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    That is the name my grandson chose for our new ‘63 Wagonaire project (he’s 16). Since it’s a “Litttle Red Wagon”, I think we’ll keep it! Anyway, we are pretty excited to have found this car. It’s a stalled restoration project that a fellow in Oregon was working on until he became too ill to finish it. It languished in storage for several years and a lot of the parts got lost, somehow. We bailed it out of storage for him and brought it home to Washington, where I’ve been on it pretty steadily for a couple of months now.Click image for larger version

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ID:	1760052The engine was mostly missing, but he had a complete (barely) running ‘64 289 from a Champ Truck, so I’m just about finished completely rebuilding it, no expense spared.Click image for larger version

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ID:	1760054Bored .030 with all new pistons, rings, bearings, all rotating parts balanced. Delta reground cam, S.S. valves, hardened seats, guides, Viton seals, aluminum cam gear, electronic ignition distributor, well you get the idea. Behind that I’ll be a freshly rebuilt 700R4 overdrive automatic with locking converter. Boler Transmissions makes a very simple 2-wire controller for the torque converter, so we’re using that. Also considering using a FITECH throttle body injection unit on it... hiding under a stock appearing air cleaner... haven’t decided on that yet. Engine looks like this nowClick image for larger version

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    Totally rust-free Daytona model with great options: roof rack, V8, auto trans, 3rd row seat, slider roof, black and white interior. Only 58,000 genuine miles. A really nice car. We’re adding power steering, air conditioning, and a rear step.
    Unfortunately, the car has to be repainted, as it’s beautiful paint job was damaged while in his long term storage. Bummer. But— my Kathy is pretty in love with this little car, so I’m trying to do it up right for her. More updates as I have more to share.
    Last edited by drrotor; 02-20-2019, 12:26 AM.
    1950 Commander Land Cruiser
    1951 Champion Business Coupe
    1951 Commander Starlight
    1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
    1953 Champion Starlight
    1953 Commander Starliner
    1953 2R5
    1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
    1957 Silver Hawk
    1957 3E5 Pick-Up
    1959 Silver Hawk
    1961 Hawk
    1962 Cruiser 4 speed
    1963 Daytona Convertible
    1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
    1965 Cruiser
    1970 Avanti

  • #2
    Great job on a great little car. I'm always happy when a dead project finds someone to move it forward. So many of them become salvage or parted out. The idea of having old cars is to get them back on the road, not ground up on a boat to China.
    I'll be interested in your progress. Thanks for posting.
    sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
    1950 Champion Convertible
    1950 Champion 4Dr
    1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
    1957 Thunderbird

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    • #3
      Very interesting, keep up the good work and the pictures (and reports of the F.I. and tranny especially) please !

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      • #4
        Nice project vehicle. Good Luck!
        A factory third row seat should have come with a rear step. Perhaps the step got lost, the tailgate has been changed or the seat has been added.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          Nice save. Glad you found it and are getting it back on the road.

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          • #6
            When I first saw the title of this thread, I thought it was about the creation of a big boy toy Radio Flyer someone had posted about a long time ago.
            So...I almost didn't click on the topic.

            Now...I'm glad I did...This one is pretty cool...but I like yours better!


            John Clary
            Greer, SC

            SDC member since 1975

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            • #7
              Today I got the freshly rebuilt 700R4 installed to the back of the engine. Used an adapter that I purchased from Fairborn Studebaker. It’s good quality, excellent fit, good instructions, and a reasonable price. It does require a few minutes work to the GM bellhousing, a little drilling and grinding, but nothing major.
              Of course, I will still have to fabricate a transmission mount, shift linkage, a driveshaft, and wire up the Bowler Torque Converter control wiring, but it’s all good.Click image for larger version

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              1950 Commander Land Cruiser
              1951 Champion Business Coupe
              1951 Commander Starlight
              1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
              1953 Champion Starlight
              1953 Commander Starliner
              1953 2R5
              1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
              1957 Silver Hawk
              1957 3E5 Pick-Up
              1959 Silver Hawk
              1961 Hawk
              1962 Cruiser 4 speed
              1963 Daytona Convertible
              1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
              1965 Cruiser
              1970 Avanti

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              • #8
                Nice job on the Engine Kenny, that MONSTER Trans. looks like it will be quite the challenge to rework the floor and make it fit into a Wagonaire X Member!
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jclary View Post
                  When I first saw the title of this thread, I thought it was about the creation of a big boy toy Radio Flyer someone had posted about a long time ago.
                  Yes, I remember: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...of-these-(yet)!

                  Craig

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                  • #10
                    Well, today I got the car back from the paint shop, looking better than new. Here’s a couple shots of how much of the previous owner’s paint job that we had to strip offClick image for larger version

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ID:	1728652So... now it’s back home, getting cut and buffed, and then the re-assembly starts. Whew! Takes awhile to get the body done! Oh- and I just picked up complete power steering for it from a friend’s donor car, which I’m rebuilding before installing as well. And I’ll be adding Avanti quick-steering arms as well... really liked ‘em on our ‘64 Daytona.
                    1950 Commander Land Cruiser
                    1951 Champion Business Coupe
                    1951 Commander Starlight
                    1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
                    1953 Champion Starlight
                    1953 Commander Starliner
                    1953 2R5
                    1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
                    1957 Silver Hawk
                    1957 3E5 Pick-Up
                    1959 Silver Hawk
                    1961 Hawk
                    1962 Cruiser 4 speed
                    1963 Daytona Convertible
                    1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
                    1965 Cruiser
                    1970 Avanti

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                    • #11
                      Very nice. It looks beautiful! And a very nicely optioned Car. Definitely a keeper. Keep posting pictures as you build inspires the rest of us.

                      Mark

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                      • #12
                        The quick steering arms are great. I have them along with oversized sway bars on my Cruiser. It is a great handling car. I love your wagon. It is going to be a real winner when done.
                        Joe Roberts
                        '61 R1 Champ
                        '65 Cruiser
                        Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                        • #13
                          Got the engine and transmission in last week. Using an adapter from Fairborn Studebaker, which calls for a Jeep Starter which I ordered from Rockauto. Even with the engine mounts in the right hand set of mounting holes, the power steering hits the starter. Anybody have experience with this problem, and have a solution for it?
                          1950 Commander Land Cruiser
                          1951 Champion Business Coupe
                          1951 Commander Starlight
                          1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
                          1953 Champion Starlight
                          1953 Commander Starliner
                          1953 2R5
                          1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
                          1957 Silver Hawk
                          1957 3E5 Pick-Up
                          1959 Silver Hawk
                          1961 Hawk
                          1962 Cruiser 4 speed
                          1963 Daytona Convertible
                          1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
                          1965 Cruiser
                          1970 Avanti

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                          • #14
                            Sorry Kenny, no Shop Manual can help that.
                            Exactly why I hate Mods, always a "Special/Peculiar Problem".
                            It appears that is not the Power Steering Control Valve that is riding hard on the "Jeep" Starter, but the Pitman Arm, that's not good.

                            I thought the GM Trans. Adapters used a small Ford Starter on the Right side.
                            StudeRich
                            Second Generation Stude Driver,
                            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                            • #15
                              Can't tell from the photo, but if the Jeep starter is not a gear reduction style of starter could you get an aftermarket gear reduction mini starter for the Jeep application ? They are typically a lot smaller in diameter compared to the regular full motor sized starters. cheers, junior
                              sigpic
                              1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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