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    I just placed my second order in the past 12 months today with Parks Pipes. It still amazes me that the way they run the business is to make and ship the parts and then they invoice you after it ships and ask you to send a check. I asked Ruth if she ever had any problems and she said only a few over the years, but overall it works just fine for them. Kinda restores my faith in humanity.

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    Originally posted by Dougie View Post
    I just placed my second order in the past 12 months today with Parks Pipes. It still amazes me that the way they run the business is to make and ship the parts and then they invoice you after it ships and ask you to send a check. I asked Ruth if she ever had any problems and she said only a few over the years, but overall it works just fine for them. Kinda restores my faith in humanity.
    When he was still selling parts Ted Harbit used to operate the same way- parts went out, you sent him payment after you received them. I sent out an item to a supposedly Studebaker guy some years ago before he paid me (said he needed it by the weekend and was going to send me overnight funds). Last I ever heard from him.
    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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    • #3
      Back in the day (maybe 10 years ago!) I dealt with a gentleman who helped me pick out the engine rebuild parts I wanted for my 289. I had talked to him, a total stranger to me, 2 or 3 times until I finalized what I wanted to do and which parts I needed. It came out to a total of over $480, if I remember correctly. He didn't take credit cards, and he didn't want me to go to the trouble of getting a cashier's check. He simply sent me...a complete stranger from PA...a box of parts with an invoice in it. Unbelievable.

      I knew then that this group of Studebaker folks was a different breed than the run-of-the-mill brand X parts vendors out there.

      The guy was Ted Harbitt. A credit to the hobby.

      Ted...if you read this...a big thank you. I just put the same engine in my new '64 Commander this spring. Runs like a banshee goin' across the moors!!

      Great cars...great people.

      Doug Bowen
      sigpicGood judgment is the result of experience; ...experience is the result of bad judgment.

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      • #4
        Bill Fennessy does the same with his rubber door moldings... I was surprised.
        The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doug Bowen View Post
          Ted...if you read this...a big thank you. I just put the same engine in my new '64 Commander this spring. Runs like a banshee goin' across the moors!! Doug Bowen
          That's a new one on me, Doug; just how does a banshee run across the moors?

          Uh....what are the moors, anyway? <GGG> 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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          • #6
            It is not just Studebaker people I bought an 05 Chrysler Crossfire from a Used Car Dealer in Quebec 900 miles away this past summer,he shipped the car before I had sent him a personal cheque and this was a large amount of money. There are still trusting people out there.

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            • #7
              Bob...Scotland's moors are basically wet bogs, I believe. Supposed to be really beautiful, but spookie. Good old Sherlock Holmes spent quite a bit of time tracking down the bad guys in the moors !!!

              How many Studes are there in Scotland? Do we have a crew there?
              sigpicGood judgment is the result of experience; ...experience is the result of bad judgment.

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              • #8
                When I wrecked my 49 truck this summer. Anne Goodman had a grille she said how much she wanted and then shipped it. I'm glad she trusted me and I still thank her for her trouble.

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                • #9
                  While there are good and bad in everything...even here there could be a bad seed, I think this being a small community and pretty close knit gives people a better feeling and a sense of comfort.

                  Mr. Kabchef sent me good starter the same day he offered it to me and before I sent him a payment. The next day as I got home from taking the envelope to the post office, my package was already at my house and he even added a few other goodies in it for me....what a guy.
                  I think it is an odds thing. With MILLIONS of big 3 guys especially big 2 the odds on a there being bad seeds is very high, but with a group of only 20-30k people buying Stude parts, you have alot better odds that people are honest. I would say the vast majority of people buying something from a Stude supplier have been refered to them by past customers or even old friends. Definately takes out some sense of risk I think.

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately, there have been some instances where certain members have run afoul of what would be honest behavior and decorum. But, it is rare.

                    One of the fondest memories I have of a great, honest Studebaker guy, is the late John Birchetto. (I hope I have the spelling right.) John was from Tennessee, and I would see him only once or twice a year. Any time I had him looking at one of my vehicles, I had to be careful what I said. The first time I mentioned that I would like to have some new decals for my air cleaner, climatizer, and oil filter...the next week, I get an envelope in the mail with everything I had mentioned along with a neatly hand written invoice. (Very fair and reasonable price.)

                    Several times I was surprised with a package from John from what I had considered an off-hand comment. I believe that if I had returned the items, John would have never complained. Of course, I never did. I gladly paid because he never sent me anything I didn't need.

                    What amazed me was that I didn't see John making notes or anything. He had a sharp mind and remembered. Just another grand old member of the SDC that I really miss.
                    John Clary
                    Greer, SC

                    SDC member since 1975

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Doug Bowen View Post
                      Bob...Scotland's moors are basically wet bogs, I believe. Supposed to be really beautiful, but spookie. Good old Sherlock Holmes spent quite a bit of time tracking down the bad guys in the moors !!!

                      How many Studes are there in Scotland? Do we have a crew there?
                      'Got it, Doug; thanks.

                      (I'll bet we have a lot of Studebakers in Scotland, since the Scottish are known for their thrift!) 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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                      • #12
                        Although I dare not gainsay either the spookiness or the thrift of Scotland (and after all, we did name a model after them!), the scary moors of English lit are in "Wessex," the SW of England, mostly Devonshire. And the curious incident of the dog in the night-time was that the dog did nothing. Astounding? Elementary.

                        Now your banshees, those are probably an entirely Gaelic creature -- except for the one in South Dakota.

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                        • #13
                          Then let the good Stude guy that 'borrowed' the door hinge locater drill and tap set that they 'borrowed' from JP a few years ago to return it.....
                          And the good Stude guy that 'borrowed' by first Professional Products aluminum intake and adapters to 'test and report back' to return them.
                          I'll turn the other cheek when that has been accomplished...
                          Jeff
                          HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)

                          Jeff


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



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                          • #14
                            A Banshee is pretty much an Irish legend. The 5 great families of Ireland are said to have a banshee attached to them, usually appearing as an old woman, sometime as a beautiful girl, sometimes as a weasel or rabbit. The banshee is said to wail outside the home of a family member soon to die. Legend has it that for the five great Gaelic families — the O'Gradys, the O'Neills, the O'Briens, the O'Connors, and the Kavanaghs — the banshee appears even if the death will occur at a long distance from the home, thus serving as a warning.

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                            • #15
                              As a kid, the banshee in "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" terrified me. Haven't revisited that movie in fifty-two years; one of Sean Connery's early films. A few years before Felix Leiter entertained him with his Studillac.
                              "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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