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BILT4ME
06-11-2016, 09:57 AM
We are on the Hot Rod Power Tour and we spun a race inside the left front wheel bearing. It chewed on the hub.

Is there anyone in the area with a hub/ drum Assembly in reasonable condition that I can buy and get back on the road TODAY?

Please PM me ASAP.

JoeHall
06-11-2016, 03:31 PM
That inner bearing and race are pretty common, long as you can reuse the hub. Even if the hub is toast, you may be able to limp the car through the rest of the tour with a new bearing and race. I highly recommend against anything over the speed limit though. If that bearing completely goes, when at high speed, the results could be disastrous.
Please be careful out there :)

Mohr HP
06-11-2016, 03:31 PM
Uh oh, didn't see this until after I saw your other post. Are you dead at a hotel or does it still roll?

BILT4ME
06-11-2016, 04:19 PM
We cobbled it together by peening the inner part if the hub, then epoxied the new race in place. Put in new outer bearing and race and going to limp along. Bought an extra set of bearings but couldn't find seals. So making it work..........

Mohr HP
06-11-2016, 04:23 PM
Maybe post the route so anyone who can help by delivering parts knows where and when?

dusty taylor
06-11-2016, 09:00 PM
The next stop in Baytown TX then to Austin TX .

BILT4ME
06-12-2016, 07:02 AM
Sunday, 6/12/16:
I-10 West and US 30 west
I-10 West to Lafayette, LA
Hwy 90 West to Orange
Hwy 87 and 73 west to Winnie
I-10 West to Beaumont (Royal Purple Raceway)

Cowtown Commander
06-12-2016, 08:12 PM
From what I see the power tour goes to Austin then to Grand Pairie TX. I assume that you would be using I-35 in which case you'd be passing right by Mark Frank and he should be able to get you the part you need and assist in its installation.

4961Studebaker
06-13-2016, 07:22 AM
https://image.adam.automotive.com/f/177415199/HRPT%202016%20driving%20directions%20emailed%20VERS3-JUN%203.pdf


turn by turn route schedule

BILT4ME
06-13-2016, 07:43 PM
Do you happen to have contact information? It's been squealing today, but we kept it loose and slow. It's definitely spinning the race in the hub.

- - - Updated - - -

Thanks 61Lark!

JoeHall
06-13-2016, 08:27 PM
Sounds like 61Lark has gotten a hub to you? Hope so, because it sounds like you are close to walking, if the race is now spinning in the hub.

Cowtown Commander
06-13-2016, 08:31 PM
Marks Info from the Studebaker Vendor List = MDS ENGINE SERVICE MARK FRANK 15156 SOUTH IH 35 BRUCEVILLE TEXAS 76630. http://www.studebakervendors.com/mds/index.htm ------ I have sent you a PM with his phone and e-mail info Call me at 817-nine two 4 - zero 6 two 2. Hopefully I will get to see you tomorrow.

BILT4ME
06-15-2016, 06:40 AM
Thanks George!

I REALLY appreciate the contact information for Mark Frank. I called him after you and I talked, he asked what I needed, I let him know that I needed a smooth brake drum hub to fit a 59 Lark with V8. He told me he had one on hand, would pull it, and get it ready.

We arrived at Mark's shop about 30 minutes later, and he had it out, cleaned up, and ready for us! We pulled the old one off, slid the new one on, and would have been back on the road it an hour or less if it wasn't for me wanting to talk and talk and talk.

Mark was kind enough to show us his shop and what all he can do for us Studebaker owners. He will rebuild anything Studebaker, and currently has a an engine rebuild on a Champ and a President he is working on. He does engine boring, honing, cam grinding, and well as all other things mechanical.

We got the hub on and my son made sure to test that it worked by trying to make up time on the interstate.Everything works as it should now.

George, Sorry we missed you at the venue. On the entrance area into the venue, there was an alleyway we had to pass through, and everyone sat in line idling. We pegged at 245*F and the car died due to vapor lock. I hate ethanol! We did NOT have any of those problems when we were able to run pure gas. Fortunately, we were nnot the only one. There was a 64 Impala and a 84 Camaro that had similar problems.

Thanks again to a GREAT forum and the great people that are willing to help out other Studebaker owners.


Marks Info from the Studebaker Vendor List = MDS ENGINE SERVICE MARK FRANK 15156 SOUTH IH 35 BRUCEVILLE TEXAS 76630. http://www.studebakervendors.com/mds/index.htm ------ I have sent you a PM with his phone and e-mail info Call me at 817-nine two 4 - zero 6 two 2. Hopefully I will get to see you tomorrow.

BobWaitz
06-15-2016, 10:50 AM
Woo Hoo! Keep us posted on your progress. I love reading this stuff.

swvalcon
06-15-2016, 11:04 AM
Great to hear. Anyone in Marks area than needs work should at the very least give him a call. We need to help out fellow studebaker repair guy's.

1oldtimer
06-17-2016, 12:01 AM
Great news.......

BILT4ME
06-23-2016, 12:15 PM
Again, thanks to Mark Frank at:
MDS Engine Service
15156 South IH-35
Bruceville, TX 76630


He really helped us out and had the hub cleaned up and ready to have the wheel bearings packed and seal installed. We packed the bearings, installed the seal, pulled our hub off, slid on the new(ish) one, and were back on the road!

When we first walked into Mark's shop, I did not realize what all the capabilities were. He is very self-sufficient and can do the boring, cam grinding, honing, repair work, sleeve replacement, brakes, transmission, and anything else you may need. You can ship parts (or whole cars) to him and he can do the work and arrange to get it back to you!

If someone needs more contact info, PM me and I will pass it along.

Mark was VERY hospitable and took care of us quickly and got us back on the road to enjoy our trip! It does my heart good to encounter folks out there that will help someone in need, even if they don't know them.


Also, a special thanks to George Jensen (Cowtown Commander) for posting his phone number for me to contact while on the road. If it wasn't for George, we would have never made contact with Mark Frank. I had hoped to make contact with George at the show in Grand Prairie, but we did not make connection. We had vapor locked in the alleyway into the venue, then once there, we wandered in the huge parking lot and the heat for another 2 hours. (BTW, the PM to me has never come through....)

George even followed up after we got the hub to make sure we made it in OK. He REALLY helped out to make a week's trip turn out great!

Cowtown Commander
06-23-2016, 05:59 PM
Glad it worked out for you - totally agree on Mark's capabilities. When I learned the route and realized you were going right by Mark's it seemed the perfect place to make a "pit stop".

How did your son enjoy the tour? 15 years ago I was able to make a cross country trip with my youngest son just before he left for college - it certainly was one of the highlights of my life - a "route 66" trip with my own son! Hope your son enjoyed it.

Glad to hear that you made it home safe and sound.

BILT4ME
06-24-2016, 08:28 AM
Thanks George!

Check out the other thread where I have yet to finish posting the entire trip. I could not post pics from my phone while traveling, so I stopped and decided I would do it when complete.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?94583-2016-Hot-Rod-Power-Tour-in-a-59-Lark-VIII



Glad it worked out for you - totally agree on Mark's capabilities. When I learned the route and realized you were going right by Mark's it seemed the perfect place to make a "pit stop".

How did your son enjoy the tour? 15 years ago I was able to make a cross country trip with my youngest son just before he left for college - it certainly was one of the highlights of my life - a "route 66" trip with my own son! Hope your son enjoyed it.

Glad to hear that you made it home safe and sound.