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TWChamp
09-24-2018, 08:28 PM
The seats look nice, and under all the years of dust, I'd think the body looks good also.
In fact this car looks like it should have been left together and original. When I was younger I thought everything is better when it's restored, but now I like good original unrestored cars as much or more than restored ones.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/cto/d/studebaker-president-speedster/6700958252.html

tim333
09-24-2018, 09:26 PM
What’s an Oklahoma frame?

64studeavanti
09-24-2018, 09:40 PM
I assumed a replacement frame from OK. Being from Minneapolis, I would guess a lot of rust. The price seems a bit high for a project of that magnitude.

studegary
09-24-2018, 10:20 PM
I assumed a replacement frame from OK. Being from Minneapolis, I would guess a lot of rust. The price seems a bit high for a project of that magnitude.

I agree. I do not see any mention of or pictures of an engine and transmission. That is the best original Speedster interior (seats) that I have seen in a long time. For free, I think that one would be upside-down in this car.

GrumpyOne
09-24-2018, 10:21 PM
What’s an Oklahoma frame?

Less rust!!!

vetteson
10-08-2018, 01:19 PM
I paid about $6000 for a "roller" (see www.tobyknollgarage.com), no engine or trans., but it was an original standard shift car (one of 151). The frame was "ok" but needed a lot of attention.

RadioRoy
10-08-2018, 01:26 PM
In fact this car looks like it should have been left together and original.

https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/cto/d/studebaker-president-speedster/6700958252.html

I agree with Tom.

Many, many good cars have been turned into basket cases or parts cars by people who took them apart and could not put them back together again. It's too bad the the public consciousness, the standard way of thinking, the common knowledge, tells newbies that they should take the car apart. Without even questioning why, most newbies start taking cars apart. Where did this come from? Magazine articles in Hot Rod? Watching all those pimp my ride TV shows? Why does everyone think they should take their cars apart?

avanti1982
10-08-2018, 02:04 PM
i have a transmission for $500 in mass. in dracut ma

Hallabutt
10-08-2018, 02:17 PM
I agree completely with you guys indicating the pitfalls of ripping a good car apart without the resolve or resources necessary to complete the project. A body on component restoration is usually all that is required, and the car can usually be enjoyed during the process. No post war Studebaker is valuable enough to sustain a complete restoration. I've done it and I don't regret it, it was a labor of love, and I knew what I was letting myself in for when I started the project.-Bill