Talbert Goldman’s 1949 Studebaker pickup has been named Goodguys 2013 Street Rod Headquarters Truck of the Year-Early. The truck is the only Studebaker to have ever won a Goodguys Teriffic 12 award. It was chosen as a finalist for the award earlier this year at the Goodguys 8th Nashville Nationals.
The fat fendered pickup is a 3rd generation truck. Talbert’s father bought it from his grandfather on his mom’s side and built it in the 1970s before giving it to Talbert when he was just 14. Young Talbert restyled it and drove it for 11 years before recently tearing it all apart then turning it into the truck he now calls “Champagne High.”
The truck is a work of art. The body has been “smoothed” and “shaved”, and the bed was pie cut. A tucked front bumber was crafted and custom panels clean up the engine bay. The 350 V8 is trimmed in color-matched valve covers and custom-fabbed air cleaner.
The stock frame was boxed and fitted with Fatman Fabriocations’ Mustang II front suspension, a Ford 9-inch on a triangulated four-link, and Ridetech air suspension goodies. Fourteen-inch Wilwood discs and 6-piston calipers put a stop to the 18” and 20” wheels from Billet Specialties.
Inside the cab, a ’59 Impala dash was grafted in and painted brown to match the leather and suede upholstery. It’s highlighted with Dolphin gauges and Billet Specialties steering wheel. A custom console sits in front of a cratch-made bench seat, finishing off this outstanding vintage show truck.
Look for Goldman’s Studebaker truck inside the “Champion’s Arena” sponsored by Street Rod Headquarters at the Goodguys 16th annual Southwest Nationals, November 15-17 at Westworld in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Runner Up finalists for this year’s award included: George Cameron, Bonita, CA (’50 Chevy pickup), Dale Buck, Mesa, AZ, (’37 Chevy pickup), Tom Holmes, Omaha, NE (‘48 Chevy pickup), Paul Bonderson, Sunol, CA (’39 Ford pickup), and Lee Schmidt, Phoenix, AZ (’35 Ford pickup).