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    Well for a few months now I have been watching a 1950 Studebaker and finally bit the bullet this past Sunday and made the guy an offer and he took it. It is solid, only surface rust. It is straight except for the pass. side rear door has a small dent. The engine is there but missing the head, but may be in the trunk, we can't get in it because no keys. There is no title as the guy bought it at an estate auction and all he got was the car. It is a project but I am looking forward to tinkering with it. The plans are to put in a 250 Chevy 6 cyl. in it with a column shift 3 spd. so I can use the original column and not cut the floor. I will post pics as soon as I get it home. I have always wanted one of the bullet nose and finally found one in workable condition for the right price. I will dubb this project "Harry" after my Great Grandfather Harry Studebaker who is a decendant of the Studebakers who started the Studebaker wagons and later cars.

    PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

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    My first Studebaker was a '50 Land Cruiser, in the mid '50s. It was a great car, wish I still had it. Mine had been a dealer demo and was fully optioned. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I did mine.

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    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
    '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
    ....On the road, again....
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars

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    • #3
      Well I think I will enjoy it. I enjoy just looking at it, they are as far as I am concerned one of the best looking cars built.

      PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by HarryStude

        Well I think I will enjoy it. I enjoy just looking at it, they are as far as I am concerned one of the best looking cars built.

        PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA
        My sentiment exactly. I have a '51 and its equally beautiful. My I ask what happened to its original drive train, is it missing?

        -Glenn

        1951 Commander Land cruiser

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        • #5
          No the original engine is in it but the head is missing and needs a lot of work. I was going to do the 250 Chevy thing but not hack it up so I could bring it back to original later on. I am a purist so it will be original some day but I want to drive it very soon.

          PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

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          • #6
            I was hoping you'd say that, nothing against Chevy's, it's just that Studebaker engines as you know, are some of the best engines ever built. I wouldn't trade my 232 V8 for anything else. Besides, it's that Studebaker sound that resembles nothing else on the American road.

            -Glenn

            1951 Commander Land cruiser

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by HarryStude

              Well I think I will enjoy it. I enjoy just looking at it, they are as far as I am concerned one of the best looking cars built.

              PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA
              I have to agree with you about the bullet nose Studes. Good luck with your project. Don't forget to post those pics ASAP....



              1950 Champion 2 Dr. Sedan

              1949 Studebaker 2R5 half ton pickup...

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              • #8
                Hello Harrystude, Does harry have an automatic transmission. If harry has one, I am looking for a 1950 LandCruiser automatic bell housing. Just checking with you. Please email me at royvaldez@jps.net

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                • #9
                  Well Glenn honestly I am a Ford engine fan but the Chevy is easier. I do agree about the Studebaker sound it is definately a distinct sound. I wish I could find a good 51 V-8 to bolt in it. If I had one of those it would have that and never turn back. I may even like a 289 Stude or something of the like.

                  PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

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                  • #10
                    Also just an update on the geneology of my Grandfather who I named this project after, my brother has been doing a lot of the geneology work on our family and he found that Harry is a direct relation to Clement Studebaker who was one of the two who started Studebaker building wagons. They built the first Conestoga wagon and had the first gov't contract building wagons for the Union in the Civil War.

                    PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

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                    • #11
                      What a family history, and here I thought being a relative of Abraham Lincoln seven times removed was cool! You're a direct descendant of Clement Studebaker, doesn't get much better than that!

                      -Glenn

                      1951 Commander Land cruiser

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                      • #12
                        Here's where it can go!



                        I think twice about putting in a chevy 6 unless it is a pretty new one. I bet you could score a decent or rebuilt Stude 6 without too much trouble.

                        Dan White
                        64 R1 GT
                        64 R2 GT
                        Dan White
                        64 R1 GT
                        64 R2 GT
                        58 C Cab
                        57 Broadmoor (Marvin)

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Dan White


                          I think twice about putting in a chevy 6 unless it is a pretty new one. I bet you could score a decent or rebuilt Stude 6 without too much trouble.

                          I'm NOT a purist, but I'd agree with Dan.

                          The quickest, easiest, and cheapest way to get your '50 on the road is to find another 245 big six. They are not that rare. Stude used them from the late 40's until 1960.

                          Putting a different motor/trans in it will involve fabricating front mounts, transmission crossmember and mount, driveshaft, setting pinion angle, throttle linkage, cooling, shift linkage, exhaust, maybe modifying the floor tunnel and the existing bellhousing crossmember. If you've done swaps before, you know that anything you do or change effects another subsystem (in a bad way). There are far more failed swaps out there than completed ones. There is no way to do a swap without cutting and/or welding.

                          Also, the '50 is kind of a one year only, strange bird. You will have more problems fitting something else to that car than to a 51 and up Stude (and they aren't much fun to swap into).

                          I'd post here for a good used 245. You might put a similar ad in Turning Wheels and post over at the Studebaker Swap Page...

                          http://www.studebakerswap.com/swap/swap.php





                          Dick Steinkamp
                          Bellingham, WA

                          Dick Steinkamp
                          Bellingham, WA

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                          • #14
                            Congrats Harry,
                            Bought my 52 commander just on a whim because it was a 2 door hard top and came with a bullet nose to put on it,
                            LOVE those bullet noses!
                            Get a little grief every now and then about changing the front end and not going with studie power but this is my car.
                            Have to say though Dick is right it would be easier in so many ways to use the original motor and get that bad boy on the road a litle sooner.
                            Completion of my car is so far out I find myself wanting to buy a decent driver all original just to help cure my craving to actually drive a studebaker.
                            The one thing I have decided for sure is that my next car or truck will be all factory equipment.
                            BUT... It's yours do what you want.
                            Dean.

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                            • #15
                              The Studebaker automatic transmission debuted with the 1951 model, so no.
                              His 1950 Studebaker would be a stick.

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