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62champ
06-19-2018, 07:05 AM
Many do not like how the P2 wide bed does not exactly fit in with the Champ cab - it could be worse. Truck for sale on Craigslist shows just how bad. At least with that huge mirror you could ignore it ;)

https://i.imgur.com/LaUcUvr.jpg

Robert Crandall
06-19-2018, 07:38 AM
Here is the ad:

https://greensboro.craigslist.org/cto/d/studebaker-champ-pickup/6572774985.html

BobPalma
06-19-2018, 08:08 AM
;) Aside from a missing battery hold-down, it looks like it ought to buff out nicely....:cool: BP

tsenecal
06-19-2018, 09:12 AM
I,m looking for a Champ, (wife doesn't know about that yet). This one is priced right, but is waaay to far from home. If it were mine, it would lose that box immediately, and end up with a new custom box, service bed, or flat bed, with under bed boxes. With a little elbow grease, it looks like it is well worth saving.

53k
06-19-2018, 09:25 AM
I,m looking for a Champ, (wife doesn't know about that yet). This one is priced right, but is waaay to far from home. If it were mine, it would lose that box immediately, and end up with a new custom box, service bed, or flat bed, with under bed boxes. With a little elbow grease, it looks like it is well worth saving.
Some years ago at the Reedsville (PA) Swap Meet I saw a Champ with a Dodge Dakota bed. It fit beautifully and in my mind, was the perfect bed for a Champ. I'm pretty certain it was sold. The former owner is a long-time Forum member. He might be inclined to provide some more details about the installation.

48skyliner
06-19-2018, 10:40 AM
"If it were mine, it would lose that box immediately, and end up with a new custom box, service bed, or flat bed, with under bed boxes."

I built my custom Ford truck in 1993, and the flat bed has been very versatile. The removable side rails give you some convenient options for loading, such as putting heavy stuff to the front with a fork lift. The wire shelving is great for the side rails, gives you lots of options to tie things down. The deck is 3/4 inch Baltic birch, 13 plies and no voids in the core- very tough stuff, has held up well to 25 years of abuse.

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jimmijim8
06-19-2018, 01:14 PM
Some years ago at the Reedsville (PA) Swap Meet I saw a Champ with a Dodge Dakota bed. It fit beautifully and in my mind, was the perfect bed for a Champ. I'm pretty certain it was sold. The former owner is a long-time Forum member. He might be inclined to provide some more details about the installation. I remember seeing that same truck. That bed was a great fit. The truck was blue. cheers jimmijim

thunderations
06-19-2018, 01:50 PM
I like the Ford Ranger stepside bed on the Champs. Don't think I have seen a Champ with a Dakota bed.

StudeNewby
06-19-2018, 02:10 PM
Some years ago at the Reedsville (PA) Swap Meet I saw a Champ with a Dodge Dakota bed. It fit beautifully and in my mind, was the perfect bed for a Champ. I'm pretty certain it was sold. The former owner is a long-time Forum member. He might be inclined to provide some more details about the installation.
I'd love to see that. Any pictures? Was it the stepside or fleetside design?

Xcalibur
06-19-2018, 06:18 PM
Goes perfectly on THAT truck, imho! :lol:

Milaca
06-19-2018, 09:41 PM
With a large 3D printer, one could produce a new bed for a Champ that would actually look proper, designed as it should have been by Studebaker with their Lark profits back in the day. But, making the bed look proper would take away from its wonderful quirkiness. :)

thom
06-19-2018, 10:31 PM
That truck is not too far from me. I thought about going to check it out for parts for the Champ that I have had my eye on for some time now. It looks like I finally may be able to get the one I want. The ad says the engine turns free, but then the one I want has an inline six and I like inline sixes. The one in the ad is obviously a 3/4 ton so I guess none of the chassis parts would be of use to me. Oh well.

62champ
06-20-2018, 06:53 AM
That truck is not too far from me. I thought about going to check it out for parts for the Champ that I have had my eye on for some time now. It looks like I finally may be able to get the one I want. The ad says the engine turns free, but then the one I want has an inline six and I like inline sixes. The one in the ad is obviously a 3/4 ton so I guess none of the chassis parts would be of use to me. Oh well.

Lot more similarities between 3/4 ton and 1/2 ton than differences. If you could pick it up for $500, you could harvest all the parts you need and then part out the rest. If it is a staight 3 spd, it might have a 4.10 rear that people are constantly looking for.

jimmijim8
06-20-2018, 08:06 AM
I'd love to see that. Any pictures? Was it the stepside or fleetside design? Fleetside type cheers jimmijim

swvalcon
06-20-2018, 08:06 AM
Never could see why Studebaker went though all the trouble and expense of buying that box when they had one in house the whole time.

53k
06-20-2018, 08:44 AM
I'd love to see that. Any pictures? Was it the stepside or fleetside design?

Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me at the time and I didn't think of using my cell phone.

Guido
06-21-2018, 10:03 PM
I had a fellow in Colorado contact me about buying his Champ truck about 12-15 years ago, he had narrowed the box and it looked good.

Kurt
06-22-2018, 05:47 AM
I must be he odd man out. Actually usually I am😀. I alsways kinda liked the cobbled together look of the Champ. It's a great conversation starter at car shows. One note on this particular truck is at least the bed crease lines up better with the cab than the bed that actually was used in production.....