Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Studebaker Performance Publication

  1. #1
    President Member tsenecal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Elko NV
    Posts
    698

    Studebaker Performance Publication

    A while back, I was visiting with a fellow about Studebakers, and he offered me some old books that he had saved, after selling his car. One of them was this manual, full of information on performance, suspension, drivetrain, etc. I haven't had time to go through the entire book, but it looks to have a lot of good material in it.20181012_210409.jpg20181012_171303.jpg It was copyrighted in 1989, with Dick Datson as the editor. It is all black and white print and photos, with much of it typed out on a typewriter.
    I was just curious whether any of you more experienced members were familiar with it, or how rare it might be. Both photos rotated 180 degrees, but they are the covers of the publication.

  2. #2
    Silver Hawk Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Spokane, WA, USA.
    Posts
    8,107
    Dick Datson kept the Studebaker Performance flame when few others were doing so. We owe him a great debt of gratitude. He was a contributor, but mostly an editor. The faithful, among them Ted Harbit, Tom Covington, Jim Lange, Dave Lavesque, et al, supplied him with much material found in his publications.

    Read them carefully, but get a second opinion before implementing anything you find in there. We've learned a lot since then.

    jack vines
    PackardV8

  3. #3
    Silver Hawk Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC, USA.
    Posts
    5,896
    They are around. I sold a complete set of his pubs at the March 2017 York meet. Dick was a controversial character who had both supporters and detractors.

  4. #4
    Golden Hawk Member BobPalma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Brownsburg, IN, USA.(NW suburban Indianapolis)
    Posts
    22,564
    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Lackie View Post
    They are around. I sold a complete set of his pubs at the March 2017 York meet. Dick was a controversial character who had both supporters and detractors.
    He's still alive, isn't he, Skip? (I'm not being funny; I really don't know.) BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  5. #5
    Silver Hawk Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC, USA.
    Posts
    5,896
    I think so,but don't know either. I used the past tense because he doesn't seem to be actively involved in Studebakers any more.

  6. #6
    President Member Colgate Studebaker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Citrus Springs Florida
    Posts
    925
    I thought I saw a notice a little while back that he had passed away, maybe a year or two. In my brothers "stuff" that I collected after his passing in February there was a treasure trove of Dicks and others performance literature. I haven't gone through it all yet but am anxious to do so. Bill

  7. #7
    Golden Hawk Member BobPalma's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Brownsburg, IN, USA.(NW suburban Indianapolis)
    Posts
    22,564
    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Lackie View Post
    I think so,but don't know either. I used the past tense because he doesn't seem to be actively involved in Studebakers any more.
    OK, Skip; thanks.

    Perhaps someone will see this discussion and post definitively as to Dick's whereabouts, even if six feet under. BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  8. #8
    President Member TWChamp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Minneapolis
    Posts
    4,609
    Just found this thread by doing a Google search.

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...70-Dick-Datson

  9. #9
    President Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    Indiana, USA.
    Posts
    870
    Quote Originally Posted by BobPalma View Post
    He's still alive, isn't he, Skip? (I'm not being funny; I really don't know.) BP
    Bill Hahn (Shifter 44) might know. He's in Florida also and was close to Dick back in the day.

  10. #10
    President Member shifter4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.
    Posts
    819
    To save time , here is my post from the last time that Dick Datson's name came up :

    BTW , here is a link to my Flickr photostream : I am a car nut , but a Palm Tree nut too .


    https://www.flickr.com/photos/hollyhillbill289/


    D.Datson 2018 by Bill H, on Flickr
    Bill H
    Daytona Beach
    SDC member since 1970
    Owner of The Skeeter Hawk .

  11. #11
    President Member tsenecal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Elko NV
    Posts
    698
    Thanks all for the replys. On my phone , so will keep it brief. It will be interesting to spend more time in that book.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •