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53k
04-01-2012, 11:09 AM
Many of you know or know of Torrey Kirby. He is a very long time Studebaker enthusiast, SDC member, Potomac Chapter member, and member of a number of other car clubs. He is currently hospitalized at City Hospital, Martinsburg, WV suffering double pneumonia and a serious rib cage fungus. He is facing long-term hospital or other medical care. I talked to him on the phone this morning and he is very uncomfortable so I would not recommend calling him. Cards or notes to his home, in addition to your thoughts and prayers, would be nice. His wife can collect them and take them to Torrey. Send to: Torrey Kirby, 80 Kaiser Lane, Inwood, WV 25428.
Over the many years he has collected/saved a large number of Studebakers, Packards, Kaisers, MoPars and others. He told me that he has to sell all the cars. Whether or not that includes the diesel Lark (his pride and joy) I don't know at this point. I also don't know what he has sold recently, but I will get over and try to make a list and take pictures. He asked if I would act as contact for the cars as he can't deal with them now and his wife is overwhelmed. Please email me directly at torreycars at frontier dot com. Due to the number of trash calls we get, we don't answer unrecognized calls.

Marie Mac
04-01-2012, 12:22 PM
I am very sorry to hear that a fellow West Virginian/Studebaker enthusiast is ill--thoughts & prayers & well wishes!
Marie Lewis

StudeDave57
04-01-2012, 01:00 PM
Thoughts and prayers from here as well...

(S)
04-01-2012, 02:11 PM
More prayers from Washington.

BobPalma
04-01-2012, 03:34 PM
I remember your mentioning his illness at York, Paul; so sad.

Those at York will remember the long list of parts and projects cars, 'most all Studebakers, Torrey had posted around York.

Best wishes to him. BP

rockne10
04-01-2012, 07:16 PM
All prayers for a speedy recovery.
If I recall, Torrey had the Lark diesel marked for sale at Gettysburg last summer.
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JimsLeadCommander
04-01-2012, 08:12 PM
I too am very sorry to hear of 'another' "Long term member" being caught up in illness. My best thoughts and warmest prayers go out to Mr. Kirby along with his wife and family.

hausdok
04-01-2012, 10:24 PM
Hi Mr. Kirby,

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

53k
04-01-2012, 10:44 PM
All prayers for a speedy recovery.
If I recall, Torrey had the Lark diesel marked for sale at Gettysburg last summer.
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/AOAI%20SDC%20Atlantic%20Zone%20SDC%20July%202011/P7160242.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/AOAI%20SDC%20Atlantic%20Zone%20SDC%20July%202011/P7160243.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/AOAI%20SDC%20Atlantic%20Zone%20SDC%20July%202011/P7160245.jpg
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/AOAI%20SDC%20Atlantic%20Zone%20SDC%20July%202011/P7160246.jpg
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'Fraid not. When Torrey told me this morning that he had to sell all his cars I wondered about the diesel because he never planned to sell it. When his wife called me this afternoon I asked her about the diesel. She said he won't sell that. It will go to his daughter. He will also keep his '63 Avanti and '66 Daytona.

53k
04-03-2012, 07:57 PM
I made it over to Kirby's today and attempted to verify what all is there. In addition to the 42 cars on the for sale list he posted at York last month (see below- thanks to Ed Lemanski for the photo), I counted 31 more Studebakers and Packards that have to go. I did not try to verify the Kaisers, Nashes/AMCs, older Packards, and Chrysler products. There are probably 30 or so of these other cars. He will not sell the diesel, the Avanti and two others that are either drivable or can be.
Most of the cars are parts cars or salvage only, but there are some interesting ones. Make one '58 Packard hardtop out of the three he has sitting there. How about a '64 Commander two-door, 289, four-speed (bench seat)? Three ZIP vans, pretty rusty, but apparently complete. '63 GT Hawk, column shift automatic- doesn't appear to have fatal rust. A bunch of Larks, mostly six-cylinder and a bunch of '58s. Several President Classics, several '47-51s.
I'll try to get a smooth list put together and post it soon. He REALLY needs to move the cars. His health is very poor- too weak to sign documents at present. I did take pictures of most of the cars. Email me a torreycars at frontier dot com and I will try to match up and send you pix of the car you might be interested in.

http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Kirby%20diesel%20Lark%204-09-09/Copy%20of%20Kirby%20cars%20list%20at%20York.jpg

Boothguy
04-03-2012, 11:48 PM
Visited Torrey tonight and he seemed to be improving- more talkative and a little more energy than yesterday or Saturday. They are managing the pulmonary symptoms and have decided on a more aggressive treatment plan to fight the mystery infection, which is encouraging. He is still very weak and has lost a lot of weight but he is fighting which is half the battle. Keep him in your prayers.

53k
04-08-2012, 06:59 PM
Torrey is not out of the woods, but he is seeing some daylight. He was moved the other evening from the hospital to a rehab center where he expects to be for a couple more weeks. We went to see him this afternoon. He is still very weak, is on an IV of antibiotics, but his spirits are much better and his speech is near normal. He was choked up at the numbers of cards and well-wishes he has received. We took him an Easter basket with chocolate eggs (his wife told me that he still has his sweet tooth).
Due to some confusion about the ownership of some of the cars I mentioned in a previous post, sales for now are limited to those on the list I posted earlier. The '62 Lark convertible is gone and it looks as if the '61 Lark hardtop may go, but everything else is still there and he really need to move them. Torrey says most all have good titles and I think at least several are restorable.

studelark
04-08-2012, 07:34 PM
My condolences to you, Torrey, and I pray for a smooth recovery. I, too, am a victim of "super-bug staph and fungus infections" in my right knee and leg for the past 3 years. I have never met Torrey personally, but am familiar with his '62 Diesel and his story. My son and other friends have visited Torrey's place over the years.

BE POSITIVE, TORREY. It may seem bleak now and as bad as you must feel, keep fighting. Never give up!! You're in good hands and with a loving family and friends, as the Johnson's, you're going to make it. God bless all of you.

Frank Drumheller
Locust Grove, VA
60S-W6
M16-52 Boyer-bodied fire truck

JRoberts
04-08-2012, 08:48 PM
Pass on to Torrey that he is in my thoughts and prayers.

53k
04-30-2012, 08:34 PM
It appears that Torrey is continuing to lose ground. Hospice has been called in.
Disposal of his vehicle fleet has become both more urgent and more of a problem. I spent five hours today making a comprehensive listing of his vehicles (descriptions, serial numbers where possible, and location) so his wife can match titles to cars and be ready to sell them. My final count, not including four vehicles the family will keep, was 109. Many are Studebakers (from 1940 to 1966), but there are a dozen or more Packards from the late 40s through '58, about a dozen Kaisers, one Frazer, a number of AMCs, several Nashes, some Mopars and several GMs. Many are too far gone to bring back, but most are complete and have a lot of good parts. Problem is, they can't be just picked, but must be removed. When I get a more readable list made up, I'll post more info.

53k
05-02-2012, 07:22 PM
I have finished transferring my handwritten list to a typed document of Torrey Kirby's cars that must be sold . This is for his wife's benefit so she can match titles to cars since she knows little or nothing about the collection. I can't send out the list, but I can summarize somewhat. By my count there are 44 Studebakers, 11 Packards (including five South Bend Packards), seven Kaisers and one Frazer, 16 AMCs/Nashes, an assortment of later Chrysler and GM cars and a Ford rollback (operable). I'll list the Studebakers and Packards later when I have some time to refine the list. Total is 99 vehicles to get moved quickly. Torrey's son-in-law wants to get them gone by the end of May (which is unlikely).
Most of the cars are very rough, but most are complete. There are a dozen or so that are restorable. Most of the MoPar, GM and AMC cars should be able to be made drivable for decent transportation. So, if you feel like opening your own salvage yard and want to buy a starter selection...

dean pearson
05-02-2012, 08:31 PM
so where might we review the revised list please ?

Dean.

53k
05-03-2012, 10:06 AM
so where might we review the revised list please ?

Dean.
Here is the list of Studebakers. If the information appears sparce, note that many of these cars are close to others, covered with poison ivy and/or multiflora rose vines making access pretty tough. Many driver doors were hard to open and I didn't want to force them. If anyone is interested in specific cars, email me at torreycars at frontier dot com (rather than use the Forum PM feature) and I can check for more items. I don't control pricing, but I think many will be sold at scrap prices.

Very few of these cars have run in recent years, may have stuck engines. Mechanical condition undetermined.

Vehicle Serial Number Description
‘64 Stude Comm 2 door, red 64V-15736 289, 4-speed, bench seat. rough, but sell eBay, unusual and collectable

’64 Stude Comm 4 door white ??? in garage. unknown, believed to be 6 cyl 3-speed
driven more recently

’47-’49 Champion4-dr gray ??? in garage, unknown, probably decent

’58 Stude 4-door ??? in garage, may be President Classic, poor paint and pitted chrome

’64 Comm 4-door, brown C517012 A/T, rust in fenders, hood, stuck, fairly solid, don’t know if 6 or V8

’58 Comm 4-dr 8475722 A/T, radio, not much rust, hood stuck

’64 Comm 2-dr, blue couldn’t open door A/T, rough, key in ign, broken window

’59-’60 Lark 2-dr blue couldn’t open door A/T, fairly complete

’58 Comm 4-dr, black locked Stick, fairly complete, moderate rust

’63 Wagonaire, blue couldn’t open door sliding roof, moderate rust

’52 Champion 4-dr, med green G11386508 A/T, fairly solid, many parts in back and trunk

‘54 Champion Coupe, lt blue no serial plate extremely rusty, some $$ parts

’63 Lark Regal 4-dr, lt blue 63S533458 6 cyl, stick, bad rust

’61 Lark conv, yellow couldn’t open door V8, well equipped, many valuable parts, extreme rust,

’51 4-dr, lt blue poison ivy and brush Believe Regal Champion, stick, radio, fairly solid

’50 Champion 4-dr too close to next car Useable parts

’57 President Classic couldn’t open door A/T, clock, very rusty, some useable parts
turquoise and white

’59-’60 Lark 4-dr, blue couldn’t open door V-8, 2 bbl, A/T, radio, fairly solid, parts car

’40 Comm 4-dr didn’t try extreme surface rust, rusty body- scrap

’55 Comm 4-dr couldn’t open door OD, clock, useable grille

’62 Lark Regal 4-dr couldn’t open (stump) A/T, split recliners w/headrests, pb radio, moderate rust

’64 Comm 4-dr,blue C11852 no engine/trans, fairly solid, sell as parts car

’63 Lark Regal 4-dr, white no serial plate 6 cyl, stick, radio, useable front fenders, sell as parts car

’56 Pres Classic 4-dr couldn’t open door AT, pb radio, clock, wheel covers, much rust,

Zip Van (first) didn’t find serial rusty, some parts, scrap

Zip Van (second) “ “ “ rusty, some parts, scrap, has a number of parts in cargo bay, may be Packard stuff

’63 Lark Regal 2-dr, white couldn’t open door 6 w/stick, very rusty, parts car, scrap

’62 Lark wagon, blue 62S572459 AT, 6, split non-recliners seats, roof rack, pb, radio, wheel covers, floors gone, parts car, scrap

’62 Lark Regal 4-dr, gray couldn’t open door AT, pb radio, sitting on ground, parts car

’54 Land Cruiser 4-dr, blue couldn’t open door AT, radio, clock, backups- parts car

’61 Lark hardtop Autumn Haze couldn’t open door 6 cyl stick sold- pick up 5/5/12

’64 Champ p/u, white E5-139540 6 cyl 3-spd, long bed, very rusty, sell for parts or scrap, badly damaged camper shell partly on truck

’61 Lark Cruiser, Autumn Haze 61V 25575 259 V8, O/D, very solid, little rust, shabby interior, some exterior surface rust, engine stuck

’66 Cruiser 4-dr, lt blue couldn’t open door AT, AM radio, usual rust, water stained seats, fair overall
w/black vinyl top

’64 Wagonaire, gray couldn’t open door AT, V8, sliding roof. very rusty, parts or scrap

’64 Cruiser4-dr, black 64VC2553 split recliners, AT, clock, pb radio,
moderate rust

’48-49 Land Cruiser 4-dr 4368724 radio gone, solid, backups, sell eBay

’63 Wagonaire, white 63S25589 6 cyl stick, sliding roof, very rusty, scrap

’56 Commander 4-dr 8456053 AT, pb radio, clock, bad w/s and pass door glass,
green and white parts or scrap

’61 Lark 2-dr, lt blue can’t get to door 6 cyl, AT, little rust, bent fender, eBay
(tree)

’63 Cruiser, blue 63V25960 AT, ps, split recliners, clock, pb radio, swashers,
nicely equipped, may not belong to Torrey

’66 Commander 4-dr, maroon can’t open door AT, V8, rusty floors, sold Kern Motors,
Winchester, VA

’59 Lark hardtop 59V23816 Reclining bench seat, V8 stick, very rusty floors, possible buyer

60 Lark wagon 4-dr 60S 56218 6 cyl, AT, dash partly gone, clock, possible buyer
lt blue

’59 Lark 2-dr 59S 84523 6 cyl, stick, no radiator, rusty floors and fenders

’63 GT Hawk, red, can’t open door Column AT, 289 V8 2 bbl, full dash, disc
w/black interior brakes, ps, hood opens OK, said to have
extensive documentation.

64V-K7
05-03-2012, 02:52 PM
The entire list is on the Potomac Chapter Website

http://www.potomacsdc.org/tkirby.html


List updated with more complete information and more cars...10:20 / 03 may 2012

BobPalma
05-03-2012, 02:58 PM
In addition to the Packards on the chapter website, Paul Johnson e-mailed some pics that confirm there is a rough 1955 Clipper of some sort, and a like 1956 Clipper Custom 2-door hardtop.

The '56 looks mediocre but is a rare car: Top-trim-level Clipper Customs were discontinued mid-year when replaced by the 1956 Packard Executive line. BP