Car broke today. Here are the details!
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.
There were a few bits of crap floating in the sediment bowl. Not too bad.
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.
Time for an oil change. Draining the oil from the pan is easy
But the filter is a pain. I have a Fram partial-flow oil filter installed that uses a cartridge-style filter.
After unscrewing the lid the old filter pops out
Leaving behind 1/2 liter of old oil.
All the oil has to be sucked out. Leaving this tasty treat.
After sacrificing a rag to the oil gods we have a nice clean filter can.
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.
Next I topped off the battery with distilled water.
And greased the chassis. There are grease fittings everywhere as well as oil holes, cups, and pads.I also adjusted all 4 brakes.
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.
The tires on the car look great but they are 30 years old and rock-hard. I was going to try and get another year or two out of them but I started to see cord though the rubber. So I ordered new Coker Classic radials. Wide white walls of course. That and new tubes make these the most expensive tires I have ever bought. I took them to Precision Alignment and Tire who as usual did a great job installing them.
I have been setting the timing to factory settings but it seemed to idle badly and sometimes it backfires into the exhaust a little on deceleration. I decided to advance the timing a little and see if that helps. I bumped the timing up about 3-5 degrees. After adjusting the idle mixture the car seems to pull stronger and run better with no sign of abnormal combustion. I might try to push it up a few more degrees and see what happens.
A freeze plug popped out. So I got to fix it again.
I did some spring maintenance and installed new pedal seals. The details are here.