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spqr_67
02-28-2008, 11:29 PM
Well, here is what I am starting with. And officially, she's assumed the name of "Betty"
I'd love some help decoding the firewall & door post tags!
Many thanks!

Michael

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LarkVIII
02-28-2008, 11:36 PM
By the serial # it's an LA built car The W means short wb, Champion 4 dr 6cyl

63VY4 Leakin' Lena Hagerstown MD

LarkVIII
02-28-2008, 11:36 PM
By the serial # it's an LA built car The W means short wb, Champion 4 dr 6cyl

63VY4 Leakin' Lena Hagerstown MD

doug
02-29-2008, 12:59 AM
12G indicates 1952 6 cylinder Champion, W means 4-door sedan , 1 indicated trim level (Custom the plainest) and 4017 indicates the the number of body of that style,

doug
02-29-2008, 12:59 AM
12G indicates 1952 6 cylinder Champion, W means 4-door sedan , 1 indicated trim level (Custom the plainest) and 4017 indicates the the number of body of that style,

mbstude
02-29-2008, 08:09 AM
I have a very rough '52 Commander (V8) 2 door hardtop. Not much left of that one that's any good though. My uncle has a driver quality '52 Champion 4 door as well, I'll see about a picture or two later today. :)

Welcome to the club. [8D]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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mbstude
02-29-2008, 08:09 AM
I have a very rough '52 Commander (V8) 2 door hardtop. Not much left of that one that's any good though. My uncle has a driver quality '52 Champion 4 door as well, I'll see about a picture or two later today. :)

Welcome to the club. [8D]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-7.jpg

spqr_67
02-29-2008, 09:16 AM
OK, now that it's been determined that Betty, as cool as she is, is not the missing Stude or anything I can move forward with plan "B". The last thing I want to do is to offend any die hards, but ultimately I'd like to modernize her mechanically while retaining the history. After all, her engine is blown.
I will be reaching out to my local chapter (I'm looking at you team AZ!) but would love to hear from anyone who has attempted this. What drivetrains fit? How difficult is a 6 to 12V conversion?
Thanks!!!!!
Michael

spqr_67
02-29-2008, 09:16 AM
OK, now that it's been determined that Betty, as cool as she is, is not the missing Stude or anything I can move forward with plan "B". The last thing I want to do is to offend any die hards, but ultimately I'd like to modernize her mechanically while retaining the history. After all, her engine is blown.
I will be reaching out to my local chapter (I'm looking at you team AZ!) but would love to hear from anyone who has attempted this. What drivetrains fit? How difficult is a 6 to 12V conversion?
Thanks!!!!!
Michael

mbstude
02-29-2008, 12:28 PM
Here's my uncle's car. You can barely make out my rust bucket hardtop, sitting on the trailer behind the Dodge pickup.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/398237796KikJnD_ph.jpg

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-7.jpg

mbstude
02-29-2008, 12:28 PM
Here's my uncle's car. You can barely make out my rust bucket hardtop, sitting on the trailer behind the Dodge pickup.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/398237796KikJnD_ph.jpg

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-7.jpg

studeefrek
02-29-2008, 12:44 PM
i put a 50 starlite coupe on a S10 frame it was a short bed so had to extend it left 4.3 and 5 speed in it but outside it is stock looking frames are real good fit

studeefrek
02-29-2008, 12:44 PM
i put a 50 starlite coupe on a S10 frame it was a short bed so had to extend it left 4.3 and 5 speed in it but outside it is stock looking frames are real good fit

studeclunker
02-29-2008, 12:46 PM
Well, Michael, you're welcome to do whatever you like to your car, and welcome. That said, it's just as easy to stick with the original type of drive train as it is to cut, paste, and modify. The car also retains more value as well. As to changing over to twelve volt, it's remarkably easy. The six-volt wiring can still be used. There's a few switches, all the bulbs (which are probably burnt out anyway) and some other small things that will need changing. Try a little searching and have some patience. You'll not regret it.
Try this link to find your local chapter:

http://studebakerdriversclub.com/lc_AZ.asp

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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studeclunker
02-29-2008, 12:46 PM
Well, Michael, you're welcome to do whatever you like to your car, and welcome. That said, it's just as easy to stick with the original type of drive train as it is to cut, paste, and modify. The car also retains more value as well. As to changing over to twelve volt, it's remarkably easy. The six-volt wiring can still be used. There's a few switches, all the bulbs (which are probably burnt out anyway) and some other small things that will need changing. Try a little searching and have some patience. You'll not regret it.
Try this link to find your local chapter:

http://studebakerdriversclub.com/lc_AZ.asp

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Commander51
02-29-2008, 07:17 PM
Six volt wiring is heavier gauge than 12 volt, so you'd be fine IF the current wiring were in good shape. But judging from the upholstery, I'm betting the wires don't look much different. IMHO, good wiring is at least as important as any of the other systems on your car. My .02

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51 Commander State Sedan
Butler PA

Commander51
02-29-2008, 07:17 PM
Six volt wiring is heavier gauge than 12 volt, so you'd be fine IF the current wiring were in good shape. But judging from the upholstery, I'm betting the wires don't look much different. IMHO, good wiring is at least as important as any of the other systems on your car. My .02

http://s56.photobucket.com/albums/g178/gmail98/th_51CommanderState.jpg
51 Commander State Sedan
Butler PA

Steve T
02-29-2008, 10:40 PM
Michael--

Cool...another Stude named "Betty"...that's at least three of 'em on the forum so far. We'll have to have an all-Betty meet sometime!

:D

S.

Steve T
02-29-2008, 10:40 PM
Michael--

Cool...another Stude named "Betty"...that's at least three of 'em on the forum so far. We'll have to have an all-Betty meet sometime!

:D

S.