Spring maintenance 2015

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.

Fuel pump

Fuel pump

There were a few bits of crap floating in the sediment bowl.  Not too bad.

Sediment bowl

Sediment bowl

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.

Air filter

Air filter

Time for an oil change.  Draining the oil from the pan is easy

Oil drain plug

Oil drain plug

But the filter is a pain.  I have a Fram partial-flow oil filter installed that uses a cartridge-style filter.

Fram oil filter canister

Fram oil filter canister

After unscrewing the lid the old filter pops out

Old oil cartridge

Old oil cartridge

Leaving behind 1/2 liter of old oil.

Oil left in filter can

Oil left in filter can

All the oil has to be sucked out.  Leaving this tasty treat.

Nice layer of sludge in the bottom of the filter can

Nice layer of sludge in the bottom of the filter can

After sacrificing a rag to the oil gods we have a nice clean filter can.

Oil filter can all cleaned up

Oil filter can all cleaned up

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.

New filter cartridge

New filter cartridge

Next I topped off the battery with distilled water.

Battery cells are a little low

Battery cells are a little low

And greased the chassis.  There are grease fittings everywhere as well as oil holes, cups, and pads.I also adjusted all 4 brakes.

Front suspension grease fittings

Front suspension grease fittings

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.

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