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    can i use a mustang 289 motor in this car. If not what kind of motor can i use?? New to this.

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    Well, the Studebaker 289 would be my first choice. the grand or so you'll save on a swap would pay for a hotter cam, some head work, a 4 barrel and more. The only thing the two engines share is the displacement.

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    63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
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    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by sawyer55

      can i use a mustang 289 motor in this car. If not what kind of motor can i use?? New to this.
      You can use nearly any engine that you want, if you have enough time and money. IMHO, the sensible thing to do is to stick to a Studebaker 259 or 289. A Chevrolet engine, as used in 1965-1966 Studebakers, would be the next easiest and cheapest to accomplish. The only thing common between a Studebaker 289 and a Ford 289 is the displacement of the engine.
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        where do i get the studebaker 289 motor at?? New to this

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        • #5
          You've started at the right place. A substantial percentage of the members of SDC have extra 259's and 289's waiting for a good home. Unrebuilt they are not quite a dime a dozen. Right now, in the shop, I have two 259's, one rebuilt, one not; two 232's, a 170 and a 190, and I'm just one of 13,000 members.

          Have you joined the Studebaker Drivers Club so you can receive Turning Wheels, the monthly magazine? It will give you all the contacts you need for anything you'll ever need to keep your Cruiser cruising.

          I take it you currently have no engine in the car?
          Brad Johnson,
          SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
          '56 Sky Hawk in process

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by sawyer55

            where do i get the studebaker 289 motor at?? New to this
            Where are you located? Perhaps a forum member near you has an extra in inventory.

            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by rockne10

              You've started at the right place. A substantial percentage of the members of SDC have extra 259's and 289's waiting for a good home. Unrebuilt they are not quite a dime a dozen. Right now, in the shop, I have two 259's, one rebuilt, one not; two 232's, a 170 and a 190, and I'm just one of 13,000 members.

              Have you joined the Studebaker Drivers Club so you can receive Turning Wheels, the monthly magazine? It will give you all the contacts you need for anything you'll ever need to keep your Cruiser cruising.

              I take it you currently have no engine in the car?

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              • #8
                gee thanks i juust joined the studbaker drivers club i have a engine but its forze up so need another one that is what is in it a 289

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                • #9
                  Welcome to the forum and to SDC, The greatest big car club in the world!
                  How long has it been sitting? Do you know when it last ran?
                  Brad Johnson,
                  SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                  Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                  '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
                  '56 Sky Hawk in process

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by sawyer55

                    gee thanks i juust joined the studbaker drivers club i have a engine but its forze up so need another one that is what is in it a 289
                    As I discussed with you off the forum, it will by far the easiest to replace your current engine with a Studebaker 259 or 289. When you say "forze"/froze up, do you really mean seized. If so, your current engine may be saveable. It may need extended soaking with penetrant and/or disassembly, but that is the thing to try first. If the engine in fact froze and cracked the block, then most likely you will need another engine. I can remember seeing a lot of core plugs pushed out from freezing, but I don't recall any Studebaker V8 blocks being broken from freezing. Please explain the exact situation with your engine and what general area of the World that you are in.
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                    • #11
                      we are in washington state anyone from around this area in here??

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                      • #12
                        I am in Washington State in the Federal Way Area and have found Meridian Auto Wrecking in Graham has about 10 Studebakers. I don't know if they have any rebuildable engines. I can be contacted at jcarmichael@valleyftl.com or call 800 523 8014 Ext 4562 Monday through Saturday 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

                        1961 Lark

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                        • #13
                          jcarmichael-
                          There are now only 10 left in that yard? CRAP!!! I can remember going there back in the early 90's, and there were more like 70 back there! That's not good news for the local folks... sorry to hear that.

                          sawyer55-
                          I'm from Washington State, but the NAVY currently has me down here in San Diego. My Dad lives in Ferndale, and by brother is in Everett. look them up at: http://www.studebakersnorthwest.com/
                          They may be able to help you with a 'core'...

                          [8D]


                          StudeDave
                          San Diego, Ca


                          '54 Commander 4dr
                          '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
                          '57 Commander 2dr
                          '57 Champion 2dr
                          '58 Packard sedan
                          '65 Cruiser
                          StudeDave '57
                          US Navy (retired)

                          3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                          SDC Member since 1985

                          past President
                          Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                          San Diego Chapter SDC

                          past Vice President
                          San Diego Chapter SDC
                          North Florida Chapter SDC

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                          • #14
                            hi i need a book on how to put the engine back together the block isnt cracked and someone took the engine apart but i think all the parts are there i put the pentatration oil in the motor like you said to do.

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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by sawyer55

                              hi i need a book on how to put the engine back together the block isnt cracked and someone took the engine apart but i think all the parts are there i put the pentatration oil in the motor like you said to do.
                              Several vendors stock the shop manual for your car...

                              http://www.studebakervendors.com/




                              Dick Steinkamp
                              Bellingham, WA

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