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birdbrain1
10-30-2006, 07:17 PM
Several members of my local Studebaker Club have 55 Speedsters which have located on the valve covers the word "Passmaster". I never paid much attention to that fact. Now that I have one of my own is there anything special about the "Passmaster" engine or was it just a marketing tool?

klifton1
10-30-2006, 08:56 PM
The Speedster engine was a 4 barrel, dual exhaust, 259 cu. in. engine 185 hp.It was also found in the President sedans.
There was a 2 barrel version in the Commander, called the Bear Cat, 162 hp. I also think the 185 hp could be found in the Commander, optional.
Klif

55 Speedster
42 Champ Coupe

Roscomacaw
10-30-2006, 11:14 PM
There was nothing "special" about the engine's used in Speedsters. They were standard (of course, '55 was the debut year for the 259) 259s as were used in many, MANY Studebakers for years afterwards. As was said, the only REAL difference for the Speedster engines was that the Cater WCFB, 4bbl was standard along with the dual exhaust setup. Enhanced airflow - in and out basically. But the engine was the same as the "Bearcat" that saw use in Commanders of that year.;)
Oh! Wait! There's the Passmaster decals on the valve covers. That's different too![}:)]

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studegary
10-31-2006, 03:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by birdbrain1

Several members of my local Studebaker Club have 55 Speedsters which have located on the valve covers the word "Passmaster". I never paid much attention to that fact. Now that I have one of my own is there anything special about the "Passmaster" engine or was it just a marketing tool?


I find it amazing that "several members", as well as yourself, of your local Studebaker Club have 1955 Speedsters. I haven't known of any SDC Chapters with more than one Speedster. After all, there were only 2215 Speedsters originally built, and that was more than half a Century ago. Out of curiosity, what is your "local Studebaker Club"? To answer your question, Passmaster was Studebaker's 1955 name for the 259 V8 with four barrel Carb. and dual exhaust.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

klifton1
10-31-2006, 05:07 PM
Gary
You would be supprised at how many Speedsters are still around. The Badger Wheels Club in Wi. has at least 7 cars. There are at least 3 in the North Star Chapter. There at least 25 with in a couple hours drive of Minneapolis Mn. I am working on a roster of Speedsters but still a ways to go.
Klif

55 Speedster
42 Champ Coupe

birdbrain1
10-31-2006, 05:52 PM
Ah, the misuse of the english language. "Several" is two and I'm number three. Thank you to everyone for your answers regarding the engine.

studegary
10-31-2006, 09:42 PM
quote:Originally posted by birdbrain1

Ah, the misuse of the english language. "Several" is two and I'm number three. Thank you to everyone for your answers regarding the engine.


When I went to school, several meant more than two, so that would be at least four counting your car.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

Guido
10-31-2006, 11:29 PM
quote:When I went to school, several meant more than two, so that would be at least four counting your car.
Gary,

I realize that you are always looking to make corrections, but if there are two other members with Speedsters then Birdbrain's makes a third, thus meeting your standard for several. Notice that his original post indicated that "Several members of my local Studebaker Club have 55 Speedsters" which could potentially include him in the group. However, if "Several other members..." had been his statement then your observation would be correct.

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