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  • Engine: Head bolt leak

    Ok,I was given a car at the Tacoma meet,has a newly built 232 v8 converted to 289, never ran but I got it running good, but now it has a slight drip on left side rear head bolt. So does anyone have a guess what that might be.?

  • #2
    Hopefully, just a bad head gasket and not a cracked block.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      Yes me too, I was thinking that when they bored and sleeved the block they got into a water jacket.

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      • #4
        Try retorqueing the head bolts (in the proper order) for starters. You MAY get lucky.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          The Outboard Left Rear Bolt is for the Throttle Bellcrank to go under it, that could have been removed for an Engine Install and never tightened or Torqued in the Pattern.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Thank you fellows, will try that.

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            • #7
              Retorque properly...

              Loosen about 1/2 a turn, THEN retighten. Do this one at a time to each fastener starting in the middle of the head. DO NOT loosen all of them, then retighten...do one at a time.

              Just trying to tighten an already tight fastener won't get you anywhere.

              MIke

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              • #8
                Thanks Mike

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jetboat View Post
                  Ok,I was given a car at the Tacoma meet,
                  Wow, I need to start attending Studebaker meets on the west coast if they give away Studebakers!!!

                  Paul
                  Winston-Salem, NC
                  Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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                  • #10
                    It's a crazy story, and a challenge.

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