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  • sals54
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    Jim,
    Another good thread. I like the way you think. I have six children but only one of them caught the car bug. Luckily, it was a Stude bug. While I like the hot rod version of my homely 54 Coupe, he chose the classier style of the 53 Hardtop and will create a beauty.

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  • JimC
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    Originally posted by showbizkid View Post
    Now all I have to do is find a junk Pacer....!
    (Intentionally resisting a response that could offend any Pacer fans in the crowd...)

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  • showbizkid
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    That's great! Purloining AMC parts for a Studebaker Love it!

    Now all I have to do is find a junk Pacer....!

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  • JimC
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    Oh, the little spinners are cheapos made by a company called gorilla auto. They're all over on Amazon. I think I'm going to take those spinners off and get a set that's got the swept bars.

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  • JimC
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    Thanks Clark! Don't know how I missed your question.

    They're the rally wheels that were used on AMC cars, like the Pacer and Gremlin.

    No really. See:



    I know what you're asking. How could wheels so beautiful ever have been on a car so...unique? Fortunately, a previous owner liberated them from their plight, and today they sit proudly with snazzy whitewalls supporting a slightly cooler (IMHO) orphan car.

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  • showbizkid
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    Not to hijack the topic, but Jim: what wheels do you have on there? I like that look a lot.

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  • s2d63lark
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    My 12 year old son is most emphatic about us retaining the 61 E-40, my 20 year old step-daughter is chomping at the bit to get me going on the restoration of "her" 4E-2 deluxe Scotsman and our almost 3 year old daughter just loves the 63 Lark. All have been to local cruises and like the fact that our vehicles are decidedly different.
    My 63 Lark was originally my Grandfathers car and was given to me by my Grandmother when she was no longer able to drive. Dad was a Chrysler man since the 1950's and they figured I would just use the car for a few years and then it would slowly fade away. I entered the club in 1978 after being followed home by a GT Hawk and my Dad having a "Chapter Calling Card" left on the windshield while parked at Queens Park one day. Then again, that was back when there were still "original" vehicles on the road semi-regularly. I learned all I could (and still am) about Studebaker and that is why it, and the others, survive to this day. My kids are being taught as well and hopefully the vehicles will continue to be used and enjoyed after I am gone (still aways off yet I hope).

    Doug

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  • JimC
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    Originally posted by kmul221 View Post
    On another thought,I attended a cruise in Burlington Ont.2-3 weeks ago,any time a kid of any age got near one of the display cars the owner just about bit his/her head off "DON'T TOUCH !" I believe we should encourage looking & answer questions for future hobbiest.One child even jumped at the rebutal.
    Come on people it's only a car & if you don't want people near it leave it at home!
    I always encouraged my son in things mechanical & he is now one of the top tech's for a global heavy equipment manufacturer,unfortunatly he has gone over to the dark side(Chrysler)but is still enthusiastic about the hobby.SO guys allow the youngsters to look answer question,it's good for the hobby iin general.
    Originally posted by 55champion View Post
    My two Grandchildren love my '55 and my grandaughter will say "When I am 16 old I want me a Studebaker", she is almost 6. We put the car seat in mine also and put the 2 year old in it and go to car shows,great fun for him.
    Not to long ago our NC Studebaker Clud held a show at Spencer Shops and 3 young girls were taking turns getting their pictures taken at my car. My wife and I walked over and opened the door so they could all get in and we took their pics in the car. The girls were so thankful that we had allowed them to sit in the car for photos...I always wecome the young folks to enjoy the car if they act interested....
    I TOTALLY agree with this! I get that restoring and preserving these cars is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I get that there are parts on our cars which are hard and sometimes impossible to find. I get that you can spend days (or more!) prepping your car for a show. But sometimes I see these guys ready to pounce on the 4 year old who touches the hood ornament, and I just want to shout "Guys! Don't you realize that those kids are the keepers of your cars after you're gone?!" Go ahead, yell at the kid because they touched your priceless car. When you're dead and gone, they'll repay the kindness by having it crushed into something useful like an I beam. Unless the kid is carrying a chocolate ice cream cone and a chili cheese dog, there's not a whole lot they can do to permanently damage a car in a few seconds of touching, especially if you're there to give some friendly guided supervision and help direct their curiosity.

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  • STEWDI
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    We're going to South Bend with the whole immediate family.
    My son grew up with Studes and now has my former Power Hawk which he's driving to the meet. My daughter-in-law is driving the HHR "support vehicle" with our 2+ year old grandson who has already learned to inspect the underside of a display vehicle, so be fore-warned.
    My daughter and son-in-law our coming - him for his first real Studebaker meet. He said that if he's going to be in this family, he'd better learn a few things about them. He's a sports guy (likes Avantis) and always wanted to see the Notre Dame stadium, so he's checking that out, too.

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  • 55champion
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    My two Grandchildren love my '55 and my grandaughter will say "When I am 16 old I want me a Studebaker", she is almost 6. We put the car seat in mine also and put the 2 year old in it and go to car shows,great fun for him.
    Not to long ago our NC Studebaker Club held a show at Spencer Shops and 3 young girls were taking turns getting their pictures taken at my car. My wife and I walked over and opened the door so they could all get in and we took their pics in the car. The girls were so thankful that we had allowed them to sit in the car for photos...I always wecome the young folks to enjoy the car if they act interested....
    Last edited by 55champion; 07-29-2012, 03:47 PM. Reason: miss spelled word

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  • kmul221
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    On another thought,I attended a cruise in Burlington Ont.2-3 weeks ago,any time a kid of any age got near one of the display cars the owner just about bit his/her head off "DON'T TOUCH !" I believe we should encourage looking & answer questions for future hobbiest.One child even jumped at the rebutal.
    Come on people it's only a car & if you don't want people near it leave it at home!
    I always encouraged my son in things mechanical & he is now one of the top tech's for a global heavy equipment manufacturer,unfortunatly he has gone over to the dark side(Chrysler)but is still enthusiastic about the hobby.SO guys allow the youngsters to look answer question,it's good for the hobby iin general.

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  • Lou Van Anne
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    Ever since my oldest nephew, now approching 40, was a little guy, he has always shown an strong interest in my Avanti. So...I've made a deal with him: When I kick the bucket, he will take charge of dealing with those issues and in exchange, I have made sure the Avanti will be his. Trouble is...when ever I'm around him, I keep finding banana peels in my path. What should I do?

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  • rockinhawk
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    I gave all 3 of my grandsons a Studebaker. The oldest and the youngest picked out the car they wanted out of my collection. Both chose Lark 2dr ht's. The middle kid was not much into cars but wanted one because the others had 0ne. He looked the fleet over and asked "Which one can I have Papa?" I offered him a 56 Flight Hawk that is being transformed to a custom 54 coupe. All of the cars were running but all needed a lot of work as I was hopeing to teach them some skills along the way.

    Today the 2 youngest wereat the shop working on their cars when I overheard Josh say to Zack "When we get the brakes done on yours,and the paint dries on mine... We should get'em out in front of the shop and lin'em up!"
    When he realized I was listening he said "Of course Papa will hafta drive mine and Uncle Russel can drive yours."

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  • JimC
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    Originally posted by The Gravedigger View Post
    Very nice Jim...... take good care of the kid. And always remind the kid, "stay away from the chevy's" .... lol. If Studes aren't available, go for Ford's or Dodge's.....

    That's what I'll plan to teach my children.... same philosophy!
    My father in law is a Ford dealer, and my first car was in the mopar family, so I can agree with that.

    On a serious note, I don't know why it happened like this, but in the dozens and dozens of cars, trucks, and the odd van I've owned in my life, I've only had one GM vehicle. It was a Black 1996 Buick Regal Olympic Edition. It had gold trim, leather interior, the whole works. Say what you will about the GM "W" body sedans, it was and still is one of the nicest vehicles I've ever owned. I sort of regret selling it, but amidst starting a business and trying to start a family, somewhere in there we got the idea that we "had to have" a minivan. On the bright side, I had that Regal in the shop on about a monthly basis for something, and aside from one $1100 repair this last year and a power steering pump a couple years ago, our Windstar hasn't needed a single thing outside of routine maintenance since we bought it almost 5 years ago. Gotta love that!

    On the subject of this thread though, letting my boy work on the Studebakers with me has really opened his world to a whole new level of discovery. Since I rolled that '63 into the drive a few months ago, he has learned most of the big parts under the hood, and in a parking lot he can tell you which cars are Fords, which are Chevys, and which ones are Jeeps. (The rest all still blur together a lot, but c'mon, he's not quite three yet!) Getting to spend time with him "talking cars" has been the greatest experience of fatherhood for me, one I wouldn't trade for the world. All those guys who don't let the kids in their garage are seriously missing out.

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  • The Gravedigger
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    Very nice Jim...... take good care of the kid. And always remind the kid, "stay away from the chevy's" .... lol. If Studes aren't available, go for Ford's or Dodge's.....

    That's what I'll plan to teach my children.... same philosophy!

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