View Full Version : My 52 Studebaker Champion

10-13-2008, 07:10 PM
Please be kind :)


10-13-2008, 07:31 PM

1963 Cruiser, 2-1963 Wagonaire, 1952 Champion. Based Willamette
Valley Oregon.
1952 Ford F-1, 1977 Lincoln Continental (all works in progress)

10-13-2008, 07:32 PM
I like it. But then my 48 is not stock either. I like not stock.

41 Commander
48 starlite Commander
50 starlite Champion
32 Austin 7

10-13-2008, 07:51 PM
Even in the two door sedan models, Studebaker design was years ahead of the others. I have a friend who has a '52 Champion two door. He could have done a Hawk but he wanted something different. He said "Everyone has a Hawk." Well, not everyone does but we know what he means.

Glad to see more folks appreciating these overlooked models; still very affordable sleek design and starting to gain true value.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

10-13-2008, 07:59 PM
I like it.

The 2 door sedans are my favorite, of course I am prejudiced.

Leonard Shepherd


10-13-2008, 08:05 PM
Very nice. I like it.

Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

10-13-2008, 08:21 PM
That is a cool custom. I like it!

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

10-13-2008, 08:32 PM
I'm not that wild about the skull and cross bones thing, but I'd certainly drive it. Good to see another 52 getting some attention.

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

Dick Steinkamp
10-13-2008, 08:36 PM
I like the 47-52 2 door sedans more than the starlight coupes. Yours is very nice! [:p]

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA


10-13-2008, 08:51 PM
:) My honest reaction: I was scrolling down the photos, Jim, and thinking, "Hey, this is pretty cool. I wonder if it's on e-bay. I think I'll hook to the link and see the details."

Then I realized it wasn't for sale. Neat car! 'Just something about it...:DBP

10-13-2008, 09:00 PM
Great job!!! 52's are my favorite!!!
Enjoy driving it!!!

1957 Studebaker Champion 2 door. Staten Island, New York.

10-14-2008, 09:21 AM
I'm not so much into the skulls, but PLEASE tell me that skull lights up when you hit the BRAKES.


vegas paul
10-14-2008, 10:02 AM
Give a little info on that console - what's in it, what's it from, etc. Love the car, I think I had those same seat covers on an old Corvair!

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

10-14-2008, 10:17 AM
The console is from a '62-66 Studebaker car (except Avanti) with bucket seats. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

10-14-2008, 10:20 AM
quote:The console is from a '62-66 Studebaker car (except Avanti) with bucket seats.

Of course it is turned around backwards!

What engine is in the car and can you show it?

Leonard Shepherd


10-14-2008, 11:38 AM
The engine is original six with 12 volts. I will send pictures of the engine. It smokes and I will probably rebuild it thia winter. The console came from a Studebaker Hawk in a salvage yard. The complete dash and bucket and rear seats were still in it a couple of years ago. No engine, good hood as I recall. The frame is sitting on the ground, so it might be toast.

10-14-2008, 12:01 PM
I love your use of the console there! Very inventive. Love the skirts, too - gives the rear end a very "'53 Mercury" look from the side.

I had never seen a '52 in person 'til I visited the SNM. I'm amazed at how much space there is between the steering wheel and the instrument panel!!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

10-14-2008, 12:05 PM
I concur with the others and all the others who were too polite to not say anything - get rid of the skull and crossbones.

Otherwise, a very sharp and cool looking '52. Throw a 350, 4-bbl in 'er and its speed wiil compliment its looks even more! Sorry to adulterate the topic with a Chev motor, but a 350 is about 1/3 the price to rebuild than a Studebaker motor.

By the way, anybody looking for a running Stude 259 4-bbl?

Dave D.
'51 "Bulletnose" Champ
'59 "Silver Hawk V8"

Smithers, B.C.

10-14-2008, 12:15 PM
I think it's pretty cool, and I don't mind the pirate emblems.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

10-14-2008, 12:58 PM
My cousin incorporates several jolly roger's in each of his vehicles.

And his colors of choice for accessories are always purple and orange. He's currently got a great big purple truck with orange pinstripes, custom headrest covers with embroidered orange jolly roger's and under the bed cover... orange Rhinolining. Under the hood, there are purple anodized details and orange wire covers.

At 6'4" and about 450 lbs, only family gives him any grief about it.:D

Whatever makes you happy as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else (we have the choice to look away to avoid the eyestrain caused by his orange bedliner!).


Fayetteville, AR

10-14-2008, 01:25 PM
Anything 52 Studebaker is great by me. i wish my dash chrome was half as good.
Have fun and drive the wheels off it.

52 hardtop

10-14-2008, 02:56 PM
The main reason I made the comment about the skull and cross bones is that it has been so over done by the rat rod crowd. I can appreciate Champion51's comment about the 350, but that too has been over done.
A Champion six with dual carbs, aluminum head, split exhuast and some careful detailing would be much more eyecatching. However, he is also right about the initial cost of the engine, but if you do the swap you have issues like the rear end, transmission, radiator, shifter, drive shaft and the like and the dollars will still add up. Your car, your choice and either way it will be special.

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

10-14-2008, 03:53 PM
I like it! I especially like that rear 3/4 view with those skirts![:p]

Just my opinion, of course, but the pirate logo's just not in keeping with the theme of the car. If you like it tho - that's what matters.;)

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door