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DunesMan
07-13-2007, 06:41 PM
I had a mechanic press the bushings in the rear springs of my newly acquired Lark and was heading home. I was headed west on highway 12 in Michigan City, Indiana when I got stuck at the redlight in front of the casino. A man pulled up behind me in a later model red econo-box and got out of his car. He was holding some paper in his hand so I assumed he was lost or something. All he said was, "you'll have fun with this" as he handed me the papers. He also said "you need valve guides!" I yelled back to try to talk to him but he took a right hander and never even looked back! I looked down to see what he handed me and it is a large format 76 page book from Studebaker called 100 years on the road. Cool huh! Man you Studebaker nuts are a cool group of people. If my mystery gifter is reading this, THANKS!

Geoff

"I can resist everything but temptation."

53k
07-13-2007, 08:33 PM
Wow! I wish that would happen to me. That book is pretty valuble. Congratulations.


[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

53k
07-13-2007, 08:33 PM
Wow! I wish that would happen to me. That book is pretty valuble. Congratulations.


[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

DunesMan
07-13-2007, 10:22 PM
It was really wild. I wanted to talk to him or thank him or something but he was gone and took a turn before I could see where he went. It was a wierd Friday the 13th for me. I woke up and opened my front door to be greeted by a lost Huskie dog and then that happened. THe book is in great shape, says it was printed in 1952. What a cool thing, couldn't believe it happened to me!

"I can resist everything but temptation."

DunesMan
07-13-2007, 10:22 PM
It was really wild. I wanted to talk to him or thank him or something but he was gone and took a turn before I could see where he went. It was a wierd Friday the 13th for me. I woke up and opened my front door to be greeted by a lost Huskie dog and then that happened. THe book is in great shape, says it was printed in 1952. What a cool thing, couldn't believe it happened to me!

"I can resist everything but temptation."

stude freak
07-14-2007, 07:31 AM
Ok! This is weird.A buddy of mine went to Wisconsin to look at a car up there last week.He called me Monday night and told me that he had picked up a book at a flea market up there that I might want.It was called 115 years of Studebaker.I went over and picked it up wednesday night.Great pictures and reading .It starts with the trip across the Atlantic with the Studebaker family ,even names the ship they sailed on to the end of Studebaker in Canada.Then theres a section on the Avanti. My birthday is the 23th ,I call this my early birthday present.

David Baggett '53 coupe

stude freak
07-14-2007, 07:31 AM
Ok! This is weird.A buddy of mine went to Wisconsin to look at a car up there last week.He called me Monday night and told me that he had picked up a book at a flea market up there that I might want.It was called 115 years of Studebaker.I went over and picked it up wednesday night.Great pictures and reading .It starts with the trip across the Atlantic with the Studebaker family ,even names the ship they sailed on to the end of Studebaker in Canada.Then theres a section on the Avanti. My birthday is the 23th ,I call this my early birthday present.

David Baggett '53 coupe

Roscomacaw
07-14-2007, 11:54 AM
I went out in the Transtar yesterday. I was on a mission to get some damned metric bolts for the wife's Toyota. It's been a fairly trouble-free conveyance ever since being built from a wreck in '02. But every once in awhile, I'll get a call from the wife that she's stuck in some parking lot and the ignition switch won't work - the key refuses to turn the switch, no matter what she does. And of late it's gotten to be too common an occurrance.
Of course, Toyota - in their wisdom - has "securified" the Ign switch by using bolts with heads you can only tighten - not loosen.:(
After an hour of lying on my back and chiselling at the heads of those goofy fasteners, I finally get them out and am in need of REAL bolts or screws a guy can work with!:( I know Lowes carries a decent selection of metric hardware and so I fire up the Stude and head for that store.
I'd parked in front of Lowes, gone in and found adequate bolts, rolled the dice once again with those stupid, self-checkout scanners and lost and after the bored, little check-out clerk had corrected the scanner's goof, I found myself walking back towards the Transtar.
Halfway back to where it's waiting, I realize there's an older couple (as in my age) doing a walk-around of the truck. This sorta thing is not unusual. Pete (the Transtar) draws lots of attention and praise.
As I get within talking distance, I ask as I usually do: "Well, whaddya think?"
The guy comes back: "The wife and I were just reminiscing - about the ol' Stude truck I used to drive. Used to drive that thing every day, I did. Had it at least 12 years or so...... Wish I'd never sold it."
Wife chimed in: "I didn't want him to sell it when he did. It was more a matter of economics than bein' sentimental." Poking hubby's shoulder with her forefinger, she lamented: "HE had a yearning for a new truck! On the other hand, I was thinking about the monthly payments that would follow. It'd been differen' if the Studebaker wasn't running good or was looking shabby. But that wasn't the case, tell the truth. He just had the new truck bug! Heh - never should got rid'a that Studebaker." she said longingly.
Then the guy opens up again and asks (while looking at me): "You don' remember me, do you? I chased you down in the grocery store parking lot a few years back. I'd found the old owners manual from that truck and wanted you to have it."
"Aha!" I shot back. " I DO remember that day! I've still got it.
In fact, it's here in the glove box - I'll show you!":D

After I retrieved it from the glove box (which, BTW, I doubt has ever seen a pair of gloves[B)]), I let him handle it. It'd been at least 8 years or more since he had stopped me one day to entrust me with this booklet. It was easy to see that he was pleased his gift had been appreciated.
He flipped it open to the second page and tapped a weathered finger at the penciled information thereupon: "Yup, there's the serial number - right where I wrote it that first day. E seven, nine oh four oh. Don't 'member what I paid for it, but I remember I traded an older Studebaker truck for it." He looked towards the orange evening sky as he tried to recall details - or maybe he was just recalling a mental image of the truck. I didn't break in on his concentration.
He flipped the book shut again and handed it back to me. "Sure glad I gave that to you! I always enjoy catchin' a glimpse of your truck around town."
"Me too!" added the wife. "And we always have to look at it again whenever we spot it parked somewhere like here."

After exchanging parting pleasantries, I drive off as they watch. Neat couple. Wonder how often she needles him about the Stude that got away[?]
Anybody driving a 3E7-12 Transtar with the serial # of E7-9040??? That's the serial# he'd penciled in that first day.[^]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
07-14-2007, 11:54 AM
I went out in the Transtar yesterday. I was on a mission to get some damned metric bolts for the wife's Toyota. It's been a fairly trouble-free conveyance ever since being built from a wreck in '02. But every once in awhile, I'll get a call from the wife that she's stuck in some parking lot and the ignition switch won't work - the key refuses to turn the switch, no matter what she does. And of late it's gotten to be too common an occurrance.
Of course, Toyota - in their wisdom - has "securified" the Ign switch by using bolts with heads you can only tighten - not loosen.:(
After an hour of lying on my back and chiselling at the heads of those goofy fasteners, I finally get them out and am in need of REAL bolts or screws a guy can work with!:( I know Lowes carries a decent selection of metric hardware and so I fire up the Stude and head for that store.
I'd parked in front of Lowes, gone in and found adequate bolts, rolled the dice once again with those stupid, self-checkout scanners and lost and after the bored, little check-out clerk had corrected the scanner's goof, I found myself walking back towards the Transtar.
Halfway back to where it's waiting, I realize there's an older couple (as in my age) doing a walk-around of the truck. This sorta thing is not unusual. Pete (the Transtar) draws lots of attention and praise.
As I get within talking distance, I ask as I usually do: "Well, whaddya think?"
The guy comes back: "The wife and I were just reminiscing - about the ol' Stude truck I used to drive. Used to drive that thing every day, I did. Had it at least 12 years or so...... Wish I'd never sold it."
Wife chimed in: "I didn't want him to sell it when he did. It was more a matter of economics than bein' sentimental." Poking hubby's shoulder with her forefinger, she lamented: "HE had a yearning for a new truck! On the other hand, I was thinking about the monthly payments that would follow. It'd been differen' if the Studebaker wasn't running good or was looking shabby. But that wasn't the case, tell the truth. He just had the new truck bug! Heh - never should got rid'a that Studebaker." she said longingly.
Then the guy opens up again and asks (while looking at me): "You don' remember me, do you? I chased you down in the grocery store parking lot a few years back. I'd found the old owners manual from that truck and wanted you to have it."
"Aha!" I shot back. " I DO remember that day! I've still got it.
In fact, it's here in the glove box - I'll show you!":D

After I retrieved it from the glove box (which, BTW, I doubt has ever seen a pair of gloves[B)]), I let him handle it. It'd been at least 8 years or more since he had stopped me one day to entrust me with this booklet. It was easy to see that he was pleased his gift had been appreciated.
He flipped it open to the second page and tapped a weathered finger at the penciled information thereupon: "Yup, there's the serial number - right where I wrote it that first day. E seven, nine oh four oh. Don't 'member what I paid for it, but I remember I traded an older Studebaker truck for it." He looked towards the orange evening sky as he tried to recall details - or maybe he was just recalling a mental image of the truck. I didn't break in on his concentration.
He flipped the book shut again and handed it back to me. "Sure glad I gave that to you! I always enjoy catchin' a glimpse of your truck around town."
"Me too!" added the wife. "And we always have to look at it again whenever we spot it parked somewhere like here."

After exchanging parting pleasantries, I drive off as they watch. Neat couple. Wonder how often she needles him about the Stude that got away[?]
Anybody driving a 3E7-12 Transtar with the serial # of E7-9040??? That's the serial# he'd penciled in that first day.[^]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Guido
07-14-2007, 04:05 PM
Bob,

I added your story to my thread on an idea for a column on Studebaker musings in Turning Wheels.

Gary

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Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
07-14-2007, 04:05 PM
Bob,

I added your story to my thread on an idea for a column on Studebaker musings in Turning Wheels.

Gary

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Roscomacaw
07-14-2007, 05:11 PM
Thanks Gary. That's fine with me.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
07-14-2007, 05:11 PM
Thanks Gary. That's fine with me.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

tomnoller
07-14-2007, 10:19 PM
Great stories, guys! Thanks.

Western Washington, USA

tomnoller
07-14-2007, 10:19 PM
Great stories, guys! Thanks.

Western Washington, USA

Laemmle
07-15-2007, 10:46 AM
I have one for sale.........make me an offer.......


quote:Originally posted by 53k

Wow! I wish that would happen to me. That book is pretty valuble. Congratulations.


[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

Laemmle
07-15-2007, 10:46 AM
I have one for sale.........make me an offer.......


quote:Originally posted by 53k

Wow! I wish that would happen to me. That book is pretty valuble. Congratulations.


[img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine

Laemmle
07-15-2007, 11:31 AM
Cruising the North Shore of Long Island (aka the 'gold coast') with the Avanti I noticed a car behind me for many miles, the driver had a ww2 vet's hat on......finally in the town of Glen Head we both stopped for a traffic light......I looked behind me and I saw the guy waving his hand out the window.....I turned back and he yelled out......that car brings back so many great memories of Studebaker...they were great cars........I thanked him as the light turned green and we both motored off gawking at the "cheap" homes we passed.

The Avanti always creates a stirr....especially among middle aged females!

Laemmle
07-15-2007, 11:31 AM
Cruising the North Shore of Long Island (aka the 'gold coast') with the Avanti I noticed a car behind me for many miles, the driver had a ww2 vet's hat on......finally in the town of Glen Head we both stopped for a traffic light......I looked behind me and I saw the guy waving his hand out the window.....I turned back and he yelled out......that car brings back so many great memories of Studebaker...they were great cars........I thanked him as the light turned green and we both motored off gawking at the "cheap" homes we passed.

The Avanti always creates a stirr....especially among middle aged females!

Guido
07-22-2007, 10:39 AM
If anyone is looking for a copy of Stephen Longstreet's "A Century on Wheels", let me know. I had set up my snipe bid for one on e-bay and decided to check an online seller to see if one was available. Scored a copy to my door with shipping for less than the current bid on e-bay. It wasn't there when I bid a copy up to $21.00 several weeks ago, but several others are now available for a reasonable price.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
07-22-2007, 10:39 AM
If anyone is looking for a copy of Stephen Longstreet's "A Century on Wheels", let me know. I had set up my snipe bid for one on e-bay and decided to check an online seller to see if one was available. Scored a copy to my door with shipping for less than the current bid on e-bay. It wasn't there when I bid a copy up to $21.00 several weeks ago, but several others are now available for a reasonable price.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn doctor’s buggy; Studebaker horse drawn “Izzer” buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures" (including a 1959 IH B-120 4 wheel drive and numerous Oliver and Cockshutt tractors).

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

sumf
07-24-2007, 02:46 AM
A good shape co[py of the 1952 "Liofe"ize magazine was proced at $50 a SB.
I already have a pretty good shape one, so was not interested.

Karl

sumf
07-24-2007, 02:46 AM
A good shape co[py of the 1952 "Liofe"ize magazine was proced at $50 a SB.
I already have a pretty good shape one, so was not interested.

Karl