Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Truck Thursday. I know it seems like an eternity, but the last Truck Thursday Posting that I did was only about 6 weeks ago with this Datsun, so I thought it was time to revive this series of postings. With this in mind, and with some help from Tim, here is a series of eBay listings featuring Studebaker Pickups.
With almost every posting, there are comments made as to how to improve a particular vehicle by dropping in a proper V-8 and manual transmission combination. The only problem with this train of thought is what to do with the old lump of an engine, and the crappy automatic gearbox that you took out of your dream build? Well, with this truck, you don’t have to worry about that, as it doesn’t have a drive-train, and is ready for your Chevy small block, or your Ford Windsor.
This is a 1954 Studebaker pickup, and according to the listing:
1/2 ton pickup, with nice body, it is 3/4 ton cab on 1/2 ton running gear, there is no engine or driveshaft, it has 3 on tree, body is solid,good rockers, but has rust at bottom of doors, some at front of box, and few dents in in it, does have small holes for 3 lights on top cab, one outside door handle is correct, and one side hood emblem is correct , see pics, windshield is fair, will need door glass replaced, doors open and shut but need adjusted, all gauges and speedometor are there, unknown condition if working or not, the headlight rims will need replaced, some dash knobs missing,, someone of the wheels are original, others mismatched 16″, paint is rough, great truck for rod or restore
Oh and it will need a new wiring harness…… Current bid on this rolling chassis with body is $305.00, with no reserve. What would you do with this very unusual pickup? See the listing here.
Our next Studebaker truck is a complete “frame off” restoration, and a perfect example of how the previous engine-less truck could turn out with the right amount of hard work. This is a 1958 Studebaker Transtar pickup offered by yet another classic car dealer based in Florida. This truck has the original Studebaker 259 CID V-8, with a few upgrades. It also has a 3-speed manual transmission, finished is a very unusual light blue and white two-tone, and shows less that 30,000 miles on the odometer.
Currently the bidding has reached $9,600.00 without making its reserve. While this truck is collectible, it is more of a trailer queen now, with no prospect of becoming the workhorse for which it was built in the first place. So, how much do you think it will go for? See the listing here.
This is a 1952 Studebaker “One-Ton”, short wheelbase truck, and according to the listing, it is the “First time offered!”, whatever that means. It is an original truck, that “ran when parked”. According to the listing:
All original little short wheel base One Ton ! (Low factory profile 750X17 tires) Solid cab floors (aside from the passenger side floor where a battery sat on top leaking some acid–see photo) Easy fix. Running when parked, engine is not seized, Has low original miles. You dont fine them like this every day , let alone the shorty box. Nice hobbist type !
Bidding has stalled at $720.00, with an unmet reserve. What would you pay for a truck like this? See the eBay posting here.
Here is a great 1962 Studebaker Champ Pickup, based in California. This is also a “ran when parked” truck, and is ripe for a restoration as a runner, not a show truck. It also has a period correct, aftermarket “Frigette” air-conditioning unit installed, which is a must have for the desert southwest. Everything on this truck has a rusty patina, which makes this perfect as a true rat-rod truck.
It does come with a clear title, it is old enough that there will be no smog check in CA, and it will be sold as there is no reserve on the truck. Bidding is currently at $1,000, and the listing can be checked out here.
Do any of these Studebaker Truck do anything for you? Let me know either way…..
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