Fortunately, for me, it was just the house that apparently felt neglected and wanted a bit more of my attention. This morning began at dawn, snaking tree roots out of the sewer line after having the toilet overflow on the bathroom floor late last night. And then this afternoon while taking the pics below, one of torsion springs on the garage door broke (it made a surprisingly loud, gunshot-like noise when it did it as well.)
But that said, I had a fairly good Studebaker day. As you can see from the pics below, I have the engine mostly assembled. The machine shop took care of that broken stud for me in the rear main bearing cap, leading to a largely uneventful reassembly.
Please ignore the fan blade and the alternator--those are going to be replaced so I didn't spend any time cleaning them up.
|Intake? Going to replace that with a 4bbl model, so might as well leave it off for now.|
|Valve covers are being prepped for paint.|
|Colors are close to original for a 53, with a little bling added here and there.|
Right now, the valve covers are on it and it is wrapped in plastic on the stand, ready to spend its first night outside the garage. Given the weight of the beast, at least I'm not too worried about someone carrying it off. . .
Update: Garage door fixed, engine nestled safely in the garage.