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barnlark
07-04-2009, 10:53 PM
Drove across the state line from Ohio to join a few Forum members in Bill Pressler's childhood hometown in Pennsylvania for a great car show. Terrific opportunity to drive our Studes. Here are some pics:

Myself and Forum members, JWW, GT Joe, and Bill Pressler on Main Street.
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JWW's version of the Kart Hauler
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Photo op at the former Carl E. Filer Co. Studebaker Dealership and Garage in Greenville..

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Thanks for the invitation to this show, Bill. See ya on down the road. [8D][8D]
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John and Tracy Smith
07-04-2009, 11:05 PM
Wonderful pics, Dave! Thanks for sharing. John fell in love with the wagon. He said your Lark's not too shabby, either... ;) Can you tell us about the pink car? We don't know what it is. Thanks!

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona
http://1955studebaker.blogspot.com/

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Anne F. Goodman
07-04-2009, 11:07 PM
Great Pictures Dave looks like you guys had a great time.

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe
Fresno,Ca
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barnlark
07-04-2009, 11:16 PM
Originally posted by John and Tracy Smith
Can you tell us about the pink car? We don't know what it is. Thanks!

I'm far from being a Ford identifier, but my dad had two or three of those when I was growing up... Fairlane. Not sure of the year. '57 maybe? BP will know. None were pink that we had, though. Every little girl walking with their family really loved that one! [8D]

Here's another angle..now I'm thinking more like '55 or 6.
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSC_0058-1.jpg

bridgegaurd
07-04-2009, 11:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Originally posted by John and Tracy Smith
Can you tell us about the pink car? We don't know what it is. Thanks!

I'm far from being a Ford identifier, but my dad had two or three of those when I was growing up... Fairlane. Not sure of the year. '57 maybe? BP will know. None were pink that we had, though. Every little girl walking with their family really loved that one! [8D]

Here's another angle..now I'm thinking more like '55 or 6.
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSC_0058-1.jpg

1956

Skinnys Garage
07-04-2009, 11:33 PM
Looks like a '56 Ford Customline to me.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/my59Lark.jpg
Skinny
Watertown, SD

barnlark
07-04-2009, 11:44 PM
Can anyone read this?
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSC_0061-3.jpg
This is what it's supposed to look like.
http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/cusso.jpg

Skinnys Garage
07-05-2009, 12:22 AM
I'm pretty sure BP will back me up on this, it says Customline. Looks like everyone had a great time Dave, will you be at Cedar Rapids?

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/my59Lark.jpg
Skinny
Watertown, SD

HarryStude
07-05-2009, 12:46 AM
My dad collects old Fords of the 55 and 56 era and yes that is a 56 and it says Customline on the side. We have a 55 Crown Victoria that is pink and white with the glass top, man what a car. We also have a 56 Fairlane 2 door hdtp that we restored a while back that will just drop yer jaw.

PROUDLY MADE IN AMERICA

Bill Pressler
07-05-2009, 03:55 AM
Great time, Dave, JWW, and GTJoe...thanks for coming along and classin' up my old hometown!

I can't seem to post a link, but the dealership had large wooden "Carl E. Filer Co." lettering over the front doors and of course, the peaked roof was added to the building later. They sold Studebakers in town from '26 to '66.

That is indeed a '56 Ford Customline. Although I like '57's and '58's too, a '56 Ford is my favorite Ford of all I think. The little detail differences over the '55 really improve the looks IMHO.

My sister said Thiel College's "USO Show" later last evening was fun, and to top it off, she had the winning ticket for second prize of $1,000 that was offered at the car show, first prize being a motorcycle.

You might notice in the one picture, the railroad tracks. I've never seen anything like it elsewhere, but the tracks cut right between downtown buildings, making almost an open-air 'tunnel' effect between buildings.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

BobPalma
07-05-2009, 07:04 AM
:) Gee, Dave (and Bill and all), it looks like you guys had a great time. Wonderful pictures and a good assortment of Studebakers.

The Ford in question is indeed a 1956 Ford Customline Tudor. Remember, Ford spelled the body styles Tudor and Fordor back then, just as ole' Henry had dictated years before. The 1955 "pink" was called Desert Rose, but I cannot verify if that color and name were carried over to 1956.

'Good to see some Studes in front of the Filer Building again, too. And next year, Bill can look forward to returning the Strato Blue 1964 Daytona hardtop to the same place.

It pretty much rained all day in central Indiana, so I was limited to driving a 1956 Studebaker-Packard product on "Drive Your Studebaker Day," our 1956 Clipper Super hardtop in the town's big parade. It drizzled all during the parade and then let loose for the rest of the day shortly thereafter.

BTW, Bill mentioned railroad tracks down the center of the town's "main" Street. Lafayette, Indiana, has a similar arrangement.

'Glad you guys had good sunshine and good times. :DBP

barnlark
07-05-2009, 07:20 AM
I should have known that you had checked that car out, Bill. [^] Since this thread is about driving Studebakers, I don't want to belabor the F#*ds, but did that side trim have "Fairlane Customline" on it? I tried to research it and it seems the Customline had a smaller engine and was just a cheaper trim, etc., level car in the fleet, but other levels had the Fairlane name preceeding it. I thought they were all just upper and lower trimmed Fairlane models. Confusing. My Sunday morning brain hurts. Here's a Hemmings link for info.

http://tinyurl.com/m645k5

Here's some more of John's Wagonaire and a '37 that reminded me of my only prewar car, a '37 Business Coupe.
To Skinny; Yes, my non-refundable reservations say I'll be in Iowa. My wallet may say otherwise.

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bams50
07-05-2009, 07:22 AM
Good report and good pix as always, Dave! Thanks for again taunting me with Bill's Skytophttp://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/tongue/tongue0018.gif

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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barnlark
07-05-2009, 07:37 AM
Do you still have yours, or is it gone? Only a paint job away..

BobPalma
07-05-2009, 07:38 AM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

I should have known that you had checked that car out, Bill. [^] Since this thread is about driving Studebakers, I don't want to belabor the F#*ds, but did that side trim have "Fairlane Customline" on it? I tried to research it and it seems the Customline had a smaller engine and was just a cheaper trim, etc., level car in the fleet, but other levels had the Fairlane name preceeding it. I thought they were all just upper and lower trimmed Fairlane models. Confusing. My Sunday morning brain hurts. Here's a Hemmings link for info.



:) Well, you guys know how anal I am about such things, so please suffer this modest diversion:

1956 Fords were offered in three trim levels: cheapie Mainline, mid-trim Customline, and high-trim Fairlane. There's no "mix & match" among them; they are three distinct, stand-alone trim levels. (Think 1963 Lark Regal, 1963 Lark Custom, and 1963 Lark Daytona.)

Any trim level was available with any engine, although, of course, Mainline Tudors with a six are a whole lot more common than Fairlane Sunliner convertibles with a six!

Station Wagons were stand-alone models, with Ranch Wagons having Mainline trim, Country Sedans having Customline trim, and Country Squires (and Parklanes, the Chevrolet Nomad competitor), having Fairlaine trim. But the wagons weren't identified as Mainlines, Customlines, or Fairlanes.

Back to our regularly-scheduled Studebaker discussion.[:p] <GG> :DBP

barnlark
07-05-2009, 07:58 AM
Thanks for the trim level clarification, BP. The Sunliner, Victoria, etc., with Fairlane preceeding it threw me off the thread, sorry, [|)] I knew you were good for sumppin'

bams50
07-05-2009, 08:28 AM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Do you still have yours, or is it gone? Only a paint job away..


I'm delivering the 4dr. Skytop to CeRap for Joe Barrier. Still have the 62 HT project, though.

Of course it would be an amazing timesaver to just buy Bill's;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag3-1.gif

Bill Pressler
07-05-2009, 10:31 AM
On a side note, you might notice the one blue building in the background of some of the photos, where the signage says "Bail USA".

This fellow is, or used to be, the President of the U.S. Bail Bondsmen association.

I know, say what you will about bail bondsmen (!), but I give this successful guy credit for staying in his hometown instead of moving to a larger city.

He said that he received a call once to bail out Noriega! He drew the line there...wouldn't bail him out!

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

Blue 15G
07-05-2009, 10:43 AM
Bill, I really wanted to drive up there with the '54 and be part of the festivities, but we had a family picnic on the 4th which I couldn't get out of. Please remind us again every summer when they have these shows in Greenville, and maybe one of these years I'll actually make it there!

However, we'll be at the Summit meet briefly in August, so I'm looking forward to seeing your "new" '64 at that one!

Dave Bonn
'54 Champion Starliner

Bill Pressler
07-05-2009, 10:48 AM
quote:Originally posted by Blue 15G

Bill, I really wanted to drive up there with the '54 and be part of the festivities, but we had a family picnic on the 4th which I couldn't get out of. Please remind us again every summer when they have these shows in Greenville, and maybe one of these years I'll actually make it there!

However, we'll be at the Summit meet briefly in August, so I'm looking forward to seeing your "new" '64 at that one!

Dave Bonn
'54 Champion Starliner


Dave, I'd love to have you come up! I think yesterday's show seemed better-organized than the show there I went to, and others in the SDC came up for, in 2007. Beautiful weather too, all day. I will post an annual reminder!

I surely hope to have my '64 at Summit, but there have been many, ahem, 'adventures' discovered in the car! I still like the car though!

Put almost exactly 80 miles on the '63 Daytona yesterday...most by GTJoe, who rode over with me to troubleshoot and fix the fuel filter 'gushing' incident, and did. When I asked if he wanted to drive my Cobalt home to Kent or the Lark, guess which he picked <GGG>!

Boy, the State Police were out in full-force yesterday. En route to Greenville from Kent, I got pulled over for doing 70 in a 55. I didn't think I was doing 70, but of course can't truly deny it, talking cars with GTJoe at the time! But sheesh, anywhere else in the country, that road would be 65 mph limit--hardly any traffic, four lanes, rural area, clear as a bell out (sigh!). Coming home, they got someone in the exact same spot.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

G T Joe
07-05-2009, 05:25 PM
Had a great time!!! good freinds, and GREAT CARS , I really can't say enough, the perfect way to spend the 4TH!!! Bill was nice enough to let me drive his car back from Greenvivle the first shake down cruise for the 63 SkyTop R1, really like the way the car handles and ran great, good mid range torque from the R1 cam and nice cool air made the ride home fun! and free H.P., can't beat a push rod engine!! so tired of my brand X's with OHC good mpg but lousy torque curve!Greenvivle wiil be the place to drive a Stude on the 4TH in 2010!!! mark your calander now!!

Joseph Kastellec

barnlark
07-05-2009, 05:36 PM
Originally posted by bams50
Of course it would be an amazing timesaver to just buy Bill's;)

Bob, here's another R1 teaser from our inaugural International Drive Your Studebaker Day. As my dad would have quickly corrected me, it's not ever the "1st annual" until it has actually been a year since the first one, thus the annual moniker. Nobody gets that right, though. Next year would be the second event, but first annual, but who uses it that way? Nobody.

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSC_0062.jpg

[b]Not yesterday, but this could be you driving a rare Skytop down the road next year...:D:D
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bams50
07-05-2009, 05:42 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Originally posted by bams50
Of course it would be an amazing timesaver to just buy Bill's;)

Bob, here's another R1 teaser from our inaugural International Drive Your Studebaker Day.
Not yesterday, but this could be you driving a rare Skytop down the road next year...


To that I would say http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/love/love0010.gif

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.patrioticon.org/images/flag3-1.gif

G T Joe
07-05-2009, 06:54 PM
Hey Dave that sure is a 56 , worked on my buddy's 56 with a 312 a cam and a 3 speed on the floor , good car , but had more fun in the back seat , sweet sixteen and you know what I mean......

Joseph Kastellec

barnlark
07-05-2009, 07:30 PM
You didn't sound so sweet to me, Joe. ;):D

BobPalma
07-05-2009, 10:04 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Thanks for the trim level clarification, BP. The Sunliner, Victoria, etc., with Fairlane preceeding it threw me off the thread, sorry, [|)] I knew you were good for sumppin'


:) Yes, it is easy to confuse Body Type/Style (Victoria, Sunliner, Tudor, etc) with Trim Level (Mainline, Customline, Fairlane).

Don't feel bad; Bill Pressler correctly pointed out that I should have said the station wagon equipment levels paralleled the Mainline, Customline, Fairlane equipment levels. They did not exactly parallel the trim levels of the non-wagon models. Whew! :DBP

barnlark
07-05-2009, 10:48 PM
Bob, I knew you and Bill had all of that info upstairs. Sorry, never did any research on those years. My dad had two or three of those '55-'57 Fords and told me he won a Garrettsville dealership raffle for the last one that allowed him to trade in the old one for a new one without charge! All were Fairlanes. On my mother's side, my grandfather had Fairlanes. Being out of the ordinary, my dad's father had Regal Studebakers instead. [^]

Bill Pressler
07-10-2009, 01:32 PM
Photo op at the former Carl E. Filer Co. Studebaker Dealership and Garage in Greenville..

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSC_0123.jpg

Picture taken from a similar vantage point, of the dealership, only 62 years earlier:

http://www.studegarage.com/IMAGES/sign/broadway_filer_oct03.jpg

It was a pretty small showroom, but the building was an "L" shape, so the shop out back was considerably wider. It had several individual bay doors, with one tall one for big trucks.

There was a large, vertical, blue neon "Studebaker" sign which hung out at the street. I can clearly remember that. That pole is still there, and the curlicue bracing that held the smaller signs advertising "Pa. Inspection Station" our front, and "Studebaker Authorized Service" on the side of the building, are still in place.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

barnlark
07-10-2009, 03:30 PM
Great file shot, Bill. Nice to see that after seeing it in person. It would be great to have those two in a frame side by side.

tutone63
07-10-2009, 05:50 PM
Nothing beats seeing a row of Studebakers driving down the road! That highway picture of the skytop driving is really cool! (But...do I see a double yellow line on that street? Were you doing something illegal?;))

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1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Driven often, always noticed!

Bill Pressler
07-10-2009, 05:55 PM
The picture of the three Studes on the street was taken just after we had turned left out of the old Filer Co.'s lot, and were heading north on South Race St.

Not to incriminate barnlark, but let's just say that that the 'motion' picture of my Skytop was taken on a rural road...a VERY rural road!

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

tutone63
07-10-2009, 06:17 PM
Oh...okay, I know all about those rural roads. I won't turn anyone in this time. just watch out for those slow moving farmers!

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1963 Lark, 259 V8, two-tone paint, Twin Traction. Driven often, always noticed!

StudeRich
07-10-2009, 06:33 PM
Nice looking Drive Your Studebaker Day magnetic sign JWW![^]

That is one of only three pairs sold that were especially made for my son Dave (StudeDave57) for a Whatcom County Chapter (WA) club project that he offered only to the Forum Members.

Good to see one displayed only 4 days after they were made, and all the way to Penn. on the 4th. :)

Gosh, we should have Serial Numbered them as LIMITED EDITION, they now are rare collectors items! :D

StudeRich

JWW
07-10-2009, 06:52 PM
StudeRich,

I had them on the car in the Canonsburg PA parade before going to Greenville. I could hear several people watching the parade commenting about them as I drove past. I don't think that Canonsburg had a Studebaker dealership, but McClelland Motors in nearby Washington PA probably sold a lot of cars there over the years.
JWW

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Bullet
07-10-2009, 07:31 PM
I hope you make more of the signs for next year! I am sure there would be additional interest for those of us that missed out.

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