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Customs Look what the wife bought at the Good Guy show in Charlotte

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  1. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 942

    Jeff J

    The wife wants a new car as her 32 three window got totaled last year coming back from the round up in Lafayette last year in Atlanta . So she bought a 1948 Studebaker commander regal deluxe convertible as a pretty much rust free car !One spot on the trunk weatherstrip channel and that's it . So now looking for a Mustang II front end for it and putting a s/b Chevrolet in it .Trying to find frame dimension for it but nothing comes up for it as maybe because there where only1503 made . Thinking of the 2003 Tahoe dark green metallic with candy apple green flames from the hood down to the back of the doors Ideas ????? Good Guys Charlotte 011.JPG Good Guys Charlotte 014.JPG Good Guys Charlotte 018.JPG Good Guys Charlotte 015.JPG
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  2. bscc50
    Joined: Nov 17, 2013
    Posts: 100

    from n.e.

    big change from a '32 three window!
  3. You know what they say @JeffJ, happy wife, happy life

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  4. Donuts & Peelouts
    Joined: Dec 12, 2016
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    Donuts & Peelouts
    from , CA

    I would do it like this. Or black/black top with her favorite color pinstriped.
    Nice find.

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  5. Donuts & Peelouts
    Joined: Dec 12, 2016
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    Donuts & Peelouts
    from , CA

    Your going to have to break out your measuring tape for this one. Join the studebaker forum but beware they will want you to keep your engine. It's a good engine by the way. But Chevy' s are aswell

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  6. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 942

    Jeff J

    Problem as we drive them from coast to coast and want to be able to get parts when it breaks down! Hopefully it won't ,but 's mechanical ! Thanks !
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  7. NashRodMan
    Joined: Jul 8, 2004
    Posts: 1,576


    Cool car, cool wife!!!
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  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,003


    They look nice with the hood & trunk lid closed, look forward to the build.:) Bob
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  9. boojoe
    Joined: Sep 14, 2007
    Posts: 44


    The shop near my home is doing a 55 Studebaker . Fat man fab makes a front stub with mustang 2 type suspension Should be simple.
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  10. Don't you know there is no such thing as a totaled 32 3window? Just look at the stuff Sibley has brought back to life...
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  11. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 5,974

    from Nicasio Ca

    That's neat! So did she pay the $5,900, or kick the tires, pull the dipstick and negotiate? :)
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  12. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
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    Jeff J

    No didn't pay that much, she made the deal made a offer ! They excepted it !
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  13. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
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    Jeff J

    There's a time in life when the insurance pays more for it ! And I could of bought it back but it would of had a salvage title and the list goes on ! I gave in !
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  14. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 2,604

    from Illinois
    1. 1940 Ford

    39A545DA-0078-4B98-A40F-B3F7A62166C9.jpeg F7B6111C-62D2-42EC-BDDF-500E1E706E7A.jpeg Friend of mine did a Starlite coupe with Fat man crossmember.
    Needed some massaging on firewall and trans tunnel using a SBC/ 700R .
  15. Davyj
    Joined: Jul 11, 2011
    Posts: 442


    Here is what i could find for you Jeff...
    1948 Studebaker Commander Regal DeLuxe Series 15A

    Standard Specifications

    Original Base Price $2,093.00
    No. Produced 7,982

    Body Maker Studebaker
    No. Doors 2

    Model Number S2
    Weight 3,420lbs

    Wheelbase 123 inches
    Length 208.375 inches
    Width 69.75 inches
    Height 61.25 inches
    Front Tread 55 inches
    Rear Tread 54 inches
    Type L-head
    Displacement 226.2 cu. in.
    Cylinders 6
    Bore & Stroke 3 5/16 & 4 3/8 inches
    Compression Ratio-Std 6.5 to 1
    Compression Ratio-Opt

    Brake Horsepower 94@3600
    Rated Horsepower 26.33
    Torque 176@1600
    Main Bearings 6
    Valve Lifters Mechanical
    Block Material

    Engine Numbers Starting H239001
    Engine No. Location On front left corner and left side of block.
    Lubrication Pressure to all bearings excluding wrist pin

    Type Single downdraft
    Make Stromberg
    Type Helical
    Drive Rear wheel drive
    No. Of Gears 3
    Gear Ratios
    1st 1.55
    2nd 2.57
    3rd 1 to 1
    4th Not applicable
    5th Not applicable
    Reverse 3.48
    Clutch Type Single plate
    Clutch Size 9.25 inches
    Axle Type Semifloating
    Differential Hypoid
    Differential Ratio 4.09

    Front Independent transverse
    Rear Semi-elliptic leaf springs
    Steering Gear Cam & twin lever

    Service Hydraulic drum
    Front Size 11 inches
    Rear Size 11 inches
    Emergency Internal expanding on rear service brakes
    Size 11 inches
    Other Systems Specifications
    Exhaust System Single
    Ignition System Distributor and coil
    Battery 6
    Cooling System Centrifugal pump with thermostat
    Radiator Cellular

    Tire Size 6.5 x 15
    Spare Location Trunk
    Fuel 17 Gallons
    Oil 6 Quarts
    Transmission 2.4 Pints
    Cooling System 13 Quarts
    Rear Differential 3 Pints
    VIN/Serial no. 4287001 to 4360743
    VIN Description
    VIN Location On plate on left front door lock post. Add'l Serial Nos.: 4820501 to 4832598

    Exterior Colors
    Paint Type

    Colors Holiday Red

    Shenandoah Green Light

    Boulevard Gray

    Melody Blue

    Parkway Green

    Iroquois Blue

    Peacock Green

    Rodeo Tan

    Varsity Maroon

    Allegheny Gray Light

    Tulip Cream No. 2

    Balsam Green

    Silver Gray

    Gala Brown

    Cumberland Blue

    Velvet Black

    All colors may not be available in all models.

    Two Tone Colors Available
    Standard/Optional Equipment
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  16. a boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 5,192

    a boner

    Personally, I'd skip the flames!
  17. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 942

    Jeff J

    Found that but no frame dimensions Thanks
  18. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,759

    from Quincy, IL

    Usually the Factory Service Manuals have diagrams and dimensions for the chassis. Should be able to find one of those, either original or reprint.

    I have always liked the looks of the Commander and Land Cruisers of that era. It will make a great looking custom rod.

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    Joined: Apr 28, 2009
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    Don't know if the 1949/50 is the same but here is a photo from by 49/50 crash book.
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  20. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,100

    from Minn. uSA

    If you put in an older style sbc, tell folks you think it might be a McKinnon. Was used by Stude of Canada in '65 n '66.
    SDC folks are pretty good about helping w/info. & a lot realize that a nicely done *ahem - cough* streetrod that looks good, is driven & brings attention to the marque, is infinitely better than a non-op or trashed stude that doesn't run/get used/enjoyed.
    Great project you've, uhm - your wife's, got there. Good on her for going Stude! :"D .
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  21. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 25,639


    Cool start for a great ride for your wife. That diagram that Old Tin pusher posted is high resolution and you could have it printed out pretty big if you were so inclined.
    I like your "we drive them coast to coast and they have to be fixable" concept. That is the way the 48 is being built and the Model A will be done that way as well.
    Even though I don't even need another project I've been eyeballing a Starlight coupe body about that year thinking it would make a great gasser. Not a whole lot there though.
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  22. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 3,588

    from red oak

    Cool car. If it was mine, I`d add skirts and chop it a couple inches. Make it a nice 50`s style custom. Here`s one I worked on for a guy about 12 years ago. It`s in Colorado the last I knew with a different owner. He Called up a Chassis place and wanted to buy a Mustang 2 kit. They said nobody makes them for a 51. It can`t be done. Scan0500.jpg So he starts to look at his 48 Merc and does some measuring. Calls the place back up and orders one for a 48 Merc. Then they said it wont fit your Studebaker. He says send it. They said you can`t send it back, he said fine and ship it. He made it work.
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  23. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 2,979


    Stude's are one of my favorites. Great choice. Needs a Caddy motor though. Or even a Stude v-8.
    No since making it a belly button car with a small block Chevy.
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  25. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,759

    from Quincy, IL

    That crash book dimension chart has at least one discrepancy I noted.....if I am reading it correctly. Dimension ‘K’ is shown as the distance from centerline of front wheels to centerline of rear wheels (aka ‘wheelbase’). It is correct for the Champion models but not for Commander.

    In any case, the Stude chassis from ‘47 thru ‘50 that I have seen used a front suspension design with a transverse front leaf spring that served as the lower control arm. A spindle support (upright) and upper arm completed the arrangement. With ‘51 models all models got a conventional double ‘A’ arm and coil spring design. That design continued thru the end of production in the mid ‘60s.

    Studebaker front tread width is fairly narrow at about 55” or so. The stock MMII is 56”, so it is compatible with the Stude. Fatman Fabrications offers front stub frames that solve the chassis design issues when converting to MMII style front suspension. I have a ‘56 Hawk and ‘60 Lark and have been eyeing the chassis’ of both for some time trying to decide what mods, if any, I want to pursue.

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  26. 24riverview
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
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  27. Jeff J
    Joined: Mar 15, 2007
    Posts: 942

    Jeff J

  28. Cool car, but why not just get it running and drive it?
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  29. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,557

    anthony myrick
    from al

    love the tail lights
    I am saving a pair for a Merc build
    that would make a very cool kustom
    slight chop, sink the top assembly, drop the rear a little more in back, add skirts, whitewalls and full caps
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  30. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 4,557

    anthony myrick
    from al

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