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James Caspi
02-07-2010, 12:43 PM
Dear Members,

I own a '50 Champion and during the last two years I have completely overhauled (out of the car) the engine, have 1200 miles on appropriate radials, repaired and inspected all wheel bearings, belts, brakes, new clutch, generator, and new heater and defroster etc--even have shoulder retractable seats belts in the front.

I have owned this car and taken the best care of it for 13 years!

Would it be a particular risk to drive this from New York City, to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in early March? I will take my time with a number of stops overnight.

I have hose spares, extra belts, good jack etc.

Am I overly risking my life and passenger's life? Also, what extra stuff should I take or tips to keep in mind?

Jim

James Caspi
1950 Champion Regal Deluxe-2 dr.
New York, NY.

mbstude
02-07-2010, 12:52 PM
Do it. And let me know when you get to south Georgia. I'll show you a couple of Studes.

Matthew Burnette
Your Friendly Stude Trim Bender
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dean pearson
02-07-2010, 12:52 PM
Maybe a AAA card.
Be sure to get the package with the added towing just in case.

Good luck and it sounds like loads of fun.

Dean.

WCP
02-07-2010, 12:58 PM
The I95 traffic can be crazy and the speeds in the Southern States average 70-80 mph. There are alternate routes that are safer. What is your route plan?

JeffDeWitt
02-07-2010, 12:59 PM
Give the car a good going over before you leave, and take a cell phone and a AAA card just in case, might be a good idea to have a copy of the SDC glovebox guide too. Have a great trip!


Jeff DeWitt
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JRoberts
02-07-2010, 01:57 PM
With the recent work done on the car I see no reason why it wouldn't make such a trip. If it were me, however, I wouldn't attempt such an "adventure" on the interstate. I would look at going down the DelMarVa peninsula taking US 13 or 17, or even 301 down through the Carolinas. Possibly going down the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Sounds like fun --- truly an Adventure!

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

mbstude
02-07-2010, 02:00 PM
There's always US 1 as well. Comes through about 15 miles from me.

MikeValent
02-07-2010, 04:35 PM
In the next week or so, drive the car 100 miles from home, then turn around and drive back. If nothing falls apart, blows up or breaks, and if you arrive back home not nervous, then go for it.

Joe's right on. There's great stuff to see between where you live and here, none of it on or along the interstate highways. Drive to Florida like we used to do before I-95. Take your time, keep your eyes open. Some of the rural areas you'll drive through in the Carolinas, Georgia and northern Florida look a lot like they did when your car was new.

MikeV
Pompano Beach, FL
83 Avanti 377I

rockne10
02-07-2010, 05:10 PM
If you are running with an overdrive transmission the interstate should not be an issue. On the other hand, there is a great deal to be said for taking the period correct scenic route. If you've driven this car in NYC any excursion you're planning will be anti-climatic. Ditto all previous suggestions. Have you recently replaced the oil pressure hose?

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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Anne F. Goodman
02-07-2010, 06:13 PM
I wouldn't hesitate about taking my 1949 Champion across country. I say have a great time and share the experience with us. Glove box guide and a membership roster would be handy just in case. Shoot could have members have a cup of coffee with you along the way. Have a great time

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
Fresno,Ca
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Invalid User Name
02-07-2010, 06:33 PM
Do yourself a favor and go buy an extra fuel pump and water pump. Also put an in line fuel filter on the car if you haven't already. Be sure to take your camera and laptop. Stop at McDonalds and keep us updated on the trip. There are a lot of SDC along the way so you will never be realy alone. ;)

Doug
Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1
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rockinhawk
02-07-2010, 06:39 PM
Not too long ago I drove a 51 Champion to Fla. with no trouble. But then, I live in So.Ga.

The only problem we had was traffic in Jacksonville. I was trying to keep a safe distance between me and the car ahead. Somone put a car in my safe distance! Make sure your brakes are in top shape. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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VAAvanti
02-07-2010, 06:43 PM
You are welcome to make a stop in Richmond, VA on your way. Contact me off-line.

Matt

'63 Avanti R-1 4speed

StudeSchack
02-07-2010, 07:33 PM
Maybe you could see how many pictures of SDC members you could get with your car..

I'm in NJ...first "leg" of the trip!



Ted
'57 Champion

dong
02-07-2010, 07:33 PM
Go for it! If you get anywhere between Daytona Beach and West Palm, we are here for you. If you let us know when you are leaving I am sure many others will look out for you along the way. I would think the side roads would be a more relaxing trip. Also contact me off line and I will meet up you if you need anything.

Don

James Caspi
02-07-2010, 10:13 PM
Thank you all for the encouragement. I am very excited to hear the positive reinforcement.

Yes, I am a AAA member, already have a 2008 Member roster book on board, cell phone and 1949 Road map.

I will take all the suggestions seriously.

What is the glove box guide? Is it the manual for the repair of the car, which I have?

I will try to see many of you and will have you all as my 'co-pilots'.

My friend's reaction to all these replies is that this club of ours is like a big family, which I guess it is for such adventures. I will share this with you all as it proceeds and will post pictures if I can ever figure out how.

Jim

James Caspi
1950 Champion Regal Deluxe-2 dr.
New York, NY.

jackb
02-08-2010, 07:19 AM
make sure you stop in at York to "start" your trip...!

Nelsen Motorsports
02-08-2010, 04:58 PM
We go 78, 81, 75 usually when we go north, but if the Stude can't handle mountains then that is a bad idea, but a lot less traffic inland.

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Alex Nelsen, 15 year old Studebaker nut.
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

JeffDeWitt
02-08-2010, 07:22 PM
quote:
What is the glove box guide? Is it the manual for the repair of the car, which I have?


No, it's a parts and service directory the SDC store has.

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdcstore.asp

Actually I was thinking of the roster when making that suggestion, but this might be good to have too.

Jeff DeWitt
http://carolinastudes.net
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James Caspi
02-09-2010, 07:04 AM
The car has overdrive, new Colker radials and I have ordered the spare parts suggested by a few members.

Any suggestions as to how to secure the car at night when parking at some motels along the way? Should I get one of those wheel locks that hooks from a brake pedal to the steering wheel or some other special device?

The car is not cosmetically outstanding by any stretch, so it wouldn't turn heads other than its style and age.

I am intending on using many period roads down the outer banks and thru North and South Carolina.

Jim

James Caspi
1950 Champion Regal Deluxe-2 dr.
New York, NY.

clonelark
02-09-2010, 07:40 AM
Have a fun trip and drive it like you own it. I'd do it and not even ask for the forums help, but thats me and i'm a car guy. Have fun, i'm sure you will find all the help you need.
Enjoy all the sights, talk to new and old friends along the way.


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jackb
02-09-2010, 07:43 AM
unless someone comes along and snatches your car with a trailer or hook...my tried & true security tactic is to remove the rotor under the distributor...

53k
02-09-2010, 09:02 AM
quote:Originally posted by James Caspi

The car has overdrive, new Colker radials and I have ordered the spare parts suggested by a few members.

Any suggestions as to how to secure the car at night when parking at some motels along the way? Should I get one of those wheel locks that hooks from a brake pedal to the steering wheel or some other special device?
The car is not cosmetically outstanding by any stretch, so it wouldn't turn heads other than its style and age.
I am intending on using many period roads down the outer banks and thru North and South Carolina.

Sounds like great trip. For the Outer Banks part note that while the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry is free, the Ocracoke to Cedar Island is not and they require reservations. You can make them from this site: http://www.outer-banks.com/ferry/
Unless you want to go to the Wright Memorial Park, after crossing the sound on the north end, cut over to old NC 12, the beach road, and follow it- avoid many traffic lights and more scenic. At the end of the beach road where NC 12 goes south, cut over on US 64 to Manteo and stop at Darrell's (on the right at the east side) for great local seafood.
I don't know what time of year you are making this trip, but along the Outer Banks many things close from late fall or just after Christmas until spring- plan ahead gas and food wise.
Security-wise I have used the "Crook" steering wheel lock, but I'm not sure that would work with your clutch or brake pedal. If you do use it, turn your wheels sharply to one side so they can't just hook on and pull it away.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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53k
02-09-2010, 09:04 AM
quote:Originally posted by 53k


quote:Originally posted by James Caspi

The car has overdrive, new Colker radials and I have ordered the spare parts suggested by a few members.

Any suggestions as to how to secure the car at night when parking at some motels along the way? Should I get one of those wheel locks that hooks from a brake pedal to the steering wheel or some other special device?
The car is not cosmetically outstanding by any stretch, so it wouldn't turn heads other than its style and age.
I am intending on using many period roads down the outer banks and thru North and South Carolina.

Sounds like great trip. For the Outer Banks part note that while the Hatteras to Ocracoke ferry is free, the Ocracoke to Cedar Island is not and they require reservations. You can make them from this site: http://www.outer-banks.com/ferry/
Unless you want to go to the Wright Memorial Park, after crossing the sound on the north end, cut over to old NC 12, the beach road, and follow it- avoid many traffic lights and more scenic. At the end of the beach road where NC 12 goes south, cut over on US 64 to Manteo and stop at Darrell's (on the right at the east side) for great local seafood.
In early March be aware that along the Outer Banks many things close from late fall or just after Christmas until spring- plan ahead gas and food wise.
Security-wise I have used the "Crook" steering wheel lock, but I'm not sure that would work with your clutch or brake pedal. If you do use it, turn your wheels sharply to one side so they can't just hook on and pull it away.



Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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