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    Fan blade broke at 70 mph. Lot of noise, but the radiator is cut. I need a fan blade for a 1955 President State , any one have one? Any cross over blades? Also to re core the radiator , think any chance it can be done in a few days? Dreaming I guess. I may need to drive the Honda to the National,shoot! (cjbonser AT sbcglobal. net) or answer here. Thanks.

  • #2
    Fan is now out and I can see where it had fatigued at the break site, fresh metal then oxidized metal. Had a water pump go out last winter and fan did some excentric rotations as the water pump bearing wore, I suspect the fan blades started to fatigue way back then. I will change the H20 pump out again, this is a new one and the present one is rebuilt.

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    • #3
      If you know a good radiator shop they may still be able to order a new core have it shipped in and solder it to your tanks but it would be pushing the time frame you have left. Check with some of your chapter members if you belong, maybe someone has a fan blade. Otherwise someone here at the Omaha meet would probably be able to sell you a fan blade if you have to drive the Honda.
      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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      • #4
        If you know a good radiator shop they may still be able to order a new core have it shipped in and solder it to your tanks but it would be pushing the time frame you have left. Check with some of your chapter members if you belong, maybe someone has a fan blade. Otherwise someone here at the Omaha meet would probably be able to sell you a fan blade if you have to drive the Honda.
        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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        • #5
          Bad news is most radiator shops don't have excess core material laying on the shelf. They order it as needed. Good news is your radiator shop may be an exception.
          Years ago I was on my way from Pennsylvania to Colorado and blew the radiator in the Dodge I was driving. A local radiator shop in Springfield,Ohio recored the radiator while I went to the local theater and watched most of "The French Lieutenant's Woman". Can you be that fortunate?

          Explain your problem to the radiator shop and they should be able to have core shipped next day.

          A flurry of phone calls to local chapter members is warranted. Maybe someone has, or knows someone who has, etc., etc

          Brad Johnson
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          33 Rockne 10
          51 Commander Starlight
          53 Commander Starlight

          previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
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          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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          • #6
            Grab the correct size fiberglass or stainless fan at a local parts store or I can next day air a Studebaker one Mon.


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            • #7
              If you follow JP's advice grab a uni-bit too, unless you've got one already (or a large drill press and set of large drill bits) the Studebaker "nose" on the spacer is larger than most so the hole in the middle of a typical flex fan will have to be enlarged.

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              • #8
                What part of the country you in Curt? I have the parts, but if you are too far away they won't help.

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                • #9
                  I think you've got plenty of time for a shop to do your radiator right even if they do have to order the core.
                  I've never had a recore job take more than 4 or 5 days and they've always had to order the cores for me.[^]

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by curt

                    Fan blade broke at 70 mph. Lot of noise, but the radiator is cut. I need a fan blade for a 1955 President State , any one have one? Any cross over blades? Also to re core the radiator , think any chance it can be done in a few days? Dreaming I guess. I may need to drive the Honda to the National,shoot! (cjbonser AT sbcglobal. net) or answer here. Thanks.
                    Is it for a coupe or a sedan? I have a supposedly good coupe rad in a box here, and I should have the fan as well. I got all the pieces removed from a good running '55 President coupe.

                    I'm in Alberta, Canada, and will be coming to Omaha. Shipping the rad could be doable, but likely pricey.

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

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                    • #11
                      I live in Seminole , Oklahoma. Alan, where are you? It may work iffin were are not toooo far apart. My lower tank is cut. Gordor, thanks for the offer , I'll see where Alan's parts are. My phone 405 303 2505. Keep the answers coming, I'm still dreaming of driving to the National.

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                      • #12
                        JDP is going to air ship a fan to me for the 1955 President. I will see what the radiator shop can come up with Monday morning. Small town but a low income area with the net result for a lot of repairing of autos; I hope that plays for me. I will keep you posted.

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                        • #13
                          Yet another reason to go with an electric fan.[]

                          Studebakers seemed to use the same radiator size in all the cars but
                          the Avanti. If you have another Stude sitting around, swap it in. I
                          have one sitting in the trunk of the Hawk up on a hill.

                          I am in Cali though. They should be able to do a patch for you. I had
                          a local radiator shop redo my upper Avanti remote tank about 10 years
                          ago. It was supposed to be temporary until I could find a replacement.
                          They did such a great job on it, its still good as new. They yanked
                          it apart, and re-soldered the whole thing, looks like there isnt even
                          a seam upper and lower anymore. No leaks - still workin.

                          Tom
                          '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
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                          • #14
                            not exactly, Tom. Late Hawks and Larks use the same radiator, which is probably what most of us reading this drive, meaning that any spare radiator we'd be likely to have laying around would fit. I'd also ASSume that the only difference between the earlier Hawk and later Hawk radiator would be the inlet hose size. Maybe those would interchange with 56-up sedans and early Larks? I don't know. But the 53-55 C-Ks used a shorter radiator than a Hawk, and I'm not sure if the sedans those years used a different radiator yet, or not.

                            nate

                            (Actually I could use a new rad. in the '55, as it needs a new neck and the core looks a little shaky, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.)

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                            • #15
                              True, the 53-55 would be shorter ... but he has a President, isnt that
                              the taller one. That body became the Lark - didnt it?

                              Tom
                              '63 Avanti R1, '03 Mustang Cobra 13" front disc/98 GT rear brakes, 03 Cobra 17" wheels, GM alt, 97 Z28 leather seats, TKO 5-spd, Ported heads w/SST full flow valves.
                              Check out my disc brake adapters to install 1994-2004 Mustang disc brakes on your Studebaker!!
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