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fargoguy
12-21-2017, 04:47 PM
So my 56 President has been at the Upholsterer's shop in my hometown getting new Headliner, windlacing and Door panels. He has been using it as a fill-in job between bigger jobs, so it's cheaper for me and convenient for him. He called a few weeks ago to let me know it was done, so this weekend we are going to my parents' place for Christmas and I plan on driving it back. It will be a 350 mile trip, and we've just dropped into a cold spell, so it looks like the daytime high Sunday when i'll be driving it back is forecast to be -12 degrees Fahrenheit. It's always been a summer car- I've never tested it in the winter- so it will be an adventure. I know the heater works, as I've used it in the fall and spring, but never this cold. Should be an interesting Christmas adventure.

harry
12-21-2017, 04:58 PM
So my 56 President has been at the Upholsterer's shop in my hometown getting new Headliner, windlacing and Door panels. He has been using it as a fill-in job between bigger jobs, so it's cheaper for me and convenient for him. He called a few weeks ago to let me know it was done, so this weekend we are going to my parents' place for Christmas and I plan on driving it back. It will be a 350 mile trip, and we've just dropped into a cold spell, so it looks like the daytime high Sunday when i'll be driving it back is forecast to be -12 degrees Fahrenheit. It's always been a summer car- I've never tested it in the winter- so it will be an adventure. I know the heater works, as I've used it in the fall and spring, but never this cold. Should be an interesting Christmas adventure.

Is the anti-freeze up to the trip?
Do you have a good winter thermostat?
If not, a good size piece of cardboard?...☺

fargoguy
12-21-2017, 06:08 PM
Is the anti-freeze up to the trip?
Do you have a good winter thermostat?
If not, a good size piece of cardboard?...☺

All three affirmative.

StudeNewby
12-21-2017, 07:29 PM
Make sure you fill us in on the back side...and have fun!

Sam Ensley
12-21-2017, 08:37 PM
That's a beautiful car. Do you know how old your tires are?

fargoguy
12-21-2017, 09:40 PM
They are year old radials

StudeRich
12-21-2017, 10:01 PM
That '56 President Classic should be one heck of a Nice Interstate and Highway Cruiser !

Sweet! :!:

BRUCESTUDE
12-21-2017, 10:40 PM
I took my Lark out a couple days ago, not -12, but upper 20s, and that heater kept the car very cozy!

Kurt
12-22-2017, 06:51 AM
Sounds like a fun trip. Take some extra clothes just Incase is he heater won’t keeep up. Leaky windows, doors, steering wheel boots can steal a lot of heat from the cabin.

Stu Chapman
12-22-2017, 08:31 AM
Drive carefully and enjoy Evan. Merry Christmas.

Stu chapman

8E45E
12-22-2017, 08:49 AM
Sounds like a fun trip. Take some extra clothes just Incase is he heater won’t keeep up. Leaky windows, doors, steering wheel boots can steal a lot of heat from the cabin.

Not just the heater, but should something else decide to go under the hood or the rest of the drivetrain. I'm sure Evan will, being from the prairies where one always dresses for the weather; not the temperature inside the vehicle.

Craig

57studesilverhawk
12-22-2017, 09:34 AM
He will be OK , he lives in the frozen north all year, takes the car to Calgary for the 2017 Zone Meet, and STUDEBAKERs are tough meant to be driven , as they were when they were new.

RadioRoy
12-22-2017, 01:55 PM
Nothing says the fifties like that Tangerine and white two tone paint job. Love it!

Mark L
12-23-2017, 01:27 AM
I suggest you also have an ice scraper handy in case you start getting frost on the inside of the windows.

If the air will be that cold and dense, expect to burn more gas during the trip. Enjoy the extra power.

jts359
12-23-2017, 07:29 AM
Harbor freight is selling one of those in the car heater defrosters , 8.95 It might be cheap insurance , Provided you have a lighter outlet , Ed

fargoguy
12-24-2017, 09:37 AM
So the morning is here- current weather is -22(-8 f) with 15 mph west wind- wind chill is -30 (-21f) . We had a snowstorm here last night, so road conditions are not great in some places. Will try and post a pic or two as I go.

tsenecal
12-24-2017, 11:50 AM
I wish you the best of luck. I used to drive a 62 Lark V8 in sub zero weather, without a problem. It would start in the cold better than most of my other vehicles, and the heater/defrost seemed adequate.

Commander Eddie
12-24-2017, 12:03 PM
Albeit not nearly as cold, but I have taken my '55 President out recently here in Oregon with temps in the 20s. She fires right up and the heater does a fine job. My guess is you will be just fine, Evan. That looks like a great car.

fargoguy
12-24-2017, 08:31 PM
Made it home safe and sound. Car never missed a beat, was cool inside but I didn’t need any extra clothes or blankets. Pushed into a strong cold wind and the temp dropped steadily all day, but made it home with no troubles.

BobPalma
12-24-2017, 09:35 PM
Made it home safe and sound. Car never missed a beat, was cool inside but I didn’t need any extra clothes or blankets. Pushed into a strong cold wind and the temp dropped steadily all day, but made it home with no troubles.

:!: 'Way cool, Evan; thanks for the good report. Did you see any other 1956 Studes on the road? (I make a little joke.) :cool: BP