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trump
01-15-2008, 08:42 PM
Hello- I am a new guy to studebakers and have a 1940 commander business coupe project. I don't know much about studes and I'm hoping to learn. I'm also hoping that I can get some help with parts I'm seeking. I will try to contribute as much as I can with my very limited knowledge.

I am especially looking for a set of running boards for this car.

Thanks.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

BobPalma
01-15-2008, 08:47 PM
:) Welcome aboard, Jon! Any 1940 Commander is a rare piece, and they were sharp looking, too.

Be sure to join The Antique Studebaker Club [ASC] in addition to The Studebaker Drivers Club. ;) [8D] BP

BobPalma
01-15-2008, 08:47 PM
:) Welcome aboard, Jon! Any 1940 Commander is a rare piece, and they were sharp looking, too.

Be sure to join The Antique Studebaker Club [ASC] in addition to The Studebaker Drivers Club. ;) [8D] BP

Studebaker Wheel
01-15-2008, 09:33 PM
You may wish to access these three previous threads on the same topic:

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7338&SearchTerms=1940+commander

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13022&SearchTerms=1940,commander

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12901&SearchTerms=1940,commander

You will find most of your answers there. Of course joining the Antique Studebaker Club is a must!

Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

Studebaker Wheel
01-15-2008, 09:33 PM
You may wish to access these three previous threads on the same topic:

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=7338&SearchTerms=1940+commander

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13022&SearchTerms=1940,commander

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=12901&SearchTerms=1940,commander

You will find most of your answers there. Of course joining the Antique Studebaker Club is a must!

Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

N8N
01-16-2008, 10:35 AM
1940 Commander business coupe..........??????

gaah.

it's worthless, but i'll be willing to dispose of it for you to save you the trouble.

nate

(just kidding, a 40 or 41 biz coupe is right up there on my list of "cars to own someday...")

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

N8N
01-16-2008, 10:35 AM
1940 Commander business coupe..........??????

gaah.

it's worthless, but i'll be willing to dispose of it for you to save you the trouble.

nate

(just kidding, a 40 or 41 biz coupe is right up there on my list of "cars to own someday...")

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

trump
01-16-2008, 01:49 PM
Truthfully... It seems I have been getting a lot of mixed info. I'm not really sure if it is a commander or President. It's gone the direction of a hot rod, and I hope that doesn't offend anybody here. When I got it it had already had most all of the bastardizing done. I'm hoping to build a tasteful "resto-rod". Mainly stock appearing with a modernized drivetrain and suspension. Most of the hack work will be taken care of including removing the side pipes and re-installing the engine side panels. I have most all of the trim as well.

So I'm gonna post a couple pictures of the car as I have bought it. Maybe somebody can tell me what it really is. Hopefully, I don't get too much bashing here....
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/hotrodderguy/1940%20Studebaker/DSC02738.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/hotrodderguy/1940%20Studebaker/DSC02740.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/hotrodderguy/1940%20Studebaker/DSC02743.jpg

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 01:49 PM
Truthfully... It seems I have been getting a lot of mixed info. I'm not really sure if it is a commander or President. It's gone the direction of a hot rod, and I hope that doesn't offend anybody here. When I got it it had already had most all of the bastardizing done. I'm hoping to build a tasteful "resto-rod". Mainly stock appearing with a modernized drivetrain and suspension. Most of the hack work will be taken care of including removing the side pipes and re-installing the engine side panels. I have most all of the trim as well.

So I'm gonna post a couple pictures of the car as I have bought it. Maybe somebody can tell me what it really is. Hopefully, I don't get too much bashing here....
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/hotrodderguy/1940%20Studebaker/DSC02738.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/hotrodderguy/1940%20Studebaker/DSC02740.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b117/hotrodderguy/1940%20Studebaker/DSC02743.jpg

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 01:49 PM
not sure why the pics didn't work. I think I did everything ok. Anyway, I suppose people can cut and paste.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 01:49 PM
not sure why the pics didn't work. I think I did everything ok. Anyway, I suppose people can cut and paste.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

JRoberts
01-16-2008, 03:20 PM
Does the term "gasser" come to mind. I mean if it already minus its stock running gear why not a straight front axle, an old hemi and ..... well, you kow what I'm trying to say. I guess I'd better run for cover now;)

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

JRoberts
01-16-2008, 03:20 PM
Does the term "gasser" come to mind. I mean if it already minus its stock running gear why not a straight front axle, an old hemi and ..... well, you kow what I'm trying to say. I guess I'd better run for cover now;)

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

trump
01-16-2008, 05:07 PM
I know what you are saying. I like to look at gassers, but I have no interest in ever owning one. They aren't exactly real street friendly and I am hoping to put some miles on this when it's done. I will probably go with a lowered, slightly raked stance (50's style). Right now it has the stock frontend in it, but I'm not sure how I feel about putting power behind it. It also has the stock rearend and I'm not real comfortable with putting 260-300hp to that either.

So most likely I will be dropping in a GM 10-bolt posi rear and a mustang II up front when I can afford it. It's got a sbc 350/350 in it. It's not my first choice, but I have lots of parts and I kow them well. It's going to need some tweeking to get it right, but it was recently rebuilt. I'll be dropping in a Lunati voodoo cam, Vintage offy intake, mallory unilite dizzy, and a Holley 670cfm carb.

The interior is non-existant, so I will probably have to do something with that once I get the body and suspension taken care of. My goal is to make it look as stock as possible with a few subtle modifications and a bulletproof drivetrain. I want to do some long distance trips with my father who owns a 1948 Ford Business coupe.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 05:07 PM
I know what you are saying. I like to look at gassers, but I have no interest in ever owning one. They aren't exactly real street friendly and I am hoping to put some miles on this when it's done. I will probably go with a lowered, slightly raked stance (50's style). Right now it has the stock frontend in it, but I'm not sure how I feel about putting power behind it. It also has the stock rearend and I'm not real comfortable with putting 260-300hp to that either.

So most likely I will be dropping in a GM 10-bolt posi rear and a mustang II up front when I can afford it. It's got a sbc 350/350 in it. It's not my first choice, but I have lots of parts and I kow them well. It's going to need some tweeking to get it right, but it was recently rebuilt. I'll be dropping in a Lunati voodoo cam, Vintage offy intake, mallory unilite dizzy, and a Holley 670cfm carb.

The interior is non-existant, so I will probably have to do something with that once I get the body and suspension taken care of. My goal is to make it look as stock as possible with a few subtle modifications and a bulletproof drivetrain. I want to do some long distance trips with my father who owns a 1948 Ford Business coupe.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

bob40
01-16-2008, 07:01 PM
I put a Fatman Mustang II in my '40 business coupe.It wasnt tough and as long a you follow the instruction to the letter it works well.I did upgrade the upper and lower A-frames from the stockers.

bob40
01-16-2008, 07:01 PM
I put a Fatman Mustang II in my '40 business coupe.It wasnt tough and as long a you follow the instruction to the letter it works well.I did upgrade the upper and lower A-frames from the stockers.

trump
01-16-2008, 09:33 PM
street rod engineering sells X-members for $440 or whole kits for $1800. Just need to save up the $$$. This winter has been rough with bills.... just had to fill up the propane tank for the heat.... those that have propane tanks know how that feels.... Ouch!



Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 09:33 PM
street rod engineering sells X-members for $440 or whole kits for $1800. Just need to save up the $$$. This winter has been rough with bills.... just had to fill up the propane tank for the heat.... those that have propane tanks know how that feels.... Ouch!



Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 09:35 PM
BTW- Is anybody able to tell me if the car is a commander or president? They seem to both look very similar according to the other pics I've found on the net.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-16-2008, 09:35 PM
BTW- Is anybody able to tell me if the car is a commander or president? They seem to both look very similar according to the other pics I've found on the net.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

studegary
01-17-2008, 01:03 PM
quote:Originally posted by trump

BTW- Is anybody able to tell me if the car is a commander or president? They seem to both look very similar according to the other pics I've found on the net.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.


I used to own a '40 President. I can't quite tell from the pictures, but I would guess that it is a Commander. A Commander came with a straight six and had a shorter front end section than a President that came with a straight eight.
Do you have the body or serial numbers for the coupe?

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
01-17-2008, 01:03 PM
quote:Originally posted by trump

BTW- Is anybody able to tell me if the car is a commander or president? They seem to both look very similar according to the other pics I've found on the net.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.


I used to own a '40 President. I can't quite tell from the pictures, but I would guess that it is a Commander. A Commander came with a straight six and had a shorter front end section than a President that came with a straight eight.
Do you have the body or serial numbers for the coupe?

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

TX Rebel
01-17-2008, 08:16 PM
Definitely a Commander. As Gary states the Comm had a shorter front end. The Pres used the same fenders, but moved them forward, ahead of the cowl, utilizing a longer hood & running boards. I own a 40 Commander cpe. & a 40 Prez., as well as an L5. I believe I may be able to help w/the running boards.

Barry'd in Studes

TX Rebel
01-17-2008, 08:16 PM
Definitely a Commander. As Gary states the Comm had a shorter front end. The Pres used the same fenders, but moved them forward, ahead of the cowl, utilizing a longer hood & running boards. I own a 40 Commander cpe. & a 40 Prez., as well as an L5. I believe I may be able to help w/the running boards.

Barry'd in Studes

trump
01-17-2008, 11:32 PM
That would be great if you could help me with some running boards. Just hoping I don't have to get a second mortgage on the house. One member emailed me with a method to make some. It's a great idea, but I'd prefer something that "fits". Thanks.

PS- My email is hotrodderguy@yahoo.com

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-17-2008, 11:32 PM
That would be great if you could help me with some running boards. Just hoping I don't have to get a second mortgage on the house. One member emailed me with a method to make some. It's a great idea, but I'd prefer something that "fits". Thanks.

PS- My email is hotrodderguy@yahoo.com

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

rockne10
01-18-2008, 10:03 PM
I don't think Shrock Brothers are making them yet, but you could check. They have '38 and '39 running board covers.

http://www.shrockbrothers.com/

rockne10
01-18-2008, 10:03 PM
I don't think Shrock Brothers are making them yet, but you could check. They have '38 and '39 running board covers.

http://www.shrockbrothers.com/

trump
01-23-2008, 08:42 AM
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

was hoping on some frontend advice for those that have done swaps. I know there are Mustang II kitsout there for this model, but $1800 is pretty steep for me. Was wondering if anybody has done a frontclip or sub instead? Maybe a GM, like camaro or something?

Biggest issue for me is the stock steering box won't allow me to run any inbord headers, so if I can get rid of that box with a new frontend life would be easier.

Thanks for all the advice. I will keep everybody updated with the project.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

trump
01-23-2008, 08:42 AM
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

was hoping on some frontend advice for those that have done swaps. I know there are Mustang II kitsout there for this model, but $1800 is pretty steep for me. Was wondering if anybody has done a frontclip or sub instead? Maybe a GM, like camaro or something?

Biggest issue for me is the stock steering box won't allow me to run any inbord headers, so if I can get rid of that box with a new frontend life would be easier.

Thanks for all the advice. I will keep everybody updated with the project.

Looking for 1939-1940 Commander coupe running boards.

rpeek
03-17-2008, 12:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

I don't think Shrock Brothers are making them yet, but you could check. They have '38 and '39 running board covers.

http://www.shrockbrothers.com/


Thanks for the link! I have been looking for the rubber for my 39 Studebaker Commander for a couple of weeks now. I tried painting them, but with kids climbing in and out of the back seats, it was causing too many touch ups!

rpeek
03-17-2008, 12:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

I don't think Shrock Brothers are making them yet, but you could check. They have '38 and '39 running board covers.

http://www.shrockbrothers.com/


Thanks for the link! I have been looking for the rubber for my 39 Studebaker Commander for a couple of weeks now. I tried painting them, but with kids climbing in and out of the back seats, it was causing too many touch ups!

Retired
03-17-2008, 05:04 PM
:)Trump, Running boards are being reproduced by John in Missouri. See ASC magazine "The Review" for ad.

Retired
03-17-2008, 05:04 PM
:)Trump, Running boards are being reproduced by John in Missouri. See ASC magazine "The Review" for ad.

stude freak
03-18-2008, 02:24 AM
My buddy Bobby put a mustang II front end in his 39 works great wonderful cruiser.

David Baggett '53 coupe

stude freak
03-18-2008, 02:24 AM
My buddy Bobby put a mustang II front end in his 39 works great wonderful cruiser.

David Baggett '53 coupe