Minutes of the Thursday, September 27, 2018,
Los Angeles Studebaker Drivers Club meetinghttp://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forumdisplay.php?48-Sale-Want-Found-Cars).
at the Northridge Denny’s restaurant
--President Howard Brown opened the meeting at 7:30 pm
--There was no treasurer’s report because Dennis O’Brien had eye surgery
recently, and was not yet able to drive.
–Fred Marvin was introduced as a member of the national SDC and future
member of our chapter. He is looking for a bullet nose Starlight Coupe
resto-mod, having previously owned a 1950 Starlight Coupe.
–Discussion of the Zone Meet included information that Howard Brown had
recently gotten some parts donated to the club by the son of a recently
deceased Studebaker owner. Rather than bring his car to Palm Springs, he
would be bringing his truck with much of the club’s Studebaker parts
stash. The group authorized Howard to spend club money on a swap space,
and Howard indicated that any member of our chapter was welcome to sell
their own Studebaker parts or related material, in the club space too.
Only requirement was to clearly mark the price, and leave written
instructions on their lowest acceptable haggle price, if they would not
be present the whole time their part was being offered for sale.
Scheduled activities including a visit to Frank Wenzel’s museum-like
home, dinner on top of a mountain, and the need to make sure you brought
a jacket or sweater for the chilly nights, were also discussed.
–The need for a space to hold our end of the year holiday party was
another topic of discussion. George Colvin volunteered to look into a
community space affiliated with where he lives in Santa Clarita. A
target date of either December 1 or 8 was requested.
–Secretary Dexter Cannon did not print up the minutes to read, so had to
find them on our web site using his cell phone. This delayed his reading
of those minutes until after other business had been covered. As usual,
he delivered them with a heaping helping of his cheerfully flamboyant
personality, and extra commentary. His most humorous gaffe involved a
mention of a pair of Paul McKeehan’s prototype fenders, and the
possibility that they could be donated to the Studebaker Museum. Not
understanding how these fenders differed from production fenders, Dexter
chimed in that he had seven extra fenders that he could donate to the
museum too, prompting laughter from the group. (By way of explanation,
the minutes are written by the newsletter editor, not written by
Dexter). After having the prototype nature of McKeehan’s fenders
explained to him, Dexter offered to bring his seven spare fenders to the
Zone Meet instead.
–A discussion of adventures at the Tacoma Washington International Meet
included a mention of our Howard Brown getting to meet Howard Brownstein
(a cousin of Howard’s wife’s best friend), who drove his '56 Flight Hawk
to the meet from British Columbia Canada, and that we had about a dozen
of our members and 5 Studebaker cars in attendance.
–Our Drive Your Studebaker Day activities were reviewed. Special
commendation went out to everybody who took part in the 1 pm group drive
portion of the event because nobody got lost during it this year.
–Howard once again expressed how much value he saw in the Studebaker
Swap web site (https://www.studebakerswap.com/swap/swap.php), citing a 6
blade fan that was requested and then located within hours of the same
The SDC Studebaker Forum has also now started a section for
selling/requesting cars and parts (
The usual round up of individual members and what they
had done with, or were doing with their cars ended the meeting.
--Bill Longbottom reported on progress in getting the wiring hooked up
for his 1953 Commander.
–Jim Ober compared changing an old style cork gasket in his Commander,
to a contemporary metal one, calling that a dream that job, versus
changing a head gasket in a modern Land Rover. He detailed his seemingly
Satan-sent frustrations with the job he had to do on the modern vehicle
after the Studebaker.
–Dexter Cannon reported working on his fiberglass dash assembly while
his 1962 GT Hawk is in the shop for paint.
–Howard finished working on Marc Udoff’s Avanti and can report it has no
more power steering leak. He also replaced the starter on his own
Studebaker, which went bad the morning of Drive Your Studebaker Day,
preventing him from bringing that car the three miles from his home, to
Anna Marco shared cell phone pictures of a bed frame her mechanic showed
her, that had been welded to her 1955 Studebaker in place of shock
absorbers and rear springs. Andrea shared the name of Oregon Auto
Springs, 920 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214, as a place Anna could get
custom-made vintage car replacement springs. They had built and
installed springs for Andrea’s Edsel in 2009, and she was very happy
with both the springs and the company. Anna Marco also showed pictures
from a magazine she is affiliated with, of the car’s dashboard being
--Andrea ‘Enthal reported that Ric DiOrio’s Tacoma pictures were so good
that she was using several of them as reference to draw new Studebaker
images for both the newsletter and the fabric she designs.
–Rich Kimmel reported a vibration problem with his 1954 Champion that is
causing him to look for a drive shaft. A place in Monrovia was suggested
by members of the group.
–Howard Brown reported on Dennis O’Brien’s 1960 Lark convertible. He
drove it to the meeting after learning how to change seals in its power
steering pump. He explained how instructions in a rebuild kit provided
by Richard Marks helped him figure out that device, and not lose any
parts in the process.
He also mentioned a humorous case of previous mis-wiring on that car
which caused the oil pressure light to blink when the turn signal was
–John Michelson’s 1963 Avanti has a noise that should not be in its
lower engine. It is in a shop to be diagnosed. He also reported on a
frustrating time getting rear window gasket rubber from Studebaker
International for that car.
–Vladimir Paniouchkine reported that he brought his blue Studebaker
pickup truck to the meeting for show and tell and invited everyone to
come see it in the parking lot, which many members of the group did when
the meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm.