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  • go-kart kustom koupes?

    How many custom pickups of note were made from '53-4 coupes? I can think of one dazzling one that unfortunately got burned up in a California wildfire. Wasn't there at least another one (possibly with Hawk fins!) that wasn't too shabby? And who knows how many Sawz-all and acetylene versions were hacked out?
    1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
    1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
    1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
    1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
    1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
    1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

  • #2
    There was one here in N.J. mounted on a Corvette frame back in the day around 1970 , It was owned by Ken Otto , I wonder if it survived ? , It was a Big Block rocket ship , Ed

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    • #3
      Dick's Kart Hauler Not sure if this one burnt. https://www.hemmings.com/stories/201...er-kart-hauler

      Tim Painter's paintim613 on the forum. https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection

      For starters, Bob

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      • #4
        Yes, the Kart Hauler is the one that burned.

        Here's one that sold recently:
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        Dave Lester

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        • #5
          That looks very nice!
          Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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          • #6
            There was a homemade 55 model in the San Francisco Bay Area at least twenty years ago. It had a grill (or maybe a headache board) made of rebar and the car was a reddish color, IIRC.
            RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

            17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
            10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
            10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
            4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
            5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
            60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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            • #7
              You are remembering correctly Radioroy….the ‘ homemade’ Studemino is red, was built in San Francisco by a carpenter that ‘ needed a truck’ sometime in the sixties or seventies. It was built from a 55 President K model…was found in a Sacramento, Ca. back yard resting under some trees. It now resides with me in Petaluma, Ca. and is undergoing a return to the road. The buck tooth rebar grill has been replaced with a stock 55 grill…..more to come. The Studemino rides again!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sweetolbob View Post
                Dick's Kart Hauler Not sure if this one burnt. https://www.hemmings.com/stories/201...er-kart-hauler

                Tim Painter's paintim613 on the forum. https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection

                For starters, Bob
                While ours is actually a hard top convertible it is sometimes called a truck because of its over sized trunk for storing the roof. The trunk lid is from a '46 Oldsmobile. Full history of car in January, 2017, Hemmings Motor News. Https://www.hemmings.com/stories/article/customized-by-mags
                Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom in Yuma, AZ
                jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bear Grease Garage View Post
                  You are remembering correctly Radioroy….the ‘ homemade’ Studemino is red, was built in San Francisco by a carpenter that ‘ needed a truck’ sometime in the sixties or seventies. It was built from a 55 President K model…was found in a Sacramento, Ca. back yard resting under some trees. It now resides with me in Petaluma, Ca. and is undergoing a return to the road. The buck tooth rebar grill has been replaced with a stock 55 grill…..more to come. The Studemino rides again!
                  Way to go Sebas!!
                  RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                  17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                  10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                  10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                  4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                  5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                  56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                  60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                  • #10
                    I was hoping you would answer that question I didn’t want to step on any toes

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                    • #11
                      Here's a blog I did on mine...

                      http://studeute.steinkamp.us/

                      All the blog entries are actually a collection of posts that I made on this forum during the restoration.

                      The entries are newest to oldest so you may want to start at the bottom of the page.

                      Dick Steinkamp
                      Bellingham, WA

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