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  • Please Don't Shoot the Messenger

    Stumbled across this little jewel this afternoon:

    Checked it out, and learned that a local company is going to build a show car out of it.

    The plan is to use the body parts, and EVERYTHING else will be disposed of. That's the bad news.

    The good news is that the rolling chassis, engine, drive line, including any and everything they do not use will be given away FREE to anybody that wants to pick the items up. It was implied I could possibly take the car and strip what I wanted, if I would return the body and parts they intend to use. I'm not up to that.

    They have also purchased a rotisserie to mount the body on during the process, so I would suggest that anybody that was interested in the parts work a deal to pick up the chassis and other available items after they remove the body from the frame. (All or nothing.)

    Based on the rust-free condition of the body, I suspect that the rest of the car should be in pretty good shape. More pics here:
    http://s142.photobucket.com/albums/r...photos/Kicker/

    It is not my intent to endorse what is happening to this car. My hope is that some good parts are saved, helping to keep one or more original cars on the road.
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    Dave Lester

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    Great tip, Dave. I'll pass that on to someone very interested. Most people know not to shoot at you anyway.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by barnlark View Post
      Great tip, Dave. I'll pass that on to someone very interested. Most people know not to shoot at you anyway.

      Appreciate it, Dave!
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      • #4
        This doesn't sound at all like the end of the world, Dave.

        Bullet-nose sedans are like early R-series 1949-1953 pickup trucks: There are 'way more of them around than will ever be absorbed by the Studebaker hobby before they rust away or are baled. It would be my opinion (not that you asked) that what is going on here will be beneficial, especially in that they will permit the proper recycling (into Studebakerdom) of pieces not used.

        Good all around. BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
          This doesn't sound at all like the end of the world, Dave.
          I know you are right, Bob. But, it sure is a nice, rust free example, not one I would modify.

          But, as our friend Dick Steinkamp would say, "Why should a rodder be expected to start with a rust bucket?"
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          • #6
            Looks like it already has a black eye.<G>
            101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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            • #7
              I am surprized that they are starting with a two door sedan and didn't seek out a Starlight.
              I think that it will be good for Studebaker in that they are keeping the body to represent Studebaker on the road and in shows.
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                Originally posted by studegary View Post
                I am surprized that they are starting with a two door sedan and didn't seek out a Starlight.
                I think that it will be good for Studebaker in that they are keeping the body to represent Studebaker on the road and in shows.
                The company rep that purchased the car did express disappointment that he had not held out for a Starlight. OTOH, he decided that the sedan would be more unusual on the show circuit. I doubt this car will see any road time, it's being built as a promotional show car.
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                • #9
                  I realize it's a year early (pre-V8)...but could this chassis be a donor for Chris's Model N project??

                  S.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Steve T View Post
                    I realize it's a year early (pre-V8)...but could this chassis be a donor for Chris's Model N project??

                    S.
                    It would be a good start! What would be ideal for that project though is a '53 chassis and a '51 front end. I would be interested in it if it was closer.
                    Chris Dresbach

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                    • #11
                      Dave
                      Do you know anything about the condition of the engine? Does it have an OD tranny?
                      John
                      1950 Champion
                      W-3 4 Dr. Sedan
                      Holdrege NE

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by barnlark View Post
                        Great tip, Dave. I'll pass that on to someone very interested. Most people know not to shoot at you anyway.
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                        John
                        63R-2386
                        Resto-Mod by Michael Myer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Lothar View Post
                          Dave
                          Do you know anything about the condition of the engine? Does it have an OD tranny?
                          John, I will have to take another look at the car to see if it has an OD. I should have thought to check that out when I first saw the car.

                          As to engine condition, etc., I will ask permission to take pics of "hidden" areas of the car. I will visit with the contact person again, just to make sure he is ready for me to share his contact information with interested parties. I don't think he will mind, but I think it will be a while before they are ready to start disassembly of the car, and I don't know if he is ready to make a commitment to anybody yet on handing over the parts.

                          I don't know if they winched the car up onto the trailer, or drove it, but I will find out.

                          My instinct is that the first person that steps up and offers to come and get the items will own them, as soon as they are available.

                          I also understand that although the parts are free, you have some distance to travel to take possession of them, and that costs time and money.

                          Hopefully, we can find out if what is there is worth the effort for you, or someone else, if it does not work out for you.

                          I shall attempt to answer your questions soon, but we are going into the week-end, the business that has the car is closed... and, it looks like my job might get in the way early next week, as we might get hammered by severe winter weather and the bad JU-JU that comes along with it.
                          Last edited by Studedude; 01-29-2011, 07:51 AM.
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                          • #14
                            I don't carry a taser.

                            When shooting in self defense, one must be armed with at least equal weaponry as his assailant.
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                            Dave Lester

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Studedude View Post
                              I don't carry a taser.

                              When shooting in self defense, one must be armed with at least equal weaponry as his assailant.
                              Kinda like Steve Lee, Pretty hard to out gun him too.



                              Bob

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