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    Hello All,
    My name is kmac. I am new to the forum, thought I would join since I bought a 1952 Studebaker truck today. I pick it up this week.
    I am 47, a devout Christaian, husband, and father of one beautiful 17 yr old daughter. I have built a few cars and alot of bikes in the past and thought I would build me a cool old school shop truck.
    I build vintage and custom motorcycles as a side job. I am a Union carpenter by trade but I am on workers comp right now because a ladder fall and I blew out 2 discs in my neck. So bad that I had to have 3 vertibrae fused with a Ti plate and 6 screw. Still recovering since I am 7 months or so post surgical.
    I thought some cool old bike delivery truck would really fit my shops style and I ran into a cool truck on ebay so I bought it.
    Any info you guys have on this truck will be much appreciated and I am sure I will have many question as I get her road worthy.

    Here is the add from ebay. What do you guys think?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...84.m1438.l2649

    I am currently also building a 1965 Yamaha Ym1 2 stroke twin cylinder cafe race bike AND a 1986 BMW R80G/S. Both are getting a full rebuild or restore. One more project did NOT make my wife happy, but what do you do....a man wants what he wants.

    Look forward to talking to you all.

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum, and for $600 you got yourself a good deal.

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    • #3
      "R" Series Cab and Chassis

      That is an interesting "R" Series '49 to '53, probably 3/4 Ton heavy duty Truck.
      If you give us the Model Number from the serial Number Plate on the seat riser, on the floor (just below the driver side of seat), we can tell you a bit more about it.
      It is a bit unuusual in that it is not a HD 4 Speed Trans. but it may have been converted to a 3 speed direct or 3 Overdrive.

      It definately has been converted from a Stude. 6 Cyl, to probably a '51-'52 Studebaker 232 V-8.
      This looks like it could have been done way back in the 1950's or so, without documention there is no way to be sure of that.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        OMG! It has a re-bar door handle!! I ain't never seen a re-bar door handle on a vehicle with a battery tie down. This is an amazing truck.

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        • #5
          Welcome aboard! The truck was well worth the money, and you'll have a lot of fun with it. Challenging fun, but that's what the hobby is all about! BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

          Ayn Rand:
          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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          • #6
            When you said shop truck I was thinking 1/2 ton pickup. That truck will move a lot more bikes at a time. Have fun and ask away with the questions. Lots of folks on here that are happy to help out.
            sigpic

            "In the heart of Arkansas."
            Searcy, Arkansas
            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
            1952 2R pickup

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BobGlasscock View Post
              OMG! It has a re-bar door handle!! I ain't never seen a re-bar door handle on a vehicle with a battery tie down. This is an amazing truck.
              I think instead of re-bar that may be the metal core of the original door handle. I have seen other trucks like this with no outer stainless cover.
              sigpic

              "In the heart of Arkansas."
              Searcy, Arkansas
              1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
              1952 2R pickup

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              • #8
                Familiarize yourself with this site for body repair panels: http://classicent.com/pickups.php

                And lots of other vendors for more parts can be found through the Vendors link on this website. Join the Studebaker Driver's Club too for more fun.
                KURTRUK
                (read it backwards)




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

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                • #9
                  I see the truck is in our area. Where are you? If you are in Northern California, stop by one of our meetings sometime. We have a great group of guys and gals that know a ton about Studebakers. You could learn a lot. Hope to see it in it's glory one day.

                  Check out our club at www.hawktalks.com. If you are taking the truck outside the area, check for a local club in your area. Most local clubs are replete with knowledgable Studebaker dudes.
                  Jon Stalnaker
                  Karel Staple Chapter SDC

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                  • #10
                    Welcome to the forum and congrats on the truck. I am going to take guess you might be in area code 530, and so am I, near Marysville. Hope we get to meet some day.

                    Pat
                    Pat Dilling
                    Olivehurst, CA
                    Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


                    LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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                    • #11
                      Wow I really appreciate the welcome. Thanx.
                      Sdude- No I am in southern cali between Orange County and San Diego area. But thanx for the invite.
                      Does anyone know if there is a local club or group out my way?
                      BobPalma- Yes challenging Im sure.... The good thing is im not trying to go with an all original style restoration. Just wanna make a decent driver with a stake bed. Other than neccesary body repairs I plan on leaving the natural patina alone. I want that old work/ranch/shop truck look. I hope not fully restoring it doesn't offend anyone, but I am not cutting it up either. Just plan on using it how was intended 59 years ago.

                      I look forward to talking to you all and btw I have very thick skin so feel free to tell me how you guys really feel about ideas I am using. I am a member of many online communities including ADVrider, which if any of you have been there you know that place can be pretty abusive. I will try to not be that way here of course, but I can take it so lay the newbie jokes on me and have a laugh at my expense...

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                      • #12
                        Pat- Nope. The 530 is the size of my KTM dual sport motorcycle...KTM 530 excr....what a bike. I am a motorcycle FREAK. Been racing MX, desert, and some roadracing all of my life.
                        Area code 951...the IE. {inland empire so cal}

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                        • #13

                          California

                          Antelope Valley Studebaker Drivers Chapter. Serving the Antelope Valley and High Desert areas in LA county and Kern county. We currently hold our meetings on the first Thursday of the month at: Nicks Pizzeria 43755 15th St. West Lancaster, CA 93534 Phone: (661)951-1035
                          President:
                          Glenn Morgan
                          21522 Randsburg Mojave Rd
                          California City, CA 93505
                          (760)373-3158
                          email

                          Vice President:
                          Mike Rogers
                          email

                          Secretary:
                          Jerry Bair
                          email

                          Treasurer:
                          Jerry Bair
                          email

                          Membership Contact:
                          Glenn Morgan
                          email

                          Newsletter: The Horn
                          Editor: Jerry Bair
                          email
                          Website: http://clubs.hemmings.com/frameset.cfm?club=avsdc
                          Webmaster: Glenn Morgan
                          email
                          Beach Cities Inland Empire Chapter.www.bciec-sdc.com
                          President:
                          Don Cox
                          email

                          Vice President:
                          Dave Stevens

                          Secretary:
                          Jeri Cox

                          Treasurer:
                          Sarah Cheek

                          Membership:
                          Debbie Stockey

                          Sunshine Coordinator:
                          Sherry Conrad

                          Memory Book:
                          Jeri Cox

                          Newsletter: Studebaker Sparkplug
                          Editor: Jeanne Ertel
                          email

                          Newsletter Processing:
                          Richard & Sarah Cheek

                          Webmaster:
                          Richard Cheek
                          www.bciec-sdc.com
                          email
                          www.hawktalks.com

                          Los Angeles Chapter. www.studebakersla.com
                          President:
                          Howard L. Brown
                          email
                          Vice President:
                          Dennis O'Brien
                          Secretary:
                          Cheryl Bridges
                          Treasurer:
                          Doug King
                          Membership Contact:
                          Doug King
                          email
                          Newsletter: Studebaker Highlights
                          Editoremail
                          Website:
                          www.studebakersla.com
                          Orange Empire Chapter www.studebaker2.dnsalias.com
                          President:
                          Maureen Bricken
                          714-543-0861

                          Vice President:
                          Stan Haveriland
                          213-296-6690

                          Secretary:
                          Gordon Bricken
                          714-543-0861

                          Treasurer:
                          Lee Everett
                          714-971-7084

                          Newsletter: Wheels & Deals
                          Editor: Doug Hughes
                          email


                          Website:
                          www.studebaker2.dnsalias.com


                          San Diego Chapter, San Diego. Meets the 2nd Thurs., 7 p.m., Allied Gardens Rec Center, 5155 Greenbriar Ave., San Diego. Call for info: 619-697-6971. Please visit our website at www.studebakersandiego.com

                          President:
                          Brian Bennion
                          619-997-8708
                          email

                          Vice President:
                          Rich Delnay
                          760-731-6252
                          email

                          Secretary:
                          Doug Neilson
                          858-780-8913
                          email

                          Treasurer:
                          Keith Rider
                          email

                          Membership Contact:
                          Bob Buchaklian
                          email

                          Newsletter: The S'coupe
                          Editor: Alana Snyder
                          email
                          Webmaster:
                          Clark Novak
                          email
                          Mabel 1949 Champion
                          Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
                          Gus 1958 Transtar
                          The Prez 1955 President State
                          Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
                          Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
                          Fresno,Ca

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                          • #14
                            Now he has lots of options :-)~
                            John Clements
                            Christchurch, New Zealand

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                            • #15
                              Welcome aboard!

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