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  1. Rex— Ain’t memory a wonderful thing? Back when I thought I could make a living transporting antique cars, here’s a picture of yours. It was 2002, so “over 15 years ago” still applies. I transported it for you from Napa, California to Niles. I tried to take a picture of every car we transported and put them in chronological order in a scrapbook, so I know you’ve owned it for at least 18 years Tom
  2. Hi Chris. After reading your comment I fitted an original 2331 bulb into that reproduction socket and it fit fine. I see these 2331 bulbs at every swap meet I go to. I stopped buying them because I have so many (34 on hand right now — I just counted them) I also checked to see that the contacts on the bottom of the bulb lined up with the holes in the insulating washer when the owner has to solder the button contacts on the wires. Looks OK to me. I did check Rhode Island Wiring’s catalog and they don’t show these sockets. I’m not sure where Restoration Supply Company sources them. (Or if theirs is even what I have) Tom
  3. Here’s a picture of various parts I have. Some of those “A” shaped clips were reproduced by Don Axlerod years ago. I’m not sure where I got the reproduction socket. It might have been Restoration Supply Company in Escondido, CA. The socket is in the newest catalog I have for them at $24 each. The original socket pictured can be restored with a couple of insulating washers, a couple of contact buttons, a spring, and some soldering ability. Tom
  4. I have a pair of reflectors that need re-slivering and various springs, clips, and sockets. I ‘ll take a photo when I go out to the garage later today. If you don’t have the thin stainless strips that go around the lip of the bucket and hold the lenses in place, they might be the hardest-of-all pieces to find. Most sealed beam conversions that I’ve seen eliminated those strips. I don’t have any of them. Tom
  5. HA, HA. This is my “American Pickers” price. You never know. Several years ago I was at a Studebaker International annual meet with another ‘37 Studebaker that I had restored, when a man came by and declared that he wanted to buy it and had to have it. I stated that I wasn’t interested in selling. He kept after me and asked what my “crazy, stupid, don’t want to sell it” price was. I quoted a price north of $100,000 and figured that would be the end of the conversation. All he said was “Can I look under the hood?” Less than five minutes later he owned it. My wife was pissed that I let it go and I still regret I didn’t keep it long enough to take it through the AACA system. Tom By-the-way, auburnseeker , I am in the process of repainting all four fenders on my ‘47 Hudson pickup, and just reinstalled the left rear today. I have followed the entire chronicle of your shop build and am impressed with the attention to detail and astonished at the total cost. It’s not like that here in rural Louisiana. Permits? We don’t need no stinking permits. Insulation? We don’t need no stinking insulation. And it’s all clay soil. I have yet to find the first rock on my property.
  6. Here’s one. This photo was taken in 2016 on the day the truck was awarded its AACA Senior Award. I’ve owned it since 1997 and did all the work myself except upholstery and chrome plating. One hundred large and it’s yours. Come and get it. Tom
  7. Gary — Don’t feel bad. I went through the same drill several tears ago when my engine was rebuilt by one of the most reputable shops in the country. Me: “Do you want me to leave you the shop manual so you can set the timing right?” Them: “No, we’ve done this before.” I think they wound up refunding me $400 to buy the new pan gasket and my labor to drop the pan and put the oil pump in the right position and reassemble. I think there’s a thread about that either here or on the SDC forum. There was no way I was going to leave it the way it was with the wires all looped around the engine bay Tom
  8. The ASC Board of Directors met on-line last night, Monday, May 11, 2020, and voted to cancel the ASC International Meet scheduled for Chattanooga this August. The health and safety of our members is first, and given the demographics of our club, many of us are in high-risk groups. The cancellation of the Studebaker Drivers Club meet later in that week posed a real concern for turnout for our meet. If you have made reservations at the Hampton Inn, which was the host hotel, I suggest that you call and cancel your reservation. I have already notified them that the meet is cancelled, but each individual has to cancel their own reservation. The phone number for the Hampton is 423-269-6600. It would have been fun, but it’s not to be. Tom Lewis
  9. Hi Rex. The ASC Board of Directors will have an on-line meeting next Monday, May 11. I can’t comment until that meeting is over, but certainly the status of the Chattanooga Meet is number one on the agenda. Look for official word on Tuesday May 12. Tom
  10. I also did what I call the “fence”. It attaches to the bottom of the hood. This grille is going on a Coupe-Express and the owner chose the color based on one of the models currently available
  11. Here are some more pictures. I max out at 4 pictures per post.
  12. I have been a fan of 1937 Studebakers since I saw my very first one. Much of the attraction is the look of the front end and, in particular, the “winged victory” grille. I have now restored two ‘37’s for myself and after doing the last grille, I said “ never again”. The grilles have 76 separate fins that to be restored properly must be removed from the slotted side pieces. Each fin has a very delicate stainless strip crimped to the front edge that should be removed from the fin so the fin can be bead blasted and painted. Each stainless strip has to be gently sanded with very fine paper, polished, and buffed. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen one of these strips that was not without some ding or imperfection. I mount them on a spare fin, do the buffing, and remove again so they can be reinstalled on the restored fins later. Reassembly is tedious. I made a jig that will hold all 38 fins from one side while I wiggle the slotted side bar into place. Once one bar is done the assembly can be turned over and the center bar wiggled onto each one of the fins. Remember I said “never again”? HA! I recently allowed myself to be talked into doing a grille for another member. It’s real labor-intensive work, so I thought I’d share some pictures here. No, I’m not looking for more work! Tom
  13. There’s carpet in a ‘36 Dictator coupe? My ‘35 Commander sedan has a rubber mat (in the front— carpet in the rear seat area) and the ‘37 President Coupe I once owned had a rubber mat and they are both more up-scale than a Dictator. I don’t have a dog in this race, but I’m kind of curious Tom
  14. The Chevrolet has been sold. Thanks to all who responded to the ad Tom Lewis
  15. Funny, as I use a '73 Vega GT wagon as my run-around-town parts-getter. It never fails to get attention. I was kind of thinking the same thing about the attention here. Tom