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06-18-2018, 03:29 PM
I just purchased my first Studebaker. It was at a antique salvage yard that was being forced to vacate there prosperity. The city had taken there land so they could build a subdivision on it. When I visited the yard they had already crushed over three thousand cars. In one section of the yard they had 6 to 8 Studebaker from 1950 to 1954. I just could stand to see them crushed, so I purchased the 1950 2 door Champion. Now I need to know if you have an expert on this car, that I can contact for guidance.
John Potter
805 484-0907

06-18-2018, 03:38 PM
Welcome, John
First you have to define: EXPERT.
We all know something, but I don't think anyone knows everything, but I may be corrected on that.
What, specifically do you need? Guidance, parts, money.......forget that part.
Congratulations on the purchase of the 1950 Champion. They are kind of quirky cars having a one year only front steering system, but they sure are iconic in design.

06-18-2018, 04:09 PM
You bought a good year for design, and 1950 was Studebaker's peak sales year.

Sure wish I could have seen what the yard had for 1953-4, as those are the best design any car ever had IMHO.

06-18-2018, 04:09 PM
Congratulations on your new car. You are fortunate to live in Camarrillo as there are many people in LA area that can help you get the Champion back on the road. Bud

06-18-2018, 04:09 PM
Everyone has their preferences, but "Most" of us would agree if there were ANY '53 or '54 Coupes or Hardtops or even Sedans, in fair shape they would have been the ones to grab. :!:

Are there any left?

06-18-2018, 04:10 PM
At the moment I don’t know what I don’t know. I was hoping I could find someone that has restored at least one 1950 Champion. I’ve started looking around for the parts I’m missing. In the center of the dash there is a dome. I’ve seen photos with it replaced with a clock. Will a clock that is intended for a command or fit in a Champion.

06-18-2018, 04:11 PM
As of last week yes

06-18-2018, 04:16 PM
I highly recommend you join the Studebaker club

From there, I suggest you get BOTH the shop manual AND the parts book

I was pretty lost until I got both of those books. The Parts book is just as important as the manual.

Welcome to the group!

06-18-2018, 04:49 PM
A Commander clock won't fit a 1950 Champion, which is a year by itself for the clock, and quite expensive.

Here is my 50 Champion I bought 4 years ago. Someone restored the car in the early 90's, and I added the clock.

73310 73311

Joe V
06-18-2018, 08:00 PM
John, whats the name of the yard?

Mrs K Corbin
06-19-2018, 09:48 AM
Post some pictures of your car. How much rust is there? Engine/tranny still in it?
Make it run and stop. Check for rust out in the floors and trunk, etc.

06-19-2018, 02:52 PM
Hi John, and welcome to the Forum! I echo the above sentiments: get the manual and parts book, and join the club. You'll be glad you did.
Was the yard you spoke of the one in Utah that is closing?

06-20-2018, 02:59 PM
John, whats the name of the yard?
The yard is called McBride Auto Wreking in Grantsvile, Htah. I spoke with Dennis this morning. Most of the cars are gone but they still have a 1953 two door and a 54 four door. Some parts have been removed and they both have rust in the usual places. You may have to purchase both cars to build one. They probably both could be purchased for a thousand dollars.
Dennis’s number is 1 435 830-0069

06-20-2018, 03:15 PM
Yes, It’s in Grantsville, Utah.

06-20-2018, 03:25 PM
well, let’s see if I can figure out how to post pictures. This is what I got for $1200 dollars.

06-20-2018, 03:27 PM
Nice car. Do you have any extra parts.

06-20-2018, 03:32 PM
I always try to picture "rust in the usual places" pertaining to Western Cars as opposed to Our Eastern Cars :eek:

06-20-2018, 05:46 PM
Nice car. Do you have any extra parts.
Yes, I have a complete front clip. A picture of it is in the last photo

06-20-2018, 05:48 PM
If someone is interested they’ll have to act fast. The cars are only going to be there another day or two.

06-20-2018, 06:12 PM
The yard is called McBride Auto Wrecking in Grantsvile, Utah
I knew it wasn't in Camarillo, Santa Paula, Ventura, or anywhere else in SoCal.

At one time Santa Paula Auto Wrecking had 1,000's of cars, but the owner sold out and today there's a industrial complex on the site.

Ventura Auto Wrecking was located several miles east of the Santa Paula yard (both south of 126).

When I first stopped there, they had a '47 Packard Clipper in so-so condition and a beautiful all original '55 Packard Patrician with the blue leather and brocade interior.

I told the owner (who wouldn't sell it or the interior and claimed he was going to "restore it someday") to install a battery so the power windows could be raised.

He didn't and several years later when I stopped back, the interior was a mess.

I told the IDIOT, shooting you w/a gun is too good for you, you should be keel hauled, then strung up from the highest yardarm!

06-20-2018, 06:15 PM
Rust in the usual places on the west coast is different than rust in all the places in the rust belt and east coast. Looks like a good car to start with.

06-20-2018, 06:33 PM
Rust in the usual places on the west coast is different than rust in all the places in the rust belt and east coast. Looks like a good car to start with.
Studebakers could rust out in Death Valley! This is due to no inner fender liners and the vents in the front fenders.

Road grime is slung by the tires above and to the rear of those vents and there's no drain holes.

The fenders begin to rust, then the rust spreads into the cowl panel. I used to stick a garden hose behind those vents of my '62 Hawk, then turn the water on full blast.

All sorts of crap flowed out.

06-20-2018, 09:12 PM
I'm confused by replies #16 and #18, as it sounds like you are talking to yourself.
Anyway, if you need some of the missing parts, I know French Lake has them, but they are in Minnesota. 320-274-8497