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  • stud change from48 to 50

    ok what im looking for is how much different is a 48 champ from a 50 champ

    is the dash the same or similar
    i know from the doors forward (fenders, grille ect )is diff what about the rest of the car

    could a 50 be passed off as a 48 with a 50 front sheet metal

  • #2
    Very different dashes. Yes, a '50 could be passed off as a '48,from the outside, (well, except for trim and tail lights), especially something like a Starlight coupe. Oops, wait a minute, mebbe first year for the Starlight was '49? Anyway, what's got you thinking about doing that?



    • #3
      If you can see it in person look under the front end. A 47-49 will have Planar suspension with a large transverse leaf spring. A 1950-51 will have coil springs.

      Restore it, don't replace it.Keep the Studebaker reproduction industry going


      • #4
        One of the big differences is the front suspension is a different design. The front suspension of a 1950 is a one year item. Many modified bullet nose ('50-'51) Studebakers are "considered" to be 1947 or 1948 models just to get them in under the NSRA rules. In the vast majority of cases they are NOT '47-'48 models with '50-'51 front sheet metal. They simply have the title and/or serial number plate of a 1947 or 1948. As far as Starlight coupes, that body style was used from 1947 through 1952. The early ones were five passenger coupes, not Starlight coupes, but they are all commonly referred to as Starlight coupes now.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer


        • #5
          exactely the reason studegary NSRA

          ive got two thirty two fords and belong to nsra a wanna take my stude to some events this year
          but worry about the probs it may cause
          was gonna say its a 48 w/ a 50 nose but seems to be outta ques now