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02-18-2015, 08:33 AM
I visited this dealer with Dick Quinn in 1983.
What became of his parts stock?

Robert Kapteyn

02-18-2015, 08:36 AM
Was this in Gardner, MA?

Studebaker Wheel
02-19-2015, 12:24 PM
Yes, that's the one.

02-19-2015, 12:38 PM
My guess is Bob, that you are probably not the only one buying up Old Dealer Stock, others like Ed Reynolds and Steven Cade bought their share! :D

stude dude
02-19-2015, 12:57 PM
We have a lot of stock from Johnson Motor Sales in Wisconsin. I believe Eugene Snyder bought it out in the 1980's along with some other dealers and part of the Canadian parts depot.


02-19-2015, 07:54 PM
I looked at the inventory about three years ago and it had been pretty much picked over. Johnny's son and daughter were selling what was left and it needed to be moved quickly as the property was being taken by eminent domain by the city for a new police or fire station (I think) and was going to be torn down. Any parts left in the building were going to be sold for scrap if nobody wanted them. I think someone local may have bought up some of the parts as I see an ad for Studebaker parts from that area on Craigslist every now and then. Hopefully someone from that area will chime in with more details.

02-19-2015, 10:51 PM
'Johnny' lived into his nineties, and his dealership remained as a Studebaker service facility until his death. His place was mentioned in 'Turning Wheels' a few years ago. Remaining parts were bought up by Bob Munter, I believe.

Studebaker Wheel
02-20-2015, 12:52 AM
SN-60; A little off on the age. I visited with him when he was 101 yrs old and if I recall he passed the following year at 102. There were still lots of parts left in the building when I was there in c2011. Bought a few items including some sheet metal. By the way he stared with Studebaker in late 1936 selling new 1937 models. I had visited him previously in the late 1970s and again in 1990 and then about 5 years ago. Photo below from 1950.


02-20-2015, 08:17 AM
If Bob bought the stuff, bless his sole, as it looked like a lot of lugging, loading and storing for not much profit. One interesting thing was a NOS pair of 42 front fenders, somewhat rare but not in huge demand.