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Randy_G
03-02-2007, 07:49 PM
I know we have few Studebaker dealers here and there son's and daughter's, After reading another post I got this idea to ask how many of you worked for Studebaker-Packard in the factory? Got any good stories to share? And for Leonard and myself, would you have any photo's to go along with it!

Randy_G
South Bend or Bust 2007!
God I miss chrome on cars.
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StudHawk60
03-03-2007, 05:42 AM
I didn't, but my Dad worked there in 1950-51 until he joined the Air Force and went to Korea. He installed the back seat and the dashboard. He always said he didn't much care for it. He said that it was so disorganized that guys would come in for their shift at Studebaker, punch in, leave the building and go work at the Oliver plant. Just how the hell could they get away with something like that? He could never figure it out either.[V]

StudHawk60
03-03-2007, 05:42 AM
I didn't, but my Dad worked there in 1950-51 until he joined the Air Force and went to Korea. He installed the back seat and the dashboard. He always said he didn't much care for it. He said that it was so disorganized that guys would come in for their shift at Studebaker, punch in, leave the building and go work at the Oliver plant. Just how the hell could they get away with something like that? He could never figure it out either.[V]

63larkcustom
03-03-2007, 08:21 AM
While I never worked at the factory as it was shut down before my time, two generations of my family worked for Studebaker. My grandfather, Harry Jacobs, started with Studebaker in the 1940s as a test driver of the weasel at the proving grounds. After the war, he went the the plant and worked in metal finishing, dept 308. During the 50's he played in the Studebaker band and spent time as a union steward. My uncle Woodrow was a wood pattern maker during the late 50s through the end of production in South Bend. He spent a lot of time working on the Avanti project. My father was a plant electrician from the early 50s to the time the plant shut down.

63larkcustom
03-03-2007, 08:21 AM
While I never worked at the factory as it was shut down before my time, two generations of my family worked for Studebaker. My grandfather, Harry Jacobs, started with Studebaker in the 1940s as a test driver of the weasel at the proving grounds. After the war, he went the the plant and worked in metal finishing, dept 308. During the 50's he played in the Studebaker band and spent time as a union steward. My uncle Woodrow was a wood pattern maker during the late 50s through the end of production in South Bend. He spent a lot of time working on the Avanti project. My father was a plant electrician from the early 50s to the time the plant shut down.

avantilover
03-03-2007, 02:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudHawk60

I didn't, but my Dad worked there in 1950-51 until he joined the Air Force and went to Korea. He installed the back seat and the dashboard. He always said he didn't much care for it. He said that it was so disorganized that guys would come in for their shift at Studebaker, punch in, leave the building and go work at the Oliver plant. Just how the hell could they get away with something like that? He could never figure it out either.[V]
It's no wonder they ran out of money when they were paying folks who didn't do anything.[:0]:D:)

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

avantilover
03-03-2007, 02:32 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudHawk60

I didn't, but my Dad worked there in 1950-51 until he joined the Air Force and went to Korea. He installed the back seat and the dashboard. He always said he didn't much care for it. He said that it was so disorganized that guys would come in for their shift at Studebaker, punch in, leave the building and go work at the Oliver plant. Just how the hell could they get away with something like that? He could never figure it out either.[V]
It's no wonder they ran out of money when they were paying folks who didn't do anything.[:0]:D:)

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

Jackson
03-03-2007, 02:49 PM
I worked there for three weeks in 1959, got laid off and went back to college. One of the best things that ever happened to me. My father and father-in-law both had over thirty years at Studebaker.

Jackson
03-03-2007, 02:49 PM
I worked there for three weeks in 1959, got laid off and went back to college. One of the best things that ever happened to me. My father and father-in-law both had over thirty years at Studebaker.

JDP
03-03-2007, 03:09 PM
I made Studebaker bumpers at Rockwell Standard outside of South Bend In.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

JDP
03-03-2007, 03:09 PM
I made Studebaker bumpers at Rockwell Standard outside of South Bend In.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black)
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

Transtar56
03-03-2007, 03:15 PM
"God I miss chrome on cars."

Was in getting the Sorento serviced the other day and noticed the new Kia Magentis and others have real metal chrome door handels,and chrome "spears" running along the bottom of the doors.
Incidently,after 56k Im still impressed as hell with this Sorento,if it stays as good as its been Ill be getting another.
Their the real deal,have a look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9esan7vtJ8


I didn't have a magnet with me,but it sure looked like metal chrome.

Transtar56
03-03-2007, 03:15 PM
"God I miss chrome on cars."

Was in getting the Sorento serviced the other day and noticed the new Kia Magentis and others have real metal chrome door handels,and chrome "spears" running along the bottom of the doors.
Incidently,after 56k Im still impressed as hell with this Sorento,if it stays as good as its been Ill be getting another.
Their the real deal,have a look

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9esan7vtJ8


I didn't have a magnet with me,but it sure looked like metal chrome.