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11-11-2009, 08:10 AM
Well...with the help of appropriate tools, and a sawzall, the old truck is becoming somewhat exposed!


Even though the lower 3 inches of the doors, the lower corners of the fenders, floors, and cab corners are rusted out, I was pleased to find that the pillar post are pretty solid on up on the body. On the last vehicle I dismantled the pillar post were rusted so bad that I had to replace the metal almost to the top fender bolt hole. The forum member who offered me another c cab sent more pictures and unfortunately, the top was so severely mangled that I decided to stick with this one for now. However, if any of you have a decent c-cab lying around in your way...I will gladly remove it for you. Any other unsightly c cab obstacles that you are tripping over such as fenders, hoods, grilles, or doors could be removed at no charge to you as well:D.

Another bit of curiosity was revealed when I removed the passenger fender. During assembly, a hand written "30X" had been written on the pillar post. Here is a picture of it...


Any body know what that means?

John Clary
Greer, SC
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

Anne F. Goodman
11-11-2009, 12:21 PM
Too bad you are so far away. I have a Cab and doors

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe

11-11-2009, 01:09 PM
John, those front tires look a little poor, too...... :)

The 30X might be the first portion of a math problem, but the assembly line moved too fast to finish it.

Ok, I'm just full of it today.....

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

11-11-2009, 01:09 PM

I have another cab (with doors) on a parts truck. I believe it has rust in the floors and steps, but the top is good. :D Let me know and I can get pictures if you want. I sold the fenders at York a number of years ago.


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11-11-2009, 02:25 PM
Thanks for the remarks Ann and Guido.:) I will consider any possible offers. I have to weigh the cost of gas against the benefit gained by the condition of any components offered. Before all is said and done...this could be a "forum" project!:D If it turns out that way, full credit will be given. Another forum member has told me about a couple of c cabs sitting in the weeds about 60 miles away. I may try to check those out in a week or two. I am trying to document as I proceed. It is raining here today and after making my initial post, I took my Mother shopping and out for lunch. She is visiting with us for a few weeks and I am trying to be a considerate host. I don't want her to feel abandoned by spending too much time in the "Man Cave" banging away on an old Studebaker. When we returned home, I went out and sprayed some penetrating oil in the cylinders. I will try to see if the engine will turn in the next couple of days. :):):)

John Clary
Greer, SC
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

11-11-2009, 04:11 PM
Quote: "Another bit of curiosity was revealed when I removed the passenger fender. During assembly, a hand written "30X" had been written on the pillar post. Here is a picture of it..."Unquote.

Usually LINE NUMBERS like that are on the top of the Bell Housing, frame, Cab, Box, front clip etc. to mate all the correct pieces together.
Your Production order shows your "Line Number", my Bell Housing, firewall and frame all matched the Prod. order "line #" on my 7E13-131.

I think it means 304, 307 or something like that, or even 30X could have had a meaning on the assembly line, like: line # 30 on line #2 if the Truck plant even had 2 lines!
Or solid color line #30, or: two-tone line #30 [:0] Both Std. and Deluxe Cabs with two-tone Mldg. could be solid color. Any more guesses?????? These line workers are all gone now, too late to ask them! :(


11-11-2009, 07:05 PM
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l11/studemaker/Deluxe%20Scotsman%20Rebuild/100_0516.jpg Howdy John, I don't have a definitive answer for you, and have searched for an answer also, but guess that it is a line number as Rich suggested, perhaps for assembly purposes. When I dismantled my '59 Deluxe Scotsman it was the only factory marking that I found, and in exactly the same place as yours. Where yours is a '55, and mine is a '59, it must have been a routine practice to mark them, and at that particular location. Tim

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11-12-2009, 05:07 AM
What looks to be an X on my truck could be a 4. If the number was to indicate what number of truck was set on the assembly line for the shift...this one would have been number 304. It also looks like a number could faintly have been scratched into the paint before the paint marker pen was used. I have a 51 land cruiser with markings from assembly on the firewall but do not recall what they are. I would have to go out and look to refresh my memory. It is interesting to peel back these parts and discover the work of real people from so many years ago... Still looking for windshields if anyone has any lying around.