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  • I have been busy , so haven't checked your progress for a while. I have to say, you are flying on that car, it looks great, and the interior is perfect.

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    • Originally posted by bensherb View Post
      I figured you had probably seen my pics Roland. I thought I posed some of them back in May. The owner of that place died earlier this year. I talked to his niece, she wasn't sure what would become of the place. Evidently he opperated as a garage and worked on old cars and hotrods.
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      Well, back from vacation and not a single Studebaker spotted. Thanks for the pictures Rick. Maybe I could get that place and move in?
      "Man plans, God laughs".

      Anon

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      • Yesterday, October 8th, our Club Chapter had a fun event at Knight's Foundry, in Sutter Creek.
        https://cityofsuttercreek.org/historic-sutter-creek/

        We met up at the Denny's parking lot in Stockton.

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        Since I am really bad at names, I hope I can get them all correct, but certain I missed/forgot them. Alan was the organizer, the Thoms, Stephen(?) Lou and a couple of others's names that slip my mind. One gentleman recognized me as "that guy working on that rotted Hawk" So true. I think I'm going to have to capitalize on that. Maybe call it the "zombie Hawk" or something relating to rot or things falling off. Unfortunately, the GT isn't quite ready for prime time, so I drove the little;e Google van.

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        45 miles later we arrive in Sutter Creek. A quick picnic in the park and a short walk to the Foundry.

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        Our group with our docent (in apron).

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        "Man plans, God laughs".

        Anon

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          These valves were, until recently still in use by PGE.

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          They had giant lathes, planers, wheels and made their own water wheels to power the equipment.



          "Man plans, God laughs".

          Anon

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          • I was mesmerized by this machine. It would actually machine down a plate automatically.

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            The gear, I believe is a wooden mold for casting.

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            Large wheel mold in the rafters.

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            They made their own water wheels and constantly worked on making them as efficient as possible. Here are some of the cups.

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            The place was dirty, noisy, busy and I had a great time! All in all, a fun day and very informative.
            "Man plans, God laughs".

            Anon

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            • I wish I knew you were going Roland I would have made more of an effort to go. We had planned to, and had decieded to take the Transit due to fuel costs, but worked too hard Friday and decieded to sleep in Saturday instead.
              You were only about 1/4 mile away as you went by on 205. ​ BTW it is Herman Thoms, I recognize his GT and him from the back in the pic. And, Lou Van Anne, that's his grey Avanti on the left, he's far left in the group.

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              • Topper2011
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                Yes, both Carl, Herman and Lou were there. Lou asked me when he was going to get to see my GT. LOL! I told him at the next picnic next year. :-)

              • bensherb
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                Great ! I'll be looking forward to it too. Only 6 months away. ;-) Lou couldn't miss it if he tried; if you're there. It's at his house. :-)

            • I was bored the other day and something that has been nagging me, the oil pressure. I decided to double check the orifice for the oil filter kit I got used.

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              Good thing Studebaker West had one in stock, actually, Carl told me he has 50 still in stock.

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              Brand new filter too, $16! Wow! I even used my AAA 20% discount for this month.

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              Previous reading at 2K RPM.

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              Better than I remember cold at 2K with the stock gauge. I'll see how it goes when it's warm later this week.
              Last edited by Topper2011; 10-12-2022, 12:04 PM.
              "Man plans, God laughs".

              Anon

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              • Looks familiar! Made mine and had a local machine shop bore the .040 hole. Cleans oil and keeps pressure:-)
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                • Warning, no Studebaker content, other than it's only $75 a year to insure my GT under "Good Condition". I'll keep it short. Saturday, I had a Club ride in the Sierras.

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                  It was a long day leaving at 5am and getting home at 8:30pm, but it was a fun day and the fall colors are just coming in. The ranch we visited owned by a family that the show "Rawhide" was filmed.

                  "Man plans, God laughs".

                  Anon

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                  • bensherb
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                    What bike did you ride Roland? I did that ride decades ago with a different group on my
                    KZ650. If one of them, I have three, were registered and running I might have gone yesterday too, but the biggest Japanese bike I currently have legal and running is the CM250. And I know how Neil dislikes it when you ride the "wrong size" bike. I SURE he'd really hate me if I rode my Harley! :-D

                  • Topper2011
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                    Rick, the CM250 would have been fine, but may have been outgunned. We were keeping a good pace. I rode my Tempter, as my other bikes either too small (Stinger, TS100) or wrong (Ulysses). It's the first time I've ever ridden over Monitor Pass with a motor. LOL!

                • Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
                  I was bored the other day and something that has been nagging me, the oil pressure. I decided to double check the orifice for the oil filter kit I got used.

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                  Good thing Studebaker West had one in stock, actually, Carl told me he has 50 still in stock.

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                  Brand new filter too, $16! Wow! I even used my AAA 20% discount for this month.

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                  Previous reading at 2K RPM.

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                  Better than I remember cold at 2K with the stock gauge. I'll see how it goes when it's warm later this week.

                  So if the “good” engine I have, supposedly had good pressure, I shouldn’t need to worry about one of these, do I? Or is the orifice plug something we need with modern oils?
                  Proud new owner of a 56 Power Hawk!

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                  • If you have good oil pressure, your engine already has one of these.
                    Last edited by RadioRoy; 10-29-2022, 07:13 PM.
                    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


                    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
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                    • We had our last motorcycle club meet of the year. I picked up a new project from the previous owner of my GT.

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                      It's just about as rough as the GT! Our motorcycle club rode over the the local senior home where the residents were very excited to see all the classic bikes.

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                      As I left the meet, I spotted this.

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                      Does this car look familiar?
                      "Man plans, God laughs".

                      Anon

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                      • bensherb
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                        Wow, I gave one of those away about 6 months ago. It had the exhaust, but otherwise was rougher than that appears to be. The guy I gave it to really only wanted the front wheel so he may still have the rest of it. I did keep the tank badges and front fender though, thinking they might fit my 100. Nice group of bikes there.

                    • No Studebaker work today, since it's Sunday. We went to a railroad clubs open house.

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                      We had a docent explain the switching house.

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                      Switching machine, electro mechanical. Sorry we missed each other Roy.
                      "Man plans, God laughs".

                      Anon

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                      • bensherb
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                        Cool ! Is that the one at Point Richmond ? It kinda looks familier. I've been to a nice one there and another very nice one in Walnut Creek. The Point Richmond one had layouts of several lines I'm very familier with because they are local lines from out here.

                      • Topper2011
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                        Rick, this was Santa Clara.

                    • Here is the tower we were allowed in.

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                      Capitol Corridor came by.

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                      As did Caltrain.

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                      "Man plans, God laughs".

                      Anon

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                      • Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
                        "Man plans, God laughs".

                        Anon

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                        • bensherb
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                          Happy Thanksgiving Roland ! For me it's just another Thursday, but I got some work done, so a good day. And, I ate some persimmom cookies I stashed in the freezer some time back, made it even better ! ; )
                          I hope it was a good one for you.

                        • Topper2011
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                          Thanks Rick. I made a turkey, but followed a Youtube video on cutting it up first, frying it and then baking it. Way faster and the white meat was moist! Green bean casserole, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. One of my kids brought down coffee crunch cake, one of our traditions. Need to go on diet now. LOL!
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