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  • Birth of a Champion

    Well my car has been in the shop since March and I hope to have her back on the North Carolina road by spring. It sure took a lot more money than planned but I am sure I will enjoy every dollar spent once I can drive her. Below are some restoration shots from 2015



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  • #2
    And this is what she looks like today back in Bermuda Green

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    • #3
      Great looking Champ, always my favorite.

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      • #4
        Very nice.
        I didn't see any rust that had to get fixed.
        You're one of the lucky ones.

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        • #5
          Looking great! Keep posting progress pics.
          ~Matt Connor
          '59 Lark 2-door

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          • #6
            Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
            Very nice.
            I didn't see any rust that had to get fixed.
            You're one of the lucky ones.
            She had a little rust but not to bad as this car was delivered to Charlotte NC in 1950 and never left the area. The area is good for cars because no salt in the winter and no salt from the ocean as we are a few hundred miles in-land. In my home town of Buffalo, NY she would have rusted out before 1959 for sure. No fiberglass patches in this one. The spare wheel well did rust out due to water getting trapped but a member on hear was able to hook me up with an original so she is solid.

            Ron

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            • #7
              Lookin' good indeed. You are right that the lack of salt around here, until recently, makes cars that spent their entire lives in the Tar Heel State relatively rust free. Of course there aren't that many of those cars around. The road salt situation has changed recently as now only a hint of bad winter weather brings out the salt brine trucks.
              Joe Roberts
              '61 R1 Champ
              '65 Cruiser
              Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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              • #8
                Looks real sweet , Ed

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Peanut View Post
                  Looking great! Keep posting progress pics.
                  Thanks Matt. Hope to get the engine and trans in her soon.

                  Ron

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                  • #10
                    Hey Ron, any updates on the progress of your Champion?
                    Paul
                    Winston-Salem, NC
                    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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                    • #11
                      Looking good. It seems to be a really solid car. And the green color is perfect.
                      Best of luck to you and the car.
                      Rog
                      '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
                      Smithtown,NY
                      Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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                      • #12
                        Looks great, and I hope I can see it in person some day.

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                        • #13
                          It is looking GREAT.... I know you will enjoy the finished product when it all done...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Studebaker Ron View Post
                            It sure took a lot more money than planned but I am sure I will enjoy every dollar spent once I can drive her.

                            They always do!
                            Would love to see that Bermuda Green in the sunlight. Looks to be a beautiful colour, except looks mostly black under the Florescence. Sure is going to be a delight to the eyes when complete!

                            Like the fellow said in another thread, "Trophy Wife or Trophy Car, either one is bound to be expensive!"

                            That's why I prefer the farm girl and a Studeclunker.
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                            Last edited by studeclunker; 03-25-2016, 01:41 PM.
                            Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                            K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                            Ron Smith
                            Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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