Rock River Valley Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club

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Last Updated:
Jan. 10th, 2018
Updated Featured cars of the first Quarter 2018
Jan. 12th, 2018
Updated Upcoming Events and International Meet Information

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This custom 1955 Studebaker is owned by Howard and Evelyn Thomas.
Howie bought this 1955 smashed and rusted out Champion Coupe in South Bend, IN in 2007.

The following repairs were made.  He fixed one front fender and used one new one. Fixed one quarter panel and used one new one.  Most of the floor, especially where the body mounts to frame, was repaired. Built a new center drive shaft tunnel.   Welded 11 gauge steel to entire inside of the frame to beef it up.   Made new cross members and put tube sleeves thru them for the exhaust the system.

Used a Dana 44TT rear end, with Fairborn flanged axles and crafted new rear disk brakes.  Made an expensive mistake by attempting to use a “Slick Street Stuff”, front suspension. Threw a lot of it away and made his own stuff, with QA1 coil over shocks.   Bought a 1989 250 Cu. In. TPI out of a Formula Pontiac Firebird, with 700R4 trans, another mistake.   The engine had to be bored out and everything in it is new.  Built stainless steel exhaust with long tube headers.   Used a ABS master brake cylinder with a remote electric pump.   Used a “Painless” fuel injection harness and a “Kwik Wire” car harness.

Used “Classic Instruments”, in a GT Hawk dash.  The upholstery was done by Schoeber's.  “Vintage Air” AC and heat.  Aluminum radiator, “Billet Specialty” front accessory drive unit.   Used Tri Five Chevy gas tank with in tank fuel pump.  Chrysler 300 wheels.  Howie did all body and paint work using “Kirker” products. Put in all the glass with power windows and electric door latches.

Howie spent 8 years building this car and he and Evie have driving it since 2014.   They have over 20K miles now, with trips to Springfield, MO; Kalamazoo, MI; Loveland, CO; Pueblo, CO; Brookfield, WI; Louisville, KY; Des Moines, IA; St. Louis, MO; and many more local shows.

In 2018 they are planing to go to Iowa City, IA for Zone meet, on to Spokane, WA to the Goodguy's show, Bellingham, WA, to visit Evie's sister, then on to Tacoma WA. and the International Studebaker Meet, returning thru Loveland, CO for another Goodguy's show.   They are also planing an early June trip to York, PA for a show.

Howie and Evie thoroughly enjoy their cars and traveling in them.   Howie always enjoys driving the cars he has built and telling all the people about their Studebaker's.   They have met many great and interesting people across the country, and their Studebaker's are liked everywhere they go.

This Custom 1953 Studebaker is owned by Ken and Brenda Evans.

More details about the car will follow as they become available.




There will not be a Black Sheep Car this Qtr.  Instead we are featuring two Studebakers.



Gasser Wars magazine did the linked story below in one of their issues this summer. They have given us permission to share the article with you as long as we give them credit.  The article was written by Phil Morris.  It is an article about Gordy Buetsch's dragsters and his life long love of the sport.   Click on the link below "Gasser Wars" and enjoy the article in a seperate window. Enjoy!!!!!!!!

The next link will take you to the Gasser Wars Magazine

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 2018
January 8th, 2018
February 5th, 2018
March 5th, 2018
April 2nd, 2018
May 7th, 2018
June 4th, 2018
July 2nd, 2018
August 6th, 2018
September 10th, 2018
October 1st, 2018
November 5th, 2018
December 3rd, 2018

Location:  Stockholm Inn, 2420 Charles Street, Rockford IL

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


54th International Meet, August 2018, Tacoma, WA.

Live Links Below



Information will come at a later date as it becomes available.


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