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    I have a '55 champion six that is currently stuck solid. It has the automatic tranny. I intend to take it out and rebuild it but in the meantime I have an earlier six ('52 or '53 I think -with a standard tranny and overdrive)that I know runs. How much trouble is it to swap in the earlier six for the time being?

  • #2
    Just mostly nuts and bolts if you keep the AT, but be sure and dial in the replacement block to your AT bell housing.

    JDP/Maryland
    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      That is the answer I was hoping to hear.

      Now if at some time I want to convert to the standard with overdrive I am looking at a whole other situation.

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      • #4
        Assuming you're gonna use the auto tranny behind that earlier engine, it isn't that hard to do. You'd want to dial in the auto tranny bell housing to the replacement engine. You'd wanna do this BEFORE you installed the replacement engine in the car!

        IF... you were talking about using the 3spd OD tranny along with the replacement motor, now you're talking major changes to accomodate the requiste linkages, clutch pedal, driveshaft, etc., etc..[xx(]

        Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

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        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe
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        • #5
          What do you mean "dial in the bell housing"?

          1963 Cruiser, 2-1963 Wagonaire, 1952 Champion. Based Willamette
          Valley Oregon.
          1952 Ford F-1, 1977 Lincoln Continental (all works in progress)

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          • #6
            Use the search function and type in "dial in bellhousing" and it will give you numerous threads on the subject.

            quote:Originally posted by Lincoln77

            What do you mean "dial in the bell housing"?

            1963 Cruiser, 2-1963 Wagonaire, 1952 Champion. Based Willamette
            Valley Oregon.
            1952 Ford F-1, 1977 Lincoln Continental (all works in progress)
            Frank van Doorn
            Omaha, Ne.
            1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
            1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
            1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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            • #7
              I tried searching for 'dial in Bellhousieng' and got zero. What I wanted was to know the permissible run out. No one seems to state that. I am familiar with the process, but want to know how close to get it. I've got my engine standing on its nose so there will be no gravity effect on the indicator. (I've seen $150.00 indicators vary .015 when rotated about a horizontal axis.)

              [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars4.jpg[/img=left]
              Tom Bredehoft
              '53 Commander Coupe
              '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
              (Under Construction) 229 hrs.
              '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
              All Indiana built cars

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              • #8
                Try my post from Bob Johnstones Avanti page. He's got lots of good information posted from various sources.

                http://www.studebaker-info.org/tech/.../r2dialin.html

                Allen



                1964 GT Hawk R2 Clone
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                • #9
                  I guess if .004 was good enough for them, .002 should be good enough for me. Thanks, Allen. I am am familiar with Bob's world of information, use some of it all the time, never thought to look through the Avanti pages.

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                  Tom Bredehoft
                  '53 Commander Coupe
                  '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
                  (Under Construction) 229 hrs.
                  '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                  All Indiana built cars

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                  • #10
                    Great explanation, Allen. Thanks for taking the time!

                    Western Washington, USA

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