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
1953 Studebaker TV commercial.mov
Aaron Severson over at ateupwithmotor.com shines a light once again on orphan cars.
This time he's written about some of Studebaker's most handsome vehicles in an article called "The Once and Future Coupe: The Loewy Coupes and the Studebaker Hawk."
At Torq-O, we pulled up the rug and slid through the trap door searching for some media to help him tell his story. From the Torq-O Media Archive, here's some celluloid that hasn't been seen since 1953.
Check out Aaron's story, and then slide over to Torq-O.com for more Studebaker content!
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
1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk Jet Streak Road Test
Take a test drive with me in a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk with the Jet Streak engine option that was contemplated, but never offered by the factory.
I was reluctant to make this because at the time I was riding on 22 year old radial tires that made a severe thump the faster I went. A month later I replaced the tires. When I took off the front passenger side tire, I noticed a split of about 18", right down the tread.
CHECK OUT THIS BULLET NOSED 1950 STUDEBAKER STARLIGHT COUPE
What you see here in this video is an extraordinary yet controversial design by Bob Bourke. Although the Studebaker Starlight Coupe was produced in 1949, that year critics were saying it looked like it was the same, coming or going. So, a major facelift took place for the model year of 1950. The major facelift design was the bullet nose that is capped by an airplane theme jet intake. The airplane theme mimicks the famous 1949 Ford's grille. The most outstanding feature of the Starlight Coupe beside the bullet nose is the curved five piece rear window which was an outstanding glass production feat in 1950. Note the sunvisor mounted over the front windshield. This coupe body was mounted on a 120 inch wheelbase and had power from an engine that produced 102 bhp. An improvement for all 1950 models was the replacement of archaic single transverse leaf suspension with front coil springs. If you ordered an automatic transmission for your Stude it had the "hill holder" feature, a feature developed by Studebaker in the 1930's. Rivaling the Big Three automakers in price, a Starlight Coupe was priced around $1,400. Studebaker broke sales records this year by selling over 320,000 cars - quite a feat for an independent car manufacturer. Though the design of this car was different, if you look at this car's design objectively, I think you will agree that this car doesn't look that bad at all.
Studebaker Skyhawk Custom Hot Rod Black with an LT1
Thought you might like to check out our custom Studebaker. It's a 56 Studebaker Sky Hawk with a 53 studebaker front clip and 55 Studebaker Tail lights. It's also had a bit of custom body work and is currently in epoxy primer. It is equipped with: Aluminum head LT1 with street and perfomance kit, 700R4, 9" Ford Rear with 3:00 Posi, Dual Exhaust with flowmaster mufflers, Billet wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Tires(ZR speed rated), Vintage A/C, Phantom Guages, Fiberglass dash, Lokar Shifter, billet column, etc
My Dad's old Studebaker
.. that I sooo wanted to do (what these fellas have done) to it, but sold it before I could. (Now it's owned and souped up by another fella)... listen to it take off in the end.