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  • Impulse Purchased a 1951 LC! Very Excited! Updated 10/13/13

    Hello All,

    I have been away for some time as many things have happened in the last week alone. Sadly enough, I said goodbye to my 1963 Galaxie 500 that I had since high school. I had bought it from the original owner and the vehicle had a very nice documented history including original owners manual and window sticker. I just was not able to afford the fuel bill for driving a car that had well over 300 hp. I said my goodbye to my beloved rig as she left my driveway....That was three days ago. I was going through withdrawals, now that I had an empty space in my garage and that is when I stumbled upon my dream car! I was scrolling through craigslist two nights ago and stumbled upon a 1951 Land Cruiser equipped with a 232 V-8 and an automatic transmission. The exterior looked about normal for a car stored 50+ years, but what caught my attention was the inside of the car. The interior looks spotless, add that to the fact that the car has around 14,000 miles that I assume are original.

    The guy explained to me that the car was originally owned by a lady who had died several years back. The car was then bought by another guy who had intentions of restoring it. Eventually the car ended up with the man that I bought it from. He had the intentions of restoring it as well, but had other projects. When I saw it, I had to get a hold of it regardless. I have always wanted a bullet nose since I saw my first one at the age of five. The LC series has been very close to my heart ever since I worked on a 1948 LC when I was in high school. Life became to busy at the end of high school and I ended up selling my LC to a gentleman who was going to drive her up to Minnesota from Oregon and complete the restoration. Now flash forward a good 13 years and now I have what I have been looking for! I can't wait for the vehicle to show up. I will have to take some updated pictures when I get the car here. She will be hauled on trailer 600+ miles by a shipping company to the northern end of California. I will be looking forward to updating all of you when she gets here.

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    Last edited by 61LaRk4dr; 10-14-2013, 12:27 AM.
    1947 Studebaker M-5
    1946 Studebaker M-5
    1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
    1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
    1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser

  • #2
    Appears to be a grand catch! These are truly a joy on the highway, and the suspension is as modern as Studebaker got.
    "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"

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    • #3
      White walls, wheel covers and some Lark Shine and you are ready to go!
      Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

      40 Champion 4 door*
      50 Champion 2 door*
      53 Commander K Auto*
      53 Commander K overdrive*
      55 President Speedster
      62 GT 4Speed*
      63 Avanti R1*
      64 Champ 1/2 ton

      * Formerly owned

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ddub View Post
        White walls, wheel covers and some Lark Shine and you are ready to go!
        Apperently the wheel covers are in the trunk, and the whitewalls were on it, but time wasn't so nice to them. As a result he put some new tires on for the sake of keeping the car off the ground. I will have to save up and get the whitewalls though.
        1947 Studebaker M-5
        1946 Studebaker M-5
        1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
        1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
        1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser

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        • #5
          You have very good impulses!

          That car is an exact copy of my grandfather's first Studebaker - Maui Blue and all.
          If my father saw this he'd probably offer you our 29K original GT...and wind his clock back 65 years.

          With an interior like that, it doesn't even need to run to be thoroughly enjoyed. Hang a flat screen in the garage and go to the drive-in every night in hi-style!
          Andy
          62 GT

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          • #6
            Yes, that interior looks really nice....Great find!...Good luck with it!

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            • #7
              very nice!

              have fun with her.
              Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

              '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

              '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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              • #8
                That car if very similar to mine. Mine is a State Commander 4 dr Maui Blue V8 automatic. Mine has around 35000 original miles. They are great driving old cars. Have fun with your and good luck on the restoration.
                1962 Champ

                51 Commander 4 door

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                • #9
                  That looks like quite a score, it appears to be very solid and super nice interior.

                  I wonder how it came to have Blue Door Panels in back and Tan in Front? The window frame even looks Blue. A Door replacement? Or is the right side the same?
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    Looks like a great car! I have owned 5 Studebakers and my current 51 LC is my favorite so far.
                    \"Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat...a Studebaker!\"

                    51 Land Cruiser (Elsie)
                    Jim Mann
                    Victoria, B.C.
                    Canada

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                    • #11
                      Anytime an old car is new to you, please check out all the mechanical systems. Start with the brakes.
                      "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"

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                      • #12
                        61LaRk4dr --
                        Welcome to the Bullet Nose Club!
                        I too am in Oregon so maybe we will run into each other some time.
                        As you can see from my signature avatar, I am a member of the club as well. Love my Commander!
                        Ed Sallia
                        Dundee, OR

                        Sol Lucet Omnibus

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                        • #13
                          Impulse Purchased a 1951 LC UPDATED 10/13/13

                          Originally posted by 61LaRk4dr View Post
                          Hello All,

                          I have been away for some time as many things have happened in the last week alone. Sadly enough, I said goodbye to my 1963 Galaxie 500 that I had since high school. I had bought it from the original owner and the vehicle had a very nice documented history including original owners manual and window sticker. I just was not able to afford the fuel bill for driving a car that had well over 300 hp. I said my goodbye to my beloved rig as she left my driveway....That was three days ago. I was going through withdrawals, now that I had an empty space in my garage and that is when I stumbled upon my dream car! I was scrolling through craigslist two nights ago and stumbled upon a 1951 Land Cruiser equipped with a 232 V-8 and an automatic transmission. The exterior looked about normal for a car stored 50+ years, but what caught my attention was the inside of the car. The interior looks spotless, add that to the fact that the car has around 14,000 miles that I assume are original.

                          The guy explained to me that the car was originally owned by a lady who had died several years back. The car was then bought by another guy who had intentions of restoring it. Eventually the car ended up with the man that I bought it from. He had the intentions of restoring it as well, but had other projects. When I saw it, I had to get a hold of it regardless. I have always wanted a bullet nose since I saw my first one at the age of five. The LC series has been very close to my heart ever since I worked on a 1948 LC when I was in high school. Life became to busy at the end of high school and I ended up selling my LC to a gentleman who was going to drive her up to Minnesota from Oregon and complete the restoration. Now flash forward a good 13 years and now I have what I have been looking for! I can't wait for the vehicle to show up. I will have to take some updated pictures when I get the car here. She will be hauled on trailer 600+ miles by a shipping company to the northern end of California. I will be looking forward to updating all of you when she gets here.

                          http://img150.imagevenue.com/img.php...4_122_73lo.jpg
                          http://img146.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_596lo.jpg
                          http://img170.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_206lo.jpg
                          http://img268.imagevenue.com/img.php..._122_211lo.jpg
                          10/13/13

                          Hello All,

                          My Land Cruiser finally arrived! The shipping was a bit dramatic, but I won't bore you with the details. The vehicle arrived late last night 10/12/13, and was rolled into my garage without incident. I was able to take some pictures of the vehicle this morning. The interior is pretty straight, and the odometer reads 11,800 original??? miles. I have a crack in the drivers door window, but the rest of the glass is solid. I porceeded to remove most of the chrome moldings to see if there was any sings of rust in the usual areas and delighted to find none. From what I can tell, this is a solid rust free rig. I am starting work on the brakes and have also taken the water pump off as it seems that it was seized and will be replacing it with a new one that was provided. I was able to turn the engine over manually and it seems to move freely, there is oil (dirty) in the crankcase. Once I get both of these projects sorted out, I plan to see if the radiator has any leaks and also what the story is with the gas tank. I will also need to replace the rear transmission seal at the driveshaft as it appears that there is a little leak. I will no doubt have my work cut out for me, but I do plan on keeping this car for a long time so I am not concern with getting my money back out of it as some collectors these days seem to see as a major point for restoring a vehicle. I have way too many pictures to post here, but I do have a link to the album here:

                          http://s642.photobucket.com/user/icn...Land%20Cruiser
                          1947 Studebaker M-5
                          1946 Studebaker M-5
                          1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
                          1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
                          1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser

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                          • #14
                            Hi, Nice looking car. You are off to a great start! Congradts!
                            George King
                            Grants Pass, Oregon
                            64 Station Wagon with fixed roof (Canadian Car)

                            66 Station Wagon with fixed roof. Project car, complete For Sale...

                            64 Wagonaire sliding roof South Bend car. For Sale...

                            63 GT Hawk

                            51 Champion Starlight Coupe For Sale...

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                            • #15
                              Can't get over the interior. Good luck with the bullet nose.

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