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    Well, I just delivered the Cruiser to the very same paint booth where Dick's Daytona , my Sunshine and a number of other Studebakers got shot with paint.
    18 hours from now, it should be wearing it's fresh rendition of Blue Mist Metallic. With sealer and everything else, this paint application (note that I didn't say "paint job") is setting me back about 800 or 900 bucks. That's just the materials. Another hundred for the use of the booth, a couple hundred for the painter (the same painter that did Dick's Daytona, BTW)

    I've got roughly (very roughly) $1500 in bodywork. Another easy grand in weatherstripping and NOS mouldings as well as the anticipated $400 for two bumper rechromes. This is a labor of love project. It has been from the start. I paid $425 for the car at auction. I'm gonna have an easy 10 times that in it when I pronounce it done.[:I]

    The original engine really starts and runs nice. There's a hint of smoke to it, but I could fix that if I wanted. Thing is, I've got three fresh V8s on stands here. I've decided to put the 321 to work in this Cruiser along with a fresh Cruise-o-matic conversion tranny that I got in a deal awhile back. Those, in concert with a 3.07 44TT rear, and I think I'll be stylin'.

    UPDATE 7/13/2009

    Cruiser's back home today. First shots with masking removed and basking in the morning sun. Blue get's her finish sanded and buffed next weekend. She'll really be glassy then!

    Squint a bit and you can see a Blue Mist Lark Standard 4door.



    [img] http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/309061...une1420092.jpg [/img]

    [img] http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/309061...ser7132009.jpg [/img]



    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1963 Cruiser
    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.

  • #2
    321[?] Oh, please tell me you're not putting a Cleveland in the Cruiser? C'mon Biggs, I thought you of all people would keep it Studebaker. Then again... but no... A 289 block wouldn't bore out that far, would it?


    Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
    Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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    • #3
      Yes, Clunk, it would.

      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1963 Cruiser
      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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      • #4
        Sounds like progress, Biggs. Just remember, we want pictures!!!

        Paul
        Winston-Salem, NC
        Visit The NEW Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com
        Paul
        Winston-Salem, NC
        Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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        • #5
          Hey, Bob

          I'm excited for you!!!

          Let us see the beauty when you are ready. As you know, we all love pictures.

          [img=left]http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j259/stude53/studesmall2.jpg[/img=left]Bob Feaganes (stude53)
          53 Starliner Hardtop
          Newton Grove, NC

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          • #6
            Mr.Biggs is that the engine that came in the Daytona before you did all the bodywork to it and shipped it off to the north??


            3E38
            4E2
            4E28
            5E13
            7E7
            8E7
            8E12
            8E28

            59 Lark
            etc

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            • #7
              No,

              This engine came my way via a 64 3-ton truck that I bought in the late 90s. It was one that Lionel Stone commissioned Jon Myer to build for use in that big truck.
              It happens to be an R3-4 block that's serialized B112. It's been hogged out to accept AMC 304 pistons, which is how it attains 321cubes.

              Charlie, the engine that was originally in Dick's Daytona proved to have a cracked block when I got around to trying to get it running. I ended up gutting it and scrapping the block.

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1963 Cruiser
              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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              • #8
                Mr. Biggs, I think you and Champtruck should collaborate and have your car featured as the "Eye Candy" of the day when you get it back together! That could be a great way to begin a new tradition of celebrating any member's completion of a project!

                John Clary
                Greer, SC

                Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
                SDC member since 1975
                John Clary
                Greer, SC

                SDC member since 1975

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

                  No,

                  This engine came my way via a 64 3-ton truck that I bought in the late 90s. It was one that Lionel Stone commissioned Jon Myer to build for use in that big truck.
                  It happens to be an R3-4 block that's serialized B112. It's been hogged out to accept AMC 304 pistons, which is how it attains 321cubes.

                  Charlie, the engine that was originally in Dick's Daytona proved to have a cracked block when I got around to trying to get it running. I ended up gutting it and scrapping the block.

                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1963 Cruiser
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe
                  1957 President two door

                  Ah yes the ex USMC truck with the welding bed on it.
                  Now I remember.


                  3E38
                  4E2
                  4E28
                  5E13
                  7E7
                  8E7
                  8E12
                  8E28

                  59 Lark
                  etc

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

                    Yes, Clunk, it would.

                    Now THAT'S what I call cool beans![^] Due to current events, perhaps it might be a good idea to name the car Elaine?

                    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                    1963 Cruiser
                    1960 Larkvertible V8
                    1958 Provincial wagon
                    1953 Commander coupe
                    1957 President two door


                    Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                    Ron Smith
                    Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
                    Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                    Ron Smith
                    Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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                    • #11
                      Ron,

                      I don't think I'm gonna do that. Besides, I already named the car "Blue". Elain was a nickname my dad had for mom.

                      Anyway, the car's finally, freshly blue. It'll spend the next 20 hours or so, curing in the booth. Here's some photos as it progressed thru the painting process. Rick Guzman sprayed with assistance from his cousin, Vinny.

                      Masking up.
                      [img] http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/309061...ew/MAsking.jpg [/img]

                      Sealer going on.


                      Sealer done.
                      [img] http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/Sealed.jpg [/img]

                      Clear going on.


                      Fresh Blue Mist Metallic.


                      Next weekend - wet sand and buff.[^]

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1963 Cruiser
                      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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                      • #12
                        Whoooooo BABY! [] [8D]

                        Dick Steinkamp
                        Bellingham, WA

                        Dick Steinkamp
                        Bellingham, WA

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                        • #13
                          BTW, I never did wet sand this '63 Daytona. If Rick layed the paint on as good as he did on this one, you may not need to.

                          Dick Steinkamp
                          Bellingham, WA

                          Dick Steinkamp
                          Bellingham, WA

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                          • #14
                            Looking good Bob!![8D]


                            3E38
                            4E2
                            4E28
                            5E13
                            7E7
                            8E7
                            8E12
                            8E28

                            59 Lark
                            etc

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              That is a beautiful color AND car.

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