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skydiver
09-30-2004, 09:49 AM
Good day! I have had this Studebaker all of my life. In fact, it was my Grandfathers Farm Truck and has been parked in our barn since 1969. I am at a point where I believe I will begin a restoration. The state provided a copy of the title, after a very difficult search. Anyway, I am going to attempt to include a couple of photots. Perhaps you folks can provide any additional information, before I begin. I would simply like to learn more about the truck it's type, et cetera, before I begin. Just looking for some background. Any assistance or information is greatly appreciated.

Okay...another question...how can I insert photos in the post?

BShaw
09-30-2004, 11:58 AM
If you have the title, let us know the year of the truck and that's a good start.

Photos cannot be posted directly to this forum. You can display a photo that exists elsewhere on the net (such as your homepage or one of those free photo album sites). To include a photo with your post, first upload your photo(s) to the homepage or album as mentioned in the previous sentence. Then, click the image button that's in the "Format" bar toward the top forum window where you're typing your post. It's the button with the little yellow box, 4th from the right. Clicking this button will insert an "[img] [img]" text. Between those two, insert the URL of the photo you want to include. Be sure that your photo is not too big and saved as a JPG @ 72 dpi for best results for visitors using slower dial-up Internet service.

If you do not get the truck information you seek here, try posting your inquiry on the "Studebaker Truck Talk Forum". A link to that forum can be found on this SDC website on the "Studebaker Discussion>Other Forums" page. - Webmaster

skydiver
09-30-2004, 08:11 PM
Thanks for the reply. I have not looked at the Title in about a year, but if I recall correctly, it was a 196. I can't swear to it. I will visit my safe deposit box next week and re-check the year. Will try a pic post, but may be too lerge. Will also insert a link.

http://bluskyznc.tripod.com/studepics/

http://bluskyznc.tripod.com/studepics/thumbnails/400x300/MVC-832F1.JPG

Sonny
10-01-2004, 07:26 PM
Looks like a pretty solid truck there "Diver". :) I would like to find a nice, solid M to start with. I have a '60 Lark from CA that's rust free, and being from Buffoonalo, it's WELL worth the shipping from where ever I can find a solid vehicle. Good luck and keep us posted will ya? Thanks......

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com

Roscomacaw
10-02-2004, 09:19 AM
skydiver - that's an M-series truck. And your's has a 170cu.inch engine that we Stude nuts commonly refer to as a Champion (or "Champ") engine. This because it was introduced first in the 1939 Champion car line from Studebaker. Your truck is likely an M5 which simply defines it as a half ton rated truck.
Looks like it's very much complete and in good shape for it's age. This model was introduced in 1941 and while none were built during WWII, they built them thru 1948 thereafter.
Your's looks pretty original save for the round (probably turn signal) lites on the lower front fenders. Those aren't stock but they DO add to the period flavor of the truck because lots of folks opted to add aftermarket turn signals over time as they came into vogue.[^]

Miscreant at large.

Sonny
10-02-2004, 10:35 AM
Do me a big favor will ya StudeBob? Will ya keep an eye peeled for an M5 for me out there in CA? It doesn't have to run, just a pretty solid body and bed would be fine. I really appreciate it!

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com

Oldcals
10-02-2004, 10:54 AM
Hi there skydiver, it would appear that someone has done a little customizing on your truck. As Studebob said the round lights in the fender are add-ons and the center grill is either chromed or you have the deluxe grill covers that were only sold in 1941. Also the welded in "teeth" in the center grill have been removed. Yours may be a '41 or more likely a late 47 or 48 as the hood ornament was only used on those years.
And Sonny, if you are not in a hurry, I have a second M5 that I am going to let sit here until I get thru using it as a pattern. I am building (slowly) my M-5 with the cab off of am M-16 so that I can use the Commander 6. So far, every M series that has passed thru my possesion has had rust in the back cab corners, even the dry country cabs. I bought one down in Barstow in the desert and it had the least amount of rust but was still infected.
Thanks to Gary Ash in Mass. I am becoming an expert on the Dana 41 rear ends that the M5s were built with and I can attest to the difficulty of finding a quicker than stock rear ratio.

Fred

Oldcals
10-02-2004, 10:57 AM
The more I look at the picture, I don't think that is the stock hood ornament so my guess as to years is hereby canceled. Fred

Sonny
10-02-2004, 11:51 AM
quote:Originally posted by Oldcals


And Sonny, if you are not in a hurry, I have a second M5 that I am going to let sit here until I get thru using it as a pattern.

Heck yeah, I can wait Fred! Is is a complete truck? Also, I would be putting a Stude V8 in it, will the M16 cab be better to start with for me too? It sounds like there may be firewall issues with even the big and little sixes? Thanks a million Fred!

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com

Roscomacaw
10-02-2004, 03:44 PM
Sonny - by golly I may just hafta look up a Ph# and call a guy near Fresno that I know. I haven't seen him in 4 or 5 years now, but he started doing an M5 with a Stude V8 transplant and it got stillborn. I've actualy seen it with my own eyes but I can't remember what shape it was in. Of course, maybe Fred will have what you want after all. But I'll try to make contact anyway.:D

Miscreant at large.

Sonny
10-02-2004, 10:09 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Sonny - by golly I may just hafta look up a Ph# and call a guy near Fresno that I know. I haven't seen him in 4 or 5 years now, but he started doing an M5 with a Stude V8 transplant and it got stillborn. I've actualy seen it with my own eyes but I can't remember what shape it was in. Of course, maybe Fred will have what you want after all. But I'll try to make contact anyway.:D

Miscreant at large.


Thanks a million too Bob! Both trucks sound like just about what I'm looking for. That would be great if you'd try to contact that fella with the still-born for me. What the hey, mebbe I could get a deal on shipping if I had to bring TWO of those beauties home! I'm getting to LOVE this place already!! :D

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com

skydiver
10-17-2004, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the responses. I am sure it will be a "long term" project. In fact, I removed the wheels to have some low cost temporary tires mounted to allow for eaasier trasportation. But, even that seems to be a chore. Stopped at the local tire dealer and they are no very helpful. They didn't know how to convert the tire size to new sizes. A week later and UI called them back to see what they had found and they hadn't even tried (apparently). And, they have yet to return my last call one week ago. So, I found a conversion chart online (http://www.garageracing.com/tires3.php). Will try with a different dealer...someone who really wants my money. BTW - whodda thunk that the lugs on one side of the car would be clockwise threads and the other counter-clockwise? Will post progress and changes.

Sonny
10-17-2004, 09:02 PM
quote:Originally posted by skydiver

Thanks for the responses. I am sure it will be a "long term" project. In fact, I removed the wheels to have some low cost temporary tires mounted to allow for eaasier trasportation. But, even that seems to be a chore. Stopped at the local tire dealer and they are no very helpful. They didn't know how to convert the tire size to new sizes. A week later and UI called them back to see what they had found and they hadn't even tried (apparently). And, they have yet to return my last call one week ago. So, I found a conversion chart online (http://www.garageracing.com/tires3.php). Will try with a different dealer...someone who really wants my money. BTW - whodda thunk that the lugs on one side of the car would be clockwise threads and the other counter-clockwise? Will post progress and changes.


The lug nut thing is pretty normal for the older cars. In fact, if you look at the end of the stud it should have an "L" or "R" right on the end to indicate which way that you turn the lug nut tighten it. They're easy to change, just knock out the "L" type studs and knock in the "R" type. Thanks for the info and I'm looking forward to hearing about the progress.

Sonny
http://RacingStudebakers.com