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John and Tracy Smith
10-09-2008, 12:01 AM
We recently purchased a new Chevy Avalanche truck and it quickly has become John's new pride and joy (until today). We had a gentleman at the house to provide us with some estimates in our garage. He didn't talk much and was obviously just intent on doing his job. As he was leaving, he stood out in the driveway, turned to John and said, "Nice truck!" John was quick to point out all the bells and whistles his new truck has and why he got rid of his old car when the guy interrupted him with, "Not THAT truck...the one in the garage." You know, the Studebaker? Our FAMILY'S pride and joy that we spend every spare waking hour working on? Boy did John feel foolish! That is, of course, until the guy finally came out of his shell and started talking to him. We've always said that there's nothing like a Studebaker to get people talking! (And it wouldn't hurt if it "encouraged" him to give us a good estimate, either!)

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona
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10-09-2008, 02:15 AM
I love that story. I have several hits a month cuz I have Studebaker emblazoned across the tailgate of my Silverado. The other day I'm driving along when I come to a red light and the guy next to me says: Hey, you like Studebakers? I've got a Transtar Pickup I want to get rid of... Call me. So, I called him and we're negotiating right now.


10-09-2008, 10:02 AM
[:I] might have been the look on Johns face.

I can kinda relate, but I caught on..........I was out in the driveway washing the motorcycle last summer when I heard a vehicle hit the brakes on the adjacent street. Wondering what the noise was I looked in between the houses to see a guy doing a u-turn in the middle of the road. Thinking to myself he must be late getting back to work and forgot something at the house. So I went back to washing and not 30 seconds later this guy pulls up my street and into the culdesac and pulls up to the edge of the driveway and says nice vehicle. Wondering why he said "vehicle" I had a suspicion he meant the truck, but I wasn't for sure if he was talking about the motorcycle....Looked at him and said (friendly) you mean the truck? He said "yeah, what year" and asked all the typical questions after that. He was from California and visiting family on the adjacent street and he hadn't seen a Studebaker in a long time, we had a few laughs about him leaving some brake dust and rubber on the street, (Who would have ever thought Iroquouis Blue was such an attention getter.) mentioned that next time he should be more specific in describing what vehicle he was talking about (car, truck, bike, etc) His dialogue had me on guard at first, I wondered at first if he was casing the area to rob.
So to relate to a new pride and joy, I almost fell for it but I defered and gave the Studebaker respect as it sat in the driveway.

Great story Tracy, would have loved to see the look on Johns face.
OH AND GOOD LUCK ON THE DISCOUNT the Stude didn't help me with what i felt was a small roof repair :( maybe you'll be more fortunate. Another story another day.


10-09-2008, 12:18 PM
LOL, good one, Tracy!:D I too, would have loved to have seen John's face![:I][8)][:o)]

It's interesting, no matter how tattered Bess looks, she still gets her share of admiration and attention. Not bad for a beauty queen that's over the hill.;)

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Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

10-09-2008, 01:02 PM
About 20 years ago I parked my OK looking 1960 Beetle driver next to a really nice '68 Vette (Green and Fawn with a 4 spd) roadster, and walked inside to a meeting. I asked about the Vette, and the next guy to arrive came thru the door gushing about the GREAT Beetle. Go figure!

10-09-2008, 01:13 PM
I get comments ALL the time!

I was at my favorite tire store on Monday. Gal pulls in in a tired-lookin' Cherokee, gets out and waits for one of the service guys to come over.
I was fiddling with some papers and was just abgout to leave when she hollers to me: "Gorgeous truck! Wanna trade?" Naturally, I declined.

A few minutes later, I'm eating a bit of lunch while parked in a shopping center parking lot. This gal comes to my side of the truck and holds up a digital camera as she asks: "Mind if I take a couple pictures of your Studebaker? I'm just so thrilled to see one - can't remember the last time I did."[:X]

Sure lady - snap away!;)

I mean - this happens to some degree, every time I go somewhere. The one thing that peeves me the most is the instance when you get some guy who wants to impart his "knowledge" in subtle fashion. They ask: "That thing still got it's flathead six?"[8]

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

10-09-2008, 03:40 PM
I think we all get interesting comments about our Studebakers. I was at a cruise night with a friend of mine not too long ago. My friend has a magnificently restored '52 Chevrolet 2-door hardtop in white/red color scheme. My '59 Lark Regal hardtop was parked right next to the Chevy. It was amazing that most people walked right past my friend's car and right to my Lark & raved about seeing it.
My explanation to my friend was that Chevies are all over the place and Studes are fewer in number, and hence attract people .
I don't know it that satisfied him.:D:D

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

10-09-2008, 05:24 PM
Yeah.. Sitting on my front porch one night,a younger couple drive by VERY slowly. They back up,the lady points out,and yells "what IS that?" I looked around,wondering,umm a 92 Dakota? OH- the Hawk! I yell back " A STUDEBAKER HAWK" She yells " OHHH Nice- Thank You,sorry to bother you" !!!!!
Working in the garage one night,an immaculate[pistine?] JEEPSTER pulls into the driveway... I think 'who the he....'[my uncle had one when I was a kid] older guy and teenage son get out,says " is it OK if we look at your Studebaker??? Well heck yeah,can I look at your Jeepster??!!

Oglesby,Il. http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j273/52hawk/100_0824-1-2.jpg
"Studebaker? It must be hard to find parts for those!"

10-09-2008, 06:35 PM
I get comments on my little orange M5 all the time. A few weeks ago this idiot passes me way to fast, then stops in the middle of the road, gets out of his new Chevy, and flags me down. I'm thinking this guy's nuts but I had no choice but to stop. Turns out his grandad had one when he was a kid and he just had to look. Nice guy, but I still think he's nuts for blocking a busy road (Silverbell, for any of you that know Tucson).


10-09-2008, 08:01 PM
Here's one reason I get attention on the road.


I used to have it just on the tailgate. People would pass me on the freeway, and then look over to see the grill. Thats when I decided to cover both ends. In parking lots I still get folks who tell me, "I didn't know Studebaker was still in business." I tell them, my truck just wishes it was a Studebaker. I'm just helping it to fulfill it true potential.


10-09-2008, 08:04 PM

You ought to do that for a living!

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

Anne F. Goodman
10-09-2008, 09:32 PM
Great Truck Sal. Tracy loved your story

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State
1957 Golden Hawk

10-10-2008, 10:43 PM
Interesting, was just returning to Studebelle last Sunday after paying for her gasoline, when a fellow asks me what she is and says she's nice (smile) he had an old Peugeot 504 that he loves and is also in good condition.

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
Lockleys South Australia