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Mr.Biggs
03-17-2005, 03:43 PM
This sure would WOW 'em at the local drive in! This car was restored by Stan Oddman of California! What a beaut![:0]

http://www.stude.com/Speedster/index.html

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Sonny
03-17-2005, 04:04 PM
Damn, that IS a beauty! Looks too good for a local cruise, almost museum quality. I really like the '55 front end treatment. Wish I had a '55 wagon... [:p]

Sonny
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Peter in London
03-17-2005, 04:22 PM
As another Speedster guardian - yes - STUNNING! Quite beautiful.

A memory pops up of our family '55 Champion Sedan when it was new many years ago. Wasn't there a pressed fibre cover over all those exposed terminals on the front of the fan shielding? My Speedster is also lacking that, if there ever was.

And it looks as though the RHS wing mirror would not show the road behind to the driver. I have just had a little extension with a 30 degree angle put on the mirror stem which I hope will do the trick. I shall find out tomorrow morning when I collect the car from "The Romance of Rust".....

Peter.

arkiejazz
03-17-2005, 04:48 PM
My gosh!! If that doesn't lather you up, there's just no sign of life!
I don't know the owner, but he must be a good guy, I see a red "R" series in the garage!!

steve blake

raprice
03-17-2005, 05:49 PM
All I can say is "WOW"! The car looks brand new. A beutiful piece of restoration. Something to be really proud of.
That gets the old adrenalin flowing, doesn't it?
Rog

Roscomacaw
03-17-2005, 06:28 PM
Sadly, the fella that owns it (and restored it), Stan Oddman, is dying of cancer. And that's no joke. He's just sold that car and the beautiful red 2R11 you get a peek of in the process of trying to tidy up loose ends of his stuff. Look for the truck on ebay soon. The Speedster may go on ebay in the future some time.
Stan, the guy you see in the Speedster in one pic, has maybe a few weeks left amongst us. Nicest guy you'd ever wanna meet. I've had the pleasure of his company a couple of times. A real Stude guys sorta guy! He's just happy to have owned some pretty Studes (and airplanes too!) and see that the cars have gone on to caring hands. I wish him and his wife the very best during his last days. A long-time police veteran, the world will be a bit poorer for his passing.[V]

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N8N
03-17-2005, 07:06 PM
Peter,

I believe that terminal block had little folded paper "dividers" between the terminals, not over them. But the one on my car is just plain as well :)

As for Stan, it's a sad story. I know the guy that's buying the Speedster and therefore have heard secondhand about the whole deal, I really don't know what to say except that I admire the guy and am sorry to see him going like this.

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
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Roscomacaw
03-17-2005, 08:04 PM
Yeah - as Nate says, there's a folded piece of special insulator paper between each of the terminal ceramic blocks. (You can find a new piece of this stuff at a shop that rebuilds electrical motors. take them a piece of the old stuff so they understand what you're looking for. Then with a piece of it in hand and a pair of scissors, you can make brand new ones!) But no "cover" over that strip.;)

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Roscomacaw
03-17-2005, 08:57 PM
Here's some more photos of the 2R truck that Stan was almost finished with. Nice lookin' work! ;)

http://www.stude.com/2R/index.html

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arkiejazz
03-17-2005, 09:05 PM
Gosh!! He's done a GREAT job on it! Do me a favor and don't tell me when it goes on Ebay

steve blake

raprice
03-17-2005, 10:01 PM
Man, that's sad. I think that it would be appropriate to say a little prayer for Stan. He deserves it.
Rog

studegary
03-18-2005, 09:14 PM
I am really sorry to hear the sad news about Stan. That Speedster brings back memories. My Speedster was the same tri-color. I used to refer to it as a Neopolitan special because it looked like chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

imported_n/a
03-19-2005, 03:08 AM
What a fabulous car!!:D[8D] And truck!![:0][8D] Poor guy.[V] I just hope he has things right where it really counts. There isn't much time before he finds out what the real truth is.

Ronald K. Smith

Roscomacaw
03-31-2005, 01:28 PM
Here's some more pics of Stan's Speedster. It's now on the east coast and being driven a bit.

http://stude.com/Speedster/here.jpg

http://stude.com/Speedster/here1.jpg

[:0]

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Sam Roberts
03-31-2005, 01:57 PM
Gotta love that Coraltone too, Big fellow! :D


quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Here's some more pics of Stan's Speedster. It's now on the east coast and being driven a bit.

http://stude.com/Speedster/here.jpg

http://stude.com/Speedster/here1.jpg

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Sam Roberts

Roscomacaw
04-01-2005, 11:46 AM
I trekked to a body shop in Fresno yesterday. Went there to pick up some Wagonaire stuff and gander at the 55 Speedster the shop's got in work. Imagine restoring a car you bought new, some 50 years ago![:0] That's the case with this Speedster. Owner bought it new in 1955. A black and white rendition. Pretty cool!;)

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N8N
04-01-2005, 12:56 PM
are you talking about the one on eBay right now? that's a pretty car too and I like the color combo better

nate

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62 Daytona hardtop
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Roscomacaw
04-01-2005, 04:04 PM
No Nate - this is a different one. I'm continually amazed at how many of these Speedsters (and Packard Hawks) have survived thru time. So few were built and yet they keep coming out of the woodwork![:0]

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MikeW
04-01-2005, 09:22 PM
Mr. Bigg's post reminded me to ask for anyone who knows of a Packard Hawk to forward its owner's name to me. I keep a roster of the surviving Packard Hawks. He is correct in that a lot of the cars survive. I have documented 234 as of this date.
Mike
www.packardhawk.com

Roscomacaw
04-02-2005, 12:19 PM
Ya know, Mike - that's simply AMAZING![:0] To think that of only 588 P-Hawks built, 234 survive. And you can bet there's a few more "out there" waiting to be discovered.;)

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Sonny
04-03-2005, 07:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by MikeW

Mr. Bigg's post reminded me to ask for anyone who knows of a Packard Hawk to forward its owner's name to me. I keep a roster of the surviving Packard Hawks. He is correct in that a lot of the cars survive. I have documented 234 as of this date.
Mike
www.packardhawk.com


I'm glad that ya put a way to get hold of ya here Mike. I already sent the owners of the PH, who wanted info, your email address. Can you ask the SDC webmaster to put your name in the links so everybody who has a PH has an easy time finding you? Thanks in advance.

Sonny
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BigB
04-07-2005, 02:27 AM
That's really unbelieveable! Looks absolutely great! [:0]

http://cms2.koepfe.de:8002/mediabase/images/39_39_stude_kl.jpg
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rusty nut garage
04-07-2005, 09:02 AM
quote:Originally posted by MikeW

Mr. Bigg's post reminded me to ask for anyone who knows of a Packard Hawk to forward its owner's name to me. I keep a roster of the surviving Packard Hawks. He is correct in that a lot of the cars survive. I have documented 234 as of this date.
Mike
www.packardhawk.com


Mike,
I couldn't get your home page to work?
What's your definition of a surviving packard hawk? I assume mostly complete. I know of a family in NW New. Mexico where I grew up that ran the local Stude dealer. Went from Stude to Datsun, and still operating as a small Nissan dealer. Several members of the family were into studes at one time and I could see a PH in their stash from the road. In the late 70's when I had my first stude (I still have it) they would sell mech parts but trim and parts cars etc were strictly forbidden to part with. I'm not sure of the status of the cars etc but I'll email you the family name and you might purse it via the SDC roster. I think a person either loves or hates the looks of a PH. I never quite liked them. On the other hand how do you go wrong with a blown leather int. Burke designed STUDE!!!!

Russ Shop Foreman "Rusty Nut Garage"
57 SH (project)
60 Lark VIII 2dr sd (driver)

MikeW
04-07-2005, 12:00 PM
Sonny, I shall take your suggestion and ask that I have a spot on the SDC site. By the way I am up to 235 now. They do just pop out of the woodwork. I had to reset the server so the page (www.packardhawk.com) should be up and running again now. I will list any car that has survived. By survived I mean it is largely intact and recognizable as a Packard Hawk. They range from some that are like new (or better) and some that I would best qualify as parts cars but some well meaning soul thinks they will restore. These are the ones that have not yet met that big junk yard fate. Of the 235 less than 100 are being driven and even less than that are "show cars". Any owner who asks will recieve a copy of the surviving cars list. I only share the names of those who agree to list their cars. I provide them with the original color code the engine number, body number and serial numbers of the surviving cars. I keep a little more information like the car's location, condition and the owner's email address. These things I don't usually share. I have had a lot of help from Ron Ellerbee (of JT News)and he has the information that I have.

I think that Speedster will always be known as Stan's car as it well should be. My prayers go out to him and his family. This is a reminder that we all face the same thing. I hope I can be as thoughtful and gracious as he is being. More power to you Stan!
Mike Williams
www.packardhawk.com

Mike
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JDP
04-07-2005, 12:04 PM
I see you've been chatting about the Speedster I bought from Stan. Thanks for all the kind words sbout Stan's work, I've just been driving and detailing it for a few weeks. Here's more recent pix:

http://www.stude.com/Speedster/new/

64 Challenger (Green Wrapper)
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
55 Speedster
50 2R 10 truck

MikeW
04-07-2005, 12:07 PM
I spoke too soon. www.packardhawk is down. I will get it back up later today.

Mike
www.packardhawk.com

rusty nut garage
04-07-2005, 12:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

Please don't "blame" the Packard Hawk on Robert Bourke. Bob was long gone from Loewy Studios before the Packard Hawk was designed. If you mean that the Packard Hawk was based on the 1953 Starliner that Bob designed, I will go along with you.


"Blame" is a strong word, unless one feels ill about the design. Thanks for going along with me :D

Russ Shop Foreman "Rusty Nut Garage"
57 SH (project)
60 Lark VIII 2dr sd (driver)

studegary
04-07-2005, 12:08 PM
Please don't "blame" the Packard Hawk on Robert Bourke. Bob was long gone from Loewy Studios before the Packard Hawk was designed. If you mean that the Packard Hawk was based on the 1953 Starliner that Bob designed, I will go along with you.