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studebaker 259

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cove, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. cove
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 13

    from usa

    I just got a studebaker 259 out of a truck, it has a 4 speed transmission but I am told it has a granny gear is there a way to "easily" put a Mopar or Chevy transmission on it?
  2. most likely yes....Studes used Borg Warner gearboxes as well as their own...I don't know about the bell housing ....It may have to be swapped out for a passenger car unit...Studebaker Larks from around 1964-65 had an available four speed option...I hope this helps a little.
  3. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 15,300


    It can be done with all stude parts, maybe a stude expert will chime in..tommy can you hear me?
  4. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,124

    from Burton, MI

    I made a pattern for a Sag 4 spd ford mine. Have yet to really make a real one but it looks like its gonna work. Uses the stock Stude bellhousing.

  5. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus


    Yes Stude made a belhousing to take the T-10 4sp in the middle 60s. The Stude T-10 has a longer input shaft than the GM version but I believe they can be swapped. I got lucky and found a belhousing cheap.

    I believe that there is a guy on the Studebaker drivers club site that sells adapters to put the t-5 up to the standard Stude belhousing. Ask around at the SDC site for the correct information.

    Don't forget that unlike a Chevy or a Ford A Stude belhousing needs to be dialed in when it did not come with the engine. Each one was custom fitted to its engine at the factory and has to be refitted to a different engine.
  6. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 10,006


    I had a Packard engine that came from a '56 Golden Hawk. It came with a Ford bolt pattern bellhousing. I bolted a top loader to it.
  7. jrlemke
    Joined: Dec 20, 2009
    Posts: 83


    Some truck bellhousings had room to drill the Chev pattern!
  8. like Rich said the car or truck three speed bell housing is of the Ford bolt patern....and like Tommy said the later car bell housing 60-64 4 speed had a T-10 bolted on it.....and like was said - Stude bell housings give you alot of room to drill - but do do an alignment....

    did I just put do do in a thread?
  9. cove
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 13

    from usa

    thanks for the info
  10. Rocky Famoso
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,000

    Rocky Famoso

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