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Steve T
12-12-2017, 07:09 PM
Hi all--long time no post...

After being badgered for years so to do, I went to Cuba last month with old bud (and fellow SDCer) Garnet Bell. Wonderful trip, frankly wish I were still there (it snowed madly here last night and the temperature is far, far too cold for my liking!). Of course a prime objective on the visit was to see and, to the degree possible, photograph as many Studebakers as I could. I ended up logging thirteen Studebakers and one "pretender" during the week, getting at least one halfway-decent photo of seven of the Studes and the "pretender". (Also saw four Ramblers, two Kaisers and one Packard, and scads of Big Three classics.)

Have put the Stude pix onto P'bucket (not without glitches, of course); won't try to post any individual ones here but will include a link to the album in case anyone can successfully view it...I plan to send a blurb to TW too in case Ann's interested in some Stude coverage from a place less frequently covered. (Sorry about the triple uploads of a couple of the Stude pix. See above re P'bucket glitches...)

http://s290.photobucket.com/user/StudeSteve/library/Studebakers%20in%20Cuba%20November%202017?sort=3&page=1

Cheers all

S.

Jerry Forrester
12-12-2017, 07:58 PM
When you said I had to go to Photobucket to view, I quit reading. Why don't you use Imgur or something, or anything but Photobucket!

GrumpyOne
12-12-2017, 08:27 PM
I got to the site OK and my chief interest was the '55 convertible. I wonder if anyone has tried to make a four door hardtop out of a sedan?

63t-cab
12-12-2017, 09:13 PM
Same here, the 55 perked Me up :!:


I got to the site OK and my chief interest was the '55 convertible. I wonder if anyone has tried to make a four door hardtop out of a sedan?

TWChamp
12-12-2017, 09:29 PM
I agree with Jerry about photbucket.
I quit using them about 5 years ago when they changed, and now more recently they changed their policy and removed thousands of pictures from many sites, which left them pretty much useless. Now I only post directly from my own computer.

gordr
12-13-2017, 02:35 AM
I was able to view the pics OK, after I X'ed out a subscription beg from photobeggar. That blue bullet-nose looks really weird in the back half. '50 Chevy, maybe?

wdills
12-13-2017, 08:31 AM
I like that 55. I wonder if it has a working top or if it is just a roadster?

Noxnabaker
12-13-2017, 10:30 AM
I'd be interested to see what the white 4-door looks like front & rear.

rockne10
12-13-2017, 02:34 PM
Interesting roof graft on the '50. 69102

ddub
12-13-2017, 03:17 PM
Cubans show a lot of talent and ingenuity.

rockne10
12-13-2017, 10:54 PM
Is this a Cuban repair job? 69110

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:25 PM
OK...had not even heard of Imgur, but have now put a few of my Cuban Stude shots on there...let's see how well she works...here is, maybe, a '50-51 droptop with a Buick-like nose job and non-Stude windshield...seen from the back seat of a '56 Ford 4dr ragtop (phantom) in Varadero...

https://imgur.com/Q71qdct

If this works I'll post a few others on here individually. There were some really fascinating old rides, of course; these few Studes are very much the tip of the iceberg...

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:26 PM
OK, that's a link, which does work. Now to try to get the pic to post here...stay tuned...

https://i.imgur.com/Q71qdct.jpg

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:28 PM
Eureka! OK, here come some more. Aft end of the white droptop, patriotically decorated and much more stock-looking than the nose...

https://i.imgur.com/3cJfknJ.jpg

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:35 PM
Here's a '50 Champion that was probably either a two-door sedan or a Starlight to start with, but some fascinating things have been done to it over time. It's the other way round from the white ragtop: looks fairly normal from the front, but out back, she's a bit bewildering. As can be seen, sort of, the interior's many kinds of abnormal too.

As anyone who knows me (or the Studes I've owned) might surmise, I sorta wish I could buy and import this one. It suits me...

https://i.imgur.com/B6M3G38.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/fzfQ43U.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/AWEi8iu.jpg

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:46 PM
On our Havana bus tour we stopped at an apparently-famous rum/cigar store, which was on an upper floor of an old stone building in a tough part of town. Across the street from there I noticed a familiar roofline...

https://i.imgur.com/JeqEm8R.jpg

...this is a '57, either Champion or Commander (no trim or badging left to tell). In this non-touristy part of the city, she's probably not a taxi; there are tons of vintage rides used that way to ferry tourists round, but many average Cubanos simply still drive what was in the family pre-1959, as seems to be the case here. This was one of my favourite Studes seen on the trip...because we happened upon it...it would not have been seen at a taxi stand or such. Incidentally, I know there are numerous Christians involved with Studes and posting on the forum (one of whom I'm); it might interest them that the dash on this car was decorated with a Christian Ichthyus symbol.

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:50 PM
I had seen this earlier in the day. Saw it again approaching a taxi stand as our bus prepped to leave, and delayed the bus about two minutes by giving chase for photos. Couldn't let this get away! Really lovely '50 Commander convertible.

https://i.imgur.com/TlVFNok.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/t2P62e5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Z1jITJm.jpg

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:54 PM
Here's a "phantom". Don't know what y'all think, but for some reason, I think the '55, out of all the Bourke Coupes and their successors, looks the nicest as a convertible...

https://i.imgur.com/9fxfvZb.jpg

Steve T
12-30-2017, 07:57 PM
Here are two more sedans; these are grab-shots as the cars went by, I wish I could've lensed both of them better. The green '53 appears to be a real beauty.

https://i.imgur.com/TyH4z4Y.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Z8kWZkn.jpg

Steve T
12-30-2017, 08:01 PM
...Meanwhile in Varadero...behind one of the craft markets in town was this, which prompted an awful lot of mirth. What is it? What year? Search me. The owner, though, clearly desired to drive a Stude...We decided to call this The Pseudobaker.

https://i.imgur.com/d1S3HFF.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/LjToGy6.jpg

Cheers all, and happy new year!

Steve T

Jett289
12-30-2017, 08:17 PM
...Meanwhile in Varadero...behind one of the craft markets in town was this, which prompted an awful lot of mirth. What is it? What year? Search me. The owner, though, clearly desired to drive a Stude...We decided to call this The Pseudobaker.

https://i.imgur.com/d1S3HFF.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/LjToGy6.jpg

Cheers all, and happy new year!

Steve T

That car kind of looks like a Skoda but I think the Skoda's are rear engine drive ..
Gotta love his Studebaker enthusiasm .. hehe

Steve T
12-30-2017, 08:29 PM
I think The Pseudobaker gets younger from front to rear...check out the front and rear bumpers, for instance. I did see Skodas in Cuba; however they were 1960s era, significantly older than any part of this thing apparently is...I think what it is is a sheer "bitsa", with different sections from different makes. The pickup box of course puts it right over the top. Hilarious.

DougHolverson
12-30-2017, 08:33 PM
For some reason the Stude in post #16 has a split windshield despite being a later '50s model.

Steve T
12-30-2017, 08:41 PM
Yep, that kind of thing is seen everywhere. The door windows in that blue bulletnose are three-piece, for instance...

LovelandJoe
12-31-2017, 07:06 PM
Thank you Steve for the excellent post.

Jerry Forrester
01-01-2018, 09:08 AM
Thank you Steve for the excellent post.

I agree. And thanks for the great pictures.
Cuba has some great mechanics, keeping those '59 and earlier US vehicles operational with no extra OE parts.

Buzzard
01-01-2018, 11:43 AM
Interestingly the Pseudobaker has front wheel drive positive offset wheels on the front and rear wheel drive negative offset wheels on the rear. Kinda makes you wonder what they did underneath.
Bill