After disconnecting the engine, it was decided that the cherry picker engine puller we have wouldn’t reach far back enough (and remain stable) to pull out the engine and trans. So off went the front end of the Studebaker, luckily Studebakers are made in a way that allows you to pull just the front off. I’ve never taken Stude’s body apart at all, so it’s really weird seeing her with missing parts!

There was a bit of difficulty getting the part that the radiator attaches to. We had to disconnect the fender pieces at one bolt and pull the metal out of the way a bit, but it wasn’t too much of a hassle. Studie is missing most of her face…it’s the weirdest thing! This weekend the engine is coming out, eek!

Happy Trails,

8 Responses

  1. Ryan Kelsey

    This is exciting to watch! Do you know that we have known each other for 20 years?? We met when I was 15. That is nuts!! LOL! Good Luck this weekend I can’t wait to see how it goes.

  2. tribaker (Greg Meyers)

    It won’t be as hard as one thinks. Remember to put a baggie or something over the tranny tailshaft because the angle of the engine/trans will get a little steep as you clear the front crossmember and it may spill goop all over the floor…..ask me how I know!

    • Kristin Cline

      Thanks for the reminder Greg! In this case I already have a puddle of trans fluid underneath…I keep thinking it’s got to stop leaking, but it hasn’t yet! Hey…guess who’s driving a Stude on the salt this year? ;)

  3. Mike Benjamin

    Keep plugging away at her !! .You’re an inspiration for other Car Gals on the Web. — Tinkering, that’s the name of the game. The more you do, the more you LEARN and UNDERSTAND.
    Cars and Hot Rods are basically simple mechanical transportation devices, BUT I SWEAR THEY HAVE SOULS !!

    -Mike B.

    • Arielle West

      I like the older cars because I can do a lot when I work on them, and it doesn’t require a computer to do so. Don’t get me wrong, I like my 03 WRX, but I’ll have to spend several hundred to get a tune to make it run better. When I get in a newer car I have absolutely no idea what most of the electronics in the car do such as a 2012-13 Dodge Charger. It wouldn’t make me feel very good if I was stranded on the side of the road with an error code which I’d have to use a code reader to interpret.


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