Car Restoration: 1952 Studebaker Truck
In the fall of 1975, my husband Alfred brought home his father’s 1950 International half-ton truck from the family farm near Edson, Alta. After seeing it sit on the driveway of our home for a few years, a co-worker of Alfred’s proposed to buy the vehicle; a deal was struck, and the truck changed hands over to a new owner.
Several years later, in 1983, our 17-year-old son was interested in getting his own vehicle. The idea of finding and reacquiring that old International half-ton came to mind. A phone call was made to Barry, the gentleman who had purchased the truck from Alfred, but unfortunately he had sold the old International and never saw the antique machine again. Barry called us a few months later, however, to tell us that he was in possession of a 1952 Studebaker 2R5 model half-ton truck and it was up for sale; we were the first people he had thought to call and we didn’t hesitate to take him up on his offer.
So, in early October 1983, we headed off for Bonnyville, Alta., where Barry lived at the time. With anticipation and optimism in our hearts and minds, we arrived and found what was neither beauty nor bliss, but merely an old derelict beast of a vehicle that had not been treated well over the years. This was our first look at the Studebaker, a small, hard-working farm truck from the postwar era, now the colour of rust versus its original gun-metal grey factory paint. The truck box had somehow managed to collect layers of dirt infused with weeds, grain and other assorted items, living and dead! My initial thought was, “We’re surely not going to bring this heap of junk home, are we?” However, Alfred and our son could see past the rust, bumps and bruises to a truck filled with character.