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  • Convertible Top Motor

    Hey y'all. Just got my entire brack system rebuilt/replaced. Now the Daytona not only runs great... it stops great too! On to the next item of repair: My top no longer goes up and/or down. :-(

    I went through the troubleshooting steps in my shop manual and determined that the problem is in the motor (located in the trunk). It does nothing via the switch (but the switch checked out okay), but when I touch a hot lead directly from the battery to either of the two leads to the motor it clicks... like it's stuck. The car has been sitting for a while in varying (indoor) atmospheric conditions, so I'm really hoping I might be able to knock it apart, clean it up, reassemble and reinstall it, and be back in business.

    The book seems pretty clear on the steps to do this, but I always like to check with you guys first to see if you have any shadetree tips for me.

    IF I have to replace the motor, I imagine they are hard to find and a bit pricey. Haven't looked yet though.

    Any helpful tips?? Thanks, as always.

    Jim's pride....
    1963 Daytona Convertible

  • #2
    I'm not sure where to get one, but try mystudebaker.com. They have over 14,000 part #'s. Stephen Allen's is a top notch place. I just got all the brake work on my 63 Daytona HT finished up last weekend. It's nice to stop on all fours instead of just fronts. [:I] Now you can come over to our part of the state for a visit...

    Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
    South Georgia Chapter
    63 Daytona HT (project)
    51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
    52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

    MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
    http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
    And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
    And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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    • #3
      And I will, Matthew... soon. I've had several invites from your chapter but there's always something holding me back. Brakes, I'm happy to say, are no longer one of them. Thanks.

      Jim's pride....
      1963 Daytona Convertible

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      • #4
        Well, you might as well come on in and become an official member of the So. GA Chapter! Many good folks and some nice cars too. Email me if you want more info. mbstude at yahoo dot com

        Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
        South Georgia Chapter
        63 Daytona HT (project)
        51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
        52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

        MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
        http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
        And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
        And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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        • #5
          I have brand a brand new pump/motor for $200/$10 UPS.

          Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
          Studebaker News Group
          http://groups.google.com/group/alt.autos.studebaker
          64 Daytona HT
          64 R2 4 speed Challenger
          63 R2 4 speed GT Black
          63 R2 4 speed GT White
          63 GT Hawk
          63 Avanti
          62 Daytona HT
          53 Coupe


          JDP Maryland

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          • #6
            Try having someone put power to the motor while you rap the motor body a few times with a hammer; many times this will unstick a stuck motor...

            I have a 65 Linc. conv. that contains about 964,000 different electric motors throughout the car; this technique has worked many times for me in the past...

            Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
            http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

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            • #7
              my 66 got convertable was stored inside for 20 yrs it has electric hydrolic a good cleaning got it working again. clean pump parts with brake fluid. the motor i just cleaned comutator with steel wool oiled the bearings

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by bams50

                Try having someone put power to the motor while you rap the motor body a few times with a hammer; many times this will unstick a stuck motor...

                I have a 65 Linc. conv. that contains about 964,000 different electric motors throughout the car; this technique has worked many times for me in the past...

                Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1
                I'll do that before I yank it out. I have rapped it with a hammer, then applied power, but doing it simultaneously requires another hand. My wife will be available tomorrow. Thanks.
                Jim's pride....
                1963 Daytona Convertible

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by JDP

                  I have brand a brand new pump/motor for $200/$10 UPS.

                  Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
                  Studebaker News Group
                  http://groups.google.com/group/alt.autos.studebaker
                  64 Daytona HT
                  64 R2 4 speed Challenger
                  63 R2 4 speed GT Black
                  63 R2 4 speed GT White
                  63 GT Hawk
                  63 Avanti
                  62 Daytona HT
                  53 Coupe


                  Thanks JDP. I'll get back to ya.... soon.

                  Jim's pride....
                  1963 Daytona Convertible

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