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Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 07:47 PM
Went down and bought the '40 I was talking about today. It's rough, but man am I happy! Should make a neat project.:D:D:D[:p][8D]:)
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/1940studebakerchampion.jpg
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http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/1940championpacecar.jpg
:D:D:D

Chris Dresbach
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Gary1953
02-21-2010, 07:50 PM
That's neat congrats.


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Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
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259man
02-21-2010, 07:56 PM
Looks like a lot of potential there!

Congratulations and good luck, Chris!


Tom
1960 Lark VIII
1962 Lark Cruiser
1964 Cruiser
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BobGlasscock
02-21-2010, 07:58 PM
Great looking car, Chris. How complete is it?

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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paxton bloR
02-21-2010, 08:10 PM
Chris geat going on the Champion--I like the early years of them.I have a 42 buisness coupe & we use it on car tours.
Gary Olson

rockne10
02-21-2010, 08:17 PM
Nice score!
YOU SOUND STOKED![:o)]

These models are a little more difficult to find parts but their systems are simpler.

I'm sure you'll keep us photographically informed.

Probably a good idea now to join The Antique Studebaker Club.

http://theantiquestudebakerclub.com/

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 "Désirée"

rockinhawk
02-21-2010, 08:21 PM
Good Show Chris!!! I am proud for you. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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COMMANDERPINK1
02-21-2010, 08:26 PM
Congrats Chris! Will we see it at the May meet in South Bend?
Tom

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Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 08:37 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock

Great looking car, Chris. How complete is it?

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg


It is totally complete, except the inside door pannels.[?] I think I can make some new one though. Interior need work.[:p]
Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 08:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

Congrats Chris! Will we see it at the May meet in South Bend?
Tom

http://i759.photobucket.com/albums/xx240/TOMLSEXTON/Iowa036.jpg

I wouldn't miss it.[^]:)
Chris Dresbach

55champion
02-21-2010, 08:53 PM
Great find

rockne10
02-21-2010, 08:57 PM
I suspect you'll script the sides as the Indy Pace Car?

Eugene
02-21-2010, 09:02 PM
Congrats Chris, looks like it's your lucky day, Is it a runner? I can't wait to see more pictures of it.

okc63avanti
02-21-2010, 09:04 PM
Chris,

Congrats on the car! Your enthusiasm plus hard work will go a long way in making this car something to be proud of. Concentrate at first primarily on the mechanicals. Replace brakes, brake lines, fuel lines, etc. anything that is absolutely necessary to be in top notch condition before taking to the streets.

But most of all, HAVE FUN !!! :):D[8D]

John

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63R-2386 under restoration & modification

Studebaker Wheel
02-21-2010, 09:06 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/my40champpatsemail.jpg?t=1266807585

We have something in common! My first Studebaker was a black '40 Champion 2 door. Purchased it in 1962 for $300 which was a lot of money for me at that time. Drove it for thousands of miles then sold it. Bought it back 4 years later and drove it for thousands more! It is still around and has been painted up and lettered like the '40 Indy Pace Car. I would buy it back a third time if it became available. Hope you have as much fun with yours as I did mine.

P.S. The modified car at the rear is my brothers '40 Champ 2-door that ran in the NHRA B-Gas class.

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 09:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

I suspect you'll script the sides as the Indy Pace Car?

I haven't decided yet. If I did the pace car theme, that would require me painting it brick red. Just dunno.[?]:)
Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 09:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by okc63avanti

Chris,

Congrats on the car! Your enthusiasm plus hard work will go a long way in making this car something to be proud of. Concentrate at first primarily on the mechanicals. Replace brakes, brake lines, fuel lines, etc. anything that is absolutely necessary to be in top notch condition before taking to the streets.

But most of all, HAVE FUN !!! :):D[8D]

John

http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq16/okc63avanti/Profile/AvantionLift.jpghttp://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq16/okc63avanti/Profile/jgheads_pandp.jpghttp://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq16/okc63avanti/Profile/NewPistons.jpghttp://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq16/okc63avanti/Profile/Headson.jpg
63R-2386 under restoration & modification


Well, the good part about this one it that it was already started to be restore. It has new brakes, runs, drives, suspession is good. Just a lot of body work.[:p]
Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 09:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by Eugene

Congrats Chris, looks like it's your lucky day, Is it a runner? I can't wait to see more pictures of it.

Yup, runs great. Ill get more pics soon.:)
Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 09:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/my40champpatsemail.jpg?t=1266807585

We have something in common! My first Studebaker was a black '40 Champion 2 door. Purchased it in 1962 for $300 which was a lot of money for me at that time. Drove it for thousands of miles then sold it. Bought it back 4 years later and drove it for thousands more! It is still around and has been painted up and lettered like the '40 Indy Pace Car. I would buy it back a third time if it became available. Hope you have as much fun with yours as I did mine.

P.S. The modified car at the rear is my brothers '40 Champ 2-door that ran in the NHRA B-Gas class.

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

That's just awesome! I plan on driving it as much as I can too! I assume yours was the tow car for the gasser?
Chris Dresbach

bams50
02-21-2010, 09:53 PM
Good for you, Chris! Enthusiasm is always a good thing, especially from our youngsters. Good luck with it![^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 10:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

Good for you, Chris! Enthusiasm is always a good thing, especially from our youngsters. Good luck with it![^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag1-1.gif
GOD BLESS AMERICA

Thanks!:)
Chris Dresbach

stude-sled
02-21-2010, 10:12 PM
Gasser!!!!!!!!!!

Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 10:14 PM
quote:Originally posted by stude-sled

Gasser!!!!!!!!!!

Um, no.

Chris Dresbach
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1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

JeffDeWitt
02-21-2010, 10:36 PM
That's very cool, congrats!

Jeff DeWitt
http://carolinastudes.net
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silverhawk
02-21-2010, 10:41 PM
Awesome Chris! Congrats! And if my vote means anything, I'd do black, with the pace car lettering. I know that isn't right, but I think it would look cool! :D

Dylan Wills
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'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Studebaker Wheel
02-21-2010, 11:13 PM
(That's just awesome! I plan on driving it as much as I can too! I assume yours was the tow car for the gasser?)

I wish I could say that my '40 was powerful enough to tow the gasser to and from the tracks but 78 horsepower was just not adequate for the job. It did however do well pulling it around the pits with a tow strap while at the track. I also raced it in stock class on a few occasions. Don't think I ever won a race but I really didn't care. My opponent was usually a friends '40 Champion coupe that I sold him!

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

Invalid User Name
02-22-2010, 04:47 AM
Congratulations Chris. That is quite a find. That looks like it is in pretty darned good condition for its age.

Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/w4jdz/Stu-1.jpg

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 06:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel


(That's just awesome! I plan on driving it as much as I can too! I assume yours was the tow car for the gasser?)

I wish I could say that my '40 was powerful enough to tow the gasser to and from the tracks but 78 horsepower was just not adequate for the job. It did however do well pulling it around the pits with a tow strap while at the track. I also raced it in stock class on a few occasions. Don't think I ever won a race but I really didn't care. My opponent was usually a friends '40 Champion coupe that I sold him!

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

One of my informal goals is to blow the doors off of at least one chevy...;)[8D]

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 06:01 AM
quote:Originally posted by Invalid User Name

Congratulations Chris. That is quite a find. That looks like it is in pretty darned good condition for its age.

Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m15/w4jdz/Stu-1.jpg

It is in good shape, except the body. That's why I got it.:)
Chris Dresbach

ivorydan
02-22-2010, 06:26 AM
Chris, Ely Stokes is a chimney sweep around Indianapolis. Dan

Maine Hawk
02-22-2010, 09:03 AM
Congrats Chris!!! Real KQQL looking[8D] By photos,she is not rough looking at all--- Looks pretty straight and all together--Nice find;) As Always,Frankie[8D]

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sweetolbob
02-22-2010, 09:42 AM
Congrats Chris:)

It looks like a perfect car to start with and learn on.

It's pretty simple mechanically and the body looks like it can be repaired

It just won't stop of go like a 2006 model but a great start. Working on it will teach you a lot and it is how most of we dinosaurs started.

Bob

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StudeSchack
02-22-2010, 10:58 AM
Congrats Chris...

This is on EBAY...just in case you don't have this issue!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Studebaker-Turning-Wheels-1940-Line-of-Cars_W0QQitemZ370339486606QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMagazines?hash=item5639f41b8e

Ted
'57 Champion

If you have the time: http://fiveprime.org/hivemind/Tags/studebaker

Sdude
02-22-2010, 01:05 PM
Nice buy Chris. You should be able to make that into a daily driver a lot faster than your Model N project.

Can't wait to see what you do with it.

[8D]


Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
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Yanqui84@gmail.com
02-22-2010, 01:10 PM
Nice car. Good Luck in your project.

tutone63
02-22-2010, 01:12 PM
Do you have ANY IDEA how JEALOUS I AM!!??!!?? That is once rockin' awesome car! I wish you the best of luck!

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1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction.

Steve T
02-22-2010, 01:59 PM
Chris--

So cool...good for you. There's a '40 Champion in our chapter, a really stunning Chev-engined coupe rod, one of the most tasteful customs I have ever seen. I'll post a pic of it later for inspiration. (And I'll doubtless take a bunch of pix of yours when I'm in SB in May...)

Cheers

S.

JRoberts
02-22-2010, 02:55 PM
Great goin' Chris. Love those two door sedans.

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

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 03:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by ivorydan

Chris, Ely Stokes is a chimney sweep around Indianapolis. Dan

Yeah, that's what Jim was telling me a long time ago. I guess this was a "run around" car to advertise the business. It makes sense now because it says this car was origionally from the South Bend plant and went to Indy on the title.:)

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 03:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by Sdude

Nice buy Chris. You should be able to make that into a daily driver a lot faster than your Model N project.

Can't wait to see what you do with it.

[8D]


Jon Stalnaker
Editor, Hawk Talks
Karel Staple Chapter SDC
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I hope so! It will take some work, but I'm in no big hurry. It probably will be my daily until winter comes.;)[8D]:D
Chris Dresbach

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 03:47 PM
quote:Originally posted by ivorydan

Chris, Ely Stokes is a chimney sweep around Indianapolis. Dan

How 'bout that.
http://www.elystokesfireplace.com/
Only weird thing is that it says that they were established in 1977. A 1940?![?]

Chris Dresbach
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1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

Steve T
02-22-2010, 07:44 PM
Chris--

Here's Mike Emmerich's lovely '40 Champion coupe, seen in Niagara Falls on Drive Your Studebaker Day 2009...
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/SDC%20International%20Drive%20Your%20Studebaker%20Day%202009/K2D325298A_1000557.jpg

...another angle beside the Niagara Parkway on the same day. I've got interior and engine pix too and will see if I can find them...
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/SDC%20International%20Drive%20Your%20Studebaker%20Day%202009/K2D325298A_1000617.jpg

S.

Steve T
02-22-2010, 07:56 PM
Here's the '40 at Mapleview in '08 with a '62 Daytona rod for company...
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/Some%20Other%20Studebakers/K4BC486E9F10_1000166.jpg

Chevy prime-mover in the '40...
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/Some%20Other%20Studebakers/K4BC486E9F10_1000042.jpg

...and the interior of the '40.
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/Some%20Other%20Studebakers/K4BC486E9F10_1000045.jpg

S.

DieselJim
02-22-2010, 08:14 PM
You should have seen Chris when he left with the title for the 40 in hand. I think the wheels on his bike were several inches off the ground as he floated home. Thanks Chris. Jim

Mr Speed 53
02-22-2010, 09:26 PM
Chris,I know this car is in good hands and sounds like the previous owner agrees.Ed

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 11:35 PM
quote:Originally posted by DieselJim

You should have seen Chris when he left with the title for the 40 in hand. I think the wheels on his bike were several inches off the ground as he floated home. Thanks Chris. Jim

You should have seen when the wheels came back down! Wheelied back home!:D Thanks Jim.:)

Chris Dresbach
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1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

Chris_Dresbach
02-22-2010, 11:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr Speed 53

Chris,I know this car is in good hands and sounds like the previous owner agrees.Ed

Thanks:)

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

gearhead49
02-23-2010, 07:11 AM
Nice find Chris!!!!
I'm glad to see your dream of Stude ownership is now fullfilled.
Keep it original, I almost prostreeted my 59 Lark until a Hudson owner talked me out of it.
The best advise I ever got and took to heart. Eventhough I still picture it tubbed out and powered by a 396 / 375hp BBC.
I don't look too ruff to me, you should have seen some of the stuff I have tackled.
GOOD LUCK

Chris_Dresbach
02-23-2010, 07:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by gearhead49

Nice find Chris!!!!
I'm glad to see your dream of Stude ownership is now fullfilled.
Keep it original, I almost prostreeted my 59 Lark until a Hudson owner talked me out of it.
The best advise I ever got and took to heart. Eventhough I still picture it tubbed out and powered by a 396 / 375hp BBC.
I don't look too ruff to me, you should have seen some of the stuff I have tackled.
GOOD LUCK

Thanks! And yes, this one will remain stock. Any mods I may do to it will only improve it for safety, etc. There is absolutely NO WAY I would ever put a chevy engine in it though. I only do Studebaker power.[^]:D

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N

Chris_Dresbach
02-23-2010, 07:42 PM
Made a discovery tonight, it actually does have seat belts.:) Didn't think they had them as an option in 1940. Think they are origional[?]

Chris Dresbach
http://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/ModelN-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/40champion-1-1.jpghttp://i768.photobucket.com/albums/xx323/chris_dresbach/Studebaker%201/N10-1-1.jpg
1940 Champion two door.
Parts of the 1952 Model N