by Frank Drumheller

Gary, thanks for posting this information on this particular truck. First off, any 2R14 truck is (and I hate to use the term) 'rare'. I've been into Studebaker trucks since 1968 and I've never seen one. If it is actually a 2R14 truck that was converted, by a dealer or new truck buyer at the time it was new, with any conversion kit of the time, it truly would be 'rare'. Studebaker Corp. never built a catlogued 2R14 4X4 truck for domestic sale.

I feel as Skip, this is probably a 2R14 cab and body married to a later brand X 4X4 chassis or at least a modern drive train recently fitted to the original chassis. Be that as it may, it might still be a worthy candidate for pruchase.

The 2R14 models were catalogued and introduced for the 1951 model year. Yes, some were built in the 1950 calendar year and may have been titled as a 1950 model as a few States titled by sale date, not by manufacturer's serial numbers. As Skip noted, the first 1951 2R14 was serial # R14-101. Your truck, with serial # R14-119, means it was the 19th 2R14 built (it was the 19th one to come off the assembly line). The last 1951 2R14 was serial # R14-530.

1952 production was from serial # R14-531 to R14-1010. 1953 production was from serial # R14-1011 to or close to #R14-1550. Total production of the model 2R14 then was approximately 1450 units. That's a low production for anyone's truck.

Please keep us informed about this truck and if it becomes yours. We are very interested in the history of this truck and what you plan to do with it if it becomes yours. Thanks you so much for posting about this vehicle.

Gary, I also maintain a STUDEBAKER 4X4 TRUCK REGISTER. If this truck was an early conversion (in the '50's), I would like to add it in the roster. If it is a late conversion or on a brand X chassis, it would not meet the requirement for listing in the Register.

You have come to the right site to find information on any Studebaker truck. There's a lot of knowledge in this group of 'Studenuts'.

Take care. Frank

Posted on Sep 19, 2011, 1:33 PM
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