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Gary1953
06-14-2010, 11:17 PM
This months Vintage Truck Magazine cover truck is the 1963 cab forward prototype. Several pages of pictures and write up inside.

JRoberts
06-15-2010, 04:06 PM
Looks like I'll have to hit the news stand next time I go into town.

DEEPNHOCK
06-15-2010, 04:57 PM
Here's the article, complete with the cover picture....
Jeff:cool:

http://www.vintagetruckmagazine.com/current/index.html


(as a side note... You can save that 'flip file' to your 'puter, too..)

Milaca
06-15-2010, 06:22 PM
I am 99.9% certain that the dash gauge cluster in the prototype is the same unit that is in my original 1957 International Harvester A-100 pickup. I wonder if they used any other International Harvester parts....

If Studebaker wanted to sell more pickups, all they had to do was build a pickup bed that matched the Champ cab. Is bad management to blame for the lack of sensible decisions?

Maynard
06-15-2010, 09:34 PM
Didn't someone opine that the rear doors on Bo's crew cab Diesel prototype are also IH? Weren't the IH and Studebaker factories both in Indiana? You may be on to something, Brent.

Milaca
06-15-2010, 10:05 PM
They have a factory in Fort Wayne Indiana and Chicago Illinois. I can take a picture of my IH gauge cluster and share here but I'm certain that its identical. I think that IH quit using that gauge cluster around 1963.

DEEPNHOCK
06-15-2010, 10:23 PM
IHC had a plant in Fort wayne..
Probably a better connection would have been the Budd Stamping Company.
They stamped most of the sheet metal for Studebaker (and a lot of other manufacturers)
Budd has a long history in rail and vehicular manufacturing...(designed the Chrysler airflow, etc)
http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/nicetown/budd.html (http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/nicetown/budd.html)

52-fan
06-16-2010, 09:54 AM
Sure is a homely looking thing. I doubt sales would have justified production. Too bad that money wasn't spent on upgrades for the pickups.

bob40
06-16-2010, 04:50 PM
Respectfully disagree about the looks.I think it's so funky it's cool.
My first thought was it would be neat to recreate it

52-fan
06-17-2010, 10:06 AM
Funky or not, in the sales climate of the day I don't think it would have generated many sales. As a Studebaker person I might have tried one, but I don't think many sales would have been captured from the other companies customer pool.