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  • Made it to my first cruise-in!

    There's a monthly cruise-in not far from my house. My goal was to make it there yesterday... and with advice and help from you guys... I did.

    Scared me to death too. That's the furthest I've driven her since getting her last September!

    Between re-wiring, seatbelts, etc. I've been working like a mad man to get Stella back together. Don't get me wrong, I showed up without the back seat in, no door panels, and my rusty, old bumpers, but she WAS there. And I got a good number of folks to come up and either look at her or ask me questions. Funny thing is I stayed right by her side all night to make sure she wasn't going to roll back into the fully restored, museum quality non-Stude behind her![:0] I think she was the only Studebaker there.

    And I still need to find a good tune-up guy because she wanted to hiss and die when accelerating from a stop sign or red light.

    Anyway, just thought I'd update you guys. I may not be working at the world's fastest pace, but I AM proud of what I've done and where she is. Thanks.

    1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")

  • #2
    Heh, I used to call my 54 Commander Coupe Stella, I can't remember why,I guess she just looked like a Stella,whatever to F#$k that means.
    Congrats on your cruise in,keep tinkering with your Stella,and she will eventually inspire you to travel furthur away from home,to go where no Stella has ever gone before.


    • #3
      One of these days you're gonna knuckle under and send me that damned carb so I can make it right.[}]

      That said, congratulations on your perseverance and your accomplishment so far, Eric. We's proud of ya!

      Miscreant at large.

      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
      1957 President 2-dr
      1955 President State
      1951 Champion Biz cpe
      1963 Daytona project FS
      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.


      • #4
        I knew a guy that had a 55 Prez. State sedan named Ms. Estella. Close enough.

        Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
        South Georgia Chapter
        63 Daytona HT (project)
        51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
        52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

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        • #5

          With a little more work, she will be "Stellar"!


          Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

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          1948 M-16 grain truck
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          1955 E-38 grain truck
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          • #6
            Does sound like you need a carb rebuild. Accelerator pump has probably dried up to nuthin'.
            "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.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk


            • #7
              Sounds like your efforts are starting to pay off, congrats on getting Stella rolling in traffic

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              Phil Hendrickson
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              • #8
                Thanks everyone. Stella's got a long way to go, but she's at least headed in the right direction![8D]

                1951 Commander Starlight Coupe (aka "Stella")