The Studeblogger

Saturday, August 11, 2007

New San Diego Chapter website is up!

A while back I volunteered to become the webmaster for the San Diego Chapter of the SDC. It was a while in development, but the new site debuted this weekend! I'm pretty pleased with the way it looks. We've got pix of club events, members' cars, meeting info - even a cars/parts classified board! Feedback from the online members has been good so far, with several submitting photos of their cars and shots from various events.

Check out the site at and let me know what you think.


Monday, August 06, 2007

Front End Rebuild, Pt. 6: Steering Knuckle Bearings

Little by little, things are coming together. I needed to get new bushings and bearings pressed into the Lark's steering knuckles, and the usual shops couldn't help me. Finally, I found a machine shop locally that had been written up in Rod & Custom a few years back; Auto Power in Oceanside didn't flinch when I said the "S" word (Studebaker), and said they could press out the old bushings and bearings and set in my new ones.

True to their word, they got rid of the old and put in the new. The old bearings/bushings didn't look too bad, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. It appears the old bearings were factory installed, since the rollers (41 of them in each) were non-captive; service replacements used captive rollers.

After getting that work done, I masked and painted the knuckles and steering arms with Rustoleum, torqued on the slotted nuts for the arms, and installed new cotter pins. They now look a whole lot better than they did when they came off the car, and are sealed in gallon Ziploc bags waiting to get reinstalled.

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