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  • Ike comes to life.

    Eight months ago,Ike had to be pulled of the roll-back, brakes were rusted solid.

    Today, with all new brakes, new brake lines, new fuel lines, recored radiator, non frozen engine, rebuilt starter and carb, I supplied a squirt of ether and he fired right off.

    Unfortunately I was too enthusiastic in sealing the fuel tank and sealed the pickup tube, too. The rebuilt fuel pump wasn't up to sucking gas through solid plastic. I rigged a temporary can and found that the brakes stop the car, the transmission makes it go forward and backward. On only a cup of gas, I didn't go anywhere, but the spirit was willing.

    Tomorrow its Vintage Drags at National Trails Raceway, east of Columbus, OH, with my trusty 53 coupe.

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    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe
    '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
    (Under Construction) 331 hrs.
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars

  • #2
    While I've got your attention,

    Power steering, 1955 version. What oil does it take, the manual says ATF type A. I didn't see type A while browsing Wal-mart today. Also, is growling on turning a symptem of low oil, or worse?

    And how do I change the oil? sop it out of the reservoir with a paper towel, or there an easier way?

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    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe
    '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
    (Under Construction) 331 hrs.
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars

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    • #3
      Always been a sign of low fluid in my experiences.

      '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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      • #4
        Turkey baster, Tom. The hot setup for removing PS fluid, and brake fluid.

        I recommend NOT returning it to the kitchen

        Growling can mean a tired pump, but usually means low fluid.



        Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
        Parish, central NY 13131

        "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

        "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"



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        • #5
          I seem to recall that Dexron is the recommended power steering fluid, though JDP and Bob Palma will be able to confirm it.

          John Clements
          Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
          Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
          Lockleys South Australia
          John Clements
          Christchurch, New Zealand

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          • #6
            Hey, cool deal Tom! Ain't it a good feelin' when one comes to life again? [8D] Congrats on the milestone. [^]

            Matthew Burnette
            Hazlehurst, GA


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            • #7
              The right tool for the job is a suction gun, although most of them actually *don't* suck. I finally broke down and bought a Lincoln brand one online, and that does it.

              I helped JDP "fix" the PS on a car he'd bought once that had pretty poor power steering. We just ran some fresh ATF through it and once all the brown muck got flushed out it came right back to life. Just disconnect the return line from the reservoir and put it in a bucket, start the engine, have a helper turn the wheel left to right while you keep dumping fresh fluid in the reservoir.

              nate

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