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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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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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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!
 

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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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you and die cast model....
 

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That die cast model is really cool. I love the stance, and everything about it. Thanks for sharing.
Today I got the car on my lift and went through the interior and vacuumed and cleaned up.
Then got it up in the air to thoroughly check out the under carriage.
This car is solid! No rust anywhere to be found. I am so happy with it so far. This Packard 289 runs really good.
I'm looking at the whole thing and trying to figure out just where to start.
This is my first Gasser build, so please correct me if I am going down the wrong path here, but I am thinking that I need to get the rear end, wheels and tires installed to the height I want first.
Then set the front straight axle to the height I want it to end up.
I'm thinking that maybe the engine I will be running should be in to get a good front end height with weight on the springs?
 

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I'd do the straight axle first, with the present engine in. Those old Packards are heavy enough that regardless what engine you end up with, it will simulate it well. The rear height can be simulated by unhooking the shackles and blocking the axle/frame up to the ride height you like. That will let you set the kingpin angle, etc. up front. Then once the front is mocked up, you can drop back to the rear to determine what you need to do to achieve the ride height you had mocked up. Could be as simple as new leaf springs, or dropping the axle below the springs to achieve a ride height you want.
 

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Thanks Vall, that makes perfect sense.
This is why I'm coming to the guys with the experience. :)
I had the honor this weekend to meet the gentleman who bought this car new in 1949! He was/is a local paint and body legend.
He then sold it to his buddy Richard, who is also a local, long time paint and body expert. Richard ended up doing a frame off restoration in the mid 60's. That was when he installed the Packard V-8, power brakes and power steering and rear air conditioning.
In fact, Richard is the one who painted my '34 Ford 3 window's ghost flames.


When he passed away a couple years ago the Studey went to his kids, who I just bought it from.
I made a point to talk to all the living, previous owners, about what my plans for the car are, and they told me that they were very excited to see it when its done.
 

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I have made a little progress acquiring parts. I picked up a Weiand tunnel ram and two Holley 600 vac carbs.
Two rear American Racing wheels and a Ford 9".
I layed out the location of where the wheels will be centered inside the fender wells, then measured for axle width. Next I will prep the 9" housing and narrow it, weld on spring perches and get the pie new crust slicks installed on these wheels.


 

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I absolutely love the wheels. You can never go wrong with original style American Torque Thrusts and piecrust slicks. Matter of fact I'm picking up a pair of 8 1/2 X 15 old style Torque Thrusts tomorrow, just to have them. Found them on CL for $300.
Yeah, I know Lash; I'm hoarding!
 

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Me too Steve, now I just have to find the fronts. I may just get the new TTO's.
 

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Nice finds there guys....I didnt say parts hoarders I said parts whore's..........................lol...cant get enough
 

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love those wheels. I would love a set all around the MG. great find
 
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