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289stude
01-15-2012, 01:35 PM
Thinking of putting the top 4 or 5 feet of a zip van on one of my weasels for an elk hunting rig. Looks like it would fit fairly well.

DEEPNHOCK
01-15-2012, 02:08 PM
Thinking of putting the top 4 or 5 feet of a zip van on one of my weasels for an elk hunting rig. Looks like it would fit fairly well.

Knowing Studebakers' penchant for never throwing anything away... It would probably bolt right up:p
Do you already have the Zip Van upper half?
There's a couple nasty bad rusty ones in Savannah....
Jeff:cool:

289stude
01-15-2012, 02:12 PM
No I would need to find one with rusty bottoms and solid upper. Also thinking of a durable yet light weight diesel/automatic combo. Want something fairly common so parts availability out in the mountains is not an issue likely. Was thinking agricultural but how many will be lightweight with an automatic.

DEEPNHOCK
01-15-2012, 02:26 PM
The Zip Vans in Savannah were like you described... Nasty bad....
Here you go...
http://rides.webshots.com/album/579862712BbKxbs
Pic 100 through 120
As for power... I'd be thinking nothing but a diesel with a hydrostatic trans spinning the Stude diff.....
Jeff:cool:


No I would need to find one with rusty bottoms and solid upper. Also thinking of a durable yet light weight diesel/automatic combo. Want something fairly common so parts availability out in the mountains is not an issue likely. Was thinking agricultural but how many will be lightweight with an automatic.

StudeRich
01-15-2012, 02:41 PM
Here are some Zip Van Pics as requested:
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StudeRich
01-15-2012, 02:48 PM
Here are some more:

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289stude
01-15-2012, 03:03 PM
http://m.ebayclassifieds.com/v?adId=15109061

Was looking at this one but its alittle too far away and looks to good to cut up.

studegary
01-15-2012, 03:04 PM
IIRC, a Zip Van is 144 inches long.

289stude
01-15-2012, 03:14 PM
Hey rich looking at the pic with the body lifted. You'd have to cut the lower body off under the cross supports under the cargo floor. How far down on the outside of the body is that roughly.

StudeRich
01-15-2012, 03:20 PM
Sorry, someone else will have to answer that one. I do not have access to one at this time. The 3 Vans that we worked on, are customer Vehicles, not mine.

289stude
01-15-2012, 03:28 PM
Boy looks like you could cut a straight line starting at the flat spot on top of front wheel well going all the way around the truck.

comatus
01-15-2012, 04:09 PM
Oh, please keep us posted on the progress of this project. You are a damned fool and a crazy man, and I admire that.
This is what Stephen Hawking calls "the dreams that stuff is made of."
And I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping that your elk enjoys hunting with it.
Wait. What...

(S)
01-15-2012, 04:22 PM
The floor is the main structure, about a foot and a half up, is another 'perimeter' type stucture. It would be very difficult, not impossible to cut it off and have it not fold up like a cardboard box. You need a shot looking in, from the back. The zip van has a pretty flat floor, the driver seat may end up really close to the steering, but you may be using weasel controls??

If you removed the overhang around it, it may just set onto the weasel. (also a pretty flat floor) Then again, the upper body may sit onto the weasels body if the WIDTHS are even close. The rear door is sectioned like a garage door, you have to remove at least part if it. Cool concept, lots of work to do.

rockinhawk
01-15-2012, 07:41 PM
there are lots of pictures on our website. Georgiastudebaker.com

garyash
01-16-2012, 03:57 PM
Here are a couple of Weasels in Antartica in 1955-57 on the ANARE expedition. The tops almost look like they could have been cut from ZipVans [though not inventred yet]. The photo is from the on-line collection of the State Library of New South Wales, the result of Googling images for "Navy weasel antarctica". I think Weasels got used in a number of post-war arctic/antarctic expeditions by the U.S. Navy and others.

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starliner62
01-16-2012, 05:00 PM
There are three Zip vans near me. It would probably take all three of them to make one decent van. I'd still love to get them. Maybe someday.

DEEPNHOCK
01-31-2015, 07:51 PM
IIRC, Stephen Cade had a Weasel with a cab on it down in Newberry, FL.

Bob Andrews would probably sell both of his Zip Vans of you wanted a body top.

IMOHO, the Zip Van body (top) would be way too heavy for a Weasel to handle....