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Roscomacaw
03-10-2007, 02:38 PM
A few years back - pre-forum era - I wrote this little piece about racing a Stude. I swear to you that it really WAS/IS founded by an experience that DID happen.
I had a '55 President Coupe that I'd bought outta Fresno. I'd never intended for it to be anything more than a parts car. And there were alot of good parts still on the thing.
Anyway, I stuck it in one bay of my shop and started taking things off of it as time permitted. One day I set in it to remove the wiper linkages and whatever else I could get loose and save. I'd already removed the dashboard and the front windshield was gone before I ever got the car. Here's a shot of two of that very coupe.

http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2007/3/10/IMAGE01.JPG

http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2007/3/10/IMAGE05.JPG

The little fantasy bit was inspired by me having a sort Walter Mitty moment as I sat in the car, daydreaming of a moment of glory.
The little writing was well recieved more than I could have imagined. Yet, after I'd posted it, I realized I could maybe have made a LITTLE bit better. Now I've taken the liberty of doing just that. Here tis..........

As I set in the stripped out hulk of the 55 coupe yesterday, my only aim was to liberate some more pieces from it before it met it’s final fate. I wriggled thru the partly blocked door and eased onto the makeshift seat I’d arranged to sit on. It was a sultry summer afternoon and I’d brought along a can of soda for refreshment. I popped the tab, took a drink and set it on the cowl. I set there for a moment – surveying what was left of the Stude. The dash was gone, but the steering column and wheel still stood proud. I fondly placed my hands on the wheel as tho I were about to take it for a spin…………….
Eerily, I could hear the Harbit-tweaked V8 throb in anxious anticipation for signals from my
right foot. I could feel the sweat trickling over my head in places the
helmet prevented me from wiping.
I reached thru the opening where the windsheild had been at one time
and gulped a slug of soda while I waited for the pit boss to slap my helmet.
I felt a lurch as the jacks dropped away. I moved to take one more slup of
drink.
When the slap came, it made my next swig of Pepsi spew out across the
dash board. I was a bit irked but there was no time to cuss or fume. Lark's
slap meant I had fresh rubber all around. And if I was gonna maintain the
lead, it was all in my hands again.
My right foot surged forward and my right hand forged a sweaty clench on
the shifter. The response from the 289 can only be described as something
between the cacophany one would expect from a Banshee with it's ass on fire
and a pressing into the seat that would do a set of wool pants proud!
From that very instant the rear tires started shedding their crying rubber to
the winds. I could see the white clouds rear view mirror. In fact, it was ALL I
could see in the mirror. Of course, the lane ahead commanded the most
attention from me. As I rocketed back onto the raceway, a Chrysler 300 came
up fast on my right. He managed to pass me with that elephant of inertia, but my right foot had
yet to ease up from it's stomp. The foot only got sparse relief while I rerouted the 289's furor thru the next combination of
gears. Then the foot went back to work. DAMN – what a sensation! .......
It NEVER ceased to be exhilarating! The scream of that spin-crazed
engine and the lead-boot kick in the ass that resulted from it's howling was
as thrilling as any encounter I'd ever known – female or otherwise.
Some other drivers
would tease me when I'd tell them that. They'd chuckle that I'd just never
been with the right woman.
Yeah, right. Their problem was they drove Fords
and Chevys. About as thrilling as watching a waitress clean ash trays.


On auto-pilot now, I wasn't thinking so much – “second gear”, “ third
gear” - as much as keeping the right howl coming from the exhausts. Before I
could say it, I was on the Chrysler's ass. I coul

mbstude
03-10-2007, 03:13 PM
Nice story Biggs... Keep 'em comin'! [8D][^]

__________________________________

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, Georgia
'59 Scotsman PU
'63 Daytona HT

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/truck_pretty_sky.jpg
http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://georgiastudebaker.com/

mbstude
03-10-2007, 03:13 PM
Nice story Biggs... Keep 'em comin'! [8D][^]

__________________________________

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, Georgia
'59 Scotsman PU
'63 Daytona HT

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/truck_pretty_sky.jpg
http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/
http://georgiastudebaker.com/

41 Frank
03-10-2007, 03:17 PM
Wow Biggs you missed your calling, you should have been wrting novels all this time. Nice touch.

Frank J.van Doorn
1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
1963 Daytona Conv
1941 Champion R-2 Rod

41 Frank
03-10-2007, 03:17 PM
Wow Biggs you missed your calling, you should have been wrting novels all this time. Nice touch.

Frank J.van Doorn
1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
1963 Daytona Conv
1941 Champion R-2 Rod

Karl
03-10-2007, 08:56 PM
WELL DONE...:D:D

63 Twin Supercharged Avanti
64 Avanti R3w/NOS
88LSC Avanti 350 Supercharged w/NOS

Karl
03-10-2007, 08:56 PM
WELL DONE...:D:D

63 Twin Supercharged Avanti
64 Avanti R3w/NOS
88LSC Avanti 350 Supercharged w/NOS

studeclunker
03-11-2007, 12:13 AM
Nice tie-in at the end. Good pace as well. Though a little bit of blatent name dropping was decernable. Fun story all round.

You know, I noticed the other day that Frumpy has a trailer hitch frame under her rear. I wonder what stories she could tell about family outings and campouts?;):)

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studeclunker
03-11-2007, 12:13 AM
Nice tie-in at the end. Good pace as well. Though a little bit of blatent name dropping was decernable. Fun story all round.

You know, I noticed the other day that Frumpy has a trailer hitch frame under her rear. I wonder what stories she could tell about family outings and campouts?;):)

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

studegary
03-11-2007, 12:16 PM
Why was that coupe parted out? It certainly doesn't appear to have much rust, maybe as much as a two year old rust belt Studebaker.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

studegary
03-11-2007, 12:16 PM
Why was that coupe parted out? It certainly doesn't appear to have much rust, maybe as much as a two year old rust belt Studebaker.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

Roscomacaw
03-11-2007, 01:16 PM
Good question, Gary! I actually tried to find the car a home (someone to adopt it and bring it back to life) once I got it home and saw how solid it was. Honestly, a couple hundred bucks would've bought it. No takers - and I DID try.
Overall, it looked shabby, but just look at that inner body panel where the photo reveals the rear fender was removed. That original, zinc chromate primer was intact all the way down to the bottom of that inner panel! The car had spent most of it's useful life in New Mexico and it showed it!
Here's the thing tho.... I managed to sell almost EVERY piece of sheet metal off that car so that other Studes could live. Even the floor panels and the pillars found new lives elsewhere. The floors made it all the way to South Carolina. A rear fender now visits Bonneville every season. The deck lid went to another 55 at the '02 meet in SB, and so on and so forth.[^] In fact, it wasn't but a month ago that the dash went to a guy building a cusstom '55 locally.
I've got only the firewall section left out back. That and a few things like the E-brake parts, the grille (which I'm saving for now) and myriad bit of hardware and trim that I've lost track of in all my piles of stuff!:( I doubt that firewall will ever go anyplace but the scrapper but you never know.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
03-11-2007, 01:16 PM
Good question, Gary! I actually tried to find the car a home (someone to adopt it and bring it back to life) once I got it home and saw how solid it was. Honestly, a couple hundred bucks would've bought it. No takers - and I DID try.
Overall, it looked shabby, but just look at that inner body panel where the photo reveals the rear fender was removed. That original, zinc chromate primer was intact all the way down to the bottom of that inner panel! The car had spent most of it's useful life in New Mexico and it showed it!
Here's the thing tho.... I managed to sell almost EVERY piece of sheet metal off that car so that other Studes could live. Even the floor panels and the pillars found new lives elsewhere. The floors made it all the way to South Carolina. A rear fender now visits Bonneville every season. The deck lid went to another 55 at the '02 meet in SB, and so on and so forth.[^] In fact, it wasn't but a month ago that the dash went to a guy building a cusstom '55 locally.
I've got only the firewall section left out back. That and a few things like the E-brake parts, the grille (which I'm saving for now) and myriad bit of hardware and trim that I've lost track of in all my piles of stuff!:( I doubt that firewall will ever go anyplace but the scrapper but you never know.;)

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

studegary
03-12-2007, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the reply, Bob/MrBiggs. I can certainly understand the situation. I have seen it happen often with sedans, but not so common with coupes, even though I remember parting out one of my '53 Commander Starliners (with GH engine) that I couldn't get anyone to take for $100 (pre-eBay). A lot of parts did go on to other Studebakers. That cowl section might be good for someone that wants to build a fiberglass bodied replica coupe.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

studegary
03-12-2007, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the reply, Bob/MrBiggs. I can certainly understand the situation. I have seen it happen often with sedans, but not so common with coupes, even though I remember parting out one of my '53 Commander Starliners (with GH engine) that I couldn't get anyone to take for $100 (pre-eBay). A lot of parts did go on to other Studebakers. That cowl section might be good for someone that wants to build a fiberglass bodied replica coupe.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)