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1950 Studebaker Champion
When it comes to rodding, I like a car that's a bit off the norm and I want a car that will grab people's attention. My interest for the bulletnose really took hold after seeing Frankenstude, an impressive full custom '48 Business Coupe with a '51 front-clip and a '50 bulletnose.
I personally like the look of the '50 grill and bulletnose over the '51. The 4 point (steel) bullet and the uniformed grill openings of the '50 appealed to me more than the 3 point (plastic) bullet and upsweeping grill of the '51. So the search was on.
I located my project in Deep Cove, B.C. in August 1998 for $1500 CDN, and the following weekend had it on a flat-deck hauler heading for home. The 2 door Champ was a good start to a great project.
The body was in reasonable condition with minimal through rust (or so it seemed, pre-chemical bath). The car was stripped of everything and taken off the frame.
The old flathead six engine.
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