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mbstude
04-12-2012, 09:51 AM
Larry sent me this, this was taken first thing this morning. I'll post more when the truck gets here.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/loaded-1.jpg

Roscomacaw
04-12-2012, 09:58 AM
Gonna be cool! DO NOT change the wheels! ;)

Anne F. Goodman
04-12-2012, 10:02 AM
Wow That is going to be an fun Adventure. Enjoy the ride!!!!!

mbstude
04-12-2012, 10:07 AM
Gonna be cool! DO NOT change the wheels! ;)

Not a chance. :rolleyes: I don't think any other wheels would fit, and I love the looks of the Budds. I'd also like to leave the fenders intact. ;)

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/loaded3.jpg

Here's another pic. Larry added the OD trans, but the rest is factory. Not too many of these old trucks with original paint on the frame.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/larysfall2006109-1.jpg

2R5
04-12-2012, 10:07 AM
Matt , you'll have fun with that......enjoy !

showbizkid
04-12-2012, 11:35 AM
Very, very cool...

62champ
04-12-2012, 04:10 PM
Not too many of these old trucks with original paint on the frame.

Or a floor not undercoated that looks that nice...

FlatheadGeo
04-12-2012, 04:19 PM
Good Roads, Matthew!!!! Lots of luck!

Corvanti
04-12-2012, 04:42 PM
looking forward to reading (and seeing pics) of your newest Stude-adventure!!! :)

Chris_Dresbach
04-12-2012, 06:33 PM
Gosh, I love the look of that truck! Enjoy!!!

LarkTruck
04-12-2012, 06:49 PM
Hey Matt, that thing will look good sitting next to the Stonebaker Pizza Truck at the Cruise-In at SI this summer.
Good luck with your new toy!
JS

Sdude
04-12-2012, 06:57 PM
You putting air conditioning in that? Is that what the bezel was for?

That's a cool truck. A real manly man truck.

mbstude
04-12-2012, 07:18 PM
You putting air conditioning in that? Is that what the bezel was for?

That's a cool truck. A real manly man truck.

Eventually I'd like to. Thanks again!

Flashback
04-12-2012, 08:31 PM
I like that truck. Glad everything worked out on both deals. Finding one that nice and complete is always exciting. Was, when I was 17 and still is now at 67. Good luck with it. Tex

kmac530
04-12-2012, 11:17 PM
If I would have had 4 of those rims, I would have kept them as well. Since I have 3 and an oddball that does not work....I had to change them.
Matt, your gonna love it. I love mine, and that baby is WAY cleaner than mine....
I got flagged down again today by a fellow that yelled to me that he had a '49 he drove all over the country for 20 years, never a lick of trouble....while I hope that is true, I doubt it. It is fun.

I had a friend today notice that in the 15 minutes he rode with me that at least 5 people waved at us. I told him it harkens a simpler time I think when people were friendlier. He really liked it....maybe I will get my first Studebaker contract build project.

As always, GOOD on you Matt. You deserve a fun project like that. Keep the pics and new stories coming.

mbstude
04-13-2012, 07:20 PM
Well, the new Stude was delivered here a few hours ago. I started trying to rub out the paint, but I keep getting distracted and driving it around the neighborhoods. <grin>

But, here's the truck after a few minutes with rubbing compound. The paint it far from perfect, but for original paint, I can live with it.

http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/buffed.jpg

Kurt
04-13-2012, 07:31 PM
Must be the week to buy red trucks. I got my red champ last Sunday. I hope you have as much fun as I am. This is my first Studebaker truck. Good luck and keep us posted.

Studedude
04-13-2012, 07:44 PM
The paint it far from perfect, but for original paint, I can live with it.
Happy days are here again... go, Matt, go!

kmac530
04-13-2012, 08:09 PM
Looking good Matt.
I know that distracted feeling....My neighbors had to be hating me before I got my exhaust on.

mbstude
04-13-2012, 09:57 PM
Looking good Matt.
I know that distracted feeling....My neighbors had to be hating me before I got my exhaust on.

I'm sure that mine hate me after giving a friend's 3 and 5 year old kids a ride.. The siren and loud speaker saw lots of use. :cool:

rockne10
04-13-2012, 10:00 PM
I might lose the loudspeaker but I would certainly keep the siren.

mbstude
04-13-2012, 10:11 PM
I might lose the loudspeaker but I would certainly keep the siren.

That's kinda what I'm leaning towards. The light will also have to come off.. It wont fit in the garage right now.

BobGlasscock
04-14-2012, 07:18 AM
So modify the garage!!! Priorities, Matt, priorities.

clonelark
04-14-2012, 07:50 AM
That's one cool truck Matt, How many miles does it have. also what year is it?

ROADRACELARK
04-14-2012, 09:47 AM
Matt,

Referring back to post # 16, keep rubbing. Remember, it can ONLY be "ORIGINAL" one time ! ! Anything can be repainted or restored. The word "Patina" applies here, ya' think?? Looks great!

Dan Miller
Auburn, GA

mbstude
04-14-2012, 01:22 PM
I have no intentions of repainting anything. :)


That's one cool truck Matt, How many miles does it have. also what year is it?

'53, and it has 13,700 miles on it.

Milaca
04-14-2012, 01:37 PM
Matt, are you certain that is the original paint (or color for that matter)? It wasnt uncommon years ago for brand new trucks to be repainted fire engine red. For example, my dad has a 1950 GMC fire truck that came from the factory green and then the outside repainted red at the fire apparatus company. Irregardless, great looking truck!

mbstude
04-14-2012, 02:28 PM
Matt, are you certain that is the original paint (or color for that matter)? It wasnt uncommon years ago for brand new trucks to be repainted fire engine red. For example, my dad has a 1950 GMC fire truck that came from the factory green and then the outside repainted red at the fire apparatus company. Irregardless, great looking truck!

I guess that's possible, but I doubt it. I pulled out the rubber floor mat and the inside of the cab is all still shiny red.

Spent some more time polishing the paint today. The pass. door has been repainted but everything else seems to be original.

TDITS
04-14-2012, 07:25 PM
So the grill and bumper never had white accent paint?

mbstude
04-14-2012, 07:35 PM
It doesn't look like it had the white accents, but I may add that. Larry sent me all the paperwork along with the buildsheet, and it was red when it left the factory.

jlmccuan
04-14-2012, 09:24 PM
Nice ride and even Lisa approves.

mbstude
04-14-2012, 09:30 PM
Nice ride and even Lisa approves.

I see you're gradually getting her to go along with buying the Champ huh?

MRHawkes
04-14-2012, 09:38 PM
Real nice truck Matt. The rubbing of the paint has made a real difference, good luck with the rest of it. Don't let the rub down distract you from too many neighborhood drives.

kmac530
04-14-2012, 09:56 PM
Don't forget, there are alot of custom colors done for fleet orders. When I was at Bay Buick in the 80's we had about 6 GMC trucks come in with a yellowish orangey color with green tops. They were painted at GMC by the factory, but definately NOT stock colors. They were custom mix colors for some construction company like Hensel Phelps or Granite Construction or something. We also had trucks come in that mint green for the Forestry service and the Park Rangers and even that horrible neon flourescent yellow/green that fire trucks were in the 90s.

So your truck was VERY possibly painted right at Studebaker, in South Bend, in THAT red even though it was not a stock color.

mbstude
04-14-2012, 10:49 PM
One thing about driving this truck is that it really drives like a TRUCK. The ride isn't as rough as I thought it would be, but even still, it's a lot more to handle than my '59 halfton. The 245 6 has gobs of torque and doesn't like high revs. It's more like driving my old 2R16 1-1/2 ton than the '59 short bed. But either way, I love it. And with the 4.11 gear, it scoots down the road really nice. The overdrive isn't working right now but I'm sure it's just an electrical issue. I'll hopefully get that sorted out soon enough.

Chris_Dresbach
04-14-2012, 11:37 PM
Don't forget, there are alot of custom colors done for fleet orders. When I was at Bay Buick in the 80's we had about 6 GMC trucks come in with a yellowish orangey color with green tops. They were painted at GMC by the factory, but definately NOT stock colors. They were custom mix colors for some construction company like Hensel Phelps or Granite Construction or something. We also had trucks come in that mint green for the Forestry service and the Park Rangers and even that horrible neon flourescent yellow/green that fire trucks were in the 90s.

So your truck was VERY possibly painted right at Studebaker, in South Bend, in THAT red even though it was not a stock color.

Studebaker made special trucks for the forest service too. A fleet of '39 CE pickups. Studebaker was also known to go the extra mile to please a customer with paint. I've heard of special painted Hawks, a special green '56, a yellow champ with a yellow grille, etc.

As far as the paint on your truck, Matt, it looks great as it is. If you really wanted to do something interesting, I have reflective flashing on decal sheets for fire trucks. It's inteded for bumpers, fender lines, etc. lol :p

kmac530
04-15-2012, 12:48 AM
What is your turning radius like Matt?
My truck turns so wide, if I drove it on to Rhode Island, I would have to back out.

mbstude
04-15-2012, 02:16 AM
What is your turning radius like Matt?
My truck turns so wide, if I drove it on to Rhode Island, I would have to back out.

Surprisingly good. I was able to circle through the tight culdesacs in the neighborhood without having to stop. It steers pretty easy and the brakes are WAY better then I expected.

mbstude
04-15-2012, 03:27 PM
Well, good news is I figured out how to operate the overdrive. The engine is a lot stronger than I expected and the truck will go faster than I want to go in it. 245 with OD and the 4.11 seems to be a good setup.

bezhawk
04-15-2012, 04:35 PM
Those 245's are great. Not to be mistaken for a Champion 6.

kmac530
04-15-2012, 10:23 PM
Well, good news is I figured out how to operate the overdrive. The engine is a lot stronger than I expected and the truck will go faster than I want to go in it. 245 with OD and the 4.11 seems to be a good setup.

If you dont want to go faster...I have a nice 5.571:1 rearend gear set that will REALLY give that truck some torque and prevent you from going too fast....I want to go faster, I NEED those 4.11:1 gears...lol