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candbstudebakers
08-19-2013, 01:18 AM
Just got back from my trip to Texas to deliver a 57 Golden Hawk and to Colorado Springs to pick up a 62 Daytona 289 4 speed car that will be going to New Zealand, after getting the car we stopped by to See Will Sander of Starlite as we were also picking up the interior for this 62 car from him, I know there has been a lot of questions about Starlite and how he is doing, well he is fine and very busy with his real job and then taking on the job of getting all the leftover interior parts and pieces for Ed. ( Studebaker International). I for one never dreamed how much there was and the amount of work Will and his wife Lorrie have already put in trying to get it ready to sell and save. his move was not just down the street but at least 1000 miles. first the building he is using for the interior parts was already in use and he needed to clear it out and move a lot of things to his other 3-4 buildings all full of Studebaker parts and cars and their Airstream trailers, the 3 hours I spent with Will was some of the best hours of my Studebaker life and to see how much they have taken on is unbelievable and so far very organized, so anyone waiting to hear from them just hang in there and it will happen, he is very accommodating and price one can live with, my hat is off to you Will and Lorrie and I plan on coming back to your little town with more Studebakers than people, thanks again for a wonderful time . take a look and you will see what I saw....Bob

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Thanks again Will for being there and hope to see you again soon.

StudeRich
08-19-2013, 02:54 AM
That is just totally amazing Bob! I am completely blown away by the enormity of the oversupply of Parts our beloved Co. had squirreled away for decades that ended up in that poorly organized SASCO stash.

Like most of you, I have been in the old Newman and Altman Build. and the Engineering Build. where it all was located last and knew there were huge amounts, but never even dreamed how BIG it really was until Ed Reynolds and Will and Lorie got it spread out and better organized.

We are truly indebted to these people who are pulling out all the stops to further save the remaining inventory, after 47 years of poor storage and care.

We are truly blessed with owning Cars from a Co. that actually CARED about the Maintenance and Parts availability for their wonderful Cars like no other Auto. Co. in the entire world has EVER!

I was just at a Rambler/AMC/Nash Club event today at the Bell's Studebaker Museum and Diner in Bellingham.

In talking to the owners of these fine Nash and AMC Cars they mentioned parts availability of Stude. Parts and were amazed at what I told them about a Co. that did not purge stock of 5 year old parts when the profitability was gone like all the others. And they did not have much to say about their chances of finding 1000 NOS front fenders for their 1964 Cars.

stude dude
08-19-2013, 04:17 AM
Will is a very helpful guy...but I think he needs a full time helper to deal with all that N.O.S trim!

Chris.

Starlight
08-19-2013, 07:44 AM
I left an order with Will and his wife while in Colorado springs this year, both are really nice people and very easy and enjoyable to have a conversation with, he certainly seems to know his stuff .....His "stash" IS IMPRESSIVE to say the least, no wonder it takes him a while to respond to our requests......Way to go Will, hang in there and we will too.....Keep on Studebakering

BobPalma
08-19-2013, 08:27 AM
Wow, Bob! I was there in 2009 and the place is virtually all different! That '55 Clipper was sitting on a dirt floor under a leaky roof when I was there.

Will and Lori have made tremendous progress in 4 short years. Heartening to see, they are such nice people. Thanks for the current images. :!: BP

52 Ragtop
08-19-2013, 01:35 PM
I for one am glad that the interior parts are now in a secure and DRY location! Best part is, They have been working hard to get it all inventoried and sorted.
WOW what an undertaking! Between Will & Lorrie, and Ed Reynolds, they have saved TONS of NOS parts for years to come!

Jim

studegary
08-19-2013, 01:51 PM
I haven't seen a Monitor-Top in years. Are they collectors of them or are they using them for storage or something else?

studegary
08-19-2013, 01:54 PM
We are truly blessed with owning Cars from a Co. that actually CARED about the Maintenance and Parts availability for their wonderful Cars like no other Auto. Co. in the entire world has EVER!

.

That is a pretty broad statement. What is it backed by?
What comes to mind is Rolls Royce that saves matching interior wood and , I believe, leather for every car that they build.

Roscomacaw
08-19-2013, 02:57 PM
LOL..... Rolls Royce - the everyman's car! Gary, I'm really sorry I've never had the pleasure of casual(?) conversation with you. It must be an experience.

BobPalma
08-19-2013, 03:35 PM
I haven't seen a Monitor-Top in years. Are they collectors of them or are they using them for storage or something else?

If Monitor Top is another name for Airstream Trailers, yes. Will and Lori are Airstream enthusiasts and attend the Airstream National Meets, etc. He had a smallish one that he puleld with a 1962(?) Lark wagon.

I forget how many he had when I was there in 2009; at least four of them. :cool: BP

studegary
08-19-2013, 03:41 PM
If Monitor Top is another name for Airstream Trailers, yes. Will and Lori are Airstream enthusiasts and attend the Airstream National Meets, etc. He had a smallish one that he puleld with a 1962(?) Lark wagon.

I forget how many he had when I was there in 2009; at least four of them. :cool: BP



No. Monitor-Top was the model name for a line of refrigerators (IIRC GE). They had the motor/compressor on top of the box part.

BobPalma
08-19-2013, 03:49 PM
Got it, Gary; now I see them. I wouldn't be surprised if they collected them, too. :woot: BP

dean pearson
08-19-2013, 10:12 PM
That is just totally amazing Bob! I am completely blown away by the enormity of the oversupply of Parts our beloved Co. had squirreled away for decades that ended up in that poorly organized SASCO stash.

Like most of you, I have been in the old Newman and Altman Build. and the Engineering Build. where it all was located last and knew there were huge amounts, but never even dreamed how BIG it really was until Ed Reynolds and Will and Lorie got it spread out and better organized.

We are truly indebted to these people who are pulling out all the stops to further save the remaining inventory, after 47 years of poor storage and care.

We are truly blessed with owning Cars from a Co. that actually CARED about the Maintenance and Parts availability for their wonderful Cars like no other Auto. Co. in the entire world has EVER!

I was just at a Rambler/AMC/Nash Club event today at the Bell's Studebaker Museum and Diner in Bellingham.

In talking to the owners of these fine Nash and AMC Cars they mentioned parts availability of Stude. Parts and were amazed at what I told them about a Co. that did not purge stock of 5 year old parts when the profitability was gone like all the others. And they did not have much to say about their chances of finding 1000 NOS front fenders for their 1964 Cars.

I just want a beltline trim for my 52 commander hard top!?!

Can ya hook a brother up?

Haha,

Dean.

Chris_Dresbach
08-19-2013, 10:28 PM
I need to get a hold of Will sometime about some interior pieces I need for a '60 Lark. The last time I saw Will he was passing through South Bend hauling a sweet '63 Lark and stopped by the plant to pick up a few interior parts we found for him.

BobPalma
08-19-2013, 10:38 PM
I need to get a hold of Will sometime about some interior pieces I need for a '60 Lark. The last time I saw Will he was passing through South Bend hauling a sweet '63 Lark and stopped by the plant to pick up a few interior parts we found for him.

Chris, if you are going to do that, you might do it pronto. A couple guys are driving to The Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race this year from Will's back yard and might be able to bring you some pieces if arrangements had been made.

But the event is September 12-13-14 this year, so they'd be leaving earlier that week. ;) BP

8E45E
08-19-2013, 10:49 PM
I haven't seen a Monitor-Top in years. Are they collectors of them or are they using them for storage or something else?

Then come to this event, and you'll see one...WORKING! http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?72457-Whatcom-County-SDC-s-WeekEnd-of-StudeFun-Sept-6-8-2013

Craig

8E45E
08-19-2013, 11:02 PM
That is a pretty broad statement. What is it backed by?
What comes to mind is Rolls Royce that saves matching interior wood and , I believe, leather for every car that they build.

The wood and leather Rolls Royce keeps on file are not actual replacement parts like these Studebaker door panels. They are small sample swatches of each individual interior component used a particular car, showing the grain of all the wood components and the texture/color of the leather, Their craftsmen on staff will make the part to order as original should it be required, and will use those swatches as a reference/pattern.

Craig

Bob Andrews
08-19-2013, 11:07 PM
Gary, I'm really sorry I've never had the pleasure of casual(?) conversation with you. It must be an experience.

I have. And, it is. He is engaging, intelligent, and sincere. And, conversant on a broad range of topics. Somebody anyone could learn something from. Ain't never been "plyin'" nuthin. Or using 'tho' where 'though' belongs.

And most important, he's who he seems to be in public as well as behind the shield of PMs.

A little cantankerous sometimes? Maybe. But he has a good heart.

I hope you get to meet him someday. You could learn a few things from him.

Warren Webb
08-19-2013, 11:13 PM
What Rolls used to do years ago I'm sure is history now that its owned by BMW. The plant where they were built is now only used by Bentley- Rolls has an entirely new plant.

8E45E
08-19-2013, 11:19 PM
What Rolls used to do years ago I'm sure is history now that its owned by BMW. The plant where they were built is now only used by Bentley- Rolls has an entirely new plant.

Not from what I've been reading. They are encouraging special orders with their 'Bespoke' program, and are reportedly far behind in filling demand. As I stated on a thread some time ago, they will paint a car in Avanti red and genuine Wilton carpets in the black & red, (or whatever color one wants) for a customer. Just be prepared to ante up some big $$$$$ and wait 2-3 years for it, though.

Craig

kurtruk
08-19-2013, 11:57 PM
What Rolls used to do years ago I'm sure is history now that its owned by BMW. The plant where they were built is now only used by Bentley- Rolls has an entirely new plant.

Makes sense that they would have separate plants since Bentley is now owned by Volkswagen Group.

Milaca
08-20-2013, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the photos Bob, glad to see you made it back home okay.

Chris_Dresbach
08-20-2013, 01:02 AM
Chris, if you are going to do that, you might do it pronto. A couple guys are driving to The Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race this year from Will's back yard and might be able to bring you some pieces if arrangements had been made.

But the event is September 12-13-14 this year, so they'd be leaving earlier that week. ;) BP

I just sent Will an email. What I need is a set of front and rear seat backs and bottoms. The exterior color is sandal wood beige and the interior is tan/gray-ish. I'm not sure what they actually called it in 1960.
I kinda got a new car... ;)

GThawkwind
08-20-2013, 01:23 AM
Pics Chris pics!!!! What wrong with you? Tell of a new stude without pics ready!!!!?? No I'm kidding............ mostly.

studegary
08-20-2013, 01:29 PM
I have. And, it is. He is engaging, intelligent, and sincere. And, conversant on a broad range of topics. Somebody anyone could learn something from. Ain't never been "plyin'" nuthin. Or using 'tho' where 'though' belongs.

And most important, he's who he seems to be in public as well as behind the shield of PMs.

A little cantankerous sometimes? Maybe. But he has a good heart.

I hope you get to meet him someday. You could learn a few things from him.

Thanks, Bob A., for the kind words. Bob K. did meet and speak with me in the SNM, up until he walked away. I remember. Perhaps he doesn't remember. I would like to have the opportunity to visit both of you for longer periods of time. Maybe we could all get together at Dover.

61Lark
08-20-2013, 03:38 PM
Has anybody had any luck getting in touch with Will? I sent in a request a couple of years ago and finally heard back from him this June. We talked for a few minutes and he was going to look into a couple of things and give me a call back the following week, but I haven't heard anything back. I've left a message for him, but nothing.

Does he prefer email?

Nick

Bob Bryant
08-20-2013, 05:26 PM
No. Monitor-Top was the model name for a line of refrigerators (IIRC GE). They had the motor/compressor on top of the box part. While in school I delivered appliances. Sometimes, we would get a monitor top that was being replaced. When you had it on the two-wheeled appliance dolly I would soon remember where the weight was. Lowey's fridge design may have helped cause the monitor tops to disappear. In those early years I handled a lot of monitor tops and also helped burn those oak wall-hung crank phones you see in antique stores. We sold the metal left for scrap. I wish...

candbstudebakers
08-20-2013, 06:33 PM
[QUOTE=61Lark;771107]Has anybody had any luck getting in touch with Will? I sent in a request a couple of years ago and finally heard back from him this June. We talked for a few minutes and he was going to look into a couple of things and give me a call back the following week, but I haven't heard anything back. I've left a message for him, but nothing.

Does he prefer email?

Nick all I can say is keep trying and it will happen, he is on the forum also but rather busy with other things besides Studebaker's, his e-mail is on his card give it a try....Bob

Chris_Dresbach
08-20-2013, 09:47 PM
Pics Chris pics!!!! What wrong with you? Tell of a new stude without pics ready!!!!?? No I'm kidding............ mostly.

Oh, pics will be up when it's done. Right now it's under construction but will be ready for show season by the spring. Then I'll post some before and after photos. I will leak this much: it's a really nice, rust free car. Just a flat 6, three on the tree, and tan. F body.