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    When did Studebaker move the shifter to the column?
    Lou Van Anne
    62 Champ
    64 R2 GT Hawk
    79 Avanti II

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    Shifter

    1939? Plymouth went then
    Evan Davis
    Prince Albert, Sk

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    • #3
      Originally posted by fargoguy View Post
      1939? Plymouth went then
      Ford/Mercury went to column shift on the 1940 models.

      jack vines
      PackardV8

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      • #4
        I had a '40 Champion with column shift and my parents '39 Commander had column shift so I am gonna guess it was '39.
        Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

        40 Champion 4 door*
        50 Champion 2 door*
        53 Commander K Auto*
        53 Commander K overdrive*
        55 President Speedster
        62 GT 4Speed*
        63 Avanti R1*
        64 Champ 1/2 ton

        * Formerly owned

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        • #5
          Easy answer 1939 on all models.

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          • #6
            My question is why? Maybe to fit more people in the front seat? I think the floor shift is more comfortable, i have 56 power hawk thats 3 on the tree
            I"d like to convert it but dont want to cut a hole in the floor, it"s a pretty nice 1 owner car with 54k on it. Even have the
            Original indiana title. Half my brain says
            Yeah floor shift, the other half says dont
            Butcher a nice original car.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 50pete View Post
              My question is why? Maybe to fit more people in the front seat? I think the floor shift is more comfortable, i have 56 power hawk thats 3 on the tree
              I"d like to convert it but dont want to cut a hole in the floor, it"s a pretty nice 1 owner car with 54k on it. Even have the
              Original indiana title. Half my brain says
              Yeah floor shift, the other half says dont
              Butcher a nice original car.
              Save the piece you cutout for the floor shift. It can be put back so that no one will know it was cutout. If you want the floor shift, go for it.

              Bob
              , ,

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 50pete View Post
                My question is why? Maybe to fit more people in the front seat?
                That was exactly why. In order to make it more comfortable for the middle front seat passenger which was a rather important selling feature back in the day when people usually had large families.

                Craig

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
                  That was exactly why. In order to make it more comfortable for the middle front seat passenger which was a rather important selling feature back in the day when people usually had large families.

                  Craig
                  Also, to make the cars more modern. Another selling feature. I remember when my father first looked at a car with an automatic shift lever on the floor. My mother said that she did not want to go back to floor shift.
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    As already stated, more room for three in the front seat. Bucket seats and a console really changed the dynamics of a family car. By the way, Studebaker went all in in 1939, to the extent that in an effort to flatten out the trans hump, the turned the transmission in the President and Commander, on it's side. Someone wanting to return 39 back to what it was like in 1938, would be in for a hell of a job!

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