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.
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.
The wrong bumpers were on the car for as long as I have known it. I found this rusty set of bumpers a few years ago and have been waiting for the time and money to get them chromed and on the car.
I had a few minutes today so I decided to replace my pedal pads. Both are worn and the brake pedal pad is broken
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
Weather was nice today so I started the spring maintenance. First thing to do was pull out the spark plugs. They look super nice so I cleaned and gapped them.
Installed a new(er) shock absorber this weekend. Click here for the full story.
I was really not happy with how the brake bleeding went back in December and the winter has been really cold and nasty. So nothing has happened since. Today was a bright sunny day (and almost above freezing!) so I dove in.
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.
I took the Studebaker to the Dublin Auto Show yesterday. I have been hearing about this show for a while but never managed to get there. It was certainly a nice show!