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  • evilhawk
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    I find it interesting how the car actually looks like an older model with these mods. In stock form the 53 looks a lot more modern than this.

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  • Mike Van Veghten
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    Interesting...going thru some pictturs last night...what do I spot...this same car, in bright orange, at the Mooneyes Christmas show (Irwindale Raceway) in 2010.
    It doesn't look any better in my photos..!

    Mike

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  • paintim613
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    Originally posted by rowan View Post
    This custom has lots of potential. Rear end treatment and removal of side coves are unfortunate, though, as it is harder to recognize as a Stude.

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  • junior
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    if memory serves...I think this forum discussed this car before...only difference being it was painted bright orange. while it may not be my cup of tea I have often noticed that many cars look better in the flesh rather than in photographs. perhaps this could be one of these cars? junior

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  • Jessie J.
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    Change for the sake of change.
    It doesn't have be 'better' or an 'improvement', only different from what it formerly was.
    This is what led to the 'customized' atrocities of the '60s, making constant 'changes' was everything to winning awards.
    ....good taste and cohesive styling? ...forgeddaboutit.

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp View Post
    There will always be cars (both custom and stock) that I don't like. I like most...but not all.
    As I have stated many times before, its next to impossible to 'improve' a '53 or '54 C/K, and this one is no exception by any means.

    It's really not difficult to find cars that MOST people would not care for. (BTW, Studebaker built a lot of them ). Here's a few for those that have to be "one up" on someone with something...

    Brooks Stevens did come up with at least ONE 'cardboard car' not unlike the above for Studebaker to mull over: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...prototype+hawk

    Craig

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  • hausdok
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    I didn't berate the car, I just said I didn't get it.

    If I walk into an art museum, look at a piece of modern art on the wall, don't get it and mutter, "I don't get it," have I committed some heinous crime?

    Sometimes I look at a custom car and I can see where the builder was going with it. This one? Not so much. It almost looks like the mid-50's Chrysler concept car - the Falcon - but doesn't quite get there.

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  • decappastubbie
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    Holy Bat droppings Dick, creativity lives on.

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  • decappastubbie
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    That is nothing compared to what " customizers" did to cars back in the 50's, they just butchered them back then.

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  • Roscomacaw
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    OK.... I'm gonna change things to where it's more a question of my judgment than the merits of this vehicle. So - if I were given the choice of having that vehicle or a sack of farts, I'd definitely grab the sack! Call me Looney - it's a title I wear proudly (where's my personal wrangler?) Opened up, the sack of farts would "move me" more.

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  • studeclunker
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    Dick, love the use of the bandwidth! I especially got a laugh out of the furry ones and the box-car with the kids on the roof!

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  • Studedude
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    Just saw this on facebook... not a comment by me, just seemed timely to this discussion:
    Last edited by Studedude; 03-29-2015, 02:30 PM.

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  • rockne10
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    Whatever comments I could make, pro or con, the only one I will make is how did he get all those trophies without replacing the door rubber?

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  • JBOYLE
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    I've seen worse, much worse. Did he do it to be different or to save $ on parts? I'd guess the latter since the rest of the car is the basic Studebaker body.
    If he did it because he wanted to repair a crash-damaged car, than I certainly don't have a problem with it...I'd rather see it this way than on a one way trip to China as scrap.
    If he did it to be different, well there is a danger...and bravery...in changing a car seen as a masterpiece or icon. I bet there are more than a few in the SDC who don't like the 56-on hood and grille.

    Hopefully I won't be labeled as "hater" if I politely suggests it reminds me of an East German Trabant.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant

    Or a 56 Powell pickup... http://www.hemmings.com/hmn/stories/..._feature7.html

    But let's try to compare apples with apples...there is a HUGE difference between the car in the original post and those Dick posted...most of those were clearly meant as a joke (or a "leg pull" as my UK friends say).
    Just trying to keep the perspective straight...
    Last edited by JBOYLE; 03-29-2015, 01:24 PM.

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  • rowan
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    Something different

    http://lawton.craigslist.org/cto/4919153934.html

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