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Roscomacaw
08-09-2013, 08:25 PM
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Been sorting thru old files and photos and found this shot of what Pete looked like after being totalled in 1995. For comparison I've also included a shot of what he looked like on the way back from South Bend in 1997.

DEEPNHOCK
08-09-2013, 08:48 PM
Man-o-man.. Time flies...

Studedude
08-09-2013, 09:29 PM
Yes, it does! These vehicles kind of become members of our extended "family." I've never met Pete personally, but I have followed so many of his adventures over the years that I feel like I know him.

Shucks, I even miss his sister, that little yellow lark convertible. I remember when she was strutting hear stuff, too.

62champ
08-09-2013, 09:29 PM
Did it get in far enough to damage the cowl?

I totaled a three year old Mitsubishi with my '62 Lark in 2000. Pushed in the front sheet metal enough to bend one of the lower flanges up on the frame on passenger side but did not even break the headlights. Insurance totaled it out, and it cost me about $200 to get it back on the road (free donor parts car for sheet metal...)

rockne10
08-09-2013, 09:39 PM
Bob, sometimes those low flying objects and incidents are, unfortunately, what we need to engage a gear and get beyond idle. ;)

mbstude
08-09-2013, 09:45 PM
Yes, it does! These vehicles kind of become members of our extended "family." I've never met Pete personally, but I have followed so many of his adventures over the years that I feel like I know him.


I feel that way about Sheba. But, red headed hussies always tend to have a following.

Studedude
08-09-2013, 10:11 PM
I feel that way about Sheba. But, red headed hussies always tend to have a following.
I'm in the shop with her right now. I told her what you said.

She winked "that" wink, and said that she met you in Memphis, but you wouldn't look at her back then, 'cause she's modified.

She also said you were too young to flirt with... back then.

She says she wants to see you again, though. :woot:

(Art made me change "slut" to "hussy" for TW, but we all know....) :o

BobPalma
08-09-2013, 10:12 PM
Geeze, Bob; I didn't realize it ever looked that bad. You've done yeoman duty keeping it in the air after that. :!: BP

mbstude
08-09-2013, 10:23 PM
I'm in the shop with her right now. I told her what you said.

She winked "that" wink, and said that she met you in Memphis, but you wouldn't look at her back then, 'cause she's modified.

She also said you were too young to flirt with... back then.

She says she wants to see you again, though. :woot:

(Art made me change "slut" to "hussy" for TW, but we all know....) :o

Hey, I thought enough of Sheba as a 10 year old to stop and take a picture of her. Modified or not. <G>

One of these days I'll have to pay her a visit again.

Roscomacaw
08-10-2013, 05:01 PM
Geeze, Bob; I didn't realize it ever looked that bad. You've done yeoman duty keeping it in the air after that. :!: BP

Well, just months before the wreck, I had hauled home a 3E5 that had way better sheet metal than Pete was wearing. The truck that hit us did not push all the way to the firewall, but did try to make a hairpin out of the front axle. But what was really worse was that the A-pillars had rusted thru from INSIDE at their lower ends. When the front of the bed whacked the back of the cab, the A-pillars gave way and leaned to one side. This cracked the brand new windshield I'd just had put in. So anyways - the 3E5 donated A LOT to Pete's ressurection. What's left of the original truck is the bed and a few small miscellaneous bits as far as sheet metal goes. Maybe one of his front fenders came from some other donor - I can't recall anymore. I did get an NOS grille from Vern Ediger - I remember that.
I also remember gettin' paniced as the months wore down towards South Bend '97. I had a dream of driving Pete there for that meet - which we did! I wish he looked as good now as he does in that '97 pic. The elements have taken their toll as well as bumps and scrapes along the way. I've got his original frame here and I hope to have it checked and straightened. The plan would be to get it cleaned and painted and adapt the Aerostar front axle as well as a 200R4 - then transfer Pete's sheet metal onto the re-birthed frame. We'll see.

Roscomacaw
08-11-2013, 05:03 PM
I found a couple of shots of the 3E5 that donated so much to Pete's re-birthing. 2656926570 It sorta looks rough in that side view, but the truth was that this was one solid straight cab unit. It saved me a lot of time. The only thing I wasn't confident about fixing to my satisfaction was the big hole that had been cut in the dash to accommodate a car radio.26571

TX Rebel
08-11-2013, 05:31 PM
thanks for the pics

Roscomacaw
08-12-2013, 12:43 PM
A few more pics of Pete in '97. Here's one of him during the concours. 26591 Here's what he was parked next to. 26593 Is this thing still showing up at meets? It was nicely executed, but not attractive in it's composition.

Here's Pete at the end of the line-up for the Truck Farmers Turning Wheels cover shot. 26592 Looks like Naugle's hauler in the foreground. Here's another shot of the cover photo shot. Poor Pete got cropped from that photo, but I was standing in the bed of the truck next to him.26590

After the meet, Pete, the wife and me went on to lil ol' Temperance, Michigan. There, Pete got to spend a couple of nights in my folks garage. There he slept about 4 feet from where my bedroom was. Kinda sentimental, it was. Pete's bed so close to mine! Here's Pa 'n Ma with Pete (who was named after my dad's dad.)26589
After visiting for a week, my wife flew back to California and I set about driving Pete back to the same destination. Aside from seeing a few derelict Studes along the way, the one BIG surprise was meeting a red E40 coming at me just west of Reno. I never did find out who that was, but I can guarantee you we were equally surprised when we spotted one another!

Roscomacaw
08-13-2013, 01:01 AM
bump. No comments on the latest pics?

clonelark
08-13-2013, 07:05 AM
Welcome to the modified side of the club, LOL. Never thought i'd see that.

53k
08-13-2013, 09:10 AM
bump. No comments on the latest pics?
Nice pictures indeed, but I kind of like these.

BobPalma
08-13-2013, 09:15 AM
bump. No comments on the latest pics?

Well, Bob, I enjoyed seeing them! :!: BP

Roscomacaw
08-13-2013, 02:28 PM
Thanks Bobs and Paul. Yeah Paul, that was a fun outing for Pete and me. I was JUST thinking about that adventure the other day, and telling a friend about presenting you folks with golden leis to welcome you all to the golden state. What year was that?

There was one other "golden" facet to that rendezvous that I don't think I've ever told. I was running really close to get to our predetermined meeting spot before you folks showed. I'd been drawing from my monster mug of java ever since I'd left Visalia in the pre-dawn hours. Pushing Pete relentlessly, I didn't want to stop for ANYthing that would bleed precious minutes away. While I WAS appreciating the caffeine in the coffee, my aging bladder was having to contend with the secondary effects of the brew. I just clinched and denied....... for as long as I could.

I reasoned (rightly or wrongly) that to pause at some truck stop, where I'd park, find my way to a urinal, then go back to the truck and then back on the road - did not seem like the most expeditious exercise in relief. After all, I was out in the desert - where nary a "residence" of any sort was visible for miles. About every other offramp or two, said exit delivers you to some non-traffic'd two-lane to who knows where. I figured if I took one of those exits, I could pull off to the side of the road, step out and relieve myself right there, and be back on the interstate in a couple of minutes flat!

So I pick one particular exit that I can see well before I'm upon it. The road that it delivers one to, overpasses the interstate. In one direction, that road winds off into fairly flat desert. The other way it goes - it disappears into a pass cut into raw rock. And as I'm easing off to this exit, I decide that the rocky pass might be a bit more private than getting out on the flatland. I mean - not that many - if any - would take note of a guy takin' a whiz next to a truck, but modesty has at least SOME smidgen of sway with such matters. So I drive to the right - just a couple hundred yards or so - til I'm out of sight of the hiway.


As Pete slows to a stop, he rocks a bit and I attribute this to uneven gravel shoulder. I park - pull on the emergency brake and open the door. There's a cool and blustery breeze that greets me as I open the door. Even tho the sun's out smartly, I'm thankful to have a light jacket on. I can see a significant distance either way, down this two-lane blacktop. No traffic's visible either way. If there's anything to witness my moment of relief, it'll be passing Ravens or maybe a Jackrabbit. I walk forward - stopping next to the end of the front bumper. My urgency alarm is clanging away, full tilt at this point. I'm sure we've all known that sorta moment. "Equipment" exposed, sweet dispensation is initiated and I sigh deeply in response......

WHEEHEEHHEEWWwwww...... Without a hint of a warning, I'm literally buffeted backwards by a whirling blast of rogue wind. However good my aiming talents might be, they're for naught at this point. Pete and I get wetted before I can stop the flow. The capricious little gust was gone as quickly as it hit. Pete's grille got rinsed and I got my right leg and foot warmed nicely. Yes, there was some fine spray involved, but I'd rather not detail that if it's all the same to you. After uttering a few four-lettered things, I toddle back to where I can stand between the cab and the opened door. There, I'm able to finish what I'd sought to do. Of course, next truck stop I came upon, I took advantage of the facilities - paper towels, soap and whatnot. I had to be as clean as I could muster to meet my trekking Studebaker pals!

53k
08-13-2013, 05:04 PM
Thanks Bobs and Paul. Yeah Paul, that was a fun outing for Pete and me. I was JUST thinking about that adventure the other day, and telling a friend about presenting you folks with golden leis to welcome you all to the golden state. What year was that?
That was 2003 (and we forgot to have a 10th anniversary party). Did your wife ever miss her golden Christmas tree roping?


There was one other "golden" facet to that rendezvous that I don't think I've ever told. I was running really close to get to our predetermined meeting spot before you folks showed. I'd been drawing from my monster mug of java ever since I'd left Visalia in the pre-dawn hours. Pushing Pete relentlessly, I didn't want to stop for ANYthing that would bleed precious minutes away. While I WAS appreciating the caffeine in the coffee, my aging bladder was having to contend with the secondary effects of the brew. I just clinched and denied....... for as long as I could.

I reasoned (rightly or wrongly) that to pause at some truck stop, where I'd park, find my way to a urinal, then go back to the truck and then back on the road - did not seem like the most expeditious exercise in relief. After all, I was out in the desert - where nary a "residence" of any sort was visible for miles. About every other offramp or two, said exit delivers you to some non-traffic'd two-lane to who knows where. I figured if I took one of those exits, I could pull off to the side of the road, step out and relieve myself right there, and be back on the interstate in a couple of minutes flat!

So I pick one particular exit that I can see well before I'm upon it. The road that it delivers one to, overpasses the interstate. In one direction, that road winds off into fairly flat desert. The other way it goes - it disappears into a pass cut into raw rock. And as I'm easing off to this exit, I decide that the rocky pass might be a bit more private than getting out on the flatland. I mean - not that many - if any - would take note of a guy takin' a whiz next to a truck, but modesty has at least SOME smidgen of sway with such matters. So I drive to the right - just a couple hundred yards or so - til I'm out of sight of the hiway.


As Pete slows to a stop, he rocks a bit and I attribute this to uneven gravel shoulder. I park - pull on the emergency brake and open the door. There's a cool and blustery breeze that greets me as I open the door. Even tho the sun's out smartly, I'm thankful to have a light jacket on. I can see a significant distance either way, down this two-lane blacktop. No traffic's visible either way. If there's anything to witness my moment of relief, it'll be passing Ravens or maybe a Jackrabbit. I walk forward - stopping next to the end of the front bumper. My urgency alarm is clanging away, full tilt at this point. I'm sure we've all known that sorta moment. "Equipment" exposed, sweet dispensation is initiated and I sigh deeply in response......

WHEEHEEHHEEWWwwww...... Without a hint of a warning, I'm literally buffeted backwards by a whirling blast of rogue wind. However good my aiming talents might be, they're for naught at this point. Pete and I get wetted before I can stop the flow. The capricious little gust was gone as quickly as it hit. Pete's grille got rinsed and I got my right leg and foot warmed nicely. Yes, there was some fine spray involved, but I'd rather not detail that if it's all the same to you. After uttering a few four-lettered things, I toddle back to where I can stand between the cab and the opened door. There, I'm able to finish what I'd sought to do. Of course, next truck stop I came upon, I took advantage of the facilities - paper towels, soap and whatnot. I had to be as clean as I could muster to meet my trekking Studebaker pals!
Funny! If anyone in the group noticed your dampness I never heard about it. We had a few alongside the road emergency pit stops too, but I don't anyone got wind blasted.

Roscomacaw
08-13-2013, 06:09 PM
Well Paul, the nice thing about the desert is that things dry out REALLY fast! What year was that?

ROADRACELARK
08-13-2013, 06:22 PM
Well Bob, there's always a solution......for instance...as in small aircraft, you might consider installing a "relief tube". As much as you're familiar with airplanes, I'm sure you know of these. Just thought I'd offer this up as a suggestion. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Dan Miller
Auburn, GA

DEEPNHOCK
08-13-2013, 07:37 PM
TMI.........

Roscomacaw
08-13-2013, 09:01 PM
Yes Dan, I'm very familiar with that hardware. Although I can just SEE me at some accident scene..... "Honest, I wasn't texting!"