JUNE 30, 2012 (JULY 2012): ONE OF THE NICEST CUSTOM STUDEBAKER TRUCKS WE HAVE EVER SEEN

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A well-planned custom project is a thing of beauty and this 1949 Studebaker ranks very highly on the ultra-cool scale.

 

Mark and Val Carson are the proud owners of this resto-mod Studie that wears its new modifications very well.

 

 

The truck still has a Studebaker heart because Mark put a 1963 Studebaker Lark engine under the hood for more power from a younger factory cousin. Bear in mind that Mark comes from a heart and soul General Motors family upbringing, but he chooses to blaze his own trail with his Studebaker affection.

 

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Mark purchased his Studebaker in 2003 and launched a seven year project to build his dream Studie pickup. He did just about all of the wrenching on the car and managed to find a machinist who built an adapter plate so that he could mount a modern four-speed automatic to the Lark engine.

 

He also used a rear end out of a Chevy Astro Van, a starter out of a Honda Accord, the seats are Ford F150 and the rear bumper is pure Ford Ranger. Other add-ons include GM power brakes and steering, as well as a custom torsion bar addition to the stock front end for better handling.

 

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The Lark engine has an after-market fuel injection system from a custom builder and it runs like a top on its many road trips with Mark and Val.

 

In fact, Mark and Val can drive all day at 70-75 mph and pull down 23-25 miles per gallon. They arrive in style at every destination and they drive their little Studie beauty a lot during the summer car show season.

 

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Mark added a flip-out rear window that looks cool and also adds cool air flow to the cab; the perfect marriage of form and function.

 

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The final result of Mark’s seven year project is a beautiful custom Studebaker that is very true to the brand because it still has a Studie heart. It would have been a lot easier for a guy from a GM family to throw a 350 Chevy into the truck, but that was never the plan for Mark.

 

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Mark had already outed himself as a Studie guy to his family a long time ago.

 

Jim Sutherland

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