Mark Huston

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  1. The other option is the Challenger owner bought the trophies for display with his shiny new car.
  2. Last week, I was in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada and saw this Volkswagen Beetle police car. I wondered if it was ever possible to realistically use a Beetle for police work.
  3. The car looks like it might have had its trunk converted into a rumble seat. There is no step plates to get into the rumble seat which is one clue that makes me think this car was not originally equipped with a rumble seat. I agree it is an older car that is still providing useful service to a young family.
  4. I saw this picture on another site and it looks to me like this is a standard coupe that has a homemade rumble seat. I wonder if this period original car was still around today would it be excepted in this condition in a car modern show?
  5. Anyone with Facebook access can you tell us without Facebook access what we are missing out on here?
  6. Maybe some of you have already seen this online auction for the what is being advertised as a 1948 Tucker Convertible "prototype". It has a buy it now of price of $2,198,100.00 I find the asking price very optimistic for a car that was not built in 1948 and was not built by Tucker. Or, am I missing something? https://www.ebay.com/itm/1948-Tucker-Convertible-Tucker-Convertible-1-of-1-Only-10-ORIGINAL-MILES/223589923198?hash=item340eff797e:g:u0IAAOSwlJBbz9b6
  7. This early Touring car needs identification. It is from a family album belonging to my mother's family that lived in Canton, Ohio. My grandfather, and his brothers, were all very active in camping and fishing both in Ohio and into Canada. I believe this picture was taken on one of their many trips.
  8. The Allegany Gas station in this photo was owned by my mother's family on Belden Avenue South East, Canton, Ohio. The gas station was operated by my grandfathers younger brother, Winfield Fry. The Fry family home was on the property behind the gas station out of view in this picture. My great uncle, Winfield Fry, who operated by the Allegany Gas station died of carbon monoxide poisoning while working on a car in the service garage of the station on March 26, 1920 at the age of 21 years old. The gas station building was still there as a kid when I was growing up and visiting the property in the 1960s - 1970s, however, the state of Ohio took the property under eminent domain when the intersection of highway 30 and 43 was built and demolished the gas station building and the Fry family home.
  9. Reread my original post. I was referencing the 1929 Studebaker my brother bought was sold new in Connecticut and also located in Connecticut was a Fisk tire factory. Yes, Studebaker headquarters, along with their primary factory, was in South Bend, Indiana. In this post the reference to Connecticut is specifically for the purchase location when new of the 1929 Studebaker President that is the subject of this post.
  10. Thank you 1937hd45, The President is a great road car with nice manners. The Federal tire does have on the side wall "Super Traction" I can see why they were used by the dirt drack racers.
  11. Following your lead I did a some additional online searches and found that Fisk Tire company acquired Federal Rubber Co in 1921. By 1940, Fisk was acquired by U.S.Rubber. I also found reference to Fisk Tire had one of their tire factories located in Connecticut which is were the Studebaker is from. The question is when the Federal Rubber Co name was dropped by Fisk before they were acquired by the U.S. Rubber co.
  12. My brother recently bought his 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet from the niece of the original owner. Her great aunt and uncle lived in Connecticut when they bought the 1929 Studebaker new. They then gave the car to her parents in the early 1950s. The story my brother was told by the niece, when he bought the car from her, is that the left front spare tire is one of the original factory tires that came on the car when her great aunt and uncle bought the Studebaker. I am skeptical that this is in fact an original tire, however, the tire and the tread pattern looks like it could be that old. Do any of our experts here recognize this tire as possibly being from the 1929 time frame? Here is a picture of the 1929 President along with the tire in question that shows the tread and markings on the tire.
  13. My father was not into old cars. They were just a mode of transportation to be replaced when they no longer functioned correctly. I developed the old car bug on my own and bought my first car, and also a collector car in 1975. A plain Jane wood wheel 1929 Studebaker Commander sedan. I was very proud of that car – it was an extremely nice original car. At the time I was a young naïve 17 year old with his first car who knew nothing about car clubs, swap meets, Hemmings, Old Cars Weekly, or anything else related to the old car hobby. Back in those days, before the internet, our local newspaper was the place to go to find out about car related activities. The newspaper had a column that was for advertising car events which is how I found out about a local Studebaker club activity. I showed up at the appointed time and place proudly beaming from ear-to-ear driving my plain Jane wood wheel 1929 Studebaker Commander sedan. The head of the local Studebaker chapter, I referred to later as the “Don” walked out to my car took one look at it and said to me “Non-desirable item” and turned his back and walked away. His “posse” i.e. fellow club members followed. I got in my car and left. I still live in the same area, that chapter of the Studebaker club still exits, however, I have never associated with them since that day. Yes, we need to be open and welcoming – it goes both ways. I have since had several older gentlemen, in other clubs, who took me under their wings and mentored me in the world of collector cars. They have since passed on and I will never forget them and will always remember them fondly. Here is a picture of me at 17 with my 1929 Studebaker Commander:
  14. After I joined the national AACA I contacted a couple of times the nearest chapter to where I live, which is almost an hour away, regarding their meetings and activities. To this day I have never received a response. I guess some AACA chapters don’t need new members. I would try another AACA chapter, however, the next nearest one is over two hours away. That means the only option for me is exclusively national membership