Front suspension rattle fixed

Back in 2010 (wow, time flies!)  when I put the front stabilizer arms together the hardware on the inner ends of the arms was in rough shape.  I bought some nylon washers to replace the original leather washers and replaced the worn hardware.   But ever since there has been a rattle from up there.

Here is that I put together back then.  You can see one of the ruined washers at the bottom.

Here it is assembled.   The mistake I made is the arm is too loose on the shoulder bolt so it rattles every time the car hits a bump.

The fix I made (nine years later!) was to cut rubber washers out of an old inner tube.   I neglected to take pictures of this until it was already back together.   But things are a lot more quiet now.   I am not sure the rubber washers will hold up, but if they don’t I will make replacements out of leather.

Current mileage for future reference

 

Master Cylinder Rebuild

Over the last couple of months I have noticed the brake pedal is getting mushy.  The brakes have been bled and adjusted so I am thinking the master cylinder needs a rebuild.  After all it has been 13 years since the last time.  Or so I thought.  So when we had a 50 degree day in December I figured it was time to get to it.  The only real problem is it is raining outside so I have to work in my very cluttered garage.  This will be fun.

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International Drive Your Studebaker Day 2016

It was supposed to storm today but it ended up not happening until 4:30 or so.  That let us get three different trips in for this year’s event.  Car ran great and a fun time was had by all.  I even bought gas.

Finally checked out the voltage regulator

It was a pretty nice day today so I decided to see what is up with my charging system.  When a mechanical voltage regulator is charging high it is either the battery, the field wire, or the regulator.  First I checked the battery.  All three cells are showing marginal specific gravity.  It might be failing.  Next I checked the field wire from the regulator for continuity and shorts.

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This wire was fine.  So next I started the engine and checked out the voltage.

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The voltage regulator is putting out good voltage.  Finally I put my inductive ammeter on the negative battery cable.  It is showing 15 amps of charge all the time.  I think the battery is just not taking the charge.  I will just keep an eye on it for now.

Charging more than usual…

Since my spring maintenance (which I finally got to) the ammeter on the Stude seems to be showing a charge all the time.  I took the battery out and cleaned the tray.  Now I am wondering if I broke a terminal or something.  I need to put a meter on it and see what is going on but I have been spending way too much time on the Jeepster project and neglecting the Studebaker.  At least it keeps me out of the bars.  Mostly.