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ct5philos
07-17-2007, 12:38 PM
According to the build sheet, my 62 Hawk was delivered to Climax, MI, which is between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

Does anyone know the name of a Studebaker dealer in Climax, Michigan?

Thanks, Carolyn

1949 2R5 truck
1962 GT Hawk
Santa Fe, NM

Swifster
07-17-2007, 12:52 PM
Carolyn, welcome. I don't know if anyone will have an answer (I don't, sorry!), but if doesn't flush out the response you want, check the library. Having moved to Florida from Michigan, I had no idea where the Studebaker dealers were, or what was left of them. The Hillsborough County Library in Tampa had bound copies of the local phone directories from the '20's to current times. I was able to locate 4 local dealers this way.

Check your library periodicals area and ask for the '61-'63 phone books for Kalamazoo County. A Studebaker dealers are smaller the the typical Big 4 dealers, you may have to cross reference the white pages as well. Good luck.

EDIT: I'm sorry, but Carolyn is in Sante Fe, NM, and may not be able to get to the local County Library. Maybe she could look them up on the internet and ask by e-mail?

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed

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Swifster
07-17-2007, 12:52 PM
Carolyn, welcome. I don't know if anyone will have an answer (I don't, sorry!), but if doesn't flush out the response you want, check the library. Having moved to Florida from Michigan, I had no idea where the Studebaker dealers were, or what was left of them. The Hillsborough County Library in Tampa had bound copies of the local phone directories from the '20's to current times. I was able to locate 4 local dealers this way.

Check your library periodicals area and ask for the '61-'63 phone books for Kalamazoo County. A Studebaker dealers are smaller the the typical Big 4 dealers, you may have to cross reference the white pages as well. Good luck.

EDIT: I'm sorry, but Carolyn is in Sante Fe, NM, and may not be able to get to the local County Library. Maybe she could look them up on the internet and ask by e-mail?

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed

http://i74.photobucket.com/albums/i280/Swifster/1965_Studebaker_Commander_front198x.jpg

Roscomacaw
07-17-2007, 01:11 PM
I've found a wealth of info about local Stude dealers by going to the local library and (assuming they have such)going thru the microfiche files of old newspapers from yesteryear!:D

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
07-17-2007, 01:11 PM
I've found a wealth of info about local Stude dealers by going to the local library and (assuming they have such)going thru the microfiche files of old newspapers from yesteryear!:D

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

lstude
07-17-2007, 01:47 PM
Richard Quinn can tell you. His email address is: rtq11@aol.com

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

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lstude
07-17-2007, 01:47 PM
Richard Quinn can tell you. His email address is: rtq11@aol.com

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/lstude1/Mein64DaytonaatBradfieldssm2.jpghttp://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/lstude1/AlmostreadyforSB6-4.jpg

ct5philos
07-17-2007, 02:40 PM
Thanks, everyone.

I emailed Richard Quinn, who responded immediately. The dealer was Eberstein Motor Sales at the corner of Main and Maple Streets. We'll have to add that one to the SDC dealership list!

I'd already tried my local library in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a smaller town than you'd think and its library doesn't have resources for Michigan white pages research. What we lack in library, though, we gain in aridity; the high desert climate is very kind to old Studebaker steel!

Carolyn



1949 2R5 truck
1962 GT Hawk
Santa Fe, NM

ct5philos
07-17-2007, 02:40 PM
Thanks, everyone.

I emailed Richard Quinn, who responded immediately. The dealer was Eberstein Motor Sales at the corner of Main and Maple Streets. We'll have to add that one to the SDC dealership list!

I'd already tried my local library in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a smaller town than you'd think and its library doesn't have resources for Michigan white pages research. What we lack in library, though, we gain in aridity; the high desert climate is very kind to old Studebaker steel!

Carolyn



1949 2R5 truck
1962 GT Hawk
Santa Fe, NM

Roscomacaw
07-17-2007, 06:47 PM
There's the Lawrence Memorial Libraby at 107 N. Main St in Climax. Maybe they'd have some info on the dealership. Seeing as how they were on THE main intersection of town, they might have been fairly prominent. The dealership bldg may still be standing or even still in use!;)

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
07-17-2007, 06:47 PM
There's the Lawrence Memorial Libraby at 107 N. Main St in Climax. Maybe they'd have some info on the dealership. Seeing as how they were on THE main intersection of town, they might have been fairly prominent. The dealership bldg may still be standing or even still in use!;)

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

ct5philos
07-17-2007, 08:02 PM
I too found the library in Climax and telephoned this afternoon when it opened. The librarian knew where the dealership had been, and the building still stands. There's nothing in it right now.

As we talked, I looked at the town on Google's satellite map, and as the librarian named the town's buildings, I picked them out on the map. Climax has only one main intersection (home to its only stop light, a red blinker), and the dealership was in the southwest corner of that intersection. I could see the building on the satellite map. It appeared tiny, as the librarian said it was. Climax is a farm town, population 791 in 2000 and off the beaten track. I'm impressed that it had a Studebaker dealership.

The librarian was born in 1968 and remembers only a used car business in the building, but she will ask her dad about the Studebaker dealership. I'll call her back in a week or two to learn whatever she's culled from the archives in the library and the archives in her dad's head!



1949 2R5 truck
1962 GT Hawk
Santa Fe, NM

ct5philos
07-17-2007, 08:02 PM
I too found the library in Climax and telephoned this afternoon when it opened. The librarian knew where the dealership had been, and the building still stands. There's nothing in it right now.

As we talked, I looked at the town on Google's satellite map, and as the librarian named the town's buildings, I picked them out on the map. Climax has only one main intersection (home to its only stop light, a red blinker), and the dealership was in the southwest corner of that intersection. I could see the building on the satellite map. It appeared tiny, as the librarian said it was. Climax is a farm town, population 791 in 2000 and off the beaten track. I'm impressed that it had a Studebaker dealership.

The librarian was born in 1968 and remembers only a used car business in the building, but she will ask her dad about the Studebaker dealership. I'll call her back in a week or two to learn whatever she's culled from the archives in the library and the archives in her dad's head!



1949 2R5 truck
1962 GT Hawk
Santa Fe, NM

avantilover
07-18-2007, 08:15 AM
Hi Carolyn,
From what I've read and learnt on this forum, Studebaker had dealers most places, many were like yours, a small garage say that had one or two cars.

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

avantilover
07-18-2007, 08:15 AM
Hi Carolyn,
From what I've read and learnt on this forum, Studebaker had dealers most places, many were like yours, a small garage say that had one or two cars.

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia