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02-27-2010, 09:27 AM
Three things come to mind when looking at this photo: 1.the bumper guards just don't belong, 2.there was some question on the forum earlier this week about Stude producing Champion Regal Starlights in 53/4, here is evidence, 3.outragous, imagine someone wanting to spoil the Studebaker purity by sticking a mouse motor in such a beautiful car...sacrilege! Junior



54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

02-27-2010, 10:29 AM
Im not sold on this idea. My older brother often talked about how Dads 289 Stude would walk all over their friends 283 Chebbys during their highschool days.


02-27-2010, 12:00 PM
Yes, but rmember in 1956 that Chev small block was 265 CID. Put a 355 HP ZZ4 crate motor in one of these and it will be a pleasure to pass with.
Good Roads.

Brian Woods
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

02-27-2010, 01:20 PM
Age old argument here, to me it does not really matter one way or the other, my car has had both Stude and Chevy v-8's in it. Right now the trusty 283 is staying in it because it works, and if it were to expire, chances are I would slide a 350 sbc because it is cost effective. If my car still had the Stude v-8 in it, and it crapped out today, I would probably repair it or substitute it with another Stude v-8. Always fun to hear opinions on both sides. When it's all said and done, looking at both engines with objectivity, the Chevy really is the better engine...like it or not, it is what it is. Junior.


54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

02-27-2010, 01:51 PM
Since the article is from 1956 the 265 Chevy would be replacing a 232 Studebaker. Not a bad swap, but the owner could have opted for a 289 Studebaker with a 4 barrel and had a powerful, but heavier engine than the Chevy. I would have liked to have had a warmed up 327 in a 53 coupe by the early 70s, but what did I know? [:I]
A modern Chevy engine would probably give you more usable power, but would not be as interesting. Run what ya brung,but run. [8D]

http://i152.photobucket.com/albums/s186/52-fan/StudebakersofArkansas2-1.jpg"In the heart of Arkansas."
1952 Champion Starlight w/overdrive. Searcy, Arkansas