I just stripped out a 53 R series Dump truck that size with a two speed rear end. A large tree landed on in and wasted it. It was a local truck and had been in my area and will taken care of for years so It brought a tear to my eye seeing it distroyed as it was.
I SAVED THE MOTOR, it has a factory brass plate on the side of it stateing in order to order parts for it to specifie the following special factory part numbers for it's series. When we're talking Big Six I think I got to Bigger Big six, the Commerical one. I made sure it didn't go to the scrap yard Its safely tucked away in my shop.
I also have a 53 Studebaker/ Packard M35 Military duce and a half 6x6 complete and starts when it has a mind to. I'll probably be getting rid of it sometime soon I can't afford to restore it. It has a "Big" Overhead Valve Continental six that makes the Studie big six look like a little mouse. Ive been told the Rockwell axles in it are worth more then the truck itself, which makes me think if I sell it it'll be stripped like a friend of mine had done to his when he sold it.I'd really hate to see that happen to mind but thats the way things go sometimes.
I got my little E series I drive daily any money needs put into any of my Studebakers it gets first priority.
The modifications on your frame aren't unusual it's pretty common to see that kind of work done on a lot of the trucks back in the day I know I welded and modified more then one myself though the years. Those ramps look like real back braker's, boy do I remember handling set's like that, it was obviously used to haul a small crawler cat in its day.
Posted on Aug 21, 2011, 2:02 AM from IP address 22.214.171.124