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slidemx5
10-27-2015, 09:46 PM
Hi everyone! I wanted to quickly introduce myself. My name is Rob, and typically I play/restore/buy 80-90's Japanese and German origin cars. I stumbled across this 1949 Studebaker truck and picked it up this past weekend. It has had two owners (other than myself), the original owner who bought it as a delivery truck for a mom and pop grocery store in central NC deliveries. The owner I bought it from was a studebaker nut out of Burlington, NC and restored her for car shows. The title is clear.

I have a few questions and thought this would be a good place to start.

Is there a specific model designation for this truck? It is rear wheel drive, has a flat six and three speed on the column shifter.

The interior is in nice shape, and it was driven daily and parked in a barn as it needed brake cylinder work when the owner passed away in the early 2000's. Overall the car has all it's chrome lettering, emblems and stock mirror(s) and doesn't appear to be missing much. There is very minimal if any rust as the car was fully restored in the mid 70's by the second owner. I've included a picture of the car in

If I wanted to see if she'll crank am I best to do like I would on any older car?

I.e. clean out the old fuel and refill
Change coolant and oil
slowly turn the engine by hand
Crank the car via a new battery

Is that recommended for a car of this age?
http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm62/slidemx5/IMG_7211.jpg
http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm62/slidemx5/IMG_7213.jpg
Also, any idea what the value on this vehicle would be if she runs? or if she doesn't? I may want to flip her as 6v and american cars are a bit "foreign" to me :D

Thanks in advance for any advise and wisdom!

JimK
10-27-2015, 10:05 PM
Welcome to the Forum! Good catch on the truck. There will be truck experts following up with more information, but the best bet is to post the serial number of the truck. Your straight (not flat, that would be a Porsche or Subie) 6 is the type that it came with originally - Stude V-8s were a year or two in the future in 49.

As to what to do, here is a link to start with:

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/TechThings2do.asp

Good luck.

Milaca
10-27-2015, 10:18 PM
I assume this photo is from 30 or more years ago. Nice looking truck! The mechanicals are basically like any other truck or car of the same time period. Assuming that nothing was modernized, it should have a 6-volt, positive ground electrical system. Most likely with a new battery, light sanding/cleaning of the ignition points and a little fuel down the carburetor, it will probably fire right up for a moment (until the fuel is burned out of the carburetor). Good luck!
http://i293.photobucket.com/albums/mm62/slidemx5/IMG_7213.jpg (http://s293.photobucket.com/user/slidemx5/media/IMG_7213.jpg.html)

slidemx5
10-27-2015, 10:44 PM
Thanks everyone. Yes Milaca that photo is from 1977 post restoration and pre-what it looks like now:)

Guido
10-28-2015, 05:49 AM
When I was at the 1975 ACC basketball tournament I stayed in Burlington, NC and spotted a 1/2 ton truck with a flatbed. It was unrestored at the time and as I recall was painted black. Wonder if it is the same truck? I also spotted a Packard Hawk on the same trip.

Robert Crandall
10-28-2015, 06:23 AM
It looks like he decided to sell it.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5287591608.html

r1lark
10-28-2015, 06:56 AM
It looks like he decided to sell it.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5287591608.html

Wow, that was quick.

8E45E
10-28-2015, 07:00 AM
It looks like he decided to sell it.

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/cto/5287591608.html

Looks like the car parked next to it in the 1977 picture is this one: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?60307-Orphan-of-the-Day-03-25-1959-Edsel-Villager-Ambulance

Craig

Skip Lackie
10-28-2015, 07:24 AM
To answer the original question, your truck is probably a model 2R5-12, where the 2R5 indicates a half-ton truck with a 171 cu in Champion 6. The 12 means it has a wheelbase of 112". The model number should be on a plate on the driver's side seat riser. The 2R series was built all the way through 1953, though there were a lot of running changes.

All mechanical parts for the truck are available through a variety of vendors.
http://www.studebakervendors.com/

slidemx5
10-28-2015, 09:01 AM
Wow, that was quick.

Not entirely sure if we're selling it or not, but I figured I'd put it up in case the right offer comes along. As I said, a car of this vintage is new to me and a bit intimidating.

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To answer the original question, your truck is probably a model 2R5-12, where the 2R5 indicates a half-ton truck with a 171 cu in Champion 6. The 12 means it has a wheelbase of 112". The model number should be on a plate on the driver's side seat riser. The 2R series was built all the way through 1953, though there were a lot of running changes.

All mechanical parts for the truck are available through a variety of vendors.
http://www.studebakervendors.com/


Thanks, we're going to have it towed to my shop this weekend and I'll take a look at the model number, appreciate your information!

Skip Lackie
10-28-2015, 10:08 AM
Not entirely sure if we're selling it or not, but I figured I'd put it up in case the right offer comes along. As I said, a car of this vintage is new to me and a bit intimidating.

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No need to be intimidated. This is likely the simplest, least intimidating vehicle you've ever worked on. (However, don't try to use your metric tools!)

52-fan
10-28-2015, 10:22 AM
I would love to see more pictures. Inside and out would be nice. I don't think I have seen a Studebaker 1/2 ton flatbed.

r1lark
10-28-2015, 02:23 PM
Not entirely sure if we're selling it or not, but I figured I'd put it up in case the right offer comes along. As I said, a car of this vintage is new to me and a bit intimidating.

Hope you do keep it, we need more North Carolina Studebaker folks. :D

If you haven't already found them, here are two NC resources:
NC Chapter Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/NCSDC
NC Chapter Internet site: http://www.ncsdc.net/

Skip Lackie
10-28-2015, 04:09 PM
I would love to see more pictures. Inside and out would be nice. I don't think I have seen a Studebaker 1/2 ton flatbed.

Agree, they're rare. But factory stake bodies were available on 2R trucks in all tonnage ratings.

52-fan
10-28-2015, 06:59 PM
Agree, they're rare. But factory stake bodies were available on 2R trucks in all tonnage ratings.

I figured it was factory. The homemade versions I have seen never look that good.

Mark L
10-28-2015, 07:27 PM
Wow, nice truck.

Don't forget that some of the wheel lugs may be left-hand threads. If you go to remove a wheel, make sure you take a good look at the direction of the lug threads first. If you don't you may snap off some of the lugs when you're trying to loosen them - you'll actually be tightening them. Sometimes the lugs will have a "L" or "R" stamped on the end to let you know which way the threads run.

Also, the rear brake drums are most likely pressed onto a tapered end of the axle. Before you attempt to remove a rear drum, make sure you are using the correct type of drum puller designed for pressed-on drums, and that you use it correctly. Search this forum for more specific instructions.

55 56 PREZ 4D
10-28-2015, 11:53 PM
[QUOTE=Mark L;953386]


make sure you are using the correct type of drum puller designed for pressed-on drums,


I'm not trying to be finickity, but, it's a "hub puller".

LeoH
10-29-2015, 08:40 AM
Welcome to the group, and by reaching out like this, you're taking an important next step and it means you're interested enough to go to this trouble, so don't stop now. If you have the experience and background on any sort of cars, you'll have little problem with these vehicles, other than getting past the pressure of asking questions!
Currently, I've been working on a 1952 truck that hasn't been running in at least 10 years and I've only been working on it for a month and a half weekends and free time and I'm very close to getting this puppy turned over so in comparison, you've got a cake walk. With your background, you can do this if you decide to. They're so basic and there's so much room to work on things you'll be amazed!
Not to mention, having a truck with a 3spd column shift means you've automatically got a built in anti-theft system, who around you knows how to operate one of those?? ;) Good Luck. I hope you decide to get the truck running and keep it, we can't have too many new people interested in Studebakers and driving them.

A few next steps I recommend after taking this one and coming here:

Seek out any local Studebaker club chapter and introduce yourself and find out if anyone near you can help.

Get a copy of the Studebaker Truck Manual for that model truck. They're $30 and if you sell it, a new owner would appreciate it if nothing else, but they are helpful when working on the truck. I've just been advised that getting a copy of the Parts Manual for these trucks is good to get as well, with more information than just part descriptions in it.

Go to the Studebaker Truck Forum and introduce yourself there. They aren't as chatty as this forum, there are fewer people there, but you can get more information and support by asking questions at either site.
http://www.network54.com/Forum/23885

(http://www.network54.com/Forum/23885)

52-fan
10-29-2015, 12:21 PM
Go to the Studebaker Truck Forum and introduce yourself there. They aren't as chatty as this forum, there are fewer people there, but you can get more information and support by asking questions at either site.
http://www.network54.com/Forum/23885

(http://www.network54.com/Forum/23885)

Good suggestion. That is where the real hard core Studebaker truck guys are.

LeoH
10-29-2015, 07:55 PM
True, but I've found I get answers from some of them more quickly asking on the Forum in the tech section. For whatever reason.

slidemx5
10-30-2015, 10:34 AM
I would love to see more pictures. Inside and out would be nice. I don't think I have seen a Studebaker 1/2 ton flatbed.

Thanks guys and gals, I'll try and pick it up tomorrow and will take more pictures. I appreciate your support. The community here is great!

thanks,

GinettaG12P
10-31-2015, 05:41 AM
Is that a 1959 Edsel ambulance next to your truck? Never saw one before.

8E45E
11-02-2015, 06:57 AM
Is that a 1959 Edsel ambulance next to your truck? Never saw one before.

See post #8.

Craig

slidemx5
11-02-2015, 12:49 PM
Is that a 1959 Edsel ambulance next to your truck? Never saw one before.


Not sure, It's a picture from the 2nd owner's collection at a car show. I was not yet a twinkle in my parents' eyes when that photo was taken:)

slidemx5
11-21-2015, 04:18 PM
Hi Everyone, I've finally gotten the truck to my property. If anyone's interested in it please message me. I'd rather it go to a real enthusiast.