vanDyk C CabCorrie & Colleen vanDyk's
1955 Studebaker C Cab
Pickup Truck
 

 

 

 

 

part1We bought this truck in July 2008 in Denver, Colorado and started dismantling it in November 2008. Once the body parts had been sand blasted they were found to be in worse condition that we had originally thought.

Mechanical

  • Rebuilt 259 V8 engine, automatic transmission and differential from a '55 Speedster in Spring 2009.
  • Installed Jeep CJ gas tank behind rear axle to provide more room behind driver's seat in cab
  • Replaced front suspension & steering with new McGiver weld-on front end and disc brakes
  • Installed hanging Ford Escort brake pedal and Chevy S-10 booster

Body

  • Rebuilt cab sub-base and rocker panel
  • Rebuilt door posts
  • Rebuilt front fenders
  • Rebuilt door

Check out the photos - Work-in-progress Photo GalleryFinished '55

Six months later than we anticipated completion, the project truck is now pretty much finished.  We had hoped to be complete  for the overdrive in May however as with most restoration projects, it took a little longer than expected. 

We managed to get her (Stella) registered and licensed a few days before “Drive Your Studebaker Day” in September 2011. A few test runs around the block prior to and on DYSD, Don Parker came for a ride to confirm that Stella actually was driven that day. The next day we got brave and drove her on the highway all the way out to Chase B.C. (about 70 Kilometers) for our September meet. She bounced along on the highway and did not feel safe over 55 MPH but she ran well. A few days later I added one more leaf spring and took her out for a drive to find she now handles quite nicely and we have since had her up to 75 MPH. We still have to tidy up a few electrical and mechanical issues over the winter, but overall we are quite pleased to be driving her for now.


Tail LightsWe did not get to the body shop for paint until late May when we took her to Paxton Auto body and Frame at Monty Lake B.C. Gordon really took ownership of the finished product and it was worth the wait. Some features we did to the exterior were to add Smoothie box ends from Classic Enterprises and tear drop tail lights. I modified the back bumper to wrap around and raised it about 2”, installed a gas filler in the back fender, and tightened the front bumper about 2” closer to the grill.

SeatsThe upholstery work was done by Capricorn Upholstery in Vernon B.C. Again it was worth the wait as Elgin did a spectacular job.

Some of the features we put in the truck are Chrysler Intrepid bucket seats, GPS speedometer and custom gauges from SpeedHut, vintage air heater and air conditioner, and custom steering wheel from Con2R.


Although we did customize and hot rod Stella a fair bit, it was very important for us to keep the integrity of the Studebaker brand and we hope you agree.  Many thanks to all the members of the Studebaker club for their encouragement, support and help throughout the entire project.

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