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  • This is my first Studebaker 1940 Studebaker President 4 door. I bought it off Craigslist from a member here a Mr. Strader.
    I retired from last year (I owned a performace automotive machine shop with dyno) and have been a specialist in 455 Buick engines. I wanted an old car to fix up and bought a 41 Ford with plans of putting in a SBC but when I found this car I fell in love with it so now the Ford is for sale.

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    • I started this post years ago. I never thought it would just keep growing. Welcome new Studebaker owners! This is Awesome!!! (S)igned 3rd gen Studebaker Parts /shop in NW WA State
      Last edited by (S); 09-10-2017, 09:48 PM.

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      • Hello All,
        I'm new to Studebaker's. I've always liked them, I was never really looking for one until I recently saw a 1956 Champion for sale less than a mile from my house. I pulled up and started talking to the guy selling it. He didn't know much about the car or service history as it was his father's who had passed. Long story short he just wanted to get rid of the car. I fell in love it right away and we made a deal.
        The car starts right up, runs great and drives (sort of) most of the time it will stall when you put it into gear. After spending some time trying to get the tune just right I'm thinking a carburetor rebuild is in order. I have a carburetor kit on the way. I'm thinking the carburetor rebuild should do the trick but, not knowing the service history of the car, and the plugs looking pretty worn, I ordered some new ignition parts as well. Any good online resources out there for torque specs, gap specs, etc.? This car is a little different from the big V8 with a Holley 4 Barrel Carb on my (other) project.
        I was able to take the car out for a short cruise on International Drive Your Studebaker Day this past weekend but looking forward to being able to take it for longer drives/cruises. I already found a good amount of knowledge on this site.

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        • I realize I'm about 7 years late but nonetheless glad to be part of this club. Just purchased a 1950 Commander Starlight. Frame-off restoration 10 years ago. Needs some spit and polish but she's cleaning up nicely. I have a specific question about a concern with the engine and was wondering how to post this question on the forum. Can anyone help? I am a member, not a guest.
          Chuck

          1950 Commander Starlight Regal Deluxe
          1954 Ford Custom Coupe
          1969 Datsun Roadster 2000

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          • Anyone can post -- just ask your question on either the General or Tech Talk pages.
            Skip Lackie

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            • Bryan here - was looking into buying a Golden Hawk in bad shape but joined to find options. My father had a 1956 Golden Hawk when i was about 7 yrs old. I'm 60 now. Wish I could find it..

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              • Originally posted by Cinderblock View Post
                CUT/Any good online resources out there for torque specs, gap specs, etc.? /CUT/
                Hello Mark, Welcome to the SDC and to the SDC Forum!

                You will find many Parts and also Shop Manuals and the BEST, well Illustrated, and detailed Chassis and Body PARTS Catalogs in the industry here:
                http://studebakervendors.com

                These Books are way cheaper on CD ROM Discs, and you get them ALL on one!
                StudeRich
                Second Generation Stude Driver,
                Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                • Just paid my membership to SDC. My wife got rid of her 2015 Nissan Rouge and bought a 63 Lark Cruiser for her daily driver. This is her second Studebaker and loves it to death. She bought a Lark Cruiser in 1999 but ended up selling it in 2002 after we moved from the SF Bay Area back down to So Cal, that was a tough decision considering all the work I put into it. I'm actually an International Harvester guy but I'm big fan of the Studes too....wait, now that I think about, I'm a Studebaker guy too!
                  Cheers,
                  JOE

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                  "After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done"
                  Clark Olmstead

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                  • Welcome Joe, glad to have another West Coaster joining us!

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                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
                    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                    • Thanks Rich, that’s a beauty. She’s the same color as the first one we owned.
                      Cheers,
                      JOE

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                      "After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done"
                      Clark Olmstead

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                      • I just bought a 1963 zip van. It had been in dry storage for 30 years. Going to bring it back to life. Where is the best place for brake and tune up parts

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                        • Hi Ray, welcome to the SDC and to the SDC Forum!

                          Here are a few dozen of your sources:
                          http://studebakervendors.com

                          There is no "Best Place", they are all good and prices are very much the same.
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                          • I have just bought a63 zip van. Who is a good supplier of parts

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                            • Originally posted by Mrzippy View Post
                              I have just bought a63 zip van. Who is a good supplier of parts
                              Have you read Post #627 and clicked on the Link?

                              Some Parts may need to come from several sources depending on if you are rebuilding any of the body or not, Engine, Brakes, Suspension, Steering, Transmission, Electrical are at all Studebaker Vendors.
                              StudeRich
                              Second Generation Stude Driver,
                              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                              • Hi, my name is Jack and I'm an addict. .. I can't even count how many cars I've had over the years and I'm willing to bet there's quite a few here that'll say the same thing.
                                My first eyeful of a Hawk was a Loewy body at a local wrecking yard when I was a teenager, I've wanted one ever since. It only took about 35 years. ..
                                Last weekend I did it, I ended up with a heap of work. A 62 GT Hawk, VIN 62V22990. A one owner Sacramento valley car, the original dealer was the Electric Car Co of Woodland and it lived its first 55 years 17 miles away in Davis. Sat for the last 30 years in Bob Baudonet's garage, his son pulled off the carb back in high school "to rebuild it in auto shop class" and it sat. And sat, and sat.... So next weekend I bring it home and try out the 30 year old carb rebuild kit that came with it to see how it runs. And then figure out a brake package (I'm thinking the Turner kit) an AC package (ClassicAir?) since it wasn't purchased with one, eventually a 4 bbl and hopefully a Richmond street 5 speed (drop in replacement for a T-10 complete with external shifter) after a year or 3, a 2.89 first with a 0.73 fifth in front of it's 3.55 TT would be the cat's meow I think.
                                So that's my introduction, I live in the SF Bay Area but it'll probably be summer before you see me rolling around.
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