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    I found this on my '58. Does it mean anything?





    Matthew Burnette
    Hazlehurst, GA


  • #2
    Besides the 58B-W4 - what' the other number on the body tag???

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1963 Cruiser
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President two door

    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

      Besides the 58B-W4 - what' the other number on the body tag???

      Body number 708.

      Matthew Burnette
      Hazlehurst, GA

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      • #4
        Any chance that it might be a key number (ignition or trunk)?

        6E40-195 1963 Canadian Lark VY-6

        Chatsworth, Ontario, Canada
        1963 Canadian Lark VY-6 4E2-122 Deluxe Scotsman

        Bognor, Ontario, Canada

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        • #5
          It probably meant something for late in production, or post-production, since the number is on top of the paint.

          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            For some reason, Hamilton cars seemed to have more chalk marks on the firewall than did South Bend cars. Here is a Hamilton '57 President Classic firewall informing the assembly line it required Solex Glass.



            Craig

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            • #7
              I've come across numbers and letters in chalk and grease pencils all the time. Sometimes (not often) they make sense with some feature - most times not.
              The 53 coupe of mine had numbers on the back of the instrument board. The door panels had the car's trim level (C3) chalked on their backsides.

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1963 Cruiser
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President two door

              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                Kind of neat how they used the blower motor for the O in Solex on that Pres. Classic.

                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                Gary L.
                Wappinger, NY

                SDC member since 1968
                Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by mbstude

                  I found this on my '58. Does it mean anything?
                  Matt, I believe that if you look at, or order your Production Order, you will see that it matches the LINE NUMBER! [^]

                  The Trucks have the line number on the top of the Bell Housing and usually the firewall and frame to match the Engine, Chassis and Cab to each other to match the build order.

                  I guess the Canuks were early at being green, they saved the trees and rit the whole build order on the wall! [:0] Firewall that is!


                  StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    Answer me this, Craig. I see that that President wears a different style body tag than SB-built cars. Does this mean that Hamilton welded up their own body tubs?

                    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                    1963 Cruiser
                    1960 Larkvertible V8
                    1958 Provincial wagon
                    1953 Commander coupe
                    1957 President two door

                    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

                      Answer me this, Craig. I see that that President wears a different style body tag than SB-built cars. Does this mean that Hamilton welded up their own body tubs?
                      Yes, Bob, they did. The individual stampings were shipped from SB, and Hamilton had their own set of jigs to assemble them. A "Canadian Content" thing, at least in the labor.

                      Craig

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                      • #12
                        The last 4 digits of the phone number of the UAW shop steward?

                        Pat Skelly
                        62 GT Hawk
                        53 Studillac
                        37 Dictator Coupe

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Pat Skelly

                          The last 4 digits of the phone number of the UAW shop steward?

                          Pat Skelly
                          [)]





                          I'll get the build sheet and see if the chalk numbers match the line number.

                          Matthew Burnette
                          Hazlehurst, GA

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                          • #14
                            I'm quite sure that StudeRich is correct. A Power Hawk I used to own, but now in the hands of my son has "X3535" on the firewall. When I got the build order, there was the same number on the top of the form (the car was L.A. built in March'56).

                            Roger "153624" Hill

                            55 Champion
                            47 M-5
                            Izzer Buggy
                            Junior Wagon
                            Roger Hill


                            60 Lark Vlll, hardtop, black/red, Power Kit, 3 spd. - "Juliette"
                            61 Champ Deluxe, 6, black/red, o/d, long box. - "Jeri"
                            Junior Wagon - "Junior"

                            "In the end, dear undertaker,
                            Ride me in a Studebaker"

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