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    New member with my 36 Dictator

    Hello everyone, I'd like to introduce myself to the forum. My name is Ernest Duran &
    I purchased a 1936 Studebaker Dictator 4 door back in March. This car sat in Oceanside collecting rust beyond imaginable. Fortunately I live in Mojave so she's away from all that moisture. My plans are to restore it & look original as possible. I'd like to eventually take it for long distance drives but not 100% sure if the original flat head straight six would be the perfect candidate for this or possibly just do a 350 small block power plant. I don't think this car deserves the full rat rod treatment iMO but I would like it to feel like one. I don't plan on selling this car at all & prefer to keep it part of my collection. Bare with me since I'm new, I'm not familiar with uploading photos to the page yet.20180406_171727.jpg
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    Looks like a fun project! I had a '32 model 55 Regal sedan that ended up in Norway. I may have a few pieces of literature, things like factory service bulletins, magazine ads, owners manual etc that I picked up while looking for '32 stuff. PM me if you might be interested in any of it.

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    A well reconstituted '36 Dictator will be as reliable a long distance driver as any '36 Dictator ever was; and Studebaker banked on that reputation long before 1936.
    For a vehicle that is going to be driven a good bit, there are also valid reasons to consider a SBC.
    The subject has been thrashed to death on this forum and elsewhere.
    Evaluate your own desires and trust your own judgement.

    We would love to see progress reports and photos.
    Have you joined the Studebaker Drivers Club and/or The Antique Studebaker Club?
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
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    I appreciate the comments fellas. I've seen very few of these cars being appreciated & taken out as they once roamed the streets. I hope in the next few months to come, I'll be posting updated progress photos.

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    Sat down with a shop on Friday regarding having some body work done. Anybody want to buy the original motor, trans & drivetrain?

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