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    This may have been posted before but I did not know this
    https://www.museumofamericanspeed.co...tudebaker.html

    Robert Kapteyn

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    Interesting to see one of them restored.

    Further information here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...ry-!&styleid=1

    and here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...photos-I-found

    The text erroneously states that Studebaker went 'bankrupt' in 1933, in which they did not.

    Craig

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    • #3
      The text erroneously states that Studebaker went 'bankrupt' in 1933, in which they did not.
      Oh yes, they did. Bankrupt doesn't mean out of business.
      The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chris Pile View Post
        Oh yes, they did. Bankrupt doesn't mean out of business.
        I will disagree with you. I believe that they went into receivership, not bankruptcy.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Chris Pile View Post
          Oh yes, they did. Bankrupt doesn't mean out of business.
          Today, that is correct with the 'Chapter 11' provision which allows time for a 'bankrupt' company to address the creditors and reorganize. But that wasn't always the case. In 1933, 'declaring bankruptcy' meant you were essentially out of business. Unless the company had an 11th hour saviour, the sheriffs came in, took over, and proceed with foreclosure.

          Craig

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          • #6
            I'm not so sure that the Museum of American Speed has a real factory Indy engine. The block shows casting number 187029-2 with a date code that is something like I 4 ? which would make it a 1929 casting, not something built in 1933 or 1934. The front cover for the cam drive and balancer is a kind of crude welded sheet metal piece while the factory used a cast aluminum part. The factory also supplied four Stromberg 1-barrel carbs, maybe EX-23's, on individual elbows. Their story is readable but the engine itself is probably an engine built by an independent racer, of which there were many.

            Museum of American Speed engine:
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            Original factory racing engine:
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            Gary Ash
            Dartmouth, Mass.

            '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
            ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
            '48 M5
            '65 Wagonaire Commander
            '63 Wagonaire Standard
            web site at http://www.studegarage.com

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            • #7
              Gary,

              Thank you for the clarification and your expertise.

              Keep us posted of your project's progress: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...wner-of-car-37

              Thank you for your update, as of 03/06/18! http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...tic-Studebaker

              Craig
              Last edited by 8E45E; 03-07-2018, 05:08 AM.

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              • #8
                Even if it's not it is very cool that they have chosen to display it.
                Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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                • #9
                  I rode in one of the team cars at the Miller reunion on the Milwaukee Mile track (in the mechanic seat). The engine pulled very hard and the car handled exceptionally neutral (no apparent over or under steer). We were probably hitting 60 - 70 in the straights and maybe 50 in the corners. It was a thrill of a lifetime. The guys that did it in the 500 had guts.
                  james r pepper

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