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
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
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Studebaker Champion Restoration - First Look
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
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.
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
Video footage of my 1953 Studebaker Champion engine running after restoring
the fuel system and the vibration dampener. You can see this and more at
1953 Studebaker TV commercial.mov
Aaron Severson over at ateupwithmotor.com shines a light once again on
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
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
1957 Studebaker Champion Saved From the Crusher! Amazing Edsel Prototype Found!
Hi! Today we're off to bring back a 1957 Studebaker Champion 4-door sedan
that was going to be scrapped if no one gave it a home. It's a pretty
complete car, and I was happy to add it to the Cold War Motors collection.
Join us as we load up the old Stude and have a look at some other rare
cars, including an amazing pre-production Edsel serial # 100016!
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
1955 Studebaker Commander 2dr GrnWht
Interesting V8 coupe by Studebaker. 1955 left Studebaker somewhat behind
in the styling trends..they were still working with the Lowey coupe, but
their rivals had moved beyond, including wraparound windshields. That was
an extremely sensitive point..cars without the new wraparound windshields
were at a competitive disadvantage...including the 55 Lincoln which would
adopt one in 56. We had a 54 Champion of the same green color. The heater
amounted to a coils under the passenger seat...and air would blow across
them to heat the car. Studebaker had some unusual trappings, like the
toggle switches on the dash and the vents in the front fenders (like the 57