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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Panneton Bros. Racing, May 22, 2009.
heres jerry "the king" ruths 40 sedan
i found this information online today......................He built a 40 Studebaker sedan that was the scourge of C/A competition. It was powered by a stout small block Chevy one of the first bodied cars with a Hilborn backed by a Cadillac three-speed.
One night at Long Beach, Ruth received the wrath of one C.J. Hart. In tinkering with the fuel injector, the engine sounded more responsive with the stacks and bells left off, so Jerry headed for the starting line. He revved the thing up, stepped off the clutch pedal and found himself staring at the moon. This was some years before wheelstands were common and Hart told Ruth never to pull such a dangerous stunt again. In retrospect, had CJ reacted to the crowd and handed over a few bucks for a repeat performance, Jerry Ruth might have beaten Bill Maverick Golden into the exhibition wheelstand business. Instead, Ruth headed for home with his ego in his shoes.
Not long after this, the Stude was towed north for a three-race Washington state swing. It dominated there too, and Ruth decided to return to his home. In SoCal, the racecar was parted and sold, and Jerry headed back north.
The engine from the Stude went into a C/G 38 Chevy that soon advanced a class with the addition of a supercharger. But there was very little blown gas coupe and sedan competition in the northwest so he traded the blown engine to Jim Green for a turnkey TE440 with injected Chevy. With his face in the wind, Jerry Ruth found his true calling dragster racing.
saw this one yesterday at the Arlington drag reunion ,old drag car turned back to street. fiberglass tilt front! (apparently made by Kellison ) ,big engine setback.it had pull up window straps.
So tell me why you have all these Studie pics did you have one. I do and I would love to find out more about the Red 40 champion coupe. Do you know where it lives?
i found the history of my 40 gasser, here are some old photos, my favorite is 1970 Pomona Winternationals return round photo
Saw the lite blue coupe run at The Day of the Drags 2 weeks ago in Little River, Tx. One of the rarest, neatest cars there. Unfortunatley he broke after a few runs.
heres some stills captured from an old 8mm video of my car back in about 71-72 at Irwindale
i am not able to post the video( my bad technology)
you can see my 40 making a pass at Irwindale on this old 8mm video
this is Royce Hunts video with a few of the Garey High "Road Agents" club members
Here is a different Studebaker, 39 pickup project.
found this one for sale
I have a car that looks like this one. It has that round rear bumper chromed with a 4 bolt mount Fiberglass doors the firewall is set back and only has the top part of what was an aluminum firewall at one time the floor is missing back to the rear seat area but a million revit holes leades me to believe it was aluminum and revited in at one time. It had a fiberglass tilt front end at one time before it was a quote streetrod in the late 70's. The trunk is not fiberglass but just the skin mostly. The mustang subframe replaced a straight axel before the streerod deal. I have owned it since the early 80's.Maybe they all looked the same but this one looks more like that car than any of all the other pictures i've seen
hey cremator, have a look at reply#115-118 in this thread , that might be your car.
Heres a 1940 aa/fa stude sedan that was in the april 1971 hot rod magazine, it as a blanked out grille like my 40!
that spread from HRM april 1971 on the Corwin/Johnson car hung on my wall in my youth. one of my all-time faves. thanks for posting and keeping this thread alive. makes me want to trade my Henry J for a 40 or 41 stude coupe!
what are you waiting for?
here a 40 stude sedan at us 60 dragway
congrats to randy , he just picked up "the boss"
Here is a neat pic of the Boss that I bought this past summer. The other car is a 41 Champion that was run out of Wernersville Ford dealership.
i found this on another thread..very cool i/gas
heres a still shot from the latest 8mm video found . i posted it on youtube
How about this very significant historic race car? The pics are from the for sale historic race cars section of www.gassermadness.com
Thread has gone cold. Time to try to warm it up a bit.
Couple more pics of my stude commander project
sould be hitting the pavement this spring. Putting bodywork and paint off till next year.
Naming the car "BigUgly".
To hell with paint and body Thats one bad ass lookin Stude as is^^^^
brad's x-drag champ coupe
The fruits of this evening's labor. Engine/trans in.
Great Studebaker Pictures I never realized there where that many of them out there.
Here is the stage that My studebaker is in Picture below is of the car at Pinks all out 2010
As mentioned by one of the previous owners (who is now a good friend of mine) in an earlier Post we are still digging for more pictures and info on this one.
Any info or pictures would be great the car is rumored to have been in an old hot rod type magazine also.
Keep the pictures coming this is great.
keep this thread alive!! thought this was cool and wanted to share, 1968 Ai fiberglass catalogue.....39-41 glass front end parts!
I always wondered who was making the fiberglass front end parts.on the studes
I have a fiberglass front on mine
hot rod deluxe ran this photo , c / gassers , jr thompson (41) vs doug cook (in the 40) who won at pomona in 1960
I bought a 39 sedan last year that had a set of Anderson fenders.
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