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Jeremy's Stuie

1951 Studebaker 2R5

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251

  • Color: Rusty
  • Horsepower: 375
  • Drivetrain: RWD
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  • Vehicle Overview

    I picked up this 1951 Studebaker 2R5 pick-up truck from our CEO. He had purchased the complete truck out of the Tuscon AZ area with the intentions of using the frame under it for another project he already had. I was able to strike a deal and purchased just the cab and bed from him. So I did my research and discovered that the standard cab Dakotas were a perfect match for the stock Studebaker wheelbase. Since I'm a diehard Mopar guy anyway, I set out on a mission to locate a good donor truck. My search was soon complete, and I aquired a 1999 Dodge Dakota 2wd frame. With some slight modifications and clean-up to the frame I was ready to drop the cab and bed on "my new to me" chassis. The donor motor came out of a wrecked 2007 Tahoe but stock wasn't going to cut it, so the 5.3L soon received a BTR stage 4 truck cam and matching valve springs all compliments of a co-worker that was ready to step up his engine build to the next level. After some lenghty trading with a good friend I scored a reman 4L85E 4-speed automatic transmission to get me down the road. A Saturday morning spent with my son scrounging the local pull-a-part scored us a Ford 8.8" rear end turning a 3:73 locker. The bolt pattern on the stock dakota was the odd-ball 6 on 4.5" (viper) so it was a no-brainer to swap the front end to the match the 5 on 4.5" pattern found on the 8.8" rear axle I had just aquired. That proved harder than origionally thought. It seems nothing really swaps between the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd gen dakota front suspension/brake components. So it was back to the drawing board! I ended up buying new front hubs and rotors and machined the new bolt pattern (5on4.5") myself. Life and work has been hectic the past 2 years so work was slow but I managed to Stuie up and running for LS Fest east 2019. There's plenty left to do so i'll just keep plugging away with a little luck I'll be ready for power Tour 2020!

    Vehicle Story

    Completed Modifications

    Cooling (2)
    Data Acquisition (2)
    Engine Management (ECU) (1)
    Engine Parts (14)
    Exhaust (1)
    Exterior (1)

    Future Plans

    I would like to eventually add a turbo to the mix, but time and $$ will tell!

    Removed Modifications

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