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  • Nissan could have kept Studebaker in business?

    Just wondering if this is common knowledge and based on fact. From Hemmings daily blog yesterday.
    Nick

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    Its been mentioned before: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...sun-connection

    Craig

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    • #3
      Just to add a little insult to Nissan, while at the South Bend meet, the power window in my Titan was stuck down. I went to Gurley Leep Nissan in Mishiwaka and they replaced motor and regulator for $600 USD. It lasted until I made it back to Ontario, then it died. My Nissan dealer in Ontario discovered they used after market parts but charged me for Nissan parts. They would not return calls or faxes from an Ontario Nissan dealer. I don't rely on warranties but I will see these guys again (next South Bend meet). Anybody else deal with these guys?
      Last edited by warrlaw1; 05-16-2016, 03:05 PM.
      Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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      • #4
        Originally posted by warrlaw1 View Post
        Just to add a little insult to Nissan, while at the South Bend meet, the power window in my Titan was stuck down. I went to Gurley Leap Nissan in Mishiwaka and they replaced motor and regulator for $600 USD. It lasted until I made it back to Ontario, then it died. My Nissan dealer in Ontario discovered they used after market parts but charged me for Nissan parts. They would not return calls or faxes from an Ontario Nissan dealer. I don't rely on warranties but I will see these guys again (next South bend meet). Anybody else deal with these guys?
        Dealer principal Mike Leep is a strong supporter of the Studebaker National Museum. You might try to connect with him. Mike also operates several other auto stores in the area, including Mercedes-Benz. The Gurley-Leep group has a good reputation in the community.

        Stu Chapman

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ndynis View Post
          Just wondering if this is common knowledge and based on fact. From Hemmings daily blog yesterday.
          Nick
          I've read yesterday's Hemmings blog and don't see reference to your thread heading. Are you certain it was yesterday's?

          Stu Chapman

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          • #6
            Thanks, Stu. I knew they had other dealerships and they were big. I think the service manager saw an opportunity to make his monthly quota. This one could back fire on him. Cheers.
            Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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            • #7
              Just wondering if this is common knowledge and based on fact.
              It's a fact Studebaker management made a lot of dumb decisions down through the decades that would have insured the continuing success of the company.... But they chose poorly. This was one of those times.
              The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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              • #8
                Here is the story as it appeared on the Datsun Forum:
                http://datsunforum.com/1571-2/
                I think it has been 'debunked' here as only partially true.

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                • #9
                  I've read yesterday's Hemmings blog and don't see reference to your thread heading. Are you certain it was yesterday's?

                  Stu Chapman[/QUOTE]

                  It is the last piece under the first heading: Four-Links – Duesy returns to Indy, Ford’s secret stash, Mazda’s non-secret stash, racing Tatra. It follows the piece on the Tatra racing.
                  Sorry for posting something already here but I just missed seeing it the first time I guess because it was new to me.

                  Bob: thanks for the link to the prior and the good info clearing up some of the stated "facts" in the piece.
                  Nick

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                  • #10
                    I urge everyone to pick up a copy of Stu's book "My Father the Car; Memoirs of my life with Studebaker". It verifies a few far-fetched proposals and lays even more of them to rest.
                    "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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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ndynis View Post
                      I've read yesterday's Hemmings blog and don't see reference to your thread heading. Are you certain it was yesterday's?

                      Stu Chapman
                      It is the last piece under the first heading: Four-Links – Duesy returns to Indy, Ford’s secret stash, Mazda’s non-secret stash, racing Tatra. It follows the piece on the Tatra racing.
                      Sorry for posting something already here but I just missed seeing it the first time I guess because it was new to me.

                      Bob: thanks for the link to the prior and the good info clearing up some of the stated "facts" in the piece.
                      Nick[/QUOTE]

                      Thanks Nick for this added info which I've now read. What I find interesting is that Hagerty historian Glenn Arlt is supposed to have provided his comments to the Datsun Forum less than 6 months ago (Dec 2015). My comments in the thread started by Bob Palma and referred to by Craig Parslow in this thread contain my response to incorrect information.

                      Again for the record....(1) Richard Nixon was not employed by Studebaker but was the law partner of Studebaker Corporation Chairman Randolph Guthrie, (2) The picture used is not that of the Hamilton Studebaker plant/head office but rather that of Otis Elevator, (3) The plan was to assemble Datsun cars in Hamilton and 700 jobs would not have been lost, (4) I was completely briefed on what Grundy's Japanese exercise was about and much of his efforts were based on his own intuition along with consultation with our Vice Presidents in Canada, not direction from above.

                      Perhaps it would be appropriate if blog contributors would do a but more homework before they speculate "fact".

                      Stu Chapman

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rockne10 View Post
                        I urge everyone to pick up a copy of Stu's book "My Father the Car; Memoirs of my life with Studebaker". It verifies a few far-fetched proposals and lays even more of them to rest.
                        Thank you Brad for the plug. My book has been on the market since 2009 and at no time has any editor or blogger ever taken the trouble to contact me for confirmation before they published their comments. So I have to assume they've never bothered to read it.

                        The first edition sold out over two years ago and was reprinted. Copies are still available in limited supply from the Studebaker National Museum and the Avanti Owners Association International. Our publisher recently advised that there were less than 3 dozen copies left in their warehouse. At this time there are no plans for a third edition, unless there is suddenly a huge demand out there.

                        Stu Chapman

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                        • #13
                          I fully agree with that.
                          Stu gracelessly signed a copy of his book for me and it is very interesting reading!
                          It turns out that Stu and I were both married in Toronto in 1957.
                          My wife was living in Chicago but I loved it in Toronto and wanted to stay there.
                          Now you all know who is the boss.
                          Robert Kapteyn

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                          • #14
                            "Perhaps it would be appropriate if blog contributors would do a but more homework before they speculate "fact".

                            Stu Chapman"

                            A lot of younger people believe Wikipedia is a valid source! For all of us growing up in the "Cronkite or the Huntley-Brinkley" era that is just wrong. My daughter worked in TV and had to constantly remind writers/story tellers double check every fact with reliable sources NOT Wikipedia! But of course if it is on the internet it must be true prevails. Have fun

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                            • #15
                              I've read Stu Chapman's book.... It's good, go buy it!
                              The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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