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1950 Studebaker Front Brakes?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Terrible Tom, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Terrible Tom
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 571

    Terrible Tom

    I just got back a 1950 Studebaker Business Coupe that I owned back in 1981. It had disappeared for years until I found it by accident and bought it. The years haven't been kind, but it's mostly still all there. It'll make a nice rod. I plan on staying with the stock coil spring suspension, but I would like to improve the front brakes with out putting a later clip on it. My question is, are there later, larger 5 bolt drums and backing plates that will replace the original 4 lugs? Money is limited as I am retired.
    Thanks, Tom
  2. studebaker eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,507

    studebaker eric
    from Diablo Ca.

  3. Zerk
    Joined: May 26, 2005
    Posts: 1,419


    I'll bet the later big, finned Studebaker drums/hubs will bolt on.
  4. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,994

    from Tacoma, WA

    I'm assuming, yours is a Champion. Try to find yourself a set of baking plates and drums off of a 47-52 Commander, they bolt right on to the spindles and will give you five-lugs and an 11-inch drum instead of the little milk-bottle-caps on the champions. The earlier ones, up to 1950 are manual adjust, the 51-52's are self adjusting.

    I did this conversion on my '52 Champion...
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  5. Terrible Tom
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 571

    Terrible Tom

    Yes, it is a Champion. That's the info I was looking for, thanks. Now I need to track down Commander parts. Might not be so easy.
  6. Wowcars
    Joined: May 10, 2001
    Posts: 1,022


    Theres a Studebaker swap meet in Menomenie on Saturday. Quite a hike, but if you are up for it...
  7. Terrible Tom
    Joined: Feb 15, 2010
    Posts: 571

    Terrible Tom

    Dang! Wish I would have known sooner. I'm in the Beer Olympics in Plover and can't make it that day.
  8. plym_46
    Joined: Sep 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,903

    from central NY

    look up Turner Brakes if you want to upgrade to discs.
  9. Reverborama
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 192

    from Minnesota

    You want the Turner Brake kit.
  10. Koolriders
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
    Posts: 4


    Say if the Stock drums are good and you have a wheel I am looking to purchase them.

    I just posted a Wanted ad on here. Bill
  11. Bigcheese327
    Joined: Sep 16, 2001
    Posts: 6,664


    The Turner website isn't clear - will his kit fit the '50s? I sense it is aimed more at the Loewy cars and Avantis.

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