View Full Version : After 7 year restoration, the '55 State Sedan made its first show

Charlie D
09-24-2017, 01:27 AM
I wanted to let the forum members know that my 1955 President State Sedan was driven to the Branson Orphan Car Show earlier this month. You guys have provided me so much information and advice over the past few years. It was a 500 mile round trip from Tulsa. I thought the car was vapor locking but now feel it was a dirty fuel filter that was causing the problem. I wanted to experience driving the '55 much like it would have come from the dealer. It drove out pretty nice and several people at the show were very kind with their compliments.

Charlie D.


09-24-2017, 01:36 AM
Mighty nice looking car sir, congrats !

09-24-2017, 03:46 AM
That is certainly a handsome Studebaker. Congratulations.

09-24-2017, 07:00 AM
:!: Very nice indeed; congratulations. It's not often we see a restored first-series, first two-tone, straight windshield '55 President in that condition. :D

Nice car; well done. Best. :cool: BP

Chris Pile
09-24-2017, 07:44 AM
Ya done good, Charlie!

09-24-2017, 07:47 AM
Congratulations! Looks terrific!:!: Apparently, you adjusted well to the challenge of a long term project (lots of us have been there).:)

The next challenge will be to adjust, and deal with the ongoing challenge of protecting, and maintaining it, without being too uptight to enjoy it.:ohmy:

Best wishes to you for many more years of Studebaker enjoyment.:cheers:

09-24-2017, 07:51 AM
Congratulations! Time to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

09-24-2017, 08:01 AM
Your car looks really good. Same colour scheme as mine. I see that your car is the first series '55 mine is the second series.

09-24-2017, 08:02 AM
Well now THAT's a nice sedan ! ! ! :)
Any interior & engine -pictures?

09-24-2017, 08:28 AM
Very nice!

09-24-2017, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the pictures, Charlie, well done and Bravo Zulus.
Now you have to enjoy driving it. Any teething problems will be cured soon enough.
Some pictures of the interior would be nice.

09-24-2017, 09:10 AM
Hi Charlie D

Congratulations and good for you on selecting a Y-Body President for restoration. These long wheelbase top-of-the-line sedans are too rarely seen at even Studebaker gatherings. You have a '55 President State of which to be very proud.


09-24-2017, 09:20 AM

Looks great! A nice find would be a 1955 Oklahoma Y.O.M. plate for that 'finishing touch'!


09-24-2017, 09:24 AM
She looks to be in ship shape. She's pasted her sea trials. That makes you a plankowner.

09-24-2017, 10:27 AM
Great job Charlie!!

09-24-2017, 11:32 AM
As I have read many of your email updates, congratulations on the big day and hope you have so many more...Mike

09-24-2017, 12:00 PM
You should be very proud, Charlie. I doubt there are many who would endure 7 whole years and bring the car to such a beautiful state. Enjoy your ride.
Cheers, Bill

09-24-2017, 12:25 PM
That looks brand new!!!

09-24-2017, 01:19 PM
Having such a minor problem on the maiden voyage just proves that you did the research and applied the knowledge to this restoration. Great job and now to enjoy and maintain.

Commander Eddie
09-24-2017, 02:48 PM
Charlie, it turned out terrific. You did a fine job. You should be proud. I wish we could get our Presidents together some time. We could have a fine time.

09-24-2017, 04:54 PM
Congrats, Charlie... looking good!

Are you going to make the Perkins car show next Saturday? The OKC club is bringing several cars, have not heard from the Tulsa folks.

09-24-2017, 05:10 PM
WOW ! Looks like you were meticulous, and left no stone un-turned in the restoration. Congrats :)

09-24-2017, 05:54 PM
Even if this wasn't one's cup-o-tea, so to speak, (and it just so happens to be one of my favourites) it would be hard not to be kind in complements for such a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L car!:drool:

09-24-2017, 08:24 PM
Congrats Charlie. Glad you finally finished the car so you can enjoy it some. Turned out beautiful. Hope I get to see it in person one day. Please post more pictures so we can see the rest of it.

rusty nut garage
09-25-2017, 09:33 AM
BEAUTIFUL SEDAN!! ...............we need to see more sedans. Love the color too!!!

09-25-2017, 09:54 AM
A much anticipated debut for a car we have heard about for a long time. It looked like a gem sitting there on the lot.

Blue 15G
09-25-2017, 02:52 PM
Great job, and I especially like the color(s).

58 Hawk
09-25-2017, 04:51 PM
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL 55 SEDAN .....LOVE THE COLOR your 7 year restoration has paid off with a great looking show car . well done

09-25-2017, 07:42 PM
:!: The chrome rocker arm covers are a nice touch; 'way cool. :cool: BP

09-27-2017, 07:54 AM
WOW ! Looks like you were meticulous, and left no stone un-turned in the restoration. Congrats :)


Here's the evidence in places where one generally doesn't see: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?76460-U-Pol-Raptor-bedliner-applied-to-the-underbody-of-my-Studebaker


Charlie D
09-28-2017, 12:32 AM
It appears that most areas of the car have shown up on the thread. I have posted pictures in the past of the progress on the carpet, etc. The interior is a work in progress. I have been able to purchase the carpet, headliner, dash pad and windlace from Rene Harger. The rest of the upholstery was in the car when I purchased it in the early 80s.

The car was owned in the mid 70s by The Cars of Stars Museum in Buena Park, CA. I think it was reupholstered during that time with Maroon Valor material. The entire interior was maroon. The carpets, the headliner, the door panels as they are today as well as the seat covers. As I can work them into my budget I will have Rene provide the remaining pieces of the interior to restore it back to near original.

During the years the upholstery sat in the storage shed a mouse chewed a hole in the back seat. I did not know how to mend the seat in order to hide the hole. I decided to have fun with it so I bought a rubber mouse and stuck it in the hole. It is in honor of the little critter that did it.

Charlie D.


09-28-2017, 05:55 AM

Great job! It looks like you didn't miss any details. I love the mouse. I think there are people that would take points off for it but I would add points.