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  • Nice drive went bad.

    My Wife and I went on a pleasant Sunday drive with our club to Phillip Island in our "71 Avant 11. Great day untill the oil line from the engine to oil gauge split. Oil everywhere and smoke pouring out from under the car from the hot exhaust.
    Travelled the last 102 klms home on a tow truck.
    Dave Pink
    Victoria, Australia

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  • #2
    Apparently this is a common failure as I have heard of these rubber hose connections aging and splitting several times on the SDC Forum. I wonder if anyone has ever fabricated a stainless steel connection or perhaps a woven steel armored reinforced oil line.
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    • #3
      "I wonder if anyone has ever fabricated a stainless steel connection or perhaps a woven steel armored reinforced oil line."

      Once I find the correct fittings, I'll be able to do them in braided stainless lines, I'm thinking maybe just a little longer than the originals!

      It's always a good idea to carry a spare in the glove box too.

      Jim
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      • #4
        Perhaps you could have plugged the line and drove without the gauge reading? Better safe than sorry I suppose. At least you had a nice drive up to that point!
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        • #5
          That happened to me once in the GT, on I-10 near Los Angeles, 15-20 years ago. I lost a 2-3 quarts of oil before noticing the gage read zero. I picked up a nail along side of the road, and inserted it upside down, between the fitting and the adapter in the head. Once the parts were tightened down, the flat head acted as a stopper, and sealed it up the tight as a drum. I happened to have two quarts of oil in the trunk, so it was a lucky day.
          In the Marine Corp, with Tanks, we called this sort of thing "field expedience"; it was common, and often even encouraged.
          I have never walked a step due to a broken down Stude, but I have used a lot of field expedience

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          • #6
            At least it didn't catch fire, oil on a hot exhaust can get ugly.

            Dean.

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            • #7
              The one I use on the SW guage on my 383 is copper, it will never wear out and it looks cool doing it.
              Alex Nelsen, certified Studebaker nut.
              Driving a 1954 Champion Coupe powered by a Chrysler 383.
              Lizella, GA

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              • #8
                Nice !
                That thing sounds great and looks good going down the road.
                Good job!

                Dean.

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                • #9
                  Alex's comment brought back a memory of using an aftermarket guage cluster years ago that used a copper line. In the instructions they said to loop the copper line 2 or 3 times between the engine & firewall, then thru the firewall to the guage. The replacement lines I've seen have an adapter on them to conform to the Stude line. Hope Jim finds the correct fittings & makes a stainless braided line that will no doubt be alot stronger than just a rubber line.
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                  • #10
                    Whatever you use, MAKE SURE IT'S FLEXIBLE! Those grease gun flex hoses look like they might work.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nelsen Motorsports View Post
                      The one I use on the SW gauge on my 383 is copper, it will never wear out and it looks cool doing it.
                      Actually copper will wear out. The flexing and vibration will eventually harden it and cause cracking. That is why, even though polished it looks cool, copper is not recommended for fuel lines.
                      Now, I don't know how many years this would take. Obviously the gauge comes with the line so it may be fine for a long time.
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                      Searcy, Arkansas
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