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  • A missed opportunity and a crying shame

    I picked up Terry Frye and drove to Sasco Wednesday. We took our own tour of the building. In 2007 we took the tour with the Truck Farmers. A quick walk through and no pictures allowed. This time we got pictures. When you think about how a little more aggressive marketing could have sold a lot more parts, it's a crying shame. How about racks of radiators. Truck doors still in the wrapping. Wagon quarter panels. A whole room full of window glass. That little bit of upholstery they had at the May swap meet is a drop in the bucket compared to what is up stairs. And on and on. I hope SI gets all of it.

    http://www.studeski.com/sasco/sasco_tour.htm

    Claude Chmielewski
    Studeski
    http://www.studeski.com
    Fillmore, Wisconsin
    47 M-16 Truck
    62 GT Hawk
    63 Lark
    64 Commander Wagonaire
    50 Champion Regal (parts car)
    63 GT Hawk R2
    [img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/62hawka/dakota01_250.jpg[/img=left]
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    Claude Chmielewski
    Studeski
    http://www.studeski.com
    Fillmore, Wisconsin
    47 M-16 Truck
    53 2R5
    60 Lark VIII Convertible
    60 5E7 Champ pickup
    62 GT Hawk 4 speed
    63 Lark
    63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
    64 Commander Wagonaire
    64 Daytona Convertible
    50 Champion Regal (parts car)
    36 Dictator
    36 Dictator in pieces

  • #2
    Holy Smokes Claude

    I guess you never know until you look. What a pile of NOS.

    I agree, I hope SI is able save the majority.

    Thanks for the pictures.

    Bob

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    • #3
      Nice pics Claude.I spent two days there picking our own parts this year and even Claude's numerous pictures don't give a good impression on what's there. Just imagine what a gargantuan task it will be to move and catalog all that stuff.
      Frank van Doorn
      Omaha, Ne.
      1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
      1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
      1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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      • #4
        In my prayers tonite, I'm sneeking one in for SASCO and SI !!

        Roger "153624" Hill

        55 Champion
        47 M-5
        Izzer Buggy
        Junior Wagon
        Roger Hill


        60 Lark Vlll, hardtop, black/red, Power Kit, 3 spd. - "Juliette"
        61 Champ Deluxe, 6, black/red, o/d, long box. - "Jeri"
        Junior Wagon - "Junior"

        "In the end, dear undertaker,
        Ride me in a Studebaker"

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        • #5
          Marketing principle: Every decision of the firm is made in light of the customer's wants and needs. I'm not making this up. It seems so simple, but not so simple in execution. S.I. seems to understand it. What a shame about SASCO.
          Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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          • #6
            What amazes me is with all the Studebaker owners we could have adopted Sasco and volunteered to catalog this for them. Mini crews because after all the end result would benefit us all. We all have our levels of expertise boy what a difference we could make as as an organization. Just a thought.

            Mabel 1949 Champion
            Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
            Gus 1958 Transtar
            The Prez 1955 President State
            Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
            Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe
            Fresno,Ca
            Mabel 1949 Champion
            Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
            Gus 1958 Transtar
            The Prez 1955 President State
            Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
            Daisy 1954 Regal Commander Starlight Coupe
            Fresno,Ca

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            • #7
              I guess I should just junk a the small amount of used items I have here, years back I took a tour in the 5 story building and don't remember seeing this much stuff, and Dennis only paying a $1.00 a year one would think things would have been better for the last 10 years, where do we go from here????

              Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

              Castro Valley, CA

              Candbstudebakers
              Castro Valley,
              California


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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by warrlaw1

                Marketing principle: Every decision of the firm is made in light of the customer's wants and needs. I'm not making this up. It seems so simple, but not so simple in execution. S.I. seems to understand it. What a shame about SASCO.
                So many people don't really think to call Sasco for an item because they figure there is no way they would have it. A good example: 1554357 radiator core for a 63-64 Hawk exc floorshift A.D. Inventory says he has them. Problem? who knew? Second problem? $377.60 is way too high. You can get yours recored with a 3 row core for $400. Do you think they will transfer the tanks and brackets for $23? And consider the s&h on the core. Your ad in TW has to contain more than 10 items. Look at SI's ads or the ones Stephan Allen had. If you really look most of what Dennis has does show in the inventory. It isn't all lost.

                Claude Chmielewski
                Studeski
                http://www.studeski.com
                Fillmore, Wisconsin
                47 M-16 Truck
                62 GT Hawk
                63 Lark
                64 Commander Wagonaire
                50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                63 GT Hawk R2
                [img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/62hawka/dakota01_250.jpg[/img=left]
                sigpic
                Claude Chmielewski
                Studeski
                http://www.studeski.com
                Fillmore, Wisconsin
                47 M-16 Truck
                53 2R5
                60 Lark VIII Convertible
                60 5E7 Champ pickup
                62 GT Hawk 4 speed
                63 Lark
                63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                64 Commander Wagonaire
                64 Daytona Convertible
                50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                36 Dictator
                36 Dictator in pieces

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                • #9
                  I've been weighing the idea of a trip there all this summer. Makes me wanna cry to see that stuff.[V]

                  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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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

                    I've been weighing the idea of a trip there all this summer. Makes me wanna cry to see that stuff.[V]

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

                    Bob,
                    I forgot to mention, George said they could close any day now. Nobody knows when.

                    Claude Chmielewski
                    Studeski
                    http://www.studeski.com
                    Fillmore, Wisconsin
                    47 M-16 Truck
                    62 GT Hawk
                    63 Lark
                    64 Commander Wagonaire
                    50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                    63 GT Hawk R2
                    [img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/62hawka/dakota01_250.jpg[/img=left]
                    sigpic
                    Claude Chmielewski
                    Studeski
                    http://www.studeski.com
                    Fillmore, Wisconsin
                    47 M-16 Truck
                    53 2R5
                    60 Lark VIII Convertible
                    60 5E7 Champ pickup
                    62 GT Hawk 4 speed
                    63 Lark
                    63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                    64 Commander Wagonaire
                    64 Daytona Convertible
                    50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                    36 Dictator
                    36 Dictator in pieces

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                    • #11
                      They were busy and I was in a hurry when I visited earlier this summer, so I didn't leave the showroom - boy do I regret that now! I had a chance to talk with Dave quick and he mentioned in passing that when they moved it took 1200 truck loads to transport it all. I didn't think too much about it then, but that pretty much rules out a few guys with pickups and enclosed trailers moving and sorting for a few weekends.

                      I, like everyone else here, hope that every last nut and bolt can be saved, but after seeing the scope of the inventory, I'm not sure that can happen. If something goes south with the SI deal, I'm not sure what can be done. If the club somehow got involved, I for one would make the 800 mile trip to help, but let's just hope for the best with the deal that's in the works.

                      I'm NOT an expert, so don't hold me to this, but my thoughts on the earlier fears about the whole inventory getting scrapped are this: I think it would be a nightmare for any scrapper to take this job on. The majority of the parts are packaged in sealed bags, cardboard, paper and crates, not an easy task to scrap. Let's hope that this works in every ones favor and it would be the very last resort and hopefully not a viable option on the table.

                      Thanks for the pics, I've seen a couple here and there before, but these really give an idea of the scope of things.


                      Skinny
                      Watertown, SD
                      Skinny___'59 Lark VIII Regal____'60 Lark Marshal___

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                      • #12
                        Makes me almost want to cry also. Sure hope S.I can get all or most of it.

                        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

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                        • #13
                          It's good for us today, but what terrible inventory control and planning Studebaker must have had. This stuff has been selling for over 40 years, and there are still mountains of parts left over. How much cash must this have consumed from the corporation when they were in a financial struggle for their lives? With all the modern inventory contol tools in use today, like "just in time" and "kaizen", you can bet that you won't see NOS stocks of Pontiac parts like this in 40 years.

                          Steve
                          Minden, Nevada

                          1950 2R5 truck
                          1960 Hawk R2 4 speed project
                          Steve
                          Buckeye, Arizona

                          1960 Hawk R2 4 speed project

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by coyote
                            you can bet that you won't see NOS stocks of Pontiac parts like this in 40 years.
                            Aside from a few trim pieces (plastic cladding anyone? A one-time neat 80s design feature that managed to hang on for 20+ years) there are no Pontiac parts, just generic GM.
                            Which is why there are no Pontiacs...or Olds...in our future. And why GM is a shell of its former self.

                            63 Avanti R1 2788
                            1914 Stutz Bearcat
                            (George Barris replica)

                            Washington State
                            63 Avanti R1 2788
                            1914 Stutz Bearcat
                            (George Barris replica)

                            Washington State

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                            • #15
                              Well it's sad, but you can go in the place with nothing and with some elbow grease drive a new Stude out the door.


                              Alex Nelsen
                              1954 Champion Coupe
                              Lizella, GA
                              Alex Nelsen, certified Studebaker nut.
                              Driving a 1954 Champion Coupe powered by a Chrysler 383.
                              Lizella, GA

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