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    I've been busy for the past week but I went out back and took some pictures. A few days ago I went down to nearby Shipshewana where a fellow SDCer had this frame. It came off of a '51 Champion starlight coupe. I plan on using it for the prototype. Let the fun begin.
    Chris Dresbach

  • #2
    What an INTERESTING of luck!


    • #3
      Woo Hoo!! This is going to be so cool

      Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" |


      • #4
        keep diggin' chris. you have the one thing most of us don't. youth.
        61 lark cruiser
        64 daytona 2dr hardtop


        • #5
          Originally posted by studerodder View Post
          keep diggin' chris. you have the one thing most of us don't. youth.
          But......we had it long before him......missplaced......still looking.
          "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"


          • #6
            You need to make a list.
            And then promote a registry....
            Like a wedding registry...
            Here' what I need...
            Here's who has donated/sold what (to the project).
            Start a blog. Promo those that donate.
            Write progress reports.
            Cross post it all.
            You are on a quest.
            Have at it!
            HTIH (Hope The Info Helps)


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

            Note: SDC# 070190 (and earlier...)


            • #7
              I agree with Jeff, Let us all pitch in. Looking forward to seeing it rolling.
              Pat Dilling
              Olivehurst, CA
              Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL

              LS1 Engine Swap Journal:


              • #8
                Well, I can make a formal spreadsheet later, but as of now here goes nothin'...

                Brad Kuchan, the SNM, Kent F, and Bob Captain for saving the original body shell before I got it. They also provided me with photos and papers on the car. Cost to get the car to my yard: $80.

                Ed Reynolds/Studebaker International: access to parts books, manual, and parts blueprints. Also sold me a stripped dash board at the IM. $10 (There will be A LOT more invested there)

                Gene Hancz: Sold me the '64 as a parts car. $400

                Scott Hancz: Trailer usage and telling me about the parts car. $0

                Mike Kowalski and American Sandblasting. Sold me the '48 parts car. (which unfortunately will provide very few parts for the prototype because they do not interchange with a '51) $125

                Rick Philbrook: Frame/trailer $300

                Donna Bressler: Interor/seats. Donated in exchange for helping move an Avanti. $0

                Mike Lenyo. He started this madness messing around with prototypes. Also provided lots of "lost" information on the "Studebaker Graveyard". $0

                Matt Burnette. Sole me a steering wheel: $30

                Total cost so far: $945
                Chris Dresbach


                • #9
                  Look for some "parts" in the mail by week-end.

                  Mike Barany