- 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 

 

 

 

- Studebaker Drivers Club National Meet – Taranaki 2014

Studebaker Drivers Club National Meet was held at Easter 17th – 20th April, 2014.

 The 23rd Studebaker National Meet was at New Plymouth in the heart of Taranaki.

Taranaki is a wonderful province with its Maori and Colonial history and is a great place to live and play.  The city of New Plymouth is blessed with huge gardens, golf courses, art and craft facilities, walkways and sites of historical importance. The province of Taranaki was one of the first areas to be colonised owing to its extremely fertile soil. The British started surveying the area around the late 1930’s with what is now the city of New Plymouth being mapped out in 1841.

The centrepiece to Taranaki is the mountain of the same name, although until recent years the mountain had the name of Mount Egmont, which is still acceptable and used extensively. It stands 2518 metres above sea level and is a near perfect cone. While is looks a serene and calm piece of nature, it is a dormant volcano having last erupted in 1755.

New Plymouth

New Plymouth

Everyone started to arrive on the Thursday before Easter having an informal gathering in the evening.  Good Friday was spent with Registration and free time for sightseeing. The Auction in the evening created lots of fun and laughter.

Easter Saturday the Concours were held at Nobs Line park adjacent to the beach. The members enjoyed a Sausage Sizzle and the ladies took a bus trip which included lunch and shopping. The evening was started by the welcome speech followed by a Banquet dinner. The entertainment for the night was The Emerald Brothers who were fantastic.

Easter Sunday morning all members were allocated a ride in a Studebaker for the Sunday Drive to Tawhiti Museum, lunch and a tour. The drive was very pleasant through the beautiful countryside with magnificent views.

Shiny Studebakers

Shiny Studebakers

The Presentation Banquet Dinner in the evening was a good time for everyone to catch up on the day events and to see who had the best Studebaker! Thirty Australian Club members travelled across the Tasman for a fun filled Easter Meet.

Easter Monday morning was farewelled by morning tea with lots of goodbyes to our New Zealand Studebaker friends, until next time. For more photos of the National Meet please click on Gallery

- Fuel Card Raffle Winners

31 March 2014

Fuel Card Raffle Winners

Over the past 10 months (17th May 2013 – 31st March 2014), the SCCQ has run a fund raising promotion offering significant prizes in the form of fuel cards from the service provider of choice.

Thanks to all those who supported the Studebaker Car Club by purchasing tickets, the winning odds are certainly better that many other options out there…

Special thanks to all our club members who assisted with the promotion… every ticket made a difference…Big effort by Shane Hodby No 1 ticket seller who personally sold 5 books…

Winners are:

1st Prize Ticket 1344 C Connolly  –  Gladstone

2nd Prize Ticket 3136 R Kirchner  –  Boonah

3rd Prize Ticket 4270 R Young  –  Mackay

The draw process was adjudicated by a local JP with an independent person to undertake the physical draw.

Tickets were drawn from a specially constructed barrel made from a stainless steel beer keg constructed by Harold Ireland.. one of our veteran club members… this was originally made for the 2007 National Rally raffle draw…

The project has been a major promotion for our club with funds going toward our 2019 National Rally to be held in Queensland…

That may seem a long way off, but not when you consider we need to have all the ground work completed by Easter 2017 to present at the National Rally in South Australia…

Thanks again to all the team who contributed to this project… and congratulations to the winners…

Regards

Brett Hampson

President SCCQ