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    My first studebaker and i love it

    Hi all,

    to start off my name is Chris and i am in the UK,

    she is a 1947 champion 4 door

    i thought i would join this forum as i have just bought my first studebaker and have no idea where to find parts as i have not seen many of these about, anyway here are some photos, she has a few bits missing like of chrome trim etc, but she has no rust what so ever and is very solid
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    Nice car Chris, and welcome to the Forum! You've got a real solid machine there

    Your taillights are fascinating. Here in the States, turn signals did not have separate lenses in the stop lamps. I wonder - are those original or retro-fitted?

    Glad to have you here!

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    Thanks, the tail light lens have to be amber over here for the indicator but i have put the original leanses back in as they were found in the boot(trunk),

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    The '47 Champion is my favorite early post-war Stude. As for trim parts, check out the current thread about a '47 Champion going "back to China". Parts may be available.
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    Nice looking car, the black really sets the chrome and stainless off. Have fun with that baby.

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    Welcome Chris! Neat car, looks rather 'stealthy' with the black paint, black wheels, and blackwall tyres. I like it!
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    Nice looking example you have there Chris & may I add a welcome also. Parts on your side of the pond arent as easy to get as here, but you've come to the right place. I suggest posting a list under the "General Studebaker-Specific" section. Seeing a nice clean example is rare anywhere & I can assure you'd better be prepared for alot of attention!
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    Wow thanks all for your warm wellcomes i will be keeping an i open for anything i can get for her and thanks for the link..... :-)

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    Welcome to the Forum!! Looks like you have a very nice car there.
    As for parts I would suggest Studebaker International. We have close to any and every part you need for your car.
    http://www.studebaker-intl.com/
    Chris Dresbach. South Bend, IND.

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    Thanks again.. :-)

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    Chris, nice '47 Champion - it was always one of my favorites. Welcome to the SDC website. This is a great place to find parts and answers to questions from folks with a lot of subject matter expertise when it comes to Studebakers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Dresbach View Post
    Welcome to the Forum!! Looks like you have a very nice car there.
    As for parts I would suggest Studebaker International. We have close to any and every part you need for your car.
    http://www.studebaker-intl.com/
    Suggest you download their catalogue. You may also consider joining the Studebaker Drivers Club, if you are not already a member, plenty of info in Turning Wheels (the club magazine), check out the website www.studebakerdriversclub.com. This page has links to lots of other information. Good luck and nice car.

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    Another place to post your wanted list is on www.studebakerswap.com Allways interesting items that showup for sale and wanted there.

    Welcome aboard and very nice car!

    Mark

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    just wanted to say nice car!!!

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    Hi Cris
    Maybe you can have solutions nearer than you think. please check: http://www.studebakerownersclub.org.uk/

    Is a nice group of ladies and gentlemen that can help you direct in OK.

    The contact is Mr Paul Eccles . His adress can be found here:

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

    Good luck
    Studebakerchile
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    Hi Chris ....., It's very nice to see the pictures of your car! I, too, have a 1947 Champion 4-door sedan, which I have owned and enjoyed for just over 40 years. If I can be of any help to you, please let me know. ..... Re comment number 2 above, 1947 to 1949 Studebakers do have separate bulbs for direction signals, being the outer bulb on each rear side. The original red lens will have the word "direction" on it. At the front, the original direction signals are at the outer end of the horizontal chrome bars above the grille and have clear lenses. (A car without signals has a solid chrome bar.) With your left bar removed, you can see the rectangular cut-out in the body metal which makes room for the direction signal light housing. As you are probably aware, in North America direction signals were an option before 1955. I believe the 1947 models were the first Studebakers, and possibly the first of any low-priced North American car, to provide for installing accessory signals.
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    Looks clean & very solid. Love the suicide doors.

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