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Old 11-04-2009, 02:49 PM   #1
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1929 Studebaker RV

Harvey Firestone, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison were reported to have built RVs for camping enthusiasts and for motoring out into the wilderness for a good olí time. One of them recently turned up in South Carolina on a 1929 Studebaker chassis.

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Old 11-04-2009, 06:47 PM   #2
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My Dad always bought Studebakers and I had a 1958 Starlite Commander.

It looks surprisingly good for it's age.

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Look at the details on the doors and windows. That is one great vintage RV.
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Interesting engine in that - a straight eight - don't remember Studebaker having one in their history?
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Well, I have a 1953 Studebaker 1/2 ton pickup. I would like to make it my toad. But, I don't think I can afford the investment. It was a regular driver until I simply quit driving it and let it sit. I know it is wasting away. I guess I should sell it.
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The story link is not up any more. I can't find much about engine design. All I remember is the R1 and 2 supercharged engines in the Avanti. Older Studies were known for their straight sixes.
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I think the R1 was the 289 cid, 4 bbl carb, R2 was the 289 with blower and the R3 was a blown Packard 351 cid. They had an R4 ready to release the year after they went under. Never saw any specs on it, but it was going to be something else. The R3 was the one Andy G. to to the Salt flats to blow the doors of the production car records.

I always like the Silver and Golden hawks.

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I liked the Hawk GTs the best. Daddy had a '55 Studebaker wagon; it was the car I got to drive until he traded it in on a '66 F100.
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I don't know about the straight 8 in the motor home. But, I know the drive train in my 53 pick up is a strong system. It has a flat head 6 Champion engine. They made another flat head 6 a little bigger called the Commander. I'm not sure if Champion and Commander are engine names or style names. It's not fast. But it has really good pulling power and has overdrive.
I didn't know Studebaker made a straight 8. But, I remember the straight 8 in a Buick.
My first car was a 1955 Studebaker President Passmaster. I thought it was fast.
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