You're on the money, MW. Studebaker should have put that new 232 V8 into trucks at least by 1952. But Studebaker was not the only short-sighted truck maker who didn't have the vision of the V8 engine in all trucks.
GMC and Chevrolet waited until 1955 before deciding to use Pontiac, Buick and Chevy car engines in their truck lines. GM should have had V8 engines in trucks at least as early as 1950. Dodge could have had V8 trucks as early as 1952, but waited until 1954. IH had to wait until 1956 before they could manufacture their in-house engine as they had no car line V8 available. So, Studebaker wasn't that far out of line with the industry by introducing the V8 in its 1954 trucks.
There apparently was an industry mind-set of the truck manufacturers 1950-1954 that there really wasn't a need for more powerful and speedier trucks. Roads were still in the dark ages, the majority of smaller trucks were used on the farm where power and speed weren't important (except for the teenagers) and post-war sales far exceeded pre-war sales. Where was the need?
I would be interested in other viewpoints on the topic.
Posted on Nov 24, 2011, 12:35 PM from IP address 126.96.36.199