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  • Ross Steering Gear Lube Update

    Lubricant for Ross Steering Gears was discussed here a couple days ago. At the time, I thought the lady out west known as 9GWoman was still marketing her secret potion replacement for Kendall 400 or Kendall C-999 Steering Gear Lubricant. That is the semi-fluid grease for Ross boxes that has not been available commercially for decades. [V]

    At our Indy Chapter SDC Meeting this afternoon, I spoke with Ed Reynolds [:0] of Studebaker International about this. I had a hunch 9GWoman was no longer in business and Ed might be marketing her product through Studebaker International.

    Indeed he is: Studebaker International Product #801651 is, in fact, 9GWoman's formula for Ross Semi-Fluid Steering Box lubricant. She is no longer marketing it herself: It is mixed on location at Studebaker International. It is not an off-the-shelf product you can buy under a different name anywhere else.

    Ed reports no complaints about this product. I suggested we could take some of the mixture to a lab and have it compared with some extant Kendall C-999 I have in a couple 40-year-old tubes. Ed was all for that, so the next time I'm out at SI, Ed said he'd give me a sample and we could take it to a lab. Maybe the lab could report some tweakings to the mixture, or maybe it is dead-on; I don't know.

    For the time being, the SI product is the only currently-available lubricant that should be used in Ross Steering Gear boxes on 'most all Studebakers through 1960, and Hawks until the end.

    To determine if you have a Ross Box, see what size wrench is needed to remove the square pipe plug at the check/fill hole on top of the box. If the pipe plug requires a 3/8" or 7/16" wrench, it is a Ross box. If the plug is near the very top of the box and requires a 1/2" or 9/16" wrench, it is a Saginaw unit (thank goodness!) and does not require the special semi-fluid grease.

    When the chemical analysis has been done, we'll report the results in The Co-Operator in Turning Wheels. [8D] BP

    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  • #2
    Thanks for checking on that Bob, The steering box in my 52 Commander is a ROSS unit. It has the small square plug on the top and also says ROSS on the side. You might not be able to read the lettering if the left front fender is on, but mine is not. I have been running mine with out the fenders, so that is why the starter solonoid is grounded to the steering gear box.




    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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    • #3
      Thanks for checking on that Bob, The steering box in my 52 Commander is a ROSS unit. It has the small square plug on the top and also says ROSS on the side. You might not be able to read the lettering if the left front fender is on, but mine is not. I have been running mine with out the fenders, so that is why the starter solonoid is grounded to the steering gear box.




      Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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      • #4
        Royal Purple Thermax semi-fluid grease or Amsoil Semi-Fluid 00 Synthetic EP Grease (GSF). The Royal Purple is available in "caulking tubes" but in case lots only. Amsoil product is in 35 lb. tub (and larger) only. I'll bet SI is using Royal Purple.


        StudebakerGeorge

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        • #5
          Royal Purple Thermax semi-fluid grease or Amsoil Semi-Fluid 00 Synthetic EP Grease (GSF). The Royal Purple is available in "caulking tubes" but in case lots only. Amsoil product is in 35 lb. tub (and larger) only. I'll bet SI is using Royal Purple.


          StudebakerGeorge

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          • #6
            Hi guys,
            I use a Castrol prodauct called SL Heavy grease. The SL stands for Self Levelling.

            It is great stuff but bloody hard to buy, as when I bought mine they wanted me to buy a truck load of it. I did manage to get some small tins on the back of a large order for oil and grease that went in at the same time and they supplied it as a favor.

            The Self Leveling grease is wonderful stuff as it does ot leak much past the seal on the sector shaft. Once it it is in for good. The oils tend to evaporate in Studebaker steerng boxes, by magic, so that fixes the problem.

            I heard about this years ago as some vintage motorcyle restorers in Australia use it in the gearboxes.

            If you can buy it from Mr Ed and Stude International it will save you a truck load of bother.

            Happy Stutdebakering

            Greg

            Greg Diffen
            Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

            1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
            1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
            1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
            1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
            1988 Avanti Convertible
            Greg Diffen

            Editor Studebaker Owners Club UK magazine

            Australian Stude guy living in Warwick, United Kingdom

            1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 delivered new in the Netherlands
            1937 Dictator sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards RHC
            1937 Packard Super 8 Limousine UK delivered RHC
            1939 Packard Super 8 Seven Passenger sedan monster UK delivered RHC
            1939 Commander Cabriolet by Lagenthal of Switzerland
            1963 Lark Daytona Hardtop
            1988 Avanti Convertible

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            • #7
              Hi guys,
              I use a Castrol prodauct called SL Heavy grease. The SL stands for Self Levelling.

              It is great stuff but bloody hard to buy, as when I bought mine they wanted me to buy a truck load of it. I did manage to get some small tins on the back of a large order for oil and grease that went in at the same time and they supplied it as a favor.

              The Self Leveling grease is wonderful stuff as it does ot leak much past the seal on the sector shaft. Once it it is in for good. The oils tend to evaporate in Studebaker steerng boxes, by magic, so that fixes the problem.

              I heard about this years ago as some vintage motorcyle restorers in Australia use it in the gearboxes.

              If you can buy it from Mr Ed and Stude International it will save you a truck load of bother.

              Happy Stutdebakering

              Greg

              Greg Diffen
              Australian Stude nut living in Warwick, United Kingdom

              1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 Dutch delivered
              1937 Dicator sedan. Australian Body by TJ Richards
              1939 Packard Seven Passenger monster UK delivered
              1939 Commander Swiss Cabriolet by Lagenthal
              1988 Avanti Convertible
              Greg Diffen

              Editor Studebaker Owners Club UK magazine

              Australian Stude guy living in Warwick, United Kingdom

              1933 St Regis Brougham Model 56 delivered new in the Netherlands
              1937 Dictator sedan Australian Body by TJ Richards RHC
              1937 Packard Super 8 Limousine UK delivered RHC
              1939 Packard Super 8 Seven Passenger sedan monster UK delivered RHC
              1939 Commander Cabriolet by Lagenthal of Switzerland
              1963 Lark Daytona Hardtop
              1988 Avanti Convertible

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