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  • #16
    The rear fenders and the floors on the Packards go so quickly when left outside.

    57 & 58 Packards
    62 Daytona
    63 R2 Lark

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    • #17
      Did I just see a 57 Packard Station Wagon?

      57 & 58 Packards
      62 Daytona
      63 R2 Lark

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      • #18
        quote:Originally posted by 58PackardWagon

        Did I just see a 57 Packard Station Wagon?
        Yes. He has both a '57 Packard wagon and a sedan. Both were bought in the early 60s as family transportation vehicles. I think the wagon was converted to a four-barrel and the blower isn't on the sedan, but he has it somewhere. He said he found out from the PO that the wagon supercharger was in the back when it was traded in on a new Dodge in '61. The Dodge dealer had thrown it away, but their trash pick-up hadn't been made so they were able to find the s/c in the trash bin. The upholstery in the wagon was re-done years ago in vinyl.

        Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

        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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        • #19
          quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

          Wow, TWO '58 Packard hardtops! For such a low-production car, those body style has a pretty amazing survival rate.
          Actually, he has three '58 Packard hardtops. The picture of a tree growing through the rear quarter panel is also a Packard. See images 28 and 29.

          Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

          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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          • #20
            I shouldn't have looked...



            1963 Lark, waiting for spring...

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            • #21
              After looking at the pics before work I had all day to mull it over.
              This may be the best example of what not to do.For the crowd that hollers
              "Save every Stude" this is what can happen.
              Desirable cars that coulda/shoulda been sold off years ago.
              I've bought collections like this in the past and it's always
              the same.Good intentions but ran out of time/money/desire.
              Cars like the '57 Packard wagon bought 40+ years ago and left sitting?
              My guess is there were offers over the years that were declined.
              I'm trying not to criticize Mr.Kirby...I've held onto cars as well that should
              have been moved into someone elses hands before they rotted in mine so I
              know how it goes.
              The cars may have been saved when bought but while a percentage would have been
              used up and scrapped a good portion would have had the chance to be taken care
              of and might today be on the road.Saving Studes is a good thing buy relegating
              them to a slow death...it's the same as parking them in a salvage yard that never opens.I hope there is a happy ending to all these.
              Mono mind in a stereo world

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              • #22
                I think one of Mr. Kirby's problems is, he lives in the WRONG climate!
                If they were in: Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Eastern Washington, Oregon and non-coastal parts of Calif. they would be restorable!

                Wherever they are, it's BAD! [xx(]


                StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • #23
                  quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

                  Wherever they are, it's BAD! [xx(]
                  Near Martinsburg WV, Rich. There are worse climates, believe it or not, but having cars sit on bare ground to sink in up to the frames is indeed bad news. BP
                  We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                  Ayn Rand:
                  "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                  G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                  • #24
                    quote:Originally posted by BobPalma

                    quote:Originally posted by StudeRich
                    Wherever they are, it's BAD! [xx(]
                    Near Martinsburg WV, Rich. There are worse climates, believe it or not, but having cars sit on bare ground to sink in up to the frames is indeed bad news. BP
                    What Bob said plus... Most cars that were sold in towns like Martinsburg, a comfortable distance from the DC-Baltimore metro areas, didn't rust much if at all. They didn't use much if any salt on the roads in rural areas then, but many of Torrey's cars lived their functional lives in DC or Baltimore so they have the usual city salt rust (but not as bad as extreme northern states where a LOT of snow is experienced or salt air locations like Hawaii).
                    You guys in Oregon and Washington had far more snow this year than we had (not quite two inches total for the winter).

                    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

                    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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                    • #25
                      I wonder if he still has the NOS interior? Might help with sale.
                      Originally posted by 53k View Post
                      This black '64 Cruiser is a broadcloth interior model. He bought a NOS broadcloth interior for it years ago for its restoration.

                      Torrey does have some nice cars in his buildings. And, he has sold some of his more precious ones in the past several years (like a full package '64 Super Lark R-2 Daytona hardtop). That car was sold new at Porterfield Studebaker in Martinsburg, WV and he wanted it to stay in the same town so he sold it to the son of the former Studebaker dealer. It is in the last stages of a good restoration.

                      Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by qsanford View Post
                        I wonder if he still has the NOS interior? Might help with sale.
                        Thanks. I had forgotten about that remark. Finding it will be the problem.
                        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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