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    Was told recently there was a Dusenberry Studebaker in Aztec, NM. Advanced search did not show it. Anyone have info?
    Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ
    https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/always-ahead

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    I know a Bob Dusenbery in Aztec. He owns a 1933 that he showed at the Colorado Springs meet. An ASC member. Was not aware of a dealership by that name but if there was one I am sure Bob is aware of it.

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    Richard Quinn
    Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel View Post
      I know a Bob Dusenbery in Aztec. He owns a 1933 that he showed at the Colorado Springs meet. An ASC member. Was not aware of a dealership by that name but if there was one I am sure Bob is aware of it.

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      Thanks, Richard. I just met a Dusenber(r)y who lives here in Yuma. He says the name can be spelled either way. I will see if I can get more info.
      Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ
      https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/always-ahead

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      • #4
        Hi, Tim;

        What a coincidence! Today, I was sorting some old files and ran across a list of Studebaker dealers we had assembled as of February 1983, as those who may still be offering Studebaker Parts at that time.

        Included on that list was the following entry:

        Dusenbery Motors
        Main & Chaco Streets
        Aztec NM 87410
        telephone: (505) 334-9223


        I'm sorry, though; I do not have further information. 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
          Hey Tim,

          This may lift that shroud of mystery, just a tad ............... http://www.dusenberys.com/about.php and yes Studebaker is mentioned in the history of the business!

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          • #6
            Thanks, Bob and Glen. I will report more on my motive for this search later.
            Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ
            https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/always-ahead

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            • #7
              Yes it's no mystery. The dealership is still there with all its dealer plaques award still on the walls. I believe it's now advance auto parts store with a car wash and trailer sales across the street. After Studebaker's they went into selling Datsons and then Nissan there dealer ship was pulled because they only had a small lot. Just like the old days with studebaker . The brothers run it now .each of them playing with Studebaker still with shops within blocks of the store. And of course Full of Studebaker's and their dealer signs that used to hang out front. It said that the second floor of the shop is still full of Studebaker stock. Have never been up to see it. But I do stop in and visit every year when I'm on vacation in the four corners area. It's taking many years for them to warm up to visitors. But they are pretty friendly now. Thanks John Kroulik

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              • #8
                John Kroulik and I stopped by Dusenbery's this last weekend and had a great visit with one of the brothers. Their shop has lots of Studebaker pictures posted on the walls as well as several old photos of the days when they were selling Studes. We were told that they sold Studebakers from 1939 thru 1966. During most of the years they were known as "Valley Service" and around 1964 when they started selling Datsuns, were known as Dusenbery's.

                Here's pics of a few of the items on the walls.

                The early years ...






                Studebakers Abounding



                The Team... Jim Dusenbery is the one in the hat.



                More of the team



                Some recognition...





                Some nice memorabilia pieces...





                All this plus they have a couple of other shops close by with a many cars, trucks and parts. Maybe we'll get in to see them next year?
                Mike Lynch
                Sunnyslope, AZ

                "Be kind and civil. Allow that you may be mistaken; allow that others will make mistakes, be gracious. If you're going to contribute, try to make it worthwhile."
                Alan Taylor

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                • #9
                  Very cool Post #8, Mike; thanks so much. 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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                  • #10
                    My dad and I toured through Cortez, and Durango in 1980 in our Packard Hawk. We had the roster stating this dealer was there, but never stopped in. . Never saw any Studebakers on the road even back then.
                    Bez Auto Alchemy
                    573-318-8948
                    http://bezautoalchemy.com


                    "Don't believe every internet quote" Abe Lincoln

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                    • #11
                      This thread is amazing. Beginning with a simple inquiry about a former dealer we end up with quite a history of the dealership. Thanks all.
                      Joe Roberts
                      '61 R1 Champ
                      '65 Cruiser
                      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                      • #12
                        Very cool post showing a glimpse of the past. Thanks for posting.
                        Bill

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