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hurricane
12-17-2006, 01:32 PM
this is a 1955 president coup 6H-C5

whacker
12-17-2006, 02:04 PM
If you are looking for the Paxton setup, ebay is a good bet. You might also try some of the ads in the back of Turning Wheels. I saw a couple of them at the Omaha meet, but they were all sold. Be prepared to have the supercharger rebuilt, as they are all getting old now.

PackardV8
12-17-2006, 02:26 PM
Also, keep in mind, just because it came off a Studebaker V8, it most likely won't fit under the hood of your '55 coupe.

There were four main variations you might encounter:
1957-58 Golden Hawk
1958 Packard and Packard Hawk
1963-64 Avanti
1963-64 Hawk and Lark
(The R3 variants are so rare and expensive, they don't come up often enough to worry about.)

AFAIK, none of these is a bolt-on for your car. JDP had a good list recently about the changes necessary to fit your car.

The other thing to consider if your engine has some miles on it - unless you have recently rebuilt your 259 with the new and right parts to hold the supercharger boost, all you will be pressurizing is the crankcase. Worse, the added load can put borderline bearings and oil pressure into failure mode.

thnx, jv.

PackardV8

Roscomacaw
12-17-2006, 02:27 PM
You could also watch for a setup off a 57 - 58 Stude that used the McCullough blower. Of course, it used a 2-bbl instead of the 4-bbl that the later Paxton setup used.
Either way, if you plan on using the stock mountings, you're gonna have clearance problems with the hood.:(
I might add that it's the 57 Packards and 58 Packard Hawk that also used the McCullough system as well as 57-58 Golden Hawks.

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

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

CHAMP
12-17-2006, 02:41 PM
Also you might try some other after-market superchargers?

GARY H 2DR.SEDAN 48 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION NORTHEAST MD.

John Kirchhoff
12-17-2006, 08:00 PM
I found out something recently that I didn't know before. I wondered why the McCullough supercharger ended up being a Paxton, well the old boy that started the whole deal was Robert Paxton McCullough. Paxton is definately easier to spell than McCullough, maybe that was the reason!

Dan White
12-20-2006, 06:02 PM
All of the '53-'55 SC setups I have seen have the blower unit off to the passenger side of the engine with a cutout in the inner fender to clear. The results look quite good. The nice thing about the McCullough type blower is that you can rotate it around to mount it about anywhere.

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

gordr
12-20-2006, 07:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by John Kirchhoff

I found out something recently that I didn't know before. I wondered why the McCullough supercharger ended up being a Paxton, well the old boy that started the whole deal was Robert Paxton McCullough. Paxton is definately easier to spell than McCullough, maybe that was the reason!


Not quite, John;)

McCullough sold his company, but not the supercharger division. Since his surname went with the company, the superchargers became Paxtons. That's the Coles Notes version, anyhow.

Same thing happened with spark plugs, too. Allen Champion sold Champion Spark Plugs, and came back later as AC Spark Plugs.

And Ransom E. Olds sold the Olds Motor Corp to GM, and came back later as REO.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

John Kirchhoff
12-20-2006, 07:35 PM
Gord, I guess that lends credence to the saying "You can't keep a good man down".

rockne10
12-20-2006, 10:23 PM
I still have a good McCulloch VS57 and the airbox for the two barrel. I don't have the tension arm/pulley assembly or anything else that would be needed. Email off forum if interested.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

Dick Steinkamp
12-20-2006, 10:52 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dan White

All of the '53-'55 SC setups I have seen have the blower unit off to the passenger side of the engine with a cutout in the inner fender to clear.


Here's Scott Hall's set up in his Speedster...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/65/195687160_a8c60e1707.jpg



http://static.flickr.com/140/326548308_6bc94ec0f3_m.jpg
Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA