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Old 04-14-2020, 06:48 AM   #1
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Any studebaker experts on the fordbarn or know of were i could look for information?

Question is about a 1939 studebaker champion coupe.
The car has floor rot and i located a 1941 studebaker champion 4 door as a possible donor body to fix the coupe.
Not having much luck finding information.
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:03 AM   #2
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I have a 1939 2 door sdn. but I am no expert.
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:07 AM   #3
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Have you tried the Studebaker Drivers Club?

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/index.asp
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I have had a passing fancy with the Studebaker cars/trucks since I was about 12. In 1946 my father had a friend that had a 37 Studebaker President, can clearly remember speeding down a highway and the odometer was on the high side of 100 mph.
Had a neighbor when I was a teenager, Paul and his wife had no kids, they took me under their wing when I was a troubled teen, thinking my parents were out of touch with the modern world.
Paul had driven Studebaker's since the 1920's, Paul liked to drive fast, and I liked that. My wife to be had a '46 Stude Champion coupe when I met her in '54, the engine had blown up so I put a new engine in the '46 for her.

The '46 and '39's were basically the same car. I would think that the floor pan, etc., would be very similar, cpe to sdn. I have a very nice book on the Stubebaker's, 1933-42, lots of great pic's, not much text.
I had a cousin who just passed away, two weeks ago, Kent lived and breathed Studebaker's. If it would be any help I can contact his son and see if he has any manuals, etc., on the Studebaker's.

Almost forgot, I have a '42 Skyway 4dr sdn, nice un-molested car that someone took the engine/trans out of before I bought it.
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Old 04-14-2020, 02:10 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. The 39 coupe is pretty complete and stock but the front floors are bad from a leaky shed roof and raccoons but the rest is decent besides the tool tray(just like a 40 ford, rot)
The over shape of the tail pan looks close to a 37 chevy so i might be able to buy one for a chevy amd slice and dice.
Found a decent 41 4dr. Thats half apart and solid. Hoping that i could use the floor out of it.
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Old 04-14-2020, 04:24 PM   #6
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Off track by a mile, but the only non-Ford product I have ever owned was a '53 Commander coupe. If I had the room, I'd love to have a '63 Avanti.
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You surprise me Dave. The one I have I bought it to resale but it drives so nice. Also has Overdrive.
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Old 04-14-2020, 07:43 PM   #8
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I’ve worked on a few Studebakers.
The 259 and 289 V8 engines were designed by the same guy that did the Cadillac engines. That is why they look so simillar. I rebuilt a 289 super charged 63 Avanti back in 89 and a 289 Hawk in about ‘95.
When Packard joined Studebaker they started putting Packard engines in some of the Hawks . But they got broken frames because the engines were so heavy. They cured that problem by using Studebaker engines with McCullah superchargers. more power, lighter weight.
When they quit making Studebakers in the U.S. the Canadians went on one more year with Chevrolet 283 and the Chevy 6 engines. The small one for Chevy 2. Maybe 196.
I had a customer with a 1950. I think it was a Commander. It had 52 grease fittings.
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:01 PM   #9
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The Chevy 194 was used in the ‘67 Studebaker along with the 283 Chev engines the final year in Canada which I’m sure was 1967. The U.S. was 1966.
In ‘05 Studebaker made electric cars. A friend of mine has a running one.
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The Chevy 194 was used in the 67 Studebaker along with the 283 Chev engines the final year in Canada which Im sure was 1967. The U.S. was 1966.
In 05 Studebaker made electric cars. A friend of mine has a running one.
Is that 1905 or 2005?
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Old 04-14-2020, 08:50 PM   #11
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1905. It looks a lot like a 1904 Ford.
When I saw it last 4th of July I was so excited I forgot to get a few pictures of it.
I’ll take some this coming July, unless he buys something more rare and exotic.
My friends who have modern electric cars hate to hear about it.
They all want the world to think they personally have the worlds first electric cars.
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In 1966 I went to work in San Francisco at the MG, Jag, Rolls Royce, etc. dealer.
At Christmas time I heard a Jag mechanic say to the machines,”louie, we’ve been shaken hands at Christmas time for 46 years.
The building was once a Studebaker wagon factory.
The guys both started there as manure pitchers to keep the service entrance clean as well as the three factory floors above.
As the wagon factory closed and the building went on to be a Buick dealer, and a Chrysler dealer and finally a British car distributor they both stayed on and became technicians for those cars. Louie was an excellent Jaguar transmission mechanic and Henry a machinist.
The place was a Dodge dealer, last I checked. I stay out of scum towns these days.
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I have a soft spot for so called orphan cars. Have a '49 Nash 2 door. Been in the family since I was maybe 6 years old. The beauty of it is it's ugliness. Gramps had a 57 Studebaker Hawk I can remember riding in as a little kid. I still keep my eye out for one like it. Not too many left. Styling wise among many of my favorite prewar cars are the 33 Ford 3 window coupe and the 33 Nash. On topic, you can also contact the Nash Car Club of America (NCCA) as they also interface with Orphan car clubs including Studebaker. Certainly someone can point you in the right direction.
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I once owned an 1886 Studebaker. Seriously! I sold it years ago at a swap meet here in NZ....
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It was a saddle! Genuine leather. Stamped into it was Studebaker 1886
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Tom, you are dead wrong. That 49 Nash is a lovely car. I have ‘48 Nash Ambassador. It is shaped a lot like a ‘48 Ford or Mercury. It has a Ford 300 6 cylinder with a van or pickup column shift all synchro 3 speed with a 3.08:1 rear end. I also have ‘29 Nash landau sedan. It looks a lot like a big model A. It has a 2 liter Pinto engine, transmission driveshaft n rear end with 18 inch model B wheels. It’s geared too fast, gotta run in 3rd a lot.
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Tom, you are dead wrong. That 49 Nash is a lovely car.

I love my 49 Nash. My brother does not. It's like eating an oyster, You either like it or not. No in between. Off topic for the Ford Barn site but Nash built some really nice and innovative cars. As stated earlier I really like the styling of the 33 Nash.
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Any studebaker experts on the fordbarn or know of were i could look for information?

Question is about a 1939 studebaker champion coupe.
The car has floor rot and i located a 1941 studebaker champion 4 door as a possible donor body to fix the coupe.
Not having much luck finding information.



There is a guy here in Minnesota that buys and sells Stude parts nationwide. Maybe he could help.


Henry at: 651-426-1610 gudim2008@gmail.com
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There is a guy here in Minnesota that buys and sells Stude parts nationwide. Maybe he could help.


Henry at: 651-426-1610 gudim2008@gmail.com
Thanks for the information. Ill check into it
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I always liked the 1941 Skyway Commander.
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