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259 cu.--how many quarts?

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    New Stude owner here, thrilled to have found this forum. I've got some real amateur questions as this is my first Stude, so bear with me. I just picked up a '50 2R truck that has had a 259 Sweepstakes V-8 put it. Can anyone tell me what the oil capacity of this thing is? I'm also looking to do a basic tune-up on it, anyone have any suggestions on plugs/points/cap/rotor/etc.? Any good places online to buy this stuff? I'm also looking for a tailgate, inner door "access" panels and outer door handles if anyone happens to have these for sale, or can recommend a source for these. Thanks in advance to anyone that can help me out and lead me in the right direction!


  • #2
    5 quarts, 6 with filter. Join the Studebaker Drivers Club and you find dozens of parts vendors in the monthly magazine, Here's two of the biggest vendors:


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    • #3
      There is a truck tailgate for sale right now on eBay. Keep in mind when looking for one, that the bed (and tailgate) widths from 49-55 were 48 1/2 inches. The width went to 51 1/2 inches in 1956, even though the tailgate and bed still appeared generally the same (but would not fit your truck).

      1955 1/2 Ton Pickup

      Paul Simpson

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


      • #4
        Thanks for the info guys-it is much appreciated. I never would've thought there was so much available out there for this truck. May look into that tailgate, too...

        Anyone else want to chime in with any info?



        • #5
          Quickly, join SDC.

          Contact the aforementioned vendors. Get yourself the reprints of the body and chassis catologs and a shop manual if you plan on doing as much as you can yourself.

          SDC's monthly Turning Wheels magazine will put you in touch with many more vendors. Whenever you can, support the people who are helping us keep these vehicles on the road.

          Contact your local SDC Chapter. Folks you meet there will be a great resource for finding things and getting things done in your area. And you'll also build some lasting friendships.

          What's your location?
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          Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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          • #6
            @ rockne 10-
            Thanks for your input. I'm in Central California, very near Santa Cruz/Monterey area.


            • #7
              Hi, The 1956 year brought on the sweepstakes engine. You should have 6- Imperial Quarts, as this should be the large sump pan that was first to come on the Stude V8. Tom.