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  • Vicstude
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    Thanks for the warm welcome and I appreciate your opinions. I have already purchased a 2003 Dakota R/T for this project but I could resell it easily if I get cold feet with the swap. I did check the badge plate and it is a 2R5-12 model with a serial number HR5-5613 and is a Canadian built unit. It has the six cylinder with a 3 speed tranny column shift and over drive. I plan to drive it around town and to shows and the farthest would be 250 klm to our cabin once and a while. A few pictures of her.

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  • pinehurstbob
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    Listen to Rich. He knows "stock" Studebakers if you decide to restore it stock.
    Bob

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  • StudeRich
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    First OFF, you need to find out WHAT you have!

    All 1949 to 1953 "R" Series Pickups have "Flathead Sixes", so that says nothing.
    Did you check the Serial Number Plate on the Left side of the Cab to be sure it IS a 2R5?
    A 2R-6 or 2R-11 would be a Commander "245" Flathead Six. Also is it a 3 Speed Manual, 3 Speed Overdrive or 4 Speed granny Low Floorshift?

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  • rockne10
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    Friend of mine restored a '56 Transtar to all original, except the paint color.
    Drove it for several years, on tours, in parades, club activities, and to his wedding.
    A couple years later he decided to drop the body on to a full size Dodge 4x4 with a Cummins 5.9.
    He had to shorten the Dodge frame and move the radiator in to the bed; but he made it work. Then sold his entire original rolling chassis for more than he had paid for the Dodge. Sold some parts off the Dodge body as well.
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    Just saying, you always have the option of doing both!

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  • Buzzard
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    Welcome Victor!
    Already in four hours you have received multiple ideas and suggestions. As Eddie, Bob and Tom stated, seeing as the engine has been rebuilt, you are already part way there. Use your Brand X for the more long distance drives (everything in Saskatchewan is a long distance, or at least seems like it) and use this one for local shows and special events. (PS: I have been to Martensville).
    FWIW, I winter in Arizona and hang out with like minded hot rodders and this year my best pal's grandson inherited a 1934 suicide door Dodge pick up built by the Graham corporation for Dodge. It is very original and rust free. And it too is powered by a flathead 6 cylinder and although a little lower in power than what we are now used to, it runs and drives remarkably well for it's age.
    Seeing as these original trucks were designed to be work trucks on the farms, and combined with the stiff gearing makes for less than pleasurable driving in this day and age. We made an adaptor and slipped in a late model Chevrolet S10 five speed which changed everything. The improved gearing makes it so driveable compared to original (not to mention fully synchronized) and can do highway speeds with no issues. The big bonus is you can hardly tell what we did. I am sure a conversion could be done with yours with little money outlay as I think we paid only $150.00 for a good used transmission. We were also able to simply adapt disc brakes on the front and swap in a Ford Explorer rear disc brake axle for cheap as well. Again much better gearing and driveability. Just some thoughts for you to ponder.
    Good luck with your new ride and don't forget to post some pics as you progress.
    Cheers,
    Bill
    Last edited by Buzzard; 04-28-2020, 10:01 AM. Reason: missed the "R"

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  • jetboat
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    Welcome, I don't get on here much but, it's your passion so follow it,I at one time was going to hot rod my 54 3R6 but could not change it, they have a story to tell and I found that the people really like there story. I own 2 original family studebakers.

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  • tsenecal
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    My vote is to keep it original as well. It is likely that you have modern vehicles for trips and daily drives. The original truck could be used for these purposes, it just won’t be as “refined”. Welcome to the forum!

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  • Commander Eddie
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    Every year we lose a few more original Studebaker cars and trucks to either a wreck, natural disaster, or modification. I watched my brother cut up and heavily modify a few over the years and it made me sad, even though I know he was just following his passion. I agree with Mike and Bob above. If it the truck were too far gone to save any other way then save what you can and modify the rest. If the truck is all there in it's original state and can be put back on the road without doing anything other than maintenance or a restoration then I would leave it original. They are lovely machines and are a joy to drive just as they are.

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  • pinehurstbob
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    They are only original once and resto-mods have limited resale appeal. If you plan on keeping it and putting lots of miles on it, then the Dakota route will make it a more comfortable cruising machine. Your truck, your money, your choice. And by the way , WELCOME to the "Studebaker world" as I see this is your firs post.
    Bob

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  • ChampCouple
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    It's just my opinion, but if the truck is pretty complete, and in good shape, I'd keep it original, sounds like a diamond in the rough. Maintenance would be fairly basic over the life of the pickup, versus trying to match a new frame, new engine, new transmission, brakes...… etc. Though parts for the Dakota much easier to get. If you do go the Dakota route, somebody would probably dearly love to have that frame and running gear for a project. My Champ pickup has a Jeep front end..... its a cobbled mess. Wish it had been original when I got it. So, my point is, if you're going to keep the pickup long term, do what you like, but if in a few years, you move on from it, I doubt anyone will take it back to original once with the Dakota frame, so it would be a Dakota frame Studebaker probably for life. Anyway, just my thoughts.

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  • Vicstude
    started a topic New guy here from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    New guy here from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

    Hi just wanting to introduce myself to the group. First off I just bought a 53 2R5 and It was in a barn for the last 30 years. The truck is in very good shape and all there. The engine was rebuilt 30 years ago but was never run. I am torn between keeping it original or placing it on a suitable donor truck ie Dodge Dakota frame/engine. The engine is the flathead 6 cylinder. Your thoughts please.
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