1/14/97 - I have dropped the engine off at M J Machine & auto parts in Fargo. They had a couple of people that had done engine work on Studebaker V-8's before. After a week of boiling, scraping & pellet-blasting, the block came clean. I also dropped the tranny off at Howie's repair. Howie is an older gentleman who's been a mechanic for 25 or more years and has worked on his share of Studebakers.
1/15/97 - Got news from the machine shop that the bore is out of round, but the crankshaft, journals, & rod mains are o.k. They need to bore, but they can save me some money by boring from 3 9/16" to 3 5/8" and using new 3 5/8" pistons & rings as these are more popular (hence cheaper). It's like every time I turn around it's another $80.00!
1/17/97 - It would appear the front stabilizer bar has been used to tow the car at some point, it would also appear that the bar could not withstand the pressure and was pulled out of it's mounts and bent all to heck. Pulled the one off the old 4-door's frame (which I kept for just such an occasion) and cleaned it up. Set it aside to paint with some of the other stuff that needed to be painted black.
1/19/97 - Filled in dents in the cowl & firewall. Removed steering column & disassembled. After much contemplation, I've made the decision to remove the Bendix P/S assist cylinder & control valve, then to take the drag link & pitman arm from the 4-door & install it on the Cruiser. I'm going to leave the steering pivot in place in case I get the money together to fix the power steering later. Cleaned & painted the column and set aside for later installation. I removed the rear bumper. Today was the big day. I cleaned, sanded & primed the firewall, trunk, rear apron, & cowl. The car is starting to look a whole lot better now!
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