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65cruiser
08-28-2008, 07:41 AM
One of the benefits of having a web presence for the Studebaker Cruiser Registry, is having the website show up in search engines. I recently started receiving correspondence from a Jane Styer who asked me several questions about a 1966 Studebaker Cruiser that her dad owned. He had recently passed away and she had taken ownership of the car and is interested in getting it back on the road. Evidently, it has been parked since 1981. She said her dad had lost his sight and retired from Bethlehem Steel in the early 80s and they didnít work on the cars anymore after that. Turns out, heís owned several Studebakerís through the years, and was a member of the SDC way back when. I convinced Jane the first thing to do was join the SDC and sheís done that.

Looks like thereís going to be another Cruiser ready for the road in a short time. Sheís sent me a bunch of pictures and Iíll be adding the car to the registry. It looks to be in really good condition, although has typical Studebaker rust in the front fenders. Obviously, itís had a repaint from gold to black at some point. She said her dad has tons of parts heís collected over the years and while sheís sent me some pictures, the stuff is just hard to identify.

Anyway, hereís a picture of Janeís Cruiser, been in the family since the early 70s. Jane is a new SDC member! Iíll try and convince her to check in here at the forum.

http://www.65cruiser.com/images/66/100_0117.jpg

http://www.65cruiser.com/images/66/100_0118.jpg

http://www.65cruiser.com/images/66/100_0120.jpg

http://www.65cruiser.com/images/66/100_0188.jpg

http://www.65cruiser.com/images/66/Stude_0004.JPG


Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
www.65cruiser.com


http://www.65cruiser.com/images/studewordy.jpg

Mark57
08-28-2008, 10:31 AM
A question: Since 65 and 66 Cruisers could be had with a V8 or a '6' and I note that the order sheet does not specify the engine type, was a V8 the default engine for Cruisers and the '6' was a special order?

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/DSC00200C.jpg

65cruiser
08-28-2008, 10:41 AM
That's just the window sticker. Six cylinder car bodies were designated by SY9 instead of a VY9 on the body tag. I don't think they were special orders, although the number of 65-66 6 cylinders was low. There were 791 1965 Cruisers were built with 6 cylinder engines; of those, 128 had a standard 3-speed transmission, 74 had standard PLUS overdrive; and 589 came with an automatic transmission. I don't have the 66 numbers in front of me.



quote:Originally posted by Mark57

A question: Since 65 and 66 Cruisers could be had with a V8 or a '6' and I note that the order sheet does not specify the engine type, was a V8 the default engine for Cruisers and the '6' was a special order?

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/DSC00200C.jpg


Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
www.65cruiser.com


http://www.65cruiser.com/images/studewordy.jpg

Roscomacaw
08-28-2008, 10:57 AM
Wonder if the Ede Motor Co. would give me much of a trade-in credit for a '61 Cruiser?[:0]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Mark57
08-28-2008, 11:01 AM
quote:Originally posted by 65cruiser
Six cylinder car bodies were designated by SY9 instead of a VY9 on the body tag.
Mark Anderson
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry



Of course, SY9 and VY9, I'm brilliant this morning! (sound of smacking oneself in the forehead).

<h5>[b]Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/DSC00200C.jpg

herbpcpa
08-28-2008, 11:40 AM
Push button radio cost $64.95 on window sticker. Is that a AM/FM I see in the dash? Original BLACK buttons?

showbizkid
08-28-2008, 12:00 PM
Very solid-looking little car! I bet with all the help she'll get from her local chapter members, that little beauty will be a runner in no time!


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

65cruiser
08-28-2008, 12:20 PM
Ran when parked:D

Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
www.65cruiser.com


http://www.65cruiser.com/images/studewordy.jpg

61LaRk4dr
08-28-2008, 12:41 PM
Nice cruiser! I have a few questions, is that an am/fm radio? It looks like it could be. Also, the tissue box, is that a true studebaker one? I always thought that they went to the grey plastic one for later years.

1947 Studebaker M-5
1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
http://images1.filecloud.com/690439/untitled.JPG

8E45E
08-28-2008, 01:12 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mark57


Of course, SY9 and VY9, I'm brilliant this morning! [B)](sound of smacking oneself in the forehead).



As will the serial number. Six cylinder cars will read C13xxxxx and V8 cars will read C53xxxxx.

Craig

65cruiser
08-28-2008, 01:22 PM
The radio is an AM/FM. Not sure about the tissue dispenser.


quote:Originally posted by 61LaRk4dr

Nice cruiser! I have a few questions, is that an am/fm radio? It looks like it could be. Also, the tissue box, is that a true studebaker one? I always thought that they went to the grey plastic one for later years.

Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
www.65cruiser.com


http://www.65cruiser.com/images/studewordy.jpg

studegary
08-28-2008, 02:11 PM
I first noticed the vinyl top. That is a fairly rare option. At $83.20, on a $2550 car, I can see why. I had a friend that owned a 1965 Cruiser with a vinyl top. That is even rarer.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

raprice
08-28-2008, 10:29 PM
Jane,
That's a nice looking Cruiser and I'm glad that you're keeping the car. Your dad would be proud.
I've always felt that the '66 was one of the nicest looking Lark type body styles and your car convinces me even more.
Best of luck. Wise move to join SDC.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY

bams50
08-29-2008, 05:23 AM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

I first noticed the vinyl top. That is a fairly rare option. At $83.20, on a $2550 car, I can see why. I had a friend that owned a 1965 Cruiser with a vinyl top. That is even rarer.




I REALLY like the 64-66s with vinyl tops. I looked at a rusty 65 2dsd at York this year that still looked sharp from a distance due to that top[8D]

Nice car, Jane!

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

studegary
08-29-2008, 04:24 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50


quote:Originally posted by studegary

I first noticed the vinyl top. That is a fairly rare option. At $83.20, on a $2550 car, I can see why. I had a friend that owned a 1965 Cruiser with a vinyl top. That is even rarer.




I REALLY like the 64-66s with vinyl tops. I looked at a rusty 65 2dsd at York this year that still looked sharp from a distance due to that top[8D]

Nice car, Jane!

[brown]Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT




All 1965-1966 Daytona Sport Sedans (two doors) had vinyl tops. It is the 1965-1966 four door sedans with vinyl tops that I was referring to as rare (especially 1965).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Roscomacaw
08-29-2008, 04:53 PM
Yeah, the 66 Daytona I owned many years ago - it was dark metallic blue W/white vinyl top. Really pretty combo.

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Steve T
08-29-2008, 11:30 PM
Nice thread, and welcome Jane!

Mr Biggs--there was a 65 Daytona at the Crossroads meet last month the same colour combo you describe on your 66. Very nice indeed.

Here are two of the local 66 Cruisers, seen, aptly enough, at recent cruises!


Pier 4 Park, August 14; nice mild custom.
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/Some%20Other%20Studebakers/K4BC48B88432_1000117.jpg


Mapleview Mall, August 20; this is the one that until recently sported a wooden plank in lieu of its rear bumper!
http://s290.photobucket.com/albums/ll260/StudeSteve/Some%20Other%20Studebakers/K4BC48B88432_1000592.jpg


S.

53k
08-30-2008, 09:52 AM
quote:Originally posted by herbpcpa

Push button radio cost $64.95 on window sticker. Is that a AM/FM I see in the dash? Original BLACK buttons?

Enlarged the pix- sure looks like an AM-FM to me.


Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

Roscomacaw
08-30-2008, 07:47 PM
Boy, those two Cruisers are pretty! I like the low beltline mouldings on these. That and the blacked out grille sections give them a fresh and different look.;)

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door