posting the serial number for your 2R5 truck. The serial number you have posted would be correct for a 1949 model. The first serial number for the new 1949 line for the 1/2 ton 2R5's is R5-001 and the last serial number assigned for 1949 was R5-42500. This means your truck was the 36,680th 1/2 ton truck built that year of approximately 42,500 produced. Production was probably a little less then 42,500.
To decode your serial number: R5-36680
R....signifies the series of Studebaker trucks built for model years 1949 through 1954.
5....signifies a chassis rated at a nominal 1/2 ton with a standard C2 cab, a standard 169 cubic inch, six cylinder, flathead, side valve engine with a standard 3 speed, column shift transmission. An overdrive 3 speed and a 4 speed manual floor shift transmissions were optional equipment at additional cost.
Decoding your model code (should be on the tag fastened to the driver's side foot well: 2R5-112
2....desinates the new Studebaker truck line introduced for the 1949 model year and continued through the 1953 model year.
R....same as above. The 1954 line was the 3R models.
5....same as above.
112..length of the wheelbase measured from the center of the front axle to the center of the rear axle. These were nick-named the 'shorty' pickups for their 6 1/2 foot beds. A few 2R5's were built in other configurations besides a pickup truck.
Hope this sheds some light on your question. Frank
Posted on Jun 26, 2012, 5:54 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11