Studebaker US6 "Frozen In Time" (Engine Overhaul)
In the summer of 2009 this 1945 Studebaker US6 was brought back to life and
driven 75 miles back to civilization after being abandoned in the remote
Alaskan wilderness and "frozen in time" for two decades. Now in June 2013
the old war horse is getting some much needed TLC and a new lease on life.
This truck was built on May 23, 1945 -the day Himmler commits suicide.
1940 Studebaker Champion Introduction
The Studebaker Champion is an automobile which was produced by the
Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana from the beginning of the
1939 model year until 1958.
The success of the Champion in 1939 was imperative to Studebaker's survival
following weak sales during the 1938 model year. Unlike most other cars,
the Champion was designed from a "clean sheet", and had no restrictions
caused by necessarily utilizing older parts or requiring the subsequent use
of its components in heavier vehicles. Market research guided the selection
of features, but a key principle adhered to was the engineering watchword
"weight is the enemy." For its size, it was one of the lightest cars of its
era. Its compact straight-6 engine outlasted the model itself and was
produced to the end of the 1964 model year, with a change to an OHV design
The Champion was one of Studebaker's best-selling models because of its low
price (US$660 for the two-door business coupe in 1939), durable engine, and
styling. The car's ponton styling was authored by industrial designer
Raymond Loewy who had been under contract with Studebaker for the design of
their automobiles. Champions won Mobilgas economy runs by posting the
highest gas mileage tests. During World War II, Champions were coveted for
their high mileage at a time when gas was rationed in the United States.
From 1943-1945, the Champion engine was used as the powerplant for the
Studebaker M29 Weasel personnel and cargo carrier, which also used four
sets of the Champion's leaf springs arranged transversely for its bogie
The Champion was phased out in 1958 in preparation for the introduction of
the 1959 Studebaker Lark. Prior to this, Studebaker had been placed under
receivership, and the company was attempting to return to a profitable
Studebaker Car Show
16th annual Show and Shine Orphan Car Show hosted by the Husker Chapter of
the Studebaker Drivers Club. Lot's of Studebakers and a variety of other
iconic brands like Chevy, Ford and Packard. The show was held in Ralston,
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The 1963 Avanti was the last ditch effort of Sherwood Egbert (his real
name) to rescue the faltering Studebaker. Once again, the company turned
to its ace in the hole, stylist Raymond Loewy, to conceive a car that would
miraculously turn things around. He rented a house in Palm Springs and
there with three young designers and with missionary zeal embarked on
creating something new and revolutionary. The result -- the Avanti, got
attention but didn't save the company. Studebaker was gone three years
1953 Studebaker on the Dyno
1953 Studebaker with a souped up 289 Studebaker V8 bored out to 302ci.
This one has a custom intake with side draft Weber carbs. Hear the roar of
a true Studebaker V8 through Avanti style glass-pack mufflers.
1955 Studebaker E Series V/8 Pickup For Sale
Offered here is a very rare 1955 Studebaker E Series Pickup. This truck
was a delivery vehicle for the Pacific Beverage Company in Southern
California. It was then subsequently donated to the Murphy Automobile
Museum in Oxnard, California in 2009 where it remains on display. The
truck runs the Studebaker "Econ-O-Miser" V/8 in the half-ton line. This
224ci overhead engine had been first used in the 1951 Commander and had
proven quite reliable matched to a 3-speed on the tree.
Vintage trucks have exploded in popularity and values in recent years. If
you just have to have it, please phone Dave Henry at 805 705-4924. Pacific
Standard Time please, California.
Cuda 440 Six Pack Shaker Hood drag race
Here is an unrestored 440-6 pack Cuda with Shaker hood at a drag strip. The
car has so much power the tires are spinning most of the way down the 1/4
mile (listen to the engine, the sound doesn't change due to spinning tires)
In the end the Mustang wins
by a length. The Cuda driver said he could have, and was catching the Mustang, bit eased up on the
gas to be able to stop the car with it's manual brakes in the short
shutdown strip. Can't say I blame him, would you risk such an expensive car
just to win the race? The car was originally used as a drag car, and has
not been restored, it is in very good shape :-) Glad we caught what may be
it's only strip run on video.