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What Am I for Thursday 06/04/15

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Jeff Lakaszcyck
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This is quite a rare truck, for numerous reasons. Extra points if you know what makes it rare ( and you're disqualified if I already told you the story !)
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Early 1960s Studebaker with Detroit 3.53 engine?
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Very short wheelbase, possibly a trailer-toter?
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Does it count against me if I talked with him at the motel Friday morning before he got to the show??? It also has the sliding frame to shorten it up to a mobile home toter..

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Conglomerate the answers. Short wheelbase Studebaker trailer toter, with a 3-53 Detroit, and a sliding frame.
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All of the above...
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WAG, the first diesel powered Whatoff / Studebaker telescoping frame?

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Studebaker 8E-45 trailer toter. 4-53 Detroit powered.

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All of the above and doggoneit, I did not see it there.  Rats! 


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The answer is, all of the above, but not quite. This is a 1964 Studebaker Trailer Toter with a 4-53 Detriot Diesel owned by Bert Coolidge. Most of the following information was relayed to me by Bert's brother Bob Coolidge, who is one of our Florida ATCA chapter members. Whatoff began building sliding frame trailer toters in the late '50's, mostly on Studebaker chassis. Whatoff was also the largest Studebaker truck dealer in the nation. They were located in Iowa. For some unknown reason, in the fall of 1963 for 1964 models Studebaker decided to have a local South Bend Iron Works or something like that build a "Trailer Toter" locally. Our WAI truck is one of those. I think there were less than a dozen of those built total.  Why Studebaker would entertain the idea of competing with their largest truck dealer is lost to history. In any case with the Diesel engine it is quite rare. In fact, based on a review of the Studebaker Diesel production orders it appears that this truck is the only Diesel Trailer Toter that was produced. Peter, the model number you gave looks right, but I didn't get that info. John, this truck was parked out in the transporter area, which is probably why you missed it.

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