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Dick Steinkamp
01-12-2014, 07:05 PM
I was going through some old pictures and found this one of my 54 hot rod that I took in July of 2004 when I lived in the Santa Cruz mountains.

I've taken a lot of pictures of this car, but this one might be the very best...and I've never shown it.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/11918828573_e143569e9d_o.jpg

Bill Pressler
01-12-2014, 07:10 PM
I was going through some old pictures and found this one of my 54 hot rod that I took in July of 2004 when I lived in the Santa Cruz mountains.

I've taken a lot of pictures of this car, but this one might be the very best...and I've never shown it.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3809/11918828573_e143569e9d_o.jpg

I think that's the best angle of those cars...looks terrific!

I also think that's the best angle of an Avanti, although photos like that seem rarely seen.

52-fan
01-12-2014, 07:13 PM
That's a beautiful car from any angle.

Dick Steinkamp
01-12-2014, 07:20 PM
I think that's the best angle of those cars...looks terrific!

I also think that's the best angle of an Avanti, although photos like that seem rarely seen.

I agree Bill. This is the favorite pic I have of my Avanti...

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/1963%20Avanti/sunny026.jpg

sals54
01-12-2014, 07:29 PM
Dick, I don't see how that could be your favorite S2D picture…. I don't see any smoke billowing off those rear tires ! ! ! !
Seriously, though, Great Shot. Still the best example of a 53 I've ever seen. And I've seen a few.

showbizkid
01-12-2014, 07:30 PM
That's gorgeous, Dick. Thanks for sharing.

junior
01-12-2014, 07:32 PM
oh ya, it`s cool alright, but the one that got me all giddy is the a 3/4 rear view, passenger side, nice n'low at what I believe is Bonneville salt flats. Stumbled across it on the 'net, printed it (b&w) waaay back about 2003/4, and hung it up on the garage wall. In fact, I'd love you to post in color if you can. Anyways, motivation to keep going on mine, and kinda funny that I was staring at the photo yesterday when things weren't going so well on welding a new fuel tank mount on the trunk floor. IMO, the coolest 53/4 K ever. cheers, Junior.

dean pearson
01-12-2014, 07:33 PM
Yeah yeah,
Could you make the title a little longer so it is easier to click on????

Just kidding Dick.
That is one sweet car. I think any car you put your time into would be an above and beyond example.

Dean.

Dick Steinkamp
01-12-2014, 07:56 PM
oh ya, it`s cool alright, but the one that got me all giddy is the a 3/4 rear view, passenger side, nice n'low at what I believe is Bonneville salt flats.

Maybe this one, junior?

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/3fb2-1.jpg

It was the Bonneville Salt Flats. My buddy Jim Carter and I took S2D from San Francisco to LA where we hooked up with the rest of the crew from Rod and Custom and toured on Americruise to Lincoln, NE. We stopped at Bonneville on the way back to California. I think we did about 3,000 miles in 10 days. S2D didn't miss a beat, but we sweated our butts off in a black car, black interior, and no AC in the middle of August. Fun though :cool:

Swifster
01-12-2014, 09:02 PM
The best looking Studebaker I've ever seen...

SN-60
01-12-2014, 09:09 PM
What a paint job! The car looks 'Wet'! Only change I'd make is changing to '55 tail light assys, which I've always felt are much nicer looking than the '54's. (More visible at night also!)

SN-60
01-12-2014, 09:14 PM
I agree Bill. This is the favorite pic I have of my Avanti...

http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww63/dstnkmp/1963%20Avanti/sunny026.jpg

I've always liked the Right 3/4 front view!

StudeRich
01-12-2014, 10:44 PM
What a paint job! The car looks 'Wet'! Only change I'd make is changing to '55 tail light assys, which I've always felt are much nicer looking than the '54's. (More visible at night also!)

Nope, those are the best! Just look how much better they are than '53's! :!: :D

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Xcalibur
01-13-2014, 12:35 AM
NICE one!!!

junior
01-13-2014, 08:50 AM
Maybe this one, junior?

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/3fb2-1.jpg

It was the Bonneville Salt Flats. My buddy Jim Carter and I took S2D from San Francisco to LA where we hooked up with the rest of the crew from Rod and Custom and toured on Americruise to Lincoln, NE. We stopped at Bonneville on the way back to California. I think we did about 3,000 miles in 10 days. S2D didn't miss a beat, but we sweated our butts off in a black car, black interior, and no AC in the middle of August. Fun though :cool:

oh ya, that'd be the one! thanks for posting it...actually think it is better in b&w, perhaps the contrast of dark car on white salt?...perhaps more retro?

junior

Green53
01-13-2014, 09:22 AM
Very cool car. I really liked the pictures of our two cars together when you came to the Zone meet in Arizona.

Denny L

Pat Dilling
01-13-2014, 09:49 AM
Great picture Dick. Me thinks perhaps you regret letting that one go?

Dick Steinkamp
01-13-2014, 10:02 AM
Nope, those are the best! Just look how much better they are than '53's!

I had my choice of all three years (53,54,55) of tail lights. I chose 54s, but others would make a different choice and it would be right for them.

For me, the 53's are a little too "square" for the car, and the 55s are too big and don't blend well with the bumper. The 54s are just right :D

Dick Steinkamp
01-13-2014, 10:16 AM
oh ya, that'd be the one! thanks for posting it...actually think it is better in b&w, perhaps the contrast of dark car on white salt?...perhaps more retro?

junior

That picture was taken BD (before digital). It's just a scan of a print. Not real high quality.

Coming home, we left Lincoln after lunch and made Laramie that night, then into SLC the next night. We washed the car before we went to bed (I knew I wanted to stop at the salt the next morning). Reno the next night, then home to San Francisco the following day.

Here's a few more from the salt...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/524a-1.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/1afc.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/6b11.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/6c72.jpg


This one from that trip made a TW cover. My buddy Jim driving. Between our night stop at Glenwood Springs, CO and Denver (over Eisenhower Pass at 11,158 feet :eek:)

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/532a.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
01-13-2014, 10:20 AM
Very cool car. I really liked the pictures of our two cars together when you came to the Zone meet in Arizona.

Denny L

Me too! That was a great meet.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Two%20Studes/26d3.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Two%20Studes/a938.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Two%20Studes/b3a5.jpg

I drove solo coming home...Phoenix to San Francisco...13 hours.

Dick Steinkamp
01-13-2014, 10:27 AM
Great picture Dick. Me thinks perhaps you regret letting that one go?

Thanks, Pat.

I hated to see ALL of them go...but if I would have kept any one of them, I wouldn't have been able to do the next one (and the next, and the next) and I would have missed all that fun I had with the other cars.

53k
01-13-2014, 10:27 AM
That's a beautiful car from any angle.
I can personally vouch for the fact that S2D was/is a drop dead gorgeous car. I first met S2D and Dick when I was in the SF Bay Area to pick up a '64 R-2 Avanti that Bob Peterson was holding for me in his shop in Hayward. We were standing outside his shop when Dick drove in to the parking lot with S2D. There were other businesses in the lot where Bob's shop is and many people were outside doing various things. When Dick drove in all work stopped and a crowd immediately built around his car. The crowd included me as well.

Dick Steinkamp
01-13-2014, 10:47 AM
I can personally vouch for the fact that S2D was/is a drop dead gorgeous car. I first met S2D and Dick when I was in the SF Bay Area to pick up a '64 R-2 Avanti that Bob Peterson was holding for me in his shop in Hayward. We were standing outside his shop when Dick drove in to the parking lot with S2D. There were other businesses in the lot where Bob's shop is and many people were outside doing various things. When Dick drove in all work stopped and a crowd immediately built around his car. The crowd included me as well.

The best part of that day (IIRC) was that Peterson bought us all lunch! :!!:

klifton1
01-13-2014, 11:52 AM
That ride height is perfect.
Klif

Studedude
01-13-2014, 01:05 PM
Very cool car. I really liked the pictures of our two cars together when you came to the Zone meet in Arizona.

Denny L

Dick has a way of getting certain cars together. He rounded up 'Sheba and S2D for a photo op in Omaha, as well. Sure have pleasant memories of Stude meets!

SN-60
01-13-2014, 04:19 PM
I had my choice of all three years (53,54,55) of tail lights. I chose 54s, but others would make a different choice and it would be right for them.

For me, the 53's are a little too "square" for the car, and the 55s are too big and don't blend well with the bumper. The 54s are just right :D

Yes, I wasn't considering the fit-to-bumper with the '55 tail light units. Best leave well enough alone,....that '54 is beautiful!

Dick Steinkamp
01-13-2014, 05:21 PM
Dick has a way of getting certain cars together. He rounded up 'Sheba and S2D for a photo op in Omaha, as well. Sure have pleasant memories of Stude meets!

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Omaha/3336-1.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Omaha/15bf.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Omaha/9c72.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Omaha/b45b.jpg

Studedude
01-13-2014, 11:51 PM
Sweet memories... we had fun!

RadioRoy
01-14-2014, 12:00 AM
How do you keep it so clean? You must dust it off before you take a picture, right?

clonelark
01-14-2014, 06:58 AM
Those 53-54s are the reason they are so high priced. who couldn't love those cars. 55 Speedsters and 56-58 Golden Hawks right behind.

Green53
01-14-2014, 11:47 AM
Didn't we get Sheba and my 53 together at the meet in McPherson a few years ago Dave? I can't find my copy.

Denny L

Studedude
01-14-2014, 01:45 PM
Didn't we get Sheba and my 53 together at the meet in McPherson a few years ago Dave? I can't find my copy.

Denny L
Yes, we did, Denny. I remember it well. It was one of the first few Stude meets I had attended. I remember you being very gracious, and putting my mind at ease for having the audacity of showing up in a modified Stude.
I'll look, but I doubt I have pics from that meet. I didn't own a digital camera back then.

johnod
01-14-2014, 05:47 PM
Dick that's a great looking car, I may have mentioned that before:D, not sure exactly what it is, ( and I've been trying to figure it out), but it's just right.

Sheba is no slouch either, I think ANY car guy would be happy to have either in his garage, I know I would.

Thanks for the pics I may print one of those out to hang in the garage.

By the way did you shave the bumper bolts? I can't tell.

Dick Steinkamp
01-14-2014, 08:20 PM
By the way did you shave the bumper bolts? I can't tell.

Thanks for the compliment, John.

I did not shave the bumper bolts.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/ae5a.jpg

I've got this thing about sticking to a "theme" on a car. The theme on this one was "what if I had the money and the know how to do the perfect (MY opinion for "perfect" of course :)) 53/4 Stude hardtop street rod. That's why the 65 Corvette 365/327 (clone), the close ratio 4 speed, stock suspension and rear end, no billet, no AC, no booming stereo, American 5 spoke look alikes, etc. In 1965 they may have been shaving bumper bolts, but I wasn't aware of any that way. I considered it (no real extra cost), but decided against it.

(full disclosure...If I REALLY stuck to my theme, the car would have had the 375 HP motor (Rochester FI). The correct FI unit was running about $10k when I built the car, so I skimped ;))

4961Studebaker
01-19-2014, 10:32 AM
Took a little liberty with the scan, and cleaned up some of the salt artifact, or a glossy pic pressed on a glass scanner. (On the B/W)

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/SaltFlatBlackWhiteS2DSteinkampcopy.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/SaltFlatBlackWhiteS2DSteinkampcopy.jpg.html)

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/SaltFlatS2DSteinkamp.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/SaltFlatS2DSteinkamp.jpg.html)

Green53
01-19-2014, 10:56 PM
The green 53 comes out of storage tomorrow. It's time to give it some exercise. I have been driving the 40 President lately. Normally I try to rotate the 3 cars every two or three weeks but with the holidays the schedule got messed up.

Denny L
40 President Club Sedan street rod
53 Champion Starliner modified
64 Avanti R1