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Pat Dilling
11-06-2008, 03:15 PM
Has anyone else noticed the high number of nice Studebaker trucks on EBay lately. Everything from projects to original to various levels of finished modifieds and street rods.

Any speculation as to why? Maybe they were there before and I just did not take notice....

Pat

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n194/stucool53/StuCoolsmallerSigpic.jpg

oldguy
11-06-2008, 03:34 PM
Anyone know this truck?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1950-Studebaker-Pickup-Street-Rod-Custom-collector_W0QQitemZ150307278880QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem QQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item150307278880&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A317%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
Opinions of value?

San antonio TX. 53 Champion Coupe, to be brought back from the dead.
"Of course it will fit, I have a torch"

55s
11-06-2008, 04:19 PM
My speculation is the following:

(1) People think that trucks are practical, but fail to realize a restored truck is not as practical in that it might get dirty.

(2) Studebaker truck brakes are not the best for towing, like all 40s-60s trucks.

(3) Motors (especially 6s) are not adequate to tow.

(4) People expect to go down the road at speeds higher that 50 mph.

(5) People are used to the creature comforts modern trucks have.

In summary, while old restored trucks are cool, they are not practical unless modified.

Paul

StudeRich
11-06-2008, 04:39 PM
I guess Mark better put Mr. Green Jeans up for sale then! :( -NOT!

Actually, I think a good V-8 Transtar (or late "C" Cab or Champ) can hold it's own with most any gas powered newer truck under 350 c.i., and if not OVER RESTORED it CAN serve a dual purpose! [^]

My '62 Transtar 7E13-131 has Bendix star wheel adjustable Type Wagner Brakes exactly the same as a '54-'66 Stude. car, but properly sized to the load requirement of a 1 Ton, with 13 in. rear drums and a Hydrovac, and it WILL stop! [^]

I do realize however, that you were mainly referring to those underpowered, underbraked R Series and M series 1/2 Tons though! [V]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

PackardV8
11-06-2008, 04:55 PM
Agree, driving a Studebaker truck is only fun for those of us who enjoy self-flagellation. I've been driving my '55 E12 4-speed for twenty-eight years. Here's what a neophyte would think of a Studebaker truck if he compared one to today's truck standards:

1. Bog-slow
2. Hell-box noisy and hot
3. Rides like a brick, handles like a loose cannon.
4. Average-to-low fuel economy.
5. Half-a-size too small for bigger guys. (Ever see a C-cab seat which wasn't all the way to the rear?)
6. High maintenance
7. Absolutely beautiful. I still smile every time I look at mine and it will never be for sale.

thnx, jack vines

PackardV8

DieselJim
11-06-2008, 05:41 PM
My E-45 will run at highway speeds, tow our RV, it is hot, cramped, very noisy, and I just love it. Jim

Pat Dilling
11-07-2008, 07:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by oldguy829

Anyone know this truck?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___1950-Studebaker-Pickup-Street-Rod-Custom-collector_W0QQitemZ150307278880QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem QQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item150307278880&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A317%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
Opinions of value?

San antonio TX. 53 Champion Coupe, to be brought back from the dead.
"Of course it will fit, I have a torch"


Smart buyer, he hit the BIN instead of messing around. I think he got a good value. Looks like a darn nice truck

Pat

Pat Dilling
Olivehurst, CA
Custom '53 Starlight aka Stu Cool
http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n194/stucool53/StuCoolsmallerSigpic.jpg

Mark57
11-07-2008, 11:33 PM
Well, as you could have guessed, I had to respond to this one!
quote:Originally posted by 55s

My speculation is the following:
(1) People think that trucks are practical, but fail to realize a restored truck is not as practical in that it might get dirty. Huh?? That's what trucks are for!! ;)[}:)]

(2) Studebaker truck brakes are not the best for towing, like all 40s-60s trucks. I have the original brakes and they stop the truck as they did when he was new. [^] 'Course, I do have a bit of weight to put on the brake pedal...;)
(3) Motors (especially 6s) are not adequate to tow. Wouldn't know as Mr. Green Jeans sports a 289 V8 (and he hauls a** - not that I would know[:I]). [8D][^]
(4) People expect to go down the road at speeds higher that 50 mph. ?? I can cruise at 70 mph with lots of pedal to spare - God bless O/D transmissions! [:X]
(5) People are used to the creature comforts modern trucks have. True, I have a "new" truck also, but it does not have the appeal of my C-Cab and it definitely does not have the same "wow" factor. I enjoy driving the Stude as much or more than any other vehicle :)

In summary, while old restored trucks are cool, they are not practical unless modified. ?? My Transtar is as practical as any other Studebaker vehicle, unless you are trying to haul 4 adults around (other than in a parade). :D[:0]

Paul


<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/CandyStoreThumb.jpg

Commanderpink
11-08-2008, 09:35 AM
I FIND THAT IF SOMEONE LIST A ITEM LIKE THE TRUCK ON EBAY AND IF IT SELLS FOR WHAT ONE THINKS IS UNBELIVIBLE MONEY THEN IN THE FEW DAYS THERES QUITE A FEW MORE LISTINGS PEOPLE REMEMBER THEY HAVE ONE RUSTING AWAY OUT IN THE BACK 40 AND THINK THEY CAN GET THAT KIND OF MONEY

Allan Songer
11-08-2008, 04:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by 55s

My speculation is the following:

(1) People think that trucks are practical, but fail to realize a restored truck is not as practical in that it might get dirty.

(2) Studebaker truck brakes are not the best for towing, like all 40s-60s trucks.

(3) Motors (especially 6s) are not adequate to tow.

(4) People expect to go down the road at speeds higher that 50 mph.

(5) People are used to the creature comforts modern trucks have.

In summary, while old restored trucks are cool, they are not practical unless modified.

Paul


Tell that to my wife who has driven a basically bone stock 1955 E7 pickup as her DAILY DRIVER for over 10 years. Sure, it's got no power steering, no radio, no A/C, etc. She's 5'4" tall and weighs about 125 lbs and has no problem driving her truck every single day. In fact, it's her ONLY vehicle--she's driven it about 80,000 miles so far . . .

http://images35.fotki.com/v1206/photos/9/9586/6286052/052508AllStudebakerShow270-vi.jpg

55s
11-08-2008, 09:26 PM
I did not mean to offend anyone. I was only making generic comments about any 40s to 60s trucks.

My experience is primarily with a 1/2 ton 1962 six cylinder truck and a 1948 1 ton (also 6 cylinder).

I would agree that a Studebaker V8 could be a good truck. Improving the brakes would make me feel better. However, my dad used a GT to pull heavy trailers without incident, but his favourite tow vehicle was a 1972 Cutlass.

Both "ride like a truck". I had a very scary towing experience with the 1/2 ton - I had a great deal of difficulty stopping when I had a loaded stock car trailer on back.

My 1998 Astro van was a great towing vehicle - you didn't even know there was a trailer on it. However, it is poorly built, lots of parts like door panels fell off it, it got rusty early, air conditioning was always problematic, and it required new ignition parts often. It would unpredictably cut out on the highway in wet weather. Also kinda scary. I still have it and am debating its future.

I definitely don't want to knock any truck. Lots of people like them, and thats OK by me.

Paul

Mark57
11-08-2008, 09:55 PM
quote:Originally posted by 55s

I did not mean to offend anyone. I was only making generic comments about any 40s to 60s trucks.


Paul


No worries Paul, I was not offended. Just felt it necessary to point out that your suppositions were not true in my case. ;):)
If you are ever in the neighborhood, I'd be happy to take you for a spin in Mr. GJ. [8D]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/CandyStoreThumb.jpg