Tim & Wanda Stevens
We currently own two Studebaker pickups. A 1959 4E7 Deluxe that originally belonged to my buddy, Ed Maycox. Ed provided me with my introduction into the world of Studebaker trucks. He bought the truck new for a service truck for his automotive repair business, but sold it after Studebaker closed its doors in 1964 to aquire new parts from the local Studebaker dealership to keep his first love, his 1957 Golden Hawk, up and running. He later regretted the sale of the truck though, and started a 25 year search for it, finding it again in 1989. Cab, fenders and frame were beyond repair, and the truck had over 100 bullet holes in the passenger side. He still bought the truck, and brought it home for sentimental reasons, but had no plans for it. My own dad died when I was very young, and Ed was always like the father I never had, so I decided that his dream needed to be realized. I decided to rebuild the truck, having him provide the parts, and I would provide the gift of my labor.
Ed, Studebaker Truck Farmer that he was.... had almost twenty Studebaker trucks, and parts trucks in his collection. It took a few years and the better part of three parts trucks to do it, but Ed's dream of having his Studebaker service truck back, came true. The bed was the hardest to replace. Unable to find a replacement for the original Studebaker service bed, I constructed my own. I started with a stock P1 bed that had damage on one side, Ed had two toolboxes intended for a flatbed. I fabricated wheelwells into the toolboxes, cut out the sidewalls of the bed and insert them into it. The toolboxes are fully detailed, and contain its own air compressor with storage tank under the bed, and also its own power supplies 12 volt and 110 volt. The interior is custom built with column, steering wheel, and gauges from a '58 Golden Hawk. My friend Ed passed on a few years back, and was thoughtful enough to leave me his old friend, that 1959 Studebaker service truck. The truck had spec ial memories for Ed...and now has special memories for me also.
Our other truck, is a 1959 4E3 Deluxe Scotsman, it is a one of one, recorded on the Studebaker Scotsman truck registry. This truck also belonged to my friend Ed at one time. This truck is contradiction in terms. In early 1959 you had only the choice in a 1/2 ton pickup, of the top of the line Deluxe, or the bottom of the line Scotsman. This truck is both. In late season for the model year of 1959, Studebaker decided to offer an option of a Deluxe Grille package for the Scotsman line. This way... you could own a truck that looked like the Deluxe, but with the price of a Scotsman. This package included the Deluxe's hood, and grille, including the Deluxe's grille mounted signal lights. With it being a late in the model year offering, and also due to the Scotsmans low price popularity,
it seems few were ordered this way. While the truck was in good original condition with minimal rust and damage, the truck is currently undergoing a frame off restoration, with the body being restored as it came from the factory. With the original drivetrain having been replaced somewhere in the past however, it will receive a custom powerplant and drive train, this will including a '64 full flow 289 V8, but built to look like the '57-'58 Golden Hawks powerplant, but with a difference! The McCulloch supercharger will blow into two, instead of the single original Stromberg mounted inside the original blower bonnet. These dual bonnets will sit atop a slightly modified vintage STU-V dual two barrel manifold, emulating the later R2 powerplant setup. You will never know its not a bone stock truck until the hood is opened up, or you open up the throttle!