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  • #76
    Craig, your trunk light is on ebay now. AC-2312

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    • #77
      Received the oil spin on adapter, orifice and bracket, bead blasted bracket, 2k paint, new bolts from Tractor Supply Co, installed the 1/8npt-1/4 inverted flare elbows as needed, and have bent up an oil line for the drain back to fill tube.

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      Can set this aside and wait for engine rebuild completion.

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      • #78
        Received trunk light (AC-2312), mounted with No. 6-1/2" panhead phillips screws (2049x1), no battery in car, but checked mercury switch operation with ohm meter.

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        Trunk lid needs to be all the way open to get the light socket to tilt past horizontal toward the bulb.
        Last edited by Craig; 07-25-2022, 02:53 PM.

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        • #79
          Trickling on with repairs, went to hook up trunk light at tail light wire junction, pulled the gravel shield and examined the wires at the left tail light.

          Looked like the brake/turn wire was rubbing the top of the bumper bracket and frayed all the cotton covering off.

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          I had an nos left tail light in stock from eBay, so pulled the left light.

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          Interesting paint line.

          Comparing the old and new, the old had a round foam pad at the light socket and a rubber strip around the perimeter of the fixture.

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          The foam round peeled off the old and went directly on the new.

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          the rubber strip easily peeled off as well, cleaned with lacquer thinner, sprayed with adhesive and went right on the new light housing.

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          Without the rubber strip I can see the housing scratch up the paint thru daily vibration.

          The reason for servicing this left tail light was to get the newly installed trunk light hooked up to the tail light wire using a triple bullet receptacle.
          Have not been able to pull the double wire out of the 2 wire connector.

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          Update - Tail light connector, took a Dremel with cut off wheel , grooved the rock hard rubber longitudinally , cracked off the hard rubber sleeve, was able to pry the metal female connection loose and the double tail light wires were two wires into a single bullet. Was able to plug all three wires (nos cotton single trunk, new vinyl left tail single, right tail double shown) in to a plastic three way connector.
          Last edited by Craig; 08-09-2022, 05:45 AM.

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          • #80


            Engine back in my shop for assembly.
            Long time at machine shop.
            30 over bore, 10 under mains and rods.
            new valves and hardened seats, new valve springs.

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            Crank, pistons complete, rods complete, flywheel, harmonic balancer, hub , pulleys, etc. are waiting in line at local race engine shop for balancing.

            Hard to see in photo, but valves completed by adding spring dampers (16) .

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            Having a difficult time mounting the V8 engine on a conventional engine stand low enough to balance install of both heads.
            Appears the cam center might be close.
            Any pics of complete rotatable Studebaker V8 on a stand?
            Last edited by Craig; 09-05-2022, 02:39 AM.

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            • #81
              Sheet metal is getting rusty along with cast iron.
              Trial assembled with the thought of painting unassembled engine with sheet metal on.
              Cover the ports and engine stand.

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              Last edited by Craig; 09-06-2022, 06:23 AM.

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              • #82
                Primed the oil pan and valley cover separately then assembled.
                Assembled engine pieces block, heads, pan, timing cover, valley cover, etc,....with no gaskets.
                Cleaned all cast surfaces as best I could do.
                Masked off intake ports, water ports.

                Put a coat of 2k primer on all exposed cast.

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                Pulled covers off, now inserting main bearings and Plastigaging the 5 mains.
                They seemed to all be at 0.0015" at 90ftlbs torque.

                Having difficulty removing the smashed plastigage from bearing inserts.

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                • #83
                  Pulled crank out to pursue final assembly of crank.
                  applied bead of "Ultra Black" sealant to main seal rib and installed main seal half.
                  Installed crank.
                  Inserted flywheel bolts.
                  Applied bead of "Ultra Black" to rear main and installed main seal half with a dab of sealant at seal split line.
                  assembly lubed all mains and installed, torque to 90ftlbs.
                  Set up dial indicator on crank to check end play, used a motorcycle split fork seal tool to press thrust washer. Couple of thick washers found at Lowes and standard crank bolt.
                  Found I do not have enough crank shims (0.023")to set end play. Zero end play.
                  New Main/Thrust insert bearing must be wider.

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                  Last edited by Craig; 09-18-2022, 08:57 AM.

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                  • #84
                    Received crankshaft shims from Stephen Allen well pkg and fast shipping.
                    The old shim set looked beat up and not able to provide an accurate setting.

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                    Last edited by Craig; 09-21-2022, 03:57 PM.

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                    • #85
                      Don't pay much attention here anymore because of the climate present for the past few years on posts, but your title grabbed my attention. Reliving my happiest years in the hobby, 1979-90. Love seeing your journey. Except my car was a Champion Regal Ultra Vista. Wishing you many happy years of enjoyment. My '55 would be the last car I would part with. They get into your blood.

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                      • Craig
                        Craig commented
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                        Thanks for posting pic. I like the accessories - fog lights, fender spears

                    • #86
                      I went to fit the cam with new fiber gear into the engine with new timing gear and the cam will not go into the block.
                      The gears seemed to be the issue.
                      I pulled the crank and the cam fits just fine.


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                      what is the common fix for this issue?
                      What did you do the last time this happened to your rebuild?
                      thank you
                      Craig

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