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.

Spring maintenance

It has been a while since I posted anything.  The car has been running great so not much to report.  And I have a new project sucking up lots of my time.  But I did do spring maintenance today.  I have shown most of this before but I do have some new #0 grease for the steering box.

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This is a John Deere lubricant sold as “Corn Head Grease”.  As you might expect it is green and very, very slimy.  I cleaned out  my least favorite grease gun to hold this stuff.

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Here is the target.  I pumped in a ounce or two.  We will see how it looks.  I also did the following:

  • Changed oil
  • Replaced filter and cleaned filter canister
  • Lubed chassis
  • Adjusted brakes
  • Cleaned fuel sediment bowl
  • Cleaned battery and battery tray
  • Serviced battery
  • Rotated tires
  • Topped off tranny
  • Topped off diff
  • Cleaned points (did not gap them or check timing.  Ran out of time)
  • Flushed and filled cooling system.  I kinda screwed up here.  I calculated the antifreeze quantity based on the capacity in the service manual.  I forgot (again) that the heater is being bypassed.  So my planned 50-50 mix is more like 70-30.  Whups.

Spring maintenance 2015

Time for spring cleaning on the Studebaker.  I am a little behind this year but last weekend I finally got a chance to get some work done.  First step is to check the sediment bowl on the fuel pump.

Fuel pump

Fuel pump

There were a few bits of crap floating in the sediment bowl.  Not too bad.

Sediment bowl

Sediment bowl

The gas from the sediment bowl got recycled for cleaning the air filter.  The air filter is pretty unsophisticated.  It is just some copper wool with some engine oil on it to attract dirt. I cleaned it with gasoline, let it dry, then re-coated it with oil.

Air filter

Air filter

Time for an oil change.  Draining the oil from the pan is easy

Oil drain plug

Oil drain plug

But the filter is a pain.  I have a Fram partial-flow oil filter installed that uses a cartridge-style filter.

Fram oil filter canister

Fram oil filter canister

After unscrewing the lid the old filter pops out

Old oil cartridge

Old oil cartridge

Leaving behind 1/2 liter of old oil.

Oil left in filter can

Oil left in filter can

All the oil has to be sucked out.  Leaving this tasty treat.

Nice layer of sludge in the bottom of the filter can

Nice layer of sludge in the bottom of the filter can

After sacrificing a rag to the oil gods we have a nice clean filter can.

Oil filter can all cleaned up

Oil filter can all cleaned up

A new filter from NAPA (1006).  The filter just slides in then the can is filled with oil.  A new gasket for the lid is included with the filter.  5 quarts of oil later and the oil change is complete.

New filter cartridge

New filter cartridge

Next I topped off the battery with distilled water.

Battery cells are a little low

Battery cells are a little low

And greased the chassis.  There are grease fittings everywhere as well as oil holes, cups, and pads.I also adjusted all 4 brakes.

Front suspension grease fittings

Front suspension grease fittings

Then this happened.  Monsoon season shut down my fun for the day.  The car and I both got soaked.  Spark plugs and points will have to wait for another day.

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