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  • #46
    Originally posted by jpepper View Post
    What many do not know is at the time of Studebaker closing, Standard Surplus (N&A) purchased parts buy the ton. Trucks and trailers were loaded and weighed. They bought everything by the pound, not its value
    At the 1969 National SDC meet in South Bend, a V8 chrome dress-up kit was about $25. R3 and R4 fender emblems were $1 each. I paid $150 for the complete interior for my Lark including the dash pad.
    Most of those things were not such big bargains in 1969 dollars. Adjusting for inflation and converting to 2019 dollars, the $25 becomes $172.72 and that $150 becomes $1036.35.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #47
      Originally posted by dpson View Post
      I seem to recall that part of the deal when the City sold the parts inventory was that the parts had to remain in South Bend?
      Someone mentioned in this thread that SI in the Chippewa plant was outside the city of South Bend.I imagine that South Bend wanted the sales tax.
      I believe that SI bought the entire inventory from the city of South Bend and sold the Packard parts to Roscoe Stelford and a person in Dearborn Mi.who's name escaped me.SI sold the interiors to Will Sander of Starlight Studebaker.
      Dennis Lambert had procured financing from the South Bend teachers union ($100.000) and possibly the city of South Bend had guaranteed the repayment and that is how they ended up with the inventory.
      Bill Barr from Wisconsin bought the parts from Hurwich Iron works , that Studebaker had scrapped including the many 259 crankshafts still in boxes.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by Dwain G. View Post
        Yes, Kermit Roosevelt became the sole US distributor. I was working for a shop that sold Fiat about the time the new 124 and 850 models came in.
        Correction: Kermit Roosevelt was an old Navy ship named after a descendant of Teddy. Unthinkingly I posted that instead of the correct name, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. as the head of Fiat Roosevelt Motors.
        So.....if I'm 'pre-approved' why do you want me to fill out an application?

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        • #49
          Originally posted by rkapteyn View Post
          Someone mentioned in this thread that SI in the Chippewa plant was outside the city of South Bend.I imagine that South Bend wanted the sales tax.
          I believe that SI bought the entire inventory from the city of South Bend and sold the Packard parts to Roscoe Stelford and a person in Dearborn Mi.who's name escaped me.SI sold the interiors to Will Sander of Starlight Studebaker.
          Dennis Lambert had procured financing from the South Bend teachers union ($100.000) and possibly the city of South Bend had guaranteed the repayment and that is how they ended up with the inventory.
          Bill Barr from Wisconsin bought the parts from Hurwich Iron works , that Studebaker had scrapped including the many 259 crankshafts still in boxes.
          Jim Bahr is his name actually.
          54 Champion coupe
          48 Champion Convert

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