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  • Studebaker Dealer in Climax, Michigan?

    According to the build sheet, my 62 Hawk was delivered to Climax, MI, which is between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

    Does anyone know the name of a Studebaker dealer in Climax, Michigan?

    Thanks, Carolyn

    1949 2R5 truck
    1962 GT Hawk
    Santa Fe, NM
    1949 2R5 truck
    1962 GT Hawk
    projects: 50 Champion Starlight, 62 Lark Daytona, 61 Lark Cruiser VIII, 63 Wagonaire

    Santa Fe, NM

  • #2
    Carolyn, welcome. I don't know if anyone will have an answer (I don't, sorry!), but if doesn't flush out the response you want, check the library. Having moved to Florida from Michigan, I had no idea where the Studebaker dealers were, or what was left of them. The Hillsborough County Library in Tampa had bound copies of the local phone directories from the '20's to current times. I was able to locate 4 local dealers this way.

    Check your library periodicals area and ask for the '61-'63 phone books for Kalamazoo County. A Studebaker dealers are smaller the the typical Big 4 dealers, you may have to cross reference the white pages as well. Good luck.

    EDIT: I'm sorry, but Carolyn is in Sante Fe, NM, and may not be able to get to the local County Library. Maybe she could look them up on the internet and ask by e-mail?

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    Tom - Valrico, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed

    Tom - Bradenton, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
    1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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    • #3
      Carolyn, welcome. I don't know if anyone will have an answer (I don't, sorry!), but if doesn't flush out the response you want, check the library. Having moved to Florida from Michigan, I had no idea where the Studebaker dealers were, or what was left of them. The Hillsborough County Library in Tampa had bound copies of the local phone directories from the '20's to current times. I was able to locate 4 local dealers this way.

      Check your library periodicals area and ask for the '61-'63 phone books for Kalamazoo County. A Studebaker dealers are smaller the the typical Big 4 dealers, you may have to cross reference the white pages as well. Good luck.

      EDIT: I'm sorry, but Carolyn is in Sante Fe, NM, and may not be able to get to the local County Library. Maybe she could look them up on the internet and ask by e-mail?

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      Tom - Valrico, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed

      Tom - Bradenton, FL

      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
      1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

      Comment


      • #4
        I've found a wealth of info about local Stude dealers by going to the local library and (assuming they have such)going thru the microfiche files of old newspapers from yesteryear!

        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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        • #5
          I've found a wealth of info about local Stude dealers by going to the local library and (assuming they have such)going thru the microfiche files of old newspapers from yesteryear!

          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.

          Comment


          • #6
            Richard Quinn can tell you. His email address is: rtq11@aol.com

            Leonard Shepherd
            http://leonardshepherd.com/

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            • #7
              Richard Quinn can tell you. His email address is: rtq11@aol.com

              Leonard Shepherd
              http://leonardshepherd.com/

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              • #8
                Thanks, everyone.

                I emailed Richard Quinn, who responded immediately. The dealer was Eberstein Motor Sales at the corner of Main and Maple Streets. We'll have to add that one to the SDC dealership list!

                I'd already tried my local library in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a smaller town than you'd think and its library doesn't have resources for Michigan white pages research. What we lack in library, though, we gain in aridity; the high desert climate is very kind to old Studebaker steel!

                Carolyn



                1949 2R5 truck
                1962 GT Hawk
                Santa Fe, NM
                1949 2R5 truck
                1962 GT Hawk
                projects: 50 Champion Starlight, 62 Lark Daytona, 61 Lark Cruiser VIII, 63 Wagonaire

                Santa Fe, NM

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                • #9
                  Thanks, everyone.

                  I emailed Richard Quinn, who responded immediately. The dealer was Eberstein Motor Sales at the corner of Main and Maple Streets. We'll have to add that one to the SDC dealership list!

                  I'd already tried my local library in Santa Fe. Santa Fe is a smaller town than you'd think and its library doesn't have resources for Michigan white pages research. What we lack in library, though, we gain in aridity; the high desert climate is very kind to old Studebaker steel!

                  Carolyn



                  1949 2R5 truck
                  1962 GT Hawk
                  Santa Fe, NM
                  1949 2R5 truck
                  1962 GT Hawk
                  projects: 50 Champion Starlight, 62 Lark Daytona, 61 Lark Cruiser VIII, 63 Wagonaire

                  Santa Fe, NM

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                  • #10
                    There's the Lawrence Memorial Libraby at 107 N. Main St in Climax. Maybe they'd have some info on the dealership. Seeing as how they were on THE main intersection of town, they might have been fairly prominent. The dealership bldg may still be standing or even still in use!

                    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.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      There's the Lawrence Memorial Libraby at 107 N. Main St in Climax. Maybe they'd have some info on the dealership. Seeing as how they were on THE main intersection of town, they might have been fairly prominent. The dealership bldg may still be standing or even still in use!

                      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.

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        I too found the library in Climax and telephoned this afternoon when it opened. The librarian knew where the dealership had been, and the building still stands. There's nothing in it right now.

                        As we talked, I looked at the town on Google's satellite map, and as the librarian named the town's buildings, I picked them out on the map. Climax has only one main intersection (home to its only stop light, a red blinker), and the dealership was in the southwest corner of that intersection. I could see the building on the satellite map. It appeared tiny, as the librarian said it was. Climax is a farm town, population 791 in 2000 and off the beaten track. I'm impressed that it had a Studebaker dealership.

                        The librarian was born in 1968 and remembers only a used car business in the building, but she will ask her dad about the Studebaker dealership. I'll call her back in a week or two to learn whatever she's culled from the archives in the library and the archives in her dad's head!



                        1949 2R5 truck
                        1962 GT Hawk
                        Santa Fe, NM
                        1949 2R5 truck
                        1962 GT Hawk
                        projects: 50 Champion Starlight, 62 Lark Daytona, 61 Lark Cruiser VIII, 63 Wagonaire

                        Santa Fe, NM

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          I too found the library in Climax and telephoned this afternoon when it opened. The librarian knew where the dealership had been, and the building still stands. There's nothing in it right now.

                          As we talked, I looked at the town on Google's satellite map, and as the librarian named the town's buildings, I picked them out on the map. Climax has only one main intersection (home to its only stop light, a red blinker), and the dealership was in the southwest corner of that intersection. I could see the building on the satellite map. It appeared tiny, as the librarian said it was. Climax is a farm town, population 791 in 2000 and off the beaten track. I'm impressed that it had a Studebaker dealership.

                          The librarian was born in 1968 and remembers only a used car business in the building, but she will ask her dad about the Studebaker dealership. I'll call her back in a week or two to learn whatever she's culled from the archives in the library and the archives in her dad's head!



                          1949 2R5 truck
                          1962 GT Hawk
                          Santa Fe, NM
                          1949 2R5 truck
                          1962 GT Hawk
                          projects: 50 Champion Starlight, 62 Lark Daytona, 61 Lark Cruiser VIII, 63 Wagonaire

                          Santa Fe, NM

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                          • #14
                            Hi Carolyn,
                            From what I've read and learnt on this forum, Studebaker had dealers most places, many were like yours, a small garage say that had one or two cars.

                            John Clements
                            Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
                            Lockleys South Australia
                            John Clements
                            Christchurch, New Zealand

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                            • #15
                              Hi Carolyn,
                              From what I've read and learnt on this forum, Studebaker had dealers most places, many were like yours, a small garage say that had one or two cars.

                              John Clements
                              Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
                              Lockleys South Australia
                              John Clements
                              Christchurch, New Zealand

                              Comment

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