I backed it into the garage, opened the hood and pondered.
|At the Walker reunion - 1985 (That's Adam in front)|
The truck was a farm truck, rode hard, and put away wet. All the windows were broken, the floorboard was pretty much gone, the cab sagged, the brakes were bad. In short, it was perfect for a 19 year old kid.
|Tim adding auxiliary seating|
My buddy John and I fixed it up, the best that we knew how. I rebuilt the engine, replaced the brakes, new windows, sand blasted, painted, learned to weld and patched the floorboards. Being kids, we didn't really know what we were doing. We got 'er done, but it was a pretty crummy job.
Over the years, I've fixed up several times. Each time a bit better. It's been stored in numerous barns. It's been up to its carburetor in a flood.
|Adam after learning to drive the truck|
|Neil after learning to drive the truck|
|Ready for surgery|
1960 model 5E12 Studebaker Champ
- 3/4 ton
- 259 cu in V-8
- 140 HP
- Spicer 60 rear axle 4.27 gear ratio, 5000 lb ground rating
- Warner T98 4-speed transmission, ratios: 6.4, 3.09, 1.69, 1.0
- Turning radius 24'8"
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