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    Hi all; sorry, getting a bit behind with the P'bucket stuff, but am catching up...Here are some Studes I've seen in the past couple weeks.

    Went to the Johnny Be Good's Diner cruise at Paris, ON, on June 27. Very nice weather prompted an absolutely huge turnout that included five Studebakers: my Lark, 1940 and 1951 Champions, a 1954 Commander 4dr and that way, way cool 1928 "Studebucket" rod I missed seeing at Waterdown back in May...Earlier the same day I finally saw and lensed the mysterious GT Hawk in a local back alley. Also saw, but could not photograph, a very nice rodded 2R truck on Main Street West in Hamilton...truck was headed east while I was westbound. Had never seen the truck before. All in all a very good Stude day though!

    Here's the sad 63 GT. Licence plate is obscured by a weed (actually that's why I chose this shot). MTO sticker says Aug 08, so the car's been on the road not terribly long ago. Vandals have busted the backlight completely out. (I think vandalism ought to be a capital crime...nothing saws me off as much as that.)

    At Paris, here's the "Studebucket" arriving. As can be imagined, its ride quality is not exactly cushy, so the couple who own it don't take it on really long trips. They're from New Dundee, near Kitchener, Ontario. Car's based on part of the body of a derelict 1928 four-door Stude; the rear panel--which looks like it could be from a "real" two-seater--instead originated from the roof of a Plymouth Barracuda. The wheels and parts of the suspension are 30s Mopar; engine is an early Lark VI flathead, with an ex-T-bird supercharger added. Sounds fantastic. And the paint isn't the often-seen black or grey primer: it's house paint, or more specifically paint for steel doors. The purplish cast is genuine; the shade is called "Black Tulip". What a car!

    Closer view of the "Supercharger Six" in the roadster rod.

    And the roadster's no-nonsense interior.

    40 Champion rod, a Hamilton Chapter car, arrives.

    Interior of the 40.

    Lovely 51 Champion Starlight, another Hamilton Chapter car.

    54 Commander 4dr. Had seen this just once before--coming the other way on the road (rather like the 2R truck I saw on the afternoon before this cruise). Recognized it immediately at Paris, was glad finally to lens it...

    Interior of the 54.


  • #2
    The 54 Commander belongs to Jim Fraser of Simcoe,he is a Ontario Chpt. member & was active a few years ago but not so much of late.
    The owner of the "Back alley" 63 GT (Canadian built) has pie in the sky ideas regarding the value.Sad part is it will sit ther till it is scrapped or some newbie pays his price.


    • #3
      I REALLY like the roadster. Very creative and well done. Nicely finished. Great details like the leather hood straps and the clock in the rear view mirror. That's the kind of car I'd examine for a long time at a show.

      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA

      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA


      • #4
        That roadster is exactly what I have wanted to build for a long time. Make it as much Studebaker possible, six or v-8, under slung frame, Stude gauges, etc.

        1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, both w/overdrive.Searcy,Arkansas
        "I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."
        "In the heart of Arkansas."
        Searcy, Arkansas
        1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
        1952 2R pickup


        • #5
          That roadster is awesome!

          Dylan Wills

          '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
          Dylan Wills
          Everett, Wa.

          1961 Lark 4 door wagon
          1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
          1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
          1914 Ford Model T


          • #6
            Yes, the roadster looks good, but I'll take that '51 Star Light coupe any day. Wrap it up, I'll take it.

            '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
            '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
            Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club