View Full Version : Sometimes you just want to slap somebody.

01-02-2009, 10:15 AM
Read the description, particularly the last sentence, and see if you feel the same way. So rare, but he didn't care.:(

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cars-Trucks___Studebaker-1930-Streetrod_W0QQitemZ320327934612QQddnZCarsQ20Q26Q20TrucksQQddiZ2282QQcmdZViewItem QQptZUS_Cars_Trucks?hash=item320327934612&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245&_trkparms=72%3A727%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318

01-02-2009, 10:26 AM
I certainly would not refer to it as "restored".


01-02-2009, 10:29 AM
And a dollar-to-a-donut he doesn't find a buyer.

(read it backwards)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/2617723594_889afb71cf_t.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2412/2267352617_720245049a_m.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/2679715309_563ea85e42_m.jpg

01-02-2009, 10:38 AM
I don't think it's as rare as he states and I like the fact that it's a resto-rod. I sold s 31 Commander to a rodder about 30 years ago because I could not even break even selling it to a purist.
If the club wants to save all the stockers, they just need to buy and restore them.


Dick Steinkamp
01-02-2009, 11:02 AM
Beautiful car!

If you must have ALL of them ONLY the way YOU would do them, the only solution is to buy EVERYTHING you see. Believe it or not, others can and do enjoy the hobby in a variety of ways.

One of the definitions of restore is this..."to bring back into being, use, etc.; reestablish".

Although we commonly apply "restore" to a stocker, bringing one back into use, even with a different motor than stock, could probably be considered "restored" by definition.

This is the first item the seller has ever listed. I think he missed the point of an "auction". I agree that he probably won't get any bids. He may, however, get inquiries that lead to a sale off line.

I've done more stockers than hot rods, but I'd be hard pressed to choose a stock one of these over this car. Really nice!

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/finished044.jpg

01-02-2009, 11:43 AM
This could be one of those deals where the wife says "you better sell that thing!" and he puts it on ebay with a ridiculous price so that he can tell her he tried to sell it but no one wants it!

'63 Cruiser daily driver
'57 Packard wagon almost on the road!

Dick Steinkamp
01-02-2009, 12:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by raoul5788
and he puts it on ebay with a ridiculous price

If the car is actually as nice as it looks in the few pictures, he's got WAY more than $45k into it...even if he did most of the work himself. If as nice as it looks, it should sell for that. Probably not, however, with his BIN and a few bad pictures and a short description.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/finished044.jpg

01-02-2009, 01:39 PM
I helped to install an Oldsmobile drivetrain into a 1932 Commander four door. The owner drove it regularly for awhile and then left it off at a local junk yard. How times have changed!

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

01-02-2009, 01:39 PM
I like it; I might have been tempted to, say, drop in a warmed up 245 and leave the rest bone stock, but really, the aesthetics of the car aren't really compromised that much for having been "rodded."

that said, for that kind of money, wouldn't a few interior, underhood, and undercarriage shots be desirable?


55 Commander Starlight

01-02-2009, 01:57 PM
I agree, an absolutely beautiful car and he has a huge investment in it, you can tell. It may go for plenty, but that BIN may slow things. Not a savvy seller, but that's common. I think his last line meant he wasn't sure if it was actually rare and was fishing, hoping someone with 45K thought it was. I want more shots, too. Very, very nice.


vegas paul
01-02-2009, 02:01 PM
I'm not going to comment on the resto-mod vs. stock topic, but I agree he needs to be slapped for sleeping through all of his grammar and spelling classes. I may be somewhat obsessive in this regard (my mom was an English teacher!), but it irritates me to see that someone has so little regard for his readers/customers/audience etc. that he can't even proofread (or ask some literate friend to proofread) his work. It makes me wonder how careful he is in his restoration efforts when he is so sloppy in other areas of his work.

OK, rant's finished...

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

01-02-2009, 02:06 PM
I agree Paul, but as we well know, those are often two very separate skills.

01-02-2009, 02:25 PM
Two separate skills, writing and paying for work.

Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
(Under Construction 571 hrs.)
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

01-02-2009, 02:32 PM
My point was that if it's as rare as he claims it is, he could have at least kept the stock parts, and offered them with the car too. I might have paid that price for a stock car, but not the modified version.:(

01-02-2009, 02:38 PM
Just because you can cobble these parts together, get it painted and upholstered pretty, donít mean that it is worth the asking price. I like the looks of the car but I would like to drive it, check out the balance, ride, brakes, and steering characteristics. One of the most important things is cooling on a hot day. I have blown by many rods on the interstate on the way to meets with my stock flathead six, because someone failed to do due diligence in the area of cooling. Big horsepower, neat headers, and flashy accessories look kind of silly if you are creeping along trying to keep the engine from roasting. I also would rather see any of these cars modified or hot-rodded instead of crushed and made into a dishwasher or even worse a late model GM product!:)

John Clary
Greer, SC
SDC member since 1975

01-02-2009, 03:32 PM
As always, his car, his money, his decision. I'd agree, the text errors reflect negatively on what appears to be a nice car. Each of us might have made different choices; "red volure" interior to my eye would be appropriate in a bordello, but if one is driving a "A true gangster type looking car." that might be an appropriate destination.

Good luck and godspeed, Steve.

jack vines


01-02-2009, 05:59 PM
I like the car and the treatment. Its not really that rare of a car, nor is it particularly desirable anymore as a restoration. Most of the generation that bought those cars for big dollars are quite old. If you just employ the supply and demand criteria to the car, he's in the right position with the right car for these times. The resto-rods bring more money than the purists. He just needs to get the right buyer. Watch the Collector car Auctions these days. The cars from the 30s are not bringing big money unless they are very sought after pieces. Most of the 30s cars which are not hot rods, just don't go for big money anymore. Heck, the 60s & 70s Mopars will sell for double or triple what some of the 30s sedans are sold for. Different market now. In ten years, these "Muscle Car" prices will be stagnant or falling cuz all the folks who idolized them will either have one already, or be too old to enjoy them anymore. Who knows, the next big market for collector cars may be Toyota Corollas ? ? ? ? Who knows?