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    There's a steel rod a little thicker than a coathanger You can see it through the threaded hole on the top of the head closest to the front. It runs the length of the head. It had to be made like that. No way it could have got in there after manufacturing process. Any thought as to what it is or why it's there.
    John

    62' Deluxe R2 4SPD.

    63' R1 Wagonaire

    57' Transtar 259 punched to 312 NP540 4:09 TT Under Construction

    58' 3E6D Stock 4X4

    64' (Studebaker Built) Trailer Toter


  • #2
    It's a core support. I've seen them in Studebaker blocks too.
    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
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    • #3
      It's the wire used to hold the sand molds together during the casting process. Never got removed, its the same thing the V8 guys poke and pull out of the block to prevent overheating.

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      • #4
        Should I try to remove it? Barely able to reach it with needle nose plyers. Is it attached to anything on the ends I wonder?
        Last edited by 289stude; 04-12-2016, 09:37 AM.
        John

        62' Deluxe R2 4SPD.

        63' R1 Wagonaire

        57' Transtar 259 punched to 312 NP540 4:09 TT Under Construction

        58' 3E6D Stock 4X4

        64' (Studebaker Built) Trailer Toter

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        • #5
          It's not attached to anything. If you can get a good grip on it (needle nose vise grips?), it'll pull right out.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
            It's not attached to anything. If you can get a good grip on it (needle nose vise grips?), it'll pull right out.
            Yep, I pulled several pieces of wire out of an NOS 170 head many years ago.
            "In the heart of Arkansas."
            Searcy, Arkansas
            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
            1952 2R pickup

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