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  • Rear axle Shaft (same content as in General forum)

    Howdy,
    our Champion is starting to make a sound we have been dreading, a horrid grinding from the passenger rear wheel. Apparently a past owner used an incorrect nut and stripped the threading on the end of the axle shaft, and now the hub gets pushed in too far, and also the keyway in the shaft is damaged. If you have a spare (or ideally a pair of) rear axle shafts for a 1950 champion, Part number 521594 please contact us. I have checked Studebaker international, SASCO, and a few other places but none listed it in their current inventory. A local mechanic (and studebaker owner) had wrapped the old shaft with a layer of metal and then rethreaded it as a temporary solution, but as previously stated it has worn out.
    We are in the houston area, so if you are far away we would just take the shafts, and related items such as keys, nuts etc. due to shipping, but if you are close, other parts would be welcome.

    Thanks, and please let us know if you have any ideas or parts, we are willing to pay a decent price as the car isn't roadworthy without them.


    Spence Gaskin

  • #2
    I can have a look. Our local chapter has a number of parts cars. If you can check and see what year range used the same axles, that would help a lot. Don't think we have any '50 parts cars, but there might be a '47 - '49 Champion hulk there.

    Update: I had a look today, and no dice. No Champion axles either. Still, they shouldn't be that hard to come by. Studebaker made a LOT of cars in 1950.

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

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    • #3
      Check with Dennis Dupont of Derry, NH. (603-434-9290) He bought a bunch of late 40's early 50's NOS parts, which I believe included 30+/- axle shafts, from Bill Cathcart a couple years ago.

      Dan Peterson
      Montpelier, VT
      1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
      1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)
      1962 Lark V-8 Regal Convertible
      Dan Peterson
      Montpelier, VT
      1960 Lark V-8 Convertible
      1960 Lark V-8 Convertible (parts car)

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      • #4
        You also should consider changing to flanged alloy axles. They are safer than the tapered
        axles and are available from Fairborn Studebaker , (937)878-1576. I plan to put them in my
        50 Starlight. They are more expensive, I think, than used tapered ones , but would not have been weakened by age and metal fatique. Also, brake drums are then a cinch to remove. They may come with new bearings and races, which you should change anyway giving the "grinding" you speak of.

        ...Dick
        The 1950 Champion Starlight
        Santa Barbara
        CA

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        • #5
          Are flanged axles available for Champions? I thought they where only made for the 44 rearends.[?]

          1952 Champion Starlight since October,1971. 1962 Daytona
          since May, 2007.
          "In the heart of Arkansas."
          Searcy, Arkansas
          1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
          1952 2R pickup

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by 52-fan

            Are flanged axles available for Champions? I thought they where only
            Studebaker 44's are 19 spline. 27's are 10 spline. The Fairborn axles are 19 spline. You may be able to use the Fairborn axles in a 27 if you switch out the bevel gears in the carrier (or switch out the whole carrier...they look the same to me otherwise).

            Also, I believe SASCO still has NOS flanged 27 rear ends in inventory.



            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              52-fan,
              A fair question. I'll look into it. I assumed they will adapt to the Spicer Differential
              since I was shown a flanged axle by a friend who planned to install it in this
              50 Champion business coupe.
              ...Dick
              The 1950 Champion Starlight
              Santa Barbara
              CA

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by starlightchamp

                52-fan,
                A fair question. I'll look into it. I assumed they will adapt to the Spicer Differential
                since I was shown a flanged axle by a friend who planned to install it in this
                50 Champion business coupe.
                ...Dick
                A '50 Champ, with the four-stud axles may well have a Model 23 rear axle. Do check before ordering the flanged axles from Fairborn.

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

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                • #9
                  A guy near houston has a 1947 champion rear end available, would this work? I know the 1951 and later axles don't work, but will ones from previous years fit?

                  Spence Gaskin

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                  • #10
                    Well we finally got it running again,
                    Fairborn didn't have a flanged axle for that model but thought they had a nos replacement. It turned out they didn't, but we picked up a used axle from a local Studebaker guy which was in better shape than ours, but it needed to be taken to a local automotive machine shop to have the threads cleaned up.
                    Great to be back on the road!

                    Spence Gaskin

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                    • #11
                      a little late to the party, but you did check the hub for cracks, yes? your comment about the hub going on too far worried me a little.

                      nate

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