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  • What are all the knobs?

    I have a 1950 Champion and I am trying to figure out what all the pull switches on the dash are. Here's what I think they are, at least from what I can tell.

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    W - Water? Is this for the water flow for the heater?

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    H - Heater? Fan level?

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    Start - I know the starter level.

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    D - ???

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    A - I would think Air, but no air. ???

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    IL - Interior Lights or Instrument Lights?

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    L - Lights


    Thanks for the help guys. I'm slowly understanding it all.
    1950 Studebaker Champion 4 Door Sedan

  • #2
    First is correct, second (H) is for the hood.
    Third maybe correct if it`s an auto otherwise it would have a button on the floor by the clutch pedal.
    D is for defroster/demister
    A is for the heater or air blower
    IL, is for instrument lights if pulled out to first detente or out to second will bring on the interior and map light too
    L, lights first detente markers second headlights
    Geoff

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    • #3
      We, on the forum, try to help when we can. However, not all of us have '50 Champions, and a lot who do own them, don't participate on the forum. But, the best tip I can offer is to let you know that our Studebaker vendors, and Ebay offer original owners manuals. Also, if you plan to keep the car, shop manuals, chassis manuals, and body manuals are available. You can get them in print and on CD's. About the best money you could ever spend on a car you plan to keep and enjoy.
      John Clary
      Greer, SC

      SDC member since 1975

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      • #4
        Ha!!! Good. Oops. I knew that one. lol

        Thanks Geoff. Yes. It's an auto. Which brings me to another question though. The linkage was disconnected when I got the car. I reconnected it and it now kicks into low gear like it should. How would I tell if this is an overdrive transmission? The tag is a Borg-Warner DG-150. I haven't been able to pull a lot of info on it though.

        thanks again for the switch info.
        1950 Studebaker Champion 4 Door Sedan

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        • #5
          Hey John,

          thanks. I have a shop manual I ordered, but it didn't have the switch info. The switches that were being called out in the schematics were generic. Maybe you I missed something though. I'm looking into getting an original owner's manual next.
          1950 Studebaker Champion 4 Door Sedan

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          • #6
            As far as I know the DG150 wasn`t fitted in Champions till 54
            But the DG200 was
            They are three band auto transmissions.
            The shop manual isn`t very helpful on details like switches
            You really need to get all of the manuals if possible
            The shop manual,body manual and the chassis manual.
            Studebaker had some strange ways of doing things !!!
            Bit like me when I think of it !!! LOL

            You can buy the body parts manual but not find out things like the front clip or fenders,grill etc
            You`ll find that in the chassis parts manual ?????
            Now are you understanding why you need them all !!!!!
            And for a description of the controls well those you are informed about in the owners manual !!!
            They are all available from various vendors some original and some reprints that are in the lists on this forum and you can also obtain them cheaper in CD format too
            Geoff

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            • #7
              The vendors would be your most reliable source for the manuals and catalogs but they are also available on ebay.
              http://www.studebakervendors.com/
              South Lompoc Studebaker

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fiveftsix View Post
                As far as I know the DG150 wasn`t fitted in Champions till 54
                But the DG200 was
                They are three band auto transmissions.
                Geoff

                Hey Geoff,

                I am trying to figure this car out more. Supposedly, the original family purchased the car new. It was a 3rd generation when I purchased it because he wasn't in a position to return it to shape. The original purchaser was an amputee and had to have an automatic. The serial number on the PO matches that on the transmission, so I am fairly certain that the transmission is original. However, the motor has a different number. (Which sucks for me because that is what the car was titled under in Arkansas and I am in Oklahoma. VIN verification is a PITA since it was listed under the original engine number even though all the other numbers match the PO)

                I found information about the DG-200 a LOT, but the 150 seems to be pretty thin.
                1950 Studebaker Champion 4 Door Sedan

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                • #9
                  Here's my PO... (Don't know if this helps or not)

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                  1950 Studebaker Champion 4 Door Sedan

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                  • #10
                    For what the controls are and things like that you need to get a owner manual just like you have on your newer brand x.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bmallett View Post
                      Ha!!! Good. Oops. I knew that one. lol

                      Thanks Geoff. Yes. It's an auto. Which brings me to another question though. The linkage was disconnected when I got the car. I reconnected it and it now kicks into low gear like it should. How would I tell if this is an overdrive transmission? The tag is a Borg-Warner DG-150. I haven't been able to pull a lot of info on it though.

                      thanks again for the switch info.
                      The Studebaker automatic transmission does not have an overdrive. Top gear is straight through, input speed is the same as output speed, just like other automatic transmissions of the day. It does have a locking torque converter, though, so there is no slippage or loss of output RPM once the converter lock engages.

                      Overdrives on automatic transmissions did not appear until some time in the late 70's or early 80's, long after Studebakers were ancient history.
                      RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                      17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                      10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                      10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                      4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                      5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
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                      • #12
                        It looks like your going to have to put a fifth manual on your want list, the Automatic Transmission Preliminary Shop Manual !!!
                        As no doubt you`ve found no information about auto`s in the 50 Shop Manual. ;o(
                        Geoff

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                        • #13
                          And since it's an automatic I think a supplemental owner's manual was provided to cover operation of the automatic.
                          American iron, real old school
                          With two tone paint, it sure is cool

                          Its got 8 cylinders and uses them all
                          With an overdrive that just won't stall

                          With a 4 barrel carb and dual exhausts
                          With 4.23 gears it can really get lost

                          Its got safety belts and I ain't scared
                          The brakes are good and the tires are fair.

                          Tried to sell her, but got no taker
                          I"ll just keep driving my Studebaker

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                          • #14
                            i have a '51 Champion with an automatic transmission. it's a DG-150 and starts out in 2nd gear. i believe it is the original trans for the '51 and the '50. somebody please let us know if this is not "correct".

                            my best guess is that a P.O. sometime in the past 66 years replaced the original trans in your '50 with the DG-200. another question for the transmission experts: did the DG-200 originally have 1st gear start in Studebakers so equipped from the factory?
                            Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

                            '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

                            '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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                            • #15
                              Corvanti, mine used to start in 2nd gear as well. I lifted it and found that the linkage rod had stripped out. I unbolted the adjuster and spun it on good to the rod. Then I pulled it back to the connection pin and put the bolt back through. There were multiple rods. Not sure if that will help yours or not, but that solved my 2nd gear issues and allowed it to properly kick down a gear too when needed.
                              1950 Studebaker Champion 4 Door Sedan

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