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    1949 Studebaker Commander.

    I just purchased a 1949 Studebaker Commander. It had gone through a frame off restoration back in the 80's.
    It currently has a Packard 289 engine.
    I know absolutely nothing about Studeys, so any and all advice is greatly appreciated.
    It has been sitting in a garage for a few years, and was always kept either in his paint shop or garage.
    The body is in great shape, no rust. The interior looks like new.
    This is going to be resurrected into a cool street gasser.
    I already have a Chevy 454 and Muncie M20 just waiting to go in it.
    My plans include a straight axle, fenderwell headers, tunnel ram, cool 60's wheels, and pie crust slicks.
    I will be bringing it home in a couple days. I'll take some pictures and post them.
    I cant wait to get started transforming this bitchin hot rod.

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    I've always liked the Studes done as gassers; next to the Willys they're probably my second choice. I'll be following this build with a lot of interest. We all love photos and detailed descriptions of what you're doing. Free exchange of ideas is a real driving force on this site.
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    Here are a few pictures as it sits now.



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    Very cool car. Excited for ya. Gonna be a unique and fun build.
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    Sounds like a great build! Seems to be a pretty solid foundation to start with. Studes are great- yours especially has the "out there" styling, hard to tell if it's coming or going. All the better a head turner as a gasser.
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    Stunning..... let her rip... I will be watching
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    The Studes from around 1950 era have a great body style for a gasser I think! Best thing about a gasser build is you use so little factory resto parts that you really don't need to know much about the particular donor car to build one. I think your plan sounds great, and looking forward to seeing it progress!
    Vall

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    Thanks guys,
    I will be driving it home today!!
    I love that its going to be somewhat "unique", I know I don't see any Studey gassers in my area.
    Yesterday I scored a Weiand Tunnel ram and two Holley 450's for my 454.
    Now I'm looking for a '57-'64 Olds/Pontiac rear end.
    The hunt for this stuff is almost as much fun as building it. lol.

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    Hello tlap,
    Just had to send this along. I build 1/18 scale diecast gassers but there is also a pro builder out of Parker, Arizona that I've purchased some from. I found this car on ebay and then sent it to Bob to have him work his magic on it; and he really nailed it. I mentioned in my first post to you that Studes as gassers were my second favorite choice. Thought you'd get a kick out of seeing this.
    Whats "tlap" stand for, an abbreviated name or nick name.
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    That's awesome. Where did you ever find that body style.
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    Of which I might be an encouragement to other hotrodders".

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