This video documents the second step of the in-situ restoration project of a 1953 Studebaker Champion. This step constitues the basic cleanup of the roject to ready it for future work. 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.
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
1953 Studebaker Commander
A classic 1953 Studebaker Commander at the Charlotte Hall Classic Car Show.
video by John Douglas Parran. April 3, 2011
1949 Studebaker Champion
Here's an outstanding survivor Studebaker that has only been owned by one
family! The car has only 58k original miles on it and it definitely shows!
It's powered by a 169ci flathead in-line 6 cylinder and a 3-on-the-tree
manual transmission with overdrive. This one came with a hill-holder
clutch that still works! Under the hood it has had the radiator refurbished
with a new cap and hoses, a new fuel pump, and a new 6 volt battery. Other
than that, it's ALL stock! It has super nice interior that's been
tastefully restored with stock style upholstery on the seats and door
panels, a new front carpet kit, and a gorgeous unmolested dashboard with
all working gauges! Behind the seat it has a really cool alligator skin
trunk compartment separator, the starter button is under the clutch pedal,
it has a very nice headliner, a working dome light, and even the wipers
work! It's got nice glass, original bumpers and trim in good condition, the
original gray paint has cool patina, and there are side vents to cool you
while you drive! The Champion sits on the stock wheels with hub caps and
new 205/75/15 tires, it has SUPER NEAT body lines, and is very rare
especially in this condition! It starts, runs, and drives amazingly well!
1961 Studebaker Lark VI
This is my 1961 Studebaker Lark VI. It has a few flaws but for a 47 year
old car with just over 46,000 miles it is is great shape. The interior and
the paint is original. There have been a few parts replaced under the hood
but for the most part, everything is original.