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UHHH it says Studebaker cast right into the exhaust manifold, the water inlet is in the center of the head, the water pump is powered of the back of the generator, so while they appear similar they are quite a bit different, as different as l6's can be that is...

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From a Studebaker historical site regarding military production;

looks like Studebaker sources egnies for the Us6 fom Hercules, a supplier of engines for HD applications.

When America entered the conflict, the nations industrial base quickly shifted to making the implements of war. Studebaker's contribution to the war effort would be in the production of three principle items, trucks, aircraft engines and a little tracked vehicle called the Weasel. Shortly before the war, Studebaker had already started limited production of its US6 truck for the Army. When passenger car production was halted on January 31, 1942, truck assembly was stepped up reaching 4,000 per month by March. Powered by a six cylinder Hercules engine, the US6 trucks were produced in four and six wheel drive versions. 200,000 of these rugged vehicles were built between 1941 and 1945 for the US and Soviet Armies and approximately half of Studebakers trucks went to the Soviet Union under Lend Lease. They were so abundant there that ‘Studebaker’ became Russian slang for truck.

The other truck heavily supplied under lend lease was built by Dodge

So lots of Dodges and Studebakers ended up in Russia.

My father was in the Navy and was assigned to a ship escorting convoys to Russia, he had recollections of ships whose decks were covered by Dodge sedans also going to Russia.

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