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Roscomacaw
07-10-2009, 09:34 PM
Well, I just delivered the Cruiser to the very same paint booth where Dick's Daytona , my Sunshine and a number of other Studebakers got shot with paint.
18 hours from now, it should be wearing it's fresh rendition of Blue Mist Metallic. With sealer and everything else, this paint application (note that I didn't say "paint job") is setting me back about 800 or 900 bucks. That's just the materials. Another hundred for the use of the booth, a couple hundred for the painter (the same painter that did Dick's Daytona, BTW)

I've got roughly (very roughly) $1500 in bodywork. Another easy grand in weatherstripping and NOS mouldings as well as the anticipated $400 for two bumper rechromes. This is a labor of love project. It has been from the start. I paid $425 for the car at auction. I'm gonna have an easy 10 times that in it when I pronounce it done.[:I]

The original engine really starts and runs nice. There's a hint of smoke to it, but I could fix that if I wanted. Thing is, I've got three fresh V8s on stands here. I've decided to put the 321 to work in this Cruiser along with a fresh Cruise-o-matic conversion tranny that I got in a deal awhile back. Those, in concert with a 3.07 44TT rear, and I think I'll be stylin'.

UPDATE 7/13/2009

Cruiser's back home today. First shots with masking removed and basking in the morning sun. Blue get's her finish sanded and buffed next weekend. She'll really be glassy then!

Squint a bit and you can see a Blue Mist Lark Standard 4door.:D

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/CruiserSide.jpg

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/CruiserJune1420092.jpg

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/Cruiser7132009.jpg



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

studeclunker
07-10-2009, 11:25 PM
321[?] Oh, please tell me you're not putting a Cleveland in the Cruiser? C'mon Biggs, I thought you of all people would keep it Studebaker. Then again... but no... A 289 block wouldn't bore out that far, would it?

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K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Roscomacaw
07-10-2009, 11:26 PM
Yes, Clunk, it would.;)

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

r1lark
07-11-2009, 05:22 AM
Sounds like progress, Biggs. Just remember, we want pictures!!!

Paul
Winston-Salem, NC
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stude53
07-11-2009, 06:47 AM
Hey, Bob

I'm excited for you!!!

Let us see the beauty when you are ready. As you know, we all love pictures.

[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

Transtar60
07-11-2009, 07:06 AM
Mr.Biggs is that the engine that came in the Daytona before you did all the bodywork to it and shipped it off to the north??

http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10056/5E13%20Pic%203.JPG
3E38
4E2
4E28
5E13
7E7
8E7
8E12
8E28

59 Lark
etc

Roscomacaw
07-11-2009, 09:06 AM
No,

This engine came my way via a 64 3-ton truck that I bought in the late 90s. It was one that Lionel Stone commissioned Jon Myer to build for use in that big truck.
It happens to be an R3-4 block that's serialized B112. It's been hogged out to accept AMC 304 pistons, which is how it attains 321cubes.

Charlie, the engine that was originally in Dick's Daytona proved to have a cracked block when I got around to trying to get it running. I ended up gutting it and scrapping the block.

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

jclary
07-11-2009, 09:20 AM
Mr. Biggs, I think you and Champtruck should collaborate and have your car featured as the "Eye Candy" of the day when you get it back together! That could be a great way to begin a new tradition of celebrating any member's completion of a project! :):):)

John Clary
Greer, SC
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Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

Transtar60
07-11-2009, 10:31 AM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

No,

This engine came my way via a 64 3-ton truck that I bought in the late 90s. It was one that Lionel Stone commissioned Jon Myer to build for use in that big truck.
It happens to be an R3-4 block that's serialized B112. It's been hogged out to accept AMC 304 pistons, which is how it attains 321cubes.

Charlie, the engine that was originally in Dick's Daytona proved to have a cracked block when I got around to trying to get it running. I ended up gutting it and scrapping the block.

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


Ah yes the ex USMC truck with the welding bed on it.
Now I remember.

http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10056/5E13%20Pic%203.JPG
3E38
4E2
4E28
5E13
7E7
8E7
8E12
8E28

59 Lark
etc

studeclunker
07-11-2009, 12:18 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Yes, Clunk, it would.;)

Now THAT'S what I call cool beans![^] Due to current events, perhaps it might be a good idea to name the car Elaine?

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




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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Roscomacaw
07-11-2009, 05:10 PM
Ron,

I don't think I'm gonna do that. Besides, I already named the car "Blue". Elain was a nickname my dad had for mom.

Anyway, the car's finally, freshly blue. It'll spend the next 20 hours or so, curing in the booth. Here's some photos as it progressed thru the painting process. Rick Guzman sprayed with assistance from his cousin, Vinny.

Masking up.
http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/MAsking.jpg

Sealer going on.
http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/SealerSpray.jpg

Sealer done.
http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/Sealed.jpg

Clear going on.
http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/ClearCoating.jpg

Fresh Blue Mist Metallic.
http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/NewBluCruiser.jpg

Next weekend - wet sand and buff.[^]

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

Dick Steinkamp
07-11-2009, 05:20 PM
Whoooooo BABY! [:p] [8D] :D

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/pics066-2-1.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
07-11-2009, 05:59 PM
BTW, I never did wet sand this '63 Daytona. If Rick layed the paint on as good as he did on this one, you may not need to.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/pics066-2-1.jpg

Transtar60
07-11-2009, 06:04 PM
Looking good Bob!![8D]

http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10056/5E13%20Pic%203.JPG
3E38
4E2
4E28
5E13
7E7
8E7
8E12
8E28

59 Lark
etc

Bullet
07-11-2009, 08:48 PM
That is a beautiful color AND car.

http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss93/mwarmann/scan0019-1.jpg

Roscomacaw
07-11-2009, 08:55 PM
Rick did a good job of application. Lotsa clear to work with. There is some dust particles you can see, but not many. We were counting on sanding and buffing even before this thing got a lick of paint. He'll do that next weekend.

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

bams50
07-11-2009, 09:08 PM
I've never been big on those light blues, but that has definitely changed. That looks great- and it's a huge milestone in the process[^]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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Andy R.
07-11-2009, 10:00 PM
[:p] Beautiful. LOVE that color.

Andy
62 GT

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/3069855932_de3d120955_t.jpg

BRUCESTUDE
07-11-2009, 10:46 PM
BEEEUTIFUL!!!!!!Nice color choice, nice paint job![8D]

jclary
07-11-2009, 10:52 PM
If it looks and feels as smooth as it does in the picture, put it back together and dare anybody to come near with a piece of sand paper or buffer! Oh, and if you drive up behind the first guy that was supposed to paint it...blow his doors off!:):):)

John Clary
Greer, SC
http://i518.photobucket.com/albums/u346/jconln/HPIM0372-2.jpg
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

studeclunker
07-11-2009, 11:40 PM
They look so... naked, stripped down like that. Beautiful paint job![^] Wish Bess looked that pretty![B)]

Funny... years ago, I used to know a Rick Guzman. Not a very common last name...

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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

showbizkid
07-12-2009, 01:41 AM
Nice, Bob!


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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jimmijim8
07-12-2009, 07:39 AM
Too nice! If that was any nicer I just couldn't bear looking at it. Looking forward to see it finished. jimmijim

Roscomacaw
07-12-2009, 09:47 AM
Yeah Jim, it IS nice to see it straight and freshly colored again. The crowming glory will be the truly jewel-like NOS trim for the sides, front and rear. Also, I'll have to have a pair of bumpers rechromed to be in keeping with the rest of the gleaming brighttowrk.[8D]

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

stude53
07-12-2009, 09:59 AM
Love the color! More pics, please or a link to some.

Looking forward eagerly to seeing it with trim.

Regards

[img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
53 Starliner Hardtop
Newton Grove, NC

sweetolbob
07-13-2009, 01:39 PM
Looks great from about 2400 miles. Biggs, you got a lot of work done for what you paid. It will look even better after buffing.

Bob

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