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    I've always known how nice the big sedans drove and assumed the 58 Starlight would be the same, and it sure is. No power steering, but with the low mileage steering box, it does not need it. I drove it around 20 miles today to shake out any issues and had a slight dash rattle. I tightened up the radio, now nothing makes a peep on bumps. After adjusting the valves I have to look at the idiot lights to make sure the engine didn't stall at a traffic light. The damn car just floats downn the road, by far the best riding driving Studebaker I've ever owned out of a few 100. I never had one with no play in the steering, not a hint of a oil leak or a rattle, I'm having fun.

    JDP/Maryland


    63 GT R2
    63 Avanti R1
    63 Daytona convert
    63 Lark 2 door
    62 Lark 2 door
    60 Lark HT-60Hawk
    59 3E truck
    58 Starlight
    52 & 53 Starliner
    51 Commander

    JDP Maryland

  • #2
    Wow JP. I think when (or if? ) you eBay that car, it's gonna go higher than any 58 Commander ever has...


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    • #3
      Wow JP. I think when (or if? ) you eBay that car, it's gonna go higher than any 58 Commander ever has...


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      • #4
        It is not fair for anyone to have this much fun!

        Leonard Shepherd
        http://leonardshepherd.com/

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        • #5
          It is not fair for anyone to have this much fun!

          Leonard Shepherd
          http://leonardshepherd.com/

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          • #6
            It would have to set a record on ebay the way I'm throwing money at the thing, it just talks to me. Wish I had the garage space to keep it, but it's too nice to share a "working garage". I'm afraid I'll mess something up working on something else.

            JDP/Maryland


            63 GT R2
            63 Avanti R1
            63 Daytona convert
            63 Lark 2 door
            62 Lark 2 door
            60 Lark HT-60Hawk
            59 3E truck
            58 Starlight
            52 & 53 Starliner
            51 Commander

            JDP Maryland

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            • #7
              It would have to set a record on ebay the way I'm throwing money at the thing, it just talks to me. Wish I had the garage space to keep it, but it's too nice to share a "working garage". I'm afraid I'll mess something up working on something else.

              JDP/Maryland


              63 GT R2
              63 Avanti R1
              63 Daytona convert
              63 Lark 2 door
              62 Lark 2 door
              60 Lark HT-60Hawk
              59 3E truck
              58 Starlight
              52 & 53 Starliner
              51 Commander

              JDP Maryland

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              • #8
                Ahhh, JDP, let me "store" it for you! I'll MAKE room!

                Boy, reading your original post.... I can't help it..... the phrase "FLASHY CARS" mysteriously kept wanting to butt into my thoughts![}]

                Miscreant adrift in
                the BerStuda Triangle


                1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                1960 Larkvertible V8
                1958 Provincial wagon
                1953 Commander coupe

                No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                • #9
                  Ahhh, JDP, let me "store" it for you! I'll MAKE room!

                  Boy, reading your original post.... I can't help it..... the phrase "FLASHY CARS" mysteriously kept wanting to butt into my thoughts![}]

                  Miscreant adrift in
                  the BerStuda Triangle


                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe

                  No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                  • #10
                    When I got my '58 Starlight it wobbled down the road, pitching and gupping, rattling and shimmying as the scariest ride I had had in a long while. After a new tranny, shocks, springs all around(heavy duty up front), suspension bushings, wheels and tires and a new rear end, it too rides down the road and handles like a dream. The combo of PS and radials helps as does the aftermarket rear sway bar kit. One thing that makes these cars steer nicely is the switch in '58 up front away from the bushed center pin...seems to just feel tighter.

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                    • #11
                      When I got my '58 Starlight it wobbled down the road, pitching and gupping, rattling and shimmying as the scariest ride I had had in a long while. After a new tranny, shocks, springs all around(heavy duty up front), suspension bushings, wheels and tires and a new rear end, it too rides down the road and handles like a dream. The combo of PS and radials helps as does the aftermarket rear sway bar kit. One thing that makes these cars steer nicely is the switch in '58 up front away from the bushed center pin...seems to just feel tighter.

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                      • #12
                        Before 'Baby' started leaking soo much I would drive her weeks at a time-
                        'Sweet Pea' needed/deserved the break once in awhile~ I LOVE driving that '57, and I miss it bad!!! Just going from the '57 to the '65 was a trip for me, I can't imagine if I had anything newer to drive. Not that I'd want anything newer, mind you. [:0]
                        I can hardly wait to be able to drive the Packard on a regular basis...


                        StudeDave [8D]
                        V/P San Diego County SDC
                        San Diego, Ca


                        '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
                        '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
                        '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
                        '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
                        '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
                        '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
                        StudeDave '57
                        US Navy (retired)

                        3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                        SDC Member since 1985

                        past President
                        Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                        San Diego Chapter SDC

                        past Vice President
                        San Diego Chapter SDC
                        North Florida Chapter SDC

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                        • #13
                          Before 'Baby' started leaking soo much I would drive her weeks at a time-
                          'Sweet Pea' needed/deserved the break once in awhile~ I LOVE driving that '57, and I miss it bad!!! Just going from the '57 to the '65 was a trip for me, I can't imagine if I had anything newer to drive. Not that I'd want anything newer, mind you. [:0]
                          I can hardly wait to be able to drive the Packard on a regular basis...


                          StudeDave [8D]
                          V/P San Diego County SDC
                          San Diego, Ca


                          '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
                          '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
                          '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
                          '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
                          '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
                          '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
                          StudeDave '57
                          US Navy (retired)

                          3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                          SDC Member since 1985

                          past President
                          Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                          San Diego Chapter SDC

                          past Vice President
                          San Diego Chapter SDC
                          North Florida Chapter SDC

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                          • #14
                            I think the 58 is about as "Flashy" as you can get short of adding neon lights to a Packard Hawk. Pretty, no, flashy, you bet.

                            JDP/Maryland


                            63 GT R2
                            63 Avanti R1
                            63 Daytona convert
                            63 Lark 2 door
                            62 Lark 2 door
                            60 Lark HT-60Hawk
                            59 3E truck
                            58 Starlight
                            52 & 53 Starliner
                            51 Commander

                            JDP Maryland

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                            • #15
                              I think the 58 is about as "Flashy" as you can get short of adding neon lights to a Packard Hawk. Pretty, no, flashy, you bet.

                              JDP/Maryland


                              63 GT R2
                              63 Avanti R1
                              63 Daytona convert
                              63 Lark 2 door
                              62 Lark 2 door
                              60 Lark HT-60Hawk
                              59 3E truck
                              58 Starlight
                              52 & 53 Starliner
                              51 Commander

                              JDP Maryland

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