Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Free Chevy frame.

I am giving away the Chevy frame the Studebaker came on so I posted it on Craigslist.

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Body Swap

I finally got a chance to work on the Studebaker truck again. I was able to remove the bed and cab from the 1 ton frame with the engine hoist, some chain, and some rope. Curse sloped driveways, I had visions chasing the cab and hoist down the street.

Seeing the cab on the ground keeps me thinking of airbags. But, I want to avoid the cost, complexity and energy usage this time around.
The front body mounts on the old frame. Stick welded even. This is an old school hack job, just like the firewall currently in the truck. The original owner of the truck had at least 6 projects like this (all Studebaker trucks) in various stages of completion. Sadly he died before he could complete them all.

Not the best picture, but the body is in place on the S10 frame via some wood 2X4 spacers. It looks like it will actually fit well and the mounts should be easy to design and make.

Next up...
Body mounts.
Move engine back?
Lengthen frame? or shorten bed.
Remove the floor of the bed.
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Do we have transmission?

I have been reading up on the T5 transmission.


There is a log of great information on the HAMB summarized in this post.

The good news is I it looks like I have a World Class T5.

I have not verified it but I think my gear ratios are as follows.

1352-222, GM 1993 MY S-Truck 2.8L WC, R, 3.70, 3.97, 2.34, 1.48, 1.00, 0.72

For a v8 application it might be better to have slightly taller gears... but that will work. I can also do some calculations with rear end ratio (3.73) and tire size.
(But I am using the original v6 so I won't need to worry about that right?)

The bad news is I have an electric speedo. I need to convert the tailhousing to mechanical buy a converter box made by Cable X. It is $319.00 plus shipping. Ouch.

I also have thoughts of putting the T5 behind the Studebaker V8 I have. Dan Giblin makes a T5 Adapter. There is also some tech on that is here.

Or maybe I will use that ford 5.0 engine I have.

Too many options...