View Full Version : Could... be studebakers... then again... (horse drawn subject)

07-19-2012, 11:05 PM
I'm going down to Napa to peek at two interesting wagons currently up for auction. One of them has this tailgate. The script seems wrong. Am I being too critical?

The second one has a rather deciding mark on the step. Now, there are a number of vehicles that were re-done using whatever parts were lying around. It was very common in the seventies and eighties to use steps from a junk heap to identify a vehicle which had no other markings. Thus, I have to wonder.

I mean... it looks like it just might be a studebaker...:confused: Sorry about the quality of the left side picture. I had to reduce a two and a half meg file to a workable size. So, Mr Quinn, you're the picture archive around here.;) Do you have any old shots that could authenticate these by any chance? Anyone else?

07-20-2012, 09:52 AM
Script on the back of that one looks odd to me. It was probably repainted at some point.

07-20-2012, 03:16 PM
Here is the script of one in a museum in Stafford, KS


07-20-2012, 04:12 PM
Didn't Studebaker have that unique wheel design where the spokes coming into the outer part of the wheel were reenforce by those metal studs on each side?

07-20-2012, 10:28 PM
Thanks Bob. That's what I thought it should have looked like.

Yeah, Studebaker came up with the tapered spoke. It was also notched so that when the rivets were tightened, the hub was able to hold the spokes stable. The advantage of the tapering and the notch were that the wheel could be re-trued and tightened without replacing it so often, thus saving the vehicle owner money.:woot: