The following is a history of the construction of "The Rat Truck".   A 1941 Studebaker M-5 pick-up.   Well, construction so far... Not finished yet... Hey, I could live long enough to actually finish the Damm thing.. Well, maybe.... It could happen... Oh, come on.........

 

The nightmare started back in October of '97, when I saw this ad in the Auto Round-up classifieds.   The owner swore to me it had "surface rust" only and very little of that...   I should have know, he sells insurance...   Anyway, not being the sharpest tool in the shed, I bought it and arranged to have it shipped back here to Florida.

The big day arrives.   Finally, it's here!!   The auto transport guys tell me it was in the middle of a horse pasture.   They said that one horse would not let them get near the truck.   I guess it was his?   They had to find the owner to control him, so they could winch the Studebaker onto the trailer.   Well, here it is and my worst fears are realized....IT'S TOTAL SHIT!!!

I start looking over the remains of what once was a 1941 Studebaker M-5.   Cannon ball sized hole drilled in the tailgate???   The bed floor and front bed panel are completely rusted away...   Rear fenders and running boards are gone to metal cancer as well.   Man, I guess I never learn.   Looks like another one for the "SCREWED AGAIN" column.  

The corners of the hood are rusted thru, all the way thru to the braces behind...   gone...   The front fenders aren't too bad, they could be saved.   The center grille, can be saved, well, maybe?   The two side grilles are so rusted you can actually see thru the metal!

Hey, look!   There's no bottom to the doors at all, you can see right thru to the ground...   The trim around the windshield is rusted into power, I touched it and put my finger right thru it.   And there's rust holes the size of your fist in the cab floor, lots of them....

Nice rear fenders, huh?   Trying to make a list.   Not sure, which way to go....   Should it write down what's bad or what's good?   Looks like a 50/50 split......

Well, there it is, quite a mess...   But, it's all pretty much there, all the parts that is.   The seller said it was all there.   Guess he missed the rust?   At this point, an intelligent person would have pushed this piece of crap in the bay and started looking for another truck.

BUT...I told you that sometimes, "I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed"   Well, this is a good example of one of those times.   Hell, I can fix it...   So I start taking her apart.