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Studebaker Wheel
02-21-2010, 01:02 AM
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Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

barnlark
02-21-2010, 01:27 AM
What an interesting photo op. [^] '59 2 door wagon...love 'em.

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Chris_Dresbach
02-21-2010, 01:29 AM
I wonder where that was. Fire truck says South Bend on the doors.[?]
Chris Dresbach

doug
02-21-2010, 01:49 AM
That's hot!

PlainBrownR2
02-21-2010, 01:59 AM
What happens when a controlled prairie burn gets out of hand [}:)]......

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Chris Pile
02-21-2010, 05:15 AM
quote:What happens when a controlled prairie burn gets out of hand

Hardly.

Chris Pile
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8E45E
02-21-2010, 07:21 AM
No question that wagon is Campfire Red! :D

Craig

ChampTrucking
02-21-2010, 08:06 AM
That siren looks big enough to make it roll over on a hard right turn! I can't imagine the blind spot it made,especially on the traffic side of the drivers vision. Neat picture ,thanks!

Guido
02-21-2010, 08:12 AM
quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

What happens when a controlled prairie burn gets out of hand [}:)]......
Based on the surrounding ground, there does not appear to be enough fuel to create flames that high as well as that amount of smoke. Given how dark and dense the smoke is, I would suspect that is is tires or a heavy type of fuel.

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4961Studebaker
02-21-2010, 09:45 AM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

What an interesting photo op. [^] '59 2 door wagon...love 'em.



Thought of you right away Barnlark, [8D] You have to promise you'll add a siren :D [:0] when you find one. (Somewhere, on or hidden) [:o)]


ChopStu
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studegary
02-21-2010, 11:48 AM
That looks like a controlled/planned burn for training and a photo-op staged in South Bend for Studebaker.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

COMMANDERPINK1
02-21-2010, 11:59 AM
It would appear to me from the fire and smoke coming from a pit its a Hawaiian Luau gone bad. :D:D

Tom

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barnlark
02-21-2010, 12:00 PM
I think you're right. It looks like it's in a dump area, could be anything from wrecked cars and piles of tires as Guido suggests. As I mentioned, a cool photo op. Nothing like a good fire to get fleet fire equipment buyers pumped up. ;) (sorry)
4961, I am not even interested in the spot lights. That siren is a monster, isn't it? [:0]

raprice
02-21-2010, 01:35 PM
I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Those 2 door Lark wagons are good looking cars. I'd love to own one, but then I'd love to own any number of Studes.
Thank you Richard.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY
Long Island Studebaker Club

Studebaker Wheel
02-21-2010, 02:11 PM
My first reaction in seeing the photo was that the fire truck is not a Studebaker. You would think that being in South Bend.....

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

JGK 940
02-21-2010, 02:30 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

My first reaction in seeing the photo was that the fire truck is not a Studebaker. You would think that being in South Bend.....

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review


Mine, too. American LaFrance...?

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JGK 940
02-21-2010, 02:35 PM
quote:Originally posted by COMMANDERPINK1

It would appear to me from the fire and smoke coming from a pit its a Hawaiian Luau gone bad. :D:D



Auwe! No can be - da fireman no get shorts on.

My guess is a fresh pit full of diesel and maybe a little manure. The smoke looks a lot like what used to come out of USMC desert climate latrine sump sanitation maneuvers.

Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
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Guido
02-21-2010, 02:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by JGK 940
Mine, too. American LaFrance...?
I think that it is an American LaFrance model 900, somewhere around 1959-60. But what do I know, I have only had Studebaker fire trucks.....

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PlainBrownR2
02-21-2010, 06:19 PM
It's a gallows joke guys, relax [:o)].

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Avantidon
02-22-2010, 08:10 AM
Wonder if they ever got it out or were judt playing with it since it seems to be a long way from the houses. It's a great picture of a great little car!! Thanks Richard.

bridgegaurd
02-22-2010, 01:15 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

What an interesting photo op. [^] '59 2 door wagon...love 'em.

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well ya know what i say about that! Midge UP

bridgegaurd
02-22-2010, 01:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel
[brRichard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review
Cool, it's got it all, bubble gum machine roof light, fender siren with front flashing red light, aux red light by mirror, spot light (looks like a Perko) and gear box's in the luggae area. And the latest radio antenna of the day on the roof instead of the springed base bumper mount buggy whip style. Water ain't going to last long using that 2 1/2 hose though. Looks like a 700 gal pumper. And Firemen (before the gender elminating term Firefighter came out).
Love it

JBOYLE
02-22-2010, 02:44 PM
I want it!!!!

This may se stupid or obvious...but it looks two-tone.
There is really more of a color differentiation than you'd expect due to the body line & chrome.

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StudeRich
02-22-2010, 03:27 PM
quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

it looks two-tone. There is really more of a color differentiation than you'd expect due to the body line & chrome.

Nope, just light and shadows, look at the different shades on the roof.
Solid Campfire RED pretty much describes it!

StudeRich

PlainBrownR2
02-22-2010, 04:15 PM
quote:
Wonder if they ever got it out or were judt playing with it since it seems to be a long way from the houses. It's a great picture of a great little car!! Thanks Richard.


I presume that over there, much like over here, that the truck would be a pumper with it's own water, if there's no hydrants present. After that supply of water runs out, or there's no supply of water available, that then they break out the sticks and weenies [:o].

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HAWK64
02-23-2010, 03:51 AM
I am feeling the strain myself looking at that left front fender carrying that oversize siren. I bet that made a decent noise.

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8E45E
02-23-2010, 07:16 AM
quote:Originally posted by HAWK64

I am feeling the strain myself looking at that left front fender carrying that oversize siren.


I also think of the extra strain on that left front spring tower on the frame. They often broke there from the extra weight of the battery, so even MORE weight from that siren wouldn't have done it any favors. I wonder if the frame in that car remained intact the entire time it was in service.

Craig

Play Wagon
02-25-2010, 02:55 AM
Aside from the fire-related equipment, this car is a virtual twin to the one that I've owned since July of '78 and is currently sitting in our garage. Sadly, mine is nowhere near being finished, having been relegated to back-burner status by more pressing priorities. It hasn't been driven since I began its restoration around '85, nor have I had the opportunity to devote much time to it in recent years. It is, however, a very solid, nearly rust free example of its kind and toooo nice(and uncommon) to give up on. Perhaps my retirement project. I've gathered a ton of NOS parts toward its eventual renewal, and it's safe and out of the elements. I have another one which I sometimes tell folks I keep for reference, so I can remember how to reassemble the good one!:D
I've always liked 2-door wagons for some reason, and one day this one just followed me home. Some miscreant had stolen the wheels off of my '57 Beetle I drove at the time, and I had to do something, so when I first saw it with a for sale sign on it shortly after that I decided to check it out. I really liked its styling(especially the dashboard, which looked so inviting and well balanced) and told the owner that if I liked the way it drove I'd make him an offer. Well, as soon as I heard that little V8 fire I knew that the car would be mine!
Did anyone else notice that the bumper guards are mounted on the inner bolt holes? I've rarely, if ever, seen them like that on a contemporary photo of a '59-'60 Lark. For my money, I think it complements the rest of the car's proportions better than the more common outer placement. I have an NOS pair I may use, but think the cars look even "cleaner" without any guards. Thanks for sharing this and other images from your "archives", Richard. Lotsa fun...

JSC

dictator27
02-25-2010, 10:52 AM
Something looks phony here! The shadow under the siren is too sharply defined, compared to the spotlight and mirror. The bubblegum machine doesn't have a shadow. Instead, you see its reflection. [?] Vintage 1960's Photoshop?;)

Terry

dean pearson
02-25-2010, 03:46 PM
The shadows all look right to me ?
Maybe just bad eyesight, Don't know if it's mine or yours though.

Either way that a pretty cool car.

Dean.