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    1949 c-cab 2r5-12

    Just got a 2R5-12 pickup
    What does the -12 designate ?
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    Last edited by CAPTJ; 07-12-2018 at 09:47 AM. Reason: year wrong

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    First, you have the year wrong. It will be 1949 thru 1953. See chart in Post #16here to determine your year: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...-Buy-me-Buy-me

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    sorry saw that too late
    made change and added pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTJ View Post
    Just got a 2R5-12 pickup
    What does the -12 designate ?
    Rick
    That number indicates the wheelbase - 112 inches. Although they did not build any (that I know of), but if Studebaker had built a long bed half-ton that year, it would be designated as a 2R5-22 - the eight foot bed trucks rode on a 122 inch wheel base.

    Good luck

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    the VIN plate says 2R5-12 and it measures as a 112 WB
    Thank u

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    I like your boat. That will look good being towed behind the Studebaker pickup.

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    it is a 62 Dorsett
    Also designed by Raymond Lowery

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    That's cool. I had no idea Raymond Loewy also designed boats.

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    I did not either until I researched boat
    Look at the top windshield on the boat
    It is almost identical to the rear window on a Hawk
    I have a 56 Skyhawk and they look like twins

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    It will be interesting pulling that boat with a Champion six.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

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    Just remember, it takes a special puller to get the rear hubs off. Don't try it any other way when it comes time to do the brakes.

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    yes thank you
    I have one I use on my Hawk

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    haven't decided on how to go on this project
    I could "p--- Off " a lot of people if I Restomod or I can restore as original
    I would like to be able to drive it on a regular basis
    I have no motor or tranny now

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTJ View Post
    haven't decided on how to go on this project
    I could "p--- Off " a lot of people if I Restomod or I can restore as original
    I would like to be able to drive it on a regular basis
    I have no motor or tranny now
    Hey...it is YOUR vehicle...and you will probably not be happy with restoring a useless relic that mainly takes up space and is not much more than a museum piece without a museum to display it in. Especially a larger slow heavy-duty truck that was originally intended for chugging grunt work for businesses in small towns and rural farms. They were built before interstates, cell phone distracted drivers, and traffic closing in from behind at 75mph while on cruise control!!!

    All of my Studebakers are pretty much original except for the horribly dangerous original flaking away wiring insulation. It has been replaced and I apologize to no one. Mine are mainly original because I found them that way...I am familiar with the technology...it is simpler to follow the instructions in the manuals...and I ran out of youthful years to go through the trouble to re-engineer them.

    If you have the resources, time, and energy...make it into something enjoyable...celebrate with those who appreciate your creativity, and ignore the shallow grumps that envy your success. Even when these "commercial" vehicles were new, business often bought a cab and chassis and modified them for specific tasks. From milk trucks, coal hauling dump trucks, fuel oil trucks, fire trucks, to Book-Mobiles that some dainty little Librarians would deliver books throughout rural communities. So, making one of these vehicles functional for modern traffic should increase the possibility of survival.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTJ View Post
    haven't decided on how to go on this project
    I could "p--- Off " a lot of people if I Restomod or I can restore as original
    I would like to be able to drive it on a regular basis
    I have no motor or tranny now
    My 52 pickup came to me with a 64 V-8. It still looks stock and most people wouldn't know the difference. If it had been stock I would have driven it that way for a while and adjusted for its limitations, but a V-8 was in my plan all along.
    You should do whatever works best for you. You might find a good original drivetrain from a nearby chapter member or someone may have a later V-8 truck with all the pieces you need. Be patient, have a plan, have fun. It's your truck.


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    Thank you Jim and 52-fan
    I appreciate your advice
    Years ago I was in the forum and if I even mentioned changing from "Stock" I got my head chewed off
    Hence the many years of absence

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    Given that the engine and trans are already gone, you can do whatever you want with no regrets. And the Champion engine is no ball of fire anyway. The easiest upgrade would be to drop a Stude v8 in it. The purchase of 55-64 Stude V8 parts truck would allow you to do the upgrade without having to engineer or fabricate anything. The next most popular transplant (of course) would be a Chevy small block. While some conversion parts have been designed, you would have to fabricate a bunch of small stuff to make it operable. Depends on your skills and desires.

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    has anyone put a 2R5 on a S10 frame

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    It has been done, but I don't know who did it. I've heard of Dakota frames being used as well. And at least one Full size mid 80s chevy.
    It's your truck, since the engine is already gone, I would do a V8 conversion at the least. Considering that for my 2R5, as the 6 is getting weak, and it wouldn't pull itself out of a wet paper bag 20 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTJ View Post
    has anyone put a 2R5 on a S10 frame
    Google Studebaker frame swap and you will find several. The 2R swap I liked best was a series on using a Dakota frame and running gear. The S10 will work, but is a bit narrow.
    The fastest route to enjoying your tuck, if you don't have money to pay a professional or a well equipped shop, is to stay closer to stock with upgrades as you go. My brother has done that with his Transtar and continues to drive it as it evolves. The truck now has a 289 with a T5 5 speed transmission, power steering, disc brakes, air conditioning and the like, but he started driving it with a mostly stock drivetrain.


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    the reason I asked is I already have a S10 rolling chassis with a 350 and
    it was previously shortened and will have to be lengthened to 112 WB
    I can do it my self
    I agree it is a bit narrow but I think wheel spacers and deep dish wheels will take care of that
    I think that is my best route to getting this truck on the road again

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    save the old running gear, some of us might just want it.

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    I have decided to put another more modern chassis under the 2R5
    Therefore anyone in the SDC who wants the complete rolling chase may have it
    Free
    you pick it up of course

    I an not sure of the protocol for contacting me
    should I post my phone # ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CAPTJ View Post
    I have decided to put another more modern chassis under the 2R5
    Therefore anyone in the SDC who wants the complete rolling chase may have it
    Free
    you pick it up of course

    I an not sure of the protocol for contacting me
    should I post my phone # ?
    Regardless of which three routes Google shows to where you live...Town to Town, you are over three hundred miles from me. So to pick up your chassis & parts, it would be quite a haul for me. Of course, I really don't need another pile to decorate my weed garden.

    Rather than post your personal information, folks can reach you by using the "private message" feature on the forum. I recommend using that. Good luck with your project.
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