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  • Parting out a '56 Commander sedan.

    On the return leg of my trip to the International, I stopped off in Wawota, Saskatchewan to pick up this gem of a '56 Commander 4 door parts car. It's W4 trim level.

    Here's the "good" side:

    Here's the "not so good" side:

    Here's a mess of stainless trim:

    Here's the right front spring pocket, showing the sort of crack that can occur if a Studebaker is beat to death on rough roads:

    Here's the car with the engine and transmission removed. Afew more parts out, and it's ready to be melted down and made into Kias:

    It may have been a complete wreck, but it yielded up a 259 engine, presumably stuck; a T86 overdrive transmission and all the overdrive components, a Saginaw steering box, repairable front and rear bumpers and about 2/3 of the stainless mouldings, and a model 44 rear axle with 3.92 gears in it. Front brake drums are deeply grooved, and are probably toast. None of the major body parts are worth keeping, and none of the interior. I might save the the dash and speedometer. The radio delete plate has bullet holes in it, as does the radiator. Once I get the few remaining parts off it, it goes back on the trailer for its last road trip.

    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
    Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

  • #2
    Geese Gord, how many hits can the side of one car get?
    It looks like it was hit in front with another car or two, and spun around and hit a tree with the rear quarter! [:0] [B)] Maybe it was a Circle 8 Derby car. [xx(]

    StudeRich
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      I bet it sat in a feild against a fence for a while and things such as wagons and tractors ran into it for years. Just remember it RAN WHEN IT WAS PARKED!!!!!

      1956 Studebaker Pelham Wagon Houston, Texas
      Remember, \"When all is said and done. More is always said then ever done.\"

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      • #4
        What does the dash panel on the passenger side where the clock goes look like?


        7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2

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        • #5
          Aw - that'll buff right out...

          Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
          In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
          If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by ST2DE5

            What does the dash panel on the passenger side where the clock goes look like?


            7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2
            The clock block-off unit had the glass broken, and like the dash panel itself, the checkerboard-finished metal is quite rusty. I never bothered removing it, although I did remove the instrument cluster.

            If you want it, I'll take it out before the car goes to the big garage in the sky, which is scheduled to happen tomorrow.

            Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
            Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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            • #7
              I have a rusty checker board. I am looking for a nice one. Thanks anyway Just thought I would check.


              7G-Q1 49 2R12 10G-F5 56B-D4 56B-F2

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