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Dan Timberlake
10-11-2013, 09:53 AM
Insulting nick-names for people and things seem to be a part of life, especially in our younger days.
Not to pick on Ford, but I heard Ford Mustangs called MuskRats, Thunderbirds were often called Thunder-chickens, Thunder-t*rds, etc.

Couple years back a(nother) 60 year old guy at work called my Hawk a Studa-bacon.
I was not sure if he was just having a senior moment, or was fondly recalling an insulting nickname from his youth

Were there nick names for Studebakers back when they were current?
Like the teenagers on "That 70s show" I have an appreciation for clever or witty "burns."

Widely used or local favorites are all welcome.

bezhawk
10-11-2013, 10:04 AM
Money sucking POS isn't politically correct is it??:rolleyes:

Corley
10-11-2013, 10:08 AM
Money sucking POS isn't politically correct is it??:rolleyes: Nope, that's reserved for boats.

Son O Lark
10-11-2013, 10:11 AM
The one I heard was Stupid-baker. Not very witty IMHO.

ddub
10-11-2013, 10:49 AM
Rudeabaker comes to mind. One I learned here and like is Indiana road oiler. Of course there is the fondly affectionate Studie.

Commander Eddie
10-11-2013, 10:58 AM
When we were kids growing up surrounded by my dad's collection of Studebakers, we sometimes called them "Stud Busters".

studegary
10-11-2013, 12:46 PM
One that I remember, and didn't like, was SteadyBreaker.

RareBird
10-11-2013, 12:59 PM
Comeon fellas - I don't know how many times I've heard "why would anybody drive a Catfish"

52-fan
10-11-2013, 12:59 PM
One of my instructors in college would call my GT Hawk a Stud Shaker.

j.byrd
10-11-2013, 01:04 PM
When I had the little gold bullet-nose, my son was very young ( 3 or so ) and always said "ride de baker, dad", when we were going somewhere. Of course when the motorcycles were mentioned, he always wanted to "ride de dookie, dad", (Suzuki) . We thought "de (or da) Baker" was so cute, so always call'd 'em them that.

wayne
10-11-2013, 01:54 PM
When I was a kid meny moons ago I heard them called South bend vibrator.

Bill Pressler
10-11-2013, 02:20 PM
A Notre Dame grad friend of my father-in-law's--the friend had the big ruddy face and nose of a...well, you know...said they used to call them "Polish Packards".

30seagrave
10-11-2013, 03:13 PM
Humble-Baker, I guess because when one was young in the late 60s, it was humbling to be seen driving one

allstateguy
10-11-2013, 03:17 PM
like Gary, I do remember SteadyBreaker. The same person called my Sportster a Hardly-Ableson

tbredehoft
10-11-2013, 03:39 PM
When I was driving my '50 LC, it was oftenn referred to as a "two row corn picker", but this was farm country.

Bamajak
10-11-2013, 03:44 PM
A guy I work with calls them "Stump Jumpers".

Nox
10-11-2013, 03:45 PM
I have a garage-neighbor that always says "stud-baker" seriously, but he's a Londoner...
A typical Swedish "rocker-old-timer" name is "Stuts" wish actually means the kind of bump a ball does.

wittsend
10-11-2013, 04:08 PM
We call my '64 Daytona "Stewie." While it is a personal name the inflection in the voice of my wife or daughter can sure infer a derogatory attitude when they want to. So, it may not always be what a Studebaker is called, but how it is said.

raprice
10-11-2013, 04:39 PM
All you fellas have named all the insulting names directed at Studebaker that I've heard. So, I'm afraid I can't add any.
I've never really been insulted by those names. There were insults directed at all the makes, including Chevy and Ford.
Rog

jclary
10-11-2013, 04:47 PM
When I was driving my '50 LC, it was oftenn referred to as a "two row corn picker", but this was farm country.

Well...from another rural farm region..."TATERBAKER":)

JoeHall
10-11-2013, 05:27 PM
When I was driving my '50 LC, it was oftenn referred to as a "two row corn picker", but this was farm country.
Yep, "corn picker" is probably the one I have heard most. Usually in reference to a 50-51, "my _____ used to have when I was a kid...", but is also often used generically for Studebakers.

Also, "Chevybaker" for 65-66.

63t-cab
10-11-2013, 06:02 PM
Back in the late 70s my father drove a 63 Champ,and His co - workers "Friends" would bust on Him and call it the CHUMP,and was all in good fun cuz they really did like all the Studebakers He would drive for many years.

tjanowia
10-11-2013, 06:59 PM
Growing up in South Bend some of the old timers would call them Polish Cadillacs due to the large Polish population here and number of Pole employees. I am Polish and considered it a compliment.

1962larksedan
10-11-2013, 07:16 PM
Comeon fellas - I don't know how many times I've heard "why would anybody drive a Catfish"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvVEDJ3-Y5M ?

qsanford
10-11-2013, 07:40 PM
I have heard the '52s described as "Clam Diggers" due to their distinctive front end design.

BobPalma
10-11-2013, 09:08 PM
26 posts and no one has mentioned Stump-Breaker? :ohmy: 'Hard to believe! ;) :cool: BP

63t-cab
10-11-2013, 09:08 PM
Or a Hoover up right :rolleyes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvVEDJ3-Y5M ?

studeclunker
10-11-2013, 09:42 PM
Well, my username is what dear old Mum used to call them. She was particularly annoyed when my grandmother had the gall to die and leave her a new one.:D:lol:

63t-cab
10-11-2013, 09:49 PM
And don't forget coming and going :confused:

61Lark
10-11-2013, 10:14 PM
Anyone else ever have their Lark called a Rambler, or am I the only one?

63t-cab
10-11-2013, 10:31 PM
A fella I worked with at first glance thought my 65 Cruiser was a Rambler :eek:;) QUOTE=61Lark;787651]Anyone else ever have their Lark called a Rambler, or am I the only one?[/QUOTE]

JimC
10-11-2013, 10:37 PM
Anyone else ever have their Lark called a Rambler, or am I the only one?
Yep, it regularly happens to my 63, despite the long spaced "S T U D E B A K E R" across the rear deck lid, and the Lark script on the front fender.

Of course, I think that on'es not an intentional nickname as much as a mistake people not intimately familiar wit the orphan car world be likely to make. To their credit, a Rambler was parked across from me at a recent car show, and the two vehicles do share a lot of similarities.

(Of course, the Rambler doesn't have Studebaker written across the rear end. ;))

studelark
10-11-2013, 10:45 PM
A fella I worked with at first glance thought my 65 Cruiser was a Rambler :eek:;) QUOTE=61Lark;787651]Anyone else ever have their Lark called a Rambler, or am I the only one?[/QUOTE]

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No, 61 Lark, you're not the only one. Many times, even at car meets, I've had people ask me if my '60 Lark is a Rambler. Once I heard, "Son, that's one of those Ramblers like you grandma had!". Still LOL.

Frank Drumheller
Locust Grove, VA
60S-W6
M16-52 '48 Studebaker/Boyer fire truck

JimK
10-11-2013, 10:47 PM
My GT was called an Edsel by someone at a car show. :confused:

tjanowia
10-12-2013, 06:18 AM
I had a younger fellow walk up to me in South Bend and look at my "60" wagon and ask what kind of Mercedes it was.

JRoberts
10-12-2013, 06:36 AM
I have had my Champ called a Dodge and once somebody commented about the truck saying he never knew Rambler made a truck!

The Cruiser has been called a Rambler, Nova, Cutlass, and Mercedes. This stuff really doesn't bother me anymore. The best name for the Cruiser came from my 3 year old granddaughter. She called it the GROWLER. With its Porter mufflers and mild cam it does growl a bit. I took that as a compliment, especially since she had a big smile on her face when she said it.

Kurt
10-12-2013, 06:54 AM
Back in the late 60's my Dad called his GT Hawk the "chicken Hawk".......

Dad's wasn't near as famous as Ted's though........

studerodder
10-12-2013, 08:14 AM
my 61 cruiser is called the stude-a-shaker because of the years (and money) i spent getting the vibrations out of it.

Gunslinger
10-12-2013, 10:28 AM
At a car show someone admiring my Avanti called it a "James Bond" car. I liked that...especially knowing Ian Fleming owned one.

kmul221
10-12-2013, 10:52 AM
I.ve heard Avanti's called "Shake & Bake" due to little seat padding & heat transfer through the firewall.I used to call my Speedster "The frying pan" because I could have cooked my breakfast on the transmission hump.

Dwain G.
10-12-2013, 11:03 AM
An old joke from before my time......"Studebaker made the finest vehicle in the world until they took the tongue out of it".

showbizkid
10-12-2013, 11:45 AM
My mom had worked in showbiz before I was born, and when I was a kid, I found her stash of really old copies of "Orben's Current Comedy", which was a monthly booklet of one-liners published by comedy writer Robert Orben, essentially for standups on the Vaudeville circuit. I remember one joke clearly, from a 1948 issue:

"My first car was a 1941 Strudel-baker. The dealer told me it was a cream-puff. He said he'd stand behind it all the way. Problem was, he didn't say he'd push."

Ba-DUM-bum.

clonelark
10-13-2013, 02:50 AM
I've heard Stud Bucker.

nels
10-13-2013, 06:30 AM
My dad used to call my GT an alligator since the hood was always up.
The guy I worked for at a body shop when I was a kid called them Studpeckers.
Also have heard them called Stupidbakers.

Drummerboy
10-13-2013, 06:16 PM
I have, on occasion, referred to mine as a Studeleaker.

sochocki
10-14-2013, 01:27 PM
Being a South Bend native and living during the last 14 yrs. of Studebaker production, I have to echo the some of the responses of other posters. "Polish Cadillac" and "Corn Picker" or "Three-row Corn Picker" are the ones I heard the most growing up. It seems that Studebakers did not get much respect from a lot of the South Bend natives, unfortunately. My dad never owned one, but a lot of my uncles did, and many family members worked there. My grandfather worked many years in the foundry, but never owned any kind of car at all! Used to own a 64 Daytona hardtop, and now we own a 63 Regal. Much respect for the Studebaker Corporation, and it's employees, and products!!!

decappastubbie
10-27-2013, 09:38 PM
One of my friends in high school use to call me 52 Commander a Rudebaker. But then he drove a 51 Plymouth Cranbrook!

Chris_Dresbach
10-27-2013, 10:01 PM
Ones I've heard, sometimes even called my '40, are "stupidmaker" and "rust-o-matic"

RadioRoy
10-28-2013, 02:52 PM
My buddy's students called his 51 truck a Studebeggar.

Jefscoupe
10-28-2013, 06:21 PM
Aside from the ones mentioned, one of my younger cousins when she was little, called her Dad's 52 PU a "Chewdebacker".

SilverHawkDan
10-29-2013, 12:48 AM
High school in 1969 guys in auto shop called my 59 Silver Hawk a "Studipbaker" I took offense and called them all out that very afternoon. To drag race at Little Lions our local racing street. Five wins and $50 richer the Silver Hawk went from Stupidbaker to "That's the car that beat them all". The rest is history as they say. Sometimes name calling can hurt you and cost you money.
Dan

Commander Eddie
10-29-2013, 11:25 AM
High school in 1969 guys in auto shop called my 59 Silver Hawk a "Studipbaker" I took offense and called them all out that very afternoon. To drag race at Little Lions our local racing street. Five wins and $50 richer the Silver Hawk went from Stupidbaker to "That's the car that beat them all". The rest is history as they say. Sometimes name calling can hurt you and cost you money.
Dan

And all that time I thought you were working a real job for all that money. Ha ha.

plwindish
10-29-2013, 10:11 PM
Studie Shaker was popular around central IL.

SilverHawkDan
10-29-2013, 11:40 PM
Ed,
Whatever you do don't tell dad. That is one of the few I got away with. Remember when I got caught street racing Ray Hills Desoto at age 15? If I remember right you were riding with him when he came home after looking for us.
Dan

Mrs K Corbin
10-30-2013, 09:23 AM
Stud-Buster..... (anybody with left hand lugs and tapered axles will understand)
Anybody got any spare '58 Transtar lugs......:D.LOL

old digger
10-30-2013, 01:18 PM
Guys in high school use to refer to my Bearcat V8 as a nude pussy. Some how the younger ones never caught on.

beatnik64
10-30-2013, 05:57 PM
A few of my friends back in Tennessee (car guys but non-studebaker owners) would refer to my cars as "The Fodge". I assume part of this came about after a heavy night of drinking at the shop they commented that my 64 Daytona looked like a Dodge and so many of them were confussed by the 289 V8 under the hood... They just couldn't not seem to understand that it wasn't built by Ford. Nevertheless Ford + Dodge = Fodge and this nickname for Studebakers amongest my car buddies has stuck to this day.

SN-60
10-30-2013, 06:33 PM
I remember when the letters S.D.C. stood for "Studebaker Drinkers Club" to a few Stude Folk!!!!!! (and not THAT long ago!!)

studegary
10-31-2013, 12:57 PM
I remember when the letters S.D.C. stood for "Studebaker Drinkers Club" to a few Stude Folk!!!!!! (and not THAT long ago!!)

You used to have several excellent examples of that in the Ocean Bay Chapter. They may be all deceased now.

SN-60
10-31-2013, 03:56 PM
You used to have several excellent examples of that in the Ocean Bay Chapter. They may be all deceased now.

WHOOPS! err,....Yes....of course We mention NO names here!

White Hawk
10-31-2013, 05:09 PM
Growing up in South Bend, in the 50's, the LAND CRUISERS were called LAND CRUSHERS.

jg61hawk
10-31-2013, 05:20 PM
A POOR MAN"S MERCEDES My father loved Studebaker and that's what his was....His Mercedes Benz. He showed me how the Flight O Matic was really a three speed and he could beat a lot of cars off the line. I miss that guy!

dimaxion
11-01-2013, 12:35 PM
There was a fabled Avanti in Pittsburg . It's name was "the one to beat" . So named as it never saw defeat . I lived in Youngstown , Oh. . A Pittsburger cousin told me about it . Decades later , another native Pittsburger told me the same tale . He personally knew the owner . It was an Andy Ganatellie Buleprinted R-4 Powered , a Borg Warner 4 sp. w/4:13 Twin Grip . These same cars still owning some LSRs today . Unless that had changed since 2000 . Andy set 50-70 different records IIRC . The class is Factory Sports Fiberglass Construction . Thanx ..