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StudeJim56
07-30-2006, 08:49 PM
After much debate, I am looking for a Studebaker V8 engine and Auto Transmission to put in my project '56 Transtar... anybody know where I can find one close to NE Pennsylvania?

Roscomacaw
07-30-2006, 09:06 PM
I've got one - right next door, in California![:o)]

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

wagone
07-30-2006, 09:28 PM
Good, I'll put it on my back and deliver it. Shouldn't take too long. Maybe 20 years, if I live that long!:D:D:D:D:D

GTtim
07-30-2006, 10:09 PM
Have you tried this fellow?
For Sale Motors-Transmissions-Rearends
StudebakerMan
james@shol.com

Somerset, PA 15501
814-445-4503

100's of other 6 cylinder and V-8 motors available
well sell seperate or complete
We ship World-Wide and accept Mastercard/Visa
Ad Number: 2285

He advertises here:
http://www.studebakerswap.com/swap/showads.php


Tim K.
'64 R2 GT Hawk

StudeJim56
07-31-2006, 06:41 AM
Thanks, Mr. Biggs, for the offer... was looking for something a little closer (ha, ha...)
What engine and trans should I be looking for? I was going to get a 350 but after reading how well made the Stude V8's were I have had a change of heart... also would be easier (and cheaper??) in the long run to go with the Stude. I'm new to this so any and all advice would be apperciated.

BeeJay
07-31-2006, 09:10 AM
I have a 232 from a '53 Commander. Complete engine from pan to air cleaner with auto trans. It's in the Detroit area. Was running when pulled about 4 yrs ago. Will take $300 for everything.

Bob

Own '53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.

rockne10
07-31-2006, 09:28 AM
Rebuilt 259 just came out of a 56 Transtar in State College, Pa. The guy's going to drop the body on a Dodge Cummins chassis and doesn't need the engine. He's already sold the 700R4 tranny.

Contact Kevin lv2c3go@aol.com (814)234-1180

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

StudeJim56
07-31-2006, 10:09 AM
WOW... thanks for the replies... how reliable are the Stude automatic trans? I've read that they lave a little to be desired... will a 700r4 bolt up to a Stude V8?

'56 Transtar... project in the works

rockne10
07-31-2006, 10:22 AM
That's what Kevin had. It requires an adapter which is available. He also has other stuff from the truck available. I think you could haul his rolling chassis home with the disc brakes and 9 inch rear and Turner dual master cylinder. The engine's still in the chassis. Kevin's just waiting for the motivation to pull the cab off.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

N8N
07-31-2006, 10:51 AM
There's nothing wrong with a Flightomatic from a durability standpoint, it just isn't as refined and doesn't have the gear spread of a more modern automatic transmixer. It's probably stronger than most, save for maybe a TF727 or Allison - just ask Ted Harbit!

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

Roscomacaw
07-31-2006, 07:43 PM
That early Studebaker Automatic by Detroit Gear division of Borg-Warner was a great tranny. Got a lock-up converter in third gear! Alas, while parts aren't that hard to find, there's danged few tranny guys left that know the ins and outs of them. Most tranny shops won't even look at them. They don't wqanna be bothered with something they're not familiar with and maybe will end up with warranty woes out of the deal![V]

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

64V-K7
07-31-2006, 08:16 PM
A Flight-0-Matic (PRNDL) is a fairly tough transmission. A Powershift (PRND21)(water cooled) is a better choice and can stand manual shifting all day long. The one thing it doesn't have, is overdrive. A 700 R4 can bolt up to a Stude (with issues), but will drive you nuts with the 1-2 shift and problems from hooking it up to an Edelbrock carb.
The Grand National version of the 200r4 is a better choice, as the bolt pattern is the same and the gear ratios are more comfortable to live with. The carb issues can be dealt with.

ROADRACELARK
07-31-2006, 10:16 PM
The FOM shift quadrant is PNDLR. The Heavy Duty FOM, (same quadrant) which is also water cooled, is just as durable and shiftable as the PS. :) That's the tranny (column shift) that the factory put in all the later 63' and up R powered Larks and Hawks that were not optioned with the PS (floor shift). Also used on all police and taxi spec. orders.
Dan Miller

Road Racers turn left AND right.

StudeJim56
08-01-2006, 03:48 PM
To All... thanks for the great info... I will be contacting Kevin about that rolling chassis.

Once again, thanks for all the help... please keep it coming (I need all the help I can get);)

'56 Transtar... project in the works