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04-24-2010, 12:31 PM
Well this is it for retrobaker photos, and I'm kinda cheating because they're not from a magazine, but from my Dad's photo album, and they're all of my car...but they are retro! Thanks for the emails from folks who enjoyed the retrobaker posts, I'm happy to have shared them with you. Junior.

1958 the day my Dad bought the car. Light green top, (stock Stude color) dark green bottom (Edsel color)

1958 addition of '46 Ford fender skirts.

1960 painted black...don't know who the baby is, might be my older brother.

1962 or 63 addition of 1952 232 Stude engine. Note hole in hood to clear carb...later my Dad added a steel hood scoop from a late 50's superduty F series Ford truck. Sadly he can't find a photo of the car with the scoop...too bad as its the way I first remember the car as a kid.

1980...on the road again after a long hibernation. Chevy drivetrain installed, new interior.

1998 new paint, most chrome redone.

2010 Since I bought the car from my Dad, besides keeping it running, I've added an AutoMeter tach, Turner front brakes, Chevy S-10 rear end, full tailpipes, Unique Supreme wheels, 3 point front and rear seatbelts, electric cooling fan. Next big mod(for me) is to return the car to a manual trans.


54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

04-24-2010, 12:54 PM
Sweet car, Junior. Now I'm thinking of joining a local chapter, too. Might see you in the next few months.

JGK 940
04-24-2010, 12:55 PM
Holy cow. Talk about a fully-documented family car.

Inevitable comments:

1) Opinions and @holes, you know, but I'm pretty sure I would have gone nuts over the two-tone green.[:p]
2) You've got so much good stuff to share next time I'm on my way to Alberta I'm picking you up a good flatbed scanner and a couple six-packs: we'll get you hooked up yet; it's easier than you think. ;)

Many warm Hawaiian thanks for the Retrobaker ride! [8D]

Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

04-24-2010, 01:02 PM
I know it's my opinion, but the C bodies just look better than the Ks. Yours sure does the name proud.

Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
'55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
....On the road, again....
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

04-24-2010, 02:45 PM
Great story behind the car. Thanks for posting

04-24-2010, 03:47 PM
Thanks for the retrobaker stuff. It was fun and brought back fond memories from those little magazines I used to love so much (packed away in boxes in the barn now);) Great history on the car. Wish you were bringing out to the Blossom Run on the May long weekend.[:p] There are a bunch of guys coming from Calgary.:)
When did you buy the car from your Dad and how old was he when he bought it[?]
Good Roads

Brian Woods
1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

04-24-2010, 04:41 PM
I liked all your postings. Find some more and keep going.
The two tone green paint looks like the hood and sides were dark and the top and trunk were light. Is that right?
This was a neat photo album you shared today.
Thank you,

Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

Nelsen Motorsports
04-24-2010, 07:52 PM
Ooh baby, that is one sweet ride.

Alex Nelsen, 15 year old Studebaker nut.
1954 Champion Coupe
Lizella, GA

04-25-2010, 09:17 AM
Keoni...I'll take you up on your offer...just one question, why would you want to come to Alberta? Do you know it snowed like crazy here yesterday from about 7pm until I went to bed at 2am.

Gary...you are correct, the only factory green that was on the car when my Dad purchased it was the roof, rear deck panel, trunk and trunk side of the 'tail fins'. The second color came about as the result of the car being hit hard on the passenger front corner. The passenger door never fit right when he got it, and still doesn't.

Brian...sorry won't get to Kelowna for May-long, but should get out there someday to visit all relatives as we're all not getting younger. When I do I'll make a point of contacting you...would love to see your rides and set-up. BTW you said in another post you e-mailed me? Did not receive, please resend. I bought the car from my Dad in July 2003 for an extremely attractive price(of course:D), but I had to sacrifice my rust-free 240Z (sob, sob) and my wife's rust-free and freshly redone VW beetle (Vernon car) and build a huge garden shed to accommodate all my garage junk to make room for the Stude. But as I think you can figure out, there was no way I was going to let the car leave the family after being a part of my whole life, and I was not about to let my brother get his hands on it because he would have let it sit outside and rot just like his 66 Canso sport deluxe. (go figure, the Canso sits outside his 24X36 garage, and his rusted out pos Datsun truck sits in the garage...and the Canso WAS a rust free 2 owner car with 89 thou. miles on it when he bought it.) My Dad was 67 years old when he decided he needed to move to a milder climate (can't blame him) so he and my mom moved to downtown Victoria to live the highrise condo life...so taking the Stude with him really wasn't a practical option. Regards, Junior.

This would explain why I needed to make room for the Stude.


54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

dean pearson
04-25-2010, 11:01 AM
Very cool car and family history Junior.
You have really done a good job with it and it's truly a btchn car.

Thank goodness those fender skirts fell off! Those things were huge.


04-25-2010, 11:08 AM
Greg thanks for all the retro postings really enjoyed them. Looks like your Dad enjoyed working on the Stude as do you.



04-25-2010, 01:04 PM
Thanks again for the positive comments...just to make it clear, I did not build the car...it was built by my father. I can only take credit for updating it and keeping it running. Junior.


54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

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04-25-2010, 01:07 PM
I don't think I have ever seen fender skirts change a car as much at those did. It completely altered the lines. Very cool.

Venice, Florida
1950 Champion
9G F1

04-26-2010, 01:01 PM
Sweet car, and even though I like green, todays color looks great.
Please post pictures of the 66 Canso! [:p]