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ChampTrucking
08-30-2009, 08:29 AM
Yesterday the Studebaker National Museum had a car show called "Hot August Nights."
The story I heard second hand was this car was a 50's custom that was stored away for many years.
http://i753.photobucket.com/albums/xx176/MidwestStudebaker/100_1038.jpg
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Anyone recognize the art work?
http://i753.photobucket.com/albums/xx176/MidwestStudebaker/100_1040.jpg
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Collection Doctor
08-30-2009, 09:09 AM
The Bill Frick Studillacs seems to be associated with the '53 models and this is a '55. Were they done this late?

Michael
08-30-2009, 10:53 AM
Bill Frick Studillacs were almost all 1953-54s.
A few 1955s were built and at least one on a
1955 Speedster. This could be the one.
That cut out for the stick shift was at least
the way Bill built them.

Michael Bostedt
Sweden

S2DSteve
08-30-2009, 10:55 AM
Looks like it had a side mounted supercharger at one time, and he came up with an interesting solution to gearshift clearance.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u57/S2DSteve/Family12-1-2.jpg
Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
1960 Hawk (future project?)

Dick Steinkamp
08-30-2009, 11:05 AM
quote:Originally posted by S2DSteve

Looks like it had a side mounted supercharger at one time


I'm not familiar enough with the supercharger mounting bolt pattern, but is that it?

I thought it might be an OE Cadillac bracket for an AC compressor.

In any case, the belt system is "Rube Goldberg". That big belt is a mystery.

Pretty clean installation, but that electric fan has to go.

Plenty of voltage reduction coils on the firewall to run the 6V accessories.

Aftermarket hot rod distributor.

Marine flame arrestor for an air cleaner.

I like it! [8D]

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/63%20Daytona%20done/PP026-1.jpg

Roscomacaw
08-30-2009, 11:08 AM
Anybody know what that big metal "egg" is that's mounted to the inner fender and just above the power steering sector? It's sports what looks like some ventilator screen at it's aft section as well as a little cover box off the front. Izzat some sorta siren er sumpin'?

Battery must be in the trunk - probably 12V to support that rad fan and maybe other stuff. There's obviously some dropping resistors on the firewall. While I don't care for the red, white and black combo, it's still pretty neat.;)

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Roscomacaw
08-30-2009, 11:12 AM
Dick, looks like that big belt serves only to drive the little pulley on the left side of the engine, which in turn, drives the PS pump and generator. I'd bet that it did that AS WELL AS drive whatever was attached to that empty mount originally tho.;)

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

silverhawk
08-30-2009, 11:13 AM
Nice!

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

LarkR2Clone
08-30-2009, 12:30 PM
Spent some time talking to the owner, the supercharger is in the trunk, needs rebuilt. The big belt runs the vs57 along with a pulley that runs another pulley for the gen and power steering pump.

James Maxey III

showbizkid
08-30-2009, 12:34 PM
Man, that would make a great TW story.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

benaslopoke
08-30-2009, 01:02 PM
I know you guys will blackball me for this, but the ultimate swap was the Speedster with a small block Chevy.. Go fast, stopped good and handled good.. GOOD LOOKIN TOO !!

Hot Rod Magazine did one in a 53 Starlite in 1958.. I wanted to do that So bad !!

Ben

StudeRich
08-30-2009, 02:00 PM
quote:Originally posted by benaslopoke

I know you guys will blackball me for this, but the ultimate swap was the Speedster with a small block Chevy.

Gee Ben, I don't think anyone has ever heard of that being done! [:0]

A bellybutton motor in a Studebaker? [:0] [:0] [:0]

StudeRich

Nitram
08-30-2009, 06:35 PM
Is the bucket of fried chicken for the car or the cars owner?


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[i]~Nitram~
57 Transtar

mbstude
08-30-2009, 06:43 PM
With the Studillac my Uncle just bought, are STACKS of letters from various Stude folks.

There are several from a guy (I forget his name) that had a '55 Speedster Studillac that was a Bill Frick built car. He specifically mentioned the cutout in the seat for the shifter and under-dash gauges.

Hot dang.. The car still exists.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Lark289
08-30-2009, 08:27 PM
It's great to see an original Studillac being found that still runs and drives. It looks pretty solid, just needs a little TLC and get that supercharger GOING!!!

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u36/Lark289/Stude60-2.jpg

benaslopoke
08-30-2009, 09:57 PM
STUDERICH ::

Correct me if I'm wrong.. But didn't Studebaker use a Chevy V-8 when they went to Canada ?? Boy, I wish I could have made that sale !! Musta been a smart move(the engine, of course)..
Ben

mbstude
08-31-2009, 08:03 PM
I was telling my Uncle about this car. He said along with the letters from the owner to the owner of his '53, are a couple of business cards. Drawn on them is this car, along with "The Last Studillac". [8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

maxpower1954
08-31-2009, 11:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by benaslopoke

STUDERICH ::

Correct me if I'm wrong.. But didn't Studebaker use a Chevy V-8 when they went to Canada ?? Boy, I wish I could have made that sale !! Musta been a smart move(the engine, of course)..
Ben


StudeRich was being sarcastic, which is a difficult form of humour to covey in print (believe me I know!)

Yes, 65 and 66 Studes had either 283 SBC V-8 or 230 sixes. Also the SBC is the most common brand X powerplant swap for Studebakers.

I really like this car, including the color scheme. That bug guy on the vent door looks like something from a grade B 1950s sci-fi movie by Roger Corman. Initially, I thought it would be the first thing I'd ditch if I owned it, but now I think it fits the 50s rod image perfectly.

Russ Farris