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    My 52 Studebaker Champion

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    New to the forum, and a first time Studebaker owner. 😎

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    Welcome; the more 52s the better.

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    Welcome, my 51 Landcruiser is Shenandoah Green. I’m in Shorewood I’ll, Tim Carlig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboylust View Post
    Welcome; the more 52s the better.

    I agree!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tim333 View Post
    Welcome, my 51 Landcruiser is Shenandoah Green. I’m in Shorewood I’ll, Tim Carlig.
    Hey Tim, thanx for the welcome and the name of the color of my beast! lol We may just run into each other one day.
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    Safeguy, look on the underside of your cardboard glove box liner. There should be a paper tag stating the color of your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim333 View Post
    Safeguy, look on the underside of your cardboard glove box liner. There should be a paper tag stating the color of your car.
    Tim, I will do so when the car gets here. I'm finishing up my garage, making her a nice new home. I just bought my house. lol If I find it, I'll post a picture.
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    Welcome, Phil !
    I hope you have joined the SDC.
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    I saw you on Facebook. Welcome to the forum. Any more pictures?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    I saw you on Facebook. Welcome to the forum. Any more pictures?
    I will post more when I get it home in a few days, I'm making room in the garage for it.
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    Congratulations and welcome, safeguy! It is very likely that you just joined one of the best car clubs known to man! That is a lovely '52 Champion and it is nice to see the sedans get a bit more appreciated. That being said you will want to get the original manuals for the car. Study and scrutinize them, and the headaches will (hopefully) be reduced to a minimum. If a 17 year old like me can do it with his '62 GT Hawk then you can to!

    P.S. - Have you given your car a nickname yet? I think it needs one.
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    Very pretty car, I think that color is ideal for the year.
    I bet it rides great.
    52's forever!

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    I recently purchased a 1952 Champion too. My first Studebaker as well. I plan to purchase a 1953 Starliner and a 1955 Speedster too...in a for a pence, in for pound!

    Here it is:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Likes2Laff View Post
    I recently purchased a 1952 Champion too. My first Studebaker as well. I plan to purchase a 1953 Starliner and a 1955 Speedster too...in a for a pence, in for pound!

    Here it is:

    56 Studebaker Starliner Grey004_zpsurdc76il.jpg
    I remember discussing this car some time back. It is distinctive because of the windshield posts being painted the same color as the top. It looks like a very nice car.


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    I think it's a very cool car, but I must admit to knowing little about Studebakers. Should the A pillar be body color, rather than the same color as the top...I think it might look better that way...kind of like a convertible.

    A couple questions. What weight oil does this car take? Do you know where I can find information like that? I joined the SDC but have not been able to find info like that yet. Also, I was thinking a changing the distributor for a Pertronix unit for reliability and practicality...I do not plan on driving this car too much.

    I haven't see a 6 volt battery since my dad's first car...a VW beetle! Do you know the best 6 volt battery money can buy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Likes2Laff View Post
    I recently purchased a 1952 Champion too. My first Studebaker as well. I plan to purchase a 1953 Starliner and a 1955 Speedster too...in a for a pence, in for pound!

    Here it is:

    56 Studebaker Starliner Grey004_zpsurdc76il.jpg
    That's a sweet Studebaker! Thanks for sharing. I'm gonna buy a truck as my next Studebaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Likes2Laff View Post
    I think it's a very cool car, but I must admit to knowing little about Studebakers. Should the A pillar be body color, rather than the same color as the top...I think it might look better that way...kind of like a convertible.

    A couple questions. What weight oil does this car take? Do you know where I can find information like that? I joined the SDC but have not been able to find info like that yet. Also, I was thinking a changing the distributor for a Pertronix unit for reliability and practicality...I do not plan on driving this car too much.

    I haven't see a 6 volt battery since my dad's first car...a VW beetle! Do you know the best 6 volt battery money can buy?
    Some people have recommended getting a 6 volt battery from a tractor/farm supply place. They tend to have heavy duty batteries. The typical 6 volt battery at a auto supply is usually light duty.
    I used 30wt with STP in my Champion years ago, but there are lots of good oils. I am sure some guys currently running Champion engines will comment.
    You can go to a Pertronix if you like, but I drove my car many miles with the stock points. The easiest way to change/adjust them is to pull the distributor and do it on the bench. As long as you don't crank the engine with the distributor out, a Champion distributor can only go back in its original place.
    There are many pictures of nice 52 Starliners if you Google it.
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    "In the heart of Arkansas."
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    Thanks for the info

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    The Champion on the left is beautiful.

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    The car is being taken out of winter storage and I am having the "A" pillars and the windshield surround painted the same color as the body at the same time. I'm having them look at installing a Vintage Air air conditioning unit as well.

    Any thoughts about this and about how much is reasonable to pay for the A/C unit and installation?

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