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    I saw this floating around in the world of Facebook.

  • #2
    Great rig. Comes to lots of SDC meets and I think it made TW a couple of times, too.
    Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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    • #3
      Yeah, that thing's been around a Loooooooooong time.
      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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      • #4
        Back in the day, it would have been called an Airport Bus. Now just a Stretch Limo. For those who just have to be different!
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          Hmm. I've never seen it before. It is interesting looking.
          Did Studebaker really make it, or was it built by someone?

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          • #6
            Those folks joined us at the St. Louis zone meet last weekend.
            They've got about 30 or 40,000 on it.
            Verry well done, with lots of legroom for the rear rows of seats.

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            • #7
              You will find it in many photos of past International Meets. It is owner built.
              "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.
              '33 Rockne 10,
              '51 Commander Starlight,
              '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
              '56 Sky Hawk

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              • #8
                Originally posted by '66Commander View Post
                Hmm. I've never seen it before. It is interesting looking.
                Did Studebaker really make it, or was it built by someone?
                It was built by someone, but I'm terrible with names. If I understand correctly how it was built by looking at it, it is really just several "C" cab cabs connected one after the other and finished at the end with a bed. It's a really sharp looking and well done rig.
                Chris Dresbach

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                • #9
                  The owner yall are thinking of is Al Meeker. If you attend any of the Zone or International meets, particularly in the Midwest, you will probably see this vehicle. If I recall, it's powered by a GM engine, but he had taken a number of C-Cabs and spliced them together to create that unique truck. He's done quite a bit of work to the truck, inside and out, including the electronics in the tailgate.





                  A video of the "roving eye" circuit in the tailgate:
                  1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                  1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
                  1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
                  1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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                  • #10
                    Hope he travels with 6-12 of his close friends.
                    "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.
                    '33 Rockne 10,
                    '51 Commander Starlight,
                    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
                    '56 Sky Hawk

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                    • #11
                      That is Al Meeker's rig, and a very nice job doing it , I have ridden in it a few times and all one can say it nice , nice, nice
                      Candbstudebakers
                      Castro Valley,
                      California


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                      • #12
                        Al Meeker from Marion, IA is the owner and builder of the Stretch. It does get driven a lot! Has a Chevy crate engine and trans with a 9" Ford rear, has a Mopar cross torsion bar front suspension. Was made up with 3 cabs with six capton chairs with a lot of leg room, there has been times at SDC events that you could see people climbing out of his truck like clowns at a circus climbing out of the little car. 14-16 or so and all with big smiles on their faces! Al is in the middle of another extremely modified truck so stay tuned and catch it any SDC event. Tom
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                        • #13
                          I was a judge at the first international meet he brought it to after completion (minneapolis maybe....can't remember) & after getting down to look under the back of the rig I can remember thinking "Wow, those exhaust pipes are a mile long!!!"
                          Mike Sal

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                          • #14
                            BTW Tom, I got your email with your '66 info. I'll be posting the registry this weekend hopefully. It was a pleasure meeting you.
                            Mike Sal

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Mike it was a pleasure. If you think the exhaust is long what do you think of the driveshaft's!!!? Tom
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