by boomerdave


Seasonal and general greetings to all on this forum.I am dipping a toe in as a newbie to Studebakers, although not to old cars in general. My wife, also an enthusiastic old car/truck nut, and I have recently acquired a 1950 2R5, with the hope of using it to tow our 1948 travel trailer, which weighs about 2900 lbs. The 170 six starts and runs fine, with decent compression, but lays down a fog as it moves from a stop. Are these engines prone to premature valve guide wear, or is this just a tired engine? No history is available.
I thought a swap to a 239 would be an improvement without compromising authenticity too much, but the weight of these V8s seems excessive. Is this a difficult or ill-advised swap? Is a SBC or SBF preferable?
Thanks for any insight you may be willing to impart.

Posted on Dec 4, 2017, 1:23 PM
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