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    Funny noises coming from engine bay the last few days. So today Jeff & I popped the hood, got out the stethoscope, wiggled the fan pulley... sure enough, my water pump bearings are gone. No leaks yet, so apparently the seal is still holding.
    Where do we buy these? And recommendations? eBay has them from 40.00 to 100.00. Most adds don't say manufacturer. GMB makes one for 50. I read Edelbrock's aluminum WP doesn't hold up so well. It looks like a very easy job, so as soon as I figure which one to buy, I'll do the job and then tell you about it. Thanks!
    -56 Powerhawk 259-

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    Congratulations! Boy or Girl? ( I couldn't resist)

    Seriously, I would use one of the Studebaker Vendors for that one.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rafe Hollister View Post
      I read Edelbrock's aluminum WP doesn't hold up so well.
      Edelbrock makes a Studebaker V8 water pump?

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

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      • #4
        Still laughing at the title.

        Nice catch before it became a big problem!
        DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
        1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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        • #5
          That is one of the easiest water pumps to change.
          Just go with a new one from one of the Studebaker vendors.
          A rebuild kit is not enough less to make it worth the work.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            I have a decent home shop with a machine press. I think I would rather rebuild it, for the involvement & fun. According to my new Chassis book that I got from Studebaker West, some pumps offer separate bearings and seal, but not mine. Is there a source for these?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rafe Hollister View Post
              I have a decent home shop with a machine press. I think I would rather rebuild it, for the involvement & fun. According to my new Chassis book that I got from Studebaker West, some pumps offer separate bearings and seal, but not mine. Is there a source for these?
              A rebuild kit is listed in SI's catalog. If you rebuild it, the most important part is the spacing of the impeller to the pump housing.
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                Sounds like you have a Chev. or GM Engine not a Stude.
                There are NO not rebuild-able Water Pumps and NO Aluminum Water Pumps for STUDEBAKER Engines!
                There are 70 Year OLD, NOS Repair Kits still around with rather DRY Seals.

                Are you looking under 1965 and 1966 Studes for a Water Pump?

                NEVER believe those "Application Charts" on eBay, they will sell you a Catalytic Converter or a 1965 Mustang 289 Water Pump for your 1956 Studebaker!

                https://studebakervendors.com
                Last edited by StudeRich; 04-23-2021, 11:52 AM.
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #9
                  Well, well, You and I are members of the same club.....waterpumpas failus..... You did better than me.....I made 8 miles (YES 8 MILES) on my newly purchased Avanti....and then I had to be roll-back transported 100 miles to my house......just in time for my wife to arrive home to see the off-load !!!

                  I am STILL having this brought up at the WORST times, in front of the darndest audiences.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Rafe Hollister View Post
                    I think I would rather rebuild it, for the involvement & fun.
                    I've had fun before. Rebuilding a water pump isn't it.

                    http://www.rustyrestorations.org/index.php
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