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John and Tracy Smith
04-17-2009, 11:32 PM
After replacing the battery and taking George to get an oil change, John anounced that he was taking George to his first cruise night. As you can see, it didn't happen as he had planned. For the first time, Tracy drove the Studebaker and John followed in the Brand X with the kids. :D This was the farthest that Tracy has driven George since he became a member of our family. We have been cautiously extending the length of his drives as we get to know his personality and quirks. We have determined that his gauges are not working properly, so we are being extra careful as we monitor his temperature, etc.

John thought it was so funny that he was driving the kids around while Tracy drove George to the cruise-in that he called all of his friends along the way and laughed at the evening's role reversal.

Tracy called John along the way to try to determine about how accurate George's speedometer is. According to the comparison (and a photo radar sign along the way), it appears that George's actual speed is 4-5 mph greater than what the speedometer reads.

Dare to be different! In a sea of red cars at the cruise in, George stood out with pride. Tracy even got to drive him home in the dark and is now determined to find a way to get his gauges to light up. All the exterior lighting works great, though, and we all had a blast!

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona

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04-17-2009, 11:42 PM
Glad you are in the Cruise mode. Hope to see you folks at the Chapter meeting Saturday. I was at the Sanderson Ford show today. The Avanti's were well accepted. Those Canadian built cars with Ford engines you know.
Denny L


04-17-2009, 11:54 PM
That rocks, guys! It's so much fun to show off your car and watch people's reactions. Glad to see George out among his peers!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

04-18-2009, 12:22 AM
George is really quite a handsome fellow! Really the dapper gentleman amoungst such a collection of rakes in that lineup!

Tracy, I have similar problems with my gauge lights. However, I've found that slowly rotating the light switch after pulling it out will often produce a lit dash! Bess doesn't always cooperate, but most the time she will. A little gentle jiggling whilst turning sometimes helps too.

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Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

04-18-2009, 12:46 AM
I'm glad to see you guys getting George out and ON THE ROAD~
right where all Studes ought to be!!! :) [:p] [^]

Party on!!!!

I'm not sure what Ron's saying about your light switches.
They're just like his Parkview ought to have in it~
up and down they go. (off is in the center)
Also remember- your dash lights will only come on when
the parking or head lights are on...

Checking all of the bulbs would be where I'd start-
and posting of pictures is required.
You'll see why after you find them ALL... ;) :D [:o)]

StudeDave '57 [8D]
San Diego, CA (for now)

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon)
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

04-18-2009, 01:33 AM
Dave; Ron is thinking that '57's are like '56's, they aren't.

'56's have push/pull for Parking/Head lights and twist for Instruments, and '57's have toggles like Hawks with a separate toggle for Instruments, which needs to be up for High with the Lights on, it is possible that the Instr. Lt. switch is bad if bulbs are good, but most have at least some burned out bulbs.

StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA

04-18-2009, 06:02 AM
Looks great out there!

(That car club should space the cars out further than that)

04-18-2009, 06:15 AM
:) Lookin' good! Thanks for the report and pics. :DBP

04-18-2009, 07:04 AM
Love Tracy's grin while cruisin George.

04-18-2009, 10:07 AM
Tracy and John, nice ride, and it looks good with the other cars, over the years I have taken a Studebaker to street fairs and small cruise nights, and even some larger things and have found out at these if you want to draw a crowd bring a Studebaker or even any orphan car and if you want the crowd to get larger then open the hood and have a supercharger sitting on top people forget real fast the other every day hot rod and rat rod and and just marvel at it..Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA


Dick Steinkamp
04-18-2009, 10:16 AM
Great pictures!

Looks like a lot of fun to me. :D

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA


04-18-2009, 10:53 AM
I love the picture of the Stude parked between the "normal" cars at the cruze. Also, the shot of your smiling wife driving brings a smile to me face, reminds me of my better half in her native environment.

Riverside, Ca.
1957 Provincial X2
1958 Transtar

04-18-2009, 11:18 AM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

Dave; Ron is thinking that '57's are like '56's, they aren't. StudeRich
There I go thinkin' again-- I thought they were both the same as well~
but like the '57s are...

StudeDave '57 [8D]

04-18-2009, 02:56 PM
What fun! I took the Champ out today, even a short stint on the Interstate. Lots of looks and smiles. Made me feel as happy as Tracy looks in that gorgeous new Studebaker!

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

04-18-2009, 03:17 PM
Excellent Pics and story![8D]

'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

The NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009; check it out at -

04-18-2009, 07:10 PM
Nice photos...good to see all of you having fun with George and showing off South Bend's finest.

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you next year at the International.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

Steve T
04-18-2009, 09:17 PM
Tracy and John--

That rocks! There is just nothing like a "maiden cruise". I remember turning into the cruise lot in Ancaster last May in my Lark...electrical gremlins riding along and all...and literally giggling to myself like a lunatic while the evening sun shone brightly on my dream come true. (The car went back into town that night behind a tow truck...but guess whether it's the start or the end of that evening I remember better...):D

And that shot of Tracy at the wheel ought surely to turn up in TW in connection with Drive Your Stude Day...

I've been Studebakering a bit today; parking brake is now fixed on the Lark, tranny and rear brakes still need some attention but she's OK for now. I'll shortly be driving the old gal home in the dark (all but one hi-beam work fine); am over at my parents' for a visit and borrowing their computer at the moment...Our first cruise here will be the second week of May or so, and I can't wait...

Cheers and hearty congrats...go George go!

Steve T

04-19-2009, 09:17 AM
Great pics - especially the one with grin!:) Thanks for sharing them along with the nice story.


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1961 Lark Regal VIII Convertible