- Harold & Phyllis Ireland – Restoration of 1948 Studebaker Commander LandCruiser

Our 1948 Studebaker Commander LandCruiser….It is finally close to being finished, is registered and is ready to road-test…It has been driven to Strathpine and back, the morning we registered it, at the Dept of Transport Office…..They don’t come out and inspect them anymore and rely on the information given on the road safety certificate, and the Third Party Insurance Certificate to issue the registration…

Quite a few people came out of the Office to have a look  and were suitably impressed….All being well I should be able to show it at Redcliffe in September at the Club Concours…which I did & won President’s Choice Award!

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Congratulations Harold & Phyllis

It has been a long-term project, started back in the early 90’s. I converted it from left hand drive, which wasn’t too difficult because we had a parts-car of the same year, which had the right-hand drive parts needed for the conversion.

When purchased, it was minus the engine and gear-box and some panels on the front section nose-cone, were missing also…I was fortunate enough to locate a right hand drive dash panel new from USA, because the donor car had been converted and still had the dash panel as left-hand drive…We removed the body and all the undercarriage and components were over-hauled and painted before the body was re-fitted.

I had the dash panel and other components re-done in the wood-grain finish, which many of the cars in those years were finished in this way. The engine which I rebuilt also came out of the donor car, but had to be completely over-hauled,  it was sound and was a good power-plant to keep the car original.   All the brakes were overhauled, new tyres fitted to sand-blasted and painted wheels. 

 The chrome work was quite expensive with both front and rear bumper bars, four overriders and tail lamp bodies, plus other items and so became one of the most expensive parts of the restoration.  A new front windscreen was installed and the rear glass we converted to a one-piece unit. The off-white upholstery with grey carpet was done locally at Morayfield.  The paint-work was also done locally with the original colour of Peacock blue, which was made to the original formula,  I had managed to get from the USA…

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I also rewired the complete car and changed it over to a 12volt system, keeping the signal lamp system in its original form.  The 6 volt horns are fairly loud connected to the 12volt system, but you don’t have to use them often, so they are not a big drain on the battery.

We originally purchased the car from a guy in Newcastle, who had imported it from America and had advertised it in the Stude News and my father Walter bought it from a photograph.  He had it transported up to Brisbane by a local friend who had a new Chev Truck  and was anxious to try it out on a long trip..   My father Walter passed away in 1992 before the restoration was started,  I feel he would be quite pleased with the final result.

Harold and Phyl Ireland

SCCQ Club Members

- Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary

Long time members of our Queensland Studebaker Car Club, Harold & Phyllis Ireland celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 12th March, 2015. Congratulations to both of them, what a wonderful celebration.

Harold &  Phyllis

 

- Club Member Dennis Jewsbury’s Profile – Studebaker Hawk

My Studebaker Hawk was first purchased 1960-61 from Mac Chapman in Melbourne by Jean Henderson, her daughter Jayne Green has written a short history of the car, as below.

 Jean traded her 1948 Jaguar ss3.5 litre on the Studebaker Hawk, the car was used for shopping, picking up children and occasionally on driving holidays to Queensland. She stopped driving the car in the mid Seventies due to ill health and the car was not driven for 5 years or so.

Jean on holiday in Queensland with her Hawk

Jean on holiday in Queensland with her Hawk

 

Jean with her 1960 Studebaker Hawk

Jean with her 1960 Studebaker Hawk

 Some work was done on the car in the Eighties by Studebaker Club member Mr Alan Hyde to make it driveable, tyres, brakes etc and I used the car to take Jean out from the Nursing home. She remembered the car with affection. After Jean’s death the car was passed onto Dad, Chas Henderson. It had no Roadworthy at this stage and he rarely drove it as there was no power steering. It did however remain fully registered all the time and was garaged at Mt Eliza under cover. After his death the car became mine and I drove it home to Wandong. A road worthy was obtained in 1998- 99 and I have driven it around the district mainly to Kilmore to keep it in working order. It has travelled around 3,000 miles in 15 years and always started first time even when it had been sitting for months. It has been garaged under cover during this period.

“A great car, much loved and my Mother would be pleased to know that the car will continue to give pleasure as it did for her.”

1960 Studebaker Hawk - present day

1960 Studebaker Hawk – present day

After seeing some great Studebakers, in my teens in Henderson Street, Bulimba I have always wanted to own one, so after many years I finally found the one advertised in Wandong, Victoria, which had been in the same family since new. After agreeing to sell me the Studebaker, I flew down to Melbourne to inspect the car and arrange for transport to Queensland. I have rust proofed and redone some upholstery and with the help of Club Members have been maintaining the car. I have done 1,0000 klms since registering the car in 6th month 2013 and just keeps getting better and giving much pleasure.

 Dennis Jewsbury

- Studebakers in New Zealand

1956 President

1956 President

 An article has been written by Ron Engle from Minnetrista, who with his wife Barbara had a trip to New Zealand last March, 2014. While they were touring they visited a small town called St. Andrews, south of Christchurch. There they found a garage with Studebakers. Ron has two Studebakers in the U.S.A. as shown.  1956 President and 1957 Silver Hawk.

1957 Silver Hawk

1957 Silver Hawk

 

The story about the Studebakers in New Zealand was published in North Star Wheel Minnesota, USA, SDC Chapter. Please click on the PDF below for the story which starts on page 4.

New Zealand Studebakers

 

 

- SCCQ Concours – State Gathering 2014

Redcliffe Festival was held from 5th – 7th September, 2014. The Club was invited to show our Studebakers in the “Revin ‘ Up Redcliffe” display on Redcliffe Parade from 8am to 3pm on the Sunday.  The weather was brilliant sunshine with a magnificent view of Moreton Bay.

The winners of the SCCQ Concours –  Show & Shine are listed below:

  1.       Bill Beverly                                        1937 Packard
  2.       Dale Booth                                         1963 Lark Cruiser
  3.       Lyndon Sanders                                 1964 Avanti
  4.      George Udovicich                               1961 Lark Convertible
  5.       Dave Lucas                                        1960 Lark
  6.       Mike Moloy                                        1960 Hawk
  7.       Blake Sanders                                   1963 Hawk
  8.       Dave Allen                                         1964 Cruiser
  9.       Shane Hodby                                     1945 US6 Cargo
  10.       Matt Pettigrew                                  1947 M5

Thanks to everyone for attending on the day.

Studebaker Concours 2014

For more photos of the Concours – State Gathering 2014, please click on Gallery 

 

 

 

- Turning Wheels Magazines Index

Listed below in PDF format is the Turning Wheels Index for you to peruse at your leisure. Please click on the PDF file below, thankyou.

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