Thursday, June 27, 2013

1962 GT Hawk In the Shop

We brought another car into the shop this week, a GT Hawk (arrived with an extra Hawk parts car).  



Photo Credits - GBZ

I've already upgraded the front end steering. Now removing all SS trim pieces, grills and bumpers in prep for body work. Re-paint coming up!! This car is pretty straight, just has the usual rust bubbling that needs to be repaired.

I'll also do some seat components changeover to fix broken under seat mounts. Stude reclining seat construction has always been a weak point. Guess we can cut Studebaker some slack, though. When you get to be 50 years old, parts and pieces start breaking and falling off. 

These GT's are one of the more comfortable drivers in the Stude line-up, they've always been a favorite of mine.



Two hours into the trim and chrome removal. All of it will be off by the end of the day.



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Have you been looking for a Rat Rod?  Check this out....I've got one for you! 

Actually this is a parts car.  I'm taking a few parts off it for the above GT Hawk repair, but will be tearing the rest of it down before long.  If you see anything you'd like to purchase off this car, get in touch with me.








Saturday, June 1, 2013

Avanti R4 Engine Installed In The Frame

Big Engine!
Dropped the 304.5 and the tranny into the Avanti Frame this week.
How do you like this red engine?  This is the original color for the R4 engine.

Photo Credits - GBZ 

When I checked the bell housing alignment, it was considerably off.  I dial indicated it, centered it and put new dowel pins in it.  Amazing that it hadn't broken the flex plates.


This frame-off is going smoothly. The timing cover had been modified for the neoprene seal, but no modification was done on the dampener. I installed a speedy sleeve over the hub where it rides on the seal. I reworked the distributor end play on the shaft. The drive gear roll pin was compromised. I'm surprised it wasn't sheared completely off - replaced it. There were a number of problematic inconsistencies in the build of this car, which I've addressed. When I work on these cars, my end goal is reliability and performance for the client. 



After the engine was secured in the frame, I slid the transmission into place.
On the first try it slipped right in - one man operation.
No blood spilled - no knuckles bruised!!