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General_Chaos
07-11-2006, 07:22 AM
I did it! Here ya'll go.

This is some of the parts not all of them. I found the petals so that's one part off my "NEEDS" list.

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Leander, Tx

squirrels

gordr
07-11-2006, 08:55 AM
Howdy General!

Based on the pics, that's not a '49 you have there. Looks like a '56 thru '59 Transtar, if the hood is in fact the original to the truck. The fill-width rear window is a tip-off to it being later than '53. Also, I seem to remember that "S" graphic in the center of the dash panel as being a late-'50s thing.

Your truck should accomodate the one-piece windshield with a bend in the center. '49-'53 trucks used two flat panes with a divider bar.

Despite it being the proverbial basket case, that truck looks to be really solid and rust-free.

I don't think even the die-hard purists here would give you much static if you were to choose to streetrod that truck, given its evident condition, but if you choose to keep it stock, or at least all-Studebaker, be assured that we will make every effort to help you.

If you can find a grille, or better yet, a data plate, that'd help immensely in narrowing down the year and model. Based on the 5-lug wheels, it's a half-ton.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Lark Parker
07-11-2006, 09:15 AM
quote:Originally posted by gordr

Howdy General!

Based on the pics, that's not a '49 you have there. Looks like a '56 thru '59 Transtar, if the hood is in fact the original to the truck. The fill-width rear window is a tip-off to it being later than '53. Also, I seem to remember that "S" graphic in the center of the dash panel as being a late-'50s thing.

Your truck should accomodate the one-piece windshield with a bend in the center. '49-'53 trucks used two flat panes with a divider bar.

Despite it being the proverbial basket case, that truck looks to be really solid and rust-free.

I don't think even the die-hard purists here would give you much static if you were to choose to streetrod that truck, given its evident condition, but if you choose to keep it stock, or at least all-Studebaker, be assured that we will make every effort to help you.

If you can find a grille, or better yet, a data plate, that'd help immensely in narrowing down the year and model. Based on the 5-lug wheels, it's a half-ton.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands


Gord, I agree with your comments including possibly rodding the vehicle. It looks like the ID tag is missing from the side of the seat box so who knows exactly what it is/was.
One exception, I remember my 1949 2R5 had the raised "S" on the dash. It stuck with me because I kept resisting the urge to paint it cream or tan to match the rest of the accent colors on the truck. The "S" was body color.

Lark Parker
aka Trim Trader
Frankfort IN

Dwain G.
07-11-2006, 09:37 AM
I think it's a '55 body based on the clues I see.

Dwain G.

Roscomacaw
07-11-2006, 10:55 AM
I'm with Dwain here. That dash (with the "panels" toward the center) marks it as an earlier C-cab, while that wide rear window says late C-cab. In other words, a sorta transitional model. And if the hood IS original, a '56. A 1956 Transtar, GC. :D
GC, this is a good thing as far as I'm concerned. IF you want, you could easily set a Stude V8 engine in there (the 6s will mount too) with a 3-speed overdrive tranny and have one great truck. One that will have tremendous power at lower speeds and yet be able to cruise economically.;)
Where did you say you're at? I've got some mechanical stuff around here.

I will say that whoever was working on this thing (your grandad?), they really stripped it to bare essentials! I can see a gas tank and the center floor panel in that bed full of stuff. You'll probably need stuff alright, but more than that, you'll ned guidance as to what goes where and how![:0]
What's there tho, looks pretty solid. It's certainly fixable if you're up to the challenge.:) I also noticed some cacti in one photo. I'm guessin' you're in the SW somewheres, no?[?]

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Guido
07-11-2006, 11:25 AM
I have never had a '56, but I believe the couple of '57's I have have owned were equipped with flat dashes. If the hood is original it is a '56. In his other post the General indicated he is in Leander, Texas. My map shows it to be about 20 miles northwest of Austin, should be a bunch of folks in that area to help out.

Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

1946 M-16 fire truck
1948 M-16 grain truck
1949 2R16A grain truck
1949 2R17A fire truck
1955 E-38 grain truck
1957 3E-40 flatbed
1961 6E-28 grain truck
1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck
1962 7E-7 Champ pickup
1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
1964 Avanti R2 4 speed
1964 Cruiser
And various other "treasures"
Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond & Louisa, Va.

Roscomacaw
07-11-2006, 11:57 AM
Yup, 57 was the year of the flat dash face. Also the year that round gages were intro'd.;)

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1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Transtar56
07-11-2006, 03:25 PM
Although in pieces,what you have looks solid. The nice thing about a project like this is you can build it most anyway you want. These are sharp looking trucks when finished,I like the 56 hood because of the big STUDEBAKER two piece nameplate,you'll need to get re-chromed. Thats another good thing about restoring a truck,very little chrome and no soft interior other than the seat and headliner.
Have fun!

Randy_G
07-11-2006, 08:22 PM
I amazed at the knowlege you guys have here. I could tell it was a stude truck. My hat is off to all of you. Also I would love to have one of these old trucks myself...LOL

Randy

www.automotivehistroyonline.com

bams50
07-11-2006, 08:34 PM
A little OT, I'd love to have one of those hoods that was junk but good in front; I'd cut off the front foot or so, restore it, and make wall art out of it! Sure looks all business! [8D]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

General_Chaos
07-12-2006, 07:56 PM
Yea, about 20 or so miles north/west of Austin.

A friend of mine suggested a Chevy Small Block with a special tranny he has. I'm thinking of taking him up on it.

I'm thinking of making it look original on the out side but up-dating the rest of it, and maybe adding afew of my own personal touches. hehehe

I'm guessing it'll take 4-5 years.

Leander, Tx

squirrels

studeclunker
07-13-2006, 05:12 PM
You'll regret the chevy engine. They don't get the milage that Studes do and they're more trouble.

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

General_Chaos
07-14-2006, 10:19 AM
Where would I get a stude engine, and whatabout replacement parts those would be hard to fing too.... wouldn't they?

Leander, Tx

squirrels

Roscomacaw
07-14-2006, 11:11 AM
GC, an engine would be EASY to find. A transmission - depending on what kind you wanted, maybe a bit difficult, but do-able for sure.

As to "replacement parts" Man, there's a WEALTH of that stuff. Either in original form (what we call NOS - which stands for New, old stock) OR in reproduced form. LOTS of parts for Stude engines are being repro'd. There's lots of new parts for suspension, brakes (even adaptors to add GM disc brakes), wiring, all the weatherstripping and other rubber parts - upholstery stuff - you name it. There's alot of interest in Studebakers, a BIG and active club and that equates to vendors willing to remake stuff that's in demand.;)

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

studeclunker
07-15-2006, 08:45 PM
And that, Mr Biggs, is why I have Studebakers! Not to mention Grandmum's much ballyhooed '62 [:X]wagon...

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

GhostMuppet
07-16-2006, 12:00 AM
Wow a fellow studebaker nut here in Leander? Hey General, go to the "cruise in" every Sat night in the parking lot of of Home Depot at 1431. Look for a goldish-brown 63 Cruiser and a guy with a Abe Lincoln style beard. That will be me, Stan Holcomb. I can hook you up.There are a couple of studetruck nuts out here that are sitting on at least 6 trucks each. The local sdc chapter is the Texas Hill Country Chapter. I am currently filling in the v.p. and tourmaster positions. My wife Kelly does the newsletter. There are some real good folks in the chapter that can help out. One right in Round Rock.

DilloCrafter
07-16-2006, 02:32 AM
Howdy, Chaos

Another Austinite here.

By the larger rear window, '55 or later. By the width of the bed, though, a '56 or later, as it's a bit wider than the 49-55 beds (51 in. vs. 48.5 in.).

Everyone else has determined that '56 was the last year for that dash and that the hood is a '56. You have a '56, and you have much work to do. Plan on doing a lot during our mild Central Texas winters. I can't get as much done on mine this summer, unless I do the work at night.

Stan is right, the local chapter president lives in Round Rock, and can certainly give you pointers on fitting an eight cylinder Stude engine in there (needs different motor mounts if your truck had a six cylinder engine). He may even have leads on a Stude eight.

Anyway, I'm getting a flathead six rebuilt to basically double its horsepower (I know you guys won't believe it until you see a copy of the dyno paperwork, which I'll try to obtain when it's done). When that is installed, I'll have the currently installed flathead six available for you real cheap, with an extra 3 speed manual transmission (but no extra overdrive unit). Contact me off the forum if you'd like to come down to Kyle and see the work in progress on my '55, and pick my brain for whatever it's good for.



http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/Current_Avacar.gif[/img=left] - DilloCrafter

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
[i]The Red-Headed Amazon
Deep in the heart of Texas

General_Chaos
07-16-2006, 11:52 AM
My friend that has the restoration shop "Crush Proof" liked the idea of roddin' it out, as did I. We're kinda tossin' around some ideas.

But the origanal engine sounds nice. Tough choices.

Leander, Tx

squirrels

Roscomacaw
07-16-2006, 12:07 PM
Well, some of us here are right proud of the Stude engines and think they are as much of the Studebaker aura as pretty, painted sheet metal.
Alternately, it's hard to argue that a fresh "crate motor" for a GM product isn't cheaper in the end. There's also a wealth of ready to apply, glittery chrome trinketry to appease your eye's yearnings - as far as crate motors go.
But part of the fun of having a cool ride is being able to befuddle the "experts" who'll just assume you have the obligatory bow-tie blaster under the hood. I mean - isn't that what everybody does???[^]
Then you pop the hood and show them your gutsy statement of individuality - an honest-to-gosh Studebaker go-motor![:0][:p] If the distinct throb out of the exhaust pipes didn't have them scratching their collective, balding scalps - the sight of a hulking cast iron stomper that they have to guess about, will really cause a stir.;)

OF course - your truck - your choice. [^]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

General_Chaos
07-16-2006, 01:16 PM
hehehe, that does sound fun... But what about the tranny? How hard is it to find a tranny for the motor?

Leander, Tx

squirrels

Roscomacaw
07-16-2006, 01:23 PM
OK, if it's a stick shift tranny you crave, you can find a tranny. With Overdrive you get lots more flexibility of speed, not to mention better economy. And most Stude trucks with 3spd had OD. I may have one to spare here. I'd have to look.[8)]
There ARE adaptor kits available to let you buckle up a GM 700R4 or 200R4 or a TH350 if you like. the kit's about $300-$350 + the cost of the tranny. Then you could have a late-model automatic W/OD.[:p]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS