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  • jnormanh
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    It's a gorgeous car.

    I wouldn't mind if it had an original engine with OD and an original color; or is that actually Monterey Beige? With bodywork that good, make mine black. And it would cost a lot less.

    But, if max performance is the goal, and originality second, then it's likely a good deal stronger than with an R3 clone.

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  • tsenecal
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    Way cool car, with a GOOD engine, but not a way cool one. I also agree with Deepnhock's opinion, and it would be great to see the Studebaker Power Team do well at the Engine Masters Challenge.

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  • t walgamuth
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    All very true.

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    (Opinion)

    Don't blame the builder.
    This response is for the majority of the builders out in the aftermarket automotive/nostalgia/performance world.
    They are beholden to the owner (who is the financier), or to their own knowledge base (if a self builder).
    The vast majority of the builders out there know very little, if any, of the true Studebaker engine history.
    They would not know an R3 from an R3350.
    They do know they love the 'look'. And what is under the skin is mostly driven by the advertisers in various magazines.
    The amount of that barrage of communication from the aftermarket world works.
    The puny slim drip of true Studebaker historical communication to the aftermarket is pitiful in comparison.
    Part of that is the mindset that the best place, and the only place, to share this knowledge is within the hobbyist walls of publications like Turning Wheels.
    Not a slam, here (remember I said this was an 'opinion')... But an observation.
    Very rarely does someone really venture out to write and share (regularly) the hard core Studebaker history and factory efforts to the mainstream media.
    Holding back this type of information and communication to keep it 'in the clique' can be a big limiting factor.
    But that in itself is part of the charm of being an orphan marque.
    A large percentage of the Studebaker type person shuns the mainstram big three for the quirkiness of the odd duck Studebaker.
    Again.. Not a slam.
    But it is to be expected that builders will follow the main stream when they are not even aware of the Studebaker world.
    We do this to ourselves.
    Our criticism or comments need to be tempered with an inward look in the mirror and ask ourselves "why"?
    This is something 'we' (The Studebaker Power Team) are trying to do at the 2019 Engine Master's Challenge this October in Cleveland. Promote Studebaker power to the mainstream media and engine builders.

    https://www.hotrod.com/events/engine-masters-challenge/

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2368852399810943/

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  • t walgamuth
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    Lovely car! Thanks for sharing it with us Bob.

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  • Chris Pile
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    Creamy dreamy.

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  • BobPalma
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    Cool 1953 Starliner Pick of the Day

    Pretty cool 1953 Starliner Pick of the Day here.

    At the risk of stirring up the usual hornet's nest, I'm imagining how much cooler it would be if they had spent the $13,000 on a genuine Studebaker R3 clone engine for it...and it's not clear whether the cited $13,000 includes the "$8,000 worth of add-ons," which would bring it to $21,000 for the engine alone!

    Regardless, with either $13,000 or $21,000 having been spent on an R3 clone, or even an R2, it would be cooler yet. (Your opinion may vary, to which you are entitled, but I'll not apologize for mine...)

    'Love the color combination; 'way cool. Nice, nice car:

    https://journal.classiccars.com/2019/05/05/cool-custom-53-studebaker-coupe/
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