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    One of those ships came through the Panama Canal in about 1972 headed for Vietnam. She limped back through about 3 months later after a huge explosion in one of her amo magazines. I don't remember how many sailors were killed. Very sad.
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    I seem to remember that those ships were sized as large (both length and width) as possible but still "fit" through the Panama Canal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skyway View Post
    I seem to remember that those ships were sized as large (both length and width) as possible but still "fit" through the Panama Canal.
    Correct. The canal was able to accommodate our largest battle ships of the day. I believe it could even handle WWII era carriers. The new canal is able to handle pretty much any ship.
    Watching a WWII era battleship go through the old locks was pretty impressive.
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    The USS New Jersey passed through Pearl Harbor in 1968 while I was working there. At the time, it was the only operational battleship in the world. Something like 20% of all of the active-duty enlisted men in the Navy volunteered to serve aboard her after the Navy announced she would be re-activated. I ran into many of them in Honolulu and they were all extremely proud that they had been selected to serve aboard her. Ronald Reagan reactivated all four Iowa-class battleships again in the 1980s and sent them around the world as displays of power. They are extremely impressive vessels, but extraordinarily expensive to operate. They were retired again in 1990-92.

    Two others were unfinished at the end of the War and were scrapped: Illinois (BB-65) and Kentucky (BB-66).

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    I think it was the New Jersey that came through the canal in '72.
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    Bruce, I do believe that may be the same bridge that is still there. It looks familiar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander Eddie View Post
    Bruce, I do believe that may be the same bridge that is still there. It looks familiar.
    Not sure Ed, but I believe the road has been widened/freeway-ized in the last decade or so. There are a lot of bridges down there so you could be right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Commander Eddie View Post
    The canal was able to accommodate our largest battleships of the day (with one exception).

    I believe it could even handle WWII era carriers. The new canal is able to handle pretty much any ship.

    Watching a WWII era battleship go through the old locks was pretty impressive.
    After the Pearl Harbor Attack, the battleship USS Tennessee was fitted with torpedo bulges. It was then so wide that it wouldn't fit thru the Panama Canal.

    After WWII ended, the Tennessee that had been serving in the PTO had to steam west through the Suez Canal to return to the US

    My uncle served 3 years (1942/45) on the Tennessee as a corpsman.

    The USS New Jersey (BB:62) is an Iowa class battleship and is now berthed in Camden NJ as a museum ship. The other three Iowas are also museum ships.

    USS Missouri (BB:63) Pearl Harbor .. USS Wisconsin (BB:64) Hampton VA

    Pic: USS Iowa (BB:61) berthed in Los Angeles (San Pedro) Harbor as a museum ship.

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    From the March 15, 2018 Hemmings Daily Blog:

    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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

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    #9971 -
    The newest car that I noticed is a 1953. What was the "Welcome Home" for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
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    The newest car that I noticed is a 1953. What was the "Welcome Home" for?
    'Beats me, Gary; here's all the information presented:

    Date: circa 1950s
    Location: Lopez, Pennsylvania
    Source: Sullivan County Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, via Ron Dawson

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobPalma View Post
    'Beats me, Gary; here's all the information presented:

    Date: circa 1950s
    Location: Lopez, Pennsylvania
    Source: Sullivan County Historical Society Of Pennsylvania, via Ron Dawson

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    Perhaps from the Korean War or it could have just been for some important individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRUCESTUDE View Post
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    Is that a C/K along the curb, right below the letter "E" of H A R D W A R E?

    And that little kid had better sit down and get his hands inside the car! BP

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    Bob, I do believe you are right. I recognize that roof line.
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    Love seeing the Western Auto Store. They fell victim to buyouts, leverage, Sears and other things that happened after the original founders passed and corporate mismanagement not having a clue to run an auto parts business. Too bad I remember going there with Dad.

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    #9977 - That appears to me to be a Speedster (with the roof "halo"). Perhaps someone else can get a better/bigger view than I can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6hk71400 View Post
    Love seeing the Western Auto Store. They fell victim to buyouts, leverage, Sears and other things that happened after the original founders passed and corporate mismanagement not having a clue to run an auto parts business. Too bad I remember going there with Dad.

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    I bought many things at the Western Auto stores in Beacon, NY and Poughkeepsie, NY. I knew the guy that owned the Beacon store. I remember when it was built and when he went out of business. The building still stands and has been many different businesses since then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    #9977 - That appears to me to be a Speedster (with the roof "halo"). Perhaps someone else can get a better/bigger view than I can.
    If it is the white car we are talking about it does not look like a hardtop to me.
    Oh, and I love the MG TF.
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    That must be Gary and Virgie Finch in their 1941 Studebaker.

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    1962, from a YouTube video:

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    #9984 - The picture is very fuzzy for me. It looks like a '58 Ford, a '61 Desoto and a '59-'60 Lark, but what is the small car to the right of the Ford?
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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    #9984 - The picture is very fuzzy for me. It looks like a '58 Ford, a '61 Desoto and a '59-'60 Lark, but what is the small car to the right of the Ford?
    An early (1960-1962) Valiant? BP
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    Why does the Lark look bigger than the MoPar?
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    Probably the smallest MoPar ever, a 60-62 Valiant / 61-62 Lancer with 64-66 Valiant tail lights...


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    I was referring to the DeSoto...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurtruk View Post
    I was referring to the DeSoto...
    The Lark is taller and narrower than the Desoto, the same as it appears (to me) in the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kurtruk View Post
    I was referring to the DeSoto...
    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    The Lark is taller and narrower than the Desoto, the same as it appears (to me) in the picture.
    While the angle of the photo may influence the appearance between the perception of these cars, remember that the Lark's greatest achievement (in my opinion of course) was that it was cleverly designated a "compact" by lopping off some exterior length, and marketed as a "compact"... but the cockpit pretty much remained full size of the era sedans. I have a retired four door 1960 Lark, now in peaceful quiet repose deep in my man cave. Back when I drove it regularly, almost everyone who ever rode with me, commented how surprised they were with how roomy it was inside!

    It was something I took for granted for years. But, in hindsight, probably one of the best marketing ploys ever pulled off by Studebaker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jclary View Post
    While the angle of the photo may influence the appearance between the perception of these cars, remember that the Lark's greatest achievement (in my opinion of course) was that it was cleverly designated a "compact" by lopping off some exterior length, and marketed as a "compact"... but the cockpit pretty much remained full size of the era sedans. I have a retired four door 1960 Lark, now in peaceful quiet repose deep in my man cave. Back when I drove it regularly, almost everyone who ever rode with me, commented how surprised they were with how roomy it was inside!

    It was something I took for granted for years. But, in hindsight, probably one of the best marketing ploys ever pulled off by Studebaker.
    Yes, the body of a Lark was full size for a 1953 sedan that it was derived from. It was still narrow and tall compared to a 1961 Desoto.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougHolverson View Post
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    I only remember the five passenger (Starlight) coupes being referred to as "double enders".
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    Champ with camper under the "UST".
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougHolverson View Post
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    Could that Champ be equipped with the genuine 'Conestoga' truck topper option?

    Looking at the similarly equipped Dodge parked right beside it, they appear to be both company fleet trucks, perhaps doing maintenance on the hotel.

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    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobPalma View Post
    After parking like this, you'd know how good your inner rear axle seals were!

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    #9997 - Typical of an "oddball" Studebaker owner - parked in the opposite direction from most everyone else.
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