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07-26-2017, 09:37 PM
I have a 55 Truck, E5, I've gone over all the engine ID docs via this site and Truck Talk, and trying to determine what engine (V8) I have in the truck. Engine number is "P76345". That didn't seem to fit the sequence given in the engine ID guide (I think). The casting number on the intake reads 353601, does that indicate a specific size engine or is that common to other sizes as well? I was also under the impression the '55's only had one size V8, the 224?

Thanks much, Ken

07-26-2017, 09:54 PM
Ken, an E5 would have originally been a 6 cylinder engine. The E7 would have had the 224 V8. Here is a chart with the truck model designations: http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/studebakertruckdata.asp

The V8 must have been swapped into your truck, so it could be any year from '51 thru '64. A quick look at the engine ID chart seems to indicate that this could be a 1961 289 engine. Pictures of the engine might help verify that.

07-26-2017, 10:22 PM
And may I add "Welcome to the forum"! You will find a lot of helpful information here.

07-26-2017, 11:16 PM
Thanks, that chart is just what I needed. I don't own the truck yet, just dealing with the previous owner's son, it's been sitting in a warehouse for ages. They showed me the title, but the "model number" (E51) and "model description" (E512) did not clear anything up. The body is nice, some sheet metal work, frame is nice and straight, just has apparently another motor dropped in it with a 4-speed.

07-27-2017, 01:22 AM

07-27-2017, 01:42 AM

Yeah, I got that, it was Google that led me to this site, and if everything on the truck had remained stock I would have figured out what I needed to know strictly via Google, but when a 60 year old vehicle has been tinkered with and altered over the decades, Google answers sort of goes out the window. None of the compiled charts corresponded to what I was seeing, hence the question. Thanks anyway.

Mrs K Corbin
07-27-2017, 07:39 AM
2 things.
1. you it's no longer original so if the owner is trying to sell it as original, you can beat up the price a bit.
2. Someone did you a favor by installing that V8. The Flat head 6 is a good engine and lasts forever, but won't pull itself out of a wet paper bag in a hurry.

I've got one of each.

07-27-2017, 07:52 AM
As Paul said, that number is listed as a '61 289. If the installation was done well, that's a very nice upgrade. Here's the complete chart. http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/V8EngineID.asp

The '55's are one of the most desirable as far as Stude pickups go. Nice find.

Skip Lackie
07-27-2017, 09:05 AM
Just FYI: E5-12 just means it's an E5 with the 112" wheelbase. In 1955, the half-ton pickups (E5/6/7) were only available with 112" WB anyway. Most of the larger trucks came in a variety of wheelbases.