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    Hello,
    I am greener then green on Studes but have 2 of them. the 49 is my learner and I am about to start reassemling soon.I believe there are no stupid questions so get ready.
    1)When my 49 was together it leaned to the front drivers side. Where should I start? As easy as a shock replacement, rebuild, adjustment or other?
    2) I ordered some engine paint from SDC vendor link and provided it to my engine rebuilder. I thought it would be the bright green I have seen. Turned out to be a dark army green. Is this correct for a 49, 4door Champion?

    Thank you for your help,
    I'll be back!!
    Bruce

    Bruce
    DePere, WI
    49 4dr in works
    46 skyway 4dr in waiting
    Bruce
    DePere, WI
    49 4dr in works
    46 skyway 4dr in waiting

  • #2
    1) The army color drab green paint is correct.

    2) Your car has Houdaille shocks on it which can be rebuilt, search the web and you will find rebuilders. New ones are hard to find. The lean could be due to other things. Your car has planar suspension on the front which means instead of having a coil spring on either side, you have one rear leaf-ike rear spring that traverses the front. You could have a broken leaf in this spring. There are other problems like rusted out body mounts that could cause the problem. I would suggest you take a look at the car before you order parts.

    They are fun cars to drive, good luck.

    Milt

    1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
    1961 Hawk
    1964 Convertable
    1967 Avanti
    Milt

    1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
    1961 Hawk 4-speed
    1967 Avanti
    1961 Lark 2 door
    1988 Avanti Convertible

    Member of SDC since 1973

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    • #3
      1) The army color drab green paint is correct.

      2) Your car has Houdaille shocks on it which can be rebuilt, search the web and you will find rebuilders. New ones are hard to find. The lean could be due to other things. Your car has planar suspension on the front which means instead of having a coil spring on either side, you have one rear leaf-ike rear spring that traverses the front. You could have a broken leaf in this spring. There are other problems like rusted out body mounts that could cause the problem. I would suggest you take a look at the car before you order parts.

      They are fun cars to drive, good luck.

      Milt

      1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
      1961 Hawk
      1964 Convertable
      1967 Avanti
      Milt

      1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
      1961 Hawk 4-speed
      1967 Avanti
      1961 Lark 2 door
      1988 Avanti Convertible

      Member of SDC since 1973

      Comment


      • #4
        Bruce,
        Welcome to the forum. I hope one of the next things you do is join SDC if you haven't already. Membership SDC will be a big help to you and your projects. You'll have answers to all your questions in due time. The forum has some very knowledegble members that love to help.
        I can't answer the question about the lean.
        The engine color is close to Army green.
        Check out the how to post pictures post at the top of the page. We all love to see pictures.



        Gary Sanders
        Nixa, MO
        President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
        Gary Sanders
        Nixa, MO

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        • #5
          Bruce,
          Welcome to the forum. I hope one of the next things you do is join SDC if you haven't already. Membership SDC will be a big help to you and your projects. You'll have answers to all your questions in due time. The forum has some very knowledegble members that love to help.
          I can't answer the question about the lean.
          The engine color is close to Army green.
          Check out the how to post pictures post at the top of the page. We all love to see pictures.



          Gary Sanders
          Nixa, MO
          President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
          Gary Sanders
          Nixa, MO

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          • #6
            Welcome oh green one! As Unclemilitie suggests, I'd look at springs. Shock's not gonna make a bit of difference in ride height.[:I]

            Miscreant adrift in
            the BerStuda Triangle

            1957 Transtar 1/2ton
            1960 Larkvertible V8
            1958 Provincial wagon
            1953 Commander coupe

            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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            • #7
              Welcome oh green one! As Unclemilitie suggests, I'd look at springs. Shock's not gonna make a bit of difference in ride height.[:I]

              Miscreant adrift in
              the BerStuda Triangle

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe

              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

              Comment


              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by unclemiltie

                1) The army color drab green paint is correct.

                2) Your car has Houdaille shocks on it which can be rebuilt, search the web and you will find rebuilders. New ones are hard to find. The lean could be due to other things. Your car has planar suspension on the front which means instead of having a coil spring on either side, you have one rear leaf-ike rear spring that traverses the front. You could have a broken leaf in this spring. There are other problems like rusted out body mounts that could cause the problem. I would suggest you take a look at the car before you order parts.

                They are fun cars to drive, good luck.

                Milt

                1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
                1961 Hawk
                1964 Convertable
                1967 Avanti
                Bruce
                DePere, WI
                49 4dr in works
                46 skyway 4dr in waiting
                Bruce
                DePere, WI
                49 4dr in works
                46 skyway 4dr in waiting

                Comment


                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by unclemiltie

                  1) The army color drab green paint is correct.

                  2) Your car has Houdaille shocks on it which can be rebuilt, search the web and you will find rebuilders. New ones are hard to find. The lean could be due to other things. Your car has planar suspension on the front which means instead of having a coil spring on either side, you have one rear leaf-ike rear spring that traverses the front. You could have a broken leaf in this spring. There are other problems like rusted out body mounts that could cause the problem. I would suggest you take a look at the car before you order parts.

                  They are fun cars to drive, good luck.

                  Milt

                  1947 Champion (owned since 1967)
                  1961 Hawk
                  1964 Convertable
                  1967 Avanti
                  Bruce
                  DePere, WI
                  49 4dr in works
                  46 skyway 4dr in waiting
                  Bruce
                  DePere, WI
                  49 4dr in works
                  46 skyway 4dr in waiting

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Well at least we know her name its ILEANe

                    Mabel 1949 Champion
                    1957 Silverhawk
                    1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                    Gus 1958 Transtar
                    1955 President State
                    Fresno,Ca
                    Mabel 1949 Champion
                    Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                    Gus 1958 Transtar
                    The Prez 1955 President State
                    Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                    Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                    Fresno,Ca

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                    • #11
                      Well at least we know her name its ILEANe

                      Mabel 1949 Champion
                      1957 Silverhawk
                      1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
                      Gus 1958 Transtar
                      1955 President State
                      Fresno,Ca
                      Mabel 1949 Champion
                      Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                      Gus 1958 Transtar
                      The Prez 1955 President State
                      Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                      Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                      Fresno,Ca

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                      • #12
                        Had a '49 that leaned.
                        It was the springs - had new ones made, sat just right!

                        Chris Pile
                        StudeFolk Manager
                        http://tiny.cc/RYqAK
                        The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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                        • #13
                          Had a '49 that leaned.
                          It was the springs - had new ones made, sat just right!

                          Chris Pile
                          StudeFolk Manager
                          http://tiny.cc/RYqAK
                          The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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