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RitchQ
12-19-2006, 01:29 PM
I have a small problem -- maybe. The 53 R5 C-cab I bought seems to have a bed that is ab out 2 inches smaller than the gate I bought to go on it. I measure the inside of the bed as 48 1/4 inches. As I look at the bed against the cab it seems to be inside the indentation of the bed.
Anyone have the real bed diminsions? My gate measures 51 inches and simply will not fit in the bed frame. Were there 2 different sizes of beds??? [:0]
Before checking the gate I had a 16 gauge steel bed turned for it so I am well into a big cost for this bed to be wrong.
Any info would help.
Ritch

snowy_buffalo
12-19-2006, 01:54 PM
I believe you have the correct size bed for the year of the truck. They changed width somewhere around '54 or'55 to a slightly wider bed. My '57 Transtar deluxe has a bed that matches the 51 inch width you say you have for the tailgate. Appears you just have a later version tailgate.

'57 3E6-12 Transtar Deluxe
'64 Daytona HT

DilloCrafter
12-19-2006, 03:29 PM
The bed width of C-cabs was 48 1/2" from 1949 through 1955. 51" from 1956 onward.

Is yours a reproduction tailgate? I've wondered whether the reproduced ones are being made for both widths.

http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/Avacar-hcsdc.gif[/img=left]DilloCrafter

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
[i]The Red-Headed Amazon
Deep in the heart of Texas

Transtar60
12-19-2006, 05:39 PM
https://www.mackhils.com/mack_products/cart/index.asp?CategoryNo=9

The answer is yes:D

3E38
4E2
4E28
5E13
7E7
8E7
8E12
8E28
4E2
59 Lark
etc

DilloCrafter
12-19-2006, 07:04 PM
Ah, thanks for that link, Transtar60. And I see their meaurements for the tailgates are 48 7/8" and 51 7/8". So, that '56 and later bed is exactly 3 inches wider.

http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/Avacar-hcsdc.gif[/img=left]DilloCrafter

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
[i]The Red-Headed Amazon
Deep in the heart of Texas

RitchQ
12-20-2006, 03:07 PM
Thanks for the information and links. I do have a 48 inch bed and the gate I bought is 51 inches so I will have to find the right sized gate. It's not a repo -- I found this one thru a friend in Texas. I may go find another gate that has the STUDEBAKER words in it but otherwise is junk and make it over to fit my bed. I certainly don't want to cut this one up since it's in relatively good shape.

Dan White
12-20-2006, 03:24 PM
Classic Enterprises have the 48 1/2" gates:
http://www.classicent.com/pickups.php

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT