Mark Huston

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  1. My brother just brought a 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet.
  2. I stopped by my brother’s house today in my 1929 Studebaker. My brother had a young guy in his 30s who was looking at buying my brother’s 1948 Chrysler New Yorker. The buyer drove over to his house in a stock 1925 Model T with the hood off. Nice to see there are younger guys interested in stock older cars.
  3. Hi Ray, You have been given great advice regarding trying to use radial tires on a 1928 vintage car. In my nearly 50 years in the old car hobby I have never worn out a set of bias ply tires on a 1920s era car. The only time I have needed to put on a new set of tires was because I bought another car and replaced the tires that were already on it. One of cars I owned, in the 1990s, was a 1928 Studebaker FA President. I currently own a 1929 Studebaker FE President. I have driven both Presidents on long trips using bias ply tires with no issues. In 1997, I drove the 1928 President on a 2,611 mile trip with my wife and children camping out along the way. We drove from south of Sacramento, CA to Utah then north to Idaho and west to Oregon and then south to California and home. The trip took about two weeks with the 1928 President loaded down with four people and all of our supplies and camping gear. The bias ply tires did not give us any problems. I have done similar long distance driving with my 1929 President - also with no issues using bias ply tires. The first picture below is my 1928 President sedan with a 1928 President roadster crossing Bonneville salt flats in Utah in 1997. The picture with the teepee in the background is the 1928 President in eastern Oregon leaving a campground on our 2,611 mile adventure in 1997. The final picture is of my current Studebaker, a 1929 President, taken in the farthest north east corner of California near the boarder of Oregon and Nevada on a tour of about 1,000 miles. The actual car tour was much shorter, however, I drove my President from home to the tour and back home again. I don't own a truck and car trailer.
  4. The Golden Age of the old car hobby for me was from 1975 to 1995. In 1975 I bought my first collector car, a 1929 Studebaker Commander, and joined my first car club. In about 1995-2000 I noticed a very distinct drop off in the number of pre WWII cars showing up at activities like shows and tours. Now, it is a pleasant surprise to see any number approaching a dozen of pre WWII cars at any kind of an event out here in the untamed wilds of Northern California. There are so many early cars from the 20s and 30s that I used to see regularly at various car meets. Now that the owners who used to drive them have passed on and their cars have disappeared. Another indicator of the passing of the Golden Age of old cars is the swap meets. In the 1970s I could find parts of a 1929 Studebaker at a swap meet or any number of period correct accessories. Now, when I do attend a swap meet, the only thing I get for my trouble is lots of sun exposure and exercise walking up and down the isles. One of the indicators of the transitions from the Golden Age of the old car is the switch from being able to find parts at swap meet to now having to hunt for them on the internet.
  5. The first series 1928 Studebaker FA President used the headlight bezel with an 8 in a wreath. This would be from January 1928 to about June 1928 when the mid year second series 1928 Studebaker President came out the 8 in a wreath was replaced by a wing on the top of the bezel that matched the winged radiator cap.
  6. I got the 1929 Studebaker President out of the garage today with the intention of taking it for a drive in the Sacramento River delta. While giving the old girl a spring cleaning before the drive I discovered a broken wheel spoke. I canceled the drive and disappointed my 84 year old mother, my brother, and daughter who where looking forward to the drive. My daughter is also excited about learning how to drive the Studebaker. She is 33 and grew up in the back seat of a 1929 Studebaker.
  7. If you can find a copy of the Antique Studebaker club magazine “The Review” The November December 2005 issue has an extensive article on the model 92 Speedway President. I have attached a couple of interesting sidebars from that article regarding the models offered in 1933 and the known survivors as of when the article was printed in 2005. Of course there could be unknown examples yet to be discovered around the world. Studebaker shipped cars around the world to Europe, Asia, South America, and the Pacific.
  8. I have tried the bicycle turn signal on my 1929 Studebaker sedan with a 135 wheelbase. Unfortunately, with a closed sedan body style, the bicycle wireless turn signal do not always work. The signal strength is not strong enough to make a reliable connection from the drivers seat through the closed body to back of the car. Perhaps with an open car the signal strength of bicycle turn signals might work more reliably.
  9. The potential buyer for this Cadillac may not be in the US. My brother just sold a 1924 Buick Brougham to a buyer in New Delhi, India. The Buick is in need of a full restoration which includes major wood work. The sales price is not much more than what has been mentioned for this Cadillac. Cost of restoration apparently is more cost effective in India to make it worth buying and shipping the Buick there.
  10. My President drives very nicely at 55 mph. I could cruise all day with no sweat at that speed. When I am on back roads I keep it between 45 and 50 so that I can enjoy the drive. When I get on a busy two lane I kick it up to 55-60 with no problem. The President has a 336 straight eight with 120 hp.
  11. Here in Northern California the nights are around 31 with a high of about 50 degrees. With a storm forecasted for the weekend I decided to get the 1929 Studebaker President out for a New Years drive today. Headed up into the foothills and put about 60 miles on the Studebaker. The day was perfect for driving in the hills on quite back roads.
  12. This building was the Packard dealership located in Grass Valley, California from 1930 until about 1952. The sign attached to the front of the building was located inside the old dealership by the current owner who now uses the building for his flooring company.
  13. I have had many collector cars since my very first car, a collector car, 1929 Studebaker Commander sedan, was purchased when I was 16. It has been my experience that the level of regret is in direct proportion to the level of motivation for selling. If you have a valid need to sell you might have some twinges of regret mixed with fond memories. If you have no real motivation to sell then you will have a stronger level of regret mixed with kicking yourself if in the rear for selling. When my wife, and I, first got married I had several collector cars one was a 1957 Cadillac Coupe deVille. The Cadillac had less than 30,000 original miles and was a mint garage kept car. It has been my only Cadillac. When my wife and I got married we started out our marriage building a house in a rural area on five acres. We were trying to keep from having a big mortgage by doing a lot of the work ourselves and paying as we go. The house was done and ready for occupancy except for one critical missing piece. We did not have a septic system. We could not come up with the over $4,000 needed to have one installed. The needs of the family outweighed the love of the Cadillac coupe deVille. I sold the Cadillac for what was needed to install a septic system. Sure I miss the Cadillac, but the needs of the family took the sting off of selling a car I loved at the time. The 1929 Studebaker Commander that I bought when I was 16 I sold 25 years later. I swore I would never sell it, however, I sold it to get a 1929 Studebaker President that I now have. Replacing one collector car for another that I wanted even more healed the sting of regret. The bottom line, sell if you have a valid reason that you can live with, otherwise, keep the Ford Model T.
  14. Today I took my 1929 Studebaker President out for a drive in the foothills. Stopped in the old gold town of Campo Seco. The trees are still not yet ready to turn fall colors here in Northern California.
  15. Should be no problem getting it running again it ran when parked in 1986. It might take longer to clear off the moss to see where your going.
  16. I managed to guess my way to 44. Some of cars I had never heard of before.
  17. Here are pictures I took in 2016 at the Ironstone Concours of a 1905 Studebaker Electric Stan Hope for comparison.
  18. My 1929 Studebaker President has both an adjustable front seat and an adjustable steering column.
  19. It looks very much like a Dodge. I am not an expert on Dodge cars so I can't say what year other than it appears to be around a 1919.
  20. In 1977, I took my date to a movie at the drive in theater using my 1956 Studebaker President. The movie was a waste of time and about half way through my date and I decided to leave. I fired up the V8, put the car in gear, hit the gas, the car hesitated for a moment, and then a loud crashing sound. I had forgotten to take the speaker off of the right rear door window. When I looked in the back seat it was covered with broken window glass along with the speaker. My date kept the drive in theater speaker - hung it on her bedroom wall like trophy. I got the humiliation along with the privilege of paying a new door window.
  21. My experience with "bicycle" type wireless lights is that they only work intimately and unreliably with my 1929 Studebaker President sedan with 135" wheelbase. The cars body restricts the signal and distance from the drivers seat to the rear bumper is to far for bicycle wireless lights. Has anyone tried, or have experience with, the LED wireless tail and directional lights offered by www.swifttailights.com? https://swifthitch.com/collections/swift-taillights The are asking $488 (front & rear) or $239 (rear only) which appears to be worth it if they are reliable. My only concern with wireless is how reliably they work with a long wheelbase sedan.
  22. The senior assisted living facility where my father lives had a Fathers Day car show today. I took my 1929 Studebaker President. Some of the residents are over 100 years old. They really enjoyed seeing my 1929. I got to talk to many of the residents and relive with them the memories of cars older than mine that they had when they were just old used cars.
  23. In 1966 my dad bought a new Chevrolet 3/4 ton truck, long bed custom camper special with 327 cid, auto, and 4 barrel carb. He kept it until recently when he gave it to my younger brother who just started to restore it to like new condition with the intention of giving it to his son when he is old enough to drive. My nephew is three years old which means my brother has 13 years to get the truck restored. Attached is a picture of my brothers, and I, with the Chevy truck when new. My oldest brother is on the left, younger brother in the middle, and I am on the right. The second picture was taken about a month ago when my dad was released from a long stay in a nursing home. Dad is in the middle, with my younger brother on the right and his son, the next owner of the truck, is on the left. I guess you could say three generations and one truck. My young nephew calls the truck "my truck" and one time managed to start the truck all by himself - at the age of three. My brother did not know his son had started the truck until he heard the engine rev.
  24. Nice looking 1929. What is the make and model of your 1929? Folks need to know that in order to point you in the right direction.