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mbstude
03-15-2018, 06:18 PM
Last summer, I had agreed to buy a '55 pickup out of Texas, but the deal fell through. Still wanting a project and also being a fan of wagons, I bought this '55 Commander Conestoga and had it shipped in from Tulsa. Having genuinely enjoyed fixing the car up and putting some miles on it, I find myself once again itching for a C-Cab pickup. As far as the car goes...

It's a mostly unrestored survivor, with a fair amount of freshening up. 90% of the paint appears to be original. Interior is original except for the front seat and carpeting, though all of the side panels have been dyed due to fading. 259 V8 with a first gear start DG200M with a 3.31 rear. Engine is a strong runner and the car is a fantastic cruiser. There are still a few things that the car could use and there are some small issues I'm going to tend to, but overall it's a turn-key driver. The lower rear doglegs of the front fenders have some rust, but an NOS pair of fenders would go with the car. Otherwise, the car is as solid and rust free as it was in 1955. It was assembled in Los Angeles and lived its whole live out west and in the midwest until I bought it.

As far as what I'm looking for.. I want a '49-59 halfton pickup. It doesn't have to be as nice as the wagon, engine isn't important, nor is a shiny paint job. However, it must be straight and rust free. My plan is to put the wagon on the open market in a couple of months and once again hunt to find a truck, but if someone was interested in trading, that'd save me the hassle.

I have a long list of new parts and plenty of photos that I'll be glad to pass along to anyone seriously interested.

Matt Burnette, Gainesville, Florida

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Noxnabaker
03-15-2018, 06:25 PM
If I had what you want, then that wagon would be mine NOW!!!
But "no"... So: GOOD LUCK!

2R5
03-15-2018, 07:53 PM
That’s a dandy wagon Matt , but I remember a C cab not that long ago you should of probably kept .

63t-cab
03-15-2018, 08:17 PM
Except that one wasn't a half ton.

mbstude
03-15-2018, 08:51 PM
That’s a dandy wagon Matt , but I remember a C cab not that long ago you should of probably kept .

Wasn’t in the cards at the time. Situations change.

studegary
03-15-2018, 09:28 PM
I have had a few C-cabs, but none now.
It is always easier to sell one and buy another than it is to try to make a specific trade work.
What happened to the pickup that you had in high school?

Sam Ensley
03-15-2018, 09:41 PM
I have a 1949 C-cab. You've probably seen it. Light blue. It now has Ford running gear. My grandson loves the truck. I wouldn't trade unless it made him happy. There is an old picture of it on the North Georgia SDC website.

mbstude
03-15-2018, 09:51 PM
Gary, my high school pickup came with me to Gainesville a year ago. It needed way too much metal work (a skill I don’t possess) and there’s too much going on in the shop for it to have been a feasible project. Hence the desire to find a truck with no rust.

Sam, a truck with Ford running gear may be too far removed from stock to be something I’d like. Thanks for mentioning it, though.

abkco
03-15-2018, 10:27 PM
Beautiful car, Matt.

drrotor
03-16-2018, 12:41 AM
Matt— PM sent

2R5
03-16-2018, 01:27 PM
Except that one wasn't a half ton.

You don’t know what we’re talking about .....eh Matt ? ( g)

voxnut
03-16-2018, 02:52 PM
This was the model that got me interested in Studebakers. I had a friend who had a '54 Conestoga back in the mid-90's and I thought it was amazingly cool. I'm attached to my '61 Lark wagon, but if I wasn't (or had space for another one!) I'd be trying to figure out how to buy this if a trade didn't materialize. Good luck with the trade/sale!

jackb
03-16-2018, 04:09 PM
Bet you miss that Canadian Green Big 6 w/ OD about now........

TWChamp
03-16-2018, 04:10 PM
That's a good looking wagon.
Sure wish my dad had bought a Studebaker wagon back in 1954 when he traded his 1950 Champion in on a new Ford country Squire.
From day one my dad hated that Ford so much that within a few days he went back to the dealer and bought back his 1950 Champion.
In the late 80's I could have bought a 56 Studebaker Pinehurst for $500, just east of Pierre, SD, and I'm still kicking myself for passing on it.

mbstude
03-16-2018, 05:50 PM
You don’t know what we’re talking about .....eh Matt ? ( g)


Bet you miss that Canadian Green Big 6 w/ OD about now........

That 2R6 is the only Stude I’ve owned (out of 10) that I wish I had back. But, there’s more out there.

studeclunker
03-17-2018, 04:06 AM
That is one beautiful wagon!

rockne10
03-17-2018, 08:26 AM
You don’t know what we’re talking about .....eh Matt ? ( g)Maybe a pumpkin? ;):D

There's a '58 Scotsman with 259 on Craig's List in Elysburg, PA.

mbstude
03-17-2018, 03:26 PM
There's a '58 Scotsman with 259 on Craig's List in Elysburg, PA.

Looks like a rusty Pennsylvania truck to me.

https://pennstate.craigslist.org/cto/d/1958-studebaker-3e-short-box/6523831328.html

jackb
03-18-2018, 10:57 AM
MY humble advise is to bite the bullet and call the SW Stude chapter presidents for club trucks. I have a desert CA truck just like your Green one, set up exactly like that one less paint. Extremely solid truck. Not interested in your wagon, but if you could find a later Champ truck w/ V8 and possible long bed..... I could be tempted to trade. No project. A current, running truck w/ good title....

Commander Eddie
03-18-2018, 12:50 PM
Okay, Matt and Jackb, how about this... I have a '61 Champ truck, V8, 3spd w/OD step side (6 1/2' bed) which I drive all the time. How about if I pass that along to Jackb, Jack passes his truck along to Matt and I take the Conestoga wagon?

mbstude
03-18-2018, 02:24 PM
Okay, Matt and Jackb, how about this... I have a '61 Champ truck, V8, 3spd w/OD step side (6 1/2' bed) which I drive all the time. How about if I pass that along to Jackb, Jack passes his truck along to Matt and I take the Conestoga wagon?

Now we just need someone from Southern California in on this to get all 4 corners of the country included.

Kidding aside, I've had a couple of nice trucks offered up already.. A friend in Colorado has one that I really like. I'm going to see what happens with that one before pursuing any others. :)