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  • Has anyone ever seen a Champ PU truck with an original unrusted floor

    Just thought I’d ask. I’ve seen one in my life and that was probably fifty years ago. It was in Southern California and although it wasn’t at all rusted it was fatigue cracked around a body mount.

  • #2
    I had one. Bed was perfect. Had some rust in front fender.

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    • #3
      Click image for larger version  Name:	2019-02-09b.jpg Views:	0 Size:	184.8 KB ID:	1926233 Yes, mine. (I'd post a photo if it weren't so damn difficult to figure out how?) Well, somehow I got it posted....not sure how I did it....sure is complicated! I hate this system! Studebaker Addicts is so much easier!
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      Lou Van Anne
      62 Champ
      64 R2 GT Hawk
      79 Avanti II

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      • #4
        never seen one and would be surprised to.
        Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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        • #5
          I have a '61 with no such problem. If they use salt on the roads where you live I would not be terribly surprised at that. But it would also not likely be unique to Studebakers in that situation.
          Ed Sallia
          Dundee, OR

          Sol Lucet Omnibus

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          • #6
            Two Champs I owned while in So. Calif. had the area around the Floor to Frame Mounts near the Kick Panels rotted out from just an occasional bit of Rain and occasional Washing, NO Salt, just a bit of salt Air.

            However I have one '63 Now up here in a Very Rainy State, but Garaged now with No Rust!

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            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • Milaca
              Milaca commented
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              Is that original graphics on the Champ or was it added in recent years for show? Is that an Evinrude snowmobile in the bed? Were automobile wheel covers available on Champs from the factory, or have you 'modified' the Champ?

          • #7
            Very nice truck Rich. What a great find particularly with the script showing it was a service vehicle. It is literally "one of a kind".
            Happy New Year
            Bill & Sonja

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            • #8
              I assumed that Studebaker primed the steel floor pans with sodium chloride prior to applying paint. Perhaps they inadvertently skipped that process on a few Champs that left the factory?
              sigpic
              In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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              • #9
                Rich's Champ pictured in post #6 above had the advertising and yellow light on the cab added by the previous owner to give the truck a nostalgic look. I saw the truck a few years ago when it was for sale at a body shop in Snohomish (body shop owners were friends of the seller), and I asked about the advertising at that time. The body shop added the advertising, then rubbed a chain across the surface to give it some patina.

                Yes, that's a snow mobile in the bed, and it was a package deal included with the truck.

                Rich got a good buy. It was a solid truck, ran well, and was a good price.
                Mark L

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                • #10
                  I think the floor in my Champ was the best looking metal in it, but most of the rust was not thru many places around the body... just a few spots, under the grille and at the fender/ rocker panel areas had some rust-thru. Probably should have kept it longer until the "Patina-Fad" was in full swing, ha ! This truck was sold new and spent it's entire life around Lawrenceburg, TN. until I got it and hauled it off to North Alabama. After I sold it.... ?????
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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by Buzzard View Post
                    Very nice truck Rich. What a great find particularly with the script showing it was a service vehicle. It is literally "one of a kind"./Cut/Bill & Sonja
                    Yes it IS unique Bill, but as Mark said it's ALL Fake including the Evinrude/Texaco Shop, but the Location painted on is Real "Forbes Hill" in Snohomish County, WA.

                    It's not Me though, so all of that "Patina" has to go and become the Beautiful Regal Red that is actually Under that Dull Red "Patina Coat".
                    The Only thing I kinda Like is that Cool no longer around here, Co. Logo "Texaco".
                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
                    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                    • #12
                      I was going to try to post a photo per StudeRich's advice....which was to "click on the "Upload Pictures" at the bottom of every New Post box" but I'll be damned if I can find the "Upload Pictures" button here?
                      Lou Van Anne
                      62 Champ
                      64 R2 GT Hawk
                      79 Avanti II

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                      • Milaca
                        Milaca commented
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                        Lower left corner of this page is a button title 'Upload Attachments'. Click it, then find the photo you want to share.

                      • Lou Van Anne
                        Lou Van Anne commented
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                        Well, it's not on my screen....?

                      • Milaca
                        Milaca commented
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                        How about three buttons near the lower right of your screen? A tiny symbol of a clipboard and a letter A and a smiley face? Click on the clipboard if you see it.

                    • #13
                      Originally posted by nels View Post
                      Just thought I’d ask. I’ve seen one in my life and that was probably fifty years ago. It was in Southern California and although it wasn’t at all rusted it was fatigue cracked around a body mount.
                      So 50 years ago would have put it around 1971. So Champs were about 10 years old at that time, give or take a few years.
                      KURTRUK
                      (read it backwards)




                      Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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                      • #14
                        Lou, at the Upper Right side of the New Post Window there is a Advanced Editor Icon "A".

                        You need to turn that ON by clicking it, that will Turn ON the Upload Attachments and Upload from URL Buttons at the Bottom.
                        StudeRich
                        Second Generation Stude Driver,
                        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                        • #15
                          Contrary to widely-held beliefs, I've never seen an "untrustly "truck floor.
                          peter lee

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                          • Guido
                            Guido commented
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                            The word used was “untrusted”.

                          • Corbinstein0
                            Corbinstein0 commented
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                            you've never put your foot thru the floor then, have you? LOL
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