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  • Giant Studebaker? 1934 Land Cruiser?

    We are all aware of the giant 1931 model 80 Studebaker Four Season Roadster.
    http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/giant_car.asp

    At the end of the article it alludes to a '34 plaster Land Cruiser at the Chicago World's Fair that was large enough to hold a movie theater.

    I don't suppose anyone might have access to a picture of said Land Cruiser.
    "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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    Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
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    I don't suppose anyone might have access to a picture of said Land Cruiser.
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    HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

    Jeff


    Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. Mark Twain



    Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)

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    • #3
      There are post cards of the giant Land Cruiser.
      Gary Sanders
      Nixa, MO

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      • #4


        Below the article I authored that appeared in the December 2002 issue of Collectible Automobile. Actually it was a sidebar to a more extensive article on the 1934-35 Land Cruisers

        The Big and Small of It
        Richard Quinn
        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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        • #5
          I wanna hear more about this Studebaker they hurled down a "104 foot cliff" that drove away under its own power.

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          • #6
            Wonder how far away they went to find a 104 ft cliff. There is no hills in Indiana.

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            • #7
              Boy, it never ceases to amaze me how, when someone asks a question about a Stude event, someone else comes up with the picture a description of the event. Thanks to Richard Quinn, Studedude, & Deepnhock.
              You guys are great.
              Rog
              '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
              Smithtown,NY
              Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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              • #8
                I have the actual 16mm film showing the car being pushed off the cliff multiple times and being driven away. Seeing is believing!
                Richard Quinn
                Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                • #9
                  Richard,
                  I don't suppose you ever located a copy of "Wild Flowers"?
                  I suspect there could be a market for all those old "shorts" in digital format before the celluloid falls apart.
                  "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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
                    Richard,
                    I don't suppose you ever located a copy of "Wild Flowers"?
                    I suspect there could be a market for all those old "shorts" in digital format before the celluloid falls apart.
                    Yes, in fact I did locate "Wild Flowers." The owner is in the process of donating it to the Library of Congress and they have agreed to make a copy available for reproduction.
                    Richard Quinn
                    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                    • #11
                      Wonder how far away they went to find a 104 ft cliff. There is no hills in Indiana.
                      Mr. Quinn outta get a kick out of this then...
                      Hmm a picture of a fence with the car being tossed off of a steep 104 ft dropoff, and there's no hills in Indiana.

                      Maybe it's Thornton Quarry just over the IL state line then?
                      (Those of you that have came down I-80 going to or from South Bend would pass over this very deep hole in the ground a few miles from the IL-IN state line. )
                      1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                      1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
                      1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
                      1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by PlainBrownR2 View Post
                        Mr. Quinn outta get a kick out of this then...
                        Hmm a picture of a fence with the car being tossed off of a steep 104 ft dropoff, and there's no hills in Indiana.

                        Maybe it's Thornton Quarry just over the IL state line then?
                        (Those of you that have came down I-80 going to or from South Bend would pass over this very deep hole in the ground a few miles from the IL-IN state line. )
                        No, I believe the cliff was in lower Michigan. The Thornton quarrry is limestone and would not have provided for the relatively "soft" landing that I note in the film.
                        Richard Quinn
                        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                        • #13
                          It was a bit of a joke . No hills in Indiana? Can't find the location of the dropoff? There's a dropoff !!
                          Yep, that's a limestone quarry, and the hard bottom might make for a very stomach turning crunch when it landed. I would think for a soft landing the Indiana Dunes might have also been used, but don't quote me on that .
                          1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                          1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
                          1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
                          1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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                          • #14
                            Actually after this thread had died some time ago I did another article for Collectible Automobile on the 1934-35 Studebakers (Oct 2013) and in doing research on that I found that the test took place in Pennsylvania though no specific location was cited.
                            Richard Quinn
                            Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                            • #15
                              How many 34 and '35 Landruisers were built? What's the survival rate.

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