Parts cross references
Engine & transmission
Body & Trim
Engine & Transmission
The Flight-O-Matic transmission used in 1959-64
Vehicles is, for the most part, the same as that used on Ford vehicles
of the same vintage. Often referred to as a "Ford Iron Case"
transmission, the only major differences are the valve body & torque
converter. A local transmission rebuild shop should have no difficulties
in repairing one (especially if they have a staff member that has actually
seen a Studebaker automatic).
Body & Trim
If you lose a trim clip (like those that hold
large script emblems on), you can use a small piece of rubber tubing. Find
some tubing that is 1 or 2 sizes smaller than the posts on the back of
the piece. Cut pieces about 3/4"-1" long. Place the piece of
trim on the car, push the pieces of rubber tubing over the posts and push
hard. If the tubing slips on & off too easily, it won't be tight enough
to hold the trim on. Now, it's not original, but it will keep those hard
to find pieces from being lost on Route 66! Maybe a good thing to keep
in the toolbox.
If you are doing the body work yourself, invest
in a good set of body hammers & dollies (no, not like Barbie dollies,
but hunks of metal that you hammer against). You can use them to "finesse
out" creases and parking lot dings. DO NOT USE ball peen
or other hammers as they will stretch the metal and generally cause more
harm than good.
When trying to repair damage caused by our old
nemesis, RUST (notice I said trying), the 2 best tools you could have are
a MIG or TIG welder, & a lot of patience. It is possible to cut
out the rusted material and weld in new metal, but be patient and take
your time. Remember to MEASURE TWICE & CUT ONCE!
Also make sure you are welding to good, solid metal. Check out this
page or our page on Stude rust repair.
When doing any kind of suspension/frame work,
the best tool you could have, aside from a laser frame alignment gauge,
is a tape measure. A automobile frame is basically a rectangle, and because
of that fact you could use a tape measure to tell if the frame is out of
alignment. A rectangle should measure the same from each corner to each
corner. If it doesn't, the frame may be bent.
When storing your vehicle for those long, ND
winters, there are a few guidlines you should follow. 1. Store it
in a relatively low humidity storage area, with a wood floor, if possible.
Concrete and/or dirt floors allow the car to "sweat", thus starting
rust on the floor pans. 2. Block and jack the car off the ground
and remove the tires (they will get flat if left on the car. 3.
Disconnect & remove the car's battery. 4. Lock all doors and
stuff wadded up socks into the tailpipe & carburetor (to prevent our
animal friends from making our nice R-3 engine, their new home).
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