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    Ok so I just got my '63 R-2 Avanti started after 4 years. What are the next steps in keeping it running? Here is the link to my previous topic on trying to start it...http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...87&whichpage=4

  • #2
    Rick,

    I'd read this:

    http://studebakerdriversclub.com/tech_things2do.asp

    also my previous post in the other thread re: changing all the fluids etc.

    if anything is not clear, ask...

    good luck

    nate

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    • #3
      Owners Manual and Shop Manual.
      "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

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      • #4
        I hope there's no 4-year old gas in it. The old gas syrup that was in mine clogged the filter and didn't do the carb any good either.

        quote:Originally posted by rickburgen

        Ok so I just got my '63 R-2 Avanti started after 4 years. What are the next steps in keeping it running? Here is the link to my previous topic on trying to start it...http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...87&whichpage=4
        edp/NC
        \'63 Avanti
        \'66 Commander

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        • #5
          IIRC the Avanti has a length of rubber hose back by the tank; I'd replace it (no matter what, old rubber hoses are bad juju with modern fuel, just ask Kent Fedor) and put a cheap inline fuel filter in that section of hose and keep it there until either you verify that the fuel tank is not putting any muck into the fuel system or after the tank is removed and properly cleaned (and sealed if necessary.)

          nate


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          • #6
            I was driving it this weekend and must have rev'd too high..so the coolant started leaking. What does it take to fix this problem?

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            • #7
              Where's it leaking from, Rick?


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              Clark in San Diego
              '63 F2/Lark Standard
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              • #8
                I really don't know I am going to take alook at it tomorrow(8/26)

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                • #9
                  So now that you have the beast on the road, what's your impression of driving it? Russ Farris
                  1963 GT Hawk R-2 4-speed
                  1964 Avanti R-1 Auto

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                  • #10
                    WOW! Its not fully on the road yet..I have just been driving it in the driveway. I still need to get all the paper work squared away. I guarantee the insurance is going to be out the kazooooo. I know what my projet for next summer is going to be. My uncle also has a Champ.

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                    • #11
                      How would I go about looking for the leak?

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                      • #12
                        Coolant leak? If it is dripping, take note of where the drip lands, and try to eyeball the trajectory of the droplets. If it loses coolant, but never leaves a puddle, you may have a head gasket leak, and be burning the coolant in one of the cylinders. You MIGHT see steam from one or both tailpipes, even with a fully warmed-up engine. (Steam is perfectly normal from a cold engine!)

                        If you suspect a head gasket leak, pull all the spark plugs and look at the insulator tips. The normal color is tan or light brown, but if a cylinder is burning coolant (or plain water), the insulator tip on that plug will be unusually clean and white, as it has been effectively "steam-cleaned".

                        But check your hoses, including the heater hoses. Is the carpet wet under the heater?

                        A common leak point on a car that has been idle a long time is the mechanical seal on the water pump. A pump so affected will leak coolant out of the weep hole on the underside of the bearing housing. If you can reach a finger under the water pump pulley, and touch the front lower face of the pump body, and feel moisture there, chances are it's the water pump seal gone. Cure is a new water pump, which is pretty inexpensive.

                        An Avanti-specific source of water leaks is the coolant expansion tank, which is perched on the thermostat housing. It's pretty fragile, and often develops stress cracks, which soon become leaks.

                        A useful tool for troubleshooting leaks is a cooling system pressure tester, which temporarily replaces the radiator cap with special cap attached to a hand pump and a gauge. It allows you to pressurize a cold engine, which makes "feeling for" leaks a whole lot safer. You install the tool, operate the hand pump until the gauge pointer reaches a specified point, and then watch and see if it remains there, or if the pressure falls off. A leak-free system will hold pressure for at least a few minutes; one with a bad leak my never pressure up at all.

                        Many auto parts stores now have tool rental or loan programs, and that would be where to go for the tester. They are kind of expensive to buy, especially for a (hopefully) one time use.

                        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
                        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                        • #13
                          I saw it coming out, it was near the tires. I believe it all drained out. I filled up two tin container with it. Can I try adding more coolant and watch where it is coming from?

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                          • #14
                            Near the tires? Both of them? A leaky heater hose would dri
                            ibble near the right front tire.

                            Now, if the radiator leaks, coolant could fill the radiator support, and then dribble out each end in front of each tire.

                            If you are chasing down leaks, it's perfectly OK to use plain water in the system. Just replace it with the proper antifreeze mixture once the leaks are fixed.

                            Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
                            Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                            • #15
                              I saw it coming down near the left tire.

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