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  • Is My 1950 Road Draft Tube Missing Some Parts?

    Here is something I never thought about until the other day when I was under my Studebaker and noticed 2 small holes in the road draft tube.
    Am I missing a wire mesh and a cotter pin through the 2 small holes to hold the mesh in place?
    I wish my other Studebakers were close by, so I could check them out.

  • #2
    Usually, people put in a chunk of a stainless steel pot scrubber....held in with a cotter pin..
    Just loose pack to keep bugs out...


    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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    • #3
      I've been "Studebakering" all my life.....never, ever heard of a "road draft tube".....what the hxxx is it anyway?
      Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
      Here is something I never thought about until the other day when I was under my Studebaker and noticed 2 small holes in the road draft tube.
      Am I missing a wire mesh and a cotter pin through the 2 small holes to hold the mesh in place?
      I wish my other Studebakers were close by, so I could check them out.
      Lou Van Anne
      62 Champ
      64 R2 GT Hawk
      79 Avanti II

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      • #4
        That's the thin wall steel pipe that hangs down to about the bottom of the oil pan to vent engine fumes.
        The air should enter the oil fill cap, which the half hood on the cap helps capture the air from the radiator fan.
        The air then vents out the road draft tube.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Lou Van Anne View Post
          ....what the hxxx is it anyway?
          .........

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          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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ID:	1724235The shop manual shows an element in the tube plus a section on maintenance.

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            • #7
              Thanks, I'll have to remember this the next time I go to the junk yard.

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