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.
I still have the paint I used. Of course I can’t just start hosing down the engine compartment. So I just sprayed some paint in a small jar and daubed it on with a brush.
I cleaned the spark plugs too when I put them back in. That looks a lot nicer.
Next task is the front brakes. They have been squealing a LOT lately. Time to a look-see.
Here is what I found when I pulled the drums. Looks like the front wheel cylinders are seeping a bit. And the driver’s side (left picture) is showing some wheel bearing grease leaking. Looking back I installed these cylinders new back in 2006 and last checked them in 2010. Nine years ago they were not leaking at all but that was nine years ago. I have two new cylinders and can rebuild these but I they are just seeping. I will leave them for now and check them again to see how bad the leak is.
Here is everything cleaned up. I carefully cleaned the brake shoes and the insides of the drums. I scuffed up the drum surfaces with emery cloth.
I have never changed these the grease seals. I have a few NOS genuine Studebaker seals, might as well use two and fix this. I prepped the felt seals by soaking them in engine oil and putting some grease on them.
I inspected the bearings, they look like new. I added some fresh grease to the bearings and installed the inner bearing.
Then I tapped in the new seals. Drums are ready to install.
Next the outer bearings. I adjusted the bearing preload and put new cotter pins on. I also cleaned up and re-installed the dust caps. Then I adjusted the brakes.
While I had the wheels off I cleaned the tires and wheels then waxed the wheels.
I re-waxed the new bumpers too and took the car for a test drive. Brakes are super quiet now.