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  • qsanford
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    Is there a Ray Tanner Jeep today? <G>

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  • 63r2hawk
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    Just read your post..........Thanks for sharing.....one very interesting and very Cool story!!!!!! Loved all the pic that everyone contributed........!!!! By the way, Bob, I was 1 1/2 when you wrote the letter to Ray Tanner Motors!!!

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  • Roscomacaw
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    What a GREAT story! John, I hope the whistler's last chapter is yet to be written.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    [/I][/COLOR]I can't remember right now how we concluded that was the probable serial number, but we did. So if anyone locates 63V15969, it is undoubtedly a Very Special Car in The Studebaker World. Since it was delivered in a dry climate, let's hope it is lurking in a small, remote junk yard somewhere in the high southwest hills. BP
    Yep, John struck GOLD in them thar HILLS!!

    Craig

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by studejohn View Post
    Hi All. Mike has been posting photos, now it's my turn! Hope you enjoy.

    [ATTACH]22906[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH]22907[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH]22908[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH]22909[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH]22905[/ATTACH]

    Attachment #2 say's "Serviced by Floyd Mendenhall"

    Attachment #5 says "Don't be caught dead sitting on your seat belt"
    John, welcome to the forum...and the ownership of such a rare car! It is so good to have confirmation of its survival, regardless of condition. Cool beans!

    Since we have photos and correspondence from "back in the day," this would make a wonderful, documented story for Turning Wheels.

    What are your plans for the car? If you'll give me your mailing address, I'll make nice color copies of the 1963 correspondence I have and send them to you. BP

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  • dean pearson
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    It did!
    Thank you.

    Dean.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by studejohn View Post
    Hi All. Mike has been posting photos, now it's my turn! Hope you enjoy.

    [ATTACH]22906[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH]22907[/ATTACH]
    [ATTACH]22908[/ATTACH]
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    [ATTACH]22905[/ATTACH]

    Attachment #2 say's "Serviced by Floyd Mendenhall"

    Attachment #5 says "Don't be caught dead sitting on your seat belt"
    Nice pics. but each one I open boots me from the forum and you cant simply go back.!?

    Dean.
    See if this helps.











    This confirms it has no Climatizer

    Craig

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  • StudeRich
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    OPPS, look like somebody DOES have the "missing" Whistler!

    Welcome John!

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  • dean pearson
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    Nice pics. but each one I open boots me from the forum and you cant simply go back.!?

    Dean.

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  • studejohn
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    Hi All. Mike has been posting photos, now it's my turn! Hope you enjoy.

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    Attachment #2 say's "Serviced by Floyd Mendenhall"

    Attachment #5 says "Don't be caught dead sitting on your seat belt"
    Last edited by studejohn; 04-11-2013, 07:47 PM.

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  • studegary
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    I note that in December of 1963 you were both using Postal Zones instead of the new Zip Codes.

    My guess on the Whistler name is the sound of the supercharger at high RPMs.

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  • 62champ
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    You're welcome, Mike.

    I have never heard how the car was named. I always assumed it had something to do with the high-pitched sound of the supercharger being interpreted as a whistle, but that's just an opinion.

    (Either that, or it had a severe vacuum leak they never located! ) BP
    Maybe it was reaction of spectators who had never seen the car go down the track.

    One day when my father and Uncle took their '51 to the strip, my Uncle overheard a guy laughing when my dad pulled up to the line. "What is he going to do with THAT?" the guy said pretty loud - a veteran track spectator turned around and responded, "if you just wait a second he is about to show ya..."

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by Lou Van Anne View Post
    Ray Tanner Motors: I spent a lot of time in their showroom...drewling!
    I wouldn't doubt that for a minute, Lou! BP

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  • BobPalma
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    To clarify the lettering on the door:



    Below the huge Ray Tanner name is:

    Studebaker Avanti "Jeep"
    1500 N. Central
    Phoenix


    The information below the window is on two lines. The first one says:

    * Owner - Chuck Bradshaw

    The second line is difficult. I've looked at the original under a magnifying glass and can only make out the following:

    * [something] by - Floyd Mendenhall

    That [something] is too long a word to be Tuned. It could be Prepared. BP

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by asesolen View Post
    Bob, Thanks for all the information! Any idea how they named the car? Trying to determine if there was any relation to Elmo Tanner the musician or coincidence. Thanks Again.
    You're welcome, Mike.

    I have never heard how the car was named. I always assumed it had something to do with the high-pitched sound of the supercharger being interpreted as a whistle, but that's just an opinion.

    (Either that, or it had a severe vacuum leak they never located! ) BP

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