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  • #46
    After riding in the car and hearing the noise close up, I agree with Jamie. My old scotsman truck had the same noise. The sound originates in the diff, is transmitted up the drive shaft to where it sounds like the trans. After awhile the pinion got loose. While I was in there I decided to try replaceing the 4.27 gear set with a 3.53. I had only been into a diff. once before but it worked very well except it was kinda high for a Champion engine with OD.
    The next TW I recieved after I got it all back togather and running,had an article that said it couldn't be done. I'm glad I did it before that article came out.
    Neil Thornton


    • #47
      Master cylinder arrived this morning. Required some minor modification to make it work. I helped the mechanic bleed the brakes then it was on the alignment rack. Caster and camber on the right side off significantly, will have a word with my alignment shop when I get home. On the road about 1 pm, arrived in Reno safe and sound at 5. Car ran smooth as silk all the way. Checked into Hot August Nights, tomorrow swap meet and clean up the car then have some more fun!
      Pat Dilling
      Olivehurst, CA
      Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL

      LS1 Engine Swap Journal:


      • #48
        Well Pat...I was hoping to see you at the meet but due to my hurried visit and lack of time spent there...couldn't make it happen. However, I made it a point to meet your car. I appreciate you posting here and sharing the trip. I'm with you in spirit and, thanks to my over active imagination, it is a vicarious thrill. Your car, your money, and your enthusiasm keeps me looking forward to the updates. Best wishes for the rest of the journey.

        If you kept the carcases of those expensive ruined tires...award them to the guy who aligned the car. Let him know that even though you don't mind paying top dollar for good can't afford him.
        John Clary
        Greer, SC

        SDC member since 1975


        • #49
          'Good to "see" you back on the road, Pat. Nothing like a good attitude! Carry on. BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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


          • #50
            Good to hear you made it to Hot August Nights. One thing that's occurred to me about your saga is that you might be lucky to have found a shop willing to deal with your modified antique. I've heard more than one tale of a person driving a Stude long distance and unable to find a shop willing to even LOOK at their ailing old car. AND.... this shop's willingness to collaborate in modifying a part to make it work. Wow! Had to have been some car-loving sorts to look past the possible liabilities they were wading into.

            As to the other posts here, after reading them I mused over the old publication: "You can drive a Studebaker Forever" Seems like that's turning out to be as much of a fantasy as Atlantis. And damned few seem to want to bother to keep that ideal alive. Of course, I guess "forever" may reference a human's lifetime, eh?

            In spite of my determination to drive a Studebaker as long as I was/am able - with regular breezing past $4 bucks here again, I only drive Pete when I need the services of a truck. It hurts because I take pride in driving him when I do. But reality dictates that I take, more and more, to a econo-box 4 cylinder. It's gonna cost $70 bucks for a fill-up again soon. That's not much of an incentive when one can effortlessly burn off most of a tank on a casual crusin' day.
            No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


            • #51
              I too am glad to see back on the road and having fun with that beautiful car.
              Joe Roberts
              '61 R1 Champ
              '65 Cruiser
              Eastern North Carolina Chapter


              • #52
                I never go with out the trailer in tow, just don't want the chance that something can go wrong, but always take a Stude with me to drive around the meet, this year it was the 67 Avanti and we stayed at a hotel out by the airport so each day we drove over to the fair grounds, my friend Ian from Australia did most of the driving back and forth, even with hm owning a couple of Avanti's he said that is the most time he has spent behind the wheel driving one ever, we really enjoyed the meet and the daily driving of the Avanti, end of the meet it was back on the trailer and into the motor home and down the road for the 2400 miles home.
                Castro Valley,