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  • Out of the Archives-Adventure with Mr. Biggs

    In 2004 I was contacted by the sons of Dennis Hommel to see if I'd be interested in purchasing the Studebaker collection of their late father. Dennis was probably THE expert on '53-54 C/K's in the 80's and 90's. He had a registry for these cars and published a periodic newsletter and had accumulated volumes of data and documentation on them.

    In addition, he was in the process of building THE PERFECT, NO EXPENSE SPARED 1953 Regal Coupe.

    I bought the collection essentially sight unseen which included the under construction '53 Coupe, and another Coupe that he was using for reference. It also included all his data, documentation, registry, etc. In addition the sons indicated there were all the parts to finish the Coupe at another location about 3 hours away.

    I dragged the two cars to my hangar...



    ...and was real happy with what I had bought...







    Next was the trek to the remote location to pick up the rest of the parts for the '53 and the documentation. For this task, I rented a fairly large U-Haul truck and enlisted the help of Mr. Biggs.

    Here's Mr. Biggs at the rented storage facility where the NOS sheetmetal and other large parts were being stored by the Hommels...



    EVERYTHING was there to finish the Coupe. And everything was NOS or better. A complete Phantom interior installed on the door panels and seats...including headliner, carpeting, windlace, etc.



    ALL the chrome and stainless





    New Firestone wide whites...



    Every part you can think of...all detailed to perfection



    Mr. Biggs agreed to be the temporary "librarian" for the C/K documentation. I believe he has since passed it on to Paul Johnson (53K) for safekeeping.

    I sold the green car to Bob Peterson. Bob's plan was to finish the car and keep it, but other projects got in the way and he never got around to it. Last year, Bob sold it to a mutual friend, Ian MacKellar of Melborne, Australia. Ian also got tied up in too many projects and never brought the car to Australia. It is still at Bob's shop in Hayward, CA. Ian has asked me to put it on eBay for him. The reserve will be $15k. It needs final paint and assembly to be perhaps the most perfect '53 Coupe ever. If anyone is interested in the car before eBay, let me know.
    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

  • #2
    WOW, I wish I could buy it. It looks Pistine!

    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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    • #3
      WOW, I wish I could buy it. It looks Pistine!

      Leonard Shepherd
      http://leonardshepherd.com/

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by lstude

        WOW, I wish I could buy it. It looks Pistine!

        Leonard Shepherd
        http://leonardshepherd.com/

        Errr....don't you want an "r" in that Pistine, Leonard? [:0][}] BP
        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

        Ayn Rand:
        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by lstude

          WOW, I wish I could buy it. It looks Pistine!

          Leonard Shepherd
          http://leonardshepherd.com/

          Errr....don't you want an "r" in that Pistine, Leonard? [:0][}] BP
          We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

          Ayn Rand:
          "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

          G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by BobPalma
            Errr....don't you want an "r" in that Pistine,
            Standing joke from an error I made in an eBay listing. (well, you've got to be known for SOMETHING )


            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by BobPalma
              Errr....don't you want an "r" in that Pistine,
              Standing joke from an error I made in an eBay listing. (well, you've got to be known for SOMETHING )


              Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA

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              • #8
                I saw the car in Bob's shop last month. NIIICE. It should make someone a happy c/k'er!


                quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

                quote:Originally posted by BobPalma
                Errr....don't you want an "r" in that Pistine,
                Standing joke from an error I made in an eBay listing. (well, you've got to be known for SOMETHING )


                1951 Custom
                1958 Packard Hawk < resto project
                1962 Champ
                1963 Standard R1 4 speed
                1963 Avanti R1
                1963 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                2006 Avanti Convertible

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                • #9
                  I saw the car in Bob's shop last month. NIIICE. It should make someone a happy c/k'er!


                  quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp

                  quote:Originally posted by BobPalma
                  Errr....don't you want an "r" in that Pistine,
                  Standing joke from an error I made in an eBay listing. (well, you've got to be known for SOMETHING )


                  1951 Custom
                  1958 Packard Hawk < resto project
                  1962 Champ
                  1963 Standard R1 4 speed
                  1963 Avanti R1
                  1963 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                  2006 Avanti Convertible

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                  • #10
                    Holy crap that is eat-off-of-it clean. Shame about the missing pistons though. That's still going to be one sweet ride once it's together. I am indeed jealous.

                    nate

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                    • #11
                      Holy crap that is eat-off-of-it clean. Shame about the missing pistons though. That's still going to be one sweet ride once it's together. I am indeed jealous.

                      nate

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                      • #12
                        Yup, that's a honey. Has anything been done since it was in the hangar?

                        Claude Chmielewski
                        Studeski
                        http://www.studeski.com
                        Fillmore, Wisconsin
                        47 M-16 Truck
                        62 GT Hawk
                        63 Lark
                        64 Commander Wagonaire
                        50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                        [img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/dakota01.jpg[/img=left]
                        "One after another they volunteered how in their families and in their
                        communities they were expected to be responsible for their behavior, how
                        honesty was assumed to be the rule, not the exception. They also talked
                        matter-of-factly about the sense of duty to their country, a sentiment not
                        much in fashion anymore."
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                        Claude Chmielewski
                        Studeski
                        http://www.studeski.com
                        Fillmore, Wisconsin
                        47 M-16 Truck
                        53 2R5
                        60 Lark VIII Convertible
                        60 5E7 Champ pickup
                        62 GT Hawk 4 speed
                        63 Lark
                        63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                        64 Commander Wagonaire
                        64 Daytona Convertible
                        50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                        36 Dictator
                        36 Dictator in pieces

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                        • #13
                          Yup, that's a honey. Has anything been done since it was in the hangar?

                          Claude Chmielewski
                          Studeski
                          http://www.studeski.com
                          Fillmore, Wisconsin
                          47 M-16 Truck
                          62 GT Hawk
                          63 Lark
                          64 Commander Wagonaire
                          50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                          [img=left]http://www.studeski.com/62hawk/dakota01.jpg[/img=left]
                          "One after another they volunteered how in their families and in their
                          communities they were expected to be responsible for their behavior, how
                          honesty was assumed to be the rule, not the exception. They also talked
                          matter-of-factly about the sense of duty to their country, a sentiment not
                          much in fashion anymore."
                          sigpic
                          Claude Chmielewski
                          Studeski
                          http://www.studeski.com
                          Fillmore, Wisconsin
                          47 M-16 Truck
                          53 2R5
                          60 Lark VIII Convertible
                          60 5E7 Champ pickup
                          62 GT Hawk 4 speed
                          63 Lark
                          63 GT Hawk R2 4 speed
                          64 Commander Wagonaire
                          64 Daytona Convertible
                          50 Champion Regal (parts car)
                          36 Dictator
                          36 Dictator in pieces

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by studeski

                            Yup, that's a honey. Has anything been done since it was in the hangar?
                            Nope. We moved it from Watsonville to Hayward (about 70 miles) and there it sits. The parts are still boxed up as Mr. Hommel had boxed them. It has NEVER been outside (for more than transport) since Mr. Hommel owned it.


                            Dick Steinkamp
                            Bellingham, WA

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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by studeski

                              Yup, that's a honey. Has anything been done since it was in the hangar?
                              Nope. We moved it from Watsonville to Hayward (about 70 miles) and there it sits. The parts are still boxed up as Mr. Hommel had boxed them. It has NEVER been outside (for more than transport) since Mr. Hommel owned it.


                              Dick Steinkamp
                              Bellingham, WA

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