RALPH G 1928 STUDEBAKER SEDAN

SO YOU THINK YOU HAVE PROBLEMS

I HAVE THIS STORY PRINTED IN THREE PUBLICATIONS (ALL STUDEBAKER ) ABOUT WHAT IT TOOK TO GET MY STUDEBAKER FROM A CORN FIELD TO TROPHY. IT INVOLVED A RESTORATION FACILTY IN SACRAMENTO THAT JUST TOOK IN VEHICLES AND STARTED TO WORK ON THEM BY REMOVING EVERYTHINK FROM THE FRONT BUMPER TO FIRE WALL..AND THEN NOTHING AFTER THAT. IT TOOK GIVING FUNDS TO BUY PARTS, PAY WORKERS, AND HAVE ITEMS REBUILT OR REPLACED,, THEN AT EACH INQUIRY OF " HOW'S MY STUDE COMING ALONG" GET A PUT OFF AND EXCUSES WAS TOLD THEY HAD TO MOVE AND LOOK FOR ANOTHER PLACE-- WHICH WHEN FOUND NEVER GOT WORKING ! MANY CUSTOMERS WHERE IN SAME FIX ! SHOP WAS SELLING PARTS ,SWAPPING PARTS, AND SENDING SOME TO SOME WHERE TO LOOK LIKE THEY WEE BEING WORKED ON, ETC..ETC..THIS TURNED INTO A LARGE LAW SUIT THAT WE HAD ALREADY LOST $1500 ON . I HAD TO GET INTO THE SHOP WHERE IT WAS STILL SITTING WITH EMPTY ENGINE COMPARTMENT AND TOW IT OUT OF THIS DESERTED CAR

RESTORATION . AND LOOK FOR ALL THE PARTS THAT WERE IN THE CAR. I FOUND PARTS AS SMALL AS A BOLT AND AS LARGE AS THE ENGINE BLOCK IN THE OLD LOCATION--THE NEW LOCATION -- BACK ROOMS OF SOME ENGINE PARTS STORES --AND THE BLOCK IN ANOTHER TOWN ABOUT 60 MILES AWAY TO A OLD MACHANIC'S SHOP FOR BABBITING WHO TOLD ME HE QUIT DOING ANY WORK FOR THIS PLACE BECAUSE THEY HAVE DROPPED BLOCKS OFF AND NEVER PAID FOR THE WORK.. ! ! AND

HE WASN'T GOING TO DO ANYMORE WORK FOR HIM I HAD TO FIND MINE AND ARRANGE TO PAY HIM TO DO IT FOR ME AND GET NEW PISTONS AND RODS AS NEEDED. IT DID GET DONE. CAN YOU IIMAGINE MAKING A LIST OF EVERY PART UNDER THE HOOD OF YOUR CAR ? ? I DID AND FOUND THEM IN ALL THESE PLACES ? THIS TOOK OVER A YEAR AND I HAD SOMEONE ELSE'S OIL PAN.. BUT WE MET UP AND GOT OUR PANS . I FOUND ONE OF THE MECHANICS THAT HE HAD WORKING FOR HIM ABOUT 30 MILES NORTH OF THE ORIGINAL SITE, BUT REALIZED WHAT WAS HAPPENING HERE QUIT AND OPENED HES OWN SHOP. I WOULD STILL BE LOOKING FOR PARTS IF I DIDN'T TRACK HIS PLACES.

HE DID GET AWAY WITH ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE. WE ALL GOT NOTHING.

RALPH

2 Reader Comments

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    Loren Moore Michigan February 15, 2014 at 17:23
    I went through this same thing trying to get a '34 Ford streetrod built. Five different garages and the last one had it eight years. I was out about $80 thousand, parts stolen, missing, lies, excuses. I moved with him three times. Talked to two of his land lords he was not paying his rent. A dozen cars in the shop never getting done in eight years. He died, and I hope there is a blow torch up his rear end! The car never got done, sitting in my garage for five years. It can rot!
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    Norm Oregon February 16, 2014 at 16:14
    It makes me cringe hearing these kinds of stories. You have to really research the shops you are going to partner with. It is almost as important as picking a spouse or a guardian for your children. There are plenty out there with good intentions that think they can do a full quality restoration because they painted a Chevelle once. Don’t lose faith; there are some good shops out there you just need to find them. Look their work over with a critical eye and get first hand testimonials from previous and current customers. Good word of mouth is the best. Flashy ads and professional looking websites is good marketing but what’s behind them is what matters. I submitted an article on a GS Buick we just had restored. It took me over a year to settle on a shop that had a group of talented old guys that cared more about saving classics than making big profits. I couldn’t have been happier. If this helps you in any way, their name is 99 West Customs out of Monmouth, Oregon. It is a really nice clean operation with all the top equipment and talent. I’ve seen them clean up multiple projects that came from other shops. They know Studebakers very well and have several Study projects underway. Their website is a bit lacking (hasn’t been updated in years) but I can testify this is a #1 operation. Tell them Norm sent you.

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