Minutes from the January 24, 2019 meeting held at the
Denny’s Restaurant on Tampa Blvd in Northridge.
Howard Brown called the meeting to order at 7:22 pm.
Treasurer Dennis O’Brien read the club bank balance to the group.
In a further financial topic, Howard pointed out that 47 of our 65
members had already paid their 2019 club dues.
Dexter Cannon read the October 2018 meeting minutes to the group.
Because our November meeting would have fallen on Thanksgiving, and we
held a December party, rather than a meeting, that was our most recent
Howard Brown passed around a flier for our March 24, 2019 Classic
Studebaker car show, which will be at the Bobs Big Boy parking lot at
8876 Corbin, in Northridge, as it was last year. This year’s edition
will include a parts swap sale space. Howard encouraged all members who
have some parts they wish to sell, to bring those parts with them to the show.
Parts owned by our club will also be offered there.
Howard introduced new member, Leo Staskiel, who he met as a
member of the Coachmen, another local car club. Leo now owns a 1964
Jim Gardener, who was not present at the meeting, made a
suggestion that our club plan a visit to the Heritage Square Museum as
an official activity. A brochure from that location was passed around.
Heritage Square is an area visible from the 110 freeway between Los
Angeles and Pasadena, which contains 8 restored structures that were
moved from Los Angeles, starting in 1969. Urban renewal had slated them
for destruction. Though many 19th century Los Angeles buildings from the
Bunker Hill neighborhood, where those came from, did meet the wrecking
ball, those specific ones were saved.
Howard Brown read a letter from the Studebaker National Museum
thanking our club for a donation that our club made. That donation came
from the profits of the Palm Springs Zone Meet.
The meeting wrapped up with our usual car report round up by various
Bill Johnson reported the $500 purchase of a Lark out of an
estate sale. A house flipper had bought the home and was in the process
of tearing parts of it down. A Lark, on the property, was in danger of
destruction, in a parking spot between the house and garage, as
construction vehicles accidentally dropped things on it.
While Johnson currently has no keys, paperwork, or title, he does have
the car, and he is working on getting together with the estate’s
representative, to at least get a bill of sale to start the Lark’s
registration process and restoration.
The Marks brothers reported that their Studebaker powered MG is
Steve Hedke spoke of his plans to take his Daytona to The Great
Race, which will be on the west coast this year. At our last meeting he
told us of a parts fit problem with that car’s brakes. Turned out the
calipers were machined differently between the brakes that were
currently on the car, and the parts he had bought. The solution was in
shims. "An easy fix, once you know what" (the fit problem) "is," he
He also spoke of improved prices and service from Coker tires due to new
owner/investor Wade Kawasaki.
Hedke said his 1949 Champion, is in the queue for attention, but not
being restored yet, because his "wife’s car comes first." Her Spitfire
"does not want to be on the road," he added, citing movement of a U
joint in its differential as one of its problems, and making a hand
gesture to demonstrate how it was moving.
Bill Longbottom said that he "didn’t do much" to his 1953 Commander, but
that he was putting front end sheet metal on it, with electrical
work, and carburetor rebuilding, up next.
Dexter Cannon reported taking his GT Hawk for its first
self-powered drive test on December 5. Howard Brown participated in that
activity with him. The transmission worked, and the overall experience
was chilling, due to December weather, and there being no window glass
in the car.
Marc Udoff reported frustration with his 1963 Avanti. It was a
Andrea ‘Enthal was mocked when she reported an aspiration to
start using her 1952 Land Cruiser for short supermarket runs, the way
she does with her Edsel. First she would need to take it to her corner
gas station to put air in its tires because some of them are getting
low. Members suggested that she own a tire inflation machine of her own.
Rich Kimmel responded with "just driving it" when he was asked
what he was doing with his 1964 Cruiser.
Jim Ober reported a window replacement on his 1953 Commander. He
got a replacement rear window from the Brown garage, polished it, and
reports that instead of a million little scratches, that window is now
He also spoke about Avanti starting tips, pointing out that contemporary
ethanol formula gas mixtures evaporate in ways that old time pure
gasoline fuels did not, and how this effects the non-sealed fuel systems
in old cars. Auxiliary electric fuel pumps for old cars were mentioned.
Dennis O’Brien joked about how good the (unintended, leaking thru
the firewall) heat was while driving his Lark to the meeting, with an
aside that the same heat might not be much fun for July driving.
John Michelson gave the group some cautionary advice about rocker
arm installation in Studebaker engines as part of his Avanti report.
Apparently they are symmetrical, and can be installed more than one way.
The wrong way will block the oil hole, which should be avoided.
Michelson also gave shop/mechanic a recommendation for Eric, at Motor
Sports, in Simi Valley.
Ken Buchanan reported on repeated Pertronix problems with his
1963 Avanti. He went through 3 of them during his trip to and from the
Tacoma Washington meet, and finally returned the car to running with
points. Whether this problem is Avanti specific, or a recent Pertronix
supplier problem is unknown. At least one person in the group has had (a
non-Studebaker) running on Pertronix for 12 years, and at least 30,000
miles, without a problem, so either situation could be the case.
Doug King made a public thank you to Steve Hedke for the work
Steve did on Doug’s 1953 Commander.
After the formal vehicle reports, the group did not adjourn and leave
immediately, but kept talking about car problems, solutions as a group.