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    Could have put a little time in those whitewalls! Wonder where it went?
    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

  • #2
    Hopefully, on over to vehicle prep to clean the "blue" or whatever that is on the tires off, ha !

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    • #3
      For a '52, that's pretty handsome.
      The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chris Pile View Post
        For a '52, that's pretty handsome.
        I agree, it did come together nicely.
        Always liked the 1952 models as they were the
        last of Studebaker's "First By Far With A Post War Car" body styles.
        sigpic1957 Packard Clipper Country Sedan

        "There's nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer"
        Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle
        "I have a great memory for forgetting things" Number 1 son, Lee Chan

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        • #5
          That car is cool. I would love to have a '52 like that.
          Joe Roberts
          '61 R1 Champ
          '65 Cruiser
          Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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          • #6
            Awesome photo, thanks Richard!

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            • #7
              It's amazing how far ambulance units have advanced. Back in the dark ages when this one was in service a patient was just loaded and you hope they made it. Only thing is, I believe they were called an "ambulet" back then, not an ambulance.

              The roof line is very similar to that of the '47 woody.
              Chris Dresbach

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              • #8
                And after reading the fine print, I think it stayed at the factory! Studebaker had their own fire department but this is the first I've seen of them having their own BLS unit. I'm going to research this a little more.
                Chris Dresbach

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                • #9
                  Actually Chris a Ambulet, was a very slightly Modified Station Wagon like the one the South Bend PD has in their Lobby, this one is way beyond that, it is an Ambulance with a full stretch and raised Roof.

                  This looks very well done the Local Body Builder must have gotten good Money for that one.

                  The Tires (at least the Left Front) look to me like they are Lettered with "Firestone" usually in Gold or Black on the Whitewalls, for Showcars etc. but then got very dirty somehow.
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    The driver looks young enough to still be alive,white pages shows he still lives in Indianapolis Ind. zip 46280-1351, two blocks off Hwy. 31
                    101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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                    • #11
                      Now he could be a great source of good on the spot info for a International Meet Seminar, Chapter Meeting or something. Awesome find clone!
                      StudeRich
                      Second Generation Stude Driver,
                      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                      • #12
                        It looks like the State series gravel guards were used, but did they paint them? On my screen they look either painted or made of rubber.

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                        • #13
                          I believe that the whitewalls still have most of their original protective coating. This was to be cleaned off when the vehicle was put into service. Many here may be too young to remember this about wide whitewalls, in particular (most narrow whitewalls also came with a protective coating) on new vehicles when shipped.

                          I agree that it is an ambulance and not an Ambulet.
                          Last edited by studegary; 05-11-2014, 11:10 AM. Reason: missing n
                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                          • #14
                            I remember seeing this vehicle parked at the Proving Ground for many years. I don't recall when it was scrapped.

                            Ed Reynolds

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by studegary View Post
                              I agree that it is an ambulance and not an Ambulet.
                              Indeed. The rear doors with external hinges are not integrated in to the rear fenders as were standard four doors; longer wheelbase and higher roof. Do you think Studebaker would have had Superior or S&S or other professional vehicle builder do the conversion or accomplish it in house?
                              "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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