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    Although it may seem "just wrong" to do so, how difficult is it to change a pickup's transmission from stick shift to automatic? There have been some fine P/U's on eBay and here over the past several months, from some 49's all the way thru to Champs. I'd prefer staying with the original motor and just adding an auto. tranny. (BTW, is there a Stude truck website or forum also? Or is it al all-trucks forum I have seen referenced here?)
    The reason is a second hip replacement on my left side; the surgeon says stay away from stairs, stepping exercise machines and clutch pedals. Bummer! Anyone have some ideas? (I did find a 63 Champ with a 289 Hawk GT drive train in ti, which might just work--in the DC area.) Thanks for your help. bob.c

  • #2
    I'm not a mechanic or fabricator, but several folks have put a GM tranny w/od behind their Studebaker V8's. There are adapters out there to help with the change. As a matter of fact, a fellow in our chapter had a Champ pickup with that set up in it. He loved it!

    Joe Roberts
    '61 R1 Champ
    '65 Cruiser
    Editor of "The Down Easterner"
    Eastern North Carolina Chapter
    Joe Roberts
    '61 R1 Champ
    '65 Cruiser
    Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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    • #3
      I'm not a mechanic or fabricator, but several folks have put a GM tranny w/od behind their Studebaker V8's. There are adapters out there to help with the change. As a matter of fact, a fellow in our chapter had a Champ pickup with that set up in it. He loved it!

      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Editor of "The Down Easterner"
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter
      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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      • #4
        If you're near DC, I think JDP still has the long-tail FOM that I took out of my '55. It was working fine; I just didn't like the fact that it wasn't a stickshift.

        nate

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        • #5
          If you're near DC, I think JDP still has the long-tail FOM that I took out of my '55. It was working fine; I just didn't like the fact that it wasn't a stickshift.

          nate

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          55 Commander Starlight
          http://members.cox.net/njnagel
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