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Distributor oil leak Avanti R1 engine

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  • Distributor oil leak Avanti R1 engine

    I have an oil leak coming from the base of the distributor on my engine. It has an aftermarket Mopar electronic distributor. Will this use a regular Studebabker gasket or is there some special technique to stop the leak? Any help would be appreciated. John

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    Need more information. Is it a Stude dist. Prestolite converted or a modified Chrysler unit fixed to fit the Stude? If it is the Stude Prestolite it should seal with just the stock gasket between the dist. and block. Some early motors have 2 holes for the dist. mounting and you can use 2 clamps if the housing is bad at the flange.

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    • #3
      The engine is a 64 Avanti and from the data I have this is an electronic Mopar distributor that fits the Studebaker. It uses a regular black dist cap and looks almost like the stock one. Ity has elctronics that are mounted on the firewall and has it's own wiring harness. The kit came this way from the parts house and needed no additional modifacation. It was done before I bought the car. After a good run I can see where the oil is leaking where the clamp is. To my knowledge, it has only one mounting hole. Thanks John

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      • #4
        First, make sure it's the distributor and not the rubber oil line. The Mopar will use the same gasket.


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        • #5
          you have to use a gasket for a Stude; a MoPar distributor uses an O-ring but you don't have a MoPar housing, you have a stude prestolite housing with MoPar guts. I think this is what the other posters were trying to say but I thought I would just make this explicitly clear in case there was any confusion.

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by jpiatchek

            I have an oil leak coming from the base of the distributor on my engine. It has an aftermarket Mopar electronic distributor. Will this use a regular Studebabker gasket or is there some special technique to stop the leak? Any help would be appreciated. John
            When my R-2 was rebuilt the builder left out that gasket and I can assure you that it will leak quite a bit of oil without that gasket.
            To answer your question, I installed a MoPar-type electronic distributor in my '64 Wagonaire. It used a standard Studebaker gasket.

            [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64%20Daytona%20Convertible/Copy%20of%20DaytonaConvert7-20-06.JPG[/img=right]

            Paul Johnson
            '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
            '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
            '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
            Museum R-4 engine
            Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
            '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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            • #7
              Thanks to all for your help. Will try the Studebaker gasket this weekend.Paul J, I like your 64 conv. I have a 64 Daytona conv 289 4speed. Got a second in Omaha. John

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by jpiatchek

                ....Paul J, I like your 64 conv. I have a 64 Daytona conv 289 4speed. Got a second in Omaha. John
                Thanks. It does draw attention. It's kind of strangely equipped- 289 2bbl, single exhaust, manual steering and brakes, but has reclining buckets, Powershift, clock, p/b AM radio, tinted w/s... It was sold new in California (near Santa Barbara) then moved to Texas some years ago. I bought it this past spring from a man in Cleveland who brought it there in '04. It has never seen snow/ice/salt and is now and always has been completely rust-free.

                [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64%20Daytona%20Convertible/Copy%20of%20DaytonaConvert7-20-06.JPG[/img=right]

                Paul Johnson
                '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                Museum R-4 engine
                Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by 53k

                  quote:Originally posted by jpiatchek

                  ....Paul J, I like your 64 conv. I have a 64 Daytona conv 289 4speed. Got a second in Omaha. John
                  Thanks. It does draw attention. It's kind of strangely equipped- 289 2bbl, single exhaust, manual steering and brakes, but has reclining buckets, Powershift, clock, p/b AM radio, tinted w/s... It was sold new in California (near Santa Barbara) then moved to Texas some years ago. I bought it this past spring from a man in Cleveland who brought it there in '04. It has never seen snow/ice/salt and is now and always has been completely rust-free.

                  [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/64%20Daytona%20Convertible/Copy%20of%20DaytonaConvert7-20-06.JPG[/img=right]

                  Paul Johnson
                  '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                  '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                  '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                  Museum R-4 engine

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                  • #10
                    The 64 Daytona convertible I have now is a Canadian model. It was owned by Art Unger about 25 years ago. He did a lot of the restoration on it. In 1965, my dad bought a new 64 Daytona convertible with 289 4spd, Twin Traction, Disc brakes, bucket seats, Bordeauz red with a black top and interior. I bought it from him a couple of years later and we went on my honeymoon in it to the Smokies. I went searching for another 4speed about 5 years ago and finally found this one about 3 years ago. It has been a lot of fun, but my wife doesn't see much sentimental value in it. She thinks they are ugly! Oh well!

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