wouldn't have taken a closer look without your help.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

You're very welcome Dick. Just glad that I can be a little help. Actually, the best safety wiring is done without a tool. Safety wire pliers have been outlawed in the military for a long time. They over-stress the wire if not used properly and tend to nick the wire, weakening it. Good safety wire should be at least .032 and stainless.

Proper safety wiring is somewhat of an art, there cannot be any nick in the wire and all turns should be uniform size, ending with 4 to 6 turns neatly tucked tight against the "tighten" side of the finishing bolt.

Please closely compare the picture I put up, to the picture of your wiring and think "has to have pull or tension" on the long wire in between your main bolts. Looking at your picture, all of your wire was started in the "top" bolt or passenger side of the motor. The wire in between your bolts is slack and should have been curved to the left side of the "bottom" bolt. In your present configuration, if the "top" bolt loosened, it would also loosen the "bottom" bolt, exactly the opposite of correct. "Lefty Loosey - Righty Tighty" ;)

Sonny
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Dick Steinkamp
10-23-2008, 07:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by Sonny
In your present configuration, if the "top" bolt loosened, it would also loosen the "bottom" bolt,


If one of the main bolts loosens...I'll be in a heap of your know what, safety wire or no safety wire [:0] [xx(].

I did redo some of them based on your input, Sonny, but I think the safety wire was probably overkill anyhow since Studebaker did away with it at some point in production.

I do appreciate you looking out for me, however. SOMEBODY has to :D.




Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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