Friday, January 25, 2013

Windows in Route

Every window, with the exception of the windshield, was shot out by some punk with a BB gun. Well, good news. My back and door windows shipped today, which means every part I need to restore the Studebaker interior is on its way to me via USPS, FedEx, and UPS.

I ordered my glass from Classic Flat Glass in Placerville, CA. They're a great organization and pack the glass exceptionally well.

Let's hope the back window makes it through in one piece.

Daily Driver - Studebaker 3R Update

The Studebaker 3R is officially a daily driver. Porter Sprague installed the new master cylinder and voltage regulator, so I have brakes as well as the ability to drive with the headlights on. Woohoo!

I fixed the Harrison firewall heater myself, so I no longer see my breath while driving to work on very cold mornings.

In the beautification department, the windows are being cut and the seat cover fabric swatches are due to arrive any day. So, Truck 2.0 will have a new rubber floor mat (ordered), a new seat cover (thinking turquoise and buckskin), new windows, and a cleaner, brighter interior paint job. My Dad and I plan to scrape the floorboards and then Rustoleum the hidden bits; the same thing we did to "Doc" (the 1950 Studebaker Champion) before he got his interior.

Under the hood, the Truck will soon receive a thorough power wash thanks to a referral we picked up at the Studebaker meetup this past weekend. So, goodbye gunk and hello shiny engine and undercarriage.

The dent in the roof is the only ding that bugs me, so I might try to have it popped up without undergoing any paint or real body work.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Studebaker Delivery Truck

My wife, Sarah, is an interior decorator in Sacramento, CA.

Thanks to a friend at Silk Screen Ink, our 3R has magnets that advertise her business when we're making furniture deliveries. Check out the pics below.

Click here to visit the Sarah Michaels Interiors website.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Harrison Air Unit - 1954 Studebaker Truck

I need my fellow Studebaker owners help on this one. My newly acquired 1954 Studebaker 3R 6-12 pickup came with an air unit that I don't know how to operate.

There are no controls on the dash for this unit, but it looks wired and should be operational. It says "Harrison" on the front, but there's no other identifiable information.

Can anyone help me out? Thank you, as always.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Studebaker 3R Truck Update - Tires and More

For those that follow along, here's the update on our new 3R Studebaker pickup:

Firstly, my kids want to name the truck "Mater," as in "Tow-Mater," as in the Pixar "Cars" movie. I'm cool with this, though I was considering "Curtis," as in Curtis Park.

Next up: tires. I bought four new radial tires - 225 70R 16s - for Mater, which have improved the ride 100 percent.

Next in line for repair is the brake master cylinder, a new voltage regulator (so that the battery will hold its charge with the headlights running), and all of the bits and pieces related to new glass for the doors and the back window. Those parts are on order from

I've also been researching basic seat covers for the bench seat, but the fellow that made the seat covers for "Doc" (the 1950 Studebaker Champion) went out of business (despite having a live website). So, it's back to the drawing board there. Any referals are welcomed.

Despite the small fixes here and there, I continue to drive the truck to work daily. I've learned:

- In the absence of a defroster and windshield scraper, a Costco membership card removes morning frost very well.

- A choke is a magical piece of equipment.

- Don't look behind the seat unless you have an hour to kill. The former owner left many things behind the seat, which took some sorting through.

- If you need to pop the clutch, you need to be in high gear (not 1st) with a good runway ahead of you.