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History Doug McCauley's Studebaker Truck

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, May 16, 2017.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 2,932


    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    Doug McCauley's Studebaker Truck


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  2. They are almost factory customs with the lack of running boards on a truck that almost calls for running boards.
    Round fenders when many of the majors were going to a 'square' cubism look. And, "It's a Studebaker???!!!"
    Duel chrome exhausts up and down the bed remind one of the Ala Kart, Doug grabbed style cues from 'smaller' vehicles and moved them to a larger blob of a truck,,, well done.
  3. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 888


    As some one that likes to customize trucks this one is a great example of what to do that's right. Overall the mods are minor(The quad headlights being the exception) but the big picture is one that really works. Sometimes the off brand customs are the coolest because you are forced to think differently then the main stream. As it were.......
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  4. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 692


    Great looking truck! My first thought was it'd look even better lowered. I read the captions and found out it was. Still think it's high though.
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  5. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,451


    loved it in the little books back then. tasty truck
  6. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 7,090

    from Raytown Mo

    Wonder if the stacks aren't removable for shows. They are chromed but have lots of kinks/awkward bends with visible joints where the belly burners have a more graceful curve and no joints
  7. Schwanke Engines
    Joined: Jun 12, 2014
    Posts: 590

    Schwanke Engines

    I have seen so many Stude pickups and have never seen one that I liked. I have seen some that people stuck way too much money into and they are just Ugly to me, only cool thing about this one is the Louvered hood. But it's doesn't off set the Stacks which only belong on a Semi.
  8. @Tim I don't know for sure but I think the stacks look that they way because they follow the shape of the side of the cab. Appears to mimic the cab contour up to around the beltline.
  9. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 170

    from devore, Ca

    Nicely done, looks good no mater the brand.
  10. Pretty cool little truck. I would lose the stacks personally but other than that I'd run it.
  11. Here's a circa 1961 photo of Doug's Stude:

    Doug McCauley '50 Studebaker in '62 San Mateo Show Program.jpg

    ... from the "7th Annual San Mateo Custom, Rod, & Sports Car Show" om the souvenir program: 1962 San Mateo Custom Rod & Sports Car Show - Program Cover.jpg
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  12. Torchie
    Joined: Apr 17, 2011
    Posts: 888


    Even with out the running boards K13......:)
  13. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,540

    from Chino, Ca

    I enjoyed reading about that truck when I picked up that magazine at the swap meet, 30 years ago, and I kept it for a long time but I don't know what happened to it. But to me, that was the best feature in that issue and the color photo was great.
  14. aircap
    Joined: Mar 10, 2011
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  15. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,073


    Looking at that beautiful Studebaker truck made me start to think about whatever happened to it along with many of the other great custom cars and trucks from the 50's and 60's

    Has there every been anyone who is a custom car historian who knows the history of whatever happened to so many of these beautiful works of art?
    I love looking at these old cars and when you think about all of the hours and money it took to create these cars I just wonder have many of them survived and are still around or part of someones private collection and how many are sitting in a garage some where just collecting dust on them.

    What an interesting book it could be for a lover of old custom cars just to see recent pictures of many of these true classics again and how they look today.
    Just my opinion. Jimbo
  16. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
    Posts: 3,073



    This for sending me that link. Very Cool and this is what I was looking for.

    I know the on the East Coast we have Ray Soff who is called the Rod & Custom Historian and his knowledge of old customs is really something.

    I have had guys call me from Arizona to tell me they bought a custom 55 Chevrolet and they believed it belonged to someone in the N.J. area and they were looking for information about the car.
    I gave them Ray's phone and when the guy called me back and explained to me that Ray had him on the phone for one hour and told him who originally built the car along with how many different colors it had been painted over the years along with a list of people who have owned the car.
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  17. Haha Yeah Torchie even without the running boards. Studes kind of get a pass because they never had them although someone on here was building one and added running boards and I thought they improved the look of the truck.:oops::)
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  18. froghawk
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 808


    Cool truck! The color shot is beautiful. Looks like there's a lot of white paint on the inner fenders and undercarriage. I'd have to pick one exhaust system or the other and that freakin' teddy bear would have to find another ride.

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