- Color: Rusty
- Horsepower: 375
- Drivetrain: RWD
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!
Stuie gets brake lights09/17/2019
Brake light switch install
Stuie gets a mid-mount accessory drive09/17/2019
Holley mid-mount acc drive install
How to keep your LS engine leak free09/17/2019
Sealing up the LS for Stuie
Changing the look with new valve covers and coils09/17/2019
Stuie gets new Holley valve covers and MSD coils
Waking up the 5.3 with a BTR stage V cam & spr09/17/2019
Installing a BTR stage 5 cam and valve springs to bump up the HP!
We're not in Arizona anymore!09/17/2019
This is what Stuie looked like when I found him. The first 56 years of his life were spent cruising the desert chasing cattle.
Beefing up the rear end!09/17/2019
Dropping in a junk yard find 8.8" disc brake rearend with a 3:73 locker. Only had to remove and the original spring perches and weld in some new ones. I was even able to retain the sway bar and adapted the emergency brake cables to the Studebaker l...
Getting a facelift09/17/2019
The Holley mid-mount accessory drive is finally installed!
Changing it up09/17/2019
Drilling the new 5 on 4.5" bolt pattern in the hubs and rotors.
I gutted the stock module and installed a Holley retro-fit fuel pump module to feed the fuel. i was also able to retain the stock fuel level sender and wire the 7" dash to read the resistance.
A trip to my Amish friends netted me some rough sawn oak to use for the bed. I cut 1 1/2" strap metal to make the slats then drilled and tapped some button head bolts to hold it all in place.
Out with the old and in with the new!09/17/2019
I couldn't resist the look of the new Sniper dual plenum intake, It filled the engine bay nicely! So the Sniper race intake had to come off, and since I don't follow the norm, instead of using drive by wire I opted to use a pair of Sniper 92mm thrott...
Gotta pass the gas!09/17/2019
Since the Studebaker / Dakota swap isn't exactly a big seller i had to design my own exhaust. @ 1/2" pipes exits both the Hooker manifolds and merge into a Flowmaster 80 series 2 in / 2 out muffler. In the pic you can also see the battery box i ins...
Stuie gets frostbitten!09/17/2019
A Frostbite radiator designed for early Chevys fits just right in the old Studebaker! Had to make some brackets to mount it and installed the electric fan kit to keep it all cool. P.S. that old heater / blower motor in the back ground actually stil...
Good bye to the 232c.i.09/17/2019
The old 232 V8 power plant just wasn't in my plans, besides the pack rats had already de-wired it partially for me!
- Water Neck – GM LS – Swivel – 30 Degree Angle - Black
- Sniper EFI Fabricated Intake Manifold Dual Plenum 92mm GM LS1/2/6, TB spacers, and Fuel Rail Kit - BlackSniper EFI "Dual Plenum" Intake Manifold 92mm throttle body bore for GM LS1/2/6 engines (Includes TB spacers, installation kit, and fuel rail kit) Black Finish
I would like to eventually add a turbo to the mix, but time and $$ will tell!
- Hi-Ram Sheet Metal Fabricated Intake Manifold LS1/LS2/LS6 92mm Throttle Body opening + Fuel Rail Kit Black with Sniper logo -Low Profile
- Now includes mounting provision for MAP sensor on rear of Intake plenum. Use GM #12592525 or equivalent.