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mike super
07-27-2012, 08:40 AM
Have agreed to agree with Allen Barth to have him build me a 50's Studebaker Pickup. At his suggestion, we've decided to start with something he had in his vast collection of vehicles and parts to save me shipping out to Washington State from Ohio. He narrowed it to two trucks ...one with a Camero front clip and rear differential and another with an after market IFS and Dana 44. Alan felt the chassis with Camero clip was the way to go. I learned long ago never argue with a man who has true conviction. So it is here he begins.

Attaching a few shots of his handy work, and will continue to do so as he progresses.

jclary
07-27-2012, 08:58 AM
Quick...call the discovery channel and see if you can get them to film the project. Perhaps you can have it ready for the show field in South Bend this Thursday!

It would be great to see a "real" project with a "real deadline" on one of these shows for a change! (couldn't help myself)

Looks like a good project and I will eagerly await future postings as the build continues. Good luck with it.:!:

FlatheadGeo
07-27-2012, 09:12 AM
Way to go!!! Lots of luck.

kmac530
07-28-2012, 01:21 PM
I have done a Camaro subframe under a '40 La Salle and it worked great. TONS of upgrades on the market and it is a VERY proven system. Other than rack and pinion {which IS available as a conversion kit} the front end is stronger and works better than the Mustang II set up imho.

mike super
07-28-2012, 01:47 PM
I have done a Camaro subframe under a '40 La Salle and it worked great. TONS of upgrades on the market and it is a VERY proven system. Other than rack and pinion {which IS available as a conversion kit} the front end is stronger and works better than the Mustang II set up imho.

Always good to know someone who has experience in the same product being used in your own project. I appreciate of your input. It should be just the ticket after replacing any wearable part and rebushing as needed. Spoke to a fellow last week who used a Doge Dakota chassis under his 53. He is pleased he went that route. He paid 500 bucks for the truck. But more importantly had to build a minimuim of brackets to support the truck on the chassis. Will keep in mind I can at anytime convert to rack and pinion. Most likely will not happen...after all this is a pick em up truck ! Thanks again...

PackardV8
07-28-2012, 03:40 PM
Really wouldn't have mattered which one you chose. As long as you're having Allen build it, you'll end up with a solid, beautiful truck. He's the best.

jack vines

63t-cab
07-28-2012, 03:56 PM
Mike,are you gonne stay with a Studebaker engine ?

mike super
07-28-2012, 04:41 PM
Really wouldn't have mattered which one you chose. As long as you're having Allen build it, you'll end up with a solid, beautiful truck. He's the best.

jack vines

Could not agree with you more Mr. Vines. Conversely, if were big time into stock Studebaker motors you would be who I turned to. For me....I want the overall experience and end result to be the best it can be. If you recall you and another gentleman replied positively when I posted up stated my intentions..... Allen Barth was my man for a rebuild on a C- cab for the wife and I. After dealing with him for a short time I can now say he is THE man. And it all came about by happen stance......revolving around some Studebaker misfortune....Ed Kahn's 56 Golden Hawk. He met up with Allen who turned all the negative stuff to positive. I was somewhat involved and was kept appraised of the circumstance. I came away impressed with the way it was handled by one and all.....and here I am. Things happen Jack. Heck, I told another Studebaker enthusiast of Allen and my experience to date....he has also agreed to agree and is sending out a beautiful 1930 Packard 733 convertible to Allen ....having him breathe new life into her by updating all the mechanicals and drive train to make it more reliable and dependable and more so safe for Roy and his wife to enjoy. I could not be more satisfied Jack. Thanks for you comments.

mike super
07-28-2012, 05:12 PM
Mike,are you gonne stay with a Studebaker engine ?

We are putting in a small block 300 hp chevy 4 bolt main .....Holley 650 EFI system with TH400 transmission. Normally put new drive trains ...front and rear suspensions in all my projects. The next one I am sending Allen is a 1932 Packard 902 5 passenger coupe with a big block I bought with a 62 Champ truck that I have since sold. Pictured is one of 7 of these known to still exist....I am one of the 7 but the only one that will sport 450 horses under the hood. Planning to replace normal casrburation with the new Atomic EFI system by MSD. The goal is to not have a clue of any updating till you turn the key !! Don't get me wrong, I believe the Studebaker motors are excellent pieces ....but as earlier stated I do all new or totally rebuilt high performance motors, like this one, mating proper transmissions and rear differentials with proper gearing. Strange, out in California, builds a new Dana 60 rear differential I plan on using....am using it because I love the Dana 44's we used in my 56 Golden Hawks with LS motors and transmissions. Does that count ???

As you see in the last photo attached .....Allen has his work cut out for him bringing this one from raw red primer, we shot the car after stripping it to bare metal..... to the glistening splendor of the black completed car.

kmac530
07-29-2012, 01:56 PM
Mike I am sure you will get some flack from people about the motor swaps in these cars and trucks, and while I chose to go with Stude power in my C-cab I have no issue with motor swaps. I love it and as long as you drive the thing then I don't care what motor you run!

I took alot of heat for building a Camaro subbed, ford 9" 4 linked coil over rear, squeezed Blown BBC, TH400 full manual valve bodied, big tubbed 1940 La Salle but I did not care. It was a blast building it. I got it on the road and then tore it apart for final paint and body work and then lost some interest and was focused on racing MX and had a young kid that needed more attention and simultaniously a bunch of friends were building projects and were offereing good money for all of my parts. I made money on my diff, broke even on the trans and motor and made a couple dollars on the body and chassis so I parted it out and now I wish I hadn't, but oh well it what we do is what we do.

Post lots of pics...I love pics.

Someone tell me what the long hub extensions are on the Packards?

mike super
07-29-2012, 06:05 PM
Kmac......Allen updates me as we go along and i plan on updating a few shots each time he does on the forum. Will also post the photobucket URL for this truck when i begin posting to it. I, like you love pictures...have learned lots from them and get ideas all the time from them.

bezhawk
07-29-2012, 07:01 PM
I would think the resale value of the modified Packard would be a tiny fraction of a stock restored one? Like maybe ten fold?

mike super
07-29-2012, 09:16 PM
I would think the resale value of the modified Packard would be a tiny fraction of a stock restored one? Like maybe ten fold?


Been thinking of an answer to your question. Without a long dissertation about original and modified Packards, the simple answer to your question is ....No ....

To further clarify my answer. Any Packard I own ....I expect to double my money completely restored and refitted. Any Studebaker I own I expect to lose money on the restoration and refitment. That's the long and short of it. It is what it is. Fortunately, I am not in it for the money....but would have never entered the fray less I could at least break even on the sale. Everything here is for sale. Not married to any one car. For the right price you can own it. Each car / transaction stands on its own. I am into reliable, dependable and safe...the ultimate driving experience with yesterday's beauty and elegance incorporating 70 years of technological advancements. But that is me and everyone is different and each to their own. Today.... people with money do not have the time to tinker nor are they so inclined. Tthey want to jump in, turn the key and go on down the road and back home without incident....NO tow truck !! Those people have the willingness to pay a bit more for the luxury. In all makes of classic cars, especially the Senior ones, 34 and older, the old timers are fading from the picture...it is a new day. Timing is everything .....and for me that new day is here.

kmac530
07-30-2012, 10:39 AM
Still curious what those LONG hub extensions are on the stock Packards?

PackardV8
07-30-2012, 12:07 PM
Today.... people with money do not have the time to tinker nor are they so inclined. Tthey want to jump in, turn the key and go on down the road and back home without incident....NO tow truck !! AKA the Jay Leno/George Poteet Syndrome.

Some people with the money also like to do some of the construction themselves.

Some people, like those on the H.A.M.B., say, "If you didn't build it, you don't own it."

Thankfully, there's no law either way, so your car, your money, your decision.

jack vines

mike super
07-30-2012, 05:08 PM
AKA the Jay Leno/George Poteet Syndrome.

Some people with the money also like to do some of the construction themselves.

Some people, like those on the H.A.M.B., say, "If you didn't build it, you don't own it."

Thankfully, there's no law either way, so your car, your money, your decision.

jack vines

Agreed....

Amen...... and praise the Lord.

I know my limitations Jack....doing the best I can with what little I have to work .....fortunately there are those of talen like you and Allen or I would be relegated to buing prissy art and hanging it on the walls instead of the cars I have out in my garages.

mike super
08-08-2012, 09:21 AM
Some photos of the 57 cab Allen is getting ready to work on after stripping, treating and painting it. In essence the truck will be a 53 with a 57 cab for its single glass windshield and larger rear window. His plan is to clean up the compartment firewall with removablel panels and inner quarters.You will be able to access the space he will cover from the cabin or the engine compartment. Next he designs and builds a custom dash. Last photo attached will be the basis and he can twiist any which way he wants. What we both want is to open the door and the person doing so thinking to him self.....WOW.....this is the way it should have been built back in the 50's !!. The results, I am certain, will be interesting. No pressure here..... When he sends me pictures to post..... we will both be viewing his handy work in all above areas at the same time. I have faith in Allen's conviction for this cab alteration. Been very pleased in all areas of the build to date. Especially the fact he is doing it and I will never touvh it till ready to drive !!!!!