| A Studebaker Reference
Once upon a time ago I decided that I needed a pickup. I wanted something that would work to haul my "stuff" around. After a bout with sticker shock for new pickups, I found an ad for an old Studebaker.
I went out to check out this beauty. It was located in a horse pasture and was literally surrounded by horses! After a little poking and prodding, I spoke with the owner and said I would have to think about it. He told me that it had sat there for 10 years, so a little longer was just fine with him.
Well I had already decided and I went back and after a bit of discussion, I managed to get this prize at the price of $200! With the help of a good friend we pulled it into town (on the still aired up tires & working brakes). I didn't even try to start it, figuring that the engine needed work. The owner said it had a "bit of a knock and may have a stuck valve.
I pulled the engine and started taking it apart. Yup, a stuck valve or THREE - to be loosened with a ball peen hammer and lots of WD-40 and some TLC. This engine is a flat head - so you don't exactly want to break a valve in the block. With coaxing I got them all out. The "knock" was a wrist pin that had come loose and grooved the cylinder wall.
To make a long story short - I rebuilt the engine and just kept going. I got it all the way down to the frame and have been building it back up again. Once I got the engine in and started (you have to remember that I had never heard this truck run before), I was amazed at the quietness and smoothness of that old 170 flat head six.
If you are looking for information about Studebakers, I highly suggest that you join the Studebaker Drivers Club. This organization has been a wealth of information for me, and besides the great information - they are a great bunch of people to get to know.