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StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 11:35 AM
I Haven't been on this site for over a year due to the constant "bushwacking" from the purists who frequent this site. I decided to shift to Studebaker addicts only to find that they dwell there also, so I managed my disappointment in other areas in order to complete my "Holy Grail" reconstruction. I hope that it leaves quite of bit of salt in the wound for the purists who are constantly belittling us customizers . Yes that's right, I took one of your coveted pieces and made it drive able... daily, and I hope ya'll don't like it. With that, I would like to personally thank everyone who helped bring this back on the road and into view. Deepnhock Jeff Rice who actually found the truck for me and has been more than gracious with his time,Tom Lewis, Richard Gentry, Studebaker International, and anyone else who I have forgotten. I owe a lot to Bob Peterson whose veins flow nothing but Studebaker blood. Bob is the most dedicated Studebaker person I have ever met and he helped immensely with making my dream come true. All of us will miss his business supplying great cars and parts. Even though he has shut down his shop, a lot of precious parts made it to his house...some he couldn't bear to give up. I look forward to attending all the Studebaker functions with this vehicle and "proudly" displaying it for others to see, I'm quite proud of the fact that I did all myself @ 67 years old, welding, bodywork, fabrication, painting, wiring--- all of it. The "Coupex" is LT1 powered with a built 4L60E electronic overdrive, 12 bolt Chevy rear, Fatman front end with polished tubular a arms, 4 link rear with coil overs, vintage heat and A/C, power windows, tilt. This isn't your Grandpa's Studebaker, this truck drives like a new Cadillac and runs like a corvette. Thanks to everyone in the Studebaker World for your help---enjoy!


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Alan
06-05-2018, 11:54 AM
Beautiful job Gene.

Commander Eddie
06-05-2018, 12:00 PM
Robert, I must admit to being a purist when it comes to these vehicles. That said, I think you have done an absolutely marvelous job on this truck and you should be proud of it. I would drive it in a heartbeat. Your truck is still quite recognizable and the work underneath does not detract from the gorgeous lines of the original Coupe Express. I hope I get to see it sometime. Will be be attending the International meet in Tacoma?

PackardV8
06-05-2018, 12:07 PM
Beautiful work.

FWIW, none of my Studes ever stayed original for very long. If I could comfortably fit in a CE, I'd be driving one similar to yours.

jack vines

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 12:11 PM
Thanks Commander Eddie, my intent was to not distract from the original body lines other than some subtle changes i,e. 33 ford bumpers, 37 Chrysler tail lights with 50 Pontiac inerds, Rally wheels and trim. I wanted it to be a Studebaker and it is just that. It doesn't know there's a small block Chevy under it, it just wants to get out and run.

wdills
06-05-2018, 12:17 PM
That is a fine looking truck. I would love to see some close up pictures of the mounting bracket for your sun visor. I am trying to fit an after market sun visor on my Dad's starlight coupe and I am looking for ideas on how to make the side brackets.

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 12:17 PM
Jack if you are in Tacoma you should try and sit in it, I put a special seat from D&D concepts in it and it has way more room remarkably. I also have the ability to lower it 3 more inches or so for you tall guys, I was amazed at how comfortable it is now for me @ 5'-10", thanks for the nice comment!

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 12:24 PM
Wdills, the visor side and middle support pieces are welded to the truck, this one doesn't vibrate at all. Some people probably wouldn't do that because if you decided to take it off it looks like an angry bull with horns but I drive this truck fast---very fast and I didn't want to be listening to it howling and moving around, it does none of that

sweetolbob
06-05-2018, 12:28 PM
Awesome but there's an issue, way to few pictures. Congrats on one beautiful vehicle.

Bob

BobPalma
06-05-2018, 12:40 PM
:!: In a word: Slick. 'Way cool; nice job. :cool: BP

fpstude
06-05-2018, 12:48 PM
I also put cars back together the way they came from the factory, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate projects like yours. It is a great piece of art. And being able to drive it anytime/anywhere is a plus. I would like to have the skills to do that.

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 01:01 PM
Awesome but there's an issue, way to few pictures. Congrats on one beautiful vehicle.

Bob

Bob, I will post finished pictures when I get through wet sanding and buffing---uuuggghhh. I have spent the last year and a half every Saturday,every Sunday, all my vacation time bringing this back to life. The last 2 weeks were 16 hour days to finish and get out of Bob's shop. I used the 33 ford bumpers because i felt the originals kind of cut that beautiful grille into. I like the ways it accents it. all the body panels were media blasted and epoxy primed and painted and "Raptor" lined. I sprayed the bed with Raptor liner as well except color tinted, I'm gonna use that bed--- alot. Howdy Ledbetter is going to sew the interior with red leather from top to bottom, it's going to be a good driver! everyday




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j.byrd
06-05-2018, 02:24 PM
Absolutely gorgeous ! I probably will not be able to own one of these, but rest assured, I would not leave it stock...drivers are good !!! My 1st change would be the little square back window, but haven't decided for sure what the replacement would be from. Congratulations StudebakerGene, you "done good" !!!

StudeRich
06-05-2018, 02:28 PM
I don't think anyone complained much about this one, almost identical:

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Colgate Studebaker
06-05-2018, 02:47 PM
Very nice work and it turned out beautiful. I like Jeff Rices as it is so yours should be exciting to see and drive too. I hope to see it at a meet somewhere here in the S.E. zone. Congrats on being 67 and still working at it that hard, I'm 69 and trying to get the last GT Superhawk made put together, and it isn't going to be factory either. Time to work on it is scarce until next year when I finally retire. Enjoy that truck and drive it like you stole it!!!! Bill

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 02:59 PM
I don't think anyone complained much about this one, almost identical:

73012 73013 It really IS about whether or not you destroy a Rare and Valuable excellent condition, Original, antique or a Smashed, Rusted Junkyard piece.

Truth is Studerich, I warned Jeff that I was stealing all the cues I could from his truck because I always thought it was and still is the most "Badass" Coupe Express I had ever seen. I actually tried to buy his and he wouldn't sell it to me. He did put the deal together for me to buy this one and I am forever in his debt. I wanted one of these from the first time I laid eyes on one @ the Orlando international meet, a silver one owned by Mr. Ernst I believe. He spent some extra time with me explaining all he knew about them and I have appreciated it to this day. I just hope I can do the same for someone who really has the vision like I did to finally be able to be the caretaker of such a magnificent work or art, I smile all the time now driving it!

Warren Webb
06-05-2018, 03:27 PM
Gene, those that might have been detractors would probably not have the stamina to do one tenth or less of what you have accomplished. I am in awe of what you have done to what began as a beautiful work of art & making it modern & sooo much better, leaving the best parts & improving what was needed. KUDOS!!

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 03:43 PM
Gene, those that might have been detractors would probably not have the stamina to do one tenth or less of what you have accomplished. I am in awe of what you have done to what began as a beautiful work of art & making it modern & sooo much better, leaving the best parts & improving what was needed. KUDOS!!

Thanks so much Warren, my hands are so tired and hurting from sanding and wrenching. I literally have spent the past few months of going to work everyday, going to Bob's shop every night and every weekend to get it done. It was also very expensive even though I did it myself. Every time I got a piece completed it gave me the strength to go on to the next one. This truck is as nice underneath as it is on top! It will be in Tacoma----

Noxnabaker
06-05-2018, 04:31 PM
I'm just happy when ever I see someone who's made his car into his car!
Most people seems to think about what others may think or how much it would be worth for sale & that's good enough for them & boring enough thoughts for me.
Your car is YOUR car ! ! ! ;)

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 05:28 PM
I'm just happy when ever I see someone who's made his car into his car!
Most people seems to think about what others may think or how much it would be worth for sale & that's good enough for them & boring enough thoughts for me.
Your car is YOUR car ! ! ! ;)


Thank you very much noxnabaker, I sure hope most everyone enjoys how it turned out but, the most important part is that it's back on the road "Standing Tall" and representing one of the finest marquees ever. When people see it they can't believe it's a Studebaker!

Buzzard
06-05-2018, 05:45 PM
Well Gene, I have often wondered where you went. Now I know as you've been damn busy. It truly is beautiful, just as Jeff's is. You guys are very talented, lucky guys who have done Studebaker very proud.
Gene I'll be looking for you in Tacoma. On your thread is a red Champ. Is it the truck featured in Turning Wheels a couple of years back with that absolutely gorgeous Studebaker motor with Jeff's intake, finned valley and covers?? If so that is what has spurred me on to replicate the motor(with huge assistance and guidance from Jack & Jeff) for my '63 GT which I've owned since I was 18. At my ripe age I figured it was about time to get the old girl back on the road after 51 years and go cruising again. It's still got the original paint, which although not perfect will still polish out pretty well. Thanks to Nitro Cellulose Lacquer (where are the greenies?)
Congrats and keep the pics coming.
Cheers, Bill

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 05:58 PM
Well Gene, I have often wondered where you went. Now I know as you've been damn busy. It truly is beautiful, just as Jeff's is. You guys are very talented, lucky guys who have done Studebaker very proud.
Gene I'll be looking for you in Tacoma. On your thread is a red Champ. Is it the truck featured in Turning Wheels a couple of years back with that absolutely gorgeous Studebaker motor with Jeff's intake, finned valley and covers?? If so that is what has spurred me on to replicate the motor(with huge assistance and guidance from Jack & Jeff) for my '63 GT which I've owned since I was 18. At my ripe age I figured it was about time to get the old girl back on the road after 51 years and go cruising again. It's still got the original paint, which although not perfect will still polish out pretty well. Thanks to Nitro Cellulose
Lacquer (where are the greenies?
Congrats and keep the pics coming.
Cheers, Bill

Thanks very much Bill, yes my Champ was in turning wheels right after I finished it. Unfortunately my Daughter has taken possession of it and wont surrender it unless I replace it with a Wagonaire or the Coupex. She absolutely loves the Champ and it is such a nice driver with the 5 speed and 4 link rear and Volare subframe and of course that fine intake that Jeff Rice made for it. It runs so sweet and drives fantastic. Most people don't realize how much different a ride you get when you loose those rear leaf springs, sloppy bushings and antiquated shocks. I ran that truck around Lake Tahoe a bunch and it cornered like a Porsche plus it's rust free with the original floors and body panels, I love my Champ also!

R_David
06-05-2018, 07:20 PM
WOW, that truck is so sharp I cut myself looking at the pictures. I WANT IT IN MY GARAGE!

Big Smooth
06-05-2018, 07:40 PM
Beautiful job. Looking forward to seeing it in person. I saw one 2 years ago at a local car show in Mukilteo WA. My bet the owner is a member and when I saw a CE for the first time my jaw dropped.

avanti-hawk
06-05-2018, 07:45 PM
It looks fabulous. That will keep the Studebaker name in front of anyone who sees it!

StudeMann
06-05-2018, 08:29 PM
Wow! I love it. The 37 Coupe Express is the Holy Grail that I never expect to own. I just have to make do with my die-cast model that sits on my desk in front of me every day.
If I was ever to modify anything on the body of a 37 CE, it would be the rear window...that little rectangular piece of flat glass looks like an after-thought compared to the beautiful curves everywhere else.
Cheers,
Jim

48skyliner
06-05-2018, 08:32 PM
Gene - I look forward to seeing your masterpiece at Tacoma. I will be there with my 48 Champion. The mods you have done are quite different from what I did, but seem absolutely appropriate, considering it is after all a truck. Over the last 30 years or so, new American pickup trucks are more and more luxurious and drive more and more like cars. I am sure yours is right up there with the best of them.

I am sure some of the people who meticulously restore their cars to original condition must derive a lot of satisfaction from the finished product. But they never have the experience of driving a classic car with modern driveability, handling, braking etc. As you said, many people just don't understand how much of a transformation you can get with a well thought out restomod.

I do agree with Studemann - a large oval window would fit in well with the shape of the fenders. I can't think of anything else I would change on the body.

studegary
06-05-2018, 08:33 PM
Well Gene, I have often wondered where you went. Now I know as you've been damn busy. It truly is beautiful, just as Jeff's is. You guys are very talented, lucky guys who have done Studebaker very proud.
Gene I'll be looking for you in Tacoma. On your thread is a red Champ. Is it the truck featured in Turning Wheels a couple of years back with that absolutely gorgeous Studebaker motor with Jeff's intake, finned valley and covers?? If so that is what has spurred me on to replicate the motor(with huge assistance and guidance from Jack & Jeff) for my '63 GT which I've owned since I was 18. At my ripe age I figured it was about time to get the old girl back on the road after 51 years and go cruising again. It's still got the original paint, which although not perfect will still polish out pretty well. Thanks to Nitro Cellulose Lacquer (where are the greenies?)
Congrats and keep the pics coming.
Cheers, Bill

I don't quite follow. If your "'63 GT" still has "original paint" it is enamel, not "Nitro Cellulose Lacquer (sic)".

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 08:44 PM
Gene - I look forward to seeing your masterpiece at Tacoma. I will be there with my 48 Champion. The mods you have done are quite different from what I did, but seem absolutely appropriate, considering it is after all a truck. Over the last 30 years or so, new American pickup trucks are more and more luxurious and drive more and more like cars. I am sure yours is right up there with the best of them.

I am sure some of the people who meticulously restore their cars to original condition must derive a lot of satisfaction from the finished product. But they never have the experience of driving a classic car with modern driveability, handling, braking etc. As you said, many people just don't understand how much of a transformation you can get with a well thought out restomod.

Thank you 48Skyliner, I followed your build, excited with every post. Your build makes mine look like a walk in the park. I know what it takes to accomplish what you did and I was amazed. The thought process was definitely up there. I'm just an ole country boy who likes to make them streetable, fast, and comfortable as well. The last thing I wanted to do was spend @ 100k on a Hot Rod and trailer it around. I sure hope to see your fantastic Studebaker @ Tacoma!

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 09:36 PM
couple shots of the suspension, I will have to give credit to the previous owner for the initial running gear install, I rebuilt the front end and went through all the motor, transmission and cooling system. I also have to thank my buddy "Moon" for welding up the 4 link and bumper brackets. I'm a "Gorilla Welder," and I know it, my welds are ugly but strong. We didn't grind and smooth them perfectly because we didn't have 3-4 years to do this build and we're driving it!




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tomlewis
06-05-2018, 09:38 PM
Hi Gene. I, too, wondered what might have happened to you. I'm glad I was able to help in that small way. Your truck looks fabulous. I especially like the bumper treatment. I think that is slick.

i note that you retained the two-piece windshield. Did you do that so you'd have a place to mount the rear view mirror? Chris Piazza posted recently about fabricating a mirror mount for the windshield divider. That is on my list of things to do because I like that little rear window.

In any case, your truck looks great. Congratulations on getting to this stage of the project.

Tom

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 09:53 PM
[QUOTE=tomlewis;1112895]Hi Gene. I, too, wondered what might have happened to you. I'm glad I was able to help in that small way. Your truck looks fabulous. I especially like the bumper treatment. I think that is slick.

i note that you retained the two-piece windshield. Did you do that so you'd have a place to mount the rear view mirror? Chris Piazza posted recently about fabricating a mirror mount for the windshield divider. That is on my list of things to do because I like that little rear window.

In any case, your truck looks great. Congratulations on getting to this stage of the project.

Tom[/QUOTE

Thanks Tom, that beautiful fender was a blessing, it was so straight Bob Peterson thought it was NOS. Been a long year and a half long ass whipping. It has been people like yourself that really reached out and helped me get the parts that were desperately needed. I in turn sent some of my parts that I didn't use to others as well, that's why Studebaker people care. I have a great rear view mirror that mounts perfectly for the little window height, didn't know any different combo existed. Thanks again for your help!

48skyliner
06-05-2018, 10:08 PM
"It really IS about whether or not you destroy a Rare and Valuable excellent condition, Original, antique or a Smashed, Rusted Junkyard piece."

I disagree with your choice of words. I don't think I or Gene destroyed anything. If you take a really nice old classic and make it more driveable and safer, that seems to me to be a legitimate thing to do. Of course I would not put a Chevy engine in an old Ferrari that is worth a million dollars, but I am not aware of anything manufactured by Studebaker that I would not consider as a candidate for a restomod. If I want to upgrade or restomod a classic car, I will buy the best example I can afford as a starting point.

I paid $6000 for my 48 Champion, but I can recall at the time seeing a couple of cars close to museum quality for $15-20, 000. If I had it to do over, I would probably buy one of those. An extra year of my life is worth more than that to me.

scottsewall
06-05-2018, 10:11 PM
Hey Gene, Hope to see you and the truck at the BBQ in Petaluma.

Though I made it to Bob's shop only a few times, I enjoyed seeing the progress and chatting with you.

-- Scott

StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 10:16 PM
The bed was the hardest part, it was total junk and I cut it totally apart and started with only the outside skins. It took about 6 months of every Saturday and Sunday to get it ready for bodywork. I welded every seam on the bed continuous which was probably about 500% more than factory. I wore out so many grinding and cutting blades, it was difficult but somehow rewarding.




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StudebakerGene
06-05-2018, 10:39 PM
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"It really IS about whether or not you destroy a Rare and Valuable excellent condition, Original, antique or a Smashed, Rusted Junkyard piece."

I disagree with your choice of words. I don't think I or Gene destroyed anything. If you take a really nice old classic and make it more driveable and safer, that seems to me to be a legitimate thing to do. Of course I would not put a Chevy engine in an old Ferrari that is worth a million dollars, but I am not aware of anything manufactured by Studebaker that I would not consider as a candidate for a restomod. If I want to upgrade or restomod a classic car, I will buy the best example I can afford as a starting point.

I paid $6000 for my 48 Champion, but I can recall at the time seeing a couple of cars close to museum quality for $15-20, 000. If I had it to do over, I would probably buy one of those. An extra year of my life is worth more than that to me.

This is what I started with and believe it or not I had 40k in it before I got it out to California. That's more than most of these guys want for totally restored cars. You just have to be able to discern what is practical and what you are really striving to achieve. Mine had the LT1, transmission and 12 bolt installed along with the fatman front end. The previous owner had that much in it with his original purchase price, plus new engine, transmission, rear end and most people wouldn't recognize that. I'm with you,I would have started with a better body---whatever the cost!

StoneDog
06-05-2018, 11:24 PM
What an amazing build! I don't have any problem with customization - especially making it more drivable. That's what the resto-mod movement is all about - keeping the classic lines while bringing everything beneath the skin (brakes, suspension, drivetrain) up to date. You do good work! Enjoy it and I hope to see it on the road some day!

SilverHawkDan
06-06-2018, 01:04 AM
Gene,

Congratulations from a fellow "Visionary". I too am building the car of my dreams. That dream started in 1966 when I bought my first car a 1959 Silver Hawk. Re-creating it has been a labor of love and since George Barris passed away I decided to dedicate the build to his memory. I watched him build many a car as I was growing up and yes I pushed around and picked up a lot of masking paper and bondo dust in order to see the action up close. I will have to see your truck in person to be sure but I think that George would have loved your truck. While I am staying with the Studebaker engine everything else is about comfort, ride, handling and making my wife a fine tribute that she can drive and enjoy and most importantly trust on the road after I am gone. I am praying that God will let me finish it and I am planning to be in Tacoma and I would consider it an honor to park my "Creation" next to yours. Our vehicles are not just a car and a truck they are works of art and products of our dreams.

Once again I say a hearty thank you for staying the course and following your dream. You have done the coupe express proud.
Dan

t walgamuth
06-06-2018, 08:02 AM
Great CE! Congrats on getting it finished. The color is very close to my CE and I did double takes every time I looked at it from the rear. I have to admit now that i have it done and running and driving I might one day pull the diesel and put in an LS.;)

candbstudebakers
06-06-2018, 10:49 AM
I have known Gene for about 3-4 years as he lives in North Carolina when he is not working construction here in the Bay area, when he got the CE he knew I had the shop and asked if he could do some minor work on it but need to leave it in the shop at some point when it needed to be off the road, he also knew that I was down seizing to get out of the shop but was moving slow at doing it so we went ahead and became shop mates for a while, it was2 years ago at South Bend May swap that I picked up the bed floor , fender, front nose piece and a few other items to bring back for his project and at that time I knew we were if for a longer haul but it was an easy choice to hang on to the shop longer and work at getting my things out of the shop, as Gene has stated he has put in many hours along the way. It was November of 17 when I got notice that they wanted me out or double my rent so guess what one I took? (time to get out) For the first time in about 25 years of renting the shop the landlord worked with me and gave me till June 1 with a rent increase of only $100.00 a month and so at the time the work really started to move ahead for every one Gene, myself and others with things in the shop. Every one had notice that things had to move ahead and Gene kicked it in gear and made a plan on making it work for him, while other wanted to hang around until the last minute and make my life a little uneasy. Once Anthony and I got back from South Bend on May 9th **** started to fly, and Anthony and I did our thing on clearing out every thing and Gene keep at his plan and the grind of getting it done by the 1st, others did finely get their things out and the building was empty on the 1st, Gene and his friend Moon did not even leave a speck of dust for me to deal with ( thanks Gene).

Xcalibur
06-06-2018, 11:59 PM
Quite N I C E ! Thanks for posting your pix. (btw, all of us here don't claim to know how everyone else should build their vehicles :lol: )

StudebakerGene
06-07-2018, 08:56 AM
Quite N I C E ! Thanks for posting your pix. (btw, all of us here don't claim to know how everyone else should build their vehicles :lol: )

Believe me when I say that I have the upmost respect for the members and their cars on this site. I try and steer away from political, religious, and just down right insulting other people's dreams. I don't care if you put a pumpkin on your car and paint it purple, If that's what you think looks good, then good for you. It takes a lot of different spokes to make a wheel go round, "some of them get bent every now and then!"

DTHolder
06-07-2018, 09:27 AM
That is simply gorgeous. Well done sir!

capwombat
06-10-2018, 08:00 AM
The most beautiful '30s truck, from any manufacturer. Stunning job.

63looks59
06-10-2018, 09:57 AM
I saw this in Bobs old shop--- way cool---and a Good Mod ...there is something for everyone out there
stock, survivor, restored, very slightly mod'd for modern roads, and total mod ...it all has appeal went done right
as this one is for total mod...

Buzzard
06-10-2018, 11:34 AM
Thanks for the paint correction Gary.
Bill

DEEPNHOCK
06-10-2018, 12:43 PM
Gotta start somewhere......

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StudebakerGene
06-11-2018, 02:03 PM
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Gotta start somewhere......

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a lot of pain looking at early photo's, mostly in the hands from sanding and welding etc.

paintim613
06-11-2018, 05:41 PM
All I can say is...WOW! In all the years our '53 custom has been shown (7+) only one negative purist response. It was in 2010 and his exact words were, "What did they do to the poor thing?" In fact, it even won Best of Show at Colorado Springs zone meet last August which speaks to the quality of work done by my wife's father and uncle in their Custer, SD, body shop in 1954-5. (Car pics in my signature) My point is that many of us believe that simply being a Studebaker is as important as being a stock Studebaker. Your build is certainly among the best I have ever seen. Congrats.

creegster
06-11-2018, 06:35 PM
This truck is beautiful, and the modifications are tasteful and understated. Thank you for this.

StudebakerGene
06-12-2018, 09:26 AM
This truck is beautiful, and the modifications are tasteful and understated. Thank you for this.

Thanks Creegster.....now time to paint it RED, never satisfied

DEEPNHOCK
06-12-2018, 09:37 AM
It was red when Jimmy bought it...

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Thanks Creegster.....now time to paint it RED, never satisfied

Anne F. Goodman
06-12-2018, 09:57 AM
Lookin Good Great Job.

StudebakerGene
06-12-2018, 10:08 AM
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It was red when Jimmy bought it...

https://i.imgur.com/y44dzXq.jpg

It was kind of Red with some brown rust strewn threw it......

Corley
06-12-2018, 10:37 AM
Thanks so much Warren, my hands are so tired and hurting from sanding and wrenching. I literally have spent the past few months of going to work everyday, going to Bob's shop every night and every weekend to get it done. It was also very expensive even though I did it myself. Every time I got a piece completed it gave me the strength to go on to the next one. This truck is as nice underneath as it is on top! It will be in Tacoma----

With all your finger prints sanded off, now is a good time to rob a bank. That will also refresh the funds you must have spent on this one. Great looking Express, fantastic work. There are not many that can do this sort of work, but obviously you have that talent.

StudebakerGene
06-12-2018, 03:21 PM
All I can say is...WOW! In all the years our '53 custom has been shown (7+) only one negative purist response. It was in 2010 and his exact words were, "What did they do to the poor thing?" In fact, it even won Best of Show at Colorado Springs zone meet last August which speaks to the quality of work done by my wife's father and uncle in their Custer, SD, body shop in 1954-5. (Car pics in my signature) My point is that many of us believe that simply being a Studebaker is as important as being a stock Studebaker. Your build is certainly among the best I have ever seen. Congrats.

Wow...I hadn't seen this vehicle before, Ya'll were definitely thinking outside the box. "Elcastarliner." Love it and I bet it really draws a crowd, thanks for doing it your way!

showbizkid
06-14-2018, 12:50 PM
Dude, that's gorgeous.

Joe V
06-14-2018, 07:05 PM
http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73023&d=1528251818

I like how the upper links are threaded with jam nuts on both ends for easier adjustments.

Joe V
06-14-2018, 07:08 PM
I like that there's a buzz box in the back too.

StudebakerGene
06-15-2018, 09:42 AM
http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73023&d=1528251818

I like how the upper links are threaded with jam nuts on both ends for easier adjustments.

Running a triangulated 4 link really helps with the pinion adjustment as well. I had to adjust the ride height on it several times due to settlement of the springs. This set up is from Heidt's and is basically a universal kit, I ordered 250lb and 400lb springs and regardless of what the manufacturer states, there is a lot of fabrication involved--- hence the "Buzz Box"...

Waydon
06-19-2018, 01:48 AM
You did some beautiful work on it.Anything that makes a Studebaker more enjoyable and safer is a really good idea.

StudebakerGene
06-19-2018, 10:30 AM
You did some beautiful work on it.Anything that makes a Studebaker more enjoyable and safer is a really good idea.

You are quite right Waydon and the key word is "Safety." This is a driver, an everyday driver. I wanted the appearance of the stock lines but I also want to be able to get in it, start it and drive anywhere I want to go....this is no trailer Queen. I have already scratched the bed side hauling parts in it, use em, that's what they are made for. I garner no satisfaction with a totally restored "show car," for me, been there, done that, got the t-shirt!" I want them out there where myself and other people can relate to them and see the beautiful design of yesteryear!