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    My 1946 Studebaker pickup streetrod

    Just taking time to add it back in. It was lost when the forum was updated.
    Randy Wilkin
    1946 M5 Streetrod
    Hillsboro,Ohio 45133

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    Very nice, I love the color and the wheels....

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    updated photos

    added wood in bed and few other changes, paint inside, mirrors ,ect. The mirrors are the small hagan that are curved to give a wider view ,did away with my blind spots .
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    Very nice pickup!

    What is the drivetrain?

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    Added wood floor to bed. Did not want to drill 100 holes in my new bed metal floor. So after thinking about it and dreaming about it (that's where I always get the best ideas) I took some sheet .125 aluminum I had and had it cut in strips just long enough to go across bed. Than cut Rubber to go under the aluminum. I set the strips where I had drilled my Aluminum diamond plate that I put between the wood ( found out the hard way that the strips had to be t angle or would swell in the sun and buckle between the screws, Have 3 drain holes at front of bed since truck sets lower in front. Drilled and tapped the aluminum to hold the strips and it has worked out great and improved looks of bed .The reason for the black diamond plate was to match the tool box in truck.
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    Randy Wilkin
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    Very nice!

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    Beautiful truck. I would love to hear what you did to the drivetrain.

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    You can go to my profile and see more pictures in my photo album. Truck is now on a shortened 1970 Chevy 1/2 ton frame. Made it easy to bolt in a 350 sbc, 700r4 automatic , and 3:73 12 bolt limited slip rear end . Put a 1983 front suspension under the 70 frame (10 of 12 bolts lined up ) giving me power disc brakes and power steering . Has Vintage air, Dakota digital gauges , Dakota pickup bucket seats, Home made bed from new metal , tailgate made from Douglas Dc8 thrust reverser pistons , 2 inch fatter fiberglass fenders, Camaro block hugger headers with magnaflow mufflers. actual changed many items and made many with help from employees at work (ABX Air ).Examples front strip down grille is aluminum, added tail lights in bed corners, Studebaker m5 emblem, Holes in tailgate for tubes , Bushings for tailgate to lower. Bent bed up at work . Truck still has front vent, wing windows , vacuum wipers and the short M16 running boards it came with .
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    Randy Wilkin
    1946 M5 Streetrod
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    Looks good. Like the diamond plate solution.

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    Very nicely done. I bet it is fun to cruise around in.
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    Very Much fun since I upgraded Radiator, Have to toot my own horn, At a car show yesterday with 112 entries , I won Best of Show, Really shocked me! I knew none of judges, and had some very stiff competition
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    Well done!


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    Thanks 52 fan and all others for positive comments!

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    It is setting on a shortened Chevy 1/2 ton frame, same width as Studebaker frame, but wider track, Made it a bolt in to add 355 SBC ,700R4 automatic, 3:73 12 bolt limited slip rear end, Has Power Steering , Power disc Brakes, Vintage Air, heat and defrost, Dakota Digital Gauges, retains side vent windows ,fresh air scoop, vacuum wipers , Has a Chevy 1/2 ton firewall graphed in, Run a 65 Mustang radiator (2 ea, 1 inch core aluminum), radiator fits between the core support ,instead of behind it! Cruises at 55Mph at 1700 RPMS.

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    Nice! And well-deserved, too. That's a beautiful truck.

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    Found a picture taken in Feb. at a inside show I like. Too bad I had door open!
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    Randy Wilkin
    1946 M5 Streetrod
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    Very nice looking truck.
    Ron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith1107 View Post
    Beautiful truck. I would love to hear what you did to the drivetrain.
    Since it is sitting on a GMC frame , the 350 .030 bolted right in , along with a 700r4 overdrive transmission that has a higher stall corvette convertor , and a 3:73 12 bolt limited slip rear end . The 350 is a 4 bolt main, Has Arp bolts , a tame Edelbrock cam . Running 9 to 1 compression , And a Wieland aluminum intake with a 600cc edelbrock carb. Has Camaro block hugger headers . A high volume water pump helps the 2 one inch row radiator stay cool . 2 1/2 pipes go thru magnaflow stainless mufflers and 2 tips of 3/8 thick solid aluminum . The frame was shortened 17 inches by me and on a alignment rack they quoted me that front axle was off from back axle by .040. Love the way it drives . When it goes into 4th gear, the convertor locks , Trans runs at about 140 degrees , engine at 177 degrees (180 stat) , can truly say the truck is as much fun driving to and from shows as the shows are . I put new leaf springs on rear and new front coils in front along with new shocks and brakes .
    Randy Wilkin
    1946 M5 Streetrod
    Hillsboro,Ohio 45133

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    Very well done!
    Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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    Thank you for positive comments ! here is dash, cover made shadows , reads gallons of fuel , MPH , trans temp, and engine temp . Bright light indicator in middle . Turn signals on each side .
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    Congratulations on a well-derserved "Best of Show." I have admired your truck for a long time.

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