View Full Version : Train wrecked 53s or 54s

04-12-2009, 09:23 PM
Hello All:

I saw a post awhile back about train wrecked 53s going to the Vernon plant. They appeared to be all K bodied cars, were there any C body cars?

My car (a C body) has some unusual body work that could only have been done "back in the day". Is there a list of those train wreck serial numbers?

Were the C bodies painted final color before being shipped to Calif., or were they painted entire car at the Vernon plant?

There is some quirky body work (not bad work, good work) on my 53 C body that may have been done at a Studebaker body shop.

Thanks, Dave

Dave Davis
Bakersfield, Ca.
1953 Commander Regal Starlight
'58 392 Chrysler Hemi powered

04-13-2009, 07:28 AM
There are some sedans and a station wagon. I don't see any C bodies, but they probably were.


Leonard Shepherd


04-13-2009, 08:39 AM
That fire truck looks to be around a 1949 King/Segraves , the firehall I belong to had one exactly like that back when I joined . It was a great truck and would out pump most of the newer stuff we had .

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1964 Daytona HT

04-13-2009, 08:48 AM
:) Those bodies didn't get far from Studebaker's "home," either. :( Valparaiso IN is barely halfway to the state's western border from South Bend. :DBP

04-13-2009, 08:56 AM
See, kids? Never put a penny on the tracks!

04-13-2009, 11:10 AM

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

04-13-2009, 11:33 AM
That seems like an odd way to ship auto bodies. Just where were they going? Vernon plant?......what the......?

04-13-2009, 12:30 PM
[quote]Originally posted by dday392

My car (a C body) has some unusual body work that could only have been done "back in the day". Is there a list of those train wreck serial numbers?

Thanks, Dave

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Dave; The bodies probably had the cowl tags attached which indicated the body shell number (order of sequence coming off the body production line). These body numbers were not serial numbers, in the sense of chassis numbers, and were not particularly important. Body numbers were never used for registration or titling purposes.

Bodies were pulled from storage as the handlers came to them and Studebaker never attempted to co-ordinate body numbers with chassis (serial) numbers. So, to answer your question, No, there was no effort to create a factory listing of body numbers of damaged units. Insurance paid off on number of bodies damaged, they could care less about body 'serial' numbers.

Would invite other comments.:D

Frank Drumheller
Louisa, VA
'48 M16-52 Boyer fire truck

04-13-2009, 01:30 PM
The cars received their final paint job in Vernon, CA.
I have worked on 1950s cars that had fairly major body work between the original factory paint and the factory sound deadening. This was for Studebakers and other makes. One that comes to mind is a 1956 Mercury Montclair hardtop that I worked on in 1960. The left rear quarterpanel had a large area leaded in to fill a hole of about four inches by ten inches.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

04-13-2009, 09:18 PM
Probably 54s as there were no 53 Conestoga's
This could be one reason that 54s were hard to come by and why Studebaker couldn't deliver cars to customers