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JBOYLE
07-24-2009, 10:36 AM
Here's something to be grateful for…

Last night I was reading the latest Hemmings Classic Car and there is a story about a retired engineer who restores Franklins. To make a long story short, they mention he’s the Franklin Club’s parts guy.
The club set up a $10,000 fund to finance the tooling of replacement parts that are NLA through normal means. He makes (or has made) the tooling, then finds firms to make small batches for club members. The article mentions brake drums, they sold out of the first 200 and are having another batch made. They also took the opportunity to have the new ones made a bit thicker than the originals.

Aren’t you glad we don’t have that problem.

But are there parts that perhaps the SDC could provide tooling for? I’m sure club members could find/recommend shops to make them.
All we’d need is someone willing to handle sales…or perhaps one of the exisiting parts vendors could do that.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

Roscomacaw
07-24-2009, 10:45 AM
John,

We're fortunate to have such a big club - with so MANY Studes being maintained/revived - that there's a profit incentive for vendors to pursue things like you talk about.

There ARE some instances where a given piece becomes rare enough to start thinking about re-popping them while seemingly not profit-worthy for vendors. A good case in point would be the '61 Lark taillight lenses. While it's easy enough to cast a plastic lens, getting the "chrome" coloration done on the inside is cost-prohibitive. And like recent efforts to get some performance parts remade - everyone cheers in approval, but when it's time to collect funds....[xx(]

Think -----> CASO. [:I]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

studeclunker
07-24-2009, 10:58 AM
Tail light lenses... yeah, '61, '62, '63... Then again there's '53, '54, '55... again, pick a year, and thank your lucky stars you don't own a Packard (huge very fragile, very rare, tail lights)! One thing I've also noticed about this club, is that there are a lot of people like me. ie: people without a lot of money. We, all of us who love Studebakers, are blessed to have a relatively inexpensive classic car. Inexpensive to buy, and likewise to keep up. I hope it stays that way, but you know the adage: nothing stays the same...

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Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

lstude
07-24-2009, 11:16 AM
There is another article about Studebakers Daytonas in Indianapolis and
Bob Palma was in the article, on page 10.

Bob recently came across the factory order sheets for two peculiar 1962 Studebaker Lark Daytonas - the exact two were used as pace cars for the A Indianapolis 500 of that year. Most importantly, we know their serial numbers: 62V38990 and 62V39027.

Does anyone own one of those?



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stall
07-24-2009, 05:51 PM
Here's something to be grateful for…

Last night I was reading the latest Hemmings Classic Car and there is a story about a retired engineer who restores Franklins. To make a long story short, they mention he’s the Franklin Club’s parts guy.
The club set up a $10,000 fund to finance the tooling of replacement parts that are NLA through normal means. He makes (or has made) the tooling, then finds firms to make small batches for club members. The article mentions brake drums, they sold out of the first 200 and are having another batch made. They also took the opportunity to have the new ones made a bit thicker than the originals.

Aren’t you glad we don’t have that problem.
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I agree John, My 55 was w/o a working overdrive until SI spent the money to stock Solonoids, now its really a joy to drive. Aome might think $100 is high but not me, I'm very happy to support a company that is trying to fill what has to be a very limited market. I also own a C-2 Corvette and a Chevelle Conv. and can buy almost every part for them out of glossy catalogs the size of Chicagos phone book. With Studebakers there is much less potential for sales / profits and I think we owe them our support.

Happy Trails, Murray



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Lark Hunter
07-24-2009, 06:15 PM
Parts are a good thing. Very good. That is one of many reasons I love Studebaker.
I sincerely hope the parts availability will remain far into the future. Now... If somebody would just reproduce bodies for 1953-54 Stude hardtops... Wouldn't that be better than a repop 1957 Chevy[xx(][xx(][|)]?

LH

raprice
07-24-2009, 06:33 PM
Yes, we are truly lucky to have so many parts available for our beloved Studes. It's interesting that there were cars, including the independents, that sold in greater numbers than Studebaker, yet their parts supplies don't come close to Stude. Interesting phenomenon.
As someone stated, we're a large club with a large number of Studebakers out there. So it's in the best interest of parts vendors to make sure they can supply their Studebaker customers.
One final comment: I really hope that something can be done to save SASCO'S huge inventory. I know I'm not the only one.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY

StudeDave57
07-24-2009, 06:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

Tail light lenses... yeah, and thank your lucky stars you don't own a Packard (huge very fragile, very rare, tail lights)! Ron Smith
It's better to "Ask a man who owns one" [:o)]

Those '56-'58 Packard lenses have already been re-popped!!!
I'm guessin' that you can thank the kustom krowd for that one.
;) [:0]

Thank you kustom krowd!!! :D

(Cleo needs a set...) [:p]



StudeDave '57 [8D]
Ferndale, WA

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon)
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

mausersmth
07-24-2009, 10:28 PM
I think a big part of the answer is in the Club's middle name: Driver's!
I visit Jay Leno's Garage website often, and I've heard him comment on the link between old cars being driven and the parts supply. An example is the Bentley club. They focus on the years before W.O. Bentley sold out to Rolls Royce, so the cars are from the Teens and Twenties, yet all vital parts are available! Jay says it's because the club encourages driving, sponsoring many events to get the cars on the road and in front of the public!

Remember that next time you wear out a part and need to replace it, you are helping to insure that the next generation will still be able to buy that part! So get out on the road! Keep the demand for Studebaker parts alive![8D]

A. Charles Eck, Jr.
Essex, MD
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Studebakers were made to drive! (Besides, they don't get lost as easy in the Wal-Mart parking lot!)

'64 Cruiser 'Louise'
'57 Commander 4 door sedan 'Bluebird'
'66 Ford F-250
'53 John Deere 50
'41 John Deere H All-Fuel
'41 John Deere B All-Fuel

studeclunker
07-24-2009, 10:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by raprice
One final comment: I really hope that something can be done to save SASCO'S huge inventory. I know I'm not the only one.
Rog


I spoke to Dennis today, verifying an order for Bess parts. The poor fellow had to listen to me moan again about his situation. Dennis is so patient with me (LOL), bless him, sure wish there was a solution to SASCO's situation too!:( I would have loved to have spent a day or two, maybe three... just wandering around and drooling.[:p] Problem is, Dennis would probably have insisted I mop up.;) Seriously though, it would have been nice to see the place before the end...[V]

Studebaker Autoparts Sales Corp. will really be missed when that sad day comes.

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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

avantilover
07-25-2009, 08:45 AM
At least you guys have be3en to SASCO and seen the Factory, by the time I get to SB they'll be long gone and forgotten.

I imagine Ed Reynolds will be the best shot in Future.

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Lockleys South Australia

studeclunker
07-25-2009, 10:42 AM
John, I live in the same country, yet SASCO might as well be in Australia for all the chance I have of seeing it.:( You're in a biiiig boat, and there's a lot of us in it with you.;)

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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?