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StudeDave57
12-24-2011, 01:44 PM
Twenty years ago (yesterday) I bought a 'new' Studebaker. I needed a car to replace the '72 Buick Electra 225 2 door hardtop I brought home from Florida. I learned of Sweet Pea at a monthly meeting of the North Puget Sound SDC. One test drive was all it took!!!
I wasn't supposed to keep her this long, though. I had planned to finish the resto of my Parkview, and use that car as my driver. Then I'd sell the Cruiser once she was no longer needed...

Headed home from Billings, MT 1992~

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/2010-02-24-1724-53.jpg


Parked across the street, November 2011~
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/IMG_1096.jpg


So much for THAT idea!!! :rolleyes:

ST2DE5
12-24-2011, 01:49 PM
And the horse said "What is it."

raoul5788
12-24-2011, 03:52 PM
And the horse said "What is it."

Clearly it's not Mr. Ed, because he would know it's a Studebaker!

BobGlasscock
12-25-2011, 01:13 PM
Down here in Texas, our pickups have cattle-guards on the front. Guess up there in the NORTHnorthwest you have bugs to catch.

StudeDave57
12-27-2011, 02:24 PM
And the horse said "What is it."

Clearly it's not Mr. Ed, because he would know it's a Studebaker!
I recall his comment being more like~
"So this is one of those cars uncle Ed was always blabbering about?"




Down here in Texas, our pickups have cattle-guards on the front. Guess up there in the NORTHnorthwest you have bugs to catch.
Yes- many many bugs. Early on this lesson was learned~ rather then spend the whole weekend cleaning out the grille- time at a meet was better spent visiting and what-not!!!


So last night Sweet Pea turned 288,000 on her odometer. But she's really got more then that because during a Thanksgiving run to LA in about '92 or '93 the cable broke. The replacement cable came from a '63 R1 Cruiser. So add 500 or so and that's about were she is. She was right at about 69,000 when I got her.
You know- I got to thinking about that '20 years' comment, and came up with the following~ when you subtract the time she was parked during my year-long tour to Diego Garcia, my two Western Pacific Cruises of six months (or more) each, add another six months worth of training Cruises, then add the year 'vacation' I gave her after I moved here- though I have owned her for 20 years- I'd guess that I've only been driving her for 16.5 years or so... :confused:

Pretty cool, eh? :p


StudeDave '57 :cool:
Sweet Pea's keeper

mbstude
12-27-2011, 02:31 PM
She's even made an appearance in Georgia a time or two.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/65_dave.jpg

StudeDave57
12-27-2011, 03:14 PM
She's even made an appearance in Georgia a time or two.
Oh, she's been to Georgia way more then that!!! Just in the first three months of my tour at NS Mayport we went up there twice- the first week I was there a Hurricane forced us to, and later we went up there to meet up with a bunch of crazy StudeFolks- err, uh- to attend a monthly meeting of the South Georgia SDC. :D ;) :p

Then there were the many trips up and back for the Tri-State Meet, and other meetings of the S. GA SDC, and trips to visit friends at Camp 'L' in North Carolina, and...

One of thses days I need to look at a map and figure out what States we have NOT been to yet!!! :rolleyes:



StudeDave '57 :cool:

cultural infidel
12-27-2011, 03:27 PM
That truck is gorgeous. Got any more pics?

StudeDave57
12-27-2011, 04:00 PM
That truck is gorgeous. Got any more pics?
I'm sure I do around here somewhere- but they'd be as old as that one.

But you're in luck- it might just be the most photographed '37 CE on the Planet. You see- that truck is the one that now lives in the SNM. So just about anyone who has been there since 1994 does as well, I'd bet. That was the year Jack passed away, and the year his estate donated it and a certain '64 sedan.


R.I.P. Jack- we miss you!!!



StudeDave '57 :cool:

8E45E
01-06-2012, 11:21 PM
Headed home from Billings, MT 1992~

In '92 before you left Billings: :D

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7019/6651003833_fc29299053_b.jpg

Craig

kmac530
01-07-2012, 01:17 AM
So cool thread and I bet alot of great memories.
I have a question here. If you have put 200k + on the clock, how much mechanical work have you done?
Is the motor original? Trans? Diff? Rebuilds?
Just curious.

DEEPNHOCK
01-07-2012, 08:36 AM
I love this pic... Sent a copy of it to my wife via e-mail.
when she saw the pic, she asked about the horse, and if it was for sale:rolleyes:
I casually mentioned that all horses were for sale.
She just as casually mentioned back "Yeah, right, just like all Studebaker's are for sale":p
Wimmen:o
Jeff:cool:


Parked across the street, November 2011~
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/IMG_1096.jpg

showbizkid
01-07-2012, 11:35 AM
And here's one from Oceanside in... was it 2008? Man, time flies :)

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/misc/CIMG0762.jpg

I'll never be able to thank you enough for the help you gave me in getting Barney back on the road.

StudeDave57
01-07-2012, 04:14 PM
So cool thread and I bet alot of great memories. I have a question here. If you have put 200k + on the clock, how much mechanical work have you done? Is the motor original? Trans? Diff? Rebuilds? Just curious.
The short version gos something like this~

The original engine and trans were rebuilt at about 186,000 miles.
The diff has only had regular oil changes- up to this point.
I've lost track of brake pads/shoes- but it's been a bunch!!!
I'm on about my forth set of tires.

The whole she-bang is due for rebuild/replacement- again.

I think this is gonna fill the bill just fine~

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/My%20Rides/IMG_0289.jpg



StudeDave '57 :cool:

StudeDave57
01-07-2012, 04:25 PM
In '92 before you left Billings: :D Craig
Thanks again for posting this. I don't think I took many pictures at that meet, and the ones I did- are packed away somewhere- waiting to be 'discovered' once again.



Sent a copy of it to my wife via e-mail. when she saw the pic, she asked about the horse, and if it was for sale :rolleyes:
I have no idea, but I doubt it. It seems to like the company of the two it shares the pasture with, the two next door, and the one across the street. All of these horses are interested in folks who pass within about 100 feet of them. In some of the other pics I took that day- I managed to catch the other two this one keeps company.



And here's one from Oceanside in... was it 2008? Man, time flies :)
I'll never be able to thank you enough for the help you gave me in getting Barney back on the road.
I think that was 2007, wasn't it? I guess you'd have to figure out if that was taken when we pulled Barney's motor, or dropped it back in. I'm glad to hear that you've been able to enjoy the car. That was the goal, was it not?
Now, about that return favor... ;) :rolleyes: :D



StudeDave '57 :cool:

JimsLeadCommander
01-08-2012, 12:51 AM
Maybe it's time to buy another Buick? {:= ) (Yep, I can feel the Rath of Con from here)
Actually Dave, I've felt the nearly perfect car for you in todays world would be the Ford Flex;
the neat looking "Station wagon" model Ford builds. It's certainly a very nice car with a practical
side too. With that said, I'm sure you have some fond memories of Sweet Pea taking you places
with aplumb and distinction.

showbizkid
01-08-2012, 12:36 PM
Now, about that return favor... ;) :rolleyes: :DWhat do you have in mind, brother? :D

8E45E
01-26-2012, 11:05 PM
That truck is gorgeous. Got any more pics?

I finally scanned one of it at that meet:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7025/6769173749_4914a5f992_b.jpg

Craig

StudeRich
05-06-2013, 07:47 PM
They just do NOT get any prettier than that Craig!

Sorry to bump a long lost String, but it is of mutual interest to many, Jack Merrell's CE is one of the SNM's shining Stars!

There is also his '64 Pursuit Marshal (R1 Police Interceptor) that is there also. Rest in peace Jack.

Not to mention Dave's very long time, high mileage survivor, Driver '65 Cruiser. :)
http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w143/StudeDave/SDC%20pic%20post/IMG_1096.jpg

Warren Webb
05-06-2013, 11:20 PM
This picture reminds me of an old joke:

A traveling salesman was driving along a country road when all of a sudden his car came to a stop. Getting out of the car he opened the hood & as he was looking in a voice calls out & says "Its the carburetor." Stunned he turns & sees nobody around but a horse leaning over the fence. As he looks back under the hood he again hears "It's the carburetor" and realizes its the horse talking! A few minutes later a gal driving a tractor stops to help & the salesman tells her about the horse. "Don't listen to him, he knows nothing about cars!"