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  1. My daily driver for the past 19 years. I’ve put about 15,000 miles on it just this year. My 53 Studebaker is languishing in my garage due to lack of funds.
  2. I’m a furniture maker by trade. I love oil finishes. Sometimes I’d need something strong and more water resistant than just oil. I mix equal parts of gloss marine spar varnish and boiled linseed oil. (Boiled means it has driers added to it) Then I cut it with turpentine. The first coat is cut more than the next coats. I like the first coat to sink deep into the wood. The key to any oil finish is to wipe off the oil until the rags are dry. The varnish does not change the look or feel. It does help with water though.
  3. My 67 GMC had a 351 V6. The truck was a vacation vehicle and had an Alaskan camper and pulled an airstream trailer. I’m a carpenter and it’s now my daily driver. It no longer has the V6 in it. 7 miles per gallon and top speed of 70 downhill was all it took to change things up.
  4. I’m a huge Stude lover. Doing a 53 right now. I have to be honest when I say I’ve never been a fan of the bullet nose. But this is actually well done. It’s the rear quarters that makes it successful.
  5. https://www.undiscoveredclassics.com/ search this website. Lots of great stories.
  6. Looks like the trucks you’d see in the old Godzilla movies.
  7. In 1941, Exner patented Bob Bourke’s 1940 design when he was fired from the Studebaker account. Makes me wonder how many of his designs were actually his.
  8. My nephew is 29 now and I’ve tried getting him into older vehicles. He’s into 80’s and 90’s cars for kicks but really just likes modern fast cars. I’ve tried
  9. They put the Tri star on the early 53 C/K models. Mercedes sued and Studebaker removed the emblems early in on the 53 run. But it’s a good indicator of an early 53 model.
  10. I can’t argue with the Muppets photo! i loved those old guys on that show. I’ve been practicing ever since. Looking forward to getting a cane so I can shake it at people and mumble some unintelligible thing about kids.
  11. The Hudson Big Boy is on my list of trucks to own. I currently drive a 67 GMC as my daily driver. I’ve had it for 18 years. At some point I kept looking round for something else. I’ve always loved the look of these trucks. Maybe next year I’ll put out an inquiry to see who’s willing to part with one.
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