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1948 Studebaker M16 Racecar hauler..for my Studebaker C/Gasser


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#1 traditional

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

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A few months ago I built a 1/24 scale 1951 Studebaker as an NHRA '62 era drag race legal C/GAS coupe. My brother, Larry, pointed out that this might be an appropriate time to construct the 1948 Studebaker M16 truck he had been casually planning, but now build and outfit it as a '62 era race car hauler.

A couple of the following pics describe the array of parts...brass, styrene, and diecast that he used, modified, and scratch-built over the month of February. He brought the assembly to my paint booth about 2 weeks ago and the truck has now been assembled. The starting point was an Ertl 1947 Studebaker pickup that did not have an opening engine hood and the doors had incredibly long dog-leg hinges. Using plenty of acquired reference material, the first step was to modify the cab appropriately and proportionally by separating the engine hood, raising its front profile and adjusting the lower hood gap angle, widening the fenders and enlarging their radiussed opening, creating correct door hinges (exposed at the bottom but hidden at the top), enlarging the height and width of the windshield, creating the engine firewall, etc. The axle and working steering is made of soldered brass, as are the bumper, upper hood latch, complete ramp frame and body structure, door mirrors, directional lights, tail lights, etc. The interior is detailed with inner front panels, levers, door panels with separate cranks and handles, editing of the dash radio but inclusion of all dash knobs and vent lever. Heater and ducting are present. The chassis structure is scratch built as are brake drums, booster brake assembly, master cylinder, safety brake, gas tank, PTO to the winch, all drive shafts (3), exhaust/muffler assembly, body to chassis attachments, and more. The Commander 226 cu. in. flathead six has all its hoses, lines, wiring, manifolding, and oil bath air filter. The hood opens with real spring scissor action, and the hood 'stay' rod pivots from its central 'under hood' position. The vent windows open and close using the unique front-pivoting action present on many Studebakers. The truck is painted in commercial colors...Studebaker Iroquois Blue with the black fenders being standard on virtually all Studebaker trucks of that era. 

Larry claims he put in at least 9 hours a day for a month and a half, but was patient and found it was inspiring for the most part. He's excited and pleased with the final result. I'm also very pleased to see it with my '51 GAS coupe mounted on the ramp body. I hope the resulting concept may work for you too.

 

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#2 trogdor

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:28 AM

Wow, that truck is beautiful. Great job.



#3 Ace-Garageguy

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

A double knockout.



#4 TLes

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:42 AM

Great combo! I love drag-teams, it makes both models a little more outstanding.



#5 Alan

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:01 PM

Outstanding work!!!!!!!!!!



#6 Jakezilla bowling

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 12:10 PM

Badass

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:09 PM

AWESOME Cliff!

 

You two never cease to amaze B)



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 02:12 PM

Both are SHINY :) :) :)  beauties.  Where could I view more pics of the race car?



#9 Burnout

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 04:10 PM

The gasser is sweet but the truck is outstanding.  



#10 Silver Foxx

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 09:45 PM

A great combo , these look terrific - your work is awesome.



#11 ChevyCoupe41

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:19 AM

Thats one awesome lookin combo! I have been on my mind to do something like this also. Outstanding work is only what I can say!



#12 Draggon

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:33 AM

What a fantastic combination. You've got some impressive skills!



#13 iBorg

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:55 AM

Both models are absolutely amazing. It is so easy to ignore diecast but those results can't be argrued with.



#14 cobraman

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 01:07 PM

Oh my ! How cool is that ?



#15 Ira

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:13 PM

BEAUTIFUL WORK!!! Great Team...

#16 GoatGuy

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 02:41 PM

Fantastic builds.



#17 John Teresi

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:08 PM

Clifford........wow,you sure did a FANTASTIC job on this build........VERY VERY NICE!!!!!



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Posted 14 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

Beautiful build, That stude is sweet.



#19 Mooneyzs

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:15 PM

Those builds are just beautiful!! Nice job!! I love the color on both



#20 Dave D

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 04:34 PM

Absolutely stunning !