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61LaRk4dr
12-11-2013, 01:34 AM
Hello All,

Time has past by rather quickly the last few months. I have some updates on the Land Cruiser project that I took on and other really good news. For all of those who missed the first two updates on this project, you can find it here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?75156-Impulse-Purchased-a-1951-LC!-Very-Excited!-Updated-10-13-13.

The first most important update is the additional little one to the family. He was born 12/02/13 @ 15:07 weighing 7lb. 11oz. He is our second son! Obviously he will be consuming much of my time in the following months, but before he was born I managed to snag a few parts and do some work on the Land Cruiser.

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I got all of the brakes back on line, yes I will be using the OEM brake setup for now, but I will be changing over to the later setup down the road. One major snag that I hit was on the last brake cylinder. Apparently, the previous owner failed to remove the drum the right way which resulted in the picture below:

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I can only imagine that the guy tried to use a screwdriver and pried the back until a piece chipped off. The drums clearly have a rib on the front of it where a claw puller can be attached. I now have the car propped up on a brace until I can find a replacement....so far I have had no luck getting one close by and shipping one is out of the question for now. I also ended up polishing the interior window and door handles as they were getting some corrosion on them for sitting for so long:

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I have replaced the fuel pump and am also searching for a starter, as I determined that the started is shot. The starter would even spin when I bench tested it with a brand new fully charged battery. So there you have it mechanically. I need a brake drum and a 6 volt starter. I will be getting a rebuilt carburetor in the future as well the glove box light.

Along the way, I have also managed to get a hold of a couple of interesting accessories for 1951 as well. The first piece is the "Automatic Drive" (AC-2365) emblem kit that I was able to get a hold of from a nice gentleman from back east. The kit came complete with mounting hardware and the original template. I should have no problem installing the emblems, but I will wait until I determine what I am doing with the paint.

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I also managed to snag a NOS emergency brake light kit (AC-2127) on eBay earlier today. I don't believe the gentleman put it in the right category, because I was the only one who bid on it. I would imagine this would be a rare accessory, right? Either way, I thought it would be a nice added touch to the car.

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I will keep you guys posted from time to time and will be posting within the next few weeks about trading a pair of 1950 Commander headlight rims that I recently bought by mistake (not realizing that the rims will not fit a 1951 model). They are brand new re-chromed rims. I should have some pictures when they arrive. I am not looking to get money out of these unless there is no interest here, in which I will post on eBay. I want to be able to trade for something of "equivalent" value that will go toward the restoration project. Ultimately I need a pair of re-chromed- headlight rings for my 51', but I might also consider a rollup antenna in working shape, maybe even something else to keep the project rolling. I will have a better understanding when I receive the parts and will post at that time, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up.

Anyway, I hope everyone stays warm and may you all have a Merry Christmas!

FlatheadGeo
12-11-2013, 06:38 AM
The first picture has confirmed a very blessed Christmas for you and your family!!! Congratulations.

53k
12-11-2013, 07:59 AM
Hello All,
I got all of the brakes back on line, yes I will be using the OEM brake setup for now, but I will be changing over to the later setup down the road. One major snag that I hit was on the last brake cylinder. Apparently, the previous owner failed to remove the drum the right way which resulted in the picture below:

http://imageshack.us/a/img46/7301/3z8k.jpg

I can only imagine that the guy tried to use a screwdriver and pried the back until a piece chipped off. The drums clearly have a rib on the front of it where a claw puller can be attached. I now have the car propped up on a brace until I can find a replacement....so far I have had no luck getting one close by and shipping one is out of the question for now.... Congratulations on your son's birth and your progress on the Land Cruiser. However, your comment about ribs on the drum for a claw puller makes me nervous. You do not want to pull on the drums. You need a hub puller that fastens over three lug bolts and presses on the axle center. Search hub puller for many discussions about removing rear drums.

southbend
12-11-2013, 08:10 AM
The first picture has confirmed a very blessed Christmas for you and your family!!! Congratulations.

Ditto! And the '51 will make a great father/son project over the years. Congratulations all the way around!