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  • Studebaker Friends and Futurliner

    I couple of weeks ago my wife and I traveled to Oklahoma City to see the GM Futurliner that was display for the weekend. It was on rare display having traveled from its Museum home in Auburn, IN. For me it was bucklist vehicle that I always wanted to see in person. You were even allowed to enter the drivers compartment and sit behind the wheel.

    It was here I had the distinct pleasure to meet up with new Studebaker friends from the Central Oklahoma Chapter, Don Sutherland and Peter Rodriguez. We had the opportunity to spend some quality time talking about Studebakers and getting to know each other. Two extremely fine gentlemen for sure.

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    Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
    Fort Worth, TX


    1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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    I sat in the driver's seat of one of those years ago. It was quite an experience.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      The same one I saw in 2011:



      View from the driver's seat:




      Craig

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      • #4
        Any pictures inside? Very cool. That looks like fun. I would love to see it.

        Mark

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        • #5
          All my photos if interested.

          https://silverplate1945.smugmug.com/...ner-Number-10/
          Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
          Fort Worth, TX


          1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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          • #6
            Wow! Thank you

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            • #7
              Love the facemask on the mannequin. Can't be too careful.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rbisacca View Post
                Love the facemask on the mannequin. Can't be too careful.
                And then you have the guy in picture #32, who appears to have less wisdom than the mannequin.
                "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

                Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                '33 Rockne 10,
                '51 Commander Starlight,
                '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
                '56 Sky Hawk

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                • #9
                  The first time I saw one of these it was definitely a "Back to the Future" moment. I just noticed that there are four front wheels. I guess that's to help with parallel parking on busy city streets?
                  peter lee

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                  • #10
                    Used to be 4 or 5 of them (unrestored) outside at a bodyshop just off Rte 47 in Yorkville, IL.
                    Used to wander around the weeds to look at how rough they were.
                    A neighbor of mine bought one in Roselle, IL. around 1975.
                    Loud and smoky when he drove it to his place. Climbed all over and in it and helped clean some of the years of crud in it.
                    Sat up in the cab and wondered how the heck they paid tolls.
                    And then it was gone. Never knew what number it was.
                    Jeff
                    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                    Jeff


                    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



                    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by plee4139 View Post
                      The first time I saw one of these it was definitely a "Back to the Future" moment. I just noticed that there are four front wheels. I guess that's to help with parallel parking on busy city streets?
                      I believe that they were considered to be necessary to support the load with the tires of the day. The double front wheels would do nothing to help with parking.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        Is this the one Kendig design rebuilt?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by swvalcon View Post
                          Is this the one Kendig design rebuilt?
                          No it is not.
                          Mike - Assistant Editor, Turning Wheels
                          Fort Worth, TX


                          1964 Avanti R2 #R-4986

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