Vortec V8 Power: 1946 Studebaker M-16 Panel Van

GM’s gen 3 small block V8 (commonly called the LS) is known around the world as the engine to drop into your car when you need power, torque, and reliability in a basic package. Today’s 1.5 ton Studebaker Van is not the last car I’d ever expect to have small block power, but it is close to the end of the list. Find this 1946 Studebaker M-16 Panel Van offered for $9400 in Austin, TX via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!

From the seller:

1946 M16-28 –Step Van
VIN: M168103
condition: fair
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 999999
odometer rolled over
paint color: grey
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: van
1946 Studebaker M-16 Panel Van– Very Unique Vehicle! The engine and entire drive-train was swapped out with the following:
2007 GM 5.3 liter Vortex V8
Matching GM 460L Automatic Transmission
Custom-made driveshaft
GM Rear end dully

1 – 1/2 ton Step Van, built for World War 2 as an ambulance or delivery/supply vehicle, due to its very high ground clearance and rugged build. It turns over instantly and the engine will rev. and ROAR and then PURRS at idle!

All of the engine electronics; headlights, taillights, instrument & speedometer gauge, engine electrical/charging and battery are new, and 12 volt. The lights are attractive and bright LED’s.

It is “street legal” as it does not require any sort of inspection in Texas. I currently have the clear & clean title, tags, and Antique license Plates; in my name. It needs two new tires, the other four have good rubber and the front ones are virtually new. It also needs a brake job.

The previous owner began to convert it into a Food Truck, but stopped when his partnership ended.The Rear Body and frame of the Van was cut and extended by roughly 18 inches, and the roof and one side were cut open and re-framed, and the roof-dome was added, but the work was never completed.

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