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all-day Big Three Swap Meet 2017 @ Qualcomm Stadium
Big Three Swap Meet 2017 @ Qualcomm Stadium
Feb 24 – Feb 26 all-day
San Diego’s biggest annual old car swap meet!  Details at: If you have a car to display, contact Ken St. Clair ( or see him at the Feb. meeting for a windshield parking sticker,[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for March @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for March @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Mar 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for March, 2017.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for April @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for April @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Apr 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for April, 2017.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one[...]
all-day SDC International Meet @ South Bend, Home of Studebaker
SDC International Meet @ South Bend, Home of Studebaker
May 3 – May 6 all-day
All Studebaker people should make the “pilgrimage” to South Bend at least once!  When the International Meet comes to South Bend every 5 years, it’s always the biggest and best ever.  And besides the meet[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for May @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for May @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Our regular monthly meeting for March, 2017.  Come for the “car talk” (and “girl talk”) and find out what’s going on in your club!  We will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one[...]

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Be sure to check out the calendar on the left side regularly for new events, including some by other car clubs or communities that you might find interesting!

See below or the Ads Page for 8 cars and 1 truck For Sale, including 1 Avanti plus a Stude Golf Cart, some parts collections and Vehicle Storage Space for rent! Also, check out the “Links” tab for other chapters, parts suppliers, etc.

ALL MEMBERS:  your dues are due for 2017!  The amount is still $20, and payment must be made before March 1st to continue as an active member of our club. Payments can be either via a check to our treasurer or via PayPal by logging into the Members’ Area of our web site.  Checks should be sent to:  Mimi Halgren, 9350 El Tejado Road, La Mesa, CA 91941.   Make sure your  NATIONAL DUES are also up to date.

Minutes from the meeting on January 14, 2017

President Ken St. Clair called the meeting to order after lunch at 12:45.

Regarding old business, Ken announced that we raised $250 at the Christmas Party for donation to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gifts for Kids drive.

Ken and Gene discussed the chapter’s two Facebook pages, one being an old one that has the better name (Studebaker San Diego) but is not being updated.  Gene will try to contact the originator of the old page and see if we can get the password.  Dan Scott has kindly volunteered to bring it up to date.

Ken, Michele and Bob Halgren discussed upcoming events including the Big 3 Swap Meet (See below or the calendar entry at left.), our planned March activity at the Green Dragon Tavern & Museum in Carlsbad, and the International Meet in South Bend the first week of May (3 – 6).  Bob & Mimi Halgren will be driving to South Bend, and they invite any chapter members who would like to join them.  Also, the Pacific Southwest Zone Meet will be held next October 20 – 22 in the beautiful little town of Clovis, Calif.

We also discussed what we will do regarding this year’s car show as no one has volunteered to chair a major event for this year.  Bob suggested that we could do a simpler get-together this year instead, still at Spanish Landing, but without all the raffles and food.  We have the Spanish Landing site reserved for September 16th of this year.  More on this as plans are made.

Name Tag Drawing was won by Grace Van Winkle, but she was not in attendance.  New member Tom Gastongay won the 50/50 drawing and received $23.  Colin Fort’s son in law has a 1964 Commander for sale.

Big 3 Swap Meet 2017

San Diego’s biggest annual old car swap meet!

Details at:

 If you have a car to display, contact Ken St. Clair ( or see him at the Feb. meeting for a windshield parking sticker, four are available.  Any cars displayed must be in their parking places before 8am Saturday  and must stay in place until 4pm, no exceptions.

We will have the club tent with club information, cookies, drink, and chairs to share.  

Come and say hello and get all your car needs at the swap.

Cool Classic Car Show 2016:

Our Cool Classic Car Show for this year was a GREAT success.  The new “album” of all the cars will be on the “Pix” tab of our website soon.

Thanks to Keith Wahl’s efforts. our charity for the Car Show this year was Workshops for Warriors which provides quality hands-on training, accredited STEM educational programs, and opportunities to earn third party nationally recognized credentials in machining and welding. This enables veterans, transitioning service members, and other students to be successfully placed in their chosen advanced manufacturing career field.

While the Car Show work is underway on this site, Keith Wahl has put a number of pictures of this year’s show on his new Facebook page for Studebaker San Diego.  Go to:

A Studebaker won a prestigious first place at the Greenwich Concours

THANKS to Arnold Cohen for sharing this article from Hemmings about a ’32 Studebaker President that won Best in Show at the famous Greenwich Concours this year;  look at it and you’ll see why:

 Nostalgic Video of a Past SD Studebaker Meet

Greg Weir, son of Jim Weir, has been kind enough to share a video from a Studebaker meet here in San Diego many years ago; it includes a short talk by Marvin Studebaker.  You can download it from Jim’s Dropbox share here

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 $195 per month. No shop or business.

Prefer Vintage Vehicle or light storage

Contact Keith at 858-518-2190

WANTED: Big Six engine (245) for a 1950 Land Cruiser or Commander

Looking for a 6 cyl 245 engine for a ’50 Land Cruiser or Commander. If you have one or know of one please call Steve at 909-973-6955.

Heavy Duty Truck Parts For Sale

Jack Barron in central Oregon purchased a huge 49 Stude truck just to get the bare cab:   (I am building and donating a rat rod for a fund raiser for our sports programs and kids who play); I have the complete running rolling chassis with a very good running orig, flat head 6, truck only showed a bit over 50k miles. 4spd. 2spd r.end, both front fenders very good, core support, radiator good. I will sell all for $450. or just part. can send pics. 509-386-2381  or email

1957 Champion Sedan Parts For Sale

I have a 1957 4 door that we harvested the body and frame.. i am looking to get rid of the complete drivetrain, seats, champion flat head, with extra head, trans, seat trim, steering collumn, heater, axle, pretty much everthing besides the body and frame…we are not looking for a ton of money more to have these parts go to a good use..could make a good deal for everything.. parts are in Escondido.  Call Mike (760) 613 6737, or email

 Engine For Sale:  ’53 V8, Complete with Clutch

Probably a 232, but not certain; complete,  has extra carb, clutch, water pump; asking $250 or best offer as I have no place to store it.  Kenneth Kay Keller:,  619-442-5177

1955 Fully Restored Champion 4 Door For Sale

           55 Studebaker Champion Deluxe
            4 door sedan
            6 cyl OD
            Hill Holder
            No rust
            New or rebuilt generator-starter-water pump-carburetor-radiator-new core
            New tires and brakes
            3rd owner-formerly owned by John Cummings
            Have a look on this video link below and enjoy!!
     Contact Warren Raps at (760) 753-7031 or through e-mail address –
            Price –  $16,500    – negotiable

1956 Studebaker Parkview Wagon For Sale

Hello, my name is Ron Flenner. I am a member of the SDC from Eureka, Ca. I purchased a 1956 Studebaker 2-Door Parkview wagon last 11/2015 it had 73,000 original miles and is in very good condition. Since the purchase I have had the gas tank, fuel lines, and fuel pump repaired. In addition, I have had a new rebuilt starter, water pump, 4-barrel carb plug wires and a total tune up done to the car. The brakes have been inspected and a new master cylinder added along with a new dual muffler system for safety purposes. The tires and other running gear are fine. The car does need a new interior, seats and headliner or a set of good quality seat covers. In all honesty, there are some rust issues, but, the vehicle was garaged in Tracy, CA in the past and is really in good shape. I am interested in selling the Parkview for $ 12,500 or OBO. In addition, I may consider a trade for another Studebaker of similar value. (The vehicle has the 259 ci-v-8-3 speed column shift-4-barrel-and dual exhausts) I can be contacted by cell-707-362-1916 or by e/mail:   Please see ad in classified section (“ADS” tab) for pictures.

1949 Studebaker Truck For Sale

1949 pick up with a Ford 302 small block, caddy rear end for sale for $12,000.  Interested parties contact Perry Wright 619-840-4142

1951 Land Cruiser For Sale

1951 commander Studebaker Land Cruiser v-8 standard with overdrive, Hill Holder.  Has all parts, needs some body work and paint job. Upholstery is in good condition. Asking $3,500.00.  Contact Donna Landen,


1963 GT Hawk For Sale

Originally from Kentucky, in SD since 1996. I am the third owner. The trans is automatic, with 289. Motivated to sell. Asking price is $5000.00 obo .  Darrell Jennings,

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’53 Champion Sedan in Original Condition For Sale

Here is an all original, unrestored car in very good shape, it has a solid and straight body no rust good original paint, this car is very rare – very hard to find one that has not been altered or changed this car is 100 % original. Less than 5,400 produced. Will need to have the chrome redone, everything is there, vehicle is complete, has a six cylinder flathead with three speed with overdrive. New parts include new battery and rebuilt starter, also vehicle has current registration and clean title. Has not been sitting in a field getting destroyed by weather and mice. Vehicle is very nice good interior, car runs good considering it is 63 years old. In conclusion the car is all original and complete you would be hard pressed to find another one in this shape for the price that is original and un molested like this one. Add the overall condition of this car that you do not see for sale very often and its uniqueness. Price is $5000. There are more pictures  available, thanks.  Joseph Russo,   Car is in the El Cajon area.

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1950 Stude Replica Golf Cart For Sale

1950 Studebaker Golf Cart. Just finished. New paint, Upholstery, Batteries. It runs and drives nice. A really neet looking vehicle. $5,495.00 Consider offers / Trades.  More pictures available via the ad on Old Rides:  //  619 890-1045 Howard


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

SD Studebaker Couples on a Cross-Country Odyssey

The Halgrens and the St.Clairs decided to See the USA (with apologies to Dinah Shore) by Studebaker for two months this fall.  The Halgrens drove their modified 1953 coupe, while the St. Clairs were in their all original ’62 GT.  They reported at the November meeting that they drove a total of 11,450 miles!

Their travels took them through the national parks of Utah, Wyoming and the Dakotas, then through the Midwest to Chicago and South Bend (pictures of their cars at the Studebaker National Museum below) and then up into Michigan to see the great museums there (pic below of the cars at a beautiful restored gas station), then on up to Niagara Falls and Cooperstown (Baseball Hall of Fame) in New York, followed by Vermont for some early fall foliage and then down to PA for the huge annual meet at Hershey.  Their favorite places were the Corvette factory in Kentucky and, a close second, the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream factory in Vermont…  🙂

The last picture below is a modified Studebaker V8 in the American Museum of Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska; it was built by Offenhauser for one of J.C. Agajanian’s Indy race cars in the early fifties.


Studebaker National Museum

Studebaker National Museum


Modified Studebaker V8 for Indy racer

Modified Studebaker V8 for Indy racer

Studebaker Night at Cruisin Grand 2016

The crowds were out in force this year at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand on the evening of our Studebaker Night (June 24th).  We had 6 nice Studebakers but would have liked more.  Please see the photos below to get an idea of the many folks who stopped by to look, including two who may become new members!

A sincere THANKS to the following for bringing their Studebakers (in order of age):  Mac MacPherson with his original 1909 EMF30 (!), Bob Gozano with his great 1938 President all the way from El Cajon, Arnold Cohen with his beautiful 1950 Land Cruiser all the way from Winchester, Mark Bann with his fabulous 1953 Starliner all the way from Canyon Lake, Bob Derderian with his gorgeous 1989 Avanti Convertible, and finally your editor (Gene Nagle), with my ’63 GT Hawk.  Mark Bann won a Best of Show in the Custom Class with his ’53 – against some pretty tough Chev and Ford competitors!






A GREAT Conestoga Wagon is Back in SD


I believe I am the fifth owner of this (early) 1955 Commander/ Conestoga Wagon.  The car was formerly owned by John Louraine of Seattle, Washington who obtained it sight unseen from Zanesville Ohio in February 1998.  He drove the car to Washington State. Seen below is Mr. Louraine pulling his 1955 Alfa Spider from Tacoma to Carmel (note the rear end as he pulls that rig) with a factory Studebaker tow bar.  Serial Number 83825 was originally equipped with a 224 V8  and 6 volt electrical system.

Now named “Consuelo,” (from my friends Bob and Mimi Halgren –builders of the modified version) she still wears the original Pima Red (looks like Coral or Salmon to me) and Sonora  Beige Colors.  The interior is all factory original.

Bob  purchased the car from Mr. Louraine on eBay somewhere around 2009 with 62K miles. He loaded the car on his trailer dove it home and then did his inspection – just the reverse of the advice he gives to all his friends.

Now Mr. Louraine said the car had “no rust issues or rot,”  but that is not what multi-Studebaker owner, master builder and good friend Bob Halgren found:

  • Body mounts,
  • Floor boards,
  • Inner lower panels and
  • Frame bottom flat sections

were badly rusted plus heavy surface rust on the suspension and brake components.  The interior, however,was completely original.  So Bob went to work, taking it all the way down to the frame.

After refurbishing the car, Bob and Mimi  drove it around the United States, some 8583 miles using 564 gallons of gas for an average of 15.2 mpg.  This February 11, 2016 I  purchased the car from Dennis Napier – our former Studebaker Club President – now residing in  Roseburg Oregon.  He owned the car for about 6 years  and had not put much mileage on it.  Some years ago, I originally looked at this very same car to purchase but passed on it.  Since I  know my friend Bob and the quality of his work very well, when the opportunity arose, I contacted Dennis and transacted the sale.

I  flew to Portland and took a short hop to Eugene where Dennis picked me up.  He graciously hosted me and we took the car for a 2 block test where he acquainted me with the instruments and intimacies of “Consuelo.”  The next morning, I headed to Arcata to stay with my friends the Bitemans. The following day I headed out at 8 am , met cousins north of San Francisco and departed  for  La Jolla the same day.  I COULD NOT KEEP THE CAR UNDER 80 MPH AND I GOT THE SAME 15 MPG AS ACHIEVED BY BOB HALGREN.  MY ONLY MISHAP WAS A LOST HUBCAP!!

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