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mausersmth
04-04-2009, 02:31 PM
I wrote a while back saying I planned to buy a '64 Cruiser:
http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=25881
The money came in at last, and Joe Egle is still selling me the car!:D
I'll be heading out to Kansas City, probably right after Easter, and driving back. I'm taking a digital camera and a notebook and I'll be submitting the story. Let's see if Art prints it![8D]
Plans are to make this my daily driver. I like my old Ford truck, but that 352 is too thirsty![:0]

Charles Eck
Essex, MD

'57 Commander 4 door sedan
'66 Ford F-250
'66 Ford F-100
'53 John Deere 50
'41 John Deere H All-Fuel
'41 John Deere B All-Fuel

Studebakers were made to drive! (Besides, they don't get lost as easy in the Wal-Mart parking lot!)

JGK 940
04-04-2009, 03:18 PM
Cool beans - congratulations! Looking forward to the pictures. We DO get a sneak peek at the pictures, right? ;)

Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

mausersmth
04-04-2009, 04:08 PM
Of course!
My girlfriend, Nikki, is planning to help drive, and we'll take turns with the camera too. (Her first time driving a Studebaker!) Most of you will probably think she looks better with the car then I do! I would have to agree![8D]

Charles Eck
Essex, MD

'57 Commander 4 door sedan
'66 Ford F-250
'66 Ford F-100
'53 John Deere 50
'41 John Deere H All-Fuel
'41 John Deere B All-Fuel

Studebakers were made to drive! (Besides, they don't get lost as easy in the Wal-Mart parking lot!)

clonelark
04-04-2009, 09:08 PM
You'll love that 64 Cruiser as a driver. Ask the man who owns one.

http://i40.tinypic.com/o759c1.jpg

StudeDave57
04-04-2009, 09:25 PM
quote:Originally posted by clonelark

Ask the man who owns one.
Or the man who has been driving a '65 for nearly 18 years...

A good ride that'll be~ Enjoy the trip!!!! ;) :D [^]

Have fun. :)


StudeDave '57 [8D]

fstst56
04-04-2009, 10:31 PM
Good luck!

What an opportunity to make some lasting memories!

4961Studebaker
04-05-2009, 11:34 AM
well your more than welcome to stop by for a visit here if it happens to be on your way back.

congrats

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg

mausersmth
04-13-2009, 10:29 PM
I made it home!
I love Studebakers, but I hate points!
The Cruiser's distributer is going electronic!

Yes, I took pictures of the trip. (Including break down and rescue!)
Still plan to submit an article!



Charles Eck
Essex, MD

'57 Commander 4 door sedan
'64 Cruiser
'66 Ford F-250
'66 Ford F-100
'53 John Deere 50
'41 John Deere H All-Fuel
'41 John Deere B All-Fuel

Studebakers were made to drive! (Besides, they don't get lost as easy in the Wal-Mart parking lot!)

bams50
04-13-2009, 10:33 PM
Glad you're home, and haven't pushed the ol' gal off a cliff (or the car):D Looking forward to your trip report[8D]

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

jclary
04-13-2009, 11:03 PM
Congratulations! I have always said that you know you have had fun driving one of these old cars when you drive back into your yard and it is still running.

John Clary
Greer, SC
http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u346/jconln/HPIM0390.jpg
I have only two limitations ...BRAINS & ENERGY
SDC member since 1975

Mark57
04-14-2009, 12:01 AM
Congratulations - Sure helps to build confidence by driving them for a good distance (even if there are issues arising;)). :)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

The NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009; check it out at -
http://sdcvi.shawwebspace.ca/</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0368a.jpg

Steve T
04-14-2009, 08:04 PM
I look forward to reading the eventual article: it'll be a perfect showcase for what's best about SDC...

S.

mausersmth
04-15-2009, 04:39 PM
So many people were calling me offering advice, I can't remember all the names! And Jim drove quite a ways to fix the car! So many of the members are willing to go out of their way to help! I've rarely seen anything like it!

A few bugs showed up on the trip. (Other then the points!) Found an oil leak at the front seal (Imagine that! A Studebaker leaking oil!) Power steering has a leak too. Valve noise, I think they need adjusting, and a strange whistle from the power brake.

On the plus side, the body is clean and straight, most of the paint should buff out great, seats show little wear and no tears that I can see, door panels look great, and so far I found no rust!

I'll get her in the shop in a few days and get my tags. I'm looking forward to driving her every day!

A. Charles Eck, Jr.
Essex, MD

'57 Commander 4 door sedan
'64 Cruiser
'66 Ford F-250
'66 Ford F-100
'53 John Deere 50
'41 John Deere H All-Fuel
'41 John Deere B All-Fuel

Studebakers were made to drive! (Besides, they don't get lost as easy in the Wal-Mart parking lot!)

bams50
04-15-2009, 04:58 PM
Good deal. Sure would love to see some pictures if you can!

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

studegary
04-16-2009, 01:16 PM
If that whistle in the power brakes is a vacuum leak, that will adversly affect your engine's performance and potentially, longevity.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

PlainBrownR2
04-16-2009, 08:12 PM
Regarding the power steering leak, if it's coming from under the reservoir, there is a nut that couples to a rod that holds the cap in place. That nut has a seal underneath, that sandwiches between the reservoir and the pump and is supposed to contain the fluid to the inside of the reservoir. I have found if the pump was rebuilt, or the cap has been removed one too many times, that over time the nut will loosen just enough to cause the fluid in the reservoir to leak out. I found this out on the Lark and once I tightened the nut back to the torque specifications it permanently stopped the leak.


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[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=right]
[IMG=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201964%20Studebaker%20Commander%20R2/P1010168.jpg[/IMG=right]

Bellingham Studenut
04-17-2009, 12:25 AM
Glad to here someone so excited about driving a new old Stude!
If you are not afraid to drive it (as we see you are not!) and get the bugs out, you will enjoy it more than an old pair of jeans.
Driving a Studebaker every day works better than vitamins, and exercising does good for the car & driver!

James

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.