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silverhawk
04-24-2010, 09:00 PM
In the back of a old chebby van, he found a automatic battery charger. No big deal, who cares?

Except this one is made by "Big 4", and says its a division of the Studebaker Corp.

Huh? Never heard of this, can someone embellish apon this subject for me? I'm going to try and buy it (A good friend owns it); but I still want to know more.

Thanks!:)

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Chris_Dresbach
04-24-2010, 09:32 PM
As ya know Dylan, Studebaker had many divisions. Onan, gravely, etc. Well, "Big 4" was their tool division, and is not that widely known. That's quite a find, get it! And add some pics!!!:)

Chris Dresbach. South Bend, In.
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N prototype.
1963 Prototype moon cart built by Studebaker.

silverhawk
04-24-2010, 10:01 PM
I'm going to call him tomorrow, and try to get it. He's a good friend of mine, so I'm pretty sure I can get it, since he just has it in storage. I'll add some pics if I get it, or when I see it next.

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

woodysrods
04-24-2010, 10:32 PM
Cool? Tools too you say;)
Brian

Brian Woods
woodysrods@shaw.ca
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)
http://i980.photobucket.com/albums/ae283/woodysrods/Concunully004.jpg

PlainBrownR2
04-25-2010, 02:09 AM
quote:
In the back of a old chebby van, he found a automatic battery charger. No big deal, who cares?

Except this one is made by "Big 4", and says its a division of the Studebaker Corp.


...Until it is one of those very large, good, chargers that can be carried on it's own cart, and is a commercial rapid charger, then all bets are immediately off :D....

(IE, I never pass up one of those, I use one of to quickly recharge the pickup's six volt battery when it gets low)

[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/th_0413001627.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/th_0321001800.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/th_P1000145.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/th_P1000136.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=left]

silverhawk
04-25-2010, 09:20 AM
I think that is what it is, I've seen it; just didn't pay attention to it. (Not unusual, LOL!) I was thinking maybe this is a dealership leftover or something, who knows.

I take it they work pretty good? [:o)]

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

comatus
04-25-2010, 11:32 AM
Way cool. I'd have expected that to carry the Willard name. BTW if it is a big commercial-type charger, check for a heat sink/vent/cooling fan. We had one that buzzed like a welder when it was on, and kept busy cooling itself. Really "inefficient," and still working when it left us.

PlainBrownR2
04-25-2010, 04:19 PM
quote:
I think that is what it is, I've seen it; just didn't pay attention to it. (Not unusual, LOL!) I was thinking maybe this is a dealership leftover or something, who knows.

I take it they work pretty good?


If it's in good shape, they do great :D. We have one of the Shumacher guys after Trak Auto here left us many years ago. It's a matter of selecting 6 or 12 volt, selecting the amperage you need(there's regular charge, and then there's "overheat the battery by overcharging" crank crank), twisting the dial on the amount of time like an oven, and you're ready to go. You have to remember to that if this came from a dealership, these guys want the car in and out and quick as possible, so it may not always be possible to leave a battery on a charger for 24 hours. That's where these bad boys come into play, because they put a charge on the battery NOW :D.

[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/th_0413001627.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/55%20Studebaker%20Commander%20Streetrod%20Project/th_0321001800.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/th_P1000145.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/th_P1000136.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=left]

silverhawk
04-25-2010, 11:17 PM
Sweet! Thanks for the info!

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

R2Andrea
04-25-2010, 11:30 PM
Big Four was one of the companies bought by Studebaker as part of the Diversification Program. They made other shop equipment as well, such as tire changers and balancers.

R2Andy

silverhawk
04-26-2010, 12:51 AM
Thanks![8D] Did they make small hand tools at all as well?


quote:Originally posted by R2Andy

Big Four was one of the companies bought by Studebaker as part of the Diversification Program. They made other shop equipment as well, such as tire changers and balancers.

R2Andy


Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

comatus
04-26-2010, 11:16 AM
Why, Dylan? Do you have small hands?

(Yes, I want a full set, too)

silverhawk
04-26-2010, 05:00 PM
Hahaha! No, not really, but I'd love to have a set of tools made by Studebaker.[8D][:p]

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon