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    The So,Ga. Chapter had our regular meeting yesterday in Pooler Ga. Home of the Mighty 8th Air force Museum. We had a good time at the meeting with 2 Hawks, a66 Daytona, a 61 Lark two door HT, and an Avanti 11 attending. Checked out aPackard Down the street.
    After the meeting, Grandson Josh, who likes anything with "fire power" wanted to visit the museum. I wanted to get up close to the recently aquired B-17. So we took the tour. Our tour guide was a retired navigator on a B-17 during thw war and was shot down near Belgium. He was a very interesting person to listen to. The plane is undergoing restoration but is on display. All 4 engines are in place, and another is on display. This is a very interesting place if you are into that kind of stuff.
    What Josh enjoyed was getting to shoot the 50 Cal. machine gun simulator, and Talking to a young Airman who gets to shoot the real thing. NT


    Neil Thornton
    Hazlehurst, GA
    '57 Silver Hawk
    '56 Sky Hawk
    '51 2R16 dump truck
    Many others.

    Neil Thornton

  • #2
    Gosh Neil, didn't you check if any of the Wright 1820 engines were Studebaker built? Every B-17 I've ever looked had at least one,
    and one B-17 had all four!
    1963 GT Hawk R-2 4-speed
    1964 Avanti R-1 Auto

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    • #3
      The engines were not labled as to who made them, as far as I could tell. I did ask the tour guide, but he had no idea. He did say that engines were replaced very often. Sometims overnight. They could come in after a mission with a damaged engine, and take off the next morning before daylight with a new one. NT
      quote:Originally posted by maxpower1954

      Gosh Neil, didn't you check if any of the Wright 1820 engines were Studebaker built? Every B-17 I've ever looked had at least one,
      and one B-17 had all four!

      Neil Thornton
      Hazlehurst, GA
      '57 Silver Hawk
      '56 Sky Hawk
      '51 2R16 dump truck
      Many others.

      Neil Thornton

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      • #4
        There is a builders plate on the front of each engine at the six o'clock position. Should be easy to see.
        For those engines it will either be Wright or Studebaker.

        I never paid muich attention until I joined SDC. [:I]


        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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        • #5
          Here is where to look:



          Here is a Studebaker plate:



          '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

            There is a builders plate on the front of each engine at the six o'clock position. Should be easy to see.
            For those engines it will either be Wright or Studebaker.

            I never paid muich attention until I joined SDC. [:I]


            63 Avanti R1 2788
            1914 Stutz Bearcat
            (George Barris replica)
            I think I have seen some of these engines with two labels. One is the Wright label with various patent numbers and other info and the other a Studebaker label with something like "License by Curtis-Wright" or similar verbage. Somewhere on an old computer, I think I have a photo of both labels.


            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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            • #7
              I took the tour in May 2008. Next time I'm in Savannah I'll go again, now that they have a B-17. I remember that tour guide, too. After his setup for the movie, and talk afterward, we were all very moved. It was good to meet a WWII hero (anyone who served was a hero to me).

              [img=left]http://simps.us/studebaker/misc/images/Avacar-hcsdc.gif[/img=left]
              Paul Simpson
              "DilloCrafter"

              1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
              The Red-Headed Amazon
              Deep in the heart of Texas

              Paul Simpson
              "DilloCrafter"

              1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
              The Red-Headed Amazon
              Deep in the heart of Texas

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              • #8
                Slightly off topic, My 53 Commander is named "Sentimental Journey"
                http://www.azcaf.org/pages/sentjourn.html
                Maybe I'll have to drive her to Arizona sometime in the winter.



                Al Reed
                North Bay Area, CA

                sigpicAl Reed
                North Bay Area, CA
                1961 Lark Regal Skytop
                1953 Commander Starlight

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

                  [blue][font=Arial]There is a builders plate on the front of each engine at the six o'clock position. Should be easy to see.
                  For those engines it will either be Wright or Studebaker.
                  Or Ford

                  http://public.fotki.com/Kos/members_...d=fs_slideshow

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by jnormanh
                    Or Ford
                    Ford didn't make Wright 1820s as used in the B-17.
                    Parts perhaps...and perhaps other Wright engines...but I've never seen or heard of a Ford engine on a B-17.

                    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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                    • #11
                      goodkarmech, you REALLY need to send that pic in for a cover pic on TW!!!!!

                      '50 Champion, 1 family owner

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

                        quote:Originally posted by jnormanh
                        Or Ford
                        Ford didn't make Wright 1820s as used in the B-17.
                        Parts perhaps...and perhaps other Wright engines...but I've never seen or heard of a Ford engine on a B-17.

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

                        Washington State
                        You're correct, my error. It was 1830s that Ford built for the B-24.

                        Nice photos of B-24 production on the link above.

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                        • #13
                          Hadn't thought of it, but that would be nice. Have to check if the resolution is large enough.

                          Al Reed
                          North Bay Area, CA
                          sigpicAl Reed
                          North Bay Area, CA
                          1961 Lark Regal Skytop
                          1953 Commander Starlight

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                          • #14
                            Just thought I would bump this back to the top since there was another thread on the subject. I enjoyed the museam NT


                            Neil Thornton
                            Hazlehurst, GA
                            '57 Silver Hawk
                            '56 Sky Hawk
                            '51 2R16 dump truck
                            Many others.

                            Neil Thornton

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