The Hunt

Not the truck from the story, but another one that met a similar fate. This is an original oil painting

Once upon a time I was relaxing, ( back in the day when there was a thing known as spare time), on the porch perusing the latest copy of Old Cars Weekly newpaper. I came upon an ad for a 1949 Studebaker 2R5 truck just outside Binghamton New York.

Well, Binghampton is a haul, so I called the guy and his story was that the truck had always been garaged, had no rust and ran fine. It was only 700 dollars, so I thought I would make the 200+ mile trek to see it. Not wanting to make this trip too many times I took a trailer with me. Now at the time I had an old ’79 Jeep Wagoneer, and with a heavy trailer behind it it got almost 8 miles to the gallon (might have been closer to 8 gallons to the mile, but who’s counting), so it wasn’t a cheap trip, but if the truck was good it would be worth it.

The trip out was uneventful (which is all I ask) and when I got there the address was a service station. I found the guy who said he was too busy to show me the truck. SInce I had driven that far he sent me with one of his employees to show the truck to me. We set out and drove about 10 miles, then turned up a dirt road… and drove… and drove… still driving I spotted a barn. I figured that was where the truck was since I was assured it had always been inside. No such luck, we stopped and he opened a gate to a cow pasture which we then drove across. On the other side of the dung ladden pasture was had another gate to go through. That was when we came to a small automotive and farm equipment junk yard. There, sitting in the middle of 50 or so cars and trucks all striving to make their way back into the soil, was the Studebaker I had come to see.

I looked it over which prompted me to ask, ” I though this was always stored inside?” He said it was until about 30 years ago when it was parked in it’s current location. “I was told it ran” He replied that it did when they last pulled it out of the barn. I was also told there was no rust… that part was true… all the rust was covered up with what we called “newspaper tin”, thin sheet of aluminum used to make the plates for printing newspapers. After looking the truck over I could see these were a few good parts left but certainly not 700 dollars worth.

We went back to the garage where the owner asked if I was interested. I told him I wasn’t as it wasn’t in good enough condition and wasn’t at all what he said it was. I saw that all around the office were photos of Ford trucks and car show trophies. I asked about those and it turns out he had five show trucks. I mentioned it must be tough driving all those to the shows. He replied, indignantly, “Well, I don’t drive them!’ ‘ They get trailered”. He seemed insulted that I would have the nerve to suggest he drive his trucks.

Odd how someone who seemingly knows what a good truck is could describe such a rusted hulk in such good condition. I would guess that the Studebaker, or what’s left of it, is still there.

 

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2016 Studebaker Calendar Now Available!

Here’s the new Studebaker calendar for 2016.
Why waste your precious wall space with that same old lame calendar the electric company sends out?

Now in it’s 19th year of production this contains 13 full color photos. On the days of the month are important dates in Studebaker’s long history.

Do you know what day the Studebaker Brothers opened their blacksmith shop in South Bend?

When was the Avanti first introduced to the public?

What happened on December 9, 1963?

You’ll learn all this and more here on the calendar.

In this year’s calendar:

Cover: Modified M Series Truck
January: 1957 Commander
February: 1933 Rockne
March: 1964 GT Hawk
April: 1951 Commander
May: 1945 M-29 Wesel
June: 1963 Avanti
July: 1955 President Deluxe
August: 1960 Lark Convertible
September: 1958 Packard Hawk
October: 1935 Dictator
November: 1962 Champ Truck
December: 1947 M Series Truck

Measures 8 1/2″ x 11″ when closed. Opens to 11″ x 17″. Printed in full color on glossy paper.

 Still just $10 plus postage


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All New! 2015 Studebaker Calendar

Here’s the new Studebaker calendar for 2015.
Why waste your precious wall space with that same old lame calendar the gas company sends out?

Now in it’s 18th year of production this contains 13 full color photos. On the days of the month are important dates in Studebaker’s long history.

 

Do you know what day the last vehicle rolled off the assembley line before production halted for the war?

When did Studebaker sell their first car?

What happened on March 17, 1966?

You’ll learn all this and more here on the calendar.

In this year’s calendar:

Cover: Champ Truck
January: 1958 Commander
February: 1963 GT Hawk
March: 1940 Champion
April: 1964 Daytona
May: 1928 Dictator
June: 1961 Hawk
July: 1952 2R6 Truck
August: 1953 Commander
September: 1932 President Convertible
October: 1963 Avanti & 1971 Avanti II
November: 1961 Lark Wagon
December: 1947 Champion Business Coupe

Measures 8 1/2″ x 11″ when closed. Opens to 11″ x 17″. Printed in full color on glossy paper.

 Still just $10 plus postage


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