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  • 1951 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe (My First Studebaker)

    Though I am only 18, I have been wheeling n' dealing since I was about 15, and have bought/sold many vehicles.

    I am really excited about my latest purchase:

    It has a 170 I6 and an Automatic Drive.

    The body is super solid for the rust belt, and doesn't look too bad despite having been painted with a brush and tractor paint (probably some time in the 70s).

    It's totally complete, and though it sat in a barn since the mid 80s.

    Anyways, I am now in the process getting this thing running and on the road after 35 years (Not my first forte into getting shitty old cars running).

  • #2
    looks really solid...is the engine frozen? the 73/74 square body looks really solid too...is it yours? cheers, junior
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    1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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    • #3
      Nice looking car. Champions are not very powerful, but they will get you where you want to go. I drove a 52 Champion Starlight all over the country for many years.
      "In the heart of Arkansas."
      Searcy, Arkansas
      1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
      1952 2R pickup

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      • #4
        Originally posted by junior View Post
        looks really solid...is the engine frozen? the 73/74 square body looks really solid too...is it yours? cheers, junior
        No, it turns freely.

        In factInit is very close to running, as the gas tank was drained before storage and I was able to get the fuel system working.

        I also refurbished the points/changed the coil.

        I even "rebuilt" the carburetor (cleaned it an replaced the rotted leather accelerator pump with part of one off if a Rochester Monojet)

        I was so close to getting it started, but the starter just didn't spin fast enough, so I'm having it rebuilt right now at a local shop.

        Adding that photo of the square body was an accident, but it happena to be my daily driver.

        A 1974 GMC C1500 with a 250 i6 and a 3 on the tree. It may look solid, but it took a lot of welding to get it that way
        https://www.gmsquarebody.com/threads...erve-it.29533/
        Though the original craigslist photos would lead you to believe that this truck is pretty solid, that was a lie (at lest when it comes to the body)....

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jjester6000 View Post
          ... the starter just didn't spin fast enough,
          Remember also, this is a six-volt positive ground system. If the battery cable to the solenoid, or solenoid to the starter have been replaced with a smaller gauge the starter won't get the amps it requires.
          A six-volt system is very dependable, as long as connections and grounds are clean.

          "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          '33 Rockne 10,
          '51 Commander Starlight,
          '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
          '56 Sky Hawk

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
            Remember also, this is a six-volt positive ground system. If the battery cable to the solenoid, or solenoid to the starter have been replaced with a smaller gauge the starter won't get the amps it requires.
            A six-volt system is very dependable, as long as connections and grounds are clean.
            Yea, I know, this is not my first time working on a 6v positive ground system.

            I've worked on a few old tractors in the past.

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            • #7
              While waiting for the starter to get rebuilt, I decided to try and fix up a few other things:

              I refurbished the carburetor using a couple homemade gaskets and a modified a accelerator pump from a Rochester Monojet.

              I also cleaned all the dead mice and junk out of the interior, and found that the floors are not the slightest bit rusty.

              The last thing I did was buff the horrible paint with some boiled linseed oil to see how much it would shine up (I think it was painted with a brush).

              I surprised on how presentable it looks now, but I eventually want to try to sand it down and restore the original paint (I like that shined up patina Look).

              Anyways, I hope to have this thing on the road before my high school graduation so I can drive it away from that.

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              • #8
                Quite a bit has happended since I last posted on this thread, but that is all covered in my other posts on other threads. Anyways, I have this thing running/driving.
                (here's a video of the first drive)
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                Unfortunately, it ran absolutely horrible, as if it had a couple of stuck valves, so I pulled the head.
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                Probably due to accidently running some 35 year old gas through the fuel system. (There was so much sludge at the bottom of the tank, that nothing came out when I pulled the drain plug, so I thought the tank was empty.) it seemed that a couple of valves weren't shutting all the way.
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                I cleaned up the head with a wire wheel and painted it, then cleaned up the block and the valve seats.
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                Now I am waiting on a head gasket, as well as some starter parts.
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                I am hoping to take it to a cruise in this weekend, and am now getting ready do a bit of touch up work to the 40 year old tractor paint while waiting for the parts.
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                • #9
                  I just took it to the tire shop, first real drive in 35 years.
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                  I also did a bit of touch up with some color match tractor paint.
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                  • #10
                    I just wiped it down with some boiled linseed oil, and she is looking nice (especially with the tires)
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                    • #11
                      Those wide white walls look great! What size/brand did you use? Radial or Bias ply?
                      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
                      56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                      60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                      • #12
                        Jack,
                        You are doing a good job on your Champion. You obviously know what you are doing. I am impressed. And thank you for putting another one of these fine automobiles back on the road. I will continue to follow your progress with great interest. My dad's first Studebaker was a 1951 Champion Starlite Coupe like yours. I have a photo of it.
                        Ed Sallia
                        Dundee, OR

                        Sol Lucet Omnibus

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                        • #13
                          I am impressed with your progress.
                          "In the heart of Arkansas."
                          Searcy, Arkansas
                          1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                          1952 2R pickup

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                          • #14
                            Fantastic!

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