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bams50
02-11-2008, 05:33 AM
I've never been a big fan of M trucks as customs; but this one really wowed me! For me, the entire truck has been done exactly right- with the exception of the super-cheap stereo (easily remedied).

It's almost perfect, if I could, I'd only change two things:

1. The stereo
2. It's current ownership[8D]

Look and enjoy:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1947-Studebaker-Pickup-NICE-hotrod_W0QQitemZ230221824960QQihZ013QQcategoryZ6466QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZ ViewItem

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

gordr
02-11-2008, 06:35 AM
That IS a nicely-done rod, Bob, no doubt about it. Nicely old-school, too, not too much bling and billet.

I don't even mind the low-buck stereo. You are supposed to cruise and listen to the engine, not some big sub-woofer pounding out the thumps.

About the only thing I'd do different is to restore the original gages, because the style of the dash is part of the charm of the truck, but that's a real nit-pick on a truck this nice. And I'd lose the keyless entry system; just something else to go wrong. But that's my personal prejudice.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

gordr
02-11-2008, 06:35 AM
That IS a nicely-done rod, Bob, no doubt about it. Nicely old-school, too, not too much bling and billet.

I don't even mind the low-buck stereo. You are supposed to cruise and listen to the engine, not some big sub-woofer pounding out the thumps.

About the only thing I'd do different is to restore the original gages, because the style of the dash is part of the charm of the truck, but that's a real nit-pick on a truck this nice. And I'd lose the keyless entry system; just something else to go wrong. But that's my personal prejudice.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Swifster
02-11-2008, 06:57 AM
Classic Instruments can convert old speedometers to electric movement along with the other gauges. You can also have the background color changed so that the original can be used.

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

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Swifster
02-11-2008, 06:57 AM
Classic Instruments can convert old speedometers to electric movement along with the other gauges. You can also have the background color changed so that the original can be used.

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

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DEEPNHOCK
02-11-2008, 07:42 AM
Man-o-man...
You'ze guys are quick to spend $1500+ of his hard earned money...(for $300 worth of aftermarket gauges)..[:0]
Just an opinion...;)
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by Swifster

Classic Instruments can convert old speedometers to electric movement along with the other gauges. You can also have the background color changed so that the original can be used.

DEEPNHOCK
02-11-2008, 07:42 AM
Man-o-man...
You'ze guys are quick to spend $1500+ of his hard earned money...(for $300 worth of aftermarket gauges)..[:0]
Just an opinion...;)
Jeff[8D]



quote:Originally posted by Swifster

Classic Instruments can convert old speedometers to electric movement along with the other gauges. You can also have the background color changed so that the original can be used.

studeski
02-11-2008, 08:10 AM
I agree with Gord on the gauges. Upholstery looks cheap. Loose the mouse motor. Crager SS. Two piece windshield. You hardly ever see a v-butt windshield that fits right or looks right.

Claude Chmielewski
Studeski
http://www.studeski.com
Fillmore, Wisconsin
47 M-16 Truck
62 GT Hawk
63 Lark
64 Commander Wagonaire
50 Champion Regal (parts car)
[img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/dakota01.jpg[/img=left]
"One after another they volunteered how in their families and in their
communities they were expected to be responsible for their behavior, how
honesty was assumed to be the rule, not the exception. They also talked
matter-of-factly about the sense of duty to their country, a sentiment not
much in fashion anymore."

studeski
02-11-2008, 08:10 AM
I agree with Gord on the gauges. Upholstery looks cheap. Loose the mouse motor. Crager SS. Two piece windshield. You hardly ever see a v-butt windshield that fits right or looks right.

Claude Chmielewski
Studeski
http://www.studeski.com
Fillmore, Wisconsin
47 M-16 Truck
62 GT Hawk
63 Lark
64 Commander Wagonaire
50 Champion Regal (parts car)
[img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/dakota01.jpg[/img=left]
"One after another they volunteered how in their families and in their
communities they were expected to be responsible for their behavior, how
honesty was assumed to be the rule, not the exception. They also talked
matter-of-factly about the sense of duty to their country, a sentiment not
much in fashion anymore."

52-fan
02-11-2008, 08:32 AM
I agree this is one of the nicest M street rods I have seen. Just like on any rod you can find things done differently than you would do it. I personally have never cared for swapping the the rear fenders side to side like on this truck. The fenders along with the bulbous rear pan make the rear of the truck look too rounded compared to the rest of the truck. IMHO that style of rear pan would look better on an R series pickup.
I also have never liked the smooth running boards that have been popular for a number of years. I personally like door handles, exposed hinges, windshield center bars and other little barbs that give an old vehicle its personality. Some of the newer rods are so smooth that they look alike in the same way many of the newer cars do. Of course some guys don't have original pieces in good shape and it is easier to remove or modify the original items.
Having said all that I still think the builder of this truck did a good job and I would gladly drive it if it was mine.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, 1947 M5. Searcy,Arkansas

52-fan
02-11-2008, 08:32 AM
I agree this is one of the nicest M street rods I have seen. Just like on any rod you can find things done differently than you would do it. I personally have never cared for swapping the the rear fenders side to side like on this truck. The fenders along with the bulbous rear pan make the rear of the truck look too rounded compared to the rest of the truck. IMHO that style of rear pan would look better on an R series pickup.
I also have never liked the smooth running boards that have been popular for a number of years. I personally like door handles, exposed hinges, windshield center bars and other little barbs that give an old vehicle its personality. Some of the newer rods are so smooth that they look alike in the same way many of the newer cars do. Of course some guys don't have original pieces in good shape and it is easier to remove or modify the original items.
Having said all that I still think the builder of this truck did a good job and I would gladly drive it if it was mine.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, 1947 M5. Searcy,Arkansas

studegary
02-11-2008, 02:05 PM
It looks like a nicely done pickup, but I don't understand why you would reverse/switch/swap the rear fenders.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
02-11-2008, 02:05 PM
It looks like a nicely done pickup, but I don't understand why you would reverse/switch/swap the rear fenders.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer