1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk. This is an older restoration with some bondo patching in the fenders and fiberglass on the front floor pans. It has a good grille and hubcaps. It was changed to a 3 Speed OD with floor shifter, console and bucket seats. There is a switch on the console next to the shifter for OD control. This car had front end damage and will require repair or replacement of LF fender, LF air scoop & trim and hood. I purchased this care with plans to get this car running as a driving restoration.
So far, this is the work I have done on the car:
Rebuilt fuel pump
New plugs & points
New exhaust elbow
New heat riser valve
New master cylinder and all wheel cylinders, hoses & shoes.
Oil change with zinc additive
I have been able to get the car running, driving and stopping.
After getting the engine running, I drove it around the block a couple different times, but was still working on tuning the carburetor. After running the engine for a longer period to warm it up, it developed a knock around cylinders 1 or 3. I added Seafoam to the oil, thinking it might be a sticky valve and after running it for about 10 minutes, the knock went away! I then went on to adjust the carburetor some more, but after about 10 minutes more the knock came back. After doing a compression check on those cylinders, 3 has shown weak compression. I still suspect a sticky valve, or weak valve spring. I removed the left bank valve cover to inspect the valve train and found no obvious issues. The knocking comes and goes while running, so I am fairly convinced it is a sticky valve.
I have done some straightening of the damaged sheet metal, as seen in the photo. I believe it can be repaired without replacing sheet metal.
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