Thursday, May 24, 2018

59 Studebaker Pickup-SOLD

My 59 Studebaker pick up truck is SOLD.  VIN: E711007, location is Baton Rouge.  You can reach me at the phone number listed on the contact page. It is an excellent daily driver with the following features:

  • 289 CID
  • PS, PB, 3 SPD W/OD
  • 79 Lincoln 9" rear end 350 ratio
  • new tires
  • radio
  • bucket seats
  • 3 point seat belts
  • Vintage Air AC
  • manual transmission


Wednesday, June 18, 2014



This project car is a  1952 Hudson Hornet for sale for $3,000. It came from Grand Coteau, Louisiana. I found out about it through Bruce.

Most of the mechanical conversion is done;  mainly the cosmetics are left to do- upholstery, body work, glass,  paint, etc.

The Hornet has a 500 CID Cadillac engine, 700 R4 automatic transmission, Chrysler front suspension with torsion bars, Mercury Monarch rear end, 4 wheel power disc brakes, and power steering.

The 500 CID Cadillac engine was the largest engine ever offered to the American public in an automobile. GM wouldn't permit any other division to make an engine this size. The largest that the other divisions could make was a 455 CID

This car came with a 308 CID engine, with dual range hydramatic.

The 308 was the stock engine of the Hornet. The one that dominated NASCAR was a 308 with two carburetors.

This Hornet also has the following features:
new radiator
8" Ford limit slip 3.55 to l rear end
tilt steering column
good windshields
new dual exhaust system with a flow master muffler.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Cruisin' the Coast

The fabulously fun Cruisin' the Coast will be held in Biloxi/Gulfport October 6 - October 13. This is America's largest block party! Here is the link to the schedule of events:



Monday, July 08, 2013


The above pictures are of my latest project- a 59 Studebaker C-cab pick-up truck. What is commonly referred to as a C-cab was in this truck model from 49-59.

The C-cab truck introduced the rotary door latches and the inside running board.  Studebaker was first with these innovations

I believe the truck was originally from W. Monroe, Louisiana, and that it later went to owners in Port Allen, and Holden, before I acquired it.

It has a lot of original Studebaker features, with some exceptions such as the 289 CID engine instead of the 259 CID.

It has 3-speed transmission with over drive.  The rear end was replaced with 9 inch Ford rear end from a 79 Lincoln.

It was equipped with climatizer heater which I will replace with Vintage air conditioning, heater, and defroster.

I am in the process of fixing the entire brake system and repairing the rust. 



Sunday, June 23, 2013


My fellow HET member and friend, Walt, had his 51 Hudson Hornet meticulously restored. All of his upholstery is redone from original material, and the instrument panel and dash board have also been redone.

I replaced the 308 CID engine and changed the differential.  Walt's engine was cracked, so I used the engine out of my 54 parts car. 

Walt really enjoys his Hornet and it's a daily driver.

51-54 Hornet 2-door sedan dominated NASCAR.  Unlike Oldsmobile, the Hornets could be run wide open.  Oldsmobile had a higher center of gravity, so they were forced to slow down on the turns.

FYI, in an older post dated 4/19/11 on this blog, I compared some features of Studebaker with Hudson and mention some innovations of these two car makers. 

Also, Jay Leno is offering to put your story of your first vehicle on his website if he likes it.  I have a link to Jay Leno's Garage on the right side. At Leno's site click on the link showing the 55 Buick Road Master and he will explain what he wants you to do.



Monday, November 05, 2012

1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser

The above pictures are of the 1951 Studebaker Commander Land Cruiser 4 door sedan,  V-8, automatic transmission.

It was in storage for 8 years and it was well preserved.  It shows 37,410 miles, but I am not sure if this is the actual mileage.

It is excellent shape, with new interior and beautiful upholstery.  It has new black paint, wide white sidewalls, and a  232 CID engine which runs very well, with no smoke.

It has a climatizer and automatic transmission.  The master cylinder and wheel cylinders were rebuilt.  The gas tank was replaced, and it has a good sending unit. The brakes were recently redone.



February 7, 2013 - Updated information on this post:
SOLD I am selling as a package for $2500 the following:
one '51 Commander parts car
one '50 Champion Starlight coupe project vehicle (pictured above) with complete 6 cylinder Champion engine with transmission and overdrive. 

The 232 cubic inch engine is rebuilt. The transmission was checked by a transmission shop and it is good.

Also included: many extra fenders, doors, and Starlight glass
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Please contact me if interested at .

This 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe (pictured above) originally had a Champion 6 cylinder and 3 speed with over drive.

This vehicle shown above has wrap around back glass, a characteristic of the Starlight.

This vehicle was primarily housed in a barn for many years. This is what I know about its history: the last license plate on it was Arkansas 1963. It was bought by a man from Oklahoma and put in his barn, until a friend of mine discovered it and put it in his barn in Holden, Louisiana.

The little 6 cylinder Studebaker cars of this era could get 27 mpg, but that was not a big selling feature back then because gas was so cheap.

Studebaker would almost always win the Mobile Economy Run-an annual event in which the automobile industry competed for best mileage awards.

It is said that some of the drivers at this event taped an egg to the  accelerator so that they could only apply gentle pressure on the accelerator, thus, improving their gas mileage.

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This picture is a drive-in movie speaker box that was mounted  in the rear seat of this Starliner coupe by a previous owner. It was quite common for vehicle owners to install a drive-in speaker box as a rear radio speaker.