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tim87114
10-07-2008, 01:09 PM
Hello all,

We have recently aquired a "1947" Studebaker Champion. I have couple of questions as I'm interested in the history portion of the car. Does all studebakers have "Studebaker Corporation of Canada Limited" on the cowl plate?

Also by the cowl plate and vin can people decifer the build or date code? I've scoured the internet with no luck.

Studeman
10-07-2008, 01:24 PM
"We have recently aquired a "1947" Studebaker Champion. I have couple of questions as I'm interested in the history portion of the car. Does all studebakers have "Studebaker Corporation of Canada Limited" on the cowl plate?"

No, only those assembled in Canada at the Hamilton Ontario plant.

Also by the cowl plate and vin can people decifer the build or date code? I've scoured the internet with no luck.

No, To get that, contact the Studebaker National Museum for the original production order (build-sheet)

http://www.studebakermuseum.org/contactus.asp

Ray





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BobGlasscock
10-07-2008, 01:26 PM
Get all those numbers that you have and post them here. You'll learn a lot. I'm assuming the only cars with Canada on the tag are the ones built in Canada. None built in the US would say that.

Welcome to the club.

Oh, you can also get a production order from the Studebaker National Museum with your serial number.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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Roscomacaw
10-07-2008, 02:54 PM
Hi there. I find your use of the term "cowl plate" intriguing. As far as I know, the serial number plate (from mid-1940 to the end of 1952) was at the bottom of the door jamb - below the striker plate of the drivers door.
Starting with the '53 models, this plate was moved to between the door hinges of the driver's door.
There IS an embossed plate on the firwall - typically near the pass side hood hinge - that can yield specific information as to model and body style, but this plate isn't meant for use as a VIN and does not bear the name "Studebaker" on it. It's commonly referred to as a body tag.

Back to the serial number plate on the door jamb - All there is to decoding it is if it has a "G" prefix, it's a Champion, if not, it's a Commander. The rest of the digits serve only to show it's place, sequentially, in the production of Champions (or Commanders, if that's the case) in that year run + by virtue of it's numerology, one can also deduce which plant it was assembled at.;)

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

tim87114
10-07-2008, 04:11 PM
ah, I'll clarify.
Body tag is what I called the cowl plate, there is a vin tag on the door, I meant that to be separate. Easy to see the confusion once I read it :).
Body tag says:

The Studebaker Corporation of Canada Limited
Coorespoindece Pertaining to the
Body must bear these numbers
Model H86-W3
Body No 4895
Trim No T-7364
paint No P-2214 C
G4895

Serial tag
G708090

I'm really curious if it is indeed a canadian car. Because I'm a little confused on how it could be a 47.
In the pictures of the first car that rolled off the line in Canada it had a 48 front end. But mine has 47 grill and hood emblem.