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Friday, February 18, 2011

Nice Day

 Not much of a title for an article, but on short notice it was the best I will do. Maybe by the end I will change it and maybe I won't.
 Let me talk about my 55 Studebaker for a change. I sold it years ago and still think about it and what it meant often.

 It was a lime greenish color with reupholstered seats. It had an in-line 6 cylinder engine that ran. My uncle used to drive it whenever he visited. He always drove down from Jacksonville, Fl by way of the bus route. He said it took him longer, but that if the car broke down he could just catch the bus.
The auto was  handed down to me when he bought a Dodge Colt. His second and last car.

 Well when I got it, it needed a bit of work. The motor was running rough and had  a bad vibration. My dad and I pulled the motor and found we had 2 spun bearings. Everything else checked good. We tried to find a new crank and couldn't at the time. So we took it done to NAPA and let them weld it up and regrind it.

 While that was on-going, we came across a 53 motor that had been rebuilt and not paid for or picked up for over 6 months. 50 dollars later we had the engine in the trunk. All of the rebuilt parts would fit but the crank. So we proceeded to overhaul the 55 with parts from the 53. That old Flathead turned out mighty fine.

  I was stationed at Eglin AFB about that time and had to drive it from Ft. Myers to there. Somewhere around 600 miles. Of course the overdrive didn't work and  so it ran pretty hard the whole way. Again, I followed the bus route.

 I got a few years use of that old car, and had some fine memories. Nothing like tracking down a front spindle from a yard in Ga. When they sent the wrong side first, they said "Don't return it, we don't need it either." a 20 dollar part with 10 dollar shipping.

 Sadly I had to let her go. She was getting too old, having too many problems(rust) and I had gotten married. I did find a nice home for her with another collector. He said she had many good parts and would not be scrapped.

 One of these days, I will be getting old. I don't have kids so the wife or uncle sam will care for me in my old age. Being a veteran should still have some benefits. I hope when I go that someone will not just scrap me. I hope to still have plenty of parts to give out to others in need.

 When you read this, please become an organ donor. There are a lot of other people that can use the parts.

1 comment:

buddeshepherd said...

Bobby, Somehow I missed this post.
I have a 1963 Studebaker. I bought it in Northern California and drove it back to Oregon. It ran good and was pretty clean and straight but the ring gear on the flex plate was bad and the starter wouldn't catch. A friend of mine needed money and said he would change it for me. That was five years ago and it has set disable under his carport ever since. It is kind of sad.
I have a 1964 cruiser that I like better but the floor is getting so rusty I'm sort of afraid to drive it.