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  • Bill Pressler FINALLY gets his new Cruiser...

    Bill Pressler's new Timberline Turquoise 1966 Cruiser was finally delivered Monday afternoon, April 17, 2017. Here's Bill, ceremoniously receiving the keys from yours truly before surrendering them so we could get it off the trailer!



    Eagle eyes will note the wire wheel covers having been installed while the car was on the trailer. There is a method to our madness, here. They were in the trunk for the 320-odd mile journey from Brownsburg IN to Kent OH, but we put them on right away when it arrived...the idea being that they would be in place for the full effect when Bill's wife Sheila got home from teaching school and saw it for the first time. I explained this deviousness to Bill thus, "Bill, I've been in the used car business one way or another for 55-odd years...and I'm tellin' ya, first impressions are crucial."

    Sheila was pleasantly impressed with the car, we suspect her having been subjected to no other topic of conversation for about two months. Her first three words were, "That's really cute." In that she saw it with travelling associate Howe Clark, Bill, and I standing in front of it, Howe assumed she was talking about us! Vanity, Howe; all is vanity...

    Yours truly had never met Sheila. I'm happy to report that she is such a pleasant person that when Howe and I left after all having supper together at Cracker Barrel (thanks, Bill!), Howe postulated, "How do you suppose she wound up with Bill?" (JUST KIDDING, Bill; Howe said nothing of the sort....but, indeed, we may have wondered....)

    My having successfully backed it off the trailer, Bill took the wheel and drove it a half-block up the street and into his garage. (His street was too busy for us to be unloading a car, so we went to a large cul-de-sac a few doors down for unloading.) Once safely in their garage, Bill and Sheila posed with their happy new acquisition:



    Bill himself was most pleased with the car and asked that thanks be tendered to SDC Forum Member John Thompson of Edinburgh IN. Bill said John described the car accurately and honestly, and that Bill much appreciated the care and attention John had given it during his period of ownership; about 4 years.

    Having bid Bill and Sheila farewell at Cracker Barrel Monday evening, Howe and I stayed overnight up the road in Mentor OH, east of Cleveland. Tuesday morning bright and early, we went to John Wolf Instrument Repair & Restoration in adjacent Willoughby OH to drop off all the instruments from Howe's 1957 Golden Hawk 400, to be restored. John's place was amazing; such a thorough operation and gorgeous work.

    From there, we went west to take in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland (very cool), then back home to central Indiana with the empty car trailer in tow. Happily home by 7:00 PM.

    Overall, the whole trip could not have been more pleasant or successful. Gorgeous weather, no traffic issues, and several missions all successfully accomplished. Thanks for the company, Howe, and best wishes with your new 1966 Cruiser, Bill and Sheila. It is my opinion that it might be the nicest original-paint, unrestored 1966 Studebaker Cruiser on the planet. "Never say never" as to ever seeing a nicer one...but at this juncture, I'd say that a serious contender for the position is yet to surface. BP
    Last edited by BobPalma; 04-26-2017, 06:23 AM.
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  • #2
    Bill, your car looks awesome! I bet you will get some great cruising in this season. Enjoy!
    Neil

    1964 Daytona Convertible
    1964 Daytona Hardtop
    1962 Champ Truck
    1957 Golden Hawk

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    • #3
      Good Show, did you slap a Palma Studebaker Packard Lube Sticker on the Door for him after the Oil Change?

      It is probably without doubt the most beautiful Color they had that year!


      Bob, do we know ALL of the past History as to prior and Original owners of this Sweet Cruiser?

      The reason I ask is, when I has in South Bend in 1966 one of the Salesmen (Parts Counterman) at the Plant 8 World Wide Parts Depot gave me his address to come by and pick up some updates to the '59-'64 Shop Manual he sold me from his personal "Stash".

      He took us to his garage to show us the Beautiful Timberline Turquoise '66 Cruiser he kept in the Garage in beautiful shape.
      He was proud of the '66 Commander Chrome Taillight housings he had added.
      I believe at some Serial Number they started putting those on Cruisers to replace the Body Color ones.

      So could it be? Maybe if I dig though some old receipts and papers from the 1960's I could come up with his name, he had to be one the last SEVEN was it? Studebaker Employees at Studebaker and Plant 8.
      Last edited by StudeRich; 04-18-2017, 09:41 PM.
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
        Good Show, did you slap a Palma Studebaker Packard Lube Sticker on the Door for him after the Oil Change?
        'Ran out of them just last year, Rich! BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #5
          (edited) Nice car. There's a '66 2-door that just became available south of Seattle if anyone is interested:

          https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/6093970665.html
          Last edited by Mark L; 04-19-2017, 08:46 PM.
          Mark L

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mark L View Post
            Nice car. There's another '66 Cruiser that just became available south of Seattle if anyone is interested:

            https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/cto/6093970665.html
            Actually, it's a Daytona... an "inferior" model to the Cruiser with only 2 doors.

            BTW, Congrats Bill - That's a fine looking '66!!
            Mark Hayden
            '66 Commander
            Zone Coordinator
            Pacific Can-Am Zone

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            • #7
              It is a '66 Daytona Sports Sedan with a quite unusual Bucket Seat Delete!
              Seems to be in very excellent condition.

              Too bad it is Black on Black, that does nothing for me or the Car.
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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              • #8
                Great write up Bob , sounds like you guys had a lot of fun

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                • #9
                  Thanks Bob! I called Sheila yesterday and said, "I have to call Bob".

                  She said, "Why?".

                  I said, "I moved the car and there's nothing on the garage floor!". LOL

                  The way the doors close is still wowing me, too!

                  Thanks for all your help in this purchase, Bob, and thanks to John for selling me the car!
                  Bill Pressler
                  Kent, OH
                  (formerly Greenville, PA)
                  Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                  Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                  1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                  1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                  All are in Australia now

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                  • #10
                    Rich, the car was sold through Osborne Motor Sales in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Vernon and Fay Hutchinson of Grand Junction. It was built Nov. 12, 1965, but was delivered to the Hutchinsons on April 16, 1966, nearly a month after the last Studebaker was built. I'll assume that the Hutchinsons were Studebaker owners and probably wanted one last new one while they could get one. I am curious if it was the last new Studebaker the dealer sold.

                    I googled the Hutchinsons and the 1940 census was the first thing that came up. Vernon was 35 and Fay 34 in 1940, with a five-year-old son named Delbert.

                    Incidentally, I have never seen a '60's Studebaker production order with the wire wheelcovers noted on it, as is the case with this car.
                    Bill Pressler
                    Kent, OH
                    (formerly Greenville, PA)
                    Currently owned: 1966 Cruiser, Timberline Turquoise, 26K miles
                    Formerly owned: 1963 Lark Daytona Skytop R1, Ermine White
                    1964 Daytona Hardtop, Strato Blue
                    1966 Daytona Sports Sedan, Niagara Blue Mist
                    All are in Australia now

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                    • #11



                      Bob, do we know ALL of the past History as to prior and Original owners of this Sweet Cruiser?

                      The reason I ask is, when I has in South Bend in 1966 one of the Salesmen (Parts Counterman) at the pick up some updates to the '59-'64 Shop Manual he sold me from his personal "Stash".

                      He took us to his garage to show us the Beautiful Timberline Turquoise '66 Cruiser he kept in the Garage in beautiful shape.
                      He was proud of the '66 Commander Chrome Taillight housings he had added.
                      I believe at some Serial Number they started putting those on Cruisers to replace the Body Color ones.

                      So could it be? Maybe if I dig though some old receipts and papers from the 1960's I could come up with his name, he had to be one the last SEVEN was it? Studebaker Employees at Studebaker and Plant 8.[/QUOTE]

                      Not the car you saw as I added the chrome tail light housings not long after I purchased the car. The painted ones that were on the car when I got it were starting to flake off the paint.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
                        Bob, do we know ALL of the past History as to prior and Original owners of this Sweet Cruiser?

                        The reason I ask is, when I has in South Bend in 1966 one of the Salesmen (Parts Counterman) at the Plant 8 World Wide Parts Depot gave me his address to come by and pick up some updates to the '59-'64 Shop Manual he sold me from his personal "Stash".

                        He took us to his garage to show us the Beautiful Timberline Turquoise '66 Cruiser he kept in the Garage in beautiful shape.
                        He was proud of the '66 Commander Chrome Taillight housings he had added.
                        I believe at some Serial Number they started putting those on Cruisers to replace the Body Color ones.

                        So could it be? Maybe if I dig though some old receipts and papers from the 1960's I could come up with his name, he had to be one the last SEVEN was it? Studebaker Employees at Studebaker and Plant 8.
                        Hi, Rich. As you see in John Thompson's Post #12, above, and Bill Pressler's Post #10, this wouldn't be the car owned by that counterman at that time.

                        John Thompson (Post#12) is the forum member from whom Bill bought this car. John added the chrome bezels during his period of ownership; i.e., within the last 4 years. BP
                        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                        Ayn Rand:
                        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Bill Pressler View Post
                          Thanks Bob! I called Sheila yesterday and said, "I have to call Bob".

                          She said, "Why?".

                          I said, "I moved the car and there's nothing on the garage floor!". LOL

                          The way the doors close is still wowing me, too!

                          Thanks for all your help in this purchase, Bob, and thanks to John for selling me the car!
                          You bet, Bill; you know it was a lot of fun, getting you back into a Studebaker...and a darn nice original one to boot in your favorite color.

                          To keep the doors closing that impressively, get a tube of the wax-like Door Ease lubricant to lube the top surface of the striker plate every so often, and a spray can of White Lithium Grease to spray the door latch mechanism through the tube supplied. (That's the white stuff around the door latch's rotary "gear" you see inside the door from where I sprayed it a couple weeks ago.)

                          Enjoy! BP
                          Last edited by BobPalma; 04-19-2017, 07:38 AM.
                          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                          Ayn Rand:
                          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bill Pressler View Post
                            Rich, the car was sold through Osborne Motor Sales in Grand Junction, Colorado, to Vernon and Fay Hutchinson of Grand Junction. It was built Nov. 12, 1965, but was delivered to the Hutchinsons on April 16, 1966, nearly a month after the last Studebaker was built. I'll assume that the Hutchinsons were Studebaker owners and probably wanted one last new one while they could get one. I am curious if it was the last new Studebaker the dealer sold.

                            I googled the Hutchinsons and the 1940 census was the first thing that came up. Vernon was 35 and Fay 34 in 1940, with a five-year-old son named Delbert.

                            Incidentally, I have never seen a '60's Studebaker production order with the wire wheelcovers noted on it, as is the case with this car.
                            Hey, just realized this car was built on my 21st birthday!!! It was about that time, I was completing my Air Force Technical School training at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul Illinois. So soon after the departure of U.S. Studebaker production, for those of us without an ownership history, (or connection) Studebaker was disappearing over the horizon of our thoughts.

                            Back then, little did I know, that after surviving Vietnam, attending college, getting married and becoming a father, I would stumble across a little Studebaker pickup truck, and begin a lifelong journey in a Studebaker world.

                            Congratulations Bill, for your most recent acquisition. And for you, Bob Palma...for your excellent writing, and proving that you not only promote the preservation of our Studebaker legacy...but back it up with your actions!
                            John Clary
                            Greer, SC

                            SDC member since 1975

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                            • #15
                              That is a beautiful color indeed! 66's have always been my favorite 'Lark' sized Studebakers. Congrats on the purchase and enjoy driving it! Cheers, Junior. ps, as with Mr. Clary this car was built on my birthday too, and my birthday cake on that day would have had a whopping 5 candles on it.
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