Okay, maybe this is apocryphal, but I just saw this over on the Studebaker Forum. The topic was Studebaker engines in other cars, and there was such joy at the remembering/reporting the Corvette with a Champion flathead six installed
, but also that many Studebaker V8 engines ended up in Willys--both cars as well as the Jeep wagons/pickups for a very good reason--durability. Here are some of the comments:
"Not directly relevant to your question, but I have seen Studebaker engines in other applications. Many years ago I was poking around in a small salvage yard looking for parts for my '54 Willys. I found a Willys with a Stude V-8 in it (don't remember which size). At the same time someone in the base auto hobby shop was putting a Studebaker V-8 in another make, but I don't remember what. Later, in Hawaii, my neighbor was putting a '59 Lark V-8 in his Willys Jeep pickup. I asked him why and his answer was the Studebaker V-8 was the toughest, longest lasting engine he could get."
"The Stude V8 swap into a Willys was a fairly common upgrade. I remember my next door neighbor had a nice Willys wagon (the two tone gray) with one back in the early 60's. I think it was something about the BW trans used in the Willys that made it a fairly easy swap."
"One of the guys here in the North Carolina chapter told me his father had a Studebaker V-8 installed in his 1954 Kaiser Manhattan back in the '60s, which some may recall came with a McCullough supercharged Continental 226 flat-head six. It took only two days, practically a drop-in (he said) and was a huge improvement in all respects."
Perhaps an inquisitive Kaiser type person with some knowledge of Studebakers would actually know from eyeballing and using a measuring tape whether this is a do-able thing, putting a Studebaker V8 (with an overdrive BW T86 transmission being an obvious type of choice) into a 51-55 Kaiser. The Studebaker V8--232/224/259/289/304 blocks are all more or less the same, especially the stock 259 which can be either 6 (1955) or 12 volt (56 and after), and hanging power steering/AC and other things would be easy, as in swapping a generator for an alternator etc.
HJ East Texas?? Anyone else any comments?