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  • TWChamp
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    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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  • SergioG
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    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

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  • RadioRoy
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    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.

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  • rockne10
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    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.

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  • TWChamp
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    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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  • RadioRoy
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    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/

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  • StudeRich
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    A W5 is a Regal Deluxe 4 Door Sedan, the Best (Top of Line) Trim for a 1948 Champion.

    It would have Stainless Steel Mouldings around the Front and Rear Glass and Door Windows, and better Interior with Carpet at least in the Rear seat area, if not both Front AND rear!
    A big deal in those days, all lower line Studes. all Trucks and all Models of some lower cost Makes, had only Rubber Floor coverings.

    Also other details were Standard on Regal Deluxe that were Optional on cheaper Trim Level W1 Custom, and W3 Deluxe 4 Doors.

    It is also the 14,596th. '48 Champion W5 Body welded up on the Body Line, not to be confused with the Final Assembly Line for the complete Car.

    When you find the Car Serial Number if it is a South Bend Plant built car, it will be between
    G-314501, the 1st. '48 Champion, and G-400501, the First '49.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 01-31-2017, 11:34 PM.

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  • SergioG
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    Hi TWChamp, what does "with the top trim line #5" mean? Currently, my car is all green (exterior). What is a "top trim line # 5"?

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  • TWChamp
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    7G tells you it's a 1948 Champion
    W5 tells you it's a 4 door sedan with the top trim line #5
    14596 is the body number.

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  • SergioG
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    Rockne10, the plate on the firewall (passenger side) reads -- 7GW514596. Is there a master lookup table where these fields are listed? -- Based on my research, I've gathered that the 7G is the code for a Champion. The rest, I still haven't figured out.

    Best Regards,
    Sergio

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  • SergioG
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    Thank you Mark. I'll look at it this weekend and check if its still there.

    Sergio

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  • rockne10
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    Sergio,
    The single item that will provide the most information we can interpret for you here will be the body tag that is attached to the firewall under the hood on the passenger side. The production order will indicate the original color, upholstery material, black wall or white wall tires, radio and other options, as well as the date of production and dealer destination. It will also include the body tag identification.

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  • Mark L
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    Check for a placard on the bottom side of the glove box liner (the side facing the passenger floor). If it's still there and readable, it will have the paint code for the exterior color.

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  • SergioG
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    Hi Don, I went ahead and ordered the Production Sheet for the car. Lets see what that show. It was $48, but that's OK if it provides good information.

    Thanks again,
    Sergio

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  • SergioG
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    Thank you StudeRich, I'll look into that ID, which I haven't seen yet.

    Sergio

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