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    I purchased a 1955 studebaker commander C coupe and the seller told it was a 259 V8. The serial# 8846400, Motor# VL3665. The second 6 looks it is stamped over a 7 OR the 7 is stamped over the 6. It has a 3 speed on the colunm shift transmission. THe motor has a 4 barrel carb and dual exhausts. Does this car have the proper engine and is it a Bearcat, Passmaster, OR Wildcat? I love this STRONG SOUNDING AND GREAT DRIVING CAR but would like to know "Is this the correct engine for this year of make and WHAT IS IT?" THANK YOU STUDE EXPERTS" for the answer. Bernie K.

  • #2
    VL 3665 would be a '55 Commander 259 from the Los Angles plant...

    http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/V8EngineID.asp

    No such thing as a "Wildcat"

    The Bearcat was a 2 barrel 259. The Passmaster was a 4 barrel 259.

    To know if it is the motor that was delivered with the car you can order the original production order from the Studebaker National Museum.



    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      Welcome to the Forum.
      Here's the Museum page for production orders.

      http://www.studebakermuseum.org/cart...ory.asp?cid=55
      "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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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

        VL 3665 would be a '55 Commander 259 from the Los Angles plant...

        No such thing as a "Wildcat"

        The Bearcat was a 2 barrel 259. The Passmaster was a 4 barrel 259.



        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA
        The Wildcat appellation was applied to the 4 barrel 259 used in the late 1955 Commanders. It differed from the President's Passmaster 259 only by having 10 less horsepower, I believe due to a slightly lower compression ratio. LH

        Straight from the horse's mouth
        Whirling dervish of misinformation.

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by Lark Hunter


          The Wildcat appellation was applied to the 4 barrel 259 used in the late 1955 Commanders. It differed from the President's Passmaster 259 only by having 10 less horsepower, I believe due to a slightly lower compression ratio. LH

          Thanks, LH. I didn't know that.



          Dick Steinkamp
          Bellingham, WA

          Dick Steinkamp
          Bellingham, WA

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          • #6
            I have never heard of a wildcat except with the Buick, I have never seen a decal for one either..Bob

            Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

            Castro Valley, CA
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            • #7
              Merry Christmas, Bob. I'll think of all you California Studebaker savers when I'm flying over you headed for Acapulco. I often envision myself on the costera in my 55 Commander. Maybe someday.....
              Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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              • #8
                Bob,
                Hit Stude Interational's site, and plunk in 1-103 in the part number search box. Should bring one up. LH

                Straight from the horse's mouth
                Whirling dervish of misinformation.

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                • #9
                  Hey Bernie, welcome to the forum - you'll get lots of great info here. We'd love to see pictures of your car, please post some so we can admire...



                  Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
                  '51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by vegas paul

                    Hey Bernie, welcome to the forum - you'll get lots of great info here. We'd love to see pictures of your car, please post some so we can admire...



                    Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
                    '51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by Bernie Kruppa

                      quote:Originally posted by vegas paul

                      Hey Bernie, welcome to the forum - you'll get lots of great info here. We'd love to see pictures of your car, please post some so we can admire...



                      Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
                      '51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

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