View Full Version : Studebaker Trucks getting some love on the Chevy Truck Forum!

06-08-2018, 10:41 AM

These happen to be my favorites also!

06-08-2018, 12:44 PM
You do have to wonder where all those 4X4 Stude. owners ARE!

We can count them in SDC using part of ONE Hand! :ohmy:

Big Smooth
06-08-2018, 02:51 PM
Did Stude make a 4x4 or did a company like Kapco(sp) covert like the early Chevs?

06-08-2018, 03:38 PM
They were NAPCO conversions.

Skip Lackie
06-08-2018, 03:44 PM
Did Stude make a 4x4 or did a company like Kapco(sp) covert like the early Chevs?

From the stude truck history on the main SDC web site:
"The big news for 1958 was the availability of a four-wheel drive option on all V8 and Commander 6-powered ½-ton, ¾-ton, and 1-ton models. The 4WD models were assembled using hardware provided by Northwestern Auto Parts Company (NAPCO), which had built 4WD conversion kits for Chevrolet, GMC, and Studebaker trucks for several years. Series 3E trucks with 4WD came with 4-speed transmissions, 2-speed transfer cases with power take-off capability, and heavy duty brakes and suspension components. Among other modifications, installation of the transfer case required relocation of the fuel tank to the rear of the truck. This in turn necessitated relocating the spare tire to the a special carrier built into the right rear fender. 4WD-equipped trucks were designated with a “D” suffix on their model number, but were not serialized separately. The 4WD conversion added a lot to the cost, however. A price list attached to Studebaker Sales Letter T-5(b) of December 19, 1957 showed a Factory List Price of $2693 for a V8-equipped, 4WD, model 3E7D half-ton pickup. That was $1245 more than the $1448 cost of a Champion 6-equipped model 3E1 Scotsman pickup."

Commander Eddie
06-08-2018, 03:51 PM
Nice to see others appreciating what we hard core Studebaker lovers do.

06-08-2018, 04:07 PM
:!: Nice. Thanks for the link. :) BP

Big Smooth
06-08-2018, 04:08 PM
Thanks very good history lesson. NAPCO.