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ChampTrucking
09-11-2009, 03:42 PM
Well today was it for retail sales @ SASCO. The place was hectic and packed. I spent the day wandering the aisles with Lee D. It was sad to think this was it. I consider SASCO to be the last direct descendent of the Studebaker Corporation still in operation. I am really sorry to see it end,remembering the many evenings my friend Dan and I spent packing parts for the move into the Engineering building. I am glad someone has saved the inventory and that it will stay in South Bend. I must say Thanks to Ed for saving them,but I must also say Thank You to Dennis and Denise for saving the parts 10 years ago. No matter who owns them,or what they are priced,we are darn lucky to have this resource to access when we need parts for our Studebakers. Many other orphan owners are not so lucky.

starliner62
09-11-2009, 04:00 PM
True, another chapter in the Studebaker legacy is done.

Now on a different note, when is Ed gonna have his 75% off sale???;)

Jamie McLeod
Hope Mills, NC

scott.rodgers
09-11-2009, 04:41 PM
Looks like my last internet order was filled (mostly) just under the wire.

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire

showbizkid
09-11-2009, 04:53 PM
I echo your sentiments, Champ. We are really lucky to have had the kind of parts support we've enjoyed. I was explaining it all to my wife this morning, and I think for the first time she really grasped how different it is to have a Studebaker than, say, a Pontiac. (She remembers the 3 years I spent looking for the defroster ducts for my LeMans.)

Thanks, Dennis.


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

Tennessee hillbilly
09-11-2009, 05:00 PM
Did I miss something? Did Ed Reynolds get the parts from SASCO?

Tennessee Hillbilly
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scott.rodgers
09-11-2009, 05:10 PM
My wife grasps it too. We went to SASCO in back in June. To her at the time, it was just a big, dingy and dirty building. But after she thought about it being a time capsule that stopped in 1964, she was pretty impressed that such a thing could survive that long.

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire

raprice
09-11-2009, 05:55 PM
I must have missed the purchase of SASCO by Ed Reynolds. If that's true, it's fantastic.

As it has been stated, we are truly fortunate to have access to so many Studebaker parts and we're in a better position to obtain parts for our precious cars than people who own many other makes.

Can anyone tell us the particulars concerning to transfer of parts to Stude Int'l?
I would like to thank Dennis for his perseverence in keeping SASCO afloat all these years considering all the obstacles placed in front of him by the city of South Bend.

Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY

Bordeaux Daytona
09-11-2009, 07:27 PM
I was there today, I got to see everything, chance of a lifetime. Dennis gave me a good deal, got the wagon third seat pieces I wanted even though they are two different colors. [:0]
I wish I could have spent more time and money there, oh well.
I heard that the parts might go to the chippewa truck plant and someone else is buying the interior pieces. [?]
I took a lot of pictures, I'll have to upload them to photobucket soon.
Yes, many thanks to Dennis and crew for all they've done over the years. :)

studeclunker
09-11-2009, 08:13 PM
All the stock was saved? YES, YES, YES!!!:D:D:D

(dances around in circles looking completely idiotic) #;-P

However, I'm still going to miss SASCO, Dennis and Denise.:(

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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?

Swifster
09-11-2009, 08:58 PM
Did I miss something? Was the sale finalized, or is this just conjecture?

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Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2125.60)

1964 Studebaker Commander 170-1V, 3-speed w/OD (Cost to Date: $623.67)

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rusty65
09-11-2009, 09:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by starliner62

True, another chapter in the Studebaker legacy is done.

Now on a different note, when is Ed gonna have his 75% off sale???;)

Jamie McLeod
Hope Mills, NC
REALLY! I second that emotion.More parts, the same level of demand for these parts,coupled with the fact that he probably got them for a song should equate to some kind of sale,at least for some items.The quicker they move,the less money he has to spend on keeping them warehoused.I know it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I have always been an advocate of the 'win-win'.:)

scott.rodgers
09-11-2009, 09:40 PM
I'm glad somebody was able to get the Wagonaire third seat parts - I just didn't have the money to spring for a set myself. I'm not sure if they would have made the transition to whatever comes next.

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire

showbizkid
09-11-2009, 09:51 PM
There hasn't been any announcement of a sale, but the word is there's been something in the works. Nobody knows who.


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

barnlark
09-11-2009, 10:09 PM
I've heard so many versions of what is supposed to happen, from legally having to go through the motions of an auction soon, to a behind the scenes bank agreement. I hope someone with exact facts will post soon. Ed explained some of it in Cedar Rapids at our group meeting, so I'm sure it's organized and worked out by now. I just hope there are some good items left.
I couldn't get off of work to be there for history today. I'm extremely saddened by that, but glad for those of you who got to spend the day there soaking it up.
I'm glad I made it there before the International Meet, though too briefly. One can only spend so much money with the only reasoning being, JUST IN CASE! Thank you Dennis, Dave & Denise for the years of gracious help and most importantly, patience.

rocinante
09-11-2009, 10:17 PM
I was there today as well and share all the sentiments already mentioned about Dennis and Denise (also Dave and George). These are good people who did an amazing job over the last 10 years to keep this wonderful Studebaker time capsule alive, and help us keep our many, many Studebakers on the road.

I too regret that I did not have more than the past 3 days to load up more parts (even though it seems like I have a ton of stuff anyway) and get to know Dennis a little better and take in the general atmosphere of the place. I only found out that SASCO was closing about 2 weeks ago and had to move heaven and earth to make a trip out from Massachusetts on short notice. And I can say that I'm glad I did, it was a great (though sad) experience. I've made many trips to SASCO over the last 10 years, but this trip, the last, was also the best.

Thanks to Dennis and Dave and Denise for doing all you have done, and thanks as well to the guys who helped me load my U-haul today. You are all a great bunch of people. I will miss SASCO very much.
Charles Schneider

studeclunker
09-12-2009, 01:59 AM
quote:Thanks to Dennis and Dave and Denise for doing all you have done... You are all a great bunch of people. I will miss SASCO very much.
Charles Schneider

I'd like to second that sentiment, Charles. I will always regret never being able to see the place, nor ever being able to see any of the facility wherein my favourite cars were built.:(

On the up-side, I'm very much looking forward to recieving my parts that Denise said were on their way.:D

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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?

PlainBrownR2
09-12-2009, 02:44 AM
An age has passed, both with vendors and the Studebaker Corp......

I, like many of the Studebaker from this direction, frequented N&A and SASCO more than a few times. I recall the two buildings from way back in '95 when we were getting parts for the only driven show car we had, which was the '55 Commander. Over the years we had picked up parts not only for the '55 Commander, but the '63 Avanti, the '64 Commander, and now the small army of trucks in our backyard. Just like the hobby shops I go to in this area, they were one of a few lifelines to run to without needing to overnight a part. They also held a great May meet(which most of us next year know, will be at the Fairgrounds). However, for years I could see the writing on the wall. The writing got bigger when they turned the factory behind him into a soccer field. Now before this becomes a multipage editorial, this is going somewhere. As the Chinese proverb used to say "Hope for the best, prepare for the worst".


So in the last year or two years, I prepared for the imminent worst, which reared its ugly head today. In the past couple of years I got photos of SASCO, well the part I could traverse, when I was in the building and walking around the meet in May. I had also picked up Google images, prior to Google updating the map. This also included the parts I somewhat knew of where the factory was at, if I missed I apologize. These are added to the N&A building photos before that building came down. The photos were recently burned to a couple DVD's, so they should be good for long time(or until they are needed to be moved to another media).

I had also picked up one of the last sets of standard 289 crank, cam, main, and rod bearings in May as a token of appreciation for their many years of work. If these are not used in the 289 I have now, I have them for a future build if need be. For the many years of helping me, my father, and others, I say Thank You.

Now if yall will excuse me I have to go clean the brown schmutz from my nose...... [:o)] [:o)]

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DieselJim
09-12-2009, 07:12 AM
I also set here with a heavy heart. I feel like I lost a good friend. I have spent more time there in the last 2 weeks than in my own garage. Thanks for the last 10 years. Now maybe I can get the 3R11 finished. Jim

barnlark
09-12-2009, 09:13 AM
Thanks, Guys.
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Share your SASCO pics...if that's okay, Rich.

4961Studebaker
09-12-2009, 09:17 AM
Well, I never visited SASCO, and before learning of the closing I had hoped that I could see it in 2012 :(. Just not going to be the case, unless the city holds out that long before demolition.

I recall buying parts pre internet out of the catalog from N&A, and some parts from SASCO in more recent times.

A heart felt Thank You for the help and parts.
Hope to meet Dennis, Denise or any of the crew in the future.

Thanks again.



ChopStu
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144 weeks till completion.

r1lark
09-12-2009, 09:18 AM
Barnlark -- the pictures you posted just above -- were those taken yesterday??

Paul
Winston-Salem, NC
Visit The NEW Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

barnlark
09-12-2009, 09:26 AM
No, earlier this summer, Paul. Two trips. One at the Zone, one on the way to the International.

JDP
09-12-2009, 10:14 AM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

All the stock was saved? YES, YES, YES!!!:D:D:D

(dances around in circles looking completely idiotic) #;-P

However, I'm still going to miss SASCO, Dennis and Denise.:(

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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?


No,No,No, all the stock will not be saved. Some will, but not all.

JDP/Maryland

2R5
09-12-2009, 10:57 AM
I doubt if all will be saved . there are some items that you just wonder why they made so many . One that I noticed this week was headlite bezels for '63s , if there is one there has to be 10,000 all boxed up . I noticed there was a sale on them for $20 each ...probably should of sold them for 2 bucks !

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2R5
09-12-2009, 10:57 AM
quote:Originally posted by 2R5

I doubt if all will be saved . there are some items that you just wonder why they made so many . One that I noticed this week was headlite bezels for '63s , if there is one there has to be 10,000 all boxed up . I noticed there was a sale on them for $20 each ...probably should of sold them for 2 bucks !

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Home of the Fried Green Tomato
"IF YOU WANT THE SMILES YOU NEED TO DO THE MILES "

1960 Champ
1964 Daytona HT


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1964 Daytona HT

scott.rodgers
09-12-2009, 12:13 PM
Here's a picture my wife took of me during our trip to SASCO earlier this year. It gives you an idea of just how big the place is and how much is crammed in there:

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Look at me - kid in a candy store!

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire

raprice
09-12-2009, 03:12 PM
I last visited SASCO during the International Meet in South Bend in 2007. It was a treat. I did buy a bunch of stuff, but would have bought more if I had an inkling that the place would be closing down.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY

PlainBrownR2
09-12-2009, 04:16 PM
Photos? Not a problem.... :D

These probably aren't all of them either, lol.

My sincere apologies for loading a number of them, but considering the urgency to the thread, they are a necessity.

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Mark57
09-12-2009, 04:34 PM
Thanks PBR! [8D]:) Sure glad I have hi-speed internet.;)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
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Bill Pressler
09-12-2009, 05:42 PM
Thanks for the photos of SASCO. I'm reminded of just how lucky we really were. Are there any other orphan makes made outside of Detroit, where the remainder of the factory parts stock resided in the company's hometown and where there was also a retail store you could walk through and buy smaller NOS and reproduction items--over forty years later?! If there is, I'm not aware of it.

Also--does David drive that red Champ truck, or does it just sit there? I'm very curious! I've looked inside of it many, many times over the years there during International Meets and the May swap meet.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

StudeRich
09-12-2009, 06:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by Bill Pressler

Thanks for the photos of SASCO. I'm reminded of just how lucky we really were. Are there any other orphan makes made outside of Detroit, where the remainder of the factory parts stock resided in the company's hometown and where there was also a retail store you could walk through and buy smaller NOS and reproduction items--over forty years later?! If there is, I'm not aware of it.

Orphan Make? What about the BIG ones like Oldsmobile, Edsel, Plymouth Desoto and AMC and soon to be Pontiac and GMC? I doubt there are or EVER will be, any support for those. And then you have the pre-Daimler Chrysler products -history! :(

StudeRich

Roscomacaw
09-12-2009, 07:07 PM
The DAY that Chrysler bought AMC, corporate offered the dealers pennies on the dollar to turn in any AMC stuff they had in inventorty. It was a SAD day. All that stuff was returned to the distribution centers and purposely destroyed!:(

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

Dan White
09-12-2009, 07:22 PM
Well not quite the same but there is a huge stash of Graham-Paige parts, along with some Durant-Star stuff in Auburn IN. These are even older than the Stude stuff since they went under in the '30s and early '40s.

http://www.hemmings.com/hcc/stories/2007/05/01/hmn_feature19.html

Dan White
64 R1 GT
64 R2 GT

PlainBrownR2
09-12-2009, 07:58 PM
quote:
Orphan Make? What about the BIG ones like Oldsmobile, Edsel, Plymouth Desoto and AMC and soon to be Pontiac and GMC? I doubt there are or EVER will be, any support for those. And then you have the pre-Daimler Chrysler products -history!


What you guy forget is these guys have an extensive aftermarket. If anybody has seen the Speed Channel, you know these guys(both racer and vendor) have some deep pockets and alot still invested into these makes. If you need something you have YearOne, LMC, Jegs, Summit, and a whole plethor of vendors to choose from. These guys have continued to still supplying parts even after Studebaker disappeared, so theres a few years of parts that these guys can get. For now I can safetly say these guys will not disappear overnight, the demand is too large.

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Bordeaux Daytona
09-12-2009, 08:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by scott.rodgers

I'm glad somebody was able to get the Wagonaire third seat parts - I just didn't have the money to spring for a set myself. I'm not sure if they would have made the transition to whatever comes next.

Scott Rodgers
Los Angeles
SDC Member since 1989
'60 Lark HT
'63 Wagonaire


yes, thanks again Scott for pointing out that they still had them, I never would have guessed that they had those left.
I found pieces of them in around three places, actually my friend found a couple. Once others there found out about them they started to go pretty fast. I had to keep an eye on the ones I had, someone almost grabbed them. [:0]
I'm not sure but I thought they were about $130 a piece on the website, I paid 100 bucks for the pair. :D

Here's a link to the pictures I took......

http://s288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20last%20day%2009-11-09/?albumview=grid&mediafilter=images

Radsman
09-12-2009, 08:30 PM
Does anyone have pics (inside) of the SASCO days when still owned by Studebaker in the late 60's or of the early days of N&A? Just curious.

PlainBrownR2
09-12-2009, 08:43 PM
Oh not a problem at all either, although the pictures are not so early :D.
I was also there to see this building come down as well, it was unfortunate I did not have a camera(too young, hadn't discovered digicams yet) when one could park out in the empty field behind the pictures and walk up to the still in existence front porch, of sorts.

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ivorydan
09-12-2009, 09:53 PM
Bill, the red truck belongs to David Spilski. He drives it. Dan

MARCHOBBS
09-12-2009, 11:21 PM
Here is a link to some pics my son took on September 8th:

9/14/09 added another 25 pics taken 9/8/09

http://s660.photobucket.com/albums/uu329/66STUDE/SASCO/

http://i660.photobucket.com/albums/uu329/66STUDE/LANCASTERMEET08-4-2.jpg

Shane
09-12-2009, 11:23 PM
Thanks for all the pics fellas.

http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/squireshop/ShanesPics_0004-2-1.jpg http://i587.photobucket.com/albums/ss313/squireshop/013-1-1.jpg<div align="left">My first stude '61 champ in 1987</div id="left"> <center>Shane</center><center>Kennewick, WA</center>

Milaca
09-13-2009, 12:11 AM
I appreciate the pictures as I hadn't made time to go there and see it myself. However, I did visit the Newman-Altman facility twice (1988 and 1992 I think?). At my last visit, there was a 1956 Packard Carribean convertible parked inside next to Dennis' office. It was an odd and awesome feeling the first time I entered that building as it felt like I stepped into a land where Studebakers were still being manufactured. I recall a bulletin board near the entrance with lots of used Studebakers listed or sale. Anyway, I wish I had made a trip out there before SASCO closed.

63r2
09-13-2009, 01:39 AM
Sorry for the silly question, but does Dennis have any Stude's.
Just curious.
pb

HawkGT
09-13-2009, 02:28 AM
MANY thanks for all the great pictures and on-site reports! As a group, Studebaker owners are indeed fortunate to have had Dennis and his team and the others in the N&A organization that preceded them. AND we continue to be very lucky to have Ed Reynolds and his team plus the many other fine Studebaker parts sources.

With the prospect of most of what's left of the factory becoming history in the next year or so, I'd sure like to see the Studebaker National Museum use their many photographic and other resources to construct a scale model of the plant.

Gene Nagle
1963 Hawk R1

bonehead007
09-13-2009, 12:51 PM
Thanks to all of you who took photos for us of Sasco. I would have loved to travled to there one day but, guess that will never be.

I'm guessing that the town will be demolishing the building. Will anyone be trying to get the Studebaker emblems from the top of the building and possibly give them to the Studebaker Museum ? Would be a nice gesture from one of the last remnants of what was once a great auto manufacturer.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q189/bonehead007/MVC-021F.jpg

New Jersey & Studes Perfect Together

Bill Pressler
09-13-2009, 01:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by 63r2

Sorry for the silly question, but does Dennis have any Stude's.
Just curious.
pb


I remember some years back (20?), in the Newman and Altman building was a Strato Blue (I think) '64 Daytona HT like the one I own, although it had blue bucket seats and console (column shift Flightomatic). One of the guys who worked there told me it was "Dennis' daughter's car". Don't know if she still has it or what.

Bill Pressler
Kent, OH
'63 Lark Daytona Skytop R1
'64 Daytona Hardtop

JDP
09-13-2009, 02:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by 63r2

Sorry for the silly question, but does Dennis have any Stude's.
Just curious.
pb


He does, I sold him a very nice C cab about 4 years ago, but he has others.

JDP/Maryland

Bordeaux Daytona
09-13-2009, 08:50 PM
Here's a few pics I took, I think it was in the winter of '04 or '05, I'm not 100% sure.

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20winter%202004-2005/sasco1995.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20winter%202004-2005/sasco1995-2.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20winter%202004-2005/sasco1995-3.jpg


http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20winter%202004-2005/sasco1995-4.jpg

http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20winter%202004-2005/sasco1995-5.jpg


http://i288.photobucket.com/albums/ll176/64daytona/sasco%20winter%202004-2005/sasco1995-6.jpg

BubbaBear
09-13-2009, 10:14 PM
quote:Originally posted by bonehead007

Thanks to all of you who took photos for us of Sasco. I would have loved to travled to there one day but, guess that will never be.

I'm guessing that the town will be demolishing the building. Will anyone be trying to get the Studebaker emblems from the top of the building and possibly give them to the Studebaker Museum ? Would be a nice gesture from one of the last remnants of what was once a great auto manufacturer.

http://i136.photobucket.com/albums/q189/bonehead007/MVC-021F.jpg

New Jersey & Studes Perfect Together


I was thinking about that too. Anyone know if the wheel logo on the building will be saved? I'd gladly contribute to a fund to preserve it.

Also I have never understood the relationship of SASCO and the parts. I keep reading that a bank actually owns all of the parts. How did that work?

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m307/BubbaBear_2006/P8150259-1.jpg

showbizkid
09-14-2009, 12:35 AM
I had to go to Cleveland on business last Fall and managed to schedule in a couple extra days to go to South Bend and see the Museum and SASCO. Here's some shots I took:

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1544.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1535.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1536.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1538.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1537.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1532.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1531.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1530.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1528.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1527.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/2008%20trip%20to%20South%20Bend/DSCN1526.jpg

It saddens me that I'll never get to go back.


[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

BobGlasscock
09-14-2009, 07:49 AM
One of Clark's photos shows a straight 8. As little as I know about Studebaker detail history, I am unaware of a Studebaker straight 8. Is that what that is?

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

41 Frank
09-14-2009, 08:13 AM
Prewar Studebaker President models had straight 8 engines.



quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock

One of Clark's photos shows a straight 8. As little as I know about Studebaker detail history, I am unaware of a Studebaker straight 8. Is that what that is?

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

4961Studebaker
09-14-2009, 09:39 AM
quote:Originally posted by HawkGT

.

With the prospect of most of what's left of the factory becoming history in the next year or so, I'd sure like to see the Studebaker National Museum use their many photographic and other resources to construct a scale model of the plant.

Gene Nagle
1963 Hawk R1


Now I like that idea.....take it a step further build it with a working model railroad.
Thinking to future generations and the likes of myself who have only viewed pictures/posters of the plant in its glory.....a model to show some perspective would be neat addition.

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg
144 weeks till completion.

BubbaBear
09-14-2009, 10:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by 4961Studebaker


quote:Originally posted by HawkGT

.

With the prospect of most of what's left of the factory becoming history in the next year or so, I'd sure like to see the Studebaker National Museum use their many photographic and other resources to construct a scale model of the plant.

Gene Nagle
1963 Hawk R1


Now I like that idea.....take it a step further build it with a working model railroad.
Thinking to future generations and the likes of myself who have only viewed pictures/posters of the plant in its glory.....a model to show some perspective would be neat addition.

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg
144 weeks till completion.



How’s this sound? Before it is too late collect some bricks and other rubble from the demolition. Grind the bricks to cast into miniature bricks and build the scale model out of material from the actual plant. I’m no model builder but I bet it could be done.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m307/BubbaBear_2006/P8150259-1.jpg

Dick Clemens
09-14-2009, 10:03 AM
If you read the tag on the straght 8 it says Packard. Studebaker used the 8 cyl. engines from the late 20's to 1941 in their top line of cars. Mostly in the President line. Mr. Quinn, can you elaberate on this for our younger members.

studedick from the lower Ozarks

BobGlasscock
09-14-2009, 11:15 AM
Thanks Frank and Dick. My knowledge of straight 8s began only a couple of months ago when I saw one in a brand X at a club meeting. Man, that thing was sweet! Smooth and quiet.

I'm looking forward to Mr. Quinn piping in here, even though I am not a younger member. Old dogs CAN learn new tricks....er, new things.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

StudeRich
09-14-2009, 03:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Clemens

If you read the tag on the straght 8 it says Packard. Studebaker used the 8 cyl. engines from the late 20's to 1941 in their top line of cars. Mostly in the President line. Mr. Quinn, can you elaberate on this for our younger members.studedick from the lower Ozarks

That is news to me Dick, I always thought the '29 to '41 Presidents were Pierce Arrow straight Eights! [:0] They were acquired in the buyout of Pierce.
But I AM a 1954 and on, guy, so what do I know!:D

However Dennis' straight Eight, if I.D.'d as a Packard, quite simply IS a Packard! The parts are from the former Studebaker Packard Corp. Plant 8 Main Parts Depot you know!

StudeRich

StudeRich
09-14-2009, 03:52 PM
quote:Originally posted by BubbaBear

/Cut/ Also I have never understood the relationship of SASCO and the parts. I keep reading that a bank actually owns all of the parts. How did that work?

Simple, just like most of our homes are owned by a Bank, when Dennis purchased the Parts from the City of South Bend who bought them from Newman and Altman with their building that was condemned, he had to get multiple LOANS to buy them and maintain the building, since the parts are the collateral for the loan, they will own the parts on default of the loan. :(

StudeRich

Jeff_H
09-14-2009, 05:00 PM
I attended the last May swap meet that was held in the old N&A building in '99. I have a few pix I took but they are not scanned to digital. The next year, the building was torn down. Someone in the SB area posted a link to this picture taken of the demo in the summer of 2000. I saved it off line. I neglected to make a note of who it was. If the photographer sees this and would like me to take it down, I will.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/na1.jpg

I regret not snagging a loose brick from the collapsed remains of one of the guard shacks on the W side of the building. I heard others did.

In 2001 I went to the May swap meet again and visited sasco in the old Stude engineering building.

In 2007 I went to the Int'l meet and like Barnlark, posed my '53 across the street in the parking lot that is the site of the old N&A building.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/53bysascoJune2007.jpg

I did a little shopping as well. My '53 is the 3rd in the row parked along the side street behind the GT Hawk.

http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/53bysascoJune2007B.jpg

Being the procrastinator, I waited until 2 weeks ago today to make a order for a few items for spares, etc. I feared my order fell through the cracks given the chaos it must have been the past few weeks. Well, today I got some packages on my step when I got home! Not everything that I had ordered on-line was there, but most of it was. I assume the inventory on the computer was not correct or the items couldn't be found. A couple things are the sort of stuff likely to go to scrap: I have a spare rear sway bar but missing some of the mounting bits. I managed to get about half of those and can probably fabricate the rest from the ones I did get and the ones on my car as patterns. Just wanted to have a complete assy for either future use or resale.

Jeff in ND
http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t5/ee-engineer/devilstowerthumbnail.jpg
'53 Champion Hardtop

8E45E
09-14-2009, 08:07 PM
quote:Originally posted by Jeff_H

I attended the last May swap meet that was held in the old N&A building in '99. I have a few pix I took but they are not scanned to digital. The next year, the building was torn down. Someone in the SB area posted a link to this picture taken of the demo in the summer of 2000. I saved it off line. I neglected to make a note of who it was. If the photographer sees this and would like me to take it down, I will.



Here's another link to a post of one of those buildings being demo'd, except its the old 'Avanti Parts' building; not Newman & Altman.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=14283&SearchTerms=foundry

Craig

StudeRich
09-15-2009, 12:50 AM
Ok, that's great, can we now get back to SASCO? I think it was the topic.

StudeRich

Roscomacaw
09-15-2009, 12:53 PM
Sorry Boss.[V]

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

StudeRich
09-17-2009, 04:09 PM
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION GIFT!

Being a loyal customer of Newman & Altman and later SASCO, with a customer order number in the low 9000's since 1968 totaling easily way over $20,000.00, got me a little surprise today!

I made a phone order with Denice, two weeks ago Weds. Sept. 2, and I was hoping I would be lucky enough to get my $2000.00 order in time. [8D]

As days went to weeks I was sure my big order was "in the mail", then on the 14, I realized I could check my Credit Card account and... "OH NO"! No charges.

One of the items I ordered was the (4) '55-'64 V-8 Head Gaskets, I was shorted on my May '09 order, whoever pulled them forgot the SASCO 770172 number, is a PAIR of 535982 thick gaskets, so I got (4) instead of (8).

So today I get a small UPS package, no note, no bill just (8) Head Gaskets, the (4) they owed me and (4) free nice McCord gaskets, but no $2000.00 order! [^] AND :(

My guess as to what happened is; all of you who are fortunate enough to be able to run down there those last few days, must have so overwhelmed them, that the internet, and even the phone orders never got pulled, because with their 5 day holiday coming up, there was precious little time left! :(
StudeRich

Roscomacaw
09-17-2009, 06:09 PM
If my last order was honored, I should see a package by 6PM. If not....[V]

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

61Lark
09-17-2009, 10:45 PM
I checked my credit card today and my refund for the returned door panels was on there dated the 16th.

Nick

Bellingham Studenut
09-17-2009, 11:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION GIFT!

Being a loyal customer of Newman & Altman and later SASCO, with a customer order number in the low 9000's since 1968 totaling easily way over $20,000.00, got me a little surprise today!

I made a phone order with Denice, two weeks ago Weds. Sept. 2, and I was hoping I would be lucky enough to get my $2000.00 order in time. [8D]

As days went to weeks I was sure my big order was "in the mail", then on the 14, I realized I could check my Credit Card account and... "OH NO"! No charges.

One of the items I ordered was the (4) '55-'64 V-8 Head Gaskets, I was shorted on my May '09 order, whoever pulled them forgot the SASCO 770172 number, is a PAIR of 535982 thick gaskets, so I got (4) instead of (8).

So today I get a small UPS package, no note, no bill just (8) Head Gaskets, the (4) they owed me and (4) free nice McCord gaskets, but no $2000.00 order! [^] AND :(

My guess as to what happened is; all of you who are fortunate enough to be able to run down there those last few days, must have so overwhelmed them, that the internet, and even the phone orders never got pulled, because with their 5 day holiday coming up, there was precious little time left! :(
StudeRich


My last order just came in to Bellingham, WA today, so tomorrow should be any last orders to the west coast.
Although I ordered several thousand dollars worth, only about 1/2 was available, or made it.
Dennis did as much as he could with the time, help and parts left available.

Waiting until the last minute is never a good way to support our venders and I hope to help any new owner as well as other venders who help keep our Studebakers alive!

Many thanks to Dennis and all the venders who have done well for us.

James

The Bell Collection
Bellingham, WA.

Roscomacaw
09-18-2009, 10:10 AM
Yeah, my last order was waiting in the garage when I went out for the paper thos morning. Thanks SASCO! I'm gonna miss you.[V]

Edit: I just went thru what was shipped. Oddly enough, a moulding that was "no stock" last time was there this time. I will note tho, that this may be the result of some "inside help" I was offered. At the same time, a moulding that I DID get two months ago, came back "no stock". These were the aluminum "butterknife" pieces of beltline trim for my '63 Cruiser. I ordered a second set with an eye towards the future or any unforseen "incidents".[B)] This stuff, unlike the stainless, would be tough - if not impossible - to restore. I'm just amazed that I could get WHOLE SETS of NOS stainless and aluminum beltline mouldings for a 46-year old car! Not to mention sets of NOS door upholstery panels![:0]

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Nitram
09-18-2009, 12:35 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

Ok, that's great, can we now get back to SASCO? I think it was the topic.
StudeRich

?? And to think all this time I thought BShaw was the forum moderator. :(


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[i]~Nitram~
57 Transtar

Roscomacaw
09-18-2009, 01:04 PM
He has a cadre of helpers.;)

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/58_Avatar.jpg
1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

StudeRich
09-18-2009, 02:08 PM
quote:Originally posted by Nitram


quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

Ok, that's great, can we now get back to SASCO? I think it was the topic.StudeRich
?? And to think all this time I thought BShaw was the forum moderator. :(

The difference is, I suggest, I don't threaten. Only Bob has the power to do that, and a lot more! :D

StudeRich

StudeRich
09-19-2009, 11:15 AM
SO... has anyone in South Bend or anywhere heard how the S.B. Redevelopment Commission Meeting on Friday came out?

The City was supposed to buy back the lease on the SASCO Building 92 from the Teachers Credit Union inventory then, and maybe there would be an offer to sell the inventory?

StudeRich