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Studebaker engine is serious about leaking oil

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  • Studebaker engine is serious about leaking oil

    I have a 289 on an engine stand in the garage. I drained the oil (let it sit overnight with the drain plug open) then replaced the plug and emptied the oil in the drain pan. This morning, several days after I completed this procedure, I went out in the garage and discovered a nice little pool of oil on the floor underneath the motor.

    I've read about Studebaker's marking their territory, but this is a little extreme!

    Thought y'all would get a chuckle about this.
    Dave Nevin
    Corvallis, OR
    1953 Champion Deluxe Coupe
    Stud-e-venture blog

  • #2
    I would suspect you failed to "Burp" the engine before opening the drain plug.
    "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.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
    '56 Sky Hawk


    • #3
      Wow, you have one of those special Studebaker engines that makes it own oil!


      • #4
        The only thing that makes any sense is a bad Drain Plug gasket, a few tablespoons of oil that drained out of the oil pump and oil galleries would not fill it up to the pan arch gaskets or main seal, so lacking a hole in the Pan there is no way out for the descrepant few little oil droplets!
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner