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Customs Rocketeer Studebaker

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 50Fraud, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,331


    This Stude fastback was shown multiple times at the old WCK Paso Robles event, but I haven't seen it for a number of years. I thought it was eccentric but great looking. Its builder, Buck Jones, seemed correspondingly eccentric.

    Anybody seen it recently, or know its current status/whereabouts?


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  2. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 10,915

    from Quincy, IL

    That is beautifully done! First time I have ever seen it.

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  3. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,177


    did they ever make an ugly studebaker?? i think not
  4. DJCruiser
    Joined: Jan 15, 2012
    Posts: 316

    from CT

    No, but I'd sure like to find it sitting in my garage.
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  5. Wow! That thing is just bitchin!! Well done!
  6. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,858

    from Las Vegas

    amazing....complete new look and it's exactly the right look. impressive car for sure
  7. PackardV8
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 871


    Too cool custom. Anyone have front and side shots?

    Very darn few. I love almost all of them, but the '58 4-dr sedan was an UGLY baby. Only photo I could find was a cop car.


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  8. I get weak in the knees looking at that car. I see it rolling side by side with Cadzilla!
    You guys really know how to do it right!!
  9. The ROCKETEER is a Studebaker with a 50 bullet and 51 grille. It has a GM fastback roof that has been chopped and a custom made trunk lid.
    The first year it was shown in Paso Robles, CA it was bare metal. The following year at Paso Robles it was painted with purple primer. The next year it was painted green with the chrome changed to a gold color and it had different wheels. The latest version is jet black and the gold colored trim is now chrome again. Corvette bumpers and 1952 Studebaker headlight rims have been added to the front end. This car has been called The Rocketeer, then Jet Sled and the new name may be Dr Evil per the license plate. No idea where it is now. But I like it!
  10. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,331


    I swiped the pictures in my OP from this website, which deals with customized bullet-nose studes:

    You can see in the earlier front view that Buck split the windshield into two panes with a body-color divider bar, giving it a kind of vintage airplane look (the original had two flat panes with a stainless divider bar).
  11. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,455

    from California

    haven't seen that car in many years, though I did see it in all the different colors. I overheard the guy bellyaching at a show that he had to pay to get in, then the show charged people to look at his car. maybe he locked it up in the garage and it will never be seen again.

    I was just thinking of this car the other day when I was looking at Andy's Picnic shots from Vallejo. that was the first time I ever saw it.
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  12. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,455

    from California

    1995 and 1996. West Coast Customs Los Banos, and Pleasanton Goodguys.

    I have pics of it in bare metal somewhere.

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  13. Shrink
    Joined: Feb 14, 2015
    Posts: 12


    The "Dr.Evil" picture of it is amazing! Buck Jones or whoever designed that car had to be eccentric or maybe visionary to come up with that. Wonder what the interior is like? Sure is one of the finest old Studes I've seen. Thanks for the picture 50Fraud.
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  14. I believe the car is in the Grants Pass OR. area. His brother lives there. I've seen the car in bare metal, purple primer (Frankenstude came out before Buck could finish Rocketeer, and was Purple, Purple was to be the finished color, Buck was really pissed about this, and never did find another color he liked), green (Buck matched the green to a match book cover), and black. Just an AWESOME car! The interior was pretty stock looking.
  15. Was out in Medford Oregon visiting my mother years ago...woke up one morning and looked out the bedroom window to check weather and saw the Rocketeer parked in the driveway across the street!
  16. Yes Rocky, the car was a driver. It was from Livermore CA. area. He'd drive it to Oregon to visit family. He drove it on the Power tour too, at least I think that's what it was. It went across country at least once.
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  17. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,722

    from oregon

    Saw it many moons ago in P-town "in the raw".
    I'd pay again to see the car bare.
  18. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 3,768

    from red oak

    I saw it in Lincoln Nebraska at the Americruise in purple primer.
  19. That must have been the one I was thinking of, not Hot Rod Power Tour. I know he drove it on one of them.


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