1961 Transtar 4x4 Model 5E13D

Joined: May 30th, 2015, 11:55 pm

March 11th, 2018, 8:14 pm #1

My husband Steve passed away in September 2017. Prior to his illness and subsequent passing, he was in the process of restoring a 1961 Studebaker Transtar Model 5E 13D, SN E13D 3350. It is mostly intact, but the front grille and fenders were removed and stored for engine work. It was running and he ran it around the farm prior to beginning the restoration. It isn't pretty to look at and is a true "project" vehicle.

I am having a farm auction on Saturday, May 5 to sell his farm tractors, equipment, miscellaneous parts and tools. I am also offering for sale the 1961 Studebaker. It is my understanding that this is a relatively rare vehicle, in that a total of 7 4x4s were built in 1960 (even though this one is titled as a 1961).

Steve also had a 1962 Studebaker Model 7E45, SN E45 407, with a factory-installed Detroit Diesel 453 engine. However, I believe our daughter is interested in keeping this truck as it was her father’s pride and joy – mostly because it made so much noise.

If any questions, I'll need to have someone mechanically-inclined provide the answers so I can post them. So, please forgive the time lapse before I post a response. Location is Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Thanks.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: December 9th, 2014, 2:37 am

March 13th, 2018, 2:30 am #2

Any pictures as to the condition it is in now?
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: October 12th, 2014, 5:04 pm

March 13th, 2018, 10:11 pm #3

My husband Steve passed away in September 2017. Prior to his illness and subsequent passing, he was in the process of restoring a 1961 Studebaker Transtar Model 5E 13D, SN E13D 3350. It is mostly intact, but the front grille and fenders were removed and stored for engine work. It was running and he ran it around the farm prior to beginning the restoration. It isn't pretty to look at and is a true "project" vehicle.

I am having a farm auction on Saturday, May 5 to sell his farm tractors, equipment, miscellaneous parts and tools. I am also offering for sale the 1961 Studebaker. It is my understanding that this is a relatively rare vehicle, in that a total of 7 4x4s were built in 1960 (even though this one is titled as a 1961).

Steve also had a 1962 Studebaker Model 7E45, SN E45 407, with a factory-installed Detroit Diesel 453 engine. However, I believe our daughter is interested in keeping this truck as it was her father’s pride and joy – mostly because it made so much noise.

If any questions, I'll need to have someone mechanically-inclined provide the answers so I can post them. So, please forgive the time lapse before I post a response. Location is Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Thanks.
Hi Mrs Steve453
First off I'm very sorry for your loss and now having to sell his items! That is so hard on the family. Question can the 4x4 truck be bought by itself and not wait for a auction? Thank You and again very sorry for your loss Please email me off site to mtnmanbf@aol.com as I'm not always on here! Tks Bill Fowler
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 7th, 2016, 1:40 am

March 14th, 2018, 12:01 am #4

My husband Steve passed away in September 2017. Prior to his illness and subsequent passing, he was in the process of restoring a 1961 Studebaker Transtar Model 5E 13D, SN E13D 3350. It is mostly intact, but the front grille and fenders were removed and stored for engine work. It was running and he ran it around the farm prior to beginning the restoration. It isn't pretty to look at and is a true "project" vehicle.

I am having a farm auction on Saturday, May 5 to sell his farm tractors, equipment, miscellaneous parts and tools. I am also offering for sale the 1961 Studebaker. It is my understanding that this is a relatively rare vehicle, in that a total of 7 4x4s were built in 1960 (even though this one is titled as a 1961).

Steve also had a 1962 Studebaker Model 7E45, SN E45 407, with a factory-installed Detroit Diesel 453 engine. However, I believe our daughter is interested in keeping this truck as it was her father’s pride and joy – mostly because it made so much noise.

If any questions, I'll need to have someone mechanically-inclined provide the answers so I can post them. So, please forgive the time lapse before I post a response. Location is Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Thanks.
Good luck with your sale.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: July 6th, 2016, 11:23 pm

March 14th, 2018, 2:48 am #5

Mrs Steve453,

I also wish to express my condolences on the loss of your husband Steve. This could remind us all that we are merely caretakers of these unique vehicles.

As keeper of the 4wd Register I show this truck as one of Three Transtars listed in the Register for model year 1960. Also looking in the Production List it is one of TWO trucks --- with a factory 259 V8 built in 1960. The other five 1960 4x4 trucks came equipped with the Commander 6 engine. IMHO this should increase its value as a rare vehicle.

I am in the midst of a frame-off resto on a 1961 6E13D myself and have learned quite a bit in the process. If you have any questions about your truck please feel free to contact me at: stude1954@gmail.com   Would be more than happy to help in any way I can. And once again very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. May he rest in peace .....

Andy
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 30th, 2015, 11:55 pm

March 19th, 2018, 6:09 pm #6

ibrake4oldcars wrote:
My husband Steve passed away in September 2017. Prior to his illness and subsequent passing, he was in the process of restoring a 1961 Studebaker Transtar Model 5E 13D, SN E13D 3350. It is mostly intact, but the front grille and fenders were removed and stored for engine work. It was running and he ran it around the farm prior to beginning the restoration. It isn't pretty to look at and is a true "project" vehicle.

I am having a farm auction on Saturday, May 5 to sell his farm tractors, equipment, miscellaneous parts and tools. I am also offering for sale the 1961 Studebaker. It is my understanding that this is a relatively rare vehicle, in that a total of 7 4x4s were built in 1960 (even though this one is titled as a 1961).

Steve also had a 1962 Studebaker Model 7E45, SN E45 407, with a factory-installed Detroit Diesel 453 engine. However, I believe our daughter is interested in keeping this truck as it was her father’s pride and joy – mostly because it made so much noise.

If any questions, I'll need to have someone mechanically-inclined provide the answers so I can post them. So, please forgive the time lapse before I post a response. Location is Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Thanks.
Good luck with your sale.

Thanks; I appreciate it. I need winter weather to end and spring to begin.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 30th, 2015, 11:55 pm

March 19th, 2018, 6:12 pm #7

stude1954 wrote: Mrs Steve453,

I also wish to express my condolences on the loss of your husband Steve. This could remind us all that we are merely caretakers of these unique vehicles.

As keeper of the 4wd Register I show this truck as one of Three Transtars listed in the Register for model year 1960. Also looking in the Production List it is one of TWO trucks --- with a factory 259 V8 built in 1960. The other five 1960 4x4 trucks came equipped with the Commander 6 engine. IMHO this should increase its value as a rare vehicle.

I am in the midst of a frame-off resto on a 1961 6E13D myself and have learned quite a bit in the process. If you have any questions about your truck please feel free to contact me at: stude1954@gmail.com   Would be more than happy to help in any way I can. And once again very sorry to hear of Steve's passing. May he rest in peace .....

Andy
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 30th, 2015, 11:55 pm

March 19th, 2018, 6:17 pm #8

Thanks, Andy. I appreciate the information about the truck. I talked with a brother-in-law over the weekend. He said that the two trucks with the factory 259 V8 built in 1960 were shipped to the same business near here; one has since been junked and the one I have in the barnyard in the only one remaining. Steve was quite excited to acquire the truck and looked forward to restoring it. Thanks for your offer of questions/answers about the truck.

Mrs. Steve453
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: March 28th, 2018, 10:20 pm

March 28th, 2018, 10:33 pm #9

Hi Mrs Steve453, i will be passing though Somerset county on my way back from Chicago next week on Friday, April 6th.  If you have interest, I would be happy to stop by and consider Steve's 61 Transtar to go with my 59 Scottsman. I live in NJ. Call, txt or email anytime. all the best, John Dandrea 856-889-9449, jpdandrea@gmail.com
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 30th, 2015, 11:55 pm

April 2nd, 2018, 6:56 pm #10

gibsonnut wrote: Any pictures as to the condition it is in now?
I've attached three photos so I hope you can see them. The 4x4 is on the trailer as Steve brought it home. It isn't in bad shape, but it needs some love. The truck bed is wood; Steve put the truck cap on it for storage.
The one photo shows the 4x4 sitting beside his beloved 7E45 that has the factory-installed Detroit Diesel. The third photo is the 4x4 sitting near the barn just a few weeks ago - and yes, we are still getting snow here in the mountains (about 6 inches overnight). The body parts were taken off and stored in the barn so they will go with the truck.
I also have two new old stock (NOS) front fenders and cab doors that Steve bought many years ago; he believed they would fit the 7E45. Also have a NOS tailgate to fit a pickup but have no idea the size or model it would fit. I've found two used cab doors and hood so far; we may uncover more parts while preparing for the auction.
016-Stude4x4.jpg
008-Stude4x4.jpg
003-Stude4x4.jpg
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 8th, 2018, 12:48 pm

April 8th, 2018, 12:51 pm #11

Will this be a live auction and will it be online? Thanks, Steve
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: May 30th, 2015, 11:55 pm

April 11th, 2018, 12:47 pm #12

Wolfie wrote: Will this be a live auction and will it be online? Thanks, Steve
This is a live auction. The auctioneer is Ron Jubick and can be reached at 814.443.4580 or mobile at 814.233.2672 or email at ron@ronjubick.com. The entire sale bill has been listed on auctionzip.com for May 5. We have an extra 289 V8 motor for the 4x4; unsure if we will sell with the truck or separately, as well as a few more used Studebaker parts.
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 8th, 2018, 12:48 pm

May 5th, 2018, 8:05 pm #13

Steve453 wrote:
Wolfie wrote: Will this be a live auction and will it be online? Thanks, Steve
This is a live auction. The auctioneer is Ron Jubick and can be reached at 814.443.4580 or mobile at 814.233.2672 or email at ron@ronjubick.com. The entire sale bill has been listed on auctionzip.com for May 5. We have an extra 289 V8 motor for the 4x4; unsure if we will sell with the truck or separately, as well as a few more used Studebaker parts.
If anyone makes it to the auction today I would like to know what the 4x4 brings. Work responsibilities so I couldnt go. Thanks
Quote
Like
Share

Joined: April 8th, 2018, 12:48 pm

May 8th, 2018, 2:55 pm #14

Anybody go?
Quote
Like
Share