View Full Version : Found old frame in woods - Studebaker?

06-12-2017, 11:23 PM
I came across an old car frame deep in the woods, unidentifiable except for center lugs with Studebaker logo on them. Just curious about what year and model it could be, or if it is even a Studebaker. The logo appears to be very old.


06-13-2017, 01:00 AM
My guess is the frame is a 1920's Studebaker.

The Co. was Founded in 1852 building Wagons, Buckboards, Surreys, Buggies and every other type of Wagons, and are the only American Wagon builder to survive to build Automobiles until 1966.

06-13-2017, 08:07 AM
Nice find! Now to dig it out and drag it home!
Years ago, not far from here, we were walking deep into the forest and also came across an car frame deep in the woods. The one we found still had a motor and transmission in the frame. On further investigation we discovered it was a Oakland as the name was cast on the block.

06-13-2017, 01:19 PM
The rims are likely from a later vehicle than that frame, probably mid 30s. Hard to tell but looks like there was a hitch added to the front axle. Probably a sign this frame was used to make a farm wagon. Common practice. Farm I grew up on we had a wagon where the "gear" under it was made from a 30s ford car axle pair. Sears sold a conversion kit even. We had another wagon "gear" Dad got from a neighbor that was made from a 1920s Dodge Bros. I was annoyed when he sold it from scrap over 20yrs ago and didn't save the "DB" screw on caps as those were worth more than the scrap value of the rest of it.

Over the years, the rims on these things would get changed out to usually smaller sizes as the cost/availability of cheap used tires to put on them changed. That Dodge frame I mentioned above had 16" rims that had been welded onto the original brake drums/hubs and were all crooked so the tires wavered around! I was told about a 2 wheel trailer they used to have (made from a front axle with the king pins welded in place) where grandpa sold or traded it for a different one solely because of the tire size was now hard to find or too expensive and the replacement trailer had a more common (at that time) tire.

06-13-2017, 04:45 PM
Looks like it needs a little work.

06-13-2017, 05:34 PM
Looks like it needs a little work.

Naw, once we get all the Studebaker Clarke floor polishers registered we will buff it out.

06-13-2017, 05:57 PM
Hey!!! Find the hidden serial number. I'm sure Bob Palma could convince his good friend Richard Quinn to reveal when he stamped it, and give an eye witness recount of what it was the day it rolled out of the factory.;)

06-13-2017, 07:01 PM
This reminds me of story I heard from a uncle of mine (husband of my mom's older sister). His family lived in Wisconsin and were not well off by any means. He was born in 1932 so this was probably in the 40s. Anyway, his dad would acquire cheaper beater cars for the family and cut them into pickups. One such was a '32 (not sure, maybe a '31) Studebaker President sedan. Must have been in pretty nice shape before becoming a pickup. One could imagine that it eventually ended up like this out in the woods of Wisconsin.

06-13-2017, 07:08 PM
Now that you have found it what do you plan to do with it?

Lark Parker
06-13-2017, 07:51 PM
As I look at the pictures I realize it is mine. I forgot where I parked it

06-13-2017, 10:34 PM
Now that you have found it what do you plan to do with it?

Start a registry for it!

06-13-2017, 11:32 PM
Start a registry for it!

Yes, the frame registry! I have a 2R5 frame along with a 3E40 frame I could add.

06-14-2017, 10:15 AM
Now that you have found it what do you plan to do with it?

I think it will remain one of my mountain bike trail markers - possibly minus the nuts if I remember to pack a large wrench next time.

Mrs K Corbin
06-15-2017, 07:40 AM
take the wheels too..