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bob40
03-08-2010, 07:10 PM
This one needs to be saved,IMHO.It's in the same yard as the Lark convert but I would prefer not to part it out.Complete except for wheels/tires and a rear window.My guess is the floors are toast but there are a lot of good parts there or a relatively rare car to restore.The banjo steering wheel is a neat feature.I have not asked the owner for a complete car price yet but my guesstimate would be in the $500-600 range.If nobody wants it whole I'll buy it and put it in long term inside storage.I'm going to post it on the ASC and AACA forums in the next few days.Send me a note if interested.
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k93/Bob40_2006/My%20Walmart/pres3.jpg

Retired
03-08-2010, 07:17 PM
Skyway, Land Cruiser.

Richard

candbstudebakers
03-09-2010, 10:45 AM
I have a nos set of those fender lights if anyone is interested...Bob

Candbstudebakrs
Castro Valley,
California

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/1953%20custom/IM001173.jpg

56H-Y6
03-09-2010, 12:21 PM
Hi

In what state is it located?

Breaks my heart to see such a rare and desirable car left to rot.

Steve

skyway
03-09-2010, 12:46 PM
Parts-wise, just from the picture, you'd want to grab the entire front clip, and rear fenders, the front bumper riders, and rear gravel shields, and last but not least, those little "shark teeth" gizmos at the lower corners of the side window/door trim.

bob40
03-09-2010, 01:50 PM
Located in Minnesota.

bob40
03-15-2015, 09:50 AM
Adding pics to this old thread.Somebody got the top of the fender lights.It's mine if I want it....just not sure I want to dig it out.

studerex
03-15-2015, 10:08 PM
I'd like to buy the rear stone shields if they do not have any rust holes. Surface rust ok.

qsanford
03-16-2015, 04:12 PM
Hopefully, it can be sold as a complete restoration project. There can't be many '42 Presidents left, especially the Land Cruiser style! Someone was smart enough to buy a nice new President to see them through the War. Hope they took care of their tires!

Commander55
03-16-2015, 06:35 PM
I have a '42 President that was a miltary staff car assigned to the LANL (Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory) during the Manhattan Project. I tell everyone that when the lights are off in my shop that it glows in the dark. The car came to me in Olive Drab color, with a white star on the rear doors and serial numbers stenciled on each side of the hood. Pretty interesting vehicle as the bright work wasn't painted over like on most other military cars and trucks. Who knows, it may have been General Leslie Groves' staff car while the secret project was underway???

qsanford
03-16-2015, 07:16 PM
That is a real collector's item! The Military knew a good thing when they saw it! I was thinking the same thing about the Chrome trim on the Minnesota car. It must have been an early production '42, before the Blackout trim was in use.

57pack
03-16-2015, 07:52 PM
Yes! Please save this rare car! Even if you don't want it yourself, surely someone will come along and give it a good home .

Studebaker Wheel
03-16-2015, 07:53 PM
For the record Studebaker never referred to them as "blackout" models. They did call them model 90 inasmuch as it was the 90th anniversary of the company (1852- 1942). Production on the 1942 models began in the last week of August 1941. The model 90s were assembled for only just over 2 weeks from Jan 16, 1942 thru January 31, 1942. Total of all 1942 Presidents assembled 3500 (408 were model 90); total of all '42 Commanders 17,500 (model 90 - 1688); total of all '42 Champions 29,677 of which 4612 were model 90. These figures include both South Bend and Los Angeles (Vernon) plants.

qsanford
03-16-2015, 08:41 PM
Great statistics on the '42s. The Presidents were pretty rare even when new! Is there a breakdown as to how many Land Cruiser types were built?

Guido
03-16-2015, 08:43 PM
Bought a '63 Champ truck from a fellow who had a '42 President Skyway in the back of his garage. He had 3 NOS fenders for it, I don't know what ever became of it.

Studebaker Wheel
03-17-2015, 12:52 AM
There were 1663 Land Cruisers built of which 1212 were like the subject car, that is a Skyway with the body symbol B7. It was actually the highest production '42 President body style and trim level.

studeski
03-17-2015, 07:14 AM
Bob,
Last time I saw one in the dirt like that half the frame was gone. It was a 1960 hardtop.

qsanford
03-17-2015, 10:31 AM
There were 1663 Land Cruisers built of which 1212 were like the subject car, that is a Skyway with the body symbol B7. It was actually the highest production '42 President body style and trim level.
That is an outstanding body style. Imagine how many could have been sold if Pearl Harbor hadn't intervened!

qsanford
03-17-2015, 10:33 AM
This one needs to be saved,IMHO.It's in the same yard as the Lark convert but I would prefer not to part it out.Complete except for wheels/tires and a rear window.My guess is the floors are toast but there are a lot of good parts there or a relatively rare car to restore.The banjo steering wheel is a neat feature.I have not asked the owner for a complete car price yet but my guesstimate would be in the $500-600 range.If nobody wants it whole I'll buy it and put it in long term inside storage.I'm going to post it on the ASC and AACA forums in the next few days.Send me a note if interested.
http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k93/Bob40_2006/My%20Walmart/pres3.jpg

I wonder what other year wheels would fit this gem?

Commander55
03-17-2015, 11:37 AM
It should have 15" rims (7.00x15 tires). I'd imagine that '53 - '55 Commander wheels (6.70x15 tires) would fit just perfect and would accept a Stude hubcap. Good luck finding any '42 President hub caps. In all the years that I've had mine, I've found exactly ONE.
I'll try one of my '55 Commander wheels on the '42 if I get a chance this week and let you know (I've been meaning to do that anyway).

qsanford
03-19-2015, 04:25 PM
I was thinking the car might be more tempting to someone if it rolled! Thanks for the info.

bob40
03-19-2015, 08:20 PM
I know where I can get a complete rear end with springs and figured it would have to be installed to make loading easier

62champ
03-19-2015, 08:25 PM
It should have 15" rims (7.00x15 tires). I'd imagine that '53 - '55 Commander wheels (6.70x15 tires) would fit just perfect and would accept a Stude hubcap. Good luck finding any '42 President hub caps. In all the years that I've had mine, I've found exactly ONE.
I'll try one of my '55 Commander wheels on the '42 if I get a chance this week and let you know (I've been meaning to do that anyway).

Kind of a guess, but I think these "higher end" cars used the same wheel as the trucks did. Someone with knowledge will chime in.

Redone, the car could look something like this one in Gettysburg a few years back...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/shows/Gettysburg%202011/DSC03452.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/shows/Gettysburg%202011/DSC03453.jpg

qsanford
03-19-2015, 09:10 PM
What an elegant car! I guess it is not a Skyway due to the trim along the side? Thanks for posting the photos.

qsanford
03-22-2015, 09:54 AM
I have a '42 President that was a miltary staff car assigned to the LANL (Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory) during the Manhattan Project. I tell everyone that when the lights are off in my shop that it glows in the dark. The car came to me in Olive Drab color, with a white star on the rear doors and serial numbers stenciled on each side of the hood. Pretty interesting vehicle as the bright work wasn't painted over like on most other military cars and trucks. Who knows, it may have been General Leslie Groves' staff car while the secret project was underway???
I wonder if the Minnesota President may have been a Naval Staff Car? It seems to be painted one solid color (Navy Gray) rather than the usual two tone of the Skyway Series. I believe there is a Naval presence on the Great Lakes. On second thought, would a vehicle of this stature have been painted the more formal Navy Blue? Just a thought.

58PackardWagon
03-22-2015, 10:06 PM
It would cost a fortune to restore this car.

Guido
03-23-2015, 05:52 AM
It would cost a fortune to restore this car.

I think that argument could be made about virtually any car...