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Lothar
03-14-2017, 07:54 PM
Some guy in Missouri has been offering some old cars out of a junkyard on and off for a while now. I saw this one listed before and it really has me scratching my head. I assume somebody cut it up to use on a farm, but what did they use it for? Hauling bales? Why did they flare out the front fenders so much? Was it some sort of dune buggy or river rat rod?
Also, note that the frame is an olive green color, almost like Studebaker engine green. I always thought that Studebaker frames were painted black, but maybe thats just undercoating? Is it faded paint or just moss? Its all very strange.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/PARTS-STUDEBAKER-CHAMPION-1951-/132125662715?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276



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klifton1
03-14-2017, 09:04 PM
Looks like there may have been a bed on it at one time, and maybe a torch set up.
Klif

Lothar
03-14-2017, 09:17 PM
Yeah, I wondered about those things on the passenger side, too. Were they to hold tanks for a torch? They seem kind of big, but maybe so. than again, maybe they're just chunks of pipe. I agree about the flatbed, too. Some sort of wood platform that rotted away. but why did they cut the fenders? Maybe they were banged up badly?

TWChamp
03-14-2017, 10:54 PM
That must have been the junk yard parts getter complete with torch. Cut off any unnecessary metal.

Lothar
03-14-2017, 11:55 PM
Really, though, they couldn't find a pickup to fix up, they had to build one?

jclary
03-15-2017, 06:19 AM
Really, though, they couldn't find a pickup to fix up, they had to build one?

Come to think of it...I think I saw those tires last week!:ohmy: Looked like the ones on a parts laden utility trailer sitting next to where Gary Hearn (Guido) was selling parts outside.:)

And...if you can believe it...all the way from somewhere in Indiana!:eek::oops:... still holding air:rolleyes:

clonelark
03-15-2017, 07:03 AM
With those overload springs that bed was very heavy.

52-fan
03-15-2017, 12:56 PM
That must have been the junk yard parts getter complete with torch. Cut off any unnecessary metal.

I am betting you are right. It probably had some kind of gin pole for lifting engines and that is why it has the helper springs. A wreck that runs good can end up as all sorts of parts runners.

TWChamp
03-15-2017, 02:02 PM
I worked in the junk yard for almost 10 years, and I used a Dodge Omni for a parts runner. I parked it for a few days, and the rodents destroyed every wire under the hood.
The boss destroyed some very nice cars that should have been saved. I don't ever recall seeing any Studebakers in the yard where I worked.

Guido
03-15-2017, 03:21 PM
Come to think of it...I think I saw those tires last week!:ohmy: Looked like the ones on a parts laden utility trailer sitting next to where Gary Hearn (Guido) was selling parts outside.:)

And...if you can believe it...all the way from somewhere in Indiana!:eek::oops:... still holding air:rolleyes:

Sadly, I think the tire in question was in that shape when it left the Hoosier state. At least he has upgraded the tow vehicle since the last time I saw him.