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    Thumbs up Coupe Express running at least 75 MPH on I-80

    I was amazed to see a 1939 Coupe Express in red primer (maybe just oxidized original red paint) zoom by headed westbound (on a trailer) as I was headed home (eastbound) from North Platte, Nebraska today. I think I saw it around Brady NE exit 199 at about 3:30 PM. Was that anyone on the Forum by chance? Since our closing speed was over 100 MPH, I only got a brief glimpse, but I saw a sidemount spare. It looked pretty complete and original, from what I could see in about five seconds. Good luck to whoever owns it, it looks like a nice ride!
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    That would have been Ed and Linda Smith from the Grand Canyon State Chapter on their way back from the International. They were making a "round robin" trip, visiting relatives and some other places of interest along the way.
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    Darn, I just drove 900 miles across Nebraska and saw two Studebakers,,,, sitting in yards\

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    While you are on the subject of Nebraska, when I drove through Maxwell on the 30th of April on the way to SB we suffered a snow storm mid-afternoon. Not being an experienced snow driver its was a bit traumatic especially with semi-trailers jack-knifing off the road. By the time I parked the renter back in L.A I only had seen one nice Golden Hawk along the way. We had clocked up 7000 miles on that trip.
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    Great college football and highly variable weather are Nebraska's claims to fame! That particular storm was more of a slush storm than a snowstorm. We had 3-5" of accumulation here at Holdrege and it was deeper further west at Maxwell. It was like shoveling wet concrete! I hope you are able to see our state under more pleasant circumstances sometime.
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    By the way, my apologies to ed and Linda Smith if I disparaged the paint job on their vehicle. It could be very nice, I just got a quick glance at it.
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    I think Ed would be very happy with your description of the paint. It's a combination of original, some touch-up, and some primer. The CE runs pretty good with some vapor lock problems and sometime overheating in parade situations, all of which he is dealing with as they enjoy the old truck. They had an offer to sell the CE along the road somewhere and were caught by surprise. Ed has some plans for it and it may not be a restoration as much as a maintaining of what you saw. He has a lot of extra parts and, I think. he plans to install the best of them and go from there. Time will tell, but it is a grand ole thing to see and it gathers a crowd whenever they have it out.
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    By the way, my apologies to ed and Linda Smith if I disparaged the paint job on their vehicle. It could be very nice, I just got a quick glance at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lothar View Post
    I was amazed to see a 1939 Coupe Express in red primer (maybe just oxidized original red paint) zoom by headed westbound (on a trailer) as I was headed home (eastbound) from North Platte, Nebraska today. I think I saw it around Brady NE exit 199 at about 3:30 PM. Was that anyone on the Forum by chance? Since our closing speed was over 100 MPH, I only got a brief glimpse, but I saw a sidemount spare. It looked pretty complete and original, from what I could see in about five seconds. Good luck to whoever owns it, it looks like a nice ride!
    Does this look like what you saw??

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    We were also stopped in North Plate the same night as Brian, the road were getting rather bad and it was also getting colder well below freezing. There was no reason to keep on going and have problems so we spent the night there.
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    That's Ed and Linda's C E.............ready to go for a ride.
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    Does this look like what you saw??

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderations View Post
    That's Ed and Linda's C E.............ready to go for a ride.
    Nice trailer!
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    [QUOTE=packardHawk58;1054658]While you are on the subject of Nebraska, when I drove through Maxwell on the 30th of April on the way to SB we suffered a snow storm mid-afternoon. Not being an experienced snow driver its was a bit traumatic especially with semi-trailers jack-knifing off the road. By the time I parked the renter back in L.A I only had seen one nice Golden Hawk along the way. We had clocked up 7000 miles on that trip.
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    Wow Brian, You drove 7000 miles AFTER traveling half way around the world to reach California, USA!......That feat REALLY shows us some 'STUDEBAKER DEDICATION!!! (By the way, nice looking '57 Golden!

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    Thanks for the picture, Richard! That does look like the CE that I saw. I would have sworn that it had a sidemount spare, though.
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    That was some of the nastiest body work Ive seen around the headlamps

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    I'd say the one pictured by RQ is the one Annie Goodman from Fresno got running after buying it from the family of late local chapter member Ron King. Some of the story here:
    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...light=Ron+King
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    Those headlights were added by a PO and Ed made an attempt to smooth them out a little. He has a set of fenders that are much better with side mounts and proper headlights. It's a work in progress and 90% of the people that see it have no idea if the lights are correct or not. He's just putting a rather rare vehicle in front of as many people as he can, promoting Studebaker and having fun. That can't be all bad.
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    That was some of the nastiest body work Ive seen around the headlamps
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    Do any Forum members know if this cool Coupe Express changed hands at South bend or not?

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    I don't know but its a really nice truck. Much too nice to restore. Actually its got a newish interior, very well done and a late model OHv v8 (not sure which brand Chevy?) Its ready to enjoy. Great patina.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderations View Post
    That's Ed and Linda's C E.............ready to go for a ride.
    Isn't that the one that George DeBono rescued some 40 years ago? The headlights give it away.
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    Yes, Roy. Read the link in post #15.

    As...uh...shall I say "odd" as the headlights are, that's become the way everyone's been able to keep track of this CE throughout it's history.
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