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07-07-2009, 10:46 AM
My mail order secret decoder ring has not made it here yet and I would like to know what color my '56 pick-up was originally. The paint code is P-5646 and the trim number is T-6049. I have included a high resolution pic of the plate for further interpretation :) Thanks for the help!


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07-07-2009, 11:17 AM
The plate you show is the Body Tag, the important one you need for the Model # and Serial Number, is the Serial number plate of the TRUCK, not the Cab.

It is found below the drivers' seat on the seat riser, visible when you open the left door.

From the Serial Number you could order the Production Order from the Studebaker National Museum, which would tell you many things including the Color(s) name(s) in most cases.

Sorry, my secret decoder does not do Truck colors! :D


07-07-2009, 11:35 AM
There ought to be a couple places to find a bit of original paint color if you dig in the right place. Behind the dash up high on the firewall, maybe? Not sure about those trucks..

Studebaker Wheel
07-07-2009, 12:24 PM

P-5646 was the Seaside Green as shown above. The two tones looked particularly good on these trucks. My favorite the Daybreak Blue and
Squadron Blue combination.

Fred Fox did a comprehensive article on the '56 trucks in the December 1987 Turning Wheels.

Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

07-07-2009, 12:31 PM
SWEET! Thanks for the quick answers!!

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.

forgot to ask; what does the trim number represent?

Dwain G.
07-07-2009, 12:58 PM
P5646 identifies the color combination of Seaside Green (light green) body and wheels, with Norway Green (medium green) grill and bumper. Main interior color would be the same as the body color.
C-4 is the deluxe cab (as opposed to the standard C-2 cab). It includes extra features such as two arm rests, two sunvisors, white perforated head liner, two-tone seat upholstery, ash tray, map light, sliding seat.
T-6049 is the interior trim color. Instrument panel, glove box door, upper door panels, dash pad and seat frame would be Tilden Gray. Generally there were no options to the trim color, meaning all '56 trucks would have T-6049 trim.

HEY, you're not Wilbur!

07-07-2009, 01:28 PM
Thanks again folks. I don't think I will be repainting anytime soon but it is always nice to know.

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.