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    Squeezed within another topic Chris asked an interesting question about who has a totally stock, original vehicle. I can't remember this being covered, so thought I would start a thread on it.

    Chris, my '50 Champion was purchased by my mother and dad in late 1949. It has been 'with' me ever since I was born in 1950. There has been absolutely no modification of any kind on it, ever. All the repairs through the '60s, and all of my restoration repairs all used original Studebaker parts. The only non-original items on it are the tires which are up-to-date tires. I drive the car around town and when the OD gets fixed it will go on the highway, so I took no shortcut on the tires.



    '50 Champion, 1 family owner


  • #2
    I have a completely stock 55 Champion 2dr. sedan.all origional except for a re-cored radiator,brakes,exhaust and tires.

    Joseph R. Zeiger
    Joseph R. Zeiger

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    • #3
      "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

      Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
      sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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      • #4
        Here's one that's all original.

        George K.'s '38 Commander State. He thinks the fenders were repainted sometime in the past. And it had a Clover Leaf replacement engine installed somewhere along the line as well. Other than that, it's just as it left South Bend in 1938.

        And here's a historical question for Chris D.....

        This car has oil change decals from a service station in Bellmore, New York. What prominent SDC Member resided there?

        Only thing missing is the radio. But George has it sitting in the corner of the shop, waiting to be rebuilt.





        Matthew Burnette
        Hazlehurst, GA

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        • #5
          Oh, and my '58 Commander is all original, except for the seats.



          Matthew Burnette
          Hazlehurst, GA

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          • #6
            My '55 Hardtop is all original stock... My Dad bought it in 1955. There have never been any modifications... none.... zero.

            1955 President one owner
            Moncks Corner, SC

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            • #7
              Cool, knew that at least a few were still out there! Yeah, gaskets and stuff like that really dosent count as long as it's genuine Studebaker replacement parts. Very cool. I was starting to think that maybe a bone stock Stude wasnt around South Bend anymore, neighbors E45 is probably the closest in the restored catagory. Also has a regular transtar, really nice truck. Last time I was over they were putting some finishing touches on re-restoring it. It is rather modified to pull a loaded trailer... (cam, carb, ect.) Really nice resto. Then comes the lark across the street from him... Big 289 in it with all origional supercharger and other mods. For being a hot rod, it still really resembeles being stock, but ONLY factory produced STUDEBAKER perfomance parts. Love to ride in it! That car is awesome. (and james, I dont mean the pink one...)[] Well, glad to see those stock examples still on the road, thats how I plan on restoring one when I get one! (unless the papers say it came with a Paxton supercharger) A Chevy big block may look cool, to some, and go fast, but its just... -Incorrect to the car if it's a Studebaker. Thats my opinion. Keep 'em stock! Thats what always gets my vote for "best of show!"

              Chris Dresbach
              Chris Dresbach

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              • #8
                As for the question about the SDCer from Bellmore New York, no idea.[?]

                Chris Dresbach
                Chris Dresbach

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

                  As for the question about the SDCer from Bellmore New York, no idea.[?]

                  Chris Dresbach
                  Anybody else know? What prominent SDC member was from Bellmore, NY?

                  Matthew Burnette
                  Hazlehurst, GA

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                  • #10
                    Chris
                    You saw my 59 Lark Regal 2 dr hardtop when you picked up the grille and moldings a few weeks ago.
                    The Lark was ordered for my grandparents by my dad who went to work for Studebaker after being discharged from the Army afer a stint in Korea. It was driven by my grandma and the longest distance it was ever driven was to my aunts cottage in Dowagic Michigan from Mishawaka. It sat from 1976 until 1992 when I aquired it. It almost ended up being a Prostreet car that was was going to be powered by a 1969 375hp 396, but a older guy I know that was president of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane club talked me out of it. I then didn't have the heart to alter it. It did get a frame on resto. The motor was disassemdled and the heads were done due to stuck valves. The only mods were the aluminum rims, new dual exhaust and a Holley 500 two barrel carb. Oh a Pioneer 6 disc CD changer and Clarion Pro Audio speakers were also added. The Lark has been in the family for 5 years now and the odometer is still under 33,000 original. I will remain a member of our family as long as possible.
                    59 Lark Regal 2Dr Hardtop
                    51 Champion 2Dr Sedan
                    27 Ford Roadster
                    Harleys, Mustangs and other Goodies

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                    • #11
                      TYPO!!!
                      The Lark has been in the family 50 years!!!!!!!!!
                      Too much coffe this morning.
                      59 Lark Regal 2Dr Hardtop
                      51 Champion 2Dr Sedan
                      27 Ford Roadster
                      Harleys, Mustangs and other Goodies

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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by mbstude

                        quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

                        As for the question about the SDCer from Bellmore New York, no idea.[?]

                        Chris Dresbach
                        Anybody else know? What prominent SDC member was from Bellmore, NY?

                        Matthew Burnette
                        Hazlehurst, GA

                        Barry Manilow[?][?]

                        "I'm allergic to small block Chevys."

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                        • #13
                          Tony Carella??? Russ Farris
                          1963 GT Hawk R-2 4-speed
                          1964 Avanti R-1 Auto

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                          • #14
                            My 51 is nearly all original. It's had a partial repaint at some point. Other than that it is how it left the factory

                            66 Commander R1 Clone
                            51 Commander 4dr
                            1962 Champ

                            51 Commander 4 door

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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by gearhead49

                              Chris
                              You saw my 59 Lark Regal 2 dr hardtop when you picked up the grille and moldings a few weeks ago.
                              The Lark was ordered for my grandparents by my dad who went to work for Studebaker after being discharged from the Army afer a stint in Korea. It was driven by my grandma and the longest distance it was ever driven was to my aunts cottage in Dowagic Michigan from Mishawaka. It sat from 1976 until 1992 when I aquired it. It almost ended up being a Prostreet car that was was going to be powered by a 1969 375hp 396, but a older guy I know that was president of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane club talked me out of it. I then didn't have the heart to alter it. It did get a frame on resto. The motor was disassemdled and the heads were done due to stuck valves. The only mods were the aluminum rims, new dual exhaust and a Holley 500 two barrel carb. Oh a Pioneer 6 disc CD changer and Clarion Pro Audio speakers were also added. The Lark has been in the family for 5 years now and the odometer is still under 33,000 original. I will remain a member of our family as long as possible.
                              Yeah, that is one nice car. Glad you left it mostly stock and just restored it! By the way, that grille worked for the job!

                              Chris Dresbach
                              Chris Dresbach

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