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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by ChampCouple View Post
    That is pretty cool some of the original green paint is still there. I'm thinking about somewhere on the this pickup, trying to save just a little spot of the original paint. Won't really mean anything to anybody else, but will to me. I'm hoping to repaint it close to it's original cobalt blue.
    The top front door hinge covers usually survive well, and are small and portable enough to be shined up and used as a color reference if the original color mixing code cannot be located. Then they can be placed in a safe spot to be installed at the finishing stages. On my '66, I'm leave those top hinge covers, and the underside of the trunklid original.

    Craig

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  • ChampCouple
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    Originally posted by JRoberts View Post
    My long narrow bed '61 Champ was originally used by the NC Forest Service. The previous owner worked for the NC Forest Service and being a Studebaker guy jumped at the chance to obtain it when it came up for auction when the Forest Service was getting rid of it (and others I would assume). He painted the truck light blue (around here it is called "Carolina Blue") when he rebuilt it (with an genuine R1 engine). When beginning the process of installing a new rubber surround on rear window , that old green paint is still there. I have had the truck for a long time but have never sent away for the official production order I guess it is time to do so.
    That is pretty cool some of the original green paint is still there. I'm thinking about somewhere on the this pickup, trying to save just a little spot of the original paint. Won't really mean anything to anybody else, but will to me. I'm hoping to repaint it close to it's original cobalt blue.

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  • JRoberts
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    My long narrow bed '61 Champ was originally used by the NC Forest Service. The previous owner worked for the NC Forest Service and being a Studebaker guy jumped at the chance to obtain it when it came up for auction when the Forest Service was getting rid of it (and others I would assume). He painted the truck light blue (around here it is called "Carolina Blue") when he rebuilt it (with an genuine R1 engine). When beginning the process of installing a new rubber surround on rear window , that old green paint is still there. I have had the truck for a long time but have never sent away for the official production order I guess it is time to do so.

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  • ChampCouple
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    Originally posted by Mike in CA View Post
    After ending up with a former cal trans champ, I wanted to see pictures of them in state service. Someone at cal trans told me about copies of an old division of highways engineering news magazine. I searched all of 1961 to it's end in 1967. Unfortunately I only found a few pictures of champs. I did see more Larks though.
    That's pretty cool you found a couple photos of the Champs in service. Hoping to find some Champ photos in service with Oregon, but no luck so far.
    Mike

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  • Mike in CA
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  • Mike in CA
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    After ending up with a former cal trans champ, I wanted to see pictures of them in state service. Someone at cal trans told me about copies of an old division of highways engineering news magazine. I searched all of 1961 to it's end in 1967. Unfortunately I only found a few pictures of champs. I did see more Larks though.

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  • ChampCouple
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    I would not be surprised that Studebaker International will have those leaf springs in stock, if the current ones on the truck are not original.
    Thanks for the information!

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  • 8E45E
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    Thank you for your update!

    An interesting Production Order for sure! I bet it looked great when it was brand new in that metallic Cobalt Blue color.

    I would not be surprised that Studebaker International will have those leaf springs in stock, if the current ones on the truck are not original.

    Craig

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  • ChampCouple
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    I got the production order for our pickup today. It was indeed sold to the State of Oregon. The color was Cobalt Blue Metallic.
    A few curious things to the order. It specified, "omit tail gate lettering". And "all miscellaneous exterior parts to be painted blue". The door mirrors are gone. Hopefully can find some replacements.
    It also spec'd HD clutch, HD battery, HD shocks and special gas filter - ceramic filter with magnetic trap.
    It also states HD front springs. I'm not sure the front springs are original since my dad tried converting it to 4wd. Not sure if the front leaf springs are Studebaker, or Jeep. I'll have to check that. Hopefully they are Studebaker, as like to keep it as original as possible.

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by ChampCouple View Post
    I'm curious as to what our Production Order will say. Thanks, Mike
    Cool beans, Mike; let us know.

    The O'Brien color code was OB-1021, so that should appear on your PO if it's the same color. BP

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  • studeclunker
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    I can see the Greyhound bus station on the main drag there. I've stopped in Corvallis many'a time for the hound.

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  • ChampCouple
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    Comment: Might the "pretty dark blue metallic" have been the O'Brien Marine Blue Metallic used on Indiana State Police cars at the time? It was a fleet color; not regular production.
    Above is a Production Order for one of the ISP cars. Note the Marine Blue Metallic notation. I'll bet Oregon used it, too.
    I'm curious as to what our Production Order will say. Thanks,
    Mike

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  • ChampCouple
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    I would suggest having them applied to a thin magnetic sheet and laser-cut to the size of the OSP graphics and have them on only for shows, parades, etc. The local law enforcement agency may frown on a permanent sticker as the vehicle is no longer used for that purpose.

    Craig
    Thanks Craig, I think would check with the State Police about a possible reproduction logo made, and like you said, just for shows or parades.

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  • Studebakercenteroforegon
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    Originally posted by ChampCouple View Post
    Maybe you have seen this photo before. Just below the tower, is Courtesy Motors, and "Studebaker" can be seen painted on the building. It may not show up well in this sized photo, but in the full size photo, it can be seen pretty clearly when zoomed in.

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    Courtesy Motors was on 3rd and Van Buren, as I recall. Held Pontiac was across the street. The Courtesy Motors building was eventually torn down and replaced with a fast food operation.

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by Studebakercenteroforegon View Post
    Oregon State patrol cars at the time were dark blue - and so were these Champs - except the dark blue was metallic, and quite a pretty color.
    Cool beans, Jerry.

    Comment: Might the "pretty dark blue metallic" have been the O'Brien Marine Blue Metallic used on Indiana State Police cars at the time? It was a fleet color; not regular production.

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    Above is a Production Order for one of the ISP cars. Note the Marine Blue Metallic notation. I'll bet Oregon used it, too.

    (Yes, I've posted that PO previously. Note that dual exhausts were not specified ...but I'll bet you a dollar to a doughnut that the car left South Bend so equipped.) BP

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