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12:00 pm Monthly Meeting @ Sizzlers near Aero Drive and 15
Monthly Meeting @ Sizzlers near Aero Drive and 15
May 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This is our first monthly meeting of our new schedule based on the surveys done by Bob Halgren.  We will discuss the election of officers and other future activities.  
all-day Southwest Zone Meet @ Fiesta Henderson Casino & Hotel
Southwest Zone Meet @ Fiesta Henderson Casino & Hotel
Oct 9 – Oct 11 all-day

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See below or the Ads Page for 4 cars For Sale, including 1 Avanti plus Vehicle Storage Space for rent and a want ad for a Bullet Nose!

Also, check out the “Links” tab for other chapters, parts suppliers, etc.

Click on PRESIDENT to the left for the latest message from our club president, Wayne Smith

Studebaker Night at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand Postponed

Studebaker Night at Cruisin Grand was scheduled for Friday, April 24th, but because of the rainy weather (for which we are all very thankful!), our Studebaker Night will be postponed to later in the season.  Stay tuned for the announcement of the new date.

 Thank You Letter from Homefront San Diego for our donation

For the second year this year, we donated all net proceeds from our Cool Classic Car Show to Homefront San Diego.  Here is their letter of thanks — see below for the first paragraph of the text as we couldn’t get the image of their letterhead to transfer into the website clearly.

Home Front letter 2014-page-001

On behalf of the San Diego Council of the Navy League and Homefront San Diego, thank you for your check dated October 7, 2014 for a total donation of $1417.77 raised at your 6th Annual Cool Classic Car Show at Spanish Landing held on September 27, 2014.  The San Diego Council is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization under the current IRS code, and our federal tax ID number is AB-95-3864195.  You have received no financial benefit or service from your gift, and again, we thank you for helping us to assist our San Diego military families.


Vehicle Storage for Rent in San Diego

Keith Wahl has vacant garages for rent at an apartment complex on 49th Street off El Cajon Blvd in the Talmadge area of San Diego (near San Diego State). It is 9 X 16 feet and has private alley access.  A one-year lease is offered at $125 per month.  Contact Keith at 858-518-2190.

Car Wanted: 1950 or 51 Coupe

1950 or 1951 Studebaker Champion or commander Starlight Coupe (bullet nose), professionally restored original, or modified (even a resto-mod).  Must run very well, be mechanically sound, with no history of rust. Will need lots of pictures and will probably fly to look at the car.        Don Connolly, Naples, FL  230-263-0632,

Cars for Sale from Wayne and Melanie Smith 619-443-4623

Pictures of Cars are available upon request.

 1959 Lark Deluxe 4 door sedan — All original condition.

12,895 original miles on 6 cylinder engine. Nice #2 to #3 A Must See! asking $7.000.00.

1963 GT Hawk 2 door. Tuned 289 V8 engine. New exhaust, tires and brakes.

Some rust, needs paint job and interior carpet. Extra sheet metal included. asking $4500.00

 FOR SALE     1984 Avanti Touring Coupe    (only 50 made)

Car is completely original, except for tire sizes),  has heavy duty suspension (sway bars, front & rear springs, etc.) Chevy 305 (passed smog January 14) with 700R4 automatic (less than 10,000 miles since Corvette upgrades & $2,000 rebuild) Power moon roof, tilt wheel, power disc brakes, power windows Rear window defroster, power moon roof, original Blaupunkt radio/with power antenna,  Recaro seats with recliners, heaters, lumbar adjustments. Car runs great, but needs paint and Recaros need reupholstering $12,500, OBO     Keith Rider  (619) 276.2249

For Sale:  1955 Commander Coupe

The 1955 coupe still had the basic lines by the Loewy designers that made the 1953 and 1954 Studebaker coupes famous.  This one is all original and has the small V8, believed to be 259 cid, and a working overdrive transmission.  The engine was started with no problem using a direct line into a gas can after sitting for around two years, but the car cannot currently be driven for several reasons:  it does not have current registration (but does have a clear title), it has no foot brakes, and the float is stuck in the carburetor causing gas to leak out on the engine.  Also, the gas tank should be drained as the gas in it has deteriorated.

The body and frame are generally solid and dent free, but two areas of the floor in the front seat area are rusted and patched.  The right front fender has minor rust at the bottom rear.  The doors, trunk floor and trunk lid are all sound with no rust holes.  The stainless trim is near perfect, however the grille, bumpers and rear nameplate need to be rechromed.  Seat upholstery is serviceable but worn; door and side panels are in good condition except for the arm rest on the driver’s door.  Instruments on the dash are all original and working except for the gas gauge.

Asking $1800.

The car is in San Diego (National City area), but the owner lives on the East Coast.  Owner contact:  Loren Kujawa, (207) 963-2666,; or contact Gene Nagle at (858) 335-3183,



We got an Inside Look at the Air and Space Museum

The Air and Space Museum event was a big success with 21 people showing up for the tour.  There were 5 Studebakers driven there as well.  Jim Weir was our wonderful tour guide, full of knowledge, stories, and information.  Jim didn’t only take us around the museum, he also took us to the machine shop in the basement where the magic happens, planes being built, parts being made, and plans for more projects being made.  Lunch followed at the Chicken pie Shop in San Diego where everyone left with full bellies and smiles on their faces.  Here are some scenes.

Air&Space_Group Jim_Weir_museum_shop


See a picture of your car from our 6th Annual Cool Classic Car Show on this wall clock!

Wall Clock Trimmed

Great addition to your garage or “Man Cave”!

Great gift idea!  You can click HERE and see how the picture of your car at the 2014 Cool Classic Car Show came out.  If you like it and would like to order a clock just follow the instructions below for sending a check to Bob Buchaklian.  Only $27.00 which includes shipping.  A donation will be made to our local San Diego Chapter of SDC for each clock sold.


To order a Photo Clock, please print your name (first and last), full address, phone and email address on a piece of paper and mail it with a check or money order for $27 payable to:  

Robert Buchaklian

5055 Walter Av

San Diego, Ca 92120



NOVEMBER 14, 2014


What fun!  On Saturday, Nov. 15th 12 Clubsters and friends gathered at the Motor Transport Museum (MTM) in Campo for a tour of the building with restored and unrestored vehicles.  Brian and Sherman were our helpful guides, giving us the background on the old American Standard Feldspar Mill.

The tall 9 story steel building was setup in the ‘20s to mill locally mined feldspar into a powder for making porcelain.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t comply with worker safety regulations and shut down in the ‘50s.

The building houses several interesting vehicles, as well as a machine shop and restoration facility.  They are particularly proud of their Julian Bus.  When they started the restoration it was so deteriorated that many of the pieces had to be replicated from pictures.

After the building tour we roamed around the grounds looking at an incredible truck junkyard going back to the 1910’s.  My favorite was a late ‘30s Diamond T tanker, while Mimi’s was a 40’s Ford camper/panel truck.  There were three Studebaker trucks there – two M series and a ’56-’59 C cab. Plus, we found a very old Garford truck.

We went for lunch at the Cafe B. Recommended by Howard Jones and Lupe, it turned out to be quite good.

So there you have it. Our clubsters attending were Ken and Alta Keller, Ken St. Clair, Bob and Mimi Halgren, Al and Grace Van Winkle, Bob and Armin Buchaklian and Howard and Lupe Jones.

Bob and Mimi Halgren