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November 2nd, 2015
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This fine example of the 1955 Studebaker Conestoga Wagon is owned by Gordy & Annette Buetsch.
Gordy acquired the vehicle sometime in the early 80’s as he became aware it had been abandoned in South Rockford.  After chasing down the owner, he paid $75.00 for the car, which had a fair amount of body damage and did not run.  Then he spent about nine more months chasing down the title as the car was actually titled in the grandfathers name and he lived in Washington state.
Once these problems were solved Gordy began to restore the car, with new front fenders, body work, and paint, as well as getting it to run again.  At this time, it still had the original 259 cu. in. V-8 with three speed and overdrive.  After the work was done, he drove the car to work every day for 13 years.  During this time the car was used for paper drives to the extent that the rear springs were had to be replaced.
In the middle 90’s the engine became very tired and so was replaced with the current 289 R2 w/R3 cam. The wheels are not stock as you can see in the photo’s, they are Kelsey Hayes 15 inch 20 spoke aluminum die cast.
We don’t have a breakdown of production, from a Studebaker source, but Classic Car Database indicates the 4,280 DeLuxe Wagons were made and placed the selling price at $2,056.
The Studebaker Conestoga was an all-steel station wagon produced in 1954 and 1955 by the Studebaker Corporation of South Bend, Indiana.  The company chose the name Conestoga as an homage to its wagon business that company produced from the 1850's into the early 20th century.
The Conestoga was also available in an ambulance version that Studebaker called the Ambulet.  This model included a stretcher, red cross decals, and other ambulance features.  The Ambulet was promoted primarily for police and fire departments as well as for small-town funeral homes, many of which provided ambulance services at the time.



A Packard, is not technically a Black Sheep Car, but is never the less being featured in this area.
This magnificent example of a 1958 Packard Hawk is owned by Ron & Donna Paviak.  The information below is taken from the
Packard for 1958:
A new two-door sports hardtop coupe is based on Studebaker’s 1957 Golden Hawk 400 luxury model.  But, the Packard Hawk takes things a step further with, embossed leather armrests mounted outside of the side windows at the belt line, embossed gold Mylar applique on the rear fins, and a unique spare-tire blister on the trunk lid.  Sloping hood and extended front-end panel form a grille-less opening that is often compared to a fish-mouth.  Unique front bumper gives it a lower look.  PACKARD letters are applied to front-end in conjunction with Studebaker's Hawk emblem.  Gold-plated Packard script plates from the 1956 Senior Series are used.  New wheel covers feature red hex centers and are designed for 14-inch wheels, which lower the car.  The Hawk is the only supercharged Packard this year.
Series: 58
Engine: 289 cu. in. V-8, supercharged making 275 HP
Weight: 3,470 lbs.
WB: 120.5 inches
Price: $3,995
Production: 588 units



The club meets the first Monday of every month, unless that date is a holiday, then the meeting is on the next Monday.
Date of Next Meeting:
Meeting Dates for 2014
June 1st, 2015
July 6th, 2015
August 3rd, 2015
September 7th, 2015
October 5th, 2015
November 2nd, 2015
December 7th, 2015

Location:  Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles Street, Rockford IL

Time:  Dinner at  5:30 P.M. Meeting starts at 7:00 P.M





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