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  • Engine maybe frozen?

    Hi All!

    Dad wants to try to turn the engine over in the 1950 Champion before I go any further removing body parts. He recommended I remove the spark plugs and pour oil down each cylinder in preparation for the big spin. My question is what type and weight would give the best results? Searching past forum chats it looks like I need to drain the gonky oil too before attempting this feat. Any other tips will be appreciated. Don't need to look too stupid in front of my dad.

    Cabrina

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    We've taken engine's that were stuck before and are still driving them now. My Daytona's engine was stuck when we got it. It's been runnin' for 20 years since my grandad freed it up. We drain all the old gooey oil and shoot the spark plug holes full of Marvel Mystery Oil. Then let it sit there a few days. Soon enough, the engine will free up. Try using a prybar on the flywheel to free it instead of spinning with the starter. Just back and forth, real easy.
    Someone else may have a better idea, but that's how we do it; most of the time.

    Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
    South Georgia Chapter Newsletter Editor
    63 Daytona HT (project)
    51 2R16 dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
    52 Commander Starliner (basket case)(will trade for another Stude <g&gt
    MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars.
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    • #3
      Thanks Matt! Next time I go to Auto Zone I'll see if they have some magical Marvel Mystery Oil. Prying on the flywheel sounds a lot safer than trying to free the engine by spinning with the starter. Don't want to throw a rod. When I first bought the car in the 70's it had been sitting for a couple of years. The first squeal that time sounded like hungry piggies at the last supper. It ran for 15 years after that. Hopefully I'll be as lucky this time.

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      • #4
        I have also used Marvel Mystery Oil and turned the flywheel with success. And have found Marvel Mystery Oil in the automotive section of my local grocery store. I've added it to gas and oil and, on one occassion, revved the engine and dumped it straight down the carb until the engine died. Next day I started the car and was glad no one called the fire department from the smoke that came out the exhaust but it sure cleaned up the topend.
        "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.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          Good luck with it and tell us how it all turns out!

          Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
          South Georgia Chapter Newsletter Editor
          63 Daytona HT (project, OHV 6 engine, soon to have dual exhaust)
          51 2R16 dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
          52 Commander Starliner (basket case)(will trade for another Stude <g&gt
          MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars.
          Click my name and check out "Links".


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          • #6
            My experience is that stuck engines stay stuck unless you drive the pistons out with a hammer and block of wood. Maybe my stuff is just rustier......idk

            KF

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            • #7
              I've had luck with Matthew's approach. Didn't always use Marvel Mystery Oil - Automatic tranny fluid - various penetrating oils - etc.. Then using a BIG-A** ratchet (3/4" drive) on the crank bolt and pulling one way and then the other. You do risk actually loosening that bolt when turning it counter-clockwise - but then it IS a bolt after all.
              Another thing to worry about (on overhead valve engines - which the '50 Champion doesn't have) is a stuck valve or two.

              I've got a 289 out in the shop that I kept dousing with penetrating oils and tranny fluid very occasionally thru the course of 6 or 7 years (I wasn't planning on using it anytime soon!). I'd try to turn it a few days after each application of fluid. One day - POP! That was it. I guess the fluids FINALLY got to whatever piston and rings were resisting.[^]

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              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President 2-dr
              1955 President State
              1951 Champion Biz cpe
              1963 Daytona project FS
              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                The super duper engine freeing tool is made by using a old starter motor nose and drive gear. Weld up a adapter for a 3/4 inch drive socket to the drive gear and bolt the nose in. Might only be needed for guys that have a engine to free up more than once.

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                63 R1 GT Hawk
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                • #9
                  Thanks for the great suggestions and encouragement! I am lucky to have found such a nice group of people with a good sense of humor! Hopefully I will not have to resort to the baby sledgehammer or super duper spinner methods. Don't need the temption of having a hammer in my hands when things aren't going exactly as planned.

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                  • #10

                    LOL![)] Your comment about the hammer in your hands when you're frustrated made me remember an incident I once witnessed in a repair shop.

                    A young mechanic was working on a Jag sedan's front disc brakes. Something didn't want to yeild to his hammer tapping until it let go all of a sudden and whacked him in the chin pretty hard! (I think it was a stuck brake rotor or something like that)

                    Anyway, he'd been working on the car while sitting on a little stool with his head and upper body beneath the front fender when he got assailed by the unstuck part.
                    I heard him cuss from across the shop, followed by the rapid beat of the hammer he still had in his hand! The incredible sight was that with each upswing of that frustration-driven hammer, a big welt would pop out on the top of the fender![:0][xx(][8]
                    After about a half dozen swings, he backed out of the fender, threw the hammer to the floor and walked out the door of the shop. Good thing it was HIS car he'd been working on!

                    Miscreant at large.

                    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                    1960 Larkvertible V8
                    1958 Provincial wagon
                    1953 Commander coupe
                    1957 President 2-dr
                    1955 President State
                    1951 Champion Biz cpe
                    1963 Daytona project FS
                    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                    • #11
                      Aren't Jag disc brakes the same as Stude's?


                      Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut. South Georgia Chapter; Newsletter Editor
                      63 Daytona HT (project, OHV 6 engine, soon to have dual exhaust)
                      51 2R16 dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
                      52 Commander Starliner (basket case)(will trade for another Stude <g&gt
                      MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars.
                      Click my name and check out "Links".


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                      • #12
                        Yup - the vintage ones are.

                        Miscreant at large.

                        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                        1960 Larkvertible V8
                        1958 Provincial wagon
                        1953 Commander coupe
                        1957 President 2-dr
                        1955 President State
                        1951 Champion Biz cpe
                        1963 Daytona project FS
                        No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                        • #13
                          Bob, your story about the guy with the hammer being snot-flyin' mad, reminded me of a short tempered fellow I knew who was a good mechanic. I was 16 and he was in his late 20s and we worked at a gas station where I filled the cars tanks and he did the work under the hood. The kind of guy who left work in a cloud of burning rubber everyday anxious to down several brewskis.
                          One slow day he had his GeeTeeOh in the bay, on the lift seperating the tranny from the housing and he didn't have the jack just right under it and there was a big crash as the tranny caught his foot. I'll never forget, the car wasn't up all the way on the rack and when he came out from under it, he was hunched and furious; spewing a littany of words I'd never heard, picked up a hammer and without slowing down, sailed it through the windshield. Scared me to death.

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                          • #14
                            And you probably won't be sorry if you tear down and clean up the starter while you have it out to get at the flywheel. You'll have a better shot at repeated starts that way. Pull all the plugs, put a bit of oil in each cylinder, and rock it back and forth wherever you can. Let sit. Heck, it's not that hard to just pull the head off and have a look see at the top end. My dad's advice was to get the car on the road and driving it before you tackle all the body work and making it look good. It is good feedback to drive it, even if it looks like cr@p.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Chrysleritis,

                              How far would you go tearing down and cleaning up the starter? Replace the solenoid and the brushes? Lightly sand the commutator, too? Shouldn't have to go so far as to rewind the stators, right?

                              Poor baby does look like crap but someday it'll be shiny. In the meantime the 2006 Mustang is in the driveway and the bulletnose is in the garage. We have to keep our priorities straight afterall.

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