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  • #16
    Since you are new to Studebakers, don't immediately assume that you have to redesign the car with parts from other brands. Everything on your car will work fine if you repair it, renew it, rebuild it. All of the parts are easily available to make it go, stop, steer. The only parts that may be hard to find are accessories, chrome, and shiny stuff.

    There are lots of Studebaker vendors around, lots of parts, and lots of parts cars.

    http://studebakervendors.com/
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

    17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
    10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
    10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
    4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
    5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
    56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
    60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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    • #17
      For sure what Roy said. Studebaker built some fine automobiles both in quality and design. I like them totally stock and they never let me down.
      The only problem I've had was when the ethanol crap gas destroyed my fuel pump diaphram in Michigan a couple years ago.
      I found a 6 volt electric pump at O'Reilley's for $50 and finished my trip without any more problems.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by SergioG View Post
        Is there a master lookup table where these fields are listed?
        These codes are identified in the first few pages of the original factory body and chassis catalogs for the 1948 models. These are available from our vendors, either in print form or CD-ROM.
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #19
          Don't let modifying or replacing with parts from another brand be your first plan of action.


          You should buy the body parts book and the chassis parts book. They have illustrations of all parts, where they go, how they fit with the other parts, their correct name and their part number. All of the Studebaker vendors use these part numbers.
          RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

          17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
          10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
          10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
          4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
          5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
          56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
          60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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          • #20
            Hi RadioRoy and the rest of the Gentlemen that have posted to my question - thank you. -- Yes, I've already purchased the parts and chases books and the shop manual on CD. I've also purchased the "accessories brochure" as suggested here on the forum. All are GREAT sources of information.

            I personally enjoy rebuilding cars to their stock status (or as close to stock as possible). I know you can go crazy on eBay buying parts, so I would rather have the reference books to look up the part than to spend hours search through eBay for vintage parts.

            Thank you all for your help...this is one of the funnest cars I've ever owned.

            Sergio
            Best Regards,
            Sergio
            1948 Champion Regal Deluxe

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            • #21
              I think you'll find the best source of parts are SI and the guys on this forum, as well as attending any Studebaker national meet or Studebaker swap meet.
              Since ebay became a store, more than an auction, the prices aren't so low many times.

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