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    I will be moving my 62 hardtop under its own power off my parents acreage for the first time in over ten years sometime after the upcoming holiday. During its extended stay in the barn, the automatic self drained itself. When the Lark was mobile I used dextron II in it, is dextron II still around and if not what has replaced it.


    Jeff T.

    "I'm getting nowhere as fast as I can"
    The Replacements.
    \"I\'m getting nowhere as fast as I can\"
    The Replacements.

  • #2
    Dexron III replaces Dexron II Jeff
    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


    • #3
      A good thing to do is to prelube the engine
      Change the oil and take all the spark plugs out and put some 10W40 mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with engine oil in each hole.
      Leave the plugs out and crank the engine over.
      Put some towels in there because oil will spray out.
      In addition ,but not always done is to remove the 1/8" N.P.T. pipe plug on the drivers side front of the cylinder and put a grease fitting in there and
      use a greasegun full of oil to put oil in the oil galleys or a more involved method is to remove the distributor and turn the oil pump with a large long scewdriver until oil comes from the galley hole in the cylinder head.
      Some studebaker experts say that this is overkill but if the engine has not run for anything over 3 month ,piston rings can break.
      I would like to see comments from the group.


      • #4
        Quote: "put some 10W40 mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with engine oil" end quote.

        Bob, I think you may mean to soak the cylinders a day or two with Marvel Mystery Oil, Kerosene or some other light penetrating oil 50/50 with the 10/30 Engine Oil sprayed in with a pump oil can with a hose to get it on the top inboard side of the piston.

        If the oil and filter is changed before running with light oil: 10/30 and you put a reversible electric drill with a long shaft into the Dist. opening to turn the oil pump until the top of the heads have oil, that should be plenty good enough, if the rings are not rusted solid to the bore.

        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner


        • #5
          Maybe he meant WD-40.....

          <div align="left">John</div id="left">

          <div align="left">'63 Avanti, R1, Auto, AC, PW (unrestored)</div id="left">
          Resto-Mod by Michael Myer


          • #6
            Try some panic braking before you hit a public road.
            I would rather have a car that won't run than a car that won't stop!

            For whatever reason it must be moved, have you considered a tow dolly, or even a flat tow?

            Brad Johnson
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk


            • #7
              Luck for me that I would crank the engine over manually after a squirt of oil in the cylinders every so often, needless to say the engine is not stuck

              It does run but obviously needs a tune up, If someone at Cedar Rapids is selling Pertronix modules I ought to buy one, then solve the crappy carb problem that has been plaguing the Lark for the last two decades.

              It also needs brake work, perhaps I can talk myself into finally buying the Turner brake package. My excuse is that my wife "insists" that the Lark has good brakes

              With all the small things I need to do around the house before I can get my Lark home, it may be September before it reaches the top of the to do list and I might just call AAA to tow it for me. At least I can flush the tranny in the meantime

              Jeff T.

              "I'm getting nowhere as fast as I can"
              The Replacements.
              \"I\'m getting nowhere as fast as I can\"
              The Replacements.