View Full Version : 1938 Studebaker pickup

06-02-2008, 01:32 PM
Hello all, I am new to this forum. My name is Mark Wrobleski. I own a custom shop in phoenix az called Kreative Rodwerks. Some of you guys may not like what we do but we build a replica 39 Studebaker pickup that fits on a chevy s-10.
I am not here to promote my business but am here looking for a little help. I have a customer who is interested in building a 1938 Studebaker pickup. I have searched all over the internet and have only found one for sale. It was a truck that had been equipped with a large wooden bed and would not suit my needs. Is there anyone who might be able to help me out. Thank you in advance. By the way this is a great forum!


Studebaker Wheel
06-02-2008, 01:56 PM

Two views above. The truck is original though I opted to remove the side mount from the passenger side and use the State Commander headlights. Other views available upon request.

Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

06-02-2008, 02:05 PM
One of our Stude part vendors (Studebakerparts.com) and a very active
member in the Grand Canyon Chpt of the Studebaker Drivers Club: Chuck
Collins lives in the Phoenix Area. You might want to give him or his
wife Chris, a call and see if they know of a 1938 in the area or at
least point you in another direction. Their # is 602-995-5311

06-02-2008, 02:13 PM
I don't have a problem with what you do. I have owned both stock and modified Studebakers. I beieve that people should be able to do as they desire.

There is a guy in New York State that has an SDC/AACA winning 1938 Coupe Express. That is probably what you are looking for. I don't have any pictures to send you, but Leonard probably does. The major difference from '38 to '39 is in the nose.

I just re-read your post. At first I thought that you wanted to build something like the '39 that you now build. That would just require a different nose section. If you want to buy a complete '38 Coupe Express, that is going to be difficult, but not impossible.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

06-02-2008, 02:18 PM
Good luck finding one of those! Very few were made in the first place and even rusted out hulks are commanding a good price. Beautiful trucks and very valuable. Keep looking and don't give up hope!

Dick Steinkamp
06-02-2008, 02:18 PM
They are called a "Coupe Express" and were made in 37, 38, and 39. Each to his own, but I think the 37's are the prettiest.

Jeff Rice has a VERY nice one...



He goes by DEEPNHOCK here on the forum and you can email him through the forum.

BTW, I have always thought your product is beautiful. Very nice proportions. Great concept!


06-02-2008, 02:50 PM
Hi, Mark

Welcome to the Forum. I've looked with interest at your website, and also seen pictures of finished customs of your doing on eBay.

If I bought one of your kits, I would change the headlights to cathederal style like on this 38 convertible, to stay more in line with the era. One of our SDC VPs, Richard Dormois, couldn't find a coupe express when he wanted one, so he built a clone using parts of sedans, pickups, etc. His has those headlights and I like them.

FYI, There are pictures of a lot of studes on this website.


[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

06-02-2008, 05:21 PM
Wow I didnt expect so many replies this soon. I have been searching all day and it seems my customer could not have picked a more difficult vehicle to find. I do appreciate all the positive comments in regards to my 39 Studebaker Kit I was worried what some might say.


06-02-2008, 06:07 PM
Nice kit,but I don't really see the Studebaker in it. Most of us are pretty open minded about doing what you want with your car, but there are sometimes vigorous discussions of what is good taste. ;)

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona.Searcy,Arkansas
"I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."

06-02-2008, 07:59 PM
Beautiful truck Richard [:p]

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l300/2R5/smallchamp.jpg HOME of THE FRIED GREEN TOMATO
1950 2R5
1960 Champ
1964 Daytona HT

06-02-2008, 09:01 PM
Didn't studebaker make just a regular truck in 38? The guy didn't ask about a coupe express, or did I miss something?

06-02-2008, 09:25 PM
Mark, I think it's great that you are having success with your kit, but, honestly, I think that calling it a "replica" of a '39 Coupe Express is like claiming Rosie O'Donnell is a "replica" of Marilyn Monroe. Actually, your kit bears a LOT more similarity to the '40 Ford, IMHO.

If you were to call it a "modern-era re-imagining of the classic '39 Studebaker Coupe Express", I believe it would be less offensive to the purists.

Yep, Studebaker built both the Coupe Express and a one-ton Fast Express in 1938. The Fast Express is considerable larger, but a fine-looking rig in its own right.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Studebaker Wheel
06-03-2008, 03:20 AM

The old and the new. Beauty, as we know, is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps the image above will provide the viewer with
a basis for comparison. Which would you vote for as being the most aesthetically pleasing?

Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

06-03-2008, 03:53 AM
I posted a thread about this truck a while ago. Here is the link.


Leonard Shepherd


06-03-2008, 04:23 AM
I must say I like both, as examples of design for their time period. I'd be happy to own both, however would drive the "new" one more because it is contemporary, the other is a "classic" vehicle. And no, I'm not referring to that mob who believe they can control the word "Classic."

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
Lockleys South Australia

06-03-2008, 04:29 AM
Love the website, wonder whether you could offer RHD versions, or at least a dashboard, as I believe the LHD to RHD conversion of US Chrysler/Ford or GM trucks is around $AUD36,000. If someone had such a vehicle they could just add the new dash to it

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
Lockleys South Australia

06-03-2008, 09:14 AM
The Studebaker body I produce is very unique in many ways I guess you can call it an exaggerated streetrod version of the original coupe express. Some have told me it looked more like a 40 ford but I believe its unique body shape and lines lean more towards the Stude.
I did not design this body. I took it over once the original designer ran it and his company into the ground. The project was always interesting to me because I like things that are a little different and that's what Studebaker's always were a little different. I am a custom car builder and have built many cars from fiberglass cobra replicas, 33 ford coupes to offroad rally cars and still the Studebaker has always stood out to me.
I have had a few guys contact me with potential leads on a truck. Thank you very much for your help. The people on this forum are very different from some of the other forums out there. You are actually nice.
I will post info and progression pics once I get started on the 38 Coupe Express (that I don't have yet).


Chris Pile
06-03-2008, 11:04 AM
Isn't there an active thread about how the SDC nows owns the Studebaker name? (hint, hint)

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

06-23-2008, 03:53 PM
here's one for you to consider!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Studebaker-Coupe-Express-1938-Coupe-Express_W0QQitemZ160254023406QQihZ006QQcategoryZ6466QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmd ZViewItem

06-23-2008, 04:22 PM
Wow! Talk about timing! that looks like a great truck to start with. I just bought that emergency Transtar "Bud" and have a 4X4 still do in this summer, or I'd be all over that thing.