Mark Huston

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  1. My brother’s 1929 Studebaker FH President Cabriolet with his son celebrating the Fourth of July 2019.
  2. Here is my brother, driving his 1929 Studebaker President seven passenger touring, on a Studebaker meet we attended in the mid 1990s. When this picture was taken he had six kids (his kids, my kids, and some random kids attending the meet) and two adults in his seven passenger. From the looks of the kids having fun they don't seem to have been crowded in the back of the Studebaker.
  3. Here are some pictures I took of one of the remaining 1933 President Speedway Model 92'sThese pictures were taken in 2013. Beautiful car. I would have loved the opportunity to drive one of the greatest Studebaker Presidents built.
  4. Great looking Studebaker! I am sure you have a blast with it everytime you take it out. What model is it?
  5. A 1933 Studebaker on the streets in the 1957. It is reported to have survived.
  6. Back in the mid-1990s, I located, in the proverbial barn, in Northern California, a 1932 Studebaker President model 91 rumble seat coupe. If this is the same car, which it could be, I thoroughly checked it out at the time with the intention of buying the car. I confirmed this is a 1932 big block President model 91 rumble seat coupe with dual sidemounts. Unfortunately, the car needed extensive work, was missing critical parts, and the asking price was $15,000. If this is the same car, and it is now available for $6,000 the price has improved with age. I gave up on buying it due to the missing parts and high asking price. I went on to own two other President’s instead of this one expensive, although unique, 1932 President. Some of the issues the car had, or still has, is sever rot at the bottom of the body behind the doors, missing rumble seat lid and seats, with the bottom of the rumble seat opening cut away for the truck bed insert, fabric insert on the roof was replaced with a welded on steel panel. The missing rumble seat lid, seats, and hardware, were because at the end of its life the Studebaker had been made into a truck. Here are pictures I took of the 1932 President in the barn in the mid-1990s.
  7. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to comment. I appreciate the kind thoughts and suggestions. I will as time and opportunity permits put into practice the changing of the guard from me to my daughter the knowledge and skills to take over the care of the Studebaker. I have been unfortunately so focused on in joying the moment I didn’t look forward to the future. I guess we see more looking back through the rear view mirror than we do across the hood looking out the windshield.
  8. This past weekend I started my 1929 Studebaker President up and let it run until warmed up which right now is all I can do. I had not done the winter oil change and wanted to get that taken care of. I was stopped by my wife and adult daughter because I am suffering from a medical issue that I hope will be solved by an upcoming brain surgery procedure. My daughter said to me “Let me change the oil, after all I need to learn how to do it if I am going to take care of the Studebaker.” She crawled under the Studebaker while I sat nearby telling her what to do to complete the oil change. This got me thinking about all of the things I know that I haven’t passed on to my daughter who will someday be the next caretaker of my Studebaker. I am left wondering how to pass on everything I know about maintenance and driving of a car that I have taken 50 years to learn. I guess I should not have waited so long to get started. Now I wonder how do I make up for lost time? Earlier this past April, before my medical issues got in the way, I started to teach her to drive the Studebaker. The lesson was not real successful because she has never driven a manual transmission before. However, she got the basics. Here is a picture of her smiling behind the wheel after her first drive in the Studebaker.
  9. Thank you m-mman. I knew something was off and you cleared up my confusion.
  10. The first car I ever owned was a 1929 Studebaker. I have always owned and driven 1929 Studebaker’s. I was never a car restorer. I just like to drive them. My current 1929 Studebaker is a President Brougham which I drive. I am the 1929 Studebaker President driver. Or at least I was. Now I am the guy who used to be the 1929 Studebaker President driver who now sits in his Studebaker with the engine running in the garage while enjoying the sounds and smells of an old car remembering the good times because health issues prevents me from driving. I hope to be the 1929 Studebaker President driver again one day. I am so tired of just remembering I want to feel and enjoy it again.
  11. In the weeks prior to our trip I went through everything on the Studebaker checking brakes, fluids, adjusting timing, points, etc. Also while we were on the road we stayed on top of everything by making fluid checks at every gas stop. We also packed spare parts. While in the northern mountains of Utah I changed the generator by flashlight one night as a thunderstorm crashed around us. Good times. I will never do another trip like this only because I can no longer sleep outside on the ground in tents or under tarps. If I ever try this again hotels will be involved.
  12. In 1997 my family, in our 1928 Studebaker FA President, took a road trip of 2,611 miles. In our adventure was the owners of a 1928 Studebaker FB President roadster. Our adventure took place September 3-15, 1997. We started in California near Sacramento, drove east across Nevada, through Utah, up into and Idaho and then west to Oregon, and then back to our homes in California. We camped out along the way. Here are some our camping pictures. At one point we stopped for gas in the middle of Nevada. Nothing around in this small town. A women noticed us in our antique cars loaded down with our gear and walked up to my wife and asked her what we were doing. My wife explained that we were on a road trip with our antique cars and camping out along the way. The woman responded to my wife "Why would you allow your husband to put your family through this?" We still laugh about that. This trip was one of the greatest times we had with our children when they were growing up. Our daughters, ages 11 and 9, were in elementary school and we took them out of school for this trip and it is one of the old car events that they still remember and talk about.
  13. I am partial to the Studebaker President for the years you mentioned specifically the 1928-33 big block 336cid President. They are great road cars. However, I will make one disclaimer. All of the cars the OP mentioned, and many others, are all great road cars if they are properly sorted out and correctly maintained in top driving condition. Many of the cars of this era get a bad rap because of perceived problems with the mechanics of these earlier years when the real culprit is the lack of proper restorations and continued proper maintenance. I have driven my 1929 Studebaker President on tours of well over 1,000 miles completely trouble free. Before the car leaves the driveway I go through everything from clutch and brake adjustments, ignition system, all fluids, etc. I don’t assume because it was “ok” the last time I drove the car that it is still ok for another 1,000 miles of driving. Careful precautions and staying on top of your collector car makes a big difference in how satisfied you are with its performance on short and long tours.
  14. My first encounter with disrespectful car show spectators was when I attended an event that was stretched along the historic section of a main street in a rural town. I entered in the show an original 1929 Studebaker Commander sedan that is called today a “survivor.” I walked away to look at some of the cars on display and when I return to my car I walked upon a scene that I could never have imaged. I witnessed a family of five, mom, dad, and three children at my car. The father was holding one child who was about four up to the passenger front door window and the child had ahold of the door and was kicking it with his feet trying to climb through the open window as his father held him. The oldest child had climbed up onto the hood of my Studebaker and was squirming around on the hood while trying to look in through the windshield. The mother had the third and youngest child in a stroller near the front fender smiling at her cute precocious children enjoying getting up close and personal with an antique car. As I walked up to my car I yelled at the parents to get their children off of my car. The parent’s reaction was to express their shock at how rude I was to yell at them and their children. They did not think that their children did anything wrong and that they were just trying to get a better look at an old car. I rarely go to car shows and prefer to participate in driving tours. If you keep your car moving some people’s kids can’t climb on your collector car.