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GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS - 1959 Studebaker 259 V8

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS - 1959 Studebaker 259 V8

Model Designation:
Lark V8:
Hawk V8:
Wheel base: 2 & 4 door sedans: 116-1/2"; coupes & hardtop convertibles: 120-1/2; Hawk: 120-1/2"
Valve Location: In head
Bore and Stroke: 3-9/16 x 3-1/4
Piston displacement, Cubic Inches: 259.2
Compression ratio: 7.50
Maximum Brake Horsepower:
Lark 8: 162 @ 4500 RPM
Hawk V8 6C: 175 @ 4500 RPM
Maximum Torque Lbs.Ft. @ RPM:
250 @ 2800 RPM
Normal Oil Pressure Pounds: 40
TUNE UP SPECIFICATIONS
Spark Plug Make: Champion H11
Spark Plug Gap, Inch: .035
Firing Order: 18436572 (front to rear: left bank: 1-3-5-7; right bank 2-4-6-8)
Ignition Timing: IGN on Vib. Damp.
Engine Idle Speed, RPM: 500
Cylinder Head Torque Lbs.Ft.: 60-65
Compression Pressure & Cranking Speed: 120 Min.
Voltage & Polarity: 6 volts, positive ground
PISTON AND RING SPECIFICATIONS
Fitting Pistons with Scale:
Shim Thickness to use: .002 (1 inch wide feeler);
Pounds Pull on Scale:: 11 to 16
Ring End Gap: (Fit rings in tapered bores for clearance shown in tightest portion of ring travel.)
Compression: .008
Oil: .008
Clearance in Groove: Compression: .002-.0025; Oil: .0015-.002
Wristpin Diameter, Inch: .875
VALVE SPECIFICATIONS
Operating Clearance:
Intake: .024 Hot Exhaust: .024 Hot
Valve Seat Angle, degrees: 45
Valve Timing: (BTDC = before top dead center; ATDC = after top dead center)
Intake opens: 19 degrees BTDC
Exhaust Closes: 6 ATDC
Valve Spring Pressure Pounds at Inches Length:
Inner Spring: 50 @ 2-1/32
Valve Stem Clearance: Intake: .0015-.0035; Exhaust: .0015-.0035
Clearance for Timing Intake: .030
ENGINE BEARING SPECIFICATIONS
Connecting Rod Bearings:
Journal Diameter, Inches: 1.99925-2.00025
Bearing Clearance, Inch: .0005-.00215
Rod End Play, Inch: .007-.012
Rod Bolt Tension: Lbs.Ft.: 52-54
Main Bearings:
Journal Diameter, Inches: 2.4995-2.5000
Bearing clearance: .0006-.0027
Shaft End Play: .003-.006 (Thrust on front bearing)
Main Bolt Tension: Lbs.Ft.: 88-93
CAPACITY DATA

Cooling System:
Without heater: 17-1/4 quarts
With heater: 18-3/4 quarts
Fuel Tank: 18 gallons
Engine Oil: 6 quarts (5 in pan, 1 in filter)
Transmission: w/out overdrive: 2-1/2 pint; with overdrive: 3-1/2; w/Auto. trans.: 9-1/2 quarts
Rear Axle: 3 pints
DELCO-REMY DISTRIBUTOR SPECIFICATIONS
Distributor part number: 1110839 (distributor rotates counter-clockwise when viewed from top)
Cam Angle, degrees: 28-34
Breaker Point opening, Inch: .013
Condenser Capacity: .20-.25 Mfds.
Breaker Arm Spring Tension: 17-21 Oz.
Centrifugal Advance: (degrees at RPM of distributor)
Advance starts: 2-1/2 degrees @ 350
Full Advance: 17 degrees @ 1450
Vacuum Advance Data:
Inches of Vacuum to Start Plunger Movement: 4-6
Inches of Vacuum for Full Plunger Travel: 10-1/2 - 12-1/2
Maximum Vacuum Advance, Dist. Degrees: 8
DELCO-REMY GENERATOR SPECIFICATIONS
Generator Number: 1102778 (generator rotates clockwise, 6 volts, positive ground)
Generator output: 45 amps @ 2450 RPM
Brush Spring Tension: 28 oz.
Field Current: 1.87 - 2.0 at 6 volts
DELCO-REMY REGULATOR SPECIFICATIONS
Regulator Number: 1118950
Cutout Relay:
Voltage to close points: 6.4
Reverse Current to Open Points: 1 amp
Armature Air Gap: .020
Voltage Regulator Setting: 7.4 volts
Current Regulator Setting: 45 amps
Current and voltage armature air gap, Inch: .075
DELCO-REMY STARTING MOTOR SPECIFICATIONS
Part number: 1107115, 1107116(auto)(starter rotates clockwise)
Bush Spring Tension, Ounces: 24-28
No Load Test: 70 amps, 5.65 volts @ 5500 RPM
Torque Test: 550 Amps, 3.25 volts, Torque, Lbs.Ft.: 11
WHEEL ALIGNMENT SPECIFICATIONS
Caster, Degrees
Limits: -1 to -2-1/2
Desired: -1-3/4
Camber, Degrees
Limits: 0 to +1
Desired: +1/2
Toe-In, Inches: 1/16 to 1/8
Toe-Out on Turns, Degrees: (If toe-out is incorrect, when other adjustments are correct, look for bent steering arms.)
Outer wheel: 20
Inner Wheel: 22-1/2 to 23-1/2
Kingpin Angle, or Steering Axis Degrees: (If king pin or spindle support angle are incorrect, but camber is correct, look for bent suspension arms or steering knuckle support)
6 @ 0 Camber

1959 Studebaker 259 V8

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