yikes...too many projects

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by kellymac530, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. kellymac530

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  2. JonnyCash

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    A worthy project! My father and grandfather were always big on Studebakers, and a 62 Champ pickup was what I learned to drive on. I bet no one else here anywhere near my age, 39, can say that. PLEASE do post pictures of your progress.
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    Dude! That is Sweet! A Studey 1 Ton? A lot of cool possibilities there.:clap


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  4. diggersrule

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    now that is a cool project! want me to make you a flat bed. [​IMG] plans?
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  5. wirewrkr

    wirewrkr the thread-killer

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    VERY cool.
    My dad was also big on Studebakers.
    He loved them so much, he bought a new one in 48 or so and had it shipped to the motor pool in Berlin, Germany, where he was the officer in command.
    He said the Germans loved the car. Especially the Frauleins.
    Now you just have to make it a trike................
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  6. villageidiot

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    I'm 28, my first car was a 1959 studebaker lark, 2 door hardtop, flathead straight 6, 3 speed on the column, with borg warner manual overdrive. the am radio worked still, that was in 2000
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  7. kellymac530

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    I am gonna go with a cool old style flat bed with low stake side gates maybe 18" tall and I am gonna make the come off and slip together to make an 8' long 36" wide ramp for loading my bike projects...:wink:

    Leaving in the stock stude stick shift manual trans and v8 motor {unless it is trashed} and leaving it all weathered looking.
    I will clean up the minor body cancer but I am leaving the old patina. Just gonna make it a cool old ranch style shop truck I think
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  8. disston

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    You got a really good deal too. I bet you could put that on the road for much less money than most people think. I would. Something like that I'd like to see not restored. Fix the rust and drive it. Of course that's just me. Bet the engine works. Change the oil, new 6 volt, fresh gas. Maybe a few other things, maybe.
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    Never too many projects.. :evil
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  10. diggersrule

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    you know you could probably sneek a ramp under the bed just like the moving trucks,where it slides out the back and in then when done.I think that might be slick.did I mention Im jealous BIG TIME.

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  11. kellymac530

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    Digger,
    that is a great idea. I have had a few different ideas on the bed. I just wanna get it home and start looking at what I got and taking a few measurements like wheelbase and suspension and what not then I will start drawing up some ideas. I may ask for some input from some of you officianados of the old school so I can make it old's cool. :wink:
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  12. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    ...being SoCal and Olds Cool, well you know what to do...don't paint it.
    nice

    I know where there's a Stude Champion out here...just sitting.
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  13. diggersrule

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    this is gunna be a cool project[​IMG]you could make the bed how want you it and patina the bed by priming it, then paint a color similer to a primer color but not a primer the reason for this so it is sealed up,primer alone will soak up water. then paint the outer color of choice.lightly sand through to the middle paint in spots that would look naturally worn through, top of the bed sides,corners wherever. then some good old barn wood for the stakes and floor.hope this helps.the ramp could slide in between the bed and truck frames. pull one pin and slide the ramp straight back and load the bike,slide it back in and go:clap
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  14. jbcaddy

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    go take a look at the ramps on Uhaul and Ryder rentals. they slide out and have linkage that lets them swing up to match the bed height. you might check for a truck bed shop in your area. I bought a box for storage that was an ex-Ryder rental. it came with the ramp. you may be able to find one complete, but they torched off the one I got which ruined the linkage.
    I have a '47 Stude truck sitting out under my apple trees. Gotta finish the house first, then it will have a higher priority. good luck with yours. Jan
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  15. sh0rtlife

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    the fact that its a 1ton plus...to me...makes it twice as cool as any other old truck instantly....asuming you KEEP IT THAT WAY...the fact its a stoody is wicked as you just dont see them in 1ton +
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    sh0rty, I feel the same way. Stude's came as big as 2 1/2 ton for both commercial and military applications but you rarely ever see a big one on the road. I am planning on keeping it a heavy duty model. I may not keep that old style split center rear end simply because of parts and rebuild ability of it. I doubt I will use the stock spring packs cause they look trashed, but I will replace what I have to with 1 ton type components. I wish I could find a rear axle with that huge 6 bolt lug pattern. Not sure if that is a reality tho.

    I seem to remember some of the old Grumman trucks like UPS vehichles were a large 6 bolt pattern, maybe I can find something for one of those I can adapt. I will try to see if that stock rear end is useable first, but I have my concerns with most of the components...I will try to keep it true to its origins but not likely all original Stude stuff.
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    When I was 14 I drove a 1947 Studebaker Truck (not this one) hauling grain for the local elevator. If I remember (I also drove a early International) it had a windshield crank and you could crank open the bottom of the windshield for ventilation.
    An unsynchronized gear box made for some pretty fancy clutch work to catch the gears. I got really good at it and seldom "ground" a gear. I think it had a flathead 6. Those old flatheads were bullet proof. I remember the oil pressure would sit at 6-7 lbs. when the engine was hot at idle. With the 2 speed rear axle in High, she would easily run 45 mph with a load of grain. Stopping quickly was a real white knuckle experience.
    I could barely see over the steering wheel.
    I made a whopping $2.00 an hour which was damn good for 1970.
    Paid for my 1967 Camaro SS350 that summer.

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  18. sh0rtlife

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    to be honest as much as i love my hondas..my real tallents lay in vintage iron fabrication...i "had" a 47 for 1 1/2 ton..aka 6 ton axles..i stilll have the axle and intend to build a rat around them useing a willys pu body stretched and chopped to hell and back

    your right about some of the old grumans and such....im not entirely sure youle find anything in the right pattern but honestly if you could get both the FRONT and REAR from a 80s or 90s gruman your going to gain better brakes and keep the look as the grumans had an i beam upfront maybe even disc's?......and since your doing the spring packs.....just seems to make sense to me......depending on what you do for an engine...gearing may be your only real fight...
    .im no purist but depending on what its got in it id likely run that engine or if your going to change it...do yourself a favor and pick something somewhat unique......IE dont just go chevy 350 350 ..ugh so sick of that crap its played out and BORING they all sound and look the same...personaly if i was to change the engine id likely go with a IH diesel or older IH inline for that application...actualy i wonder what a grumans got under the hood...hmmmm

    speaking of IH..some of there smaller big trucks (uhaul/ryder)would also do for keeping a large pattern and i beam but going mildly updated..so would some of the 70s and 80s ford uhauls....also the gmc topkicks tho i think they had a 8 lug instead...and imo once you drop the lugnut size it looks like its a 3/4 ton with big wheels
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    I picked up an Isuzu NPR to remotor my '47. 235 c.i. 4 cyl diesel w/5spd. the '47 has a flathead six and there isn't much room in the engine compartment. I plan on using the axels also. disc brake front on an I beam. still have not figured out the steering, as the Suzy is cabover and the steering shaft is near verticle out of the box. lots of small trucks are out there rather cheap as the new smog rules mean they are no longer compliant. our old trucks don't have to worry about that so far:clap
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  20. sh0rtlife

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    id be willing to bet in that case you could use your old stock box...or even go with a dodge/chevy 4x4 powersteering box..the 70s 80s and early 90s were shared dodge and chev...good solid unit with plenty of power to turn a set of 35s
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