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    Hi all,
    After having many vintage cars, I have purchased a 1923 Studebaker Big 6 (I think!)
    I'm an Irishman living in Germany,
    I do have a number of questions that I hope some of the experts here will answer for me.
    While the paper work says its a Big 6, are there any particular details that will identify it as a Big 6?
    Many thanks,
    Pat Feeney.
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  • #2
    Welcome to the SDC and to the SDC Forum Pat.

    I think the first clue would be the Engine; size, shape and Engine Serial Number, other than the Body Design.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Hi,
      May thanks for your kind words and reply.
      Here are some pics of the engine, I will get the serial number tomorrow.
      'Special' is marked on the cylinder head, would this indicate that this is a 'Special' model rather than a 'Big 6 (EK)'?
      Pat.
      Attached Files

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      • #4
        Probably just a Lower Compression Head for Export use and Low Octane Fuel, but a 1930's and '40's "Expert" will have to help you with 100% Correct Details, as I am not into Pre 1954 Studes.

        That head does say: Casting number 39001 and -3, = probably 3rd. Shift or maybe Mold #3.
        Also 12/15/1922 Cast Date, so I don't think it is an Aftermarket Head.


        There is also an Antique Studebaker Club as well as our Club.
        Last edited by StudeRich; 05-31-2018, 12:55 PM.
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          Possibly behind the left front wheel is the serial number plate for the chassis. There may be a body number plate on the firewall (engine side) to identify the body and of course there should be a stamped, not cast, number for the engine.

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          • #6
            Hi Pat, and welcome to the Forum! I hope you enjoy your Studebaker as much as I do mine. There's s pretty active European Studebaker community. You can find more info on a local chapter here http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/zonecontacts.asp
            I'm sure more pre-war experts will be chiming in soon. But again, welcome aboard and happy Studebakering!
            Mike Davis
            Regional Manager, North Carolina
            1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"

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            • #7
              The car is a Special Six not a Big Six. Totally different body design and the engine is smaller. 353.8 c.i. in the Big Six vs. 289 c.i. on the Special. Difference is in the bore, 3/8" smaller in the Special. Have tons of data incl. owners manual, shop manual, oiling (lube) chart, advertising material, original factory photos etc, etc. Too much to list.
              Richard Quinn
              Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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              • #8
                What is the history of the car?

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                • #9
                  In a separate thread, Pat is asking to identify the carburetor and locate the adjustments. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...and-adjustment
                  "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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                  • #10
                    What make is this?

                    Thank you for the mention, the carb is running seriously rich, I am trying to identify it and how to adjust the mixture.
                    Attached Files

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                    • #11
                      http://www.thecarburetorshop.com/Kstudebaker.htm


                      "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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                      • #12
                        Assuming you have the original Stromberg carb you need to turn the high speed adjusting screw down, i.e. clockwise to make it run leaner.
                        Richard Quinn
                        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                        • #13
                          Hello and welcome to the SDC Forum.
                          Where do you live in Germany?
                          I'm from Hamburg.

                          Martin

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                          • #14
                            I bought the car from a dealer in Atlanta (it comes from Tulsa originally) d, he had it advertised as a Big 6 and the title shows it as a Big 6. To be honest, it does not worry me, its a good car with lots of work done on it.

                            I bought it to replace my Packard and Model t, I loved both of these, but space dictated the one must go. The compromise was a big, open tourer, so that is where the Studebaker comes in.


                            I am living near Einbeck, home to a glorious car collection, lots of meetings and runs around here, so really looking forward to it!


                            Regards,
                            Pat.

                            - - - Updated - - -

                            Hi Martin,
                            I'm living in Eschershausen, 37632.
                            Pat.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 70Avanti2 View Post
                              What is the history of the car?
                              Not much history, will look at the paperwork when German customs return them to me.

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