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Mark Huston

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  1. Today, my brother, and I, took our Studebaker’s for a drive. We drove about 100 miles altogether. Stopping in the Sacraments River delta town of Walnut Grove for a picnic lunch. Here are some shots of my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham and my brothers 1929 Studebaker President Cabriolet.
  2. Not Packard. Does not look like a stock factory hood ornament. Looks aftermarket.
  3. A few years ago a friend in the antique Studebaker club contacted me after he got an email response to his parts wanted ad which included a picture of my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham. The email stated the car was being parted out and to send a list of what parts he needed. The email was forwarded to me with the question of when did I sell my President and did I know it was now being parted out? I had to break the news to my friend that I still owned the President and he was being scammed. I was a little disappointed that someone thought my car looked bad enough to use in a scam about parting out a collector car. Here is the picture of my President that was used in the scam.
  4. Only the early 1928 FA President (first series 1928) had the 313 cid engine. When the mid year FB models came out the engine was the 337 cid version.
  5. Nice looking President. Seeing this otherwise nice restoration with a 1931 Studebaker accessory bird radiator cap instead of the correct 28-29 wing cap, that matches the wings on the lights, makes me wonder what else was done to this car that is not correct.
  6. Here are a couple of pictures of a Stevens-Duryea was driven on the Modoc tour a few years ago.
  7. The “round thing” on the running board is a period accessory light. They are listed as “safety lights “ in the Western Auto catalog for 1929. They come on with the headlights and give the same side visibility as side marker lights on a modern car. One side is green and the other is red. The same as the jewels in the side of the headlights.
  8. Today, I drove my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham for the first time since last March. It was nice to get it up to speed on some local country roads. When I stopped to take these pictures a guy pulled over and asked me if I wanted to sell my car. I guess there is still a few people interested in early cars.
  9. Here is the lighted dash of my 1929 Studebaker President FE Brougham. 6 volt electrical system. Plus a view of the lights for the back seat passengers.
  10. Congratulations! I am happy to hear that you’re GE Cabriolet is home now and that you had a memorable adventure. My friend, Kevin, who has the mirror twin to your Cabriolet, has the same seat height issues you are experiencing. We have come to the conclusion that people were a lot shorter 100 years ago.
  11. This is another Commander. The GE Dictator I posted (not my car) was built in 1928. However, Studebaker referred to the late 1928 built cars as 1929’s. Some Studebaker “experts” today refer to them as Third Series 1928 models.
  12. The red cabriolet is a GJ Commander. The tan cabriolet I posted is a GE Dictator. Notice the difference in the belt line and where the top hardware mounts to the body.
  13. The 1929 Studebaker Dictator came out of a almond orchard in Durham, CA near the town of Chico.
  14. In the 1990s, I got a tip about a Studebaker in a almond orchard in Northern California. It turned out to be a basket case 1929 Studebaker GE Dictator rumble seat cabriolet. A very rare model Studebaker. My brother bought the car with the intention of restoring it. Before he could get started a friend of ours, who was between projects, found out about the car and talked my brother into selling it to him. Our friend did a full frame up restoration on the car. He did not have to take it apart because the entire car was in pieces, rusted out, and wood framing long gone. When it was pulled from the almond orchard it took several pickup truck loads to haul all the pieces to my brothers place and then move it again to our friends house. Our friend still has the Studebaker and it is as beautiful today as when he completed the restoration. Here are pictures as found and after restoration.
  15. The number in your frame, 6019181 is listed as a 1930 FE President. The 1930 FE President frame serial numbers started at 6,016,001 ended at 6,022,000.
  16. I will have to check to see if I have any specifications that indicates who made the wheels. Off hand I don’t know. I will also check into the other specifics you asked about. I guess there is more that I don’t know than I do know.
  17. I have a 1929 Studebaker President with wire wheels. The wire wheels are the type with the wire welded to the rim and attached with a flared end in the center hub. Two of my six wheels have very loose wires at the hub and I can't use them so they are in the sidemounts and not relied on to drive the car on. One of the four better wheels, that I do use when driving the car, has had several of the wires break the weld at the rim. I have had the broken welds repaired, however, another wire has come detached from the rim. It is time to consider a professional rebuild of all six wire wheels. Does anyone have experience with having their wire wheels rebuilt? I have heard of Dayton Wire Wheels in Ohio. Don't know anything about them and unfortunately, they are over 2,000 miles from my location in California. I was hoping to find someone closer, if possible. The wheels on my Studebaker are impossible to find and cannot be replaced if lost by a shipping company. The wheels on my 1929 Studebaker President Brougham were only used by Studebaker on the 1929 President Brougham and the other Studebaker Presidents used a different type of wire wheel - exposed lug nuts and threaded nipples at the rim instead of welded. Which makes it impossible to find replacement wheels, hub caps, and lock rings. This is why I hesitate to just box them up irreplaceable wheels and hope to get them back again when I have had things lost by shipping companies before. The picture of one of my wire wheels was taken when I had them stripped and powder coated over 15 years ago. In the years since I have driven the car thousands of miles and the wheels are now failing. Time to revisit the wheels before I have a major wheel failure while driving. Does anyone have suggestions?
  18. I have YOM plates on my 1929 Studebaker President. The bankrupt state of California charges extra for everything including YOM plates. I pay the extra registration fees because I prefer the look of the original plates to the new standard issue plates that are the only other alternative. California requires all vehicle plates to have registration Month/Year stickers. They benevolently provide metal tabs to add to the YOM plates that don’t have the spots already on them for the stickers. It really adds that modern touch to your antique auto.
  19. I like this photo because it is one of the few of a when new 1929 Studebaker President Brougham. An added plus, is it shows the proud new owner, and the car is sporting double sided whitewalls. The only picture from when they were new I have found of a 1929 Studebaker President Brougham with whitewall tires.
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