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    Work continues on my 1963 Champ Pickup conversion to a 700R4 automatic transmission. Because of my prosthetic left leg, thing go slowly.

    I am using a Studebaker automatic gear shift steering column. The old Flight-o-matic indicator needs to be replaced with one that will show the overdrive and other gears. I need an indicator that will fit the old chrome frame. I've checked with Bowtie Overdrives, they come close but still no cigar. Any suggestions, ideas, etc?

    Also, I recall at the Spokane International Meet, someone was selling brackets to mount an alternator in place of the generator. Can't remember who. Any help in getting in touch with that vendor?

    Laisez le bon temps roulez avec un Studebaker
    Laisez le bon temps roulez avec un Studebaker

  • #2

    IDIDIT Street Rod parts store in Tecumseh, Mi. might have something you could mount in place of your original, with out haveing to change out your "PNDLR" indicator. Flaming River is another maker and vendor of colums and components. I'm sure you can find both online. The "PRNDL" is sold separate.If you can't find them, email me and I'll look in one my rod mags. It'll only entail drilling 2 mounting holes for the "PRNDL". You can use an alternator mount from a 63/64 Baker V8, and elongate the bracket mounting holes to line up pullies. You'll also have to cut and fit a piece of tubing for this mount, as the alt. tabs on the GM alt are closer together. The Prestolite tabs mount outside the bracket, GM will mount inside or one tab out and one tab in. Now that's for a Studebaker engine.
    For the sbc there are countless vendors for alt., A/C compressor mounts, and power steering pumps. I've used "Bob Grove" brackets, not a complicated serptine system but a simple easy to install v-belt system.
    With either engine, I'd use a one wire alternator and run it through a volt meter, VM goes inline in the 10 gauge wire from the selinoid to Ign.not an amp gauge or light.
    I may have misinterpreted your engine application,so I hope there's enough info to cover both applications and help you to achieve a positive conclusion. I hope your keeping the Stude 8.
    Thanks for letting me share,


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      Riverside, Ca.
      1957 Provincial X2
      1958 Transtar


      • #4
        Cut a clear piece of plastic to fit the indicator housing and ingrave it to match your shift pattern. You will have to play with angles, lengths of lickage, and bell crank to make it work.

        55 Speedster
        42 Champ Coupe
        55 Speedster/Street Machine
        63 Avanti R2
        64 Convertible R1


        • #5
          Another make to look at is International Harvester...late 70's, on their Scouts, Pick-um-ups, and the Travelalls. Hope this helps,
          Dan Miller

          Road Racers turn left AND right.