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58 stude
10-09-2006, 10:46 PM
What color is engine supposed to be in 58 champion? I bought a 2 dr, and a 4 dr, and both have red engines.I thought they are supposed to be silver? Thanks for any help.Rick.

10-10-2006, 01:16 AM
You've got a WHAT??? Tell me more about that 2 door!!! As the plate on my '57 Commander 2 door used to say- '1 OF A FEW'...
I only can think of about two of those '58 2 door Champions I'm aware of!!! ;)

It's block ought to be 'silver-grey', with silver-grey or black fans and oil pans...
as per the Turning Wheels article in August 1991. I wonder what motors are in those cars now?

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

10-10-2006, 09:25 AM
Dave, I guess you saw that nice original one on eBay a few months back. [?] That was one SWEET little car!
We have a '56 Two door Champ, ya know. Not NEARLY as cool as a '58. ;) Actually, I like the '56 styling better. One of the dream cars on the list is a '56 Prez convertible.

('56 Prez two door + '60-62 ragtop = [8D]
BTW, Stephen Cade has both in his boneyard. [:0])

He thinks I'm crazy for an idea like that, but he later stated that it wouldn't look too bad. ;)


10-10-2006, 10:46 AM
Matthew, I think you would need a 59-60 ragtop (did they make them in '59?) because the 61-62 cowl is different enough things wouldn't line up quite right, and you wouldn't be able to bolt the hood on. also you'd have to weld the x-member into the '56 frame, and also weld the '56 inner fenders and trunk into the ragtop body shell.


55 Commander Starlight

10-10-2006, 02:10 PM
No '59 ragtops,N8. But this a project I'd dreamed about over the years - a 57 or 58 ragtop built from a 2-dr and a 60 ragtop.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

10-10-2006, 10:47 PM
I like this forum. It encourages me to see there are some guys like you guys who have been "bitten by the Stude bug" far worse than I have.

Hey, 58Stude, are those red engines still the Champion flathead sixes that came in those cars? Not that I want to repaint any parts, but I'm curious to see some photos.

Here's mine:
http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/restoration/thm-motor-after-por15-2ndRedcoat-right.JPG (http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/restoration/motor-after-por15-2ndRedcoat-right.JPG)

http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/Current_Avacar.gif[/img=left] - DilloCrafter

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
[i]The Red-Headed Amazon
Deep in the heart of Texas

58 stude
10-12-2006, 08:38 AM
Thanks for the info. The 2 dr I bought has been sitting since
1969. I bought it from original owners grandson and was
told car was completley original. I have both engines out
and am doing a rebuild.

Thanks, Rick.