View Full Version : A new vintage-style Studebaker racer

12-04-2013, 06:44 PM
I got an email this week with photos of a newly-built "race car" in the style of the late '20s-early '30s Indy cars. It supposedly has a Studebaker sedan frame, perhaps from 1927, but a straight 8 engine with 4 carbs. Very nice work, looks period-correct. The 4-carb manifold built from rectangular steel tube is a novel approach. It has friction shocks, not hydraulic. There seem to be some 12" aluminum drums in the old style. If you ever see this car at a show - and I doubt that you will - be sure to post more photos and info about the car. It sure looks fun!

Yes, and I'm STILL working on my Indy car. It's incredible how much detail needs to be addressed to engineer a whole car from scratch. I think I am now a certified leaf spring design expert (Oh, great Oz, please send my certificate!). For not-so-light reading on springs and suspensions, I recommend "Race Car Vehicle Dynamics" by Milliken and Milliken and also "Manual on Design and Application of Leaf Springs", originally published by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1944 but available as a paperback reprint. I managed to get one on Amazon for $15. The Millikens' book is not so cheap, but very, very good if you really want to understand what makes a race car handle. Check Amazon for these; they will definitely cure insomnia. My plan with the springs is to use cast bronze bushings with grease grooves and center-drilled 5/8 bolts with grease fittings. It will ride hard, but I think that's how the originals were made.


Chris Pile
12-04-2013, 06:52 PM
I like it, and I'm sure I'll like yours when it's done.

12-04-2013, 07:35 PM
Absolutely beautiful work and could easily pass as an original.

jack vines

12-04-2013, 08:46 PM
Beautiful car. I would love to see that one.

12-04-2013, 08:54 PM
That is very nicely done !

12-04-2013, 09:22 PM
It certainly is a good looking car. The profile shot makes it look rather like a Bugatti.

12-04-2013, 11:39 PM
Headlights and dual tail lights? :woot: This is not your grand dad's Indy car!