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.


This wire was fine.  So next I started the engine and checked out the voltage.


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.


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.


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.