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  • It might have been a Studebaker...

    My town DPW is digging up the semi-rural road that goes by my house to install a 16-inch water main. The contractor they hired to do the excavation and pipe-laying brought in excavators, back-hoes, big old Autocar dump trucks, and a very strange utility trailer. It's clearly been a truck once, with the frame cut off in front of the firewall and a hitch welded on. But, something about the shape and filled-in holes reminded me of something else: a 1941 Railway Express Agency truck. Many of those were built on Studebaker M16 chassis. Bob Johnstone's web site has a whole page of photos of a complete truck that was for sale in 2007.

    Maybe this old trailer really was a Studebaker M16 truck a long time ago. Whatever it was, it's still earning it's keep 70 years later.

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    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.

    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
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  • #2
    Yep, those bodies are most interesting! http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ight=boyertown

    Here's a Ford truck with that same body:

    (Bob, you can't whine now that its one of your former posts I've linked!)

    Last edited by 8E45E; 04-11-2018, 06:43 PM.


    • #3
      'Sure looks believable to me, Gary...unless it was on a Brand X chassis, as Craig illustrated. 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.


      • #4
        Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
        'Sure looks believable to me, Gary...unless it was on a Brand X chassis, as Craig illustrated. BP

        Probably a Brand X or an earlier body- note the rear axle/wheel cutouts.

        Frank Drumheller
        Locust Grove, VA
        M16-52 '48 Boyer-bodied fire truck