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  • 63larkcustom
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    got a good look under her and all is ok except the studs.. thank goodness. Will have new ones pressed in shortly.

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  • snowy_buffalo
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    Lost one on the Interstate about 35 years ago in my 65 Cruiser. Thought the thump,thump,thump was a separated belt in the tire and just kept driving home at about 45 mph until the driver's front side dropped suddenly. Had worn threads on the studs and enlarged holes on the wheel. The wheel came off over the lug nuts and all five nits were still there after the car dropped and jammed the wheel up into the fender. Replaced the drum with one from a junkyard and got a replacement wheel but no other damage, other filling my shorts when it happend to a 20 year old recent college graduate.

    '57 3E6-12 Transtar Deluxe
    '64 Daytona HT

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Had the same thing happen with a Rambler many years ago. Only thing damaged was the threads on the studs.[:I]

    Miscreant adrift in
    the BerStuda Triangle


    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe

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  • 52-fan
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    Most likely at that speed you didn't hurt anything, but you will want to check. I lost a custom wheel off of my 62 GT Hawk years ago at about 15 mph on a gravel road and did no damage except to my nerves.

    1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, 1947 M5. Searcy,Arkansas

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  • Mark57
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    quote:Originally posted by 63larkcustom
    the front right wheel flew out to the side and the car flopped on the ground.
    quote:Originally posted by sbca96
    You can tell if the drum is bent by a pulsating pedal after you get all
    the lug bolts replaced. [u]Are these left hand thread studs?</u>
    Tom
    I hope not since it was the right front wheel...

    <h5>Mark
    '57 Transtar
    3E-6/7-122
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  • sbca96
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    Typical Studebaker ... heavy on theatrics![)]

    I agree with checking the wheel, it also much have landed on the drum
    drum and backing plate. Its possible the drum is bent or cracked, or
    the backing plate is bent. The drum might have flexed and dove into
    the backing plate causing it to bend. The drum might go back to its
    original round (if bent) by getting it REALLY hot by dragging the brakes
    and them allowing it to slowly cool overnight.

    You can tell if the drum is bent by a pulsating pedal after you get all
    the lug bolts replaced. Are these left hand thread studs?

    Tom

    quote:Originally posted by 63larkcustom
    the front right wheel flew out to the side and the car flopped on teh ground.
    '63 Avanti, zinc plated drilled & slotted 03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, soon: TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves, 'R3' 276 cam, Edelbrock AFB Carb, GM HEI distributor, 8.8mm plug wires

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  • laughinlark
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    The lug nut holes in the wheel are probably bad too.

    Gordon

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  • 63larkcustom
    started a topic Betty did a belly flop

    Betty did a belly flop

    Well today while taking Betty for a ride, she decided to do a belly flop coming up the driveway to my house. The lugnuts were not on tight and worked themselves loose and the front right wheel flew out to the side and the car flopped on teh ground. Luckily I was only going 10 when it happened. After getting out of the car expecting the worst, the only damage appears to be that there are no threads on all but two studs. Aside from replacing the studs, is there anything else I should be looking over? Thanks.
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