1946 Studebaker M5 Restoration Project Continued

The 1946 Studebaker M5 has been out and had a good reception at the local informal car show.   There were about 170 cars and trucks at the JC Penny parking lot last Saturday.  It was a very nice sunny day and people were tired of the Covid 19 lockup, so everyone was out, and there were several cars that I had not yet seen.

I wish I would have got some pictures of the highlights or what I consider so.  

I think JC Penny is completely out of business here in Sequim now. Saturday may have been their final day. Not quite sure on that but..

Anyways, here are a few images of the current condition of the 46 M5....











1946 Studebaker M5 Restoration Project continued

 The restoration project on the 1946 Studebaker M5 pickup truck is nearing completion.

I hadn't planned to take it to this level when I purchased it, but here we go... Where do you stop on something like this?

I probably have way more invested in this truck than I will be able to recover, but we'll see when I list it.  I'm leaning towards listing it with "Bring A Trailer" as I've heard from friends that they are pretty successful in sales.

Well, here's a picture of the front end and cab pretty much completed, other than polishing and a few other minor details, and the bumper.

There'll be no rattles in this machine and the fit is no doubt better than new.



Volkswagen Bus Body Restoration




The grinder gouging was horrendous when I received the project. So not only did I have to deal with old collision "repairs" but grinder gouging and warpage as well. 







I accepted this project as a body restoration and preparation for paint.

The bus was to be painted with single stage paint but after the preparation and deliver to the painter who sent the project to me, the plan changed to base/clear which requires finer sanding prep.

I later learned about the change when I picked up the bus for final assembly.

Much to my disappointment, I realized that someone had gone over our prep work with a power sander, which caused some serious surface imperfections.

To top that off, literally, the clear coat was a disaster. I won't elaborate on that subject but I will say that the surface preparation on the Volkswagen was super flat and super straight when it left my hands.

You can see the body is likely the straightest Volkswagen you've seen with the exception of the gouging from the DA sander and the sags in the clear coat.

The time and the expertise involved in getting the fit and surface on the Volkswagen to this level was extremely challenging and to have that completely compromised in couple days was very disappointing.

The VW had quite a lot of damage to it from both wrecks and amateur paint stripping. Every panel had major damage and warpage.

I did have new panels for the front but the rest were just not available.













1946 Studebaker M5 Pickup ongoing restoration.

Restoring the Studebaker pickup has become a daily process.  In removing and cleaning the bed, I find that it is also in exceptional condition which goes along with the rest of the truck.  The rear bed crossmember required a bit of straightening as it had been obviously hit in the past, and the bed sides were slightly slanted left in the rear.  So that issue is corrected now too.

The bed floor is in very good condition with only minor dents and dings but all the ribs are as strait as they came from the factory. The underside displays a lot of the original red oxide primer and behind the rear fenders, the original paint looks almost new.


I did sandblast the surface rust and recoated it with red oxide epoxy primer. Here's the new epoxy red oxide on the bottom side.



 

1946 Studebaker Pickup Truck Restoration Interior

 Some would say that restoring the interior, dash, and doors/windows is like remodeling your bathroom.  It is probably the most labor intensive part of the job when it has been cobbled up like a lot of them  with nonfunctional windows, cowl vent, heater/defroster, horn button/wiring, with no horns, no wiper motors, and with the aftermarket replacement odd ball headlight switch, and non matching heater switch. 

I was lucky to acquire a pair of original wiper motors, a NOS headlight switch, a NOS ivory colored starter button that I installed in the dash to eliminate the poor design switch that was activated with the clutch pedal arm, and a heater switch that matches the original knobs on the dash. I installed a pair of horns on the existing mounting bracket and of course, rewired the system for those, all the way from the horn button. I also installed a very nice period correct self canceling, 7 wire turn signal switch, that I completely restored back to the hammered finish, reconditioned internal switch, new wire, and NOS TungSol flasher, that is actually the same color as the existing heater/defroster that I restored as well.

I replaced most of the cardboard interior pieces with the exception of the headliner and sun visors that I repainted back to original color.

The door windows are working again with replaced clutch springs in the regulator and new run channels etc. The risers were rusted and in need of replacement as well so I rebuilt them and painted as necessary. One wing window was de-laminated severely, so that one is new now.

Here are some before and after shots.






I got a new key cut by the code from a blank that I picked up on eBay.  The original key was so worn that it would fall out of the ignition switch and barely worked it the door. Cutting it by the code was essential in getting it back to the original un-worn point.  I also haven't painted the NOS radio delete plate that I installed in place of the original that was drilled full of big holes. I am still looking for a nice gear shift knob too.




YANKEE 960 TURN SIGNAL SWITCH 7 WIRE CONVERSION FOR SALE and NOS switch

This is the second Yankee 960 Turn Signal Switch that I have converted to a 12 volt 7 wire unit.

For those of you who aren't informed about the difference between the original 4 wire and the 7 wire....  The 7 wire switch allows you to use your existing brake lights as turn signals rather than adding extra lights to accommodate the turn signal function.

  I'm really satisfied with how well it works and I'm relieved that it is finally finished.  I couldn't count the hours spent on this conversion but I started back on it first thing this morning and have about 7-1/2 more hours into it today.

I told myself after the first one that I wouldn't do another.  I'm having those same thoughts again cause I should have spent the day working on one of the other half dozen projects on my list.

The price tag on this one is $500  SOLD

I do have another one in my collection of switches and it is a NOS switch. I'm thinking that I may just stick it back on the market and hope to recoup my money on it, rather than going through the process of converting it.

Here are some pictures.







Here is the NOS switch that I mentioned. I need $500 for this one. It is complete with clamp, flasher, and original wiring.
SOLD


Well this is the first one that I converted and I polished it and installed a glass jewel as well.   SOLD







 
 

1946 Studebaker M5 More on Patching the door bottoms

 The right side patch is on the skin and the skin is back on the shell. 


Notice the drain slots in the door bottom just like original.
The door fits perfectly with uniform gaps.