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Sbaker57
09-15-2017, 04:01 PM
I brought this home a few weeks back. I've been looking for a good one after I brought home a rusty hulk of a parts car a couple of yours ago. This should be a really good builder. Normal rust, but has been kept inside for the last 20+ years. I even found the original bill of sale in the glove box! I already got the engine freed up and proved that it will run. I think I'll go over it, do the brakes, tires and fuel lines and see how it drives. It even came with an extra complete burgundy dash that is almost perfect. Who do I need to contact to get the build order? It has a Canadian 259 in it now and I'm just wondering if it came from the factory that way.





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8E45E
09-15-2017, 06:02 PM
It has a Canadian 259 in it now and I'm just wondering if it came from the factory that way.

The photo showing the body tag on the firewall tells me it did not come that way.

What is the engine number?

Craig

studegary
09-15-2017, 06:16 PM
You contact the Studebaker National Museum to get the production order.
This is similar to, but not the same car, the Blue Mist 1963 Daytona Wagonaire that I owned and used for nine years. Mine was fully equipped with pdb, buckets, TT, step, Sta-Bars, etc.
Note that Daytona has a y.

raprice
09-16-2017, 09:39 AM
Have fun!!!

61Lark
09-16-2017, 11:12 AM
That looks like a real solid car. It appears that the engine had an A/C compressor at some point.

StudeRich
09-16-2017, 03:47 PM
If your Serial number Plate on the Driver's Door Post does not say 63VC ("C" = Canada) it is a South Bend Car.

wolfie
09-17-2017, 08:06 PM
If your Serial number Plate on the Driver's Door Post does not say 63VC ("C" = Canada) it is a South Bend Car.

Congrats! Guard that dash! steve

Sbaker57
09-18-2017, 01:01 PM
I kind of figured these two where not born together. The entire front clip also has gold paint underneath the blue so I pretty sure it may have been in a front end collision at some point. Beyond that I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase. I put a battery in it, turned on the key and everything works from the dome lights to AM radio. It was preserved very well for the 30 years it sat.

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57pack
09-18-2017, 04:06 PM
Congratulations on your recent Wagonaire purchase.
Wagonaires get lots of looks from folks and are fun to drive.
Be sure to register your Wagonaire over to the Wagonaire Registry and make Nick happy!
You may be able to obtain a new OEM factory replacement seat upholstery from Will Sander over to Starlight Studebaker. He purchased the leftover Studebaker stock a few years ago.
Good luck with her!

ndynis
09-25-2017, 03:52 PM
Sounds like you are already enjoying the fun of driving a Wagonaire. I would love to have you join the Wagonaire Registry. You can find the Registry at:

wagonaire.info

In a few weeks I hope to have added a couple of new pages to the Registry. One for Wagonaires For Sale and one for Wagonaire Parts For Sale or Wanted. Later I hope to add one more page where registered owners can post questions or answer them, or just post good information related to the Wagonaire.

Currently you can contact registered owners who might have information you are interested in. I had been looking for help with what it took to install a 3rd seat in a Wagonaire. When I saw one on the Registry that had a 3rd seat I got in touch with the owner (57pack on the Forum) and received a lot of information that just isn’t available anywhere in print that I could find.

Here is a link to the Studebaker Museum where you can get the build sheet for your car. Look forward to following you and your Wagonaire!

https://studebakermuseum.org/

Good roads,
Nick

Dudok
09-26-2017, 01:36 PM
I have a stupid question, is it still considered a "Wagonaire" if it has a fixed(non sliding) roof? or is it just a "Wagon"?

Bordeaux Daytona
09-26-2017, 02:30 PM
I have a stupid question, is it still considered a "Wagonaire" if it has a fixed(non sliding) roof? or is it just a "Wagon"?

I think in '66 all were called Wagonaire even if they had fixed roofs. I have a fixed roof '64 and it doesn't have a Wagonaire emblem because it's not one.
I don't know if fixed roof wagons are welcome in the registry.

BobPalma
09-26-2017, 02:49 PM
:!: Looks good, Adam. Congrats. The tail gate seems to be unusually nice as to little / no rust. :cool: BP

ndynis
09-26-2017, 02:51 PM
Absolutely ALL 1964 through 1966 Wagonaires, fixed roof or sliding roof, are welcome at the Registry! The sliding roof models have some unique issues that the fixed roof models don't have but all are welcome.
Nick

studegary
09-26-2017, 08:16 PM
I have a stupid question, is it still considered a "Wagonaire" if it has a fixed(non sliding) roof? or is it just a "Wagon"?

I will give a more direct answer to your question. If a 1963-1965 has a fixed roof, it is a wagon and it is not a Wagonaire. I believe that Studebaker called all 1966 wagons Wagonaires (all 940 of them).

61Lark
09-26-2017, 08:27 PM
The fixed roof was not an option in 1965, so all 65s are Wagonaires also.

Sbaker57
09-27-2017, 12:10 PM
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Yeah Bob, it will need a small patch and some dent removal but way better than my first attempt at a restorable '63. This one is missing the bottom 4" of the entire car, but it is a Daytona with most of the trim and the some what rare roof rack. Is also a 3 speed overdrive with A/C. Lots of options just not rebuildable. I figured for $400 I might as well drag it home in hopes of finding a better car which I defiantly have!

Stu Chapman
09-27-2017, 10:27 PM
The 1966 Wagonaire was a separate model, not aligned with Commander, Daytona or Cruiser. All built carried body ID as Wagonaire, regardless if the roof was sliding or fixed.

Regarding 64 and 65 Wagonaires, we had to recognize the leakage problem we were experiencing and we did ship factory-produced fixed roof vehicles. Frankly, I don't remember what we did about the body ID and I don't have any reference to check it. So I will accept those comments in this thread that the ID wasn't attached.

To the best of my memory, Hamilton didn't ship any 63 Wagonaires with fixed roofs. I can't speak about South Bend production.

Stu Chapman