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Rick Book
02-07-2006, 07:50 PM
Hello Stude's.

My first post here is with bitter/sweet emotions. I'm not a Studebaker owner but had to share a few recent photos of a couple that are rotting away. As appreciators of the Studebakers (the 'sweet' part), I'm sure these are sad sights to you (the bitter part).

They belonged to my late Grandfather and Grandmother. My eight (as in 8) Aunts and Uncles are very attached to these 'diamonds in the rough' (very rough - and getting rougher :().

There's nothing wrong with being sentimental, but unfortunately, my relatives will probably never agree to part with them as they rode in these vehicles when they were new and "bring back good ol' memories".

Along side the two Studebakers is a Henry J - it too rotting away. I remember these vehicles being in relatively good shape when they were parked.

I'm 50 years old and can only vaguely remember riding in them. I too have sentimental feelings towards them but not to the point where I wouldn't want to see them go to someone who I knew would restore them.

I would love to restore these vehicles myself but only have a small (home) garage to work on them (and an eternal project car already inside). I also do not have the right tools required to bring these potential beauts back to life. I only have a small welder, tools assortment, no Plasma Cutter or sheet metal tools, nor the expetise.

I 'think' I know what the makes and models are but would like to ask for certain (I could ask one of my Uncles but would rather not bring up the 'touchy' subject).

I'm glad this club exists to help keep cars like these from going to the crusher (I could rant on that for a week).

Anyway, will you please tell me what year and make these are (including the Henry J by chance)?

I'm glad I found this nice site. You seem like good folk. Thanks for your time,


edit: see post below for pics

02-07-2006, 08:39 PM
quote:I see that I cannot post pics.
Sure you can! (These are linked to your site.)





All you need to do is click the "insert image" icon (the little yellow "floppy" looking thingy) on the tool bar while composing your post, and paste your URL between the brackets.

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Rick Book
02-07-2006, 09:00 PM

02-07-2006, 10:55 PM
I feel your pain! My family had a '63 Lark, as your photo shows. It was sold long ago, but if I ever find another just like it, I will have to buy it.

The truck is a '57-59 Transtar (identified by the hood and grill), and is a 1/2 ton (because the bed is 1 1/2 feet less in length in front of the rear fender than a 3/4 ton; 6 1/2 ft. bed vs. 8 ft. bed)

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup

02-08-2006, 08:08 AM
The Henry J is a 1951. Oh, and do me a favor--at least close the door and roll the window up on the 63[V]

Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser


02-08-2006, 12:26 PM
Sad indeed![V] Wish I had that grille guard off that Transtar![:p]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

02-08-2006, 01:31 PM
Rick Book,
Even tho you say that the Aunts and Uncles would never part with them due to sentimental reasons, I'd be curious as to the general location of these beauties.:D

02-08-2006, 03:27 PM
1) 1963 Studebaker Lark two door sedan with 170 cubic inch overhead valve six cylinder engine.
2) 1957-1959 Studebaker half ton pickup truck. It may be a 1957-1958 Transtar, 1959 DeLuxe or 1958-1959 Scotsman with an optional dress up package. From what I can see, I can't pin it down more. I don't see door visors in the pictures, so it is probably a Scotsman with the trim package (grille,etc.).

Both Studebakers look like good restoration or restomod candidates. The rust appears to be mostly surface rust. Of course the chassis and underbody is suspect due to sitting on the ground.

Rick Book
02-08-2006, 06:07 PM
Thanks for the information, guys.

I googled the Lark. That's a sharp looking ride (when restored). And who wouldn't want to cruise around in the Transtar too!

Both are beautiful icons of days gone by - back when there was a lot more attention paid to style. I have a lot of respect for the old Chryslers too - some are so 'in-your-face' gawdy. Even in today's market, Chrysler has the kahoonas to think out-of-the-box when it comes to styling (moreso in recent years).

I'll have to work on my Aunts and Uncles to see if there is ANY way they would part with these.

Again, I'd want them to go to someone who actually has the tools/experience to restore them. Maybe the family could have 'visitation rights'. Ha!

I'll check back again when I've gotten the nerve to talk to them about the increasingly sad shape they're in and where they're headed unless they do something about 'em.

Mark, you'll be glad to know that I did close the doors (one window is busted out though).

Snowy, the vehicles are located in 'not-so-snowy' central Louisiana.

Thanks again guys,


stude freak
02-08-2006, 09:00 PM
Rick , I'm in not to far away Mississippi if you get permission to revive them.

02-09-2006, 09:44 AM
Hey Rick,that truck might be a lot easier to bring back than you think. If you do aquire it,why not give it a try,lots of help right here.

02-09-2006, 11:04 AM
Thank you[:p]

quote:Originally posted by Rick Book

Mark, you'll be glad to know that I did close the doors (one window is busted out though).

Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser


Rick Book
02-09-2006, 09:21 PM
quote:Originally posted by Transtar56

Hey Rick,that truck might be a lot easier to bring back than you think. If you do aquire it,why not give it a try,lots of help right here.I appreciate the offer but I simply do not have the right tools or craftsmanship at this time. Maybe by the time they change their minds, I'll have accumulated the skills needed.

Thanks again,


02-21-2006, 02:18 PM
It always saddens me when I see any classic sat out to rust away. Especially when the owner will never do a thing with it. I would hope these owners would want to see these cars restored to their pristine factory state cause that is the way they remembered them in the first place. Just a sad site.