View Full Version : The greatest Studebaker feeling ever.

10-20-2008, 08:58 AM
When a Studebaker starts, drives and stops under it's own power for the first time in 35 years. Our '53 Starlight Coupe is now drivable. Not a show car but a fun enjoyable Studebaker. Paint is next. Hopefully we can afford it soon.


Dick Steinkamp
10-20-2008, 10:03 AM
Congrats, John!

It IS probably the greatest Studebaker feeling [:p]

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA


10-20-2008, 10:16 AM
:) Congrats, John. Nice indeed, and it still defines classic style 55 years after the fact! I'm trying to imagine a 2008 industry offering that will be so appealing to the eye in the year 2063.;) :DBP

Steve T
10-20-2008, 07:20 PM

That rocks...and a 53 C/K in any shade or finish is always a welcome sight! Congrats on bringing another of these beauties back.


10-20-2008, 07:29 PM
Congrats John, I am sure it must have been that Gas Cap and correct Radiator cap I sent you that did the trick! [^] :D

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

10-20-2008, 08:21 PM
Congrats. You have a good looking car.

Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
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10-20-2008, 09:04 PM
That is great news John. I can't tell you how exciting it was for me to do the same to my little beast 32 years ago. Well.... maybe you do understand, eh?


10-20-2008, 09:38 PM
Way to go!! And you can drive that paint job through my neighborhood anytime. Let your money grow some interest.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

10-20-2008, 09:55 PM
Right on! Another Stude on the road is cause for celebration!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

Dan Kay
10-20-2008, 10:08 PM

Dan Kay
61 Lark VIII Regal
62 Lark Daytona Conv.

10-20-2008, 10:10 PM
kinda gives me the feeling I had when
I smoked a joint back in the day. hard
for the unobcessed (is that a word?) to

Tex E. Grier

10-20-2008, 10:31 PM
Thanks all. We have a few things left to do yet. But it is drivable. And that is a good feeling. But you know something. I think I have a sickness. Why just a little while ago I was thinking how we really need another Studebaker............................................ One is not enough. :D


Steve T
10-20-2008, 11:15 PM
Yep...they're like really good potato chips...hey, if you've got the space and the cashflow, why not rescue another one!

(I routinely get the urge to acquire a second Lark. Which is the daftest thing I could do...I don't even have a driveway. Nor a huge bank account. Serial Stude monogamy, maybe...Anybody want a blue '62 in a few years' time??):D


Stude Mick
10-21-2008, 02:29 AM
It definatley is a sickness, but a good one. I remember when my father brought his first one, we built a small garage to work on it, we were only going to ever have one. Boy were we wrong, we currently have 12 sitting here. but like I said its a good sickness

Michael Pink
Victoria, Australia

1955 Commander Coupe
1961 Lark Cruiser
1962 GT Hawk
1963 Avanti R1

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10-21-2008, 07:01 AM
Oh what a fellin to get in a Studebaker turn the key and listen to it start, then roll forward when place in grear and then also stop!!!. No greater car feeling in the world than to drive a Stude. Congratulations and happy motoring!!!!

10-21-2008, 10:15 PM
LOL, good one Michael! Even though not all of us have the funds to do as much as you have, it's kinda nice to have fellas like you around!;) The more the merrier, I say. Studees that is (LOL)!

Reminds me of a comercial jingle from... oh... thirty or more years ago:

He tried, but he just couldn't do it! He triiiied, but he just couldn't do it! No one can have just one Studee!

Well, a paraphrase, maybe...;)

I remember well the feeling when I drove home my first Studebaker, a '64 wagon that had sat abandoned in a field for seventeen years. My second was a Champ pickup that had sat under an Oak for twenty, started right up after pouring a little gas in the carb. Put some fuel in the tank and was able to drive it to the gas station and fill it up. Then there was Sweetie ('62 sedan) who loved sagging under the weight of a V8 in her little engine bay (started out with a six). And now it's 'ol Bess who required a bit more work.

Just keep in mind, Bubba, it'll take about six months to work out all the kinks. Keep a good fuel filter on your line and change it often. Listen to the old girl. She'll tell you when there's problems. Sometimes, quite loudly (LOL)! Come to think of it, reminds me a lot of my wife...;) Ahem[:I]! Anyway, don't feel shy, there's lots of folks here who love helping each other out. As a matter of fact, that could be used as a motto for the club.:D

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