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04-04-2009, 08:23 PM
I have been in the process of selling a 1959 Ford F100 truck. Today this guy calls to ask about the truck. He asks why I am selling the truck. I tell him I want to concentrate on my Studebaker projects. He asks what I have. I tell him a 51 Commander and a 66 2dr sedan. He asks is the 66 a Lark. I say yeah sort of. He then says I knew a guy who had a Lark with a factory turbocharged Studebaker motor out of a Packard. I said really, that must have been some car. I didn't even try to correct him. I know we have had posts like this before, but this was the first time I had run across one of the experts. By the way, he didn't buy the truck.

66 Commander R1 Clone
51 Commander 4dr

04-04-2009, 08:51 PM
Could have been a Studebaker 289 & McColloch out of a 57 or 58 Packard later transplanted into a non R series Lark;)


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04-04-2009, 09:12 PM
quote:Originally posted by 289stude

Could have been a Studebaker 289 & McColloch out of a 57 or 58 Packard later transplanted into a non R series Lark ;) John
Make that '57 Packard, or '58 Packard Hawk...

'58 Packards (other then Hawks) did NOT have blowers!!!

StudeDave '57 [8D]
A man who owns one ;)
('58 sedan)

04-04-2009, 09:12 PM
Was it cuz yer ford truck was the one with the Studebaker motor?

04-04-2009, 09:26 PM
If it's the Packard I'm thinkin of, it's a funky blankin place to hang a turbocharger[:o)]. And it doesn't even need the exhaust manifold to run, it uses a belt like a supercharger would [:o)]. It's amazing to me though how many people seem to mess up the nomenclature of those two devices.


04-04-2009, 10:24 PM
I bought a new 1987 king cab Nissan truck equipped with every available option. I used it in my job selling spray equipment, pumps, air tools, etc. covering two states. One of the first things I did to the truck was replace the Nissan logo in the grille with a spare oval ‘55 Studebaker truck emblem. I also removed the Nissan logo on the tailgate and placed a chrome “Studebaker” emblem on the frame of the window on the fiberglass topper. The only Nissan identification was in very small letters on the limited edition mag wheels.
I came out of a restaurant one day and overheard one guy telling another, “They’re making those in Mexico! I have a friend in Hawaii that’s got one just like it!”
I am amused at how confident some of these self proclaimed experts pronounce this stuff. I still have the truck but removed the Stude emblems a couple of years ago when I almost sold the truck. The kid couldn’t come up with the money, so I still have the truck. Over 330,000 miles and still going.

John Clary
Greer, SC
I have only two limitations ...BRAINS & ENERGY
SDC member since 1975

Dan Timberlake
04-05-2009, 07:49 AM
As a very young man I attended several SCCA regional sports car races at NH and CT tracks. I still recall One time during an H Production race (eager but short winded Austin Healey Sprites mostly) I overheard an older young man explaining to his lovely doe-eyed date that the cars were "approaching 200 mph on the long back straight." That line could have been word-for-word from a Jim McKay LeMans report on Wide World of Sports as a Ford GT40 passed by

I confess About that time in my life I also passed along a few "expert" opinions by repeating things I heard from the big kids. Nowadays I >> try << to check my sources a little better.