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  • #16
    Sincere condolences to you and your Family Dave. I pray your Dad Rests In Peace.

    As for the had brake pedal, disc brakes alone, will not help. ASSuming the brakes are in good order, if someone previously installed the dark colored offshore brake shoes, they will render the Stude all but unstoppable. I suggest inspecting each wheel, of course for other obvious things, i.e. leaking cylinders. While you are at it. note the color of the shoes. If dark gray/near black, replace them with the brown ones that have tiny metal sinters in the material. They stop the car about 10X as well as the dark ones, but they do tend to squeak sometimes. New shoes, front and rear, would be maybe 20-25 percent the cost of a DB kit, and work just as well if not better.

    Nice wagon!

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    • #17
      With an Automatic Choke, a squirt of Gas by a gentle "Tap" on the Pedal should prime it AND set the Choke.
      If long standing, maybe a lot more "Squirt's".

      I think that is what CorbinsteinO was saying.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #18
        Great info on the brakes JoeHall!

        StudeRich - I'll surely dig into the carb/choke once I get back down to SD, hoping for a good solution.
        2nd Generation Studebaker owner
        1955 Commander Conestoga Wagon

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        • #19
          Nice looking car. You should get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I bought a '55 Conestoga myself last summer.
          It has a couple of bugs to be worked out yet but has a Supercharged Avanti engine rebuilt to R-3 specs
          Also has one of RadioRoy's AM/FM conversions in it. It works great Click image for larger version

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          Steve Grant
          madd_doodler@yahoo.com
          a.k.a. the Madd Doodler
          www.madddoodler.com
          Kinzua Region Chapter
          1881 Grain Wagon
          Late 1800s Spindle Seat Buggy
          1955 Conestoga
          1959 Lark 2 dr sdn

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Madd Doodler View Post
            has a Supercharged Avanti engine rebuilt to R-3 specs
            Also has one of RadioRoy's AM/FM conversions in it. It works great Click image for larger version

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            I'd love to see a pic of your motor, sounds enticing for a future upgrade to my Conestoga maybe. :-)
            A radio conversion will be a must, I'll look that RadioRoy up.
            2nd Generation Studebaker owner
            1955 Commander Conestoga Wagon

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            • #21
              Here's the engine bay
              Attached Files
              Steve Grant
              madd_doodler@yahoo.com
              a.k.a. the Madd Doodler
              www.madddoodler.com
              Kinzua Region Chapter
              1881 Grain Wagon
              Late 1800s Spindle Seat Buggy
              1955 Conestoga
              1959 Lark 2 dr sdn

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Madd Doodler View Post
                Here's the engine bay
                I like that! Have you had it dyno'd, or taken to the 1/4 mile and see what it will do?
                2nd Generation Studebaker owner
                1955 Commander Conestoga Wagon

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