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  • RadioRoy
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    Originally posted by sals54 View Post
    Yeah... I couldn't remember fer sher about that orphan 50 suspension, but I do know that I've driven 47s 49s 50s and all the later Studes. The early ones are scary to drive. Again, just my measly opinion, having owned and driven a couple hundred Studebakers in the last 45 years.
    It's possible that they were scary because they were worn out, not because they were poor designs.
    Last edited by RadioRoy; 06-15-2019, 09:43 PM.

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  • TWChamp
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    Wish you were closer, then I'd take you for a ride in my 1950 Champion and 1950 Land Cruiser. I've put a lot of miles on my 1949 through 1952 Studebakers, as they were my only cars and daily drivers through the 60's and early 70's. I've driven them thousands of miles in a couple days and find the ride very enjoyable. My 1950 Land Cruiser is like riding on a cloud.

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  • Greenstude
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    My '47 Champion has the planar suspension. I find it drives nicely. A few years ago I added one extra leaf to each of the rear springs, which greatly helped the handling and the ride. (That's how Studebaker made a heavy-duty spring at the time.) BUT --- do not expect any 40s/50s Studebaker --- or any other car of that era --- to handle as well as your 2019 vehicle. On a long drive, my 2014 VW Jetta is a very much easier and less tiring car to drive than the 1947 Champion. From experience I can say than driving 1,100 km. (680 mi.) in a day with the VW takes far less effort than 670 km (415 mi.) with the Stude. Of course, the trips taken with the Stude are mostly in our home area with much less distance.

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  • sals54
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    Yeah... I couldn't remember fer sher about that orphan 50 suspension, but I do know that I've driven 47s 49s 50s and all the later Studes. The early ones are scary to drive. Again, just my measly opinion, having owned and driven a couple hundred Studebakers in the last 45 years.

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  • RadioRoy
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    Originally posted by sals54 View Post
    The 50 and 51 have totally different suspensions. The 50 has planar suspension. I don’t like it or the ride. But that’s just me. The 51 will have suspension nearly identical to all Studes that follow it till 66. I prefer the latter by far.
    Not quite. The 50 has a coil spring front suspension. The 49 and earlier cars have the planar front suspension.

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  • 6hk71400
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    Anyone in the 805 area code willing to help Edsel out?

    Bob Miles
    Pacific Southwest Zone Coordinator

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  • 6hk71400
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    Originally posted by Edsel Face View Post
    Thank you for your response. I understand that's your opinion, but do you feel that's the general consensus?
    I can only speak for myself. As I understand it the 1950 Champion is a one year only and rather fragile suspension. This is not my words but that of the late Earle Haley who worked for Studebaker during that time.

    I have owned a couple of 48's with the planer (horse and buggy leaf spring in the front end) suspension and I have owned and currently own a 52 Commander. It is the best riding drive cruising all around great car to have. If you must have a bullet nose, go for a 1951.

    As I say, it is my opinion but I think most on the forum would agree.

    What say folks?

    Bob Miles
    Pacific Southwest Zone Coordinator

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  • Edsel Face
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    Thank you for your response. I understand that's your opinion, but do you feel that's the general consensus?

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  • sals54
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    The 50 and 51 have totally different suspensions. The 50 has planar suspension. I don’t like it or the ride. But that’s just me. The 51 will have suspension nearly identical to all Studes that follow it till 66. I prefer the latter by far.

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  • Edsel Face
    started a topic assistance needed in 805 area code

    assistance needed in 805 area code

    I am considering purchasing a '50 or'51 Champion. I have never ridden in one of these cars and was wondering if someone in this area could help me get familiar with them and take me for a ride. If a '49 or '52 is the same platform, that would be OK. Thank you.
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