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    Joe Roberts
    '61 R1 Champ
    '65 Cruiser
    Eastern North Carolina Chapter

  • #2
    Interesting that he used a 4 door body. Not many gassers, regardless of brand, used that style. In any case, that Champion looks sharp doing its thing.
    sigpic

    "In the heart of Arkansas."
    Searcy, Arkansas
    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
    1952 2R pickup

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    • #3
      Nice pics and cool info there. Isky had his fingers in everything.
      Anyone have info on what motor was in the Stude?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kmac530 View Post
        Nice pics and cool info there. Isky had his fingers in everything.
        Anyone have info on what motor was in the Stude?
        283 Chevy out to 292. Ran 11.80's
        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA

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        • #5
          If he was B/Gas with a 292 the car must have been very light. Cool pictures!

          Pat
          Pat Dilling
          Olivehurst, CA
          Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


          LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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          • #6
            Thanks for the info Dick, that is some very impressive numbers.

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            • #7
              A 'Tribute Car' version of this car was just sold at auction last year.

              Lot's of info and history and pic's are out there.....

              http://www.oldblackstudebaker.com/junior-thompson/

              http://www.jrthompson.net/jrthome.html

              http://oldblackstudebaker.squarespac...istory-of-obs/

              http://gassermadness.com/forsale/his...tude/index.htm

              http://www.project1320.com/news/2010_07_29.php

              And a great 'cacklefest pic right next to Big's Swamp Rat...

              Last edited by DEEPNHOCK; 02-03-2012, 12:04 PM.
              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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              • #8
                Wow!!!! That is something that I never knew! Thanks for sharing.
                1957 Studebaker Champion 2 door. Staten Island, New York.

                "Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think." -Albert Einstein

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 52-fan View Post
                  Interesting that he used a 4 door body. Not many gassers, regardless of brand, used that style. In any case, that Champion looks sharp doing its thing.
                  I'm no eggspurt as it was long before my time but as I like to think of it the old gassers were built out of whatever you had sittin around, Hence the cool character they had.

                  Really cool car, I love it.

                  Dean.

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                  • #10
                    No doubt the car was available and light enough to work well. I have seen pictures of other 4 door gassers, just not very many.
                    sigpic

                    "In the heart of Arkansas."
                    Searcy, Arkansas
                    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
                    1952 2R pickup

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                    • #11
                      The most famous 4-door gasser has got to be the original Flintstone Flyer bathtub Packard:

                      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
                        The use of four door cars in the gas classes of the late 1950's and 1960's came because the class breaks were determined by a weight to cubic inch formula. Thus some very unique combinations arose. The Flintstone Flyer that BP posted is a perfect example as was the Champion I posted first in this thread. Though we usually think of the Willys coupes as a typical gasser. But there were several four door Willys in the gas classes. Evidently the four door cars had more weight over the rear wheels for better traction.

                        Joe Roberts
                        '61 R1 Champ
                        '65 Cruiser
                        Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                        • #13
                          I'm not seeing the first two pictures. Was this one of them?
                          http://www.redbubble.com/people/rest...tudebaker-1958
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