It started all with a lazzy sunday in 2005, sitting at home and looking through ebay motors and found this '53 Studebaker 2R11.
Okay, try to get it I thought and do not know what I'm doing. That’s my first expierences with a Studebaker Pickup Truck. After 5 hours on the road with an old car hauler and the Stude on the back my body and me take a closer look.
The truck had a lot of dents and some holes that look like someone used the truck as a target. A few days later I start to strip it down to the last bolt.
The next step was to clean all parts and sandblast the cab, doors, bed and and and...............................What I found was ..........more holes.
To protect the sand blasted parts my friend Harry painted the parts with a primer.
What follows was, I do not remember exactly, about a year of welding, priming and grinding.
After all I was sure that I dont want to see a welding machine or sand paper for a longer time.
In the mean time I get a used comander engine that I’ve found at eBay. In my Stude was the older 226 comander installed and you can’t turn it over. A bolt from a piston rod comes out of the piston and scratched in to the cylinder. The easy way was to get a running 245 comander engine for my truck. A longer time ago I get a gasket set from Rebelstude so there was all gaskets I need. Cleaned the 245 comander, changed all gaskets and painted it with green enamel.
During the time I was working on the motor, Harry have done the primer and painted the cab, fenders and some other parts.
Another time the frame, front and rear axle was cleaned with a wire brush and painted with a black acid resistant color.
Now I can start to reasample all parts, rebuild the brakes with the help from Judy and Peter. They get new return springs for the rear brakes. Hard to get parts! Build in the dual brake system from Turner Brakes for a safty feeling.
The cab is back on the frame, installed the first door and new glass on the front and rear. the steering wheel and the instrument panel. The glass for the instruments is made by Gary Ash, he changed it from miles to kilometers. I think he is an artist for work like this.
To be continued.........