View Full Version : trans swap 50 to 55 6 cyl to v8

01-25-2007, 07:52 AM
Have an extra 3 spd/od from a 50 6 cyl, will it fit behind a 55 232 v8 with the same 3 spd/od ? Looking at JDP's 55 on the net again.

36 dictator
48 starlite
50 starlite

01-25-2007, 01:50 PM
Before going any further, make sure they really are the same transmissions.

Don't know about the exact fit between the cars you mention, but just generally speaking, remember that Studebaker passenger cars used 3 different 3 speed transmissions (trucks NOT included) from 1939 forward. Visually, think small, bigger, and biggest.

Whether short tailshaft or long, OD or not, all are Borg Warner. They are:

T-96 with Champion 6's
T-86 with Commander 6's, and many V-8's
T-85 with hot V-8's; 289 Golden Hawks and such. (I seem to remember that in Avantis, if a 4 spd or automatic were not specified, a non-OD T-85 was what you got. Wonder if they actually made any that way?)

Anyway, if your 6 is a champ, that transmission will not bolt up to a V-8 bell housing, or survive for very long even if it did.

01-25-2007, 02:38 PM
As Skyway said, if we're talking Champion tranny - no, it won't work. If we're talking Commander 6 tranny, it should bolt up to the 232's bellhousing.:D

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle

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