View Full Version : A Studacuda?

05-25-2011, 07:36 PM
Geeze, there must be a million car-topic forums on the internet!

Our freind Diego Rosenberg, announcer at The Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race, just forwarded this item of interest:


05-25-2011, 08:13 PM
Kristin hasn't posted here in a while. If I lived in LA and were thirty years younger...SIGH!:D


05-25-2011, 08:24 PM
Wonder where it is today?

Chris Pile
05-25-2011, 11:03 PM
YE GODS! That thing is COOL!

05-25-2011, 11:10 PM
What if he'd put a first gen. Barracuda backglass on it instead? The Cadillac rear is a little too heavy looking to me.

05-26-2011, 12:12 AM
I know John Saltsman he is quite a guy and a good trany man, my body man knows even better than I do, in fact he just send John the 80 Avanti I had that was damaged in the front and rear, very interesting article...

05-26-2011, 12:59 AM
Not to make you jealous. Oh ya I will. Two weekends ago I spent an hour showing Kristen my car. She is going to do an article on it later this year. She told me she will "Look me up" in Bonneville. I can tell you that spending an hour with Kristen is a very pleasant experience. She is smart, cute and best of all she "LOVES" Studebakers and cars in general. Come out to Bonneville and I will introduce you.

Bob Andrews
05-26-2011, 05:12 AM
She is adorable! Almost a twin to my sweet Linda (only without the car interest). Someday I'll have to post her picture here. Love them dorky girls!:)

(And yes, 'dorky' is a complimentary term!):)

05-26-2011, 05:19 AM
Always wondered what a fast back C/K would look like, kinda disapointed. Maybe if it was chopped it would look a little better. Maybe it looks better in person.
I've seen Kristens articals before, she seems like a very smart , cool, and pretty woman.

05-26-2011, 11:16 AM
I don't remember who to credit this model to, but it has a pleasing look. Easy to mistake for a Baracuda if you don't look close.

05-26-2011, 11:19 AM
Sorry, guys. While you are ooo-ing and aaah-ing over this car, I'm wondering, "Is this the answer to a question no one asked?" I kinda think that Bob Bourke knew what he was doing when he DIDN'T make a fast-back.

Then, again, who knows? Maybe a fast-back woulda saved the Company.



05-26-2011, 11:49 AM
My wife and I met up with Greasegirl at Viva Las Vegas back in April. She has a lot of fun with ther 55 Champion. She drove her it across the desert to Vegas with no problems and had a great time doing it! She recently redid the brakes and had the transmission rebuilt not that long ago and the car is a very healthy daily driver. She's keeping the car in original condition for now too, with all the minor rust and thin paint areas. Patina, Baby!

05-26-2011, 12:03 PM
Looks like a Triumph GT6

05-26-2011, 07:39 PM
Hey all! Glad you've enjoyed viewing the article :) Isn't it wild!? I ran into John at GNRS this past January with his Studebaker custom pickup...and he ended up having these photos tucked away somewhere!

One of these days I'll get to a Studebaker event and meet some of ya'll....Dan, it was great meeting you at El Mirage! I know the La Palma meet is next weekend...but I'm working :( Any of you guys in the LA chapter...I'm hoping to make next month's meeting - I just recently realized that it was in the evening and not 10am on a workday!

Happy Trails,
Kristin (aka: GreaseGirl)

05-26-2011, 07:40 PM
And Studacuda...great tagline Bob! ;)

05-27-2011, 09:11 PM
I well remember the fastback craze back in the 60's. I have long thought a second generation Barracuda roof might blend well with the Studebaker front section.

10-27-2011, 12:01 PM
I ran in to John again last weekend...he blamed me for making him want to make another "Studacuda"!! I'll let ya'll know if I hear anything more!

11-10-2014, 06:58 PM
https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/p228x119/1619275_721377494578647_7920574976479337923_n.jpg?oh=ae257f9613862c5729248897b19 65dc9&oe=551DEE66
I stumbled across this thread recently and thought I might share my current project...

Jerry Forrester
11-10-2014, 07:19 PM
https://scontent-b-sjc.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/v/t1.0-9/p228x119/1619275_721377494578647_7920574976479337923_n.jpg?oh=ae257f9613862c5729248897b19 65dc9&oe=551DEE66
I stumbled across this thread recently and thought I might share my current project...

Wow! That thing looks swoopy. More pictures please.

11-10-2014, 07:39 PM
Wow! That thing looks swoopy. More pictures please.

Jerry, please check your P.M.s

11-10-2014, 08:08 PM
I having some issues with photos at the moment. If you're on Facebook, check out Carroll Custom Cadillac and/or Schroeder Speed & Customs pages for more photos.

dean pearson
11-10-2014, 08:16 PM
Well I'll be saving that story. He was introduced to me as Trany John (Sir) and he rebuilds transmissions among other things obviously. He gave me a really good deal on mine and it was just painless. He took it, did pretty much all you can do to one then called me a week early to pick it up.
His work is perfection and he loves doing it you can just tell.
If I remember correctly he is also a bad as speed skater.


He has a Studebaker auto trans that I gave him as a core. But I'm not sure exactly what it was.

11-10-2014, 08:24 PM
There was also a fastback studebaker coupe built in the Toronto area by a dealer in the late fifties - early sixties. I saw it in person about 1975 when I scrapped out a 1955 hardtop. Unfortunately, it was massively apart at that time - although it was inside - and I've got to believe that it never got reassembled.

11-11-2014, 12:12 PM
Alan at the Studebaker Garage in Harrington, Washington has one mid project using the roof/rear window & centre fin combination from a 1973 Buick Boattail. It actually looks pretty cool.

11-11-2014, 04:39 PM
I reckon the thing is not to let the lower/rear of the roof go to high at the end, that's what makes the Caddy-built Studebaker look so hump-back, or...?

11-11-2014, 05:23 PM
i kinda like the one in the post #10 pic!!!:!:

sorta Avanti-ish...:)

11-11-2014, 05:27 PM
Stuuda Woulda Cuda! I don't think so. I've always liked and toyed with ideas of Mod 53's. But it always seems to come full circle back to Burke's design.
JMHO. But I enjoy the topic.
Richard Burks