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  • Emergency Sale of '57 Transtar 289/5sp OD

    An old friend has fallen on hard times and desperately need to raise some cash. He wants to sell his truck ASAP ASAP. It is a short bed '57 Transtar w/ a 289 and five-speed overdrive. It is currently partially disassembled as he was going to re-restore it for our Potomac Chapter Lincoln Highway Trip last summer. The trip fell through and his health (Parkinson's) deteriorated too quickly for him to finish. He was planning to move everything to a restored chassis as the frame on his truck was pretty beat (not rusty, just used hard). The engine was rebuilt before our 2003 6,000-mile Route 66 Trip. Here is the truck as it looked in 2003 in Missouri on the trip:


    Here are a couple pix of it now.






    There is some floor rust, but the step wells are solid. The bed has a diamond plate floor so I don't know what is under it.

    This is the chassis he planned to use (included). It is already rigged with a Saginaw power steering box.



    He has new glass, rubber and many NOS parts, somewhere between $3,000 and $5,000 worth. I know- I helped him order a bunch of it.
    He wants $3,000 absolutely firm for everything- the Transtar, the new parts and the chassis. It is located in Southeast Virgina.
    I have many more pix that you can see here: http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohns...onds.%20truck/
    One caution- he is an old man with Parkinson's and can be a bit confused (and hard to talk to/understand). He says he has a clear title, but check that carefully as the truck did belong to his brother and, though he has always considered it to be his truck, there could be some "confusion".
    E-mail me via the Forum for his contact and/or more info.



    [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine
    1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
    1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

  • #2
    Hate to hear this. Wish I could help. I enjoyed touring with you guys (this Transtar included) when you travelled Route 66 a few years ago.[B)]

    Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President two door

    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      Oh Man! That will be a nice unit once completed. [][8D] Not that I'm impartial or anything.

      <h5>Mark
      '57 Transtar Deluxe
      Vancouver Island
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      Mark Hayden
      '66 Commander
      Zone Coordinator
      Pacific Can-Am Zone

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      • #4
        Your friend's story is sad but semi-common. Looks like a heck of a deal with all those parts... hope you find it a good home.



        Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
        Parish, central NY 13131

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        • #5
          Wow. If I had a place to put that thing I'd figure out the finances.

          Anyone know of a company that can pave my back yard for cheap?

          Does he have the title and serial plate? i notice that it has been removed in the one pic, and I'm just ASSuming it was removed and put in a safe place, but it doesn't hurt to double check these things.

          nate

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          • #6
            Wow...there is certainly a lot of work there and a lot of money...I think it is going to be real tough for him to get $3k for it however. Failed projects are pennies on the dollar.

            Maybe the club could put it back together for him?


            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp
              Maybe the club could put it back together for him?
              Dick,

              The problem is that he is several hundred miles removed from Paul and the other members of the chapter. I have given thought to it and also tried to get a couple of other people interested, but as you say, it is a considerable amount for a project. Given that I would not bid $99 on a disassembled 2R6 here in Virginia on e-Bay, I can't see myself taking on this one.

              The owner can use the cash as Paul mentioned before as in addition to his health problems he also had a fire.

              gary

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              • #8
                After looking at all the pics, I have to ask - is there another front axle for the original chassis? If not, it's going to be a hard sell as moving will be problematic...

                nate

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                • #9
                  A little more information in response to several comments-
                  Yes, the serial plate is there. He took it off because he was planning to repaint the truck. Yes, he says he has the title. Yes, there is a front axle. He swapped it to the restored chassis because it was already set up for the power steering, but he has the axle from the other chassis- could be installed to roll the truck on to a trailer. All parts for the truck are there, just need to be reinstalled. In many cases he had ordered NOS or NORS items to use in the re-restoration- new starter, generator, fuel pump, water pump, glass, gauges, etc. all to be included.


                  [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
                  '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                  '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                  '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                  Museum R-4 engine
                  1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
                  1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
                  Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                  '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                  • #10
                    thanks for the follow up, Paul.

                    Someone please buy this now so I don't keep thinking about it.

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      That's probably the deal of the year. Come on, someone buy it!

                      Matthew Burnette
                      Hazlehurst, GA


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                      • #12
                        Where (exactly) is this truck located ?I can see transporting it for any distance may be a problem.

                        1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT

                        Ken Byrd
                        Lewisville,NC
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                        • #13
                          Well, Paul would know better than me, but my SDC roster shows that the truck's owner lives in Zuni, Virginia. Look it up with MapQuest or such.

                          Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

                          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                          1960 Larkvertible V8
                          1958 Provincial wagon
                          1953 Commander coupe
                          1957 President two door

                          No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

                            Well, Paul would know better than me, but my SDC roster shows that the truck's owner lives in Zuni, Virginia. Look it up with MapQuest or such.
                            Sherlock Biggs is right on. Zuni, VA is on US 460 about 10 miles west of Suffolk (Norfolk/Tidewater area).
                            I just had a long conversation with his brother who bought the truck originally. He assured me that he signed it over to Norris a few months ago (so the title is clear). He also told me that the second chassis belongs to Norris and he is free to sell any or all of the deal.



                            [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
                            '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                            '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                            '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                            Museum R-4 engine
                            1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
                            1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
                            Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                            '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                            • #15
                              Seller is getting close to his critical date. He might consider offers. Any interest?


                              [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
                              '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
                              '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
                              '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
                              Museum R-4 engine
                              1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
                              1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
                              Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                              '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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