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ryanmcb
04-14-2009, 05:32 PM
I AM LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ON STUDEBAKER HUBCAPS, PARTICULARY THE AIR FLOW CAP. DOES ANYONE KNOW OF A TURNING WHEELS ISSUE THAT DISCUSSES THE AIRFLOW OR HUBCAP OPTIONS? ALSO, ANY INFO THAT YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT THE AIRFLOW WOULD BE VERY WELL RECIEVED.

ALSO, I AM LOOKING FOR A BACK ISSUE THAT FEATURED A RED STUDEBAKER CAR HAULER THAT IS SUPERCHARGED. I THINK IT HAS BEEN AT MEETS AND STOCK DRAGS.

ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

StudeRich
04-14-2009, 05:58 PM
If the Red Truck is a 1 1/2 or 2 Ton Flatbed, not rollback it must be Ted Harbit's modified "C" Cab Transtar.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa221/studerich/My64Daytona.jpg
StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA

ryanmcb
04-14-2009, 06:05 PM
THAT IS RIGHT, IT IS A NON ROLLBACK FLATBED IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY. THANKS FOR THE INFO AND ANY IDEA WHAT TURNING WHEELS IT WAS FEATURED IN?

BobPalma
04-14-2009, 06:21 PM
:) Ryan: Ted's truck isn't featured per se, but there is a nice, large picture of it carrying The Chicken Hawk on Page 11 of the March, 1996 Turning Wheels, within my then-current biography of Ted Harbit that was the issue's feature story.

Also, Ted's acquiring the truck and the truck itself is discussed at length in the text on the following page, Page 12. (Incidentally, Ted removed the supercharger from it some time ago to use on another project. It is now normally aspirated. Part of this was so he could run regular gas when gas prices got so high.) :DBP

Dick Steinkamp
04-14-2009, 07:34 PM
You might be thinking of Phil Harris' truck...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/south%20bend/IMG_2154.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/south%20bend/IMG_2155.jpg

Supercharged AND turbocharged. [:p]

Phil is "Fariborn Studebaker"

http://www.fairbornstudebaker.com/



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

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Roscomacaw
04-14-2009, 07:52 PM
The only "article" regarding the Air-Flo wheelcovers is the Fred Fox feature of years ago. But it's really only mention of them in an article about all the variants of wheelcovers/hubcaps used on postwar Studebakers.
I don't recall there ever being much in the way of discusson about them. They were an optional item - never standard issue. They're expensive nowdays WHEN you can find them. There's lefts and rights - regarding the way the louvers are stamped into them. Supposedly they promoted cooling airflow over wheels and drums/discs. Probably more hype than help - truth be told.;)

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

ryanmcb
04-15-2009, 01:54 PM
THIS HAS REALLY HELPED. PHIL HARRIS' TRUCK IS AMAZING ALTHOUGH THAT IS NOT THE TRUCK I WAS THINKING OF. I DO BELIEVE IT IS THE TRUCK MENTIONED IN THE CHICKEN HAWK STORY. I WILL SEE IF I CAN GET THAT BACK ISSUE. I AM INTERESTED IN BUILDING A STUDE CAR HAULER AND THE BED ON PHIL'S TRUCK REALLY INTERESTS ME, THAT IS VERY LOW AND USABLE.

AS FAR AS THE HUBCAPS GO I APPRECIATE THE INFO FORM MR. BIGGS. I AM CURIOUS WHAT CARS WERE OFFERED THE AIRFLOW AS AN OPTION AND WHAT YEARS. THE ONLY THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN THEM ON IS A GT HAWK. IN FACT THERE IS ONE ON EBAY AT THE MOMENT WITH AIRFLOWS. ANY IDEA WHAT ISSUE FRED FOX DID HIS FEATURE?

THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL THIS GREAT INFORMATION

Roscomacaw
04-15-2009, 02:27 PM
The hub cap feature is in the Dec. '89 issue. There's a pic of the Air-Flo and the caption reads:

"Special accessory "Air-Flo" full wheelcover for all 1962-63 cars (AC-3278 right - AC-3279 left) Full set was AC-3277"

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

BobPalma
04-15-2009, 02:31 PM
:) Ryan: Phil Harris custom/hand built that bed on his diesel truck, likely with some fabricating/engineering help from his good friend, Malcolm Berry.

Phil and Malcolm took extensive photographs of the project as they were doing it, so they may have them available. (I've seen the photos, but don't have them or I'd post.)

You might contact Phil through his business, Fairborn Studebaker, to see if any construction details are available. As you can see, it is very well engineered and beautifully executed. :DBP

bams50
04-15-2009, 02:46 PM
Ryan, here's one that's very similar to another optional Studebaker cover (aero-strut?) I fell in love with it on a Wagonaire, and intend to have these on mine, since originals are BIG bucks:

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/RS/SR/Product/91058780_R.jpg

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Cross-Bar-Style-Wheel-Covers,2317.html

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?"