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kurtruk
05-13-2008, 11:31 PM
Last week on Monday, May 5th on my delivery route, I see a sign for some free firewood down a side street. So I make a mental note to stop the next day and check it out. I've been driving by this road for over five years and always wanted to check out this area. It is a funky little area with houses tucked in under the oak trees. Kinda Bohemian looking (like north of San Francisco in the 1960s). It's the Halcyon area of Arroyo Grande, California. So Tuesday I go look for the firewood and it was nothing worthwile, so I proceed to the end of the deadend street to turn my truck around. Half-way through my turn I look down a long driveway and see this:

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Very nice. Colorado plate? I am very timid about walking on to other people's property (especially when it concerns cars) so this is all the closer I got. After five years of driving by on the main road would I have ever known it was there?

Then up the road in San Luis Obispo, I decide to make a stop this day that I could have waited to make until the next day. I proceed in to the self storage yard to make my delivery and see a man tossing things into a utility trailer half-a-storey below him. It looks like the stuff is going to the trash, as boxes are spilling open as he tosses them in. Then he appears with these:

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Now, remember, I'm kind of timid about approaching people, but as I've keep reading on this forum, sometimes just asking brings about amazing things. "Got some auto parts there?"
"Yeah, a few." So I muster up my braveness.
"Any Studebaker stuff?" There, I said it! He smiles.
"Know anyone that would be interested in a Studebaker?"
"Yeah. If not me, I have a lot of contacts."
"It's a '51 Star...star-something."
"Starlight?"
"Yeah, that's it." So he gives me his number. "We really don't know what it's worth. We just need to get rid of all this stuff."
"Well, as long as you don't think you have a goldmine, I'd like to check it out." So he's still holding these headlights, getting ready to toss them into his trailer.
"Boy, I feel kind bad just tossing these out. You know anyone that might want these?":D
"I could find a home for 'em."[8D]
"Anything else you want help yourself to it. It's all going to the dump." He has a family member that is 85 years old. They're moving him out of a rental into an assisted living type place. They emptied his house three years ago into three storage units and now are throwing everything away. So I cherry-picked a few items for eBay. He brought out bound newspapers from 1933 and 1935. Now I love history, but I had to draw the line somewhere. Against my better judgement, I flipped open a page--to what? A F*rd ad. Uh oh. Turned the page, and there's the Studebaker ad!

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On the back of the ad is this:

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So against my better judgement I brought them home.

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I figure I'll go through them, shoot all the Studebaker ads and post them somewhere.

So Wednesday I go to look at the car. It is also on a street I have been driving for 8-9 years, but hidden from passerbys. As you can see it is a 1952. Champion Starlight coupe. Perfect body, save a small dent in driver's door, probably from loading it on to car trailer. Last registration sticker is 1961. No rust through in floorboards as far as I can tell.

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What to do...what to do[?][?][?]
Dick Steinkamp was in town this very day. Would he discover it before I could pull the trigger on it? He was headed over to Mr. Biggs place, which is closer to me than San Luis Obispo. And it comes on a trailer

sals54
05-14-2008, 12:38 AM
Original California yellow plates too. Those by themselves are worth a couple of bucks. Especially as a matched pair. Cool find. I love these stories. They keep coming, don't they. Go get 'em guys. Keep saving them and bringing them home.

sals54
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bams50
05-14-2008, 05:00 AM
Great finds! I could picture me shamelessly dumpster-diving and loading up my trunk on the spot![8D]

LOVE that 36 Dictator ad! I love the gangster-looking guy; I wish I could wear a hat and trench coat like that today... I'd park my Stude ball caps![8D] And I harvested another cool phrase from that ad that I hadn't heard before: "Quadripoise Suspension".Also [8D]

Thanks for sharing, and keep us posted if you do anything with that 52[^]



Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

bob40
05-14-2008, 05:48 AM
Buy it and figure out the details afterwards.

Avantidon
05-14-2008, 06:26 AM
Opportunities like this come only once in a life time. Bite the bullet BUY IT and we'll help you figure out what to do from there. Really to good to pass up!! I'm too far away to do it or I would.

kurtruk
05-14-2008, 10:19 AM
Bob,

That's a '35 in the ad, I'd say.

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)

Dick Steinkamp
05-14-2008, 10:31 AM
Great stories, Kurt. Right place, right time for sure.

I was too busy playing with my Grand Daughters in Los Osos to be looking for Studes :D.

I'm with Bob40 and Don. If the price is right, buy it and figure out the details later.

You might be able to sell those headlights on eBay for as much as he wants for the car. I sold a pretty scruffy pair last year for much more than I thought they would bring.

Let us know what happens.



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Johnjb
05-14-2008, 10:52 AM
I think thats a 34 in the newspaper ad.

Anne F. Goodman
05-14-2008, 11:11 AM
So are ya gonna buy it? I can find a place to store it.Email me or call me

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State
Fresno,Ca
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rusty nut garage
05-14-2008, 11:48 AM
People love to talk about their cars, your missing out by not knocking on the door and asking, fact of the matter your more likely to offend someone by taking pictures without asking then by stopping and asking permission to take pictures then talk about the cars
Wow you sure scored with the other fellow.
Russ

Russ Shop Foreman "Rusty Nut Garage"
57 SH (project)
60 Lark VIII 2dr sd (driver)

Roscomacaw
05-14-2008, 02:47 PM
Kurt, are you asking me to buy it or store it? I'd buy it if it was priced right. Are you giving me that option or are you just looking to stash it someplace? The latter I'd have to think about. Call me.:D

Edit: Just amazes me, what some folks will just toss rather and bother to find a home for! It's like the 289 that's currently pulling Pete around. Guy's heirs had no idea what it was (one family gearhead knew it wasn't valuable, whatever it was) so they were gonna set it out for the trash collector. Then one family friend took the time to look at the machine shop tag on the oiled and boxed crankshaft. Hey! It's a Studebaker engine. $250 and a completly reworked engine with all parts was mine.[B)]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

61hawk
05-14-2008, 03:06 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Kurt, are you asking me to buy it or store it? I'd buy it if it was priced right. Are you giving me that option or are you just looking to stash it someplace? The latter I'd have to think about. Call me.:D

Edit: Just amazes me, what some folks will just toss rather and bother to find a home for! It's like the 289 that's currently pulling Pete around. Guy's heirs had no idea what it was (one family gearhead knew it wasn't valuable, whatever it was) so they were gonna set it out for the trash collector. Then one family friend took the time to look at the machine shop tag on the oiled and boxed crankshaft. Hey! It's a Studebaker engine. $250 and a completly reworked engine with all parts was mine.[B)]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door




My dad told me about his neighbor's kids when it came time to clean out their dad's house. They had a big dumpster set in the driveway shortly after the funeral. My dad took a look in there one night after everyone left, baby pictures, family vacation pictures, wedding photo albums, personal letters that their grandfather wrote to their grandmother during WWII, antiques, "extra" trim work from their 150 year old house that was put in the attic when the house was built, original house blueprints (this was the bank owner's house). Pretty much anything that wasn't nailed down ended up in the dumpster. I think most of what wasn't personal items ended up in dad's storage building and eventually sold at his estate sale.

kurtruk
05-14-2008, 09:41 PM
Here's a closeup of the tag on the headlights. They are really in nice shape. Are they Model A? Modern street rod? They are sealed beam. About 7" lens.

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More of the car:

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I ASSumed this was gray primer, but after I got home and thought about it, that may be original paint--as there was a little bit of shine to it--I think. The dark spot on the door is the only flaw I found on the body--of what I could see.

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)

Dick Steinkamp
05-14-2008, 09:50 PM
quote:[i]Originally posted by kurtruk


Here's a closeup of the tag on the headlights. They are really in nice shape. Are they Model A? Modern street rod? They are sealed beam. About 7" lens.




I believe they were made by Guide. They were an aftermarket manufacturer, but some 30's cars and trucks used various models as standard equipment.

Nice ones like yours should bring $150-300. The ID tags alone are bringing $50. Be sure to put "ratrod" in your eBay description ;)

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barnlark
05-15-2008, 08:22 AM
Great parts and literature finds, Kurt. Being in the electronic media (sorry) I make my living having to knock on doors occasionally to talk to people for interviews and most people just won't answer the door if they don't want to talk to you. Amazingly, most will, especially about cars. I was on a story a month ago and the interview had a mint '65 cruiser in the garage and all I did was ask about his " I love woodys" sign over the garage door. You never know. Here's a local club member's car..you can't tell from the light that day, but it's close to your '52. Buy it!

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