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About GhostandTourCo

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  1. Stude8, thank you very much for the tip! Sounds like one of these manuals will be a very worthwhile investment. We'll definitely be picking one up.
  2. Thanks Gary. Home base for us is about 6 hours away from where the hearse is located. Our plans tentatively are to come fetch it the weekend of the 18th.
  3. Absolutely! I'm sure the club is going to be a major resource in this case and I really appreciate all the information that's been shared so far. I'd like to learn all I can. As this Studebaker is going to be used as a tour vehicle for our customers, it's very important that it be made as reliable and easily maintained as possible as far as mechanicals. Along those lines we are also contemplating putting modern running gear into this old girl.
  4. That's funny Gary, I'm sure it wasn't lol. Thank you to you all for posting. Like I said, I'm new to pre-War Studebakers. Although my Dad restored a 1930 Dictator, I've never turned any wrenches on it as that project was done about 30 years ago. Stude8 and Gary, realistically, in your opinion does it look like this thing could be made to run or is it a boat anchor (Obviously assuming it isn't cracked or anything else catastrophic)? I'm hoping it doesn't have to be a complete rebuild as it's supposed to be a low mileage engine if that matters. I'm not new to working on cars by a long shot, this is the third antique car I currently own, just never anything this early before so it's a learning process.
  5. Hmmmm, well from what I can gather, the number of parts I do need greatly outnumbers the parts I don't on my 1926 Big Six hearse so I may be interested in what you've got. I'm definitely interested to know if you've got a set of rear bumpers, maybe a radiator shroud / grille, and a decent hood. Going to need lots of engine parts on this one. My e-mail address is: if you want to let me know what you still have available.
  6. Wow, thanks very much for the tips! According to Gary's observations the starter and generator both looked roached so will have to see when I get my hands on the car and start tearing it down. Clearly all the wiring will have to be replaced as well. Do you know any good suppliers for parts for this engine???
  7. Gary, thanks for the reply. We're bringing it to New York state, we operate a tour company in the Adirondacks region and one of our highlights is historic ghost tours. Our plans for the hearse is to eventually make it into a tour vehicle for cemetery tours around town. Currently we're having trouble finding a trailer that can handle it though, she has a 158 inch wheelbase, longer than most rental trailers in our area. Hopefully we can come up with something...
  8. I just purchased the 1926 Studebaker hearse listed in the previous thread and, as I've never owned a Studebaker of this vintage before, have a few questions about the engine. My Dad has a 1930 Dictator that he restored so I'm not going in completely blind. The engine is a low mileage (go figure) 354(?) cu. in., 75 hp "Big Six" and from what I can see, the electricals are completely roached. The car has been sitting for at least 20 years but prior to that time, actually ran and the former owner drove it around. When it was parked he put oil in each cylinder and every time the car was moved around the property, it was pulled in gear to crank the engine. The original gas tank was removed and re-furbished and was never re-installed but I have it. My main question is, realistically, what are the chances that I can get this old girl up and running again???
  9. Well, I saw the thread here while researching and thought I'd post a few lines. For better or worse, I purchased this hearse on Saturday!!! Should be picking it up sometime in the next week and can't wait. Obviously it's going to be a ton of work, but what fun, and what a unique vehicle. Pre-War coaches are incredibly hard to find, and a Studebaker at that. I can tell that this forum is going to come in very handy for this project...