2019 Studebaker International Meet

This year’s Studebaker meet is in Mansfield, Ohio about 60 miles from my house.   So of course I have to take the car. Cleaning, checking water and oil, packing tools, washing supplies, tent, chairs, and the all-important cooler.  Finally all was ready

Here is the car packed up and ready to go.   The drive to Mansfield went well.   I left Wednesday morning early and it was nice and cool.   The car ran well but the oil pressure was a little lower than usual.   I will have to check that out.   I am running a multi-weight diesel oil and it may be a bit thin for this car.  The brakes are also squealing again.  I will have to fix that soon.  I also tried to stay off the main roads so I was following a stupid-complex route.  But I made it OK. Just to keep things interesting I found oil seeping out of the back of the engine.   I might have a head gasket leak.   No water in the oil or oil in the water and I can’t see any signs of a compression leak so it might be just oil leaking out.  It is not a bad leak so I will just leave it alone for now.

At the show I parked next to a 41 Champion sedan.  We stayed paired up for the whole meet.  I was freaked out driving 60 miles and this guy drove down from near Buffalo.  Yes, I am a wuss.

Thursday was half of the judging including my Division 1 (Pre-war).   It had stormed overnight but I dried off the car and busted over to the judging building.   Lucky I did because it backed up quickly.  I was next in line at this point.   I was waiting here about 30 minutes.  I was pretty nervous, there are a lot of really nice cars here.

The judging itself went well.   Most of the deductions I expected.  I was surprised to get dinged for the backup lights not working.  Also there is supposed to be a rubber mat in the back that I did not know about.  But I could tell the judges were pleased with the car.  In the I snapped the picture above while the judges were fighting with the iPad app they were using to do the judging.   That really slowed things down.

I also took pictures about my favorite car of the meet.  This 1935 President has it all.  Folding top.  Rumble seat.  Sidemounts.   Swooping fenders and grille.  Straight-8 engine.   I am really jealous.

Friday we ended up doing touristy stuff and did not go to the meet.  But Saturday was the public car show.   I did not count the cars but there were at least a couple of hundred.  It stormed again overnight but Saturday the weather was perfect.

Finally at 2:00 there was the awards presentation.   Much to my surprise the car won 1st place with 380/400 points!  I was a bit excited…

After the awards I booked out of there and headed for home.  When I checked out the car to go home I found the fan belt was loose.  I tried to tighten it but ran out of adjustment.   Running home the car ran a bit hotter than usual which is probably the fan and water pump slipping.    I will have to replace the belt with a slightly shorter one.  Driving home I took a straight shot down US-42 which was easier and faster.   I got passed a lot but that is OK.

Back in the next.   Good job car!

Engine painting and front brakes

Time to start getting the car ready for the Studebaker meet in Mansfield and while I have no illusions about this being a 400 point car I want to make it look as nice as I can.  That means touching up the engine.   Back in 2010 I used hot engine oil to remove some paint from the head and now it is time to fix it.  I removed the plugs and cleaned up the engine with kerosene and naphtha.

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New battery

The engine has been cranking a little slow lately.  I was all set to start cleaning all the connections when I checked the date on the battery and realized it was almost 10 years old.  I will be going to Mansfield for the International Studebaker meet and I am not going on a road trip on a 10-year-old battery.   Lets replace that.

The best deal I found on a 6V battery was at Rural King.  It is an Excide battery and actually has a vintage look with the screw-in caps.  This is the third battery I have put in this car.

New battery installed and ready to rock.

The old battery lives on in my Dad’s 1939 De Soto coupe.  We are trying to get this car running after 50 years or so.  This battery will be good enough for garage use while we work on the car.

66916.9 miles on the odometer.

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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