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all-day La Palma All Studebaker Car Show... @ La Palma Park, Anaheim
La Palma All Studebaker Car Show... @ La Palma Park, Anaheim
May 26 all-day
The BIGGEST annual Studebaker event in Southern California!  Cars to be displayed (for judging or just display) need to be parked by 9 AM and parts booths need to be set up then as well. [...]
8:30 am Music Fest & Car Show at Bates N... @ Bates Nut Farm
Music Fest & Car Show at Bates N... @ Bates Nut Farm
Jun 1 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
The Valley Center Music Fest is a great all-day affair for the whole family, including music, food, raffles, an auction and a Kids’ Zone.  Email the sponsors to register your car for the car show: [...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for June 2019 @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for June 2019 @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Jun 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
This is our monthly meeting for June. 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[...]
5:00 pm Studebaker Night at Escondido’s ... @ Grand Avenue, Escondido
Studebaker Night at Escondido’s ... @ Grand Avenue, Escondido
Jun 14 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
OUR NIGHT at Escondido’s famous Cruisin Grand!  There is always a good crowd at this weekly event.  There are a lot of great cars to see, and downtown Escondido has some very nice restaurants as[...]
9:00 am Wheels of Freedom Car Show, Ranc... @ Rancho Bernardo
Wheels of Freedom Car Show, Ranc... @ Rancho Bernardo
Jul 4 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
This is the big annual car show held by the Poway Cruisers as part of a big all-day celebration of Independence Day in Rancho Bernardo.  No entry fee, but you must pre-register by emailing George[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for July, 2019 @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for July, 2019 @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Jul 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
This is our monthly meeting for July. 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[...]
12:00 pm Monthly Meeting for August @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Monthly Meeting for August @ Sizzler near I-15 & Aero Drive
Aug 10 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
This is our monthly meeting for August. 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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Be sure to check out the calendar on the left side regularly for new events, sometimes including some by other car clubs or communities that you might find interesting!  NOTE that full details of each event are available just by double clicking on the summary text, or by going to the Upcoming Events Tab above.

See below or the Ads Page for 11 cars and 1 truck For Sale, including 2 Avantis 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.

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 Minutes from the meeting on April 13, 2019

Treasurer’s Report:  total assets (checking + savings + cash on hand) = $9108.83 as of 4/13/19

Activities report:

Our chapter booth at the BIG 3 SWAP MEET in February went well, provided good exposure for our club and Studebakers.  Next activities are the Borrego Springs Driving Art Tour on May 11th and the big La Palma Car Show and Parts Exchange on May 26th.  In June we have our meeting on the 8th and Studebaker Night at Escondido’s Cruisin Grand on Friday the 14th.


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

’55 Conestoga Wagon For Sale

Keith Wahl invites you to camp or cruise in old-school style with updated comfort.  

Studebaker, the only wagon company to convert to cars and be successful, celebrated 100 years in business with the 1954 and 1955 Conestoga 2 door wagon. This Extremely rare model made only 2 years was bought new in Tucson, AZ and still has dealer plaque on tailgate.

This is an Original Arizona Car.  At some point it was sold, had an engine and transmission build with the Chevrolet 350 Engine in Arizona. It was sold to a serviceman from Indiana.  There is an Air Force Base sticker in the window from Tucson dated 2004. This is a rust free vehicle. He put the car up for sale On Ebay in 2011.

Here is  a Youtube video of the car for sale in Indiana  when  it was purchased by owner # 3 of Nevada.  He subsequently moved to Tennessee where I purchased it. 

The car maintains its original chrome. Car is #98 off assembly line in 1955. It has new radial Wide White-wall tires with about 3500 miles  on them. Functional fender spear turn signals, 4 way flasher, factory fog lamps which were offered on the President model.  PLEASE, not interested in trades or ridiculous low ball offers. Interested parties respond with email and phone for more details

Photos I requested  in November 2017 from owner # 3.

The seats and headliner had been redone at sometime  along with carpeting and door panels.   Owner #3  did some  basic maintenance, wheel bearings, tires and air shocks but not much else. He added rare fog lights and drove the car locally.  He owned the car for a several years and put on about 3,000 miles.  He purchased a Packard Wagon and sold this car to me in November of 2017. I have rebuilt the car over the last 8 months.  I had all necessary body work done with lead and have rewired the car and added a new dual master cylinder, custom finished cargo floor and many other improvements.  Keith Wahl:  858-518-2190,

’63 Wagonaire For Sale

Please see the ad in Craig’s List:

The car is in Rancho San Diego. Owner is Sandy Robins, 619-670-6634.

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

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



 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



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