Hooniverse Truck Thursday – Some Studebaker Truck Love via eBay


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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  1. $kaycog Avatar
    $kaycog

    I knew of a guy who's daily driver was a light green '50's Studebaker pickup, and he had a collection of '50's and '60's Studebaker cars. He was really a weird duck with a hot temper. That temper got him shot and killed.

    1. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

      Was he always angry because of the Stude?

  2. facelvega Avatar
    facelvega

    I love Studebaker anything, trucks no exception, but with the caveat that the last decade (compromises and platform recycling, true, but Loewy, Bourke, and Brooks Stevens!) and the very early vehicles are better than in between. By this token I'll take the Champ. I don't mind the original Lark, but somehow it always worked better as a truck to my eye.
    Also, I would never want to swap some boring crate engine into a Stude, the original Studebaker V8s are heavy but robust and somehow just more charming than having a big 3 engine. If you want to tow a fifth wheel, get a newer truck. For everything else the old engines will do fine IMO.

  3. Cretony38 Avatar
    Cretony38

    damn Studebakers were cool. I wasn't old enough to buy one new, but ya sure see a lot of 'em considering that they stopped making them almost 50 years ago. The owners must love them. I drive an 47 year old Chevy truck almost everyday. Brings up a question why do you never see any 50 year old Toyotas? Toyoda been making vehicles since the '30s!?! They must not have been very good. Guess you don't know what you had til its gone.

    1. facelvega Avatar
      facelvega

      Toyotas weren't really distributed in the United States fifty years ago, when at the same time Studebaker sold hundreds of thousands of vehicles here. Could have something to do with it.

      1. LTDScott Avatar

        Yeah, Toyota only sold one model (the FJ40) in 1961, so…. yeah.

    2. chrystlubitshi Avatar
      chrystlubitshi

      some (all?) vehicles were built to be disposable. to keep a brand alive one must be loyal and continue to purchase from that brand… otherwise, someone with something better comes along. consumers are fickle. (have i started a discussion/arguement yet?)

      1. tonyola Avatar
        tonyola

        Someone like Cretony38 could make the argument that the '64 fullsize Chevy was a superior vehicle because you still see some around even after 47 years. Actually, it wasn't. The truth is that GM made almost 1,400,000 big Chevys in that year alone, so the odds of there being survivors are much better for the Chevy than, say, a couple thousand Japanese cars sold in 1964.

        1. chrystlubitshi Avatar
          chrystlubitshi

          amen. this is true. but the ones that do survive are receivers of some serious love– that is what makes them special.
          anything that has survived is special. something that didn't sell well is "more special" (in my mind)

        2. Alff Avatar
          Alff

          I think many of us could make a credible argument that a fullsize '64 Chevy was superior to anything made by Toyota in the same year.

          1. Cretony38 Avatar
            Cretony38

            Thanks for saying that. As I was trying to point out by the simple fact that I see other 50YO American trucks daily. And have never seen ANY Toyotas that old in Car shows, museums, junk yards, back yards, etc. They started making them in the 1930's surely SOME might have survived. Toyota imported here in California in 1957. The excuses don't explain away the realities. If they're so good, where did every all the old ones go?

          2. tonyola Avatar
            tonyola

            It took until 1966-1967 for Toyota to have any appreciable passenger car sales in the US. The 1957-1961 cars were totally unsuited for the American market and only a few hundred were sold. Toyota knew they were bad, dropped the cars, and concentrated solely on Land Cruisers until 1966 and the Corona. You can find some '60s Coronas for sale. I turned up two in 60 seconds of searching, despite that fact (that I stated elsewhere) that no-one bothered to try to preserve them for 30 years. That's the reality. Oh by the way, have you priced old Land Cruisers lately?

          3. CptSevere Avatar

            My '64 Chevy motorhome runs just fine (albeit with a '74 Chevy 350). It needs help, but there's nothing wrong with it that a weekend's worth of work couldn't cure. Back then, Chevies and Fords were built pretty solid, I have examples of both.

    3. rengp Avatar
      rengp

      There isn't anything classic about Japanese cars or truck, except maybe a few models like the 240Z, they just copy. Toyota stuff is crap, they are a dishonest company, somehow the people began buying them to save the world and it cough on. Look at that like piece of crap Larry David drives on "Curb". I like Dodge Hemi pick ups, and for old stuff any Big 3 plus Studies.

  4. LTDScott Avatar

    You could tell that Stude was getting cheap in their later years because the Champ trucks used Dodge beds. That's why they don't match the cab styling at all.

    1. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      Studebaker was in chronic and ultimately fatal financial trouble by the time of the Champ pickup. A flush-sided body had never been tooled for the Transtar trucks, and there wasn't money to make a new bed for the Champ.

    2. Mad_Hungarian Avatar
      Mad_Hungarian

      Not to mention that the "cab" of a Champ is simply the front half of a Lark sedan body. The resulting vehicle looks pretty darn good considering it's a total kludge. But on this particular example, what in the world is up with that shift lever?

  5. SSurfer321 Avatar
    SSurfer321

    I love the looks of that Champ. Lift it a few inches with some Swampers and go raise some cain!

  6. OA5599 Avatar
    OA5599

    "Studebaker" is probably my third most used Craigslist search term right now. I'm still trying to catch the sweet spot where purchase price+project price<available funds while nobody else has spoken for it before I contacted the seller.

    1. facelvega Avatar
      facelvega

      What models are you looking for, out of curiosity?

      1. OA5599 Avatar
        OA5599

        Some sort of truck, but nothing more specific than that. Maybe a pickup, but a slightly bigger flatbed might work. I want something ratty enough to be cheap, but still usable.
        At some point, I'd like a car from the 40's or early 50's, but that's not a priority today.

  7. chrystlubitshi Avatar
    chrystlubitshi

    Studebakers are freakin' awesome. the trucks always looked 10 years older than they were (and that is awesome) they are solid. they will run through just about anything and survive in all kinds of rust-belt places where they shouldn't…. because people who loved vehicles enough to buy one of these rare beasts new… took care of their awwwwwwesome, sexy, machine.
    i am biased….. 3rd manual transmission vehicle i ever drove was a 3 on the tree '57 stude- long bed. (first was a '60, 62, 64 VW beetle that had been pieced in to one working car… 2.nd was a '91 SHO) with no working gauges. it was awesome.

  8. oldcarjunkie Avatar
    oldcarjunkie

    I do like that 1952 Studebaker stakebed one. Plop in a modern drivetrain and it would be an excellent work truck. I can't see the price going too much higher on it.

  9. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    I had a friend with an old Stude pickup from the early fifties. It was rough, but tough and never didn't work. There's a whole lot of character in any one of those.

  10. LTDScott Avatar

    Right, they discontinued sales of the Toyopet in 1961, leaving the Land Cruiser as their only product until the Corona came out.

  11. Smells_Homeless Avatar
    Smells_Homeless

    Gimme that first one and I'd have a big Pontiac in it before you could say "orphan rods rule."

  12. P161911 Avatar
    P161911

    In the 1950s and 1960s Studebaker was the US distributor for Mercedes. So for the first truck I think it might be fitting to drop in an old Mercedes I-4 diesel drivetrain. Wouldn't want to overpower the original brakes. It should provide enough grunt with the right gearing. This truck was never meant to be a highway cruiser.

  13. CptSevere Avatar

    My Mom had a 1960 or so Studebaker Lark, when I was a kid. I liked the car (it had the same sheet metal as the '62 truck pictured above). However, while she was driving me to school one day, the damn passenger side door opened while she was turning a corner and I almost fell out. She freaked, but of course, I thought it was pretty cool. Yeah, I've always liked Studebakers. During the mid fifties, they had a two ton truck with some weird supercharged two stroke four cylinder diesel. There's one in Jerome, AZ, and I wanted to hear it run but the guy wouldn't start it that day. Studebakers are just plain cool.

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