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Hoosier
07-17-2006, 10:42 PM
Where is a good place to find serial numbers for the different models produced by Studebaker? Also, are the serial numbers coded so that I could tell which factory produced the vehicle? Thanks.

Roscomacaw
07-17-2006, 11:33 PM
The front pages of pertinent parts manuals - yes, the numbes give away what plant it was from.;)

You want to know about a certain number? I'll look it up for you.:D

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

Hoosier
07-23-2006, 07:55 PM
My ultimate goal is to purchase a Studebaker that was made in the South Bend factories when my parents worked there.

I do not have a specific serial number. In the event I decide to go look at a car or truck that is for sale, I would like to know the general numbering system (for example, 99x123456, where "99" means abc, "x" means fgh, and "123456" means xyz), and how to identify a vehicle made in South Bend.

Thanks.

Mark


quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

The front pages of pertinent parts manuals - yes, the numbes give away what plant it was from.;)

You want to know about a certain number? I'll look it up for you.:D



Mark,
Son of South Bend Studebaker employees Don and Patricia.

Guido
07-23-2006, 08:16 PM
Mark,

This should be relatively easy as after 1956 the only plants open were in South Bend and Hamilton, Ontario. The Vernon (LA plant) opened in 1936 and closed in 1956. Depending on when they worked there you should not have a problem as the majority of the vehicles produced came from South Bend anyway.

Gary

Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

1946 M-16 fire truck
1948 M-16 grain truck
1949 2R16A grain truck
1949 2R17A fire truck
1955 E-38 grain truck
1957 3E-40 flatbed
1961 6E-28 grain truck
1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck
1962 7E-7 Champ pickup
1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
1964 Avanti R2 4 speed
1964 Cruiser
And various other "treasures"
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Jerry Johnson
07-24-2006, 11:17 AM
In my limited experience with Studebaker, the only way to tell for sure is to take down the body number and engine number for the year you are interested in and then either purchase a parts book for that year (can some times be hard to find) to make the determination, or to post the info an the forum and ask for help. Prior to 56, many of the cars in your location (West), may have very well be made in LA.

Regards,
Jerry Johnson

Roscomacaw
07-24-2006, 01:13 PM
Mark, tell us what years your folks worked there.

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

Hoosier
07-24-2006, 10:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Mark, tell us what years your folks worked there.

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


Mark,
Son of South Bend Studebaker employees Don and Patricia.

Hoosier
07-24-2006, 10:12 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Mark, tell us what years your folks worked there.


My father worked on the car and truck assembly lines from 1950 to December 1963. My mother worked as a secretary in the engineering department in the early to mid 50's. She quit to take a similar job at the Bendix plant because the pay was better.

Mark,
Son of South Bend Studebaker employees Don and Patricia.

Roscomacaw
07-25-2006, 02:00 PM
Anything built after '56 would be either from South Bend or Canada. The Canuck-built cars have tended to stay north of the border. Further, assuming it still has the engine it came with, the ENGINE serial number will have a "C" incorporated in it. South Bend built cars wouldn't have a "C" in their engine's serial number. Prior to 56, you'd have to check the serial number to discern if it might have come from Los Angeles. Those LA cars, understandably, served the western US but have migrated east over the years. As well, South Bend-built units have found their way west over time.[^]

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