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kelmbaker
11-17-2007, 05:18 PM
I have the chance to buy a 39 or 40 Champion coupe. The car had been hot rodded in the past, and now has sat for the past 30 years. What is the wheelbase? Can any other "modern" Studebaker chassis be used under the car? I have a donor '61 Lark Sedan but I know that wheel base would need to be shortened. Anyone ever attempt something like this?

Thanks,

Kelly kelmbaker@msn.com

Kelly J. Marion

lstude
11-17-2007, 08:10 PM
The wheelbase of a 39-40 Champion is 110 inches. The 61 Lark sedan (not Cruiser) is 108.5 inches.

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lstude
11-17-2007, 08:10 PM
The wheelbase of a 39-40 Champion is 110 inches. The 61 Lark sedan (not Cruiser) is 108.5 inches.

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

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studegary
11-18-2007, 11:27 AM
I believe that you will run into more major differences than the 1.5 inches shorter wheelbase. There are major diferences in the front suspension and the frame width is probably different.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
11-18-2007, 11:27 AM
I believe that you will run into more major differences than the 1.5 inches shorter wheelbase. There are major diferences in the front suspension and the frame width is probably different.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Greg Meyers
11-19-2007, 01:00 PM
Those had an optional planar front suspension. If it still has this, then you might think twice about changing frames, and swap the Lark motor/driveline in. That frame can be boxed, and you can mount about any rear end. I have figured out a way to mount modern discs on those spindles using modified Turner "truck" adapter pieces. There are modern leaf spring packs which are thinner and with less arch which can be substituted for the original 16 leaf pack to give less ground clearance in front. The original front shocks can be used if not seized, or there is room in front of the kingpins for a tube shock. Sometimes these originals can be free'd up. I have been working with the Commander, but there are many similarities with the Champion.
Greg
http://turbostude.com/Tribaker

Greg Meyers
11-19-2007, 01:00 PM
Those had an optional planar front suspension. If it still has this, then you might think twice about changing frames, and swap the Lark motor/driveline in. That frame can be boxed, and you can mount about any rear end. I have figured out a way to mount modern discs on those spindles using modified Turner "truck" adapter pieces. There are modern leaf spring packs which are thinner and with less arch which can be substituted for the original 16 leaf pack to give less ground clearance in front. The original front shocks can be used if not seized, or there is room in front of the kingpins for a tube shock. Sometimes these originals can be free'd up. I have been working with the Commander, but there are many similarities with the Champion.
Greg
http://turbostude.com/Tribaker