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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    There is a good reason for that. The Big 3 auto makers in Detroit (plus AMC) would often commission local photographers to go out and take photos of competitive makes for comparison purposes. It was cheaper and easier than buying them! I have several sets of photos showing various Studebaker cars of different years and body styles commissioned by both Ford and AMC. I am sure the others did this as well. Of course if they were doing a thorough investigation of a new model or feature (like the Studebaker V-8 in '51 or the 1950 automatic transmission) they would buy the complete car and give it a more thorough going over including tear down and proving ground test. Studebaker of course did likewise to its competitors.

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  • qsanford
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    I just saw a Factory Press Photo of a 1961 Hawk listed for sale on ebay. On the rear bumper is a dealer sticker listing "Husak Bros. Detroit". I thought it strange that a car already sold to a dealer would have been called back to model for studio photos. There must be a good story about it!

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  • ronhusak
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    BeeJay..
    BTW nice looking StarLight coupe
    Ron

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  • ronhusak
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    BeeJay..
    Well the truth is.. The dealership pictured used to be a ford dealership.. It was Bielfield Ford.. They built a new store about a mile further down Michigan Avenue.. That one is still there..
    We bought the Store next to us which was Armstrong Buick.. The building pictured on the card was destroyed by fire in 67.. The showroom anyways.. We continued to use the service department and body shop and operated out of the Showroom in the other building..
    Then we eventually moved down Michigan Avenue to next to Bielfield Ford (across the side street) into the Thompson Chrysler Plymouth store..
    All things come around.. The family's first Dealership was down Michigan Avenue between the two subsequent stores.. The Original and final buildings are still there..
    Ron

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  • BeeJay
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    My brother bought a new '51 from Husak Bros. Dealership is now a Ford Dealer.

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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    Originally posted by ronhusak View Post
    Richard.
    Damned.. Actually I don't have any! Where on earth did you get that? My dad is the guy in the middle in blue! Man does that bring back memories..
    Do you have any extras?
    Ron
    Sorry but I have no extras of that card but I could make you one. I have been collecting Studebaker post cards for over 35 years and have a rather sizeable collection.

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  • ronhusak
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    Richard.
    Damned.. Actually I don't have any! Where on earth did you get that? My dad is the guy in the middle in blue! Man does that bring back memories..
    Do you have any extras?
    Ron

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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    Look familiar? Looks to be 1953. You probably have a few hundred of these post cards?

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  • clonelark
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    So your the guy that put a 259 in one of those Avanti's, ha ha many have been found that way. Welcome to the forum, you'll have many laughs along the way.

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  • ronhusak
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    Hi All..
    Thanks for all the welcomes.. Yes, for sure the game is afoot!
    I do have lots of great memories of those great years.. Like the time I drove the first R2 Avanti in the state back to Detroit from South Bend.. It was a sold car to GM Engineering.. 411 gears and 4 speed.. I was in heaven.. Till I hit the flock of birds! Can you imagine a beautiful Turquoise Avanti with birds stuck the radiator?
    I worked at the 62 Detroit Auto show on the Studebaker display.. And in fact won the Salesman's Award (A clock radio) from the Detroit Zone office for my knowledge and help..
    I have many such stories.. But I am not a good enough typist to write about many of them.. My family never made a lot of money selling Studebaker's.. (it wasn't easy selling Studebaker's in Detroit). But we did earn a living and had great times.. And, memories that I will fondly always recall..
    My search will probably take a while.. I am in no real hurry.. I don't have lots to invest but the right one will come along..
    Frank.. You said someone here may know of my Avanti.. Well maybe so.. I will have to see if I still have the VIN etc. I am sure it is still alive.. It really was a pretty sound car.. But, as I said it just wasn't going to be the car I wanted.. for example.. Walter, the original owner, had several accidents with it.. One of them involved him running off of the road and punching a hole in the oil pan.. He blew the engine.. well he wanted the car fixed reasonably.. well I was Service Manager at our Dealership after we were already Dodge dealers.. Well I was able to buy a new short engine from Nate Altman in South Bend.. Except it was a 259. Well Walter didn't care so that is what we used.. It still looked like an original.. But didn't perform like one.. Things like that..
    I had an interest in a Chrysler Plymouth store in Fort Wayne in the middle 80's and I Had our body shop strip and paint the car.. It looked pretty good actually.. But just wasn't going to be what I wanted it to be!
    Looking forward to my journey with all of you.. Thanks for the welcome..
    Ron Husak
    Conifer, Colorado

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  • studeclunker
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    Originally posted by FlatheadGeo View Post
    Welcome and I quote from a famous detective:
    "Come Watson, the game's afoot!" Good luck on your quest!
    LOL, good one! Wouldn't that be better as, 'Come Husak, the game's afoot!'

    By the by Ron, welcome to the forum from another Ron.
    Last edited by studeclunker; 01-25-2011, 08:26 PM.

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  • FlatheadGeo
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    Welcome and I quote from a famous detective:
    "Come Watson, the game's afoot!" Good luck on your quest!

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  • JRoberts
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    Glad to have you with us. Keep us up-to-date on your search.

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  • studelark
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    Ron; Welcome to the SDC Forum. You've come to the right place to 'speak' Studebakerese. Are you a member of SDC, Inc., Antique Studebaker Club or the Avanti Club? All have great mags with lots of information, buy/sell, and most vendors use them to promote their parts, etc. You're doing the right thing by running by us any car you've set your eyes on. We don't know about every Studebaker extant, but we know most of them. We possibly could save you some headaches by you not getting stuck with a poor project.

    You might also want to post the serial number or other data about your Avanti. Who knows, it may be someone's show car now. If it is still alive, I'll bet someone here will know about it. Keep us informed and let us discuss any problems you run into.

    Frank Drumheller
    Locust Grove, VA
    60S-W6
    1948 M16-52 Boyer-bodied fire truck
    Last edited by studelark; 01-25-2011, 04:10 PM. Reason: grammar

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  • StudeRich
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    Welcome Ron! I am sure you do have many memories, people, stories etc. that we would love to hear about. Things like the last Days of Studebaker and special cars you remember etc. Very glad to have you here. We do have a few people here that were connected to Studebaker in some way.

    I am the Son of a quite successful Studebaker Salesman (from 1955 to 1962) at Frank H. Afton Co. a Inglewood, CA Store that used to belong to a Studebaker Corp. President's family, Paul G. Hoffman.

    Info on Mr. Hoffman, original owner of Frank H. Afton Studebaker here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_G._Hoffman

    It should not be hard for you to find a nice Studebaker here, many of us have 5 or 6, or a Hundred extra ones!
    Last edited by StudeRich; 01-25-2011, 03:31 PM.

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