May Update: 2004

You know one of the really great things about Studebakers? Look at that door hardware. You are looking at the unmodified latch, handle, and everything between from a 64 GT Hawk installed on a 1953 Champion Coupe door. 11 years difference and all we had to do was drill a single hole for the clamp, visible here that keeps the cable from flopping around. Try that with a Chevy or a Ford? No dice. Parts on Studies can swap, in some cases, 15 years down the road. Good luck with that brand-x door mod of yours, dumb-ass.

Well, I lied a little. The latch is not completely unmodified. Actually if you look closely, you can see where Ed cut a little notch out just below where the cable connects. He'll be welding a tab there as an emergency method of opening the door should the handle fail. The driver might appreciate that if something bad happens.

Perhaps the most astonishing and desirable modification made to the car is the hanging pedal setup. It's so cool it deserves its own page.

And remember those holes we cut in the floor to install the rollcage? We slopped in some Corroless(1, 2, 3) to take care of any future rust issues then painted the trunk and mounted the fuel cell. You can't see it from this angle, but a good-size piece of sheet metal is bolted into the bottom of the trunk to make it all flat for mounting the cell and the batteries.

Plenty of work is going on with the motor. Greg looks at some oil pump parts. Here he shows how the proposed Slant-6 oil pump will mount using a split shaft. And here's another view of the crank. Mark brought the tubing bender. Here he runs tubing for the PCV valve.

Joe was plenty busy working extending the scattershield. A little heat and vice work and it fits the bellhousing like a glove.

We decided to get a quick-detach steering wheel. It's an easy mod. Just weld one of these on the end of the steering shaft and the wheel pops on thusly. And check out this spiffy seat mount! Another interior task is creating the hanger for the driver's net. After much discussion, and some fooling around with coat hangers and spools, Greg fabricated this little item that will hold the net up using a seat-belt buckle but fall out when released for a quick exit. Since they actually time the driver's ability to exit the car in Tech, this is kind of important.

Another important item is the master on/off switch. If you just want to make your car look like it's been to Bonneville, glue something on. We actually need to make it work and here's some picture detailing the installation. (1, 2) That's Ron, Kirk, and Mark working on it.

And what would an update of this site be without some sparks? Ed is welding up some mounting posts for the batteries. Afterward, Kirk painted them (and us) silver.