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Year, Make & Model: 1950 Studebaker Champion Convertible

Appointment Information

Date and Time of Inspection

AUGUST 16, 2021

Who was Present for the Inspection

OWNER ONLY

Test Drive

Odometer Reading Before Road Test

2856.5

How far AND to what speed?

4.5 MILES 45MPH

Does the vehicle drive straight? YES or NO

YES

Steering Performance? Tight or Sloppy

APPEARS NORMAL

Brake Performance? Good or Needs Work

GOOD

Suspension Noise? Comment

NONE HEARD

Any significant wind noise?

NA CONVERTIBLE TOP WAS DOWN

Odometer Reading After Road Test

2861.0

Comments:

Engine


Engine Size:

170 CID

Designation: (HP)

85

Performance

VERY GOOD

Start Up Easy or Hard

EASY

Any Hesitation on Start

NONE

Oil Level / Quality

GOOD

Carburetor (Make/Model)

1 BBL

Engine Smoke

NONE OBSERVED

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

SEE NOTE

Engine Noise

NONE

Comments: FROM UNDERSIDE IT APPEARS THERE IS A SMALL OIL LEAK TOWARD BACK OF OIL PAN/FRONT OF TRANSMISSION. WHEN VEHICLE WAS PURCHASED 4 YEARS AGO OWNER HAD ENGINE REBUILT DUE TO WEAK COMPRESSION. ENGINE WAS BORED 0.30 OVER WITH NEW RINGS. ENGINE START BUTTON UNDER CLUTCH PEDAL WITH LOCK OUT ONCE RUNNING.

Transmission

Transmission Type:

MANUAL

FWD / RWD

RWD

Fluid Level / Quality

NA

Clutch Operation

GOOD

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

SEE NOTE ABOVE

Miss Shifts

NO

Is there Overdrive?

YES

Overdrive Performance

ELECTRIC OD

Overall Performance

VERY GOOD

 

 

Comments: 3 SPEED MANUAL COLUMN SHIFT. FIRST GEAR IS NOT SYNCHRONIZED. NO REPAIRS TO TRANSMISSION SINCE OWNED. SLAVE CYLINDER MOUNTED UNDER BODY. FLUID LEVEL NOT CHECKED

Steering

Steering Type

MANUAL

Performance

GOOD

Fluid Level / Quality

NA

 

 

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NA

Feel when Stationary

TYPICAL PLAY

Comments:

Brakes

Brake Type: Front and Rear

MANUAL

Performance:

APPEAR IN ORDER

Fluid Level / Quality

NA

Noises

NO

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NONE NOTICED

Feel When Stationary

NORMAL FEEL

Emergency/Parking Brake

OPERATES

 

 

Comments: DRUM STYLE ON ALL 4 CORNERS

Rear End

U-Joints:

APPEAR GOOD

Performance:

GOOD

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NONE

Noises

NO

Comments:

Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning:

NO A/C

Operation / Noises

 

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

 

Blow Cold / Cool / Warm

 

Temperature Control:

 

 

 

Comments:

Suspension

Suspension Type

KING PIN STYLE ON FRONT. LEAF ON REAR

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NONE NOTICED

Operation / Noise

APPEARS FINE

Any Loose Items

UNABLE TO VERIFY

Drive Train Type

REAR

Any Deteriorated Items

SEE NOTES BELOW

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NONE EVIDENT

Any Wandering on Road

DRIVES STRAIGHT

Bounce Test? Comment

STIFF

 

 

Comments: VEHICLE INSPECTED WHILE ON THE GROUND. PER OWNER, VEHICLE WILL NEED NEW KING PINS WHICH HE HAS ALREADY PURCHASED. THEY WILL GO WITH THE SALE OF THE VEHICLE. RECENT GREASE SERVICE EVIDENT AT ZERK FITTINGS

Cooling System: Radiator

Temperature / Fan

NON CLUTCH STYLE

Performance / Noise:

NONE

Coolant Level / Quality

NOT CHECKED

Signs/Evidence of Leaks

NO

Engine Idle Length of Time

SMOOTH IDLE AT START UP

Any Overheat During Idle Period

NO

Comments: NO EVIDENCE OF CRACKING ON FAN BELT

Wheels / Tires Type:

Type (Manufacturer/Factory):

Wheels: 15 INCH

Tires: BIAS BELTED

Tire Size:

Front and Rear – 6.4 X 15

Spare Mfg / Size:  G78 X 15

Tread Depth:

10/32 Front 9/32 Rear

Spare Tire Tread Depth:

DOT / Are they current?

TIRES RECENTLY PURCHASED

 

Any Wear or Curb Damage?

NO

 

Jack and Equipment?

EVIDENT

Condition of Jack Equipment:

Comments: LEFT REAR WHEEL COVER IN TRUNK. WAS REMOVED BECAUSE IT WAS NOISY, TIRES RECENTLY PURCHASED FROM COKER TIRE. WIDE WHITE SIDEWALL. OWNER HAS 3 ADDITIONAL TIRES THAT GO WITH VEHICLE SALE.

Exhaust

Type (Dual or Single)

SINGLE

Mufflers:

ONE

Headers:

NO

Accessories (i.e. chrome tips, etc)

CHROME EXTENSION TIP

Exhaust Loud or Quiet:

QUIET

Comments: NEWER EXHAUST

(OP–Operational     INOP–Inoperable or N/A)

Exterior Lighting 

OP

Interior Lighting

OP

Horn

OP

Turn Signals

NA

Power Windows

NA

Power Locks

NA

Power Seats

NA

Gauges 

OP

Power Mirrors

NA

Clock

OP

Trunk Release

NA

Wipers & Washers

INOP

Security System

NA

Fuel Door

OP

Hood Release

OP

Power Antenna

NA

Radio SEE NOTE

 

Front Defrost

UNK

Rear Defrost

NA

Heater

UNK

Cruise Control

NA

Cigarette Lighter

NA

Steering Tilt/tele

NA

Teak Steering Wheel

NA

Radio Mfg

OEM

Conv Top UP

OP

Conv Top DOWN

OP

Top Boot ON / OFF

OFF

T-Tops ON

N/A

T-Tops OFF

N/A

Hard Top ON

N/A

Hard Top OFF

N/A

Sunroof OPEN

N/A

Sunroof CLOSED

N/A

Odometer

OP

Speedometer

OP

Trip Meter

OP

8-Track

NA

CD or Other Audio

NA

GPS / Navigation

NA

Bluetooth

NA

Back-Up Camera

NA

360 Cameras

NA

Satellite Radio

NA

Keys for ignition, doors, trunk etc

OP

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments: RADIO HAS BEEN REMOVED FOR REPAIR. OWNER STILL HAS. WIPERS ARE VACUUM OPERATED. SEALS ARE BAD ON MOTOR PER OWNER. CLOCK KEEPS ACCURATE TIME. BECAUSE OF LOCATION OF FUEL GUAGE I WAS UNABLE TO VERIFY OPERATION DURING TEST DRIVE RIDE ALONG.

Interior

Bench or Bucket Seats:

BENCH

Seat Color:

BLACK

Seat Material

VINYL

Seat Material Condition

GOOD. CUSHION NOT FIRM

Interior Door Panels Material & Condition

VINYL / GOOD

Underside of Convertible Top Material & Condition

GOOD

Convertible Top Frame Condition

VERY GOOD

Sun Visors Material and Condition

GOOD

Dash Condition

GOOD

Carpet Condition

FRAYING AT TOP ON DRIVERS SIDE

Shifter and Console Condition

GOOD

Ashtray(s) Condition

NOT LOCATED

Trunk Area, Under Carpet

FLOOR PANEL REPLACED

Condition of Steering Wheel

GOOD

Condition of Trim

GOOD/AVERAGE

Comments:

BODY & PAINT

Exterior Body Style

2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE

Quality of Paint

AVERAGE

Body Steel?

STEEL SEE NOTES

Body Fiberglass?

NO FIBERGLASS

Body Straight OR Waves?

STRAIGHT

Any scratches, orange peel?

SEE NOTES

Color

W-SS

Collision Damage –

NOT APPARENT

Sports Options

NONE

Glass Condition –

GOOD/CLEAR

Hood Ornament Material

POT METAL

Hood Ornament Condition

NICE

Doors & Hinges Condition

GOOD

Doors & Hinges Operation

WORKS FINE

Fender Skirts Material

CHROME

Fender Skirts Condition

GOOD

Convertible Top Material

VINYL

Convertible Top Condition

SEE NOTES

Rear window glass or plastic

PLASTIC

Rear window clear, foggy etc

CLEAR

Any gaps when windows closed?

NONE NOTICED

Condition of Seals / Weather-strips

SEE NOTES

Any Signs of Bondo?

SEE NOTES

Any Miss-Aligned Panels

NO

Rust anywhere?

SEE NOTES

Condition of Chrome

VERY GOOD

Any Rust-Through on Body? If so, where? (please be specific)

NONE

Any Structural Issues on Body? If so, where? (please be specific)

NONE

Comments: BODY CHECKED FOR FILLER. IN IMAGES WITH DOWNWARD ARROWS, ARROWS SHOW START OF FILLER. MOST PROMINENT IN PANELS IN FRONT OF BOTH DOORS AND LEFT FENDER FRONT INSIDE BETWEEN HEADLIGHT AND BULLET GRILLE. FLOOR AND TRUNK PANS HAVE BEEN REPLACED. PAINT COLOR IS TULIP CREAM. HAS BEEN REPAINTED. VERY CLOSED MATCH (SEE GLOVEBOX DOOR EDGE IMAGE) DECENT BUT NOT SHOW QUALITY, NO BUBBLES/DENTS NOTED. CHIPS ON PANEL EDGES. SOME MINOR RUST APPARENT ON RIGHT ROCKER. DOOR SILLS CLEAN. DOORS AND TRUNK LID WEATHER STRIP READY FOR REPLACEMENT. CONVERTIBLE TOP HAS RIP ON RIGHT SIDE SAIL PANEL AREA. REAR PLASTIC WINDOW CLEAR WITH NO SCRATCHES.

UNDERCARRIAGE FRAME

Front End Type

A ARM W/ KING PIN

Condition?

GOOD

Floor Pan: Hard or soft?

NEW

Any rust?

NO

Trunk Pan: Hard or soft?

NEW

Any rust?

NO

Any undercoating?

NA

Type and if conceals anything.

NA

Any Rust-Through on Underside?

NO

Any Structural Issues?

SEE NOTES

Comments: LIMITED VANTAGE POINT AS THE VEHICLE WAS INSPECTED ON THE GROUND. FLOOR PAN(S) REPLACEMENT EVIDENT. FULL UNDERCARRIAGE HAS BEEN PAINTED. FRAME ORIGINAL WITH ROUGH SURFACES BUT NO ROT NOTICED. FUEL TANK WAS REMOVED, FLUSHED AND DRAIN PLUG PUT IN.

Vehicle Modifications (Please List):

NO MODS OVER ORIGINAL DESIGN

 

Comments:

IS THE TITLE AVAILABLE AS REQUESTED? YES

WHAT IS THE VIN RECORDED ON THE TITLE? AVAILABLE IN OFFICIAL REPORT

WHAT IS THE VIN RECORDED ON THE VEHICLE? AVAILABLE IN OFFICIAL REPORT

ARE THE ODOMETER TUMBLERS ALIGNED? YES

IS THERE MUCH BRAKE PEDAL WEAR? NO

CONDITION: CLASS THREE  (See attached breakdown of Classes)

FAIR MARKET VALUE: $31,200

** THE VALUE WAS DETERMINED BY USING A SIMILAR VEHICLE SOLD AT AUCTION IN APRIL.

OVERALL COMMENTS:

  1. OWNER PURCHASED ROUGHLY FOUR YEARS AGO. VEHICLE SAT IN MUSEUM FOR TWENTY YEARS.
  2. A COSMETIC RESTORATION WAS DONE 30 YEARS AGO.
  3. OWNER HAS PERFORMED MANY MECHANICAL REPAIRS AS EVIDENT IN IMAGES MAKING THIS AN EXCELLENT DRIVER.
  4. OVERALL A NICE DRIVER THAT IS A LITTLE ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES.
  5. OWNER SEEKING VALUE TO EITHER SELL OUTRIGHT OR DONATE TO MUSEUM.

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CONDITION CLASSES

Class One (Excellent):

Almost always a “body off” restoration, or an untouched, factory-perfect, piece that is very close to perfect. All components are either original or appear as new and are fully operational. This car is a top show winner and is not driven, but transported to shows by trailer. This car is almost “one of a kind”. This particular class of vehicle is very rare. The vehicle is completely detailed, including the engine compartment, interior trim, wiring, suspension, paint, and frame. Ideally, this vehicle has been judged with other vehicles in its class and achieved the highest point ratings.

Class Two (Very Good):

This car is well restored with an eye for detail. The interior and exterior show minimal wear, and it runs and rides smoothly. The car is driven very little (maybe 800 to 1,000 miles per year). This class is a slight grade below Class One. A Class Two has not been detailed to the extent that a Class One has been. This class (Class Two) has some evidence of use and wear, although not very much. It is considered “cherry” or “mint”. This vehicle might appear as a Class One until judged against one. It would not qualify as a 95, or better, “point” vehicle. (This class should have no rust on the undercarriage, not even surface rust.)

Class Three (Good):

This is a functional, drivable vehicle in good overall condition needing no, or only minor work. Most vehicles at car shows reflect this condition. This car is what is termed a “20 footer”. From 20 feet, it may look very good. Close inspection, however, would reveal some worn interior trim, and less than perfect paint (worn, and perhaps faded). You may even see some early evidence that surface rust is beginning in the body panels. This car is completely operational and is an “older restoration”. It is driven fairly often, runs great, and is enjoyed by its owner. It is probably a candidate for a full restoration. The undercarriage may display surface rust, and may be in need of detailing. Chrome and trim may exhibit limited pitting

Class Four (Fair):

This type of car is a fun “driver” with a solid frame and is structurally sound. This car is in need of considerable work. It needs work in and out. Cosmetics, body, and mechanical components all need work, to some degree. It is not a serious collector candidate. Soft floors, isolated areas where rust has eaten through (but not structural), excessive use of Bondo, lots of pitted chrome, glass repairs are symptoms of this condition. Badly soiled headliners, badly soiled and ripped upholstery, rusted out trunks are also signs.

Class Five (Poor):

This type of car is in need of complete restoration and may, or may not, be able to be driven. The exterior body panels have significant areas of rust-through. The floor and structural components may, or may not, be intact. This car is usually the first project for layman’s attempt at restoration.

Class Six (Parts Car):

This type of car is good for parts only.

DISCLAIMER

This inspection and the opinions expressed are exactly that, opinions. Many parts perform perfectly until the moment of failure. Failure may occur suddenly and without warning. The inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report cannot accept liability for failures, which may occur after the inspection is completed. By accepting this report, the consumer acknowledges that the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report, cannot be held responsible for any and all alleged vehicle defects, and further, the consumer releases and holds harmless the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report from any and all further claims on this vehicle. No warranty for this vehicle is implied or given by the inspector and/or all parties relative to the compilation of this report. In each case, the consumer has the opportunity to see the car in person before he or she buys the car. Buying this car based on this report alone is completely at the consumers’ own risk.

 

JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections does not do the inspection for you. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections is a company that facilitates the completion of your inspection through its affiliates, inspectors, or their contractors. The inspections are placed with an independent inspection service or contractor in the area where the vehicle is located.

 

The Independent Inspector provides a visual inspection of the vehicle. That statement is not meant to imply that we warranty the vehicle. The inspector does not move, remove or reposition anything during the inspection process. Due to potential liability, the inspector does not drive the vehicle but will be in the passenger seat with the owner, or a person authorized by the owner, to do the actual driving. We simply give you a good visual report on the vehicle. No warranty is implied or given. It is up to the buyer and/or seller to provide a lift to inspect the underside. A jack and jack stands are NOT acceptable. The seller and/or buyer must also provide a well-lit area for the inspection to take place with ample room for the inspector to perform his/her job.

 

We like to say that the Independent Inspector is like having your best friend look at a vehicle for you when you can't physically look at the vehicle yourself. It's the next best thing to being there. The Independent Inspector is working for the buyer in this instance.

 

We are dealing with vehicles that are 40 years old or older in many cases. If you contract for an inspection you must understand that the Independent Inspector will NOT find everything wrong on a particular vehicle. If a vehicle has a leak that is not constant (often called seeping,) the Independent Inspector might not detect it. He will not find every problem on a vehicle. Often these vehicles have far more Bondo in them than can be detected in a visual inspection. What this service should be used for is to make sure that a vehicle that is advertised as being in No. 2 condition is not in fact a No. 4 condition vehicle. In other words, the Independent Inspector will help to determine if you are buying a vehicle that was grossly misrepresented based on its condition class and purchase price. (See the definition of condition classes at the end of your report). The appraisal fee is based on the inspectors’ written/typed report and digital pictures. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections, and Quality Control are determining the appraisal based the inspectors’ report and pictures. Neither JJ nor Quality Control has seen the vehicle first hand.

 

The Independent Inspector simply inspects the vehicle. We do not counsel the buyer. We do not make recommendations on whether to buy a vehicle. As in all cases, the buyer makes his or her own decision on whether to buy a vehicle. We suggest that the best way to use the Inspection Service is to have us look at a vehicle and issue the report. Then if the vehicle seems to be what was represented to you by the seller, make a final inspection of the vehicle yourself, prior to purchasing the vehicle. Because we are dealing with 30- to 50-year-old vehicles, we do not warrant the condition of any vehicle. That means we will be happy to look at the vehicle to see if there are any visible problems, but we are not providing any guarantees or warranties on the vehicle.

 

Understand in advance that if you buy a vehicle and you find something wrong with the vehicle after your purchase, we will NOT reimburse any expenses that you are charged to fix the vehicle. This is not a mechanical warranty. JJ’s Auto Pre-Purchase Inspections, or its affiliates, inspectors, or their contractors related to the inspection, will NOT reimburse you for any repairs, mechanical failures or bodywork you have done after the purchase of a vehicle.

 

The inspection reports show the areas of the vehicle, which are visually looked at in the report. The report covers only those areas. Do not assume that the Independent Inspector will inspect anything other than the areas covered by the report form.

 

The contents of this report will tell you what the Inspector finds at the time of the inspection. Please understand that after the Inspector leaves the vehicle we are not in control of what might occur to the vehicle, nor do we have control of parts that may be on the vehicle at the time of the inspection, but taken off or switched later.