I always wanted to restore an old classic car, I had never restored an automobile but I new I wanted it to be a STUDEBAKER. My father who passed away 16 years ago worked for Studebaker until they stopped making Automobiles and I wanted to restore it to honor him.
I never had a place to work on one until my 1st cousin who has a garage large enough to hold 8 vehicles offered me 2 stalls for as long as I needed. So since I am a big Notre Dame
Fan, I started looking for a STUDEBAKER Rockne. They had changed the name from just Rockne (32 cars) to STUDEBAKER Rockne's (33 cars) because they moved the production from Detroit to the South Bend STUDEBAKER plant. I wanted South Bend Rockne.
I found one on EBay in August of 2012, I was the only one bidding on the car and the auction ending before I reached the reserve price. I was heart broken, so I clicked on contact seller and sent him a message saying I was still interested in the automobile. He replied back the next day and included a phone number. I called him as soon as I came home from work that day. We talked for over an hour on the phone, I asked him all kinds of questions about the vehicle; condition, mileage, spare parts and if the car was all there. Finally we agreed on a price and I sent a down payment 3 days later.
They sellers were leaving on vacation for 4 weeks, so I did not receive the car until five weeks after purchasing. The anticipation of waiting to see it was almost unbearable. The Rockne finally arrived by covered trailer on October 8, 2012, after a through inspection of the car I was extremely pleased with it's condition. It was an 80 year old rust free automobile, after 2 weeks of showing it to family and friends I started to disassemble it. It took me almost 24 months to do a complete frame off restoration, but I think it turned out pretty nice for my first restoration.