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  • #2
    Jack, Welcome to the wonderful world of Studebakers. This forum DOES recognize ALL Studebakers BUT - we're pretty much focused on the post-WWII era editions since they're ultimately more roadable and parts are abundant for them.

    There's the Antique Studebaker Club to join and they've got a great bi-monthly magazine with a big classified section therein each month. They also have a website.
    There's another Antique Car website that has a rather lively discussion forum where you'd be more likely to get specific answers to your questions than here. Of course, I don't officially speak for THIS forum and others might chime in with some helpful hints. Let's hope so.

    Miscreant at large.

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President 2-dr
    1955 President State
    1951 Champion Biz cpe
    1963 Daytona project FS
    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      Hi Jacks28,

      Maybe the other members can chime in, but a good source for really old parts has been A & M garage in New Jersey. It used to be run by Tony Caralla, but he died and his daughter took over. Their stock covered a huge range of years for Studebaker. Maybe another member can tell us if they are still around and what the contact information is.

      Mr, Biggs, don't scare these pre-war guys away. The Antique Studebaker Club does not have an online forum where people can interact - I know you say they do, but I've never seen it on their site. If there is one, it's either new or they keep it well hidden. Maybe we can do more than tell them to go talk to to the other club.
      "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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      • #4
        Welcome, Jack

        I read your post and immediately thought of a Studebaker Story on the SDC home site that tells from one perspective the first five things to do after you buy a Studebaker (see link below), and at the bottom of [u]that article </u>is a link to a tech note - a more serious note on the same subject.

        http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/fivethings.asp

        I enjoyed reading them and I think you might too.

        Regards,
        Bob (stude53)

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        • #5
          I think we should encourage all prewar guys to join here as well. Yes, the Antique Club DOES have a forum, on the AACA site. It's here, but not very active. Scrool down for Studes. http://forums.aaca.org/ubbthreads.php?Cat=0

          Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
          South Georgia Chapter
          63 Daytona HT (project)
          51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
          52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

          MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
          http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
          And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
          And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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          • #6
            There are a handful of us who visit the AACA forum; I was surprised to see Matthew there.

            Since their interests are so broad, it's not surprising that there is not much activity in most individual categories. You can post a question and not receive an answer for weeks or months, if ever.

            I usually tell inquirers to contact the Antique Studebaker Club, as most don't seem to know it exists.
            If there are postwar questions I can't help with I usually suggest they join our little group here.

            Believe it or not, there are still late model Studebaker owners who are unaware of the SDC.

            It would be nice to get more prewar traffic here. I've been an ASC member for fifteen years but the only model I have enough knowledge about to help someone is the Rockne.

            Perhaps, if we know people within our regions who share an interest in these older cars, and we can access their email, we can email the topic to them and encourage them to respond on this forum.
            there is a "email this topic" tab at the top of this page.

            In fact, I just mailed this whole thread to George Rohrbach.
            "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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            • #7
              I'm not trying to run ANYBODY off, just laying out the reality of the situation. Dwain knows a bit about prewar cars - maybe more than I sense. Dick Quinn sorta looks in here. Maybe he'll afford us some of his prewar know-how (He's the editor of the ASC's great magazine!)

              As I said, their club newsletter offers what MUST BE the most concentrated bank of STUDEBAKER-SPECIFIC parts sources for these earlier models.
              Most of the parts vendors that WE here deal with on a regular basis won't even know what it is you're looking for most of the time (regarding anything earlier than a '39 or '40 model).

              Jack, E-mail me your address and I'll send you an older copy of their newsletter/magazine.

              Beyond changing fluids, change anything rubber - hoses, fan belt, rubber brake parts (I think by '28 they all had hydraulic brakes, no?)

              Miscreant at large.

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President 2-dr
              1955 President State
              1951 Champion Biz cpe
              1963 Daytona project FS
              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                I own a 28 Dictator. They do not have hydaulic brakes! They have 4 wheel mechanic brakes. Builds up your leg muscles and sense of distance when driving.

                Please don't send people off immediately to the other site. It is so inactive that people wait weeks for amswers if they get them. You guys have more collective knowledge than you give yourself credit for.

                On the knowledge front with GE dictators(28-29) . Be careful when purchasing parts as they made 3 types (as was common in all models that year) and they are very different and many parts are not interchangeable. These changes involve body parts as well as mechanical parts.

                If the car overheats take the side cover off the engine and fush out all the junk with a hose. While you have it apart make sure you use a wire to clean out the ports between the block and the head!(Don't ask how I know this.) These models have a side mounted water pump and generator shaft setup. The shafts are sealed with ordinary old fashion water faucet packing material and screw caps. Replace the graphite packing material and turn down the nuts just snug (one is reverse threaded). Run the engine and slowly tighten nut just a little more until the drip stops. These shafts wear at the packing point and sometimes need to be disaasembled and built up.

                Good luck. I love my 28 Dictator six, just had it out touring last weekend. Started right up after setting 5 months, changed the oil and greased her and she was good to go. Not bad for an almost 80 year old car.

                28 dictator
                40 commander
                28 dictator
                40 commander

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                • #9
                  From the tech page on this website; what to do once you bought that car. This article assumes you have hydraulic brakes but is a good overview of what to look at before you try to drive a car that's been sitting for a while and contains much that would still apply to any old car.

                  http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/tech_things2do.asp
                  "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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                  • #10
                    You're right Mr. Biggs that joining the Antique Studebaker Club is a good idea for Jack. Absolutely! But for more or less instant gratification of Studebaker curiosity nothing online beats this forum!
                    "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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                    • #11
                      Well then - looks like studeboy28 is Jack's new mentor. Such a deal.

                      Maybe we should try and court a few prewar techies to drop in here on a regular basis. How about contacting those who answer questions on that other site to come by here from time to time?[:I]

                      Miscreant at large.

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe
                      1957 President 2-dr
                      1955 President State
                      1951 Champion Biz cpe
                      1963 Daytona project FS
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                      • #12
                        I noticed the suggestion to replace all the rubber parts, what about replacing the glass too???

                        They used to use plate glass back then and the newer laminated glass would be a safer way to go.

                        John Clements
                        Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
                        John Clements
                        Christchurch, New Zealand

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Scott

                          Hi Jacks28,

                          Maybe the other members can chime in, but a good source for really old parts has been A & M garage in New Jersey. It used to be run by Tony Caralla, but he died and his daughter took over. Their stock covered a huge range of years for Studebaker. Maybe another member can tell us if they are still around and what the contact information is.
                          A&M Garage has always been in The Bronx (NYC), New York (not New Jersey). AFAIK, Tony's grandson still handles parts from The Bronx and service from Westchester County, New York.

                          Gary L.
                          1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
                          1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                          • #14
                            Here's an idea: Add a prewar section to the forum, like the General Discussion, Obituaries, etc. Why not add one for the prewar guys? [8D]

                            Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
                            South Georgia Chapter
                            63 Daytona HT (project)
                            51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
                            52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

                            MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
                            http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
                            And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
                            And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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                            • #15
                              I know of a 28 & 31 Studebakers that are parts cars,I'm not sure what models they are but both are 4drs. & sixes.There is not a heck of a lot left on either but if interchangable with Dictator I will look for the window channel thingees.As soon as it stops raining around here I will go out & check if all 4 door have the same doors ??? let me know & I will report back

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