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Johnny
05-19-2006, 11:57 PM
For xmas my Grandpa and Dad gave me my Greatgrandfathers 1950 Champion Sedan. I have been reading this forum for months and finally picked my car up out of storage 4 days ago. I have big plans, first of which is getting all the little things done to get it running.

I've already ordered all new stuff for a tune up, a new wiring harness, new wipers, all 3 books (body, chassis, & shop manual), I've been sanding away the surface rust, ordered some por-15 to go to town on the frame, engine compartment and trunk (basically no rust in these areas).

The only parts (that I know of) that I'm missing are the side mirrors, tail lights, and an antena. As soon as I have it running I'm going to get the interior done and the rest I want to do myself (even if the body/paint don't turn out perfect, I want to take a stab at it)

Sorry to ramble on, I'm just excited...

One thing I really want are some nice rims, has anyone had luck in finding some for a 4x4 bolt pattern?

studegary
05-20-2006, 03:19 PM
Congrat's. on having a Studebaker that has been in the family for so long. First, go completely through the brake system (new lines, hoses, wheel cylinders, etc.), then get the car running well. Don't worry about rims yet and no, I don't know of any with that bolt pattern, but you may be able to get adapters or now, before you do the brake work, would be the time to consider an upgrade to later brakes (not as easy on a '50) and the later (common) bolt pattern.

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toolz
05-22-2006, 10:11 AM
remember that if you go the adapter route it will change the wheel offset you will need, adapters will move the wheels out towards the fenderwells so take that into account when ordering wheels, you may want to check with the local speed shop, or hotrod guru about redrilling your hubs i would suggest a 5 lug 4 3/4 pattern thats what chevy uses and you can probably find wheels at swap meets... to save some cash

Roscomacaw
05-22-2006, 12:24 PM
toolz, the problem with your suggestion is that the 50 Champion wears 4-lug rims.[:I]

Seems to me that I recall (from the dim, dark and fuzzy reaches of my failing memory) that someone's mentioned old Falcon or SOME sort of Ford product wheels being a decent fit. Of course, these HARDLY fit the description of "good-looking" or "custom" in the current sense. Also, it's doubtful that anything NON-Studebaker would fit up with the stock hubcaps of a 1950 - unless maybe it wore full disc, 15 inch covers.:)

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65cruiser
05-22-2006, 01:05 PM
I believe, but don't quote me, that wheels off a Chevy Vega will fit those 4-lug wheels. Seems like a seen a few that have been mounted as "rollers". Of course, those would be 13" wheels.[}:)]


quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

toolz, the problem with your suggestion is that the 50 Champion wears 4-lug rims.[:I]

Seems to me that I recall (from the dim, dark and fuzzy reaches of my failing memory) that someone's mentioned old Falcon or SOME sort of Ford product wheels being a decent fit. Of course, these HARDLY fit the description of "good-looking" or "custom" in the current sense. Also, it's doubtful that anything NON-Studebaker would fit up with the stock hubcaps of a 1950 - unless maybe it wore full disc, 15 inch covers.:)

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS


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Johnny
05-23-2006, 12:04 AM
I think for now I will just invest in some inexpensive tires for the current wheels, and paint them. When I got the car out of storage it actually had nice full chrome covers on the wheels, but they said Chrysler across them :)

After I get the car running and my interior done, I'll look at just putting new rear axle and font suspension on (if that is the most feasible thing). I actually have a 9" Ford rear end in my back yard.

How difficult is a suspension swap? Or what is the easiest way to convert to disk brakes and new hubs?

Thank you,
John

1950 Studebaker Champion 2dr sedan.

JDP
05-23-2006, 12:21 AM
Sadly, 51 was the first year that you could bolt on later Studebaker brakes, or any of the Turner Brake conversions. Short of clipping the frame, you are pretty much stuck with the factory front end. Not much wrong with that, execept the weak brakes.

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Roscomacaw
05-23-2006, 03:13 PM
I think Sonny managed to fit later spindles to the front of his '50 Champion and it wasn't that hard as I recall.[:I]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS