This is the first look at our 1953 Studebaker Champion In-Situ restoration. (a.k.a. Annabelle). This is the first in a series documenting Annbelle's restoration. You can read more on this project at http://www.theymightberacing.com
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.
1949 Studebaker Business Coupe Custom SOLD
THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN SOLD
• VERY Rare! Only 365 Built!
• Tastefully Customized Throughout!
• Subtle Pinstriping!
• Built Chevrolet 350ci V8!
• Dynoed at 393HP,
• 700R4 Automatic Transmission & Stall!
• Over $53,500 in Receipts & Over 2,000 Man Hours!
MotoeXotica Classic Cars is thrilled to offer this very rarely seen 1949
Studebaker Champion Business Coupe - when was the last time you have seen
one? This particular car comes to us with a custom paint job, a Chevrolet
350 V8/700R4 automatic combination, gorgeous, custom red leather interior
and is beautiful inside and out! We have over $53,500 in parts receipts --
labor isn't even included! Not a single detail was overlooked in this
build! The previous owner told us that there was over 2,000 man hours put
into the build of this car! Wow! This was Studebaker's answer for the
traveling business man!
This '49 Champion is a VERY rarely seen "business coupe" that is sure to be
a hit with everyone at the next car show or cruise night. Only 365 Champion
Business Coupes were produced and it's unknown how many still exist today
-- especially in this phenomenal of condition!
With its custom, brilliant silver paint and red leather interior, the color
combination is incredibly striking. The paint on the car is in very good
condition with minimal imperfections. There is subtle, dark silver
pinstriping on the front center of the hood and trunk lid which looks
excellent and gives the Studebaker just a touch of hot rod styling. There
is nothing major showing anywhere on this very straight and solid body.
Both front and rear chrome bumpers are in excellent and look great with a
brilliant shine. The underbody of this seriously cool ride is as nicely
finished as the top side! This is one seriously good looking car with a
bullet nose front end that is definitely going to turn some heads!
Inside, the custom red leather seats show no notable wear and are in
excellent overall condition. The red leather with the silver paint is
stunning color combination that is rarely seen in the Studebaker world! The
gray carpet is in excellent overall condition as well. Headliner, door
panels and kick panels are all in wonderful condition with no major wear
showing. The dashboard is color matched to the exterior paint with small
touches of pinstriping that is dazzling. The dash houses a set of gorgeous,
Classic Instrument's V8 Red Steelie gauges that look awesome and all
function properly! Beneath the dash, you'll see the chrome tilt steering
column so that you may make your driving experience a comfortable one.
There is also an aftermarket Alpine AM/FM/CD/MP3 player installed, as well
as an Alpine amp and subwoofer. Other interior goodies include power tinted
windows and a theft deterrent system.
Under the hood, you will find a sleek 350 cubic inch, 4-bolt Chevrolet V8,
complete with forged pistons, Stage II rods, a steel crankshaft and mild
camshaft for some real get-up-and-go power. There's also an Edlebrock
intake, MSD Ignition Box, aluminum radiator, electric cooling fan and a 4
barrel 650cfm carburetor. The RPM aluminum cylinder heads house 1.5" roller
rockers and chromoly pushrods. The engine bay is exceptionally tidy and
looks great with tons of chrome. The Studebaker was Dyno tested at Ruble Racing and
it made 393 horsepower at 5800 RPMs and
384 pounds of torque at 4700 RPMs. Mated to the V8 is a 700R4 automatic
transmission with overdrive, a stall convertor and transmission cooler. The
car is equipped with 4-wheel power disc brakes, rack and pinion power
steering and Vintage Air AC. The warranty card is blank and comes with the
car. The Vintage Air will need the hard lines connected from the compressor
to the under dash components and a charge before it is functional however;
all of the hard work and expenses have already been tended to. There is
also Lizard Skin Ceramic sound & heat barriers throughout to help dampen
typical road noises and Boost the
sound quality of the Alpine sound system. This car goes down the road with
great power and is an excellent driver!
The Studebaker sits upon a set of 15" red painted steel wheels with chrome
center caps wrapped in P165/80R15 tires in the front and P225/70R15 tires
in the rear. Other notable upgrades include an 8.5" 342 Posi differential,
Mustang 2 front suspension,
stainless steel control arms and QA1 adjustable coil overs.
This Studebaker is an excellent driver, would make an awesome show car and
wonderful addition to any garage! Included with the purchase of this car is
a binder full of over $53,500 in receipts with over 2,000 man hours spent
building this one of a kind custom ride! The VIN is 575848 (as seen on the
lower driver's side door jamb) and the mileage currently shows 1225. It is
being sold on a clean and clear Missouri title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
1951 Studebaker Champion Engine Revamp
SCCNSW member Scott had some issues with his Champion's engine, and needed
to give it some attention. While he was at it, he dressed it up a bit, and
gave it a little bit more performance in 2011.
Video produced by Ray Henman ACS
Our Website - StudebakerCarClubNSW.com
48 Studebaker Champion Motor
1948 48 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe - Test Drive to demonstrate
engine and transmission w/ overdrive. 169 cubic inch flathead straight six
cylinder with offenhauser twin carburetor intake, 3 speed trans. w/
Bought this truck last year,I now have the new steering box and coolant
hoses installed and have fabricated alternator brackets and done eletrical
The truck had an axillary transmission at one time which is gone now as
well as the T-case so I built a 90 inch drive shaft connecting the five
speed to the mid-differential.
I believe that the engine may be the Hercules JXLD - 339 cubes instead of
the oridginal WW II Hercules JXD - 320 cubes.
The truck has had massive rear axles installed and was converted to 10 hole
This truck's frame rails were also fish plated to haul a huge refer box (I
would guess, with "Lupoi Produce" on the doors) - someone put a LOT of work
into this unit at one time, it was last licensed in 1959.
Charging your R134a AC System
This is a short video to show you how to simply and easily charge your
R134a based AC system. In this example I'm using my 2002 Ford Explorer. You
can read more on this at http://www.theymightberacing.com
Studebaker Woody Fastback Custom at SEMA from Eastwood
Check out this interview from SEMA 2013 in Las Vegas. The guys from
Eastwood get an up close look at the amazing '51 Stude Woody that was built
by Hill's Rod & Custom in California. It features incredible wood work as
well as a 390 cid Ford Edsel V8 with a rare injection system that was
designed by aircraft engineers and featured on the cover of Hot Rod
magazine in 1959. This was one of the most popular cars at SEMA and we're
sure you'll be impressed after you watch the video.
Eastwood has everything you need to do the job right when you're restoring
your car, truck or motorcycle - welders, plasma cutters, powder coating
supplies, abrasive blasters and media, hand tools, rust solutions, paint
and paint guns, specialty paints and coatings, metal fab tools and more!
Are You an Eastwood Guy?
My Grandma's Studebaker
Okay, she's a bit rusty, her paint has faded,but she's running fine And at
her age, she causes a stirr wherever she goes..
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
1950 ? studebaker champion hasent run in 40yrs
This stude hasent been run since 1968 and probably hasent even moved since
then. Sorry about the crappy shots, i had to crawl around like a monkey to
get around it. Maybe someday ill try to get it going
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