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!