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  • Studebaker in 2007 Panam Race

    I leave in a couple of days for the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana race. I'm running a Studebaker-powered 1953 coupe, with a BW T-85 OD transmission, 3.73 Dana 44 rear end, and front disc brakes.



    It has a Mopar conversion ignition, and an oversized radiator with an electric fan.



    I recently installed a Hurst 3 speed shifter on the floor (a big improvement) and mounted the kick down switch on the shift column. We ran this car in the 2005 La Carrera, and suffered a bearing failure on day 3. I put it down to oil pooling under the valve covers from high rpms for extended periods, running the oil pump dry (and maybe too much adrenalin and not enough attention by the driver!). This year I installed temperature and oil pressure warning lights, a restrictor in the oil channels feeding the valves, and an external Accusump oil resevoir (mounted behind the navigators seat). I'm also bringing a spare engine, just in case.



    For safety the car has proper racing seats, 5 point harnesses, a 12 point roll cage, and a fuel cell.



    There are many other Studebakers in the race, but in most cases the only thing Stude about them is the body. As far as I know I'll be the only (mostly) stock Studebaker. The Studebaker was sent by transport to Laredo, Texas. My wife and I fly to Laredo to pick up the car, and will drive as part of a "Coyote Convoy" of 20+ racecars and transports to Oaxaca in southern Mexico. After 4 days of prep (registration, car prep, tech inspection, medicals, time trials, etc) the race begins Oct 26 and runs for 7 days and 1,700 miles, finishing in Nuevo Laredo on Nov 1.

    The "official" race website is: http://www.lacarrerapanamericana.com.mx/ Just click on the "English" flag for the English version. If you click on "Registrants", then type in a password "panam", you get a list of all the participants. Way down the list is car number 425 - that is me.

    There is a companion website at http://www.panamrace.com/links.html which is a little easier to navigate.

    I want to thank all the advice provided from the Forum members over the past several months. You've helped me (pretty much a Newbie) through a complete engine rebuild, and lots of other issues. Thank you.

    Remember, it's all about the racing!








    John
    1953 Commander Coupe
    1954 Champion Sedan
    1963 Lark
    John
    1953 Commander Coupe
    1954 Champion Sedan
    1963 Lark

  • #2
    Man, nice pictures. The Stude looks good too!

    Good luck on the race. Keep us posted.

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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    • #3
      Man, nice pictures. The Stude looks good too!

      Good luck on the race. Keep us posted.

      Leonard Shepherd
      http://leonardshepherd.com/

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      • #4
        wow, very cool! look at the stock dash! I clicked a couple links and found a video of a chevy-powered stude taking a corner

        http://www.mhracing.com.mx/studebaker.avi

        GOOD LUCK! I hope you win!

        --george



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        • #5
          wow, very cool! look at the stock dash! I clicked a couple links and found a video of a chevy-powered stude taking a corner

          http://www.mhracing.com.mx/studebaker.avi

          GOOD LUCK! I hope you win!

          --george



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          • #6
            Good luck John. Super nice car. Be safe Keep the rubber side down. Remember...every day is race day.

            Dan Miller
            Atlanta, GA

            [img=left]http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
            Road Racers turn left AND right.

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            • #7
              Good luck John. Super nice car. Be safe Keep the rubber side down. Remember...every day is race day.

              Dan Miller
              Atlanta, GA

              [img=left]http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
              Road Racers turn left AND right.

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              • #8


                John
                1953 Commander Coupe
                1954 Champion Sedan
                1963 Lark

                [/quote]

                I like the headlights.[}]

                Jerry Forrester
                Be sure to check out my eBay store
                http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME_
                for your shiny Stude stuff
                Jerry Forrester
                Forrester's Chrome
                Douglasville, Georgia

                See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                • #9


                  John
                  1953 Commander Coupe
                  1954 Champion Sedan
                  1963 Lark

                  [/quote]

                  I like the headlights.[}]

                  Jerry Forrester
                  Be sure to check out my eBay store
                  http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME_
                  for your shiny Stude stuff
                  Jerry Forrester
                  Forrester's Chrome
                  Douglasville, Georgia

                  See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Jerry Forrester

                    I like the headlights.[}]

                    [/quote]
                    I like the sponsor.

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by Jerry Forrester

                      I like the headlights.[}]

                      [/quote]
                      I like the sponsor.

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                      • #12
                        Passed a truck and trailer on I57 in South Illinois today with the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana logo on the trailer and "Montery Marauder" on the side. Rig was black on black and said "Race Support Trailer" Anybody we should know?

                        Jim

                        1966 Avanti II RQA 0088
                        Jim
                        Often in error, never in doubt
                        http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

                        ____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

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                        • #13
                          Passed a truck and trailer on I57 in South Illinois today with the 2007 La Carrera Panamericana logo on the trailer and "Montery Marauder" on the side. Rig was black on black and said "Race Support Trailer" Anybody we should know?

                          Jim

                          1966 Avanti II RQA 0088
                          Jim
                          Often in error, never in doubt
                          http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

                          ____1966 Avanti II RQA 0088_______________1963 Avanti R2 63R3152____________http://rabidsnailracing.blogspot.com/

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the heads up. Good Luck!

                            Joe Roberts
                            Joe Roberts
                            '61 R1 Champ
                            '65 Cruiser
                            Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the heads up. Good Luck!

                              Joe Roberts
                              Joe Roberts
                              '61 R1 Champ
                              '65 Cruiser
                              Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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