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Studebaker Wheel
10-24-2014, 02:59 AM
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You will most likely recognize this aftermarket item that came out in 1950. It could be used on the new bullet nose Studebakers but also on the 1949-51 Fords and even some Crosleys. This topic has been covered before on this forum and the propellers are not extremely rare (let’s call them semi scarce). What makes this one perhaps a little more interesting is the fact that it comes with the original promotional flyer, an almost perfect original box, the instruction sheet for installation and the invoice sent to the dealer from whom I received it. This same dealer had ordered some of the three bladed props. I have never seen one of those and wonder if anyone might know of any survivors?

t walgamuth
10-24-2014, 05:57 AM
Cool! Just the ticket for a bulletnose!

ddub
10-24-2014, 10:27 AM
I wonder if Charles Lindberg got a fee for the use of his name?

royvaldez
10-24-2014, 11:38 AM
I want one. Anyone out there that wants to sell please email me

JBOYLE
10-24-2014, 02:25 PM
I wonder if Charles Lindberg got a fee for the use of his name?


Since it was made by a "Lindberg Engineering" company, probably not.

But I wonder if it is related to the Lindberg model company. They even used the same line in the advertising (see page 4 of the attachment)...'The Lindberg Line" and this firm uses "The Lindberg Aero-line"

BRUCESTUDE
10-24-2014, 10:49 PM
I like how they claim that it's "Not a gadget", and will help keep bugs from clogging auto radiators if mounted on the front!?!

Swifster
10-24-2014, 11:20 PM
I've seen one on a Crosley...

JBOYLE
10-25-2014, 10:13 AM
I like how they claim that it's "Not a gadget", and will help keep bugs from clogging auto radiators if mounted on the front!?!

I laughed when I saw that. I'm surprised they didn't claim it increased power by adding thrust.

Roscomacaw
10-25-2014, 02:49 PM
Richard, any idea what those "Roto Lokits" were???

BShaw
10-25-2014, 03:37 PM
http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w492/RushLakeBob/rotolokit.jpg~original (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/RushLakeBob/media/rotolokit.jpg.html)
ROTO-LOKIT REPAIR KIT for ROTARY TYPE DOOR LOCKS.
INSTALLED WHILE LOCK IS ON CAR DOOR.
NO REMOVAL OF UPHOLSTERY OR LOCK NECESSARY.
L-2 LEFT FRONT RIGHT REAR.
Fits CHRYSLER, DODGE, DESOTO 1939 – 1950.
Fits PLYMOUTH 1940 – 50.
Fits STUDEBAKER 1937 – 50.
Fits NASH 1940 – 50.
Fits PACKARD 1941 – 50.
Fits MACK TRUCKS 1941 – 50.

Roscomacaw
10-25-2014, 04:23 PM
Thanks Bob! I suspect as much, but wasn't sure.

Corvanti
10-25-2014, 05:44 PM
Thanks for that, Mr. Quinn!:!:

the late Tom Elliott (or a P.O. before that - but doubt it), put one on the '51 Business Coupe i have now. i was told - by someone that should know - that this was also a "Dealer Installed Option". could that be true?

btw: the ad states it is "chromium plated" but never says it is metal. mine is "chrome" over plastic.
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Studebaker Wheel
10-25-2014, 08:19 PM
Thanks for that, Mr. Quinn!:!:

the late Tom Elliott (or a P.O. before that - but doubt it), put one on the '51 Business Coupe i have now. i was told - by someone that should know - that this was also a "Dealer Installed Option". could that be true?

btw: the ad states it is "chromium plated" but never says it is metal. mine is "chrome" over plastic.
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All the propellers I have owned or seen were chrome plated and heavy duty metal with ball bearings. Never have I seen one in plastic. Yes, of course the dealers would install them but they were never offered as an accessory by Studebaker. As mentioned it was an aftermarket item as was the center mounted bullet nose light.

Corvanti
10-25-2014, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the response, Mr. Quinn!!!:)

Studebaker Wheel
10-25-2014, 08:46 PM
Glad to assist.

kurtruk
10-25-2014, 10:31 PM
http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?54500-Propeller-Project&highlight=propeller

Hey fatboylust, what ever came of this project???

mbstude
10-26-2014, 10:31 AM
Hey Kerry, I'm the one that put that prop on your business coupe, after Tom passed away. It's chromed metal with ball bearings. :) It was NOS out of the box when I put it on. I always tied a little string around the backside (between the prop and the bullet) to keep it from spinning when driving since the bearing made too much noise for my comfort. I was fine with people spinning it at car shows, but didn't want it flying off while going down the road.

That car was a basic, bottom level trim car. Every single option you see on it was either installed by Tom or me. He had a thing for gaudy. :)

Corvanti
10-26-2014, 04:23 PM
Matthew, i reckon i was wrong about the plastic - i put a magnet to the prop and it wouldn't stick, so i figured it was plastic.:oops:

the "string" you put around it - actually a black plastic coated wire - is still on it. and yes, at car shows the folks (kids especially) like to give the prop a whirl.:)

i don't have a problem with most of the "gaudy" stuff, although i've been thinking about taking off the front top middle "bumper" to see the grilles better. that's low on my priority list as i need to get the drivetrain and electrical problems fixed. that will depend on my health (and $$$) this winter...