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Anyone install a pre-1956 bed on a Champ pickup?

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  • Body: Anyone install a pre-1956 bed on a Champ pickup?

    I may be buying a shortbed from a 1951 Studebaker from a friend, and am wondering what it would take to make it work on a Champ.
    Will original width tires clear the fenders or would it require a different wheel backspacing to locate the tires inward for fender clearance?

    Thank you,
    Brent
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    In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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    It's the same frame through 62. 63/64 Changes were made to steering, brakes, front springs. Other than dat I thinks it's da same. Not that much to mounting, you'd think there'd be more but not.
    Kim

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    • #3
      Keep in mind: the 51 bed is narrower than the post 55(?) beds.
      KURTRUK
      (read it backwards)




      Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong. -A. Lincoln

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      • #4
        Brent being the frames are the same I would think the only issue you may run into are some frame mounts.

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        • #5
          Thoughts:
          Which model Champ? The 1/2t and 3/4t are slightly different.
          Are the wheels and tires original widths?
          Same but different; I installed a Champ 3/4t Dana 60 under my '55E12. So in that instance, the wider rear axle fit under the narrow bed. The original Timken rear axle was slightly narrower than the front axle and the Dana 60 is wider than the front tread.

          jack vines
          PackardV8

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          • #6
            The difference in half-ton rear tread (which I believe is the distance between the center lines of the tires) is only a bit more than an inch. 59 9/16" on the 49-55 and 60 13/16" on the 56 and later.
            Skip Lackie

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            • #7
              I'll bet it'll look gooooood on there.

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