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12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for March @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for March @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Mar 14 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This is our monthly meeting for March. Come, enjoy the comradery and find out what’s going on in your club! As usual, we will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one[...]
9:00 am Cars & Coffee in San Clemente @ San Clemente
Cars & Coffee in San Clemente @ San Clemente
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
We will caravan up from Oceanside to San Clemente to join our colleagues from the BCOIE chapter for a great informal time of chatting and checking out the cars.  Watch for email with all the[...]
9:00 am LA Chapter Classic Studebaker Ca... @ Bob's Big Boy
LA Chapter Classic Studebaker Ca... @ Bob's Big Boy
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The LA Chapter’s 35th annual Studebaker Classic Car Show, always a good, well attended show.  We will supply more info as we receive it.
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for April @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for April @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Apr 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This is our monthly meeting for April. Come, enjoy the comradery and find out what’s going on in your club! As usual, we will also have an attendance drawing with a cash prize for one[...]

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 Minutes from the meeting on January 11, 2020

Meeting called to order at 12:45.
Treasurer’s Report:  total assets (checking + savings + cash on hand) = $9039.37 as of 11/9/19

Car council report: Ken Keller-not much happened in Dec., more car shows and flyers to come in the next months

Events calendar sent out to everyone, emails every month will be coming to keep all updated with events
Chili cook-off and meeting to be added to our calendar of events; date: April 18th at the Halgren’s.

Club T-shirts will be given to Ken Keller to put into frames for our meeting raffle

Ken Keller will store the club BBQ

Meeting adjourned: 1:05

Car show meeting:  The car show will be at Spanish Landing West on Sept. 26, 2020

If anyone else would like to help, email Bob Halgren/chairperson:

Proceeds will be going to the Workshops for Warriors, Michele will get into contact with them to see if they would like to set up a booth at the show.

Our THANKS to Ken Keller for representing our chapter at the monthly San Diego Car Club Council. We have renewed our membership for the new year in the council.


1963 Avanti For Sale

1963 Studebaker Avanti with Candy Apple Red finish, 289 ci rebuilt to 305 ci with 1 hour running time on engine, speedometer reset at 0 miles, Edelbrock  4-barrel carburetor, new wiring harness, Crager wheels, new padded dash, headliner, Black vinyl seats, needs carpet, interior panels (old panels for patterns included). Misc. extras included.
$16,950.00 price is negotiable.  Contact: Wayne Smith at  775-738-3197 (home) or 619-277-3919 (cell) 

FREE Parts from Early Fifties

These are:
* A BorgWarner automatic transmission with torque converter. [Approx. 1950 –1952 vintage]
* 2 differential assemblies – – approx. same vintage.
These are available to a good home for FREE!!  You or anyone interested just need to come pick them up.
I have the necessary lift & equipment to load them for you.
Bill Treece
(619) 442-6052
4634 Calavo Drive, La Mesa, Calif. 91941

1959 Lark For Sale

The nice ’59 Lark 4-door formerly owned by Ken Goldkamp is now for sale by its current owner:  Ray Frey at Ray Frey Auto Center, 858-278-7077.  Asking $4000.

Nice ’64 GT Hawk for Sale

289 V/8, 4-barrel Carter carburetor, 3 speed Ford FMX replacement transmission, full gauges. Beautiful Southern California car. Clean inside and out including trunk and engine.  Quartz clock. New tires. Protective cloth dust cover.79K miles. Has not run for a while.  Asking $15,000 OBO. Contact Jim at


Free parts:  Howard Jones has a complete rust free front clip for a ’48 Studebaker Champion and some misc Studebaker bumpers. It’s all free to anyone that has a use for it. it will need to be picked up though. no delivery or shipping. 619 890-1045

’63 Cruiser For Sale

I am selling my 1963 Studebaker, Lark Cruiser. I have been lucky to own it for the past 6 years, and I am hoping to find it a good home/owner. This 4-door Cruiser has a V8, 289 engine that runs great. It is automatic, with power steering, and has 97,000 miles. Paint is a 2-toned blue and white (not original paint) with some areas of rust. The interior is beautiful and immaculate, although the headliner needs to be replaced. All tires are in great shape (and all 4 tires have a 40,000 mi warranty through Discount Tire). Breaks have been repaired. Although this is not my daily driver, it is certainly dependable, and it is sure to turn a lot of heads. It comes with the original owner’s manual. Clean title with black plates. I am selling it as is–$5,000, or best offer. If interested, or would like more details, call Jannelle at 858-335-8058

’62 GT Hawk For Sale

A friend of Bob Buchaklian, Gladys Evin, is selling her nice ’62 Hawk.

289 ci w/4 speed transmission, Excellent body-No rust, Interior reupholstered to original

Approximately 54,000 miles

Needs trim installed and new vinyl half roof

$12,000 O.B.O

Also For Sale:  Body panels, wheels and assorted GT parts including:  Hood, Grill & Shell, R&L Front Fenders, R Rear Fender, R Door, Hub caps, Center Console, Deluxe Floor Mats, Wheels, Extra set of 6.70×15 4 ply Polyester Tires w/spare + misc electrical & rubber parts

$2,000 O.B.O.

Call Gladys to make appointment:  619 462-4041



  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


Another Great Holiday Party at the St Clairs

Here are some shots of the folks at our Holiday Party on December 14th at the St Clairs nice home in Carlsbad.  Photos are THANKS to Keith Wahl.

Good Turnout at        CRUISIN GRAND 2019

The crowds at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand got a look at more Studebakers this year, a total of 11 cars! I saw one older lady in a wheel chair asking the guy who was helping her to push her around so she could see into each one.  I asked her if she had owned a Studebaker, and she said that her family had many of them over the years. Many THANKS to all those who brought their cars, many from quite a distance!

Borrego Springs Driving Art Tour

Some of our members enjoyed a fascinating drive out to Borrego Springs on May 12th to see the scenery and the interesting sculptures.  Here are some pictures supplied by Michele St Clair.

Pacific Southwest Zone Meet, Palm Springs

Our chapter joined the Los Angeles and Beach Cities/ Orange/ Inland Empire chapters to put on a great zone meet this year.  A nice gallery of pictures is available at the PIX tab on our website.

Dan Scott, member of our chapter from Murrieta, won Best of Show with his beautiful ’78 Avanti II, pictured below.  And he provided a very nice Youtube video complete with music for those of us who couldn’t make it to the meet; click on the link to see it:

Here is a shot of some of the San Diego Chapter folks at the Zone Meet dinner.

Also at the Zone Meet – Ken & Stacy Meredith’s ’57 President and Bob & Mimi Halgren’s ’53 Starlight Coupe.

Tacoma International Meet Adventures

By Keith Wahl

As many of our club members know, my original 55 Wagon was totaled last October 7th 2017 – thought to be damaged beyond repair.  I found an identical replacement wagon, later-in-the-year model with curved windshield.  When I realized that my damaged wagon could be salvaged I had already started work on this Arizona rust-free car which made its way to Tennessee where it was shipped to me. Unfortunately that resulted in  damage to the roof.  However,  it was a really good car.  So I ended up restoring both cars.

Many mechanical repairs to the new purchase and lots of body work to my original wagon. Both cars were completely painted, new interior work to the second car plus brakes and a complete re-wire. [Editor’s note: the ad for Keith’s second wagon is on the left side of this web page, including a link to some pictures.]

As a treat to myself and with the desire to sell my more recent ’55 Conestoga, plus give it a real shake-down cruise, I wanted to go to the SDC International Meet to show it off, sell it, and come home on a plane.  Unfortunately that did not happen.

Ken Michael (long term San Diego SDC member, friend and neighbor of the Halgrens in Payson Arizona)  and I made plans to drive up and caravan.  He was going to drive his 62 GT Hawk but it was never road tested and he could not get the interior finished in time.  So he took his trusty Champ Truck, departed Payson.  We met outside St. George Utah  and headed up US Hwy 15 on the eastern side of the state through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and into Washington.  Our trip was uneventful.  We left on Saturday August 25th  and arrived Tuesday August 28th.

Both Ken and I had turn signal problems.  His turned out to be a switch which worked from time to time and mine was more complex.  I customized the car with 55 Fender spears and functional turn signals including a third brake light and a 4 way flasher.  This required a relay which unfortunately blew out.  I had a larger unit sent to me at the former motel we reserved for our Washington visit.  However, we ended up having to go to a pet friendly motel because Ken brought Rosie,  his adopted Chihuahua,  who was new to him and a road trip, but she did great!

Ken thought he had a problem with a rear end noise so I followed him to a shop in town where they took out the rear end for inspection.  Meanwhile, the mechanic who set up my signals sent me the wiring diagram and 2 new heavy duty relays.  With Ken’s skill and expertise we re-wired the turn signals – that was a task!!

We met up with the Halgrens, St. Claires and the Keatings and hung out visiting the Tacoma Glass Museum and the Le May auto Museum plus the surrounding sites.  Ken, the St Claires and Keatings took some of the tours. The weather was really great.

Ken Michael, Bob, Ken St. Claire and I took a side trip on Friday near Seattle to one of Bob’s Hupmobile friends.  We toured his collection of antique hubcaps and 3 buildings – old chicken coops full of cars he stores for people plus his own Hupmobiles.  Bob bought a transmission from him and we headed back to Tacoma.  The Halgrens  et. al went to the SDC Banquet and I attended the Avanti Banquet.  At the Avanti dinner were the daughters of Studebaker President Sherwood Egbert.

Tacoma and the northwest does have its traffic so the only free travel we had was up the 15 through Oregon, Idaho and Utah with 80 MPH speed limits.  Both cars performed extremely well. The meet was not all that well attended.  Maybe some 150 cars – all very nice with some real interesting retromods.  Ken and I stayed for the entirety of the Saturday meet and we left about 1 PM.

We had an uneventful ride down to Albany, Oregon where we were to part ways Ken heading east and me south.  I made it down to Drain, Oregon – about 45 miles north of Roseburg, where our former president and good friend Denny Napier lives. I had the unfortunate mishap of hearing a terrible bang in the engine.  No smoke, no loss of oil pressure.  I pulled off and got a tow to Roseberg, Oregon (folks are really nice, many people stopped and ask if I needed anything – glad I had those flashers).

I called Ken Michael the following day who was now 150 miles away from me and he was kind enough to come back and pull off the valve covers where the problem was discovered.  I had a broken Crane Aluminum exhaust rocker arm on the #2 cylinder.  The push rod was not bent.  This was the labor day weekend.  I called JEGS and had a part shipped from Ohio. Of course, I had to wait from Saturday to Wednesday, so I hung out with Denny and we worked in his shop to fix some of his cars.

Turns out I have a friend in Roseburg who is another “Car Guy.”  He had lots of engine work done by a family shop that does nothing but engines and is now second generation opening the doors in 1949.  The son owns the business now and he was just great putting the rocker arm  back in and getting me on my way about 1pm Wednesday.  Unfortunately, there were fires 50 miles North of Redding so I had to drive 125 miles east, south and west through Mount Shasta (behind 8 trucks at 15 MPH).

I rolled into Sacramento  about 10 pm and stayed overnight leaving in the morning about 6:00 am. I made it to Los Angeles in 5 ½ hours through the central valley.  I visited my daughter-in-law and our grand daughter and then headed for home.  About 1 mile from the turnoff at La Jolla Village drive, traffic came to a dead stop.  A guy who was following me and taking pictures of “Conchita” – as I call her – pulls up and tells me he “loves the car.”  I mention its for sale and he hands me his business card on the freeway.  His name – CHUCK STUIDEBAKER –  and he lives in Vista.  He has too many toys and this was not going to be one of them.  So Conchita  is still for sale.

With ethanol free fuel I was getting over 18MPG.  I was able to drive the car up to 10 hours straight with no fatigue.  Between 80 and 90 MPH the car ran at 180 degrees.  All in all,  it was a fun trip and I am grateful to Ken and Denny for helping me. Some pictures of the trip and the event are included.

Happy Studebakering.

Keith Wahl

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