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garyash
09-20-2006, 10:53 AM
In the current thread on "starter tags", mention is made of the fact that the Studebaker International catalog is on-line in PDF format. It's difficult to find because you have to click on the "Orders" button and go to the bottom of the page to see the various catalog sections. The site's main page is at http://www.studebaker-intl.com/

What's more interesting is that these are NOT just scans of the Stude International printed pages, but a fully searchable file using the Adobe Reader search function. You can search by part number or key word. In addition, the web-crawling "bots" at Google have indexed the Stude International catalog, as well as the on-line sites at SASCO (www.studeparts.com), Stephen Allen's www.mystudebaker.com and at Roscoe Stelford's site (www.studebakerclubs.com/stelfordsinc/). So, all you have to do is go to Google, type in Studebaker and a part number like this: studebaker 123456
and you'll see who has it in stock and what the price is.

The Google indexing of SASCO is very new. Both SASCO and Stephen Allen also have a "search by part number" function on their site. Roscoe Stelford allows you to download an Excel file of the parts in stock. Googling is the fastest way to find any Studebaker part. You need to have a parts catalog for your car or truck to do this, but most of the vendors have repro copies and Stude International even has them on CD, though these are not searchable, just images of the pages. Sorry to be heavy about this, but there are no excuses for not owning a parts catalog and a shop manual if you own a Studebaker. They will SAVE you money!

So, the rest of you vendors out there: get your web page maven to figure out how to let the bots index your site and inventory, too!

[img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
Dartmouth, Mass.
'48 M5
'65 Wagonaire Commander
'63 Wagonaire Standard
web site at http://www.studegarage.com

rockne10
09-20-2006, 07:57 PM
Great tip, Gary. Thanks![^]

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

Studenut
09-22-2006, 09:05 AM
When I tried this idea, Google doesn't seem to recognize "Studebaker part#". Wonder what I am doing wrong?


Jerry Buck
Racine, Wisconsin
'53 Champion Coupe - C (owned since 1956)
'61 Lark VI Convertible

Scott
09-22-2006, 10:22 AM
Just try typing in the part number with no # sign. Or try typing Studebaker and the part number, but don't type "part#" or "part".

Probably the word "part" is less likely to be in the text.

rockne10
09-22-2006, 10:45 PM
Just type Studebaker and the number. It worked for me.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

Studenut
09-23-2006, 12:27 PM
Of course I didn't include "part #" or "#" in the trial!!! That was simply for the purpose of this forum; indicating that I had tried Studebaker with a part number. Still doesn't work.


Jerry Buck
Racine, Wisconsin
'53 Champion Coupe - C (owned since 1956)
'61 Lark VI Convertible

Dwain G.
09-23-2006, 12:51 PM
If you are getting a page that says 'your search -Studebaker xxxxxxxx- did not match any documents', either it isn't a valid part number, or not a number that anyone has in their inventory.

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Dwain G.

garyash
09-23-2006, 01:48 PM
One of the things I try to remember - but usually forget - is that Stude International, SASCO, and everybody else have many things that are NOT in their catalogs or computer databases. Example: SASCO has [u]tons</u> of NOS upholstery that never shows up on line, as well as hundreds of bins of special nuts, bolts, clips, etc. Other times, they only have "one of" and won't bother to list it. So, don't be discouraged if you don't get always hits at Google. Many of the best sources either don't have email or won't respond to it. Just pick up the phone and call. I remember the day I walked through the 4-story, 35,000 square foot brick building that Bob Kapteyn has in Joliet, IL. It's just filled with NOS parts, much of it pre-WWII, and he hardly ever advertises, doesn't have any of it on-line.

Gary Ash

Scott
09-23-2006, 07:35 PM
Gary, that's a ggod point but it has gotten my hopes up more than once. I've called SASCO and the answer to what I want in upholstery is always NO. Still, I guess it doesn't hurt to ask.