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    The build sheet for my 51 Land Cruiser indicates the 'MODEL AND BODY TYPE' as H-Y5 CUTTER. I have seen a build sheet for another 51 LC indicated as H-Y5 CORSAIR. I know the H is Commander, Y5 means Land Cruiser, but what do the 'CUTTER' and 'CORSAIR' suffixes indicate?

    Thanks,

    Jim
    \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

    51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
    Jim Mann
    Victoria, B.C.
    Canada

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    "Cutter" and "Corsair" look like codes used in telegrams to replace longer sentences, or to indicate particular information about the car or shipping. The parts catalogue for your car may have a page near the front which de-codes the words.
    Bill Jarvis

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    • #3
      As Greenstude mentions these are telegraphic codes. Unfortunately, however, the parts book he mentions does not have a breakdown of these code words by model and transmission. Only for parts orders.
      Specific to your inquiry the "Corsair" is a 1951 Land Cruiser with overdrive transmission. A "Cutter" is a Land Cruiser with Automatic Transmission.
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      Richard Quinn
      Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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        Corsair Click image for larger version

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        "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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        • #5
          Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel View Post
          As Greenstude mentions these are telegraphic codes. Unfortunately, however, the parts book he mentions does not have a breakdown of these code words by model and transmission. Only for parts orders.
          Specific to your inquiry the "Corsair" is a 1951 Land Cruiser with overdrive transmission. A "Cutter" is a Land Cruiser with Automatic Transmission.
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          Thanks Richard. That solves the mystery. My has an automatic and the other one has an OD transmission.
          Cheers,
          Jim
          \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

          51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
          Jim Mann
          Victoria, B.C.
          Canada

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          • #6
            Sample of telegraph message from Studebaker to Ohio dealer in 1950 showing use of the code words.

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            Richard Quinn
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            • #7
              The Studebaker part catalogs also show one-word codes for common phrases for dealers to use in the front couple of pages when corresponding via telegram for inquires regarding shipping and availability, etc.

              Craig

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              • #8
                I woulda thought "TRANSAT", or "TRANSOD" would have been better. but maybe not.

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