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    Bill Cathcart

    This is a big loss in the Studebaker community. I have just received word that Bill Cathcart died this past March. He was a long time member of the Nutmeg Chapter here in CT. He was well known in the Studebaker world as a quiet, unassuming man and had more knowledge about how to hop up a flat head six than anyone. After his life long friend Pete Fryer died in 2011 he slowly went downhill. If anyone in the CT area is able to help, his wife is asking for help in cleaning out his stash of parts. Contact me for her telephone number. RIP Bill.
    Chip
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    So sad to hear. One year a the York swap meet, he sold me the engine that resides under the hood of my '48 business coupe! Even allowed me to negotiate the price down a few bucks and accepted a personal check. Another of our great talents deposited in our memories. I wonder how much of his work resides in vehicles throughout the world? I didn't know him personally. Time and distance would have made that difficult, but I'm surprised that we are just now hearing about this. I have known very talented members who were very private in their social lives away from their business life. This could very well be the case with Bill, (I don't know). But, as with others who fall into ill health, hopefully, local members reached out and kept in touch. It is understandable that many older members, do not use this forum as the center of their SDC universe.

    In my mind, a person who had a great impact on the SDC experience and provided the service that permitted many members to enjoy their vehicles for years to come! Rest in Peace, Bill...and prayers for his family & friends.
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    I am saddened to read this. I knew Bill for decades, but we sort of drifted apart in recent years (definitely not due to any problem). Bill used to be a big parts vendor at meets in the NE and York and Reedsville. I sold him my NOS and used parts stock (mostly C/K) in 1990-1991. He came with truck, trailer and helper, loaded everything and brought it back to Connecticut.
    Gary L.
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    Sorry to hear of this. RIP, Bill. BP
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    Very sorry to hear this. Bill was an immense help to many in the hobby.
    Clark in San Diego
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    I'd known Bill since 1989, my having been a member of SDC Ocean Bay Chapter since then. Bill was a real gentleman and a pleasure to deal with. He gained a well-deserved reputation as an expert on Champion sixes and provided many speed equipment parts for them. He will be missed by the Studebaker community. Rest in peace, Bill.
    Bill L.
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    When we arrived in CT in 2008 we met Bill during a tour by the club. He was very friendly and helpful. I was aware that he had reduced his activity because of health issues. RIP

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    Bill was the expert on rebuilding Champion flathead 6 engines, both stock and high performance. Some years ago, Hemmings Classic Car magazine ran an article on Bill and his work, see photo below. He'll be missed by many people.

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    Gary Ash
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    Even though Bill was known for his Champion engine work, he split a Commander 6 intake for me. Great Studebaker guy.
    George Rohrbach

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    RIP Bill , Ed & Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by garyash View Post
    Bill was the expert on rebuilding Champion flathead 6 engines, both stock and high performance. Some years ago, Hemmings Classic Car magazine ran an article on Bill and his work, see photo below. He'll be missed by many people.

    Great picture Gary!
    Chip
    '63 Cruiser
    '57 Packard wagon
    '61 Lark Regal 4 dr wagon
    '50 Commander 4 dr sedan

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    Very sorry to learn of Bill's passing, R,I,P.

    Stu Chapman

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