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    Hi All,
    The temps here in SD have been pretty cold, -10 to 10 F, and my 60 Hawk doesn't get warm enough to provide much heat from the heater. Temps are running about 160 at hiway speeds which isn't enough to activate the new 180 themostat so I don't get any hot water circulating through the heater. I covered up about 50% of the radiator with cardboard which didn't do much at all. At idle, it will heat up and cycle the thermostat and provides more than adequate heat. Is this a pretty normal thing? Will switching to a viscous fan drive help and can the I use the '64 model?
    Any other suggestions are more than welcomed.
    Thanks
    Mike

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    I have never had a problem with interior heat in my Studebakers and I've run in -45 f. (or c.) many times over the years. I used a 180 t-stat and had good heat. I would venture to say that you may have a partially plugged heater core. That seems to be the culprit in many cases.

    Brian K. Curtis

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    • #3
      more cardboard would help....
      64 GT Hawk (K7)
      1970 Avanti (R3)

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Mr Mike
        Temps are running about 160 at hiway speeds which isn't enough to activate the new 180 themostat so I don't get any hot water circulating through the heater.
        The heater connections are on the engine side o the thermostat, not the radiator side. The thermostats job is to keep water from circulating through the radiator when the engine is cold. It can't stop it from circulating through the heater. The thermostat should have no effect on the heater. With the engine running 160F, you should have 160F water running through the heater core no matter what position the thermostat is in.

        Maybe kinked heater hose, bad heater core, bad heater control valve?




        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA

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        • #5
          I had the same problem with the 51. It was the heater core under the seat. Took it to a radiator shop they boiled it out. Put it back on worked good. About a month later I went out to the garage and seen anti freeze on the floor. The heater core looked like a lawm springler

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          • #6
            Your climate is the reason Studebaker offered a second heater core under the drivers seat as a option.

            64 Commander 2 dr.
            64 Daytona HT
            63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
            63 Avanti R1
            63 Daytona convert
            63 Lark 2 door
            63 Lark 2 door #2
            62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
            62 Lark 2 door
            62 GT Hawk 4 speed
            60 Lark HT
            60 Hawk
            59 3E truck
            52 Starliner
            51 Commander

            JDP Maryland

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            • #7
              Many years ago, I had a -64 Hawk in Northern Europe. It had one heater only and it was nowhere near good enough on cold days. It simply didn't have enough calory output (kiloJoule these days, I expect).
              /H

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