View Full Version : New Studebaker owner here...

02-21-2017, 06:18 PM
Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. My name is Jen and I just purchased my first classic car which happens to be a 1955 Studebaker President State coupe.
I am looking for sources {venders} for parts for my car. Weather strip, window channel, knobs, heater core, etc. are there parts catalogs available? Any help would be grately appreated.:!!:



02-21-2017, 06:36 PM
Welcome to our Family Jen. Join the Studebaker drivers Club and you will get the Turning Wheels magazine which is full of information. There are many parts vendors in our group, but the best catalog is Studebaker International in Indiana. www.studebaker-intl.com.
I am impressed with your car! But then I have always had a soft spot for 55's.

If you are on Facebook, check out "Studebaker Addicts" page Lots of good folks there.

Enjoy your car. NT

02-21-2017, 07:14 PM
:) What Neil said; welcome. Join The Studebaker Drivers Club and you'll find that the monthly editions of Turning Wheels will supply you with more parts than you can imagine. :D ;) :cool: BP

02-21-2017, 07:29 PM
You might look up studebakervendors.com

02-21-2017, 07:33 PM
Thanks Neil, I have joined the Studebaker drivers club and I'm waiting to receive my first issue of Turning Wheels magazine. I will check out studebaker international.

02-21-2017, 08:03 PM
There are parts dealers all over the country. I use Studebakers West here in Northern Ca., and Studebakerparts.com in Phoenix along with others. Beautiful car. My first Studebaker was a 55 Commander, but not as nice as yours!

02-21-2017, 08:36 PM
Welcome Jen! :)

That appears to be a Manual Trans. Car, does it have Overdrive?

UPDATE: Opps, I enlarged your Photobucket Photo of the Column and saw the Auto. Trans. gear selector peeking out from behind.

02-21-2017, 10:44 PM
Very Nice!

02-21-2017, 11:42 PM
What an impressive first classic car & a STUDEBAKER. Congratulations.

02-22-2017, 01:35 AM
DO NOT listen to the smart-alecs who tell you to park with the front of your car in a hedge!:rolleyes: That '55 is a beautiful car, don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Sorry, it's a running joke around here about '55s. I learned something today. I always thought a President-State was a four-door. Shows what I know.

02-22-2017, 11:17 AM
Really nice car. Welcome to the family

02-22-2017, 06:33 PM
Beautiful ride! Welcome to the Forum!

02-22-2017, 06:43 PM
An absolutely gorgeous car. Congratulations. Not only should you join the Studebaker Drivers Club, but also join your local SDC chapter. Lots of good contacts in our local chapters. Have fun with that wonderful Studebaker.

02-22-2017, 11:49 PM
Thanks everyone, I have joined the Studebaker drivers club. Not sure if they have a local chapter located in northern Idaho or possibly Spokane WA.

02-23-2017, 07:33 AM
Thanks everyone, I have joined the Studebaker drivers club. Not sure if they have a local chapter located in northern Idaho or possibly Spokane WA.

Two chapters in Idaho, seven in Washington- http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/chapters.asp Clearly not all are in your area, but some aren't too far.

02-23-2017, 09:46 AM
Hi Jeneane contact me at oltrknut@msn.com for local info or check your pm for info. Allen

02-23-2017, 03:41 PM

Welcome to our Studebaker world. I hope that you will come to embrace it for it's uniqueness. You have made the right first steps to insuring that you will never feel alone with your car that is seldom seen today. Don't fell obliged, but I would love to hear about you, how you connected with your car. 1955's have always been a personal favorite of mine, I've owned many over the years. My collection still contains three of them, one of which was my second car, which I've owned since 1964. I live in the Seattle area, but my lady Mary and I get over to Coeur d Alene often, to visit family. Maybe we could meet for a cup of coffee sometime.

Things seem a little subdued in the Spokane area these days. Allen Barth, who has already contacted you, is without a doubt a guy that you want to get to know. What he has done in Harrington has to be seen to be believed! Harrington is not quite a ghost town, but close to it. He was able to buy the old teens, Ford dealership and turn it into his own little Studebaker world. He also restores cars at his home about ten miles away. Allen and his world are is one of the things that make our world unique.

Another good contact is Ralph Kirby. He lives in the Valley, and can really give you an idea of what is going on in the "Inland Empire."-509 891 2071

Thanks for joining us in our world!
Bill Hallett
206 788 7655

02-23-2017, 09:32 PM
Thanks For the welcome Bill. The beauty, uniqueness and rareness of the 55 Studebaker President Coupes is what drew me to this car. My boyfriend has quite a few classic cars (no Studebakers though) and I have enjoyed going to car shows and helping him build his latest a 1955 Ford Victoria hardtop. I figured it was time for me to get a car of my own. I was lucky enough to buy this Florida beauty from Dexter Warrington and had it shipped here to Idaho.
I would love to meet you and Mary for a cup of coffee next time you are in Cda. I will send you a pm with my contact info.
looking forward to learning more about the Studebaker world.

02-23-2017, 09:57 PM
Welcome Jeneane & Boyfriend! :)

02-24-2017, 12:16 PM
Harrington? Are you talking about Huntington Wa, Bill?

02-24-2017, 12:39 PM
Harrington, WA is near Spokane WA, Clunker.


Google shows Huntington, WA does not exist.

02-24-2017, 02:45 PM
If not said already, buy the Parts and Shop Manuals for your car... FIRST THING!!! Studebaker International and others have them. All the best!!!

02-24-2017, 08:37 PM
Welcome Jen and boy friend.

Don't let modifying or replacing with parts from another brand be your first plan of action. The 55 Studebaker has almost everything figured out. It's a reliable and well driving car.

You should buy the body parts book and the body and chassis parts book. They have illustrations of all parts, where they go, how they fit with the other parts, their correct name and their part number. All of the Studebaker vendors use these part numbers.