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  • Originally posted by 52hawk View Post
    A small factoid on your Lincoln Highway post: The Lincoln Highway goes through here,about 25 miles north of where I sit. Quite a bit of it is still in every day use.

    If you or anyone has Lincoln Highway pictures, you are welcome to post them here. Thanks.

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    • Very little work done after friday work.

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      Matching up the new radiator to the original.

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      Going to have to use the hole saw for the lower hose outlet as the new radiator is shorter in height.

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      The bracket is very close and needs very little trimming. I will have to drill new mounting holes to match the original. I've got to get ready for a ride now.

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      • I'm back from my ride.

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        Anyone have an old school 18" flex fan they want to get rid of? I want to replace the rigid fan for one.
        Last edited by Topper2011; 04-20-2019, 06:14 AM.

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        • Ever watch Engine Masters on Motor Trend on Demand? There is an episode on fans with awesome and surprising restults on how much horsepower fans take to drive...just saying. cheers, junior
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          1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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          • Originally posted by junior View Post
            Ever watch Engine Masters on Motor Trend on Demand? There is an episode on fans with awesome and surprising restults on how much horsepower fans take to drive...just saying. cheers, junior

            Thanks, that was interesting. Didn't realize the shroud helped with the turbulence at the tips of the fan.

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            • Ok, I did a major screwup and this one is gonna hurt. I took it for granted my replacement parts matched my "original" parts. It didn't.

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              old one

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              new one.

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              old one

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              New one. Doh! No wonder I couldn't get the carrier to fit with the pinion.

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              • Studebaker West took back the carrier, thanks Carl! I ordered a new Auburn one yesterday around 11am.

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                Around noon, it was here.

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                US made!

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                Came with the axle stops and a bottle of friction modifier. Not bad a just over $300.

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                • Left the ring gear out in the sun to heat up and expand. It's in the 70's today, just beautiful.

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                  I had to install the new axle spacer of which was supplied by Auburn. Instructions say to place one of the pair on the axle and drop the carrier on top.

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                  Ring gear on and now I have to make new setup bearings as the new bearings have a larger journal.

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                  • I am sure that anyone that has tried to refurbish their car, has gotten to the point of getting sick of cleaning and painting things.

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                    I'm pretty much there.

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                    Some ugliness.

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                    • I know I'm late, but Happy Easter!

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                      Finally rode the Buell, after 1 year of it sitting around. It's my commuter, but pretty noisy going to work at 5am so I've driven every day instead. However, since gas prices are now over $4 a gallon and not even imperial gallon at that, I may go back to annoying the neighbors in the morning. It was Sunrise on Mt Tamalpias for Easter Sunday. Got back home around 11:30 and it would have been really easy to just take a nap, but decided to try to get some work done on the car and not waste the rest of my weekend.

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                      Installed the pump, thermostat and housing. Didn't take long to install 6 bolts, even by hand. The radiator, is another subject.

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                      Don't be lazy, or dumb like me and tape a piece of cardboard to your brand new radiator, it will save the fins.

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                      The new radiator, being a little shorter, fouled the lower outlet on the shroud. I'm going to keep the little piece in case I ever want to install an original radiator.

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                      Hah! I actually got it pretty close. Maybe just a little more trimming and I can get the hose through it and clamped on.

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                      This little job took 4 hours to do, between drilling the holes to fit the radiator into place and the shroud (sorry, no pun intended on Easter) It fits pretty well and need to change the new lower hose for a longer one that is 17" long and 1 3/4" on both ends. The upper hose looks like it will work though. All in all, not bad. Looking to replace the original fan with a flex fan or clutch fan, any suggestions?

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                      • Electric fan--no need for a shroud.

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                        • Originally posted by fastjohnll View Post
                          Electric fan--no need for a shroud.

                          I kind of like the shroud and makes it look original. I'm bad at electrical work, so I don't want to introduce another thing to go wrong.

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                          • Worked on the diff today.

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                            Pinion depth is a little off.

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                            The backlash is a little bit loose as well. But I wanted to check the pattern before anymore changes.

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                            Pattern is a little low, but I think changing the depth of the pinion will bring it back up. It looks close, but I'm a rookie at this.

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                            • Just had to chuckle a bit at the title to your thread! "Half-a$$'d"??? Looking pretty good to me! I sure do enjoy following what others are doing, especially when accompanied with pictures. You've sure kept my attention for the last few days, reading back through your whole process. I think I am just getting started where you did in the beginning. just got my '50 Commander and don't intend to make it a show-restoration, but just make it run well and reliable, then use if for road trips.
                              Anxious to see how yours turns out once you get it back on the road.
                              Now, need to go get more popcorn and keep reading!

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                              • Roland,
                                In your post # 251, you reference the Lincoln Highway.
                                When we commute back and forth between Canada and Arizona, we experience part of Hwy # 50, Lincoln Highway in northern Nevada near Eureka NV. They call it the "loneliest road in America" and for a good reason. There is a whole lot of open space out there. Also the sight of the Silver State Classic a balls out section of closed highway where once a year you can legally let your Studebaker rip! I'd love to try it one day.
                                Cheers, Bill

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