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    Dempsey Motor Car Co, Erlanger, KY

    I lived in Northern Kentucky (across the river from Cincinnati) for a few years in the 70's and again in the 80's. One of my friends there knew I was into Studebakers and recently sent me some invoices that one of their relatives had saved.

    The series starts with Mr. Blankenbaker's purchase of a new 1930 Dictator Eight Sedan (I guess with a name like Blankenbaker he was obligated to purchase a Studebaker )...

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    It was October 18, 1929. He got a $245 allowance on the Oakland he traded in. He opted for the wire wheel option at $12/wheel.


    On April 22, 1930 he was back to the dealership to have a fender replaced...

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    Then on July 8th, 1930, he had the carbon cleaned and the head gasket replaced. There is also a line item for 6 1/2 somethings. Any ideas?...

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    On August 23rd, the dealership addressed the rear end noise Mr. Blakenbaker had been complaining about since the car was new...

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    Looks like he treated the car to a wax job while it was down for the rear end. (and another of those line items for 6 1/2 somethings)...

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    On December 11, 1931 he traded in the 30 Dictator for (probably) a new 32. He got a $575 allowance on the trade in...

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    A few days later he had an Arvin Heater installed and antifreeze put in the new car...

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    A neat story. Fun to visualize it happening.

    If anyone has a Stude from this dealership or is otherwise familiar with it, PM me and I'll send these to you.
    Dick Steinkamp
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    Could the 6 and 1/2 refer to quarts of oil, i.e. an oil change? It almost looks like the word "blue"...maybe a kind of oil? The line above seems to start with "lub..." ?
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    Did they have "Sunoco Blue" gasoline in 1930? BP
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    My father-in-law was a fan of Royal Triton motor oil which was described as being purple. If it is good enough for Marilyn it is good enough for me! Studebaker-related...I don't know if he ever had one. When he married my mother-in-law he had a REO. I wasn't present!

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    Last winter we were vacationing in Clearwater FLA. I went into a antique store there and asked if they had anything Studebaker. The elderly lady running the shop said no But her daddy worked at a Studebaker dealer in Kentucky in the Thirties. He was paid Ten dollars a week plus commission for each car he sold. As it turned out she had several Studebaker toys , They were nothing spectacular and I pointed them out to her and she was very happy I did , Ed

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    The original Rislone oil treatment was blue in color.

    Thanks for sharing those, BTW. Interesting reading.

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    The $575 trade-in allowed on the 1930 Studebaker was slightly less than 40% of its $1,445 original price less than 26 months earlier. That seems like high depreciation. Perhaps the dealer used the Depression as an excuse.

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    Thanks for posting. It is a unique look, back in time. Labor to change a fender was $1.50, and to pull the head and clean carbon, $10.00. I agree with others here. The 6 1/2 must have been some type of oil.

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    1930's Blue Flash Oil Company of West Virginia double-sided porcelain service station sign featuring attendant logo.


    Dick Steinkamp
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    WV is not that far from Cincinnati....could be the missing link...
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