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  • Transmission / Overdrive: 1955 Speedster DG250 seals, AC install and parts wanted

    My transmission is leaking badly (from the front it appears) when the engine is running. I haven't driven it yet but believe it is functioning otherwise. I plan on removing it and the engine for cleanup and leak repair. I have searched and can't find information on replacing the seals in the transmission. Need some help here.
    I'm planning on eventually adding AC but the engine compartment is rather full with the power steering unit. Any suggestion on how to do would be appreciated.
    I also am looking for a few parts. I would like to find an undamaged grill suitable for rechroming or better yet one not needing chrome. A left side tail light housing and lens. A back up light lens. A couple window crank handles and one escutcheon. A full horn ring. A plastic dashboard with no cracks.
    Thanks
    Last edited by 5brown1; 09-22-2011, 05:00 AM. Reason: fix spelling

  • #2
    The 1955 service manual has a lot of info on the DG 250 trans.

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    • #3
      Northwest trans parts in Ohio can supply an external seal up kit or most other parts 800-327-1955. Lou Cote

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      • #4
        I just bought a DG 200 gasket set, rear seal and filter from SI. I would imagine other venders have them as well.
        Rob

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        • #5
          DG parts?

          ebay is a fun place to look, most prices are below list right now, and some NOS parts for these are out there that no vendors have.

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          • #6
            I have the Speedster horn rings available NOS.
            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

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            • #7
              Yep, A/C is tricky on the 55' hardtop (speedster). I've seen it done a few ways.

              My favorite by far was done by Len Brewer if I can remember correctly. And as a bonus it was done on a speedster. He pulled out the generator and put the A/C compressor in that position. Then he found a "micro" alternator, a really small thing -about half the size of a regular alternator, and put that between the filler pipe and the passenger side cylinder head. Very novel, like how he did it.

              The other way is to place the compressor in the 12:00 position where the filler pipe is and move the filler pipe or block it off and put a filler pipe on the valve covers (use later model valve covers).
              Best Regards,
              Eric West
              "The Speedster Kid"
              Sunny Northern California
              Where the roads don't freeze over and the heat doesn't kill you.
              And an open road is yours to have -only during non-commute rush hours 9am-4pm and 7pm to 7am (Ha, ha, ha)
              55 Speedster "Lemon/Lime" (Beautiful)
              55 President State Sedan (Rusty original, but runs great and reliable)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 5brown1 View Post
                My transmission is leaking badly (from the front it appears) when the engine is running. I haven't driven it yet but believe it is functioning otherwise. I plan on removing it and the engine for cleanup and leak repair. I have searched and can't find information on replacing the seals in the transmission. Need some help here.
                I'm planning on eventually adding AC but the engine compartment is rather full with the power steering unit. Any suggestion on how to do would be appreciated.
                I also am looking for a few parts. I would like to find an undamaged grill suitable for rechroming or better yet one not needing chrome. A left side tail light housing and lens. A back up light lens. A couple window crank handles and one escutcheon. A full horn ring. A plastic dashboard with no cracks.
                Thanks
                Re the AC, check with Railway on the Forum. He has vast experience with adding AC to Studebakers. Vintage Air also has a number of Studebaker applications available.
                Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                • #9
                  It really complicates matters if you insist on keeping the oil filter. I always $hitcan the partial flow oil filters on my cars, it makes installation of the AC compressor much easier.
                  Jerry Forrester
                  Forrester's Chrome
                  Douglasville, Georgia

                  See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                  • #10
                    The center section of the 55 chrome grille is the same from sedan to coupes. Only the side sections, the ones with turn signals in them are different from coupe to sedan. If you find the center section of the grille from any 55, it will fit your car. It doesn't have to come from a speedster. It doesn't even have to come from a coupe or hard top. A center grille from a lowly champion sedan will fit. That means you have a lot more cars to choose from.
                    Last edited by RadioRoy; 11-15-2011, 04:49 PM.
                    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.


                    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon

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