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Hers a few more pics I promised . The wheels are apart and almost ready to send away. I have to sandblast the outer rim .They were not to hard to get apart. Used the B.F.H.post-92822-143142175447_thumb.jpg

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Would solid disc wheels be suitable for a speedster? I believe Studebaker offered them around about the time of your car. Just curious if you had considered them.

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Are you sure this car is a 1927? The distinctive feature of the Studebakers for 1927 was that they had unique disc wheels which were needed for the style of four wheel brakes fitted to all car that year. As far as I know 1926 was the last year that two wheel brakes were available and those cars had wood wheels. Have you got the chassis and engine numbers? The chassis number can be found on an aluminium plate behind the left front wheel. The engine number will be just above the water side plate on the right side of the engine. There should also be casting dates on the block and head.

From 1928 the front brakes were redesigned and they were able to fit wood, wire of disc wheels to all models.

Looking at your recent pics again I see that the chassis plate is there. The last number for 1926 cars is 1346000. Any number higher than that is a 1927 car. The engien number will start with a letter code. If it is ER it is 1926, EU is 1927.

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I was told when I got it it was a 27. I have the I d plate on the frame the number starts with 12. The car is not at my house so I don't have the whole number today. It could be a 26 ,it really doesn't matter to me. I will get the numbers tomorrow when I go to my shop. Could it be a 25 or 26? It has no front brakes at all.

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If the first two digits are 12 then it is most likely a '26. If the engine is an ER that will confirm it.

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today I remembered to check the numbers!! The frame plate says 1260245 The motor # is ER262433, I think your right its a 26 Thanks for the info.

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Wheels are apart ,sandblasted, and halfway painted, (primed) will finish painting next week ! Then starts fitting the motor. I got a second motor from Kansas this one has a three speed out of a car, hopefuthis won't hit the crossmember. I think maybe a week and a half.

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Good news - maybe. I think your car is older than we first thought. According to the numbers quoted in The Standard Catalog of American Cars the first serial number for the ER series is 1202001 and the first number for the 1926 series is 1284001 so yours is about halfway through the 1925 run. The ER series was basically the same through 1925 and 1926 but to quote The Standard Catalog - "there were numerous running production changes that restorers of today find confusing". The casting dates on the block and head should have a D as the first letter - maybe in the order D - 20 - 3 for March 20 1925 for example. I could stand corrected on this. Maybe an ER owner could confirm it. I am only going by the engines I have which have G and H on them for 1928 and 1929. Note the 1930 series 53 engine in this thread - http://forums.aaca.org/f126/1929-studebaker-dictator-drivetrain-353587.html - has a J code on it.

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That is good news, the older the better. Thanks for the info. When I got it I was told it was a 27. I will try to remember to check the casting dates tomorrow .

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Hopefully the owner of a Model ER will chime in and tell us the casting date letter code for that model.

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The wheels were sent to Stutzmans on Friday. I started to mount the temp engine,had to build my own mounts! I'm now using a three speed trans. As soon as I find a two bolt Studebaker starter I will try to get the motor fired. I'm making sure I check radiator clearance,I don't want to screw up as I've done in the past. Monday I will complete the front mount then we'll see what happens.

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Pulled the head and intake from the temp engine,I may have lucked out the pistons are tight and not much ridge. Just a couple of stuck valves. I'm planning on putting it back together and try to fire it .Also I'm getting a two bolt starter on Monday.

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going to give 6 volts a shot. If connections are tight and batt is in good shape I think it will be fine!! I'd like to keep it closer to stock.

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I got a call from Stutzmans yesterday. My wheels will be done Tuesday !! That's great and it was less than $1000. I pulled the OD trans and found a large mouse nest in the clutch ,looks like a new clutch and pressure plate is in order. I'm planning on dropping the oil pan to look for critters. I'm also looking for a three speed trans with a floor shift out of a truck. That will save me the trouble of fabing a floor shift.

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They fab the spokes,you have to send them your best old spokes as a sample. I don't believe they have stock spokes.

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I have two Studebaker champion 6 cyl engines . One will be my temp engine . I striped one down and found a broken dist. drive shaft and a bad bearing. Striped motor #2 yesterday and it looks good! I'm putting in rings and bearings and I'll be good to go. The first motor had stuck valves, The second doesn't. Now I need to find a 46 three speed trans with a floor shift. (out of a pick-up)I also varnished the wheels and they look great. Pics to follow

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Cool... I was beginning to think everyone had already gone into hibernation for the winter. Been quiet around here.

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