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    What color is engine supposed to be in 58 champion? I bought a 2 dr, and a 4 dr, and both have red engines.I thought they are supposed to be silver? Thanks for any help.Rick.

  • #2
    You've got a WHAT??? Tell me more about that 2 door!!! As the plate on my '57 Commander 2 door used to say- '1 OF A FEW'...
    I only can think of about two of those '58 2 door Champions I'm aware of!!!

    It's block ought to be 'silver-grey', with silver-grey or black fans and oil pans...
    as per the Turning Wheels article in August 1991. I wonder what motors are in those cars now?

    StudeDave [8D]
    V/P San Diego County SDC
    San Diego, Ca

    '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
    '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
    '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
    '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
    '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
    '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
    StudeDave '57
    US Navy (retired)

    3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
    SDC Member since 1985

    past President
    Whatcom County Chapter SDC
    San Diego Chapter SDC

    past Vice President
    San Diego Chapter SDC
    North Florida Chapter SDC


    • #3
      Dave, I guess you saw that nice original one on eBay a few months back. [?] That was one SWEET little car!
      We have a '56 Two door Champ, ya know. Not NEARLY as cool as a '58. Actually, I like the '56 styling better. One of the dream cars on the list is a '56 Prez convertible.

      ('56 Prez two door + '60-62 ragtop = [8D]
      BTW, Stephen Cade has both in his boneyard. [:0])

      He thinks I'm crazy for an idea like that, but he later stated that it wouldn't look too bad.


      • #4
        Matthew, I think you would need a 59-60 ragtop (did they make them in '59?) because the 61-62 cowl is different enough things wouldn't line up quite right, and you wouldn't be able to bolt the hood on. also you'd have to weld the x-member into the '56 frame, and also weld the '56 inner fenders and trunk into the ragtop body shell.


        55 Commander Starlight
        55 Commander Starlight


        • #5
          No '59 ragtops,N8. But this a project I'd dreamed about over the years - a 57 or 58 ragtop built from a 2-dr and a 60 ragtop.

          Miscreant adrift in
          the BerStuda Triangle!!

          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe
          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


          • #6
            I like this forum. It encourages me to see there are some guys like you guys who have been "bitten by the Stude bug" far worse than I have.

            Hey, 58Stude, are those red engines still the Champion flathead sixes that came in those cars? Not that I want to repaint any parts, but I'm curious to see some photos.

            Here's mine:

            [img=left][/img=left] - DilloCrafter

            1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
            The Red-Headed Amazon
            Deep in the heart of Texas

            Paul Simpson

            1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
            The Red-Headed Amazon
            Deep in the heart of Texas


            • #7
              Thanks for the info. The 2 dr I bought has been sitting since
              1969. I bought it from original owners grandson and was
              told car was completley original. I have both engines out
              and am doing a rebuild.

              Thanks, Rick.