This rusty survivor is a 1949 Studebaker pickup. I found it on craigslist a few years ago for $500. I’ve always loved the body styling of these pickups and decided to buy it. This truck has been well used and abused. Any body part that could be hit has been. The story that I heard was that the owner
was an elderly man that used it to pull around his other old cars on his property. When the brakes went out, he just kept using it. That would explain a lot. Check out this vintage magazine ad that shows what it would have looked like new.
While this is a bit different from my normal posts, it did stem from my photography. I was completing a challenge from my mentor Ron Clifford from The Arcanum. The challenge involved really exploring my subject and taking lots of pictures of different details and different compositions. I usually shoot a few pics and run off to the next thing instead of really checking the subject out. I learned that there are lots more cool pictures to be found if I just take my time and look more.
This one needed a little work when I got it, but the engine was complete and it turned over freely. I had to buy a radiator, brake master cylinder, and a wiring harness. The wiring was the old cloth-insulated or rather non-insulated variety. It didn’t take much to get it to start, though. The seat was really bad so I took it to get recovered. While the seat was gone, I got it running and we drove it around the property while sitting on buckets. When I got the seat back, I tried to move it to the shop to install the seat and the clutch wouldn’t work. That’s where it’s at right now, but I’m going to fix that soon. I love the sound of those old flathead 6 engines and I can’t wait to drive it around some more. Here are some more pictures of it. As always, prints are available by clicking any of the pictures or going to my Gallery.
Here’s a mystery for you. Do you know what the two floor switches are for? Comment below and share with your friends to see if they know.
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