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Guys With Rides is pleased to present this gorgeous fully customized 1949 Studebaker M2 Pickup currently available from the owner and builder Dennis in Monroe, New Jersey where he is currently asking $59,000 or reasonable offer.
Dennis, an experienced body shop owner, started the project with an original ’49 Studebaker M2 he found on a farm. After separating the cab and bed, Dennis sent the frame to Martz Chassis in Bedford, Pennsylvania where they proceeded to box it and added chrome-moly tubing where needed for added strength before installing a modern coil-over front suspension along with power rack-and-pinion steering. Handling the power out back is a Moser Engineering Ford nine-inch axle equipped with Posi-traction, 3:80:1 gears, and 31-spline axles. Providing stopping power is a complete Wildwood four-wheel power disc brake system utilizing four-piston calipers at each corner. Dennis notes the system also utilizes a vacuum accumulator to ensure maximum braking force is always ready when the driver needs it.
Under the mirrored hood of this custom M2 Studebaker resides a Chevrolet LS1 5.7 Liter V8 topped with a polished LS6 intake and throttle body system. Transferring the motor’s power is a modified GM 4L60E automatic transmission. A great detail is the “Studebaker” script placed on the coil pack / valve covers. Dennis is quick to point out the computer and wiring needed to run this drivetrain are professionally and reliably in place. Will love the use of braided steel lines and how sanitary the firewall looks with all of the normal components found there now hidden.
The subtle details Dennis placed throughout the body of this truck impress you us as you walk from the grill to the tailgate. In front are modern HID headlights and fog lights. We love the conversion to suicide-style doors, the frenched and recessed license plate frame and LED CHMSL light mounted on the back of the truck’s cab. Moving back to the bed, as Dennis describes it he personally glued and filled the truck bed’s fenders using a U.S. Quarter mounted to a squeegee to form the curve as he hand laid the SMC-style filler to make the transition from the fenders to the bed wall. Doing so gives a much more consistent appearance across a very wide arc while reducing the sanding to an absolute minimum. Under the power tilting and LED lit bed tonneau cover you’ll find a custom diamond plate wet-and-dry cooler. Topping off the rear end of this truck, we love how Dennis frenched in a set of mid-nineties DeVille Concours tail lights into the hollow sides of the bed that are much more stylish than the simple round OEM units.
The driver and passenger of this outstanding custom truck will be coddled in luxury with custom tan leather and suede seats, air conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD/DVD/Navigation head unit as well as a custom engine-turned style dashboard equipped with a full complement of gauges. The subtle details you’ll find on this truck are too numerous to list. Dennis says that he spared no expense when he built his truck in 2012 and the quality shows throughout and the magazine Classic Custom Truck recognized that fact when they featured Dennis’ Studebaker in their June 2012 issue.
The simple fact is that you cannot replicate this truck for even double what Dennis is asking. The quality of components and attention to detail is beyond reproach. The best part is with seven pampered years under its belt, you can purchase it with confidence knowing that it has been thoroughly debugged and is ready for any cruise you can throw at it. Good luck with the purchase!