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'56Power Hawk defrost motor

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  • '56Power Hawk defrost motor

    Have anyone come across the wire going into the defrost motor being bear of insulation. The insulation has disintegrated. Any ideas as to replacing the wire? I know that motor can not be easy to remove.[xx(] HELP. Have thought about trying heat shrink on the wire.

  • #2
    John, I had the same situation with my 51 Champion, I removed the defrost blower assembly, disassembled it, took the motor apart and soldered new motor leads, while it was apart I oiled the bearing wicks, and cleaned the mtor stator, prior to reassembling it, the motor now runs smoothly with no fear of shorting out. It wasn't that big of job to get the defrost assembly out, I removed the glove box door and liner which make it much more accessible, then removed the nuts from the mounting studs inside the engine compartment, removed the defrost hoses and pulled the assembly out from under the dash. I am not particularly familier with the 56 Hawk, but I can't imagine it being a whole lot different. The heat shrink might work, but I don't recommend it. Just my opinion.


    Studebaker Fever
    60 Lark
    51 Champion
    Phil
    Arnold, Missouri

    Studebaker Fever
    60 Lark
    56 Power Hawk
    Phil Hendrickson
    Arnold, Missouri

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    • #3
      Thanks Phil. I got the defroster unit out and took the motor apart. Wired in new wires cleaned the stator and lubed the bushings. Got it back in today and found the switch only worked on slow. So I pulled the switch and spayed contact cleaned in it and let it set about an hour. Worked the toggle a few times then put it back in. Every thing works great. No smoke! I also cleaned out the defrost hoses with a bottle brush. It did a good job. Thanks again. John

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      • #4
        John - Sounds good, I'm glad it worked out [^]


        Studebaker Fever
        60 Lark
        51 Champion
        Phil
        Arnold, Missouri

        Studebaker Fever
        60 Lark
        56 Power Hawk
        Phil Hendrickson
        Arnold, Missouri

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        • #5
          What's all this about defrosters?!? Since when should Studebakers ever see frost?!?

          Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
          Parish, central NY 13131
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          • #6
            just an idea for "next time" - if the motor works OK why not just slide some heat shrink tubing over the bare wire and letting it go. like you say R&Ring it IS a PITA. Of course if you don't R&R it that almost guarantees that one of the bushings will seize up soon. Ilike to put a little synthetic grease in the bushings just in case (since you can't get at them)

            nate

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            • #7
              Nate, IMHO if the wires have been around long enough for the cloth covering to deteriorate into dust, the motor and bearing also need attention, I agree that heat shrink is OK for a short term fix but only for short term. I also agree with the synthetic lubricant, I actually use a liquid synthetic lube, in lieu of a grease.


              Studebaker Fever
              60 Lark
              51 Champion
              Phil
              Arnold, Missouri

              Studebaker Fever
              60 Lark
              56 Power Hawk
              Phil Hendrickson
              Arnold, Missouri

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              • #8
                What I've done on some motors I couldn't get apart (sometimes those with the squirrel-cage fans DO NOT want to come off without practically destroying them!)is to use a wire-sized drill in a dremel tool and drill a small hole in the case's dome where the end bearing/bushing is and then squirt some 3-in-1 or some such in there to lobe that bushing. The other end, you can usually get some oil onto the bronze oilite bushing using one of those extendable spout oiler bottles.
                I have several of those bottles of swamp cooler oil around here. It's GOOD all-purpose oil and the 6" extendable spout is super handy for oiling places that would otherwise be a pain to lube.

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