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Thursday, 02 February 2017 13:48

Studefest 2017 Update

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Here is an update to Studefest 2017 and more info on our Events page for contacts and motel information.  It is being held in Cobourg. Host Hotel is the Lotus Motel - rooms starting at $75+ depending on size. Phone motel prior to 31st of March to get the event rate and indicate you are with the Ontario Chapter. Events during the weekend to include a visit to Greer Restoration and the Fireman's Museum in Port Hope. If you plan to go then contact your Hosts, Bob & Rose Suszek. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015 18:48

Christmas Dinner 2015 Update

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Ontario Chapter SDC Xmas Luncheon

Time:  1 – 3 pm – November 28st, 2015

Location: Swiss Chalet, 85 Dalton Ave, Kingston, Ontario  

Come and all to our annual Xmas Event for 2015.  It’s located at the Swiss Chalet which always has great food and hospitality. We have arranged for you to choose your meal off the regular menu. All meals are reasonably priced and won’t break the bank. If you intend on coming please phone or leave a message for Will Norton at 613-777-5314 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. NLT 21th of November . Let us know how many persons are coming and no money needed up front, just show up, have a good time and pay your bill at the end.  Dress is casual and we have a separate section of the restaurant set aside for our own enjoyment. If you plan on staying the night there are lots of motels in Kingston area.

Directions: – Take Hwy 401 to Kingston Exit 617 and head south for 500 metres until you reach Dalton Ave. Take a right turn on Dalton Ave and just on your right is Swiss Chalet. We are having our Xmas Luncheon in the “Roost” so just make a left just inside the door.

See you there!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 14:24


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Come one and all to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is being held at the Quality Inn in Peterborough on 04 Oct 2015. It will be the same hotel that we are using as our host Hotel for 2015 Maple Leaf Tour. Current members and other Studebaker owners along with persons interested in Studebakers are all welcome to attend. The AGM starts at 12 PM (NOON) sharp but the doors will be open at 11 AM and we have arranged to have complimentary coffee and donuts/muffins.

If you plan on nominating anyone for the Roy Graham award then I need your nomination NLT the 9th of September to allow time for the committee to review all nominations and arrange for the plaque/award. We hope to make the presentation during the AGM. Take note that this is not an election year so not to worry about voting but just come and have a pleasant time with your fellow Ontario Chapter members and learn first hand what we have planned for 2016.  Also a good time to see if you wish to hold an event in your area as we do have open months on next year’s calendar.  For more info on this event contact Will Norton at 613-777-5314 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hope to see you there in your Studebaker!

Check out Quality Inn’s website at

The Quality Inn is located at 1074 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough, ON K9J 1Z9

Thursday, 03 September 2015 19:49

Maple Leaf Tour 2015 shaping up to be premier fall event

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Have you registered for the 2015 Maple Leaf Tour in Peterborough? We have provided a convenient form below so you can pre-select meals as our food providers are small family restaurants and can't handle order-off-the-menu for a group our size. They really need a pretty good idea of numbers. Plan to arrive by early Friday after-noon and I will take a group to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Museum about 2 p.m. This is a small but very well done diorama of the Canadian ecological zones along with artifact display rooms. It is a few minutes drive from the hotel and costs $5 each. We will leave Friday dinner as your option. There are many restaurants within walking distance and all the menus will be at our registration table. The Saturday driving tour has been reversed to better suit a presentation. We will leave the hotel by 9 a.m. to arrive at Petroglyph Parks by 10.

Admission to Petroglyphs Park: Per Vehicle: $14.50, Seniors $11.50, Disabled $7.25. (Unfortunately, there is no staging area to pack everyone into three cars.) 

They have an excellent new Visitor Centre which includes a 20-minute introduction on film and many interesting displays. The glyphs themselves are now under a huge glass structure as protection from weathering. At 11 a.m. a park ranger will interpret the meaning of the figures but the message itself is not specific — you fill in the details according to your own beliefs. Our scheduled ranger has First Nations blood and is very informative. This is an active religious site and is used regularly by the Elders and Members of the Curve Lake First Nation, who are worthy to walk among the words of the Ancestors. We are restricted to the surrounding walk-ways. The day we visited, the stone altar and offerings remained from a previous ceremony. Lunch will be at Honey's Diner in Greater Metropolitan Woodview, a very good family eatery which is licensed. Please select from the special menu items listed on the registration form below. We will visit East of Eden, a rambling antique shop housed in various buildings including a former church. Michael has a collection of old trucks on the grounds but is not restoring them. East of Eden and Honey's Diner pretty much make up Woodview. 

We’ll return along the east bank of the Otonabee River an d Little Lake. For Saturday dinner we have selected The Pizza Factory which is actually Greek, a long-time Peterborough favourite a few doors from the hotel. Fixed price of $21.95 plus/plus includes soup or salad, garlic bread, choice of 2 or 3 desserts and table beverage. Again, this is a family run eatery so we have a limited menu: chicken Parmesan (2 breasts) with roast or f.f. potato, Greek fish (sole stuffed with crab) on rice with potato, or penne with broccoli and smoked ham in Alfredo sauce topped with Mozzarella and cheddar. Please make your choice on the registration form. They are seriously good! 

Hotel is the Quality Inn, 1074 Lansdowne Street West, Peterborough. (705) 748-6801/1-877-316-9949/ 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   We have 20 rooms on hold until Sept. 1 at $79. per night. Price includes break-fast and reserved Studebaker parking. Please advise of any special needs.


NAME(S) _________________________________________________________ 

VEHICLE TO EXPECT _____________________________________________ 

SATURDAY LUNCH: Fish ‘n’ Chips - Small $6.99_____ Large $9.99 _____ 

Shepherd’s Pie - Small $10.95_____ Large $13.95 ______ 

Soup ‘n’ Salad $11.45 ______ 

SATURDAY SUPPER: Chicken Parmesan __ Greek Fish __ Penne ___ 

Our Registration fee (enclosed) at $5.00 per person: $___________ 


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Verne Brinsmead, 1019 Mulberry Lane, Minden, ON K0M 2L1

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 12:48

Wheelers Pancake House 2015 - Update

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Come one and all to our annual Spring Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 2nd at 11 am. This year it’s being held back at the Wheeler’s Pancake House and Sugar Camp located near the village of McDonald’s Corners northwest of Perth.

For members who want to go as a group, meet at the Gas Sta-tion & General Store at the junction of Hwys 38 & 7 in Sharbot Lake at 10 am. It’s first-come, first-served at Wheeler’s so there’s no need to book a seat but if you intend to go or need directions, please contact Will Norton by phone at 613-377-6074 after April 4th or email anytime at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, feel free to check out their website at:

Monday, 15 September 2014 13:01

Maple Leaf Tour 2014 Update

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Final call for the Maple Leaf Tour, October 3 to 5 in Orillia! Hotel bookings are rolling in, so arrange a room at the Eco-nolodge, 1-877-326-6534. 21 rooms are on hold until Sept. 15 and cancellation is accepted up to 4 pm on day of arrival.

For the Friday afternoon crowd, I will do a foot tour of the Orillia waterfront and historic downtown. Walking shoes are advised but it will not be a long route — likely a square three blocks on each side taking perhaps two hours. Meet at the waterfront parking lot, at the foot of Tecumseth Street at Centennial Drive. In case of rain, we will visit the OPP Museum on Memorial Avenue instead. Park on the entry circle or in the compound on the opposite side of the street. This is a small facility and is free but will likely take an hour.

Saturday, 19 April 2014 01:13

Studefest Event Update!

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Please see the events section for new information on the Studefest event including hotel and contact information.

Saturday, 22 March 2014 14:29

Maple in the County Event Update

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The Maple in the County event that was scheduled for the club on March 22nd will now be held next Saturday, March 29th, 2014. More details call Will Norton - 613-777-5314

Sunday, 11 August 2013 12:55

Update to August 17th Event

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There has been changes to the venue for the event on August 17th. Please go to the event page for more details. Also, please see attached documents on agenda and car show flyer.


Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00

Does your Studebaker Overheat?

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We drive our cars in the Summer Months usually when the weather is warm. We tend to keep an eye on the temperature gauge (if we don't have the mid fifties idiot lights) Then the panic sets in; the engine is overheating.

Well, they did not overheat when they left the factory (except maybe Avanti cars). So what has gone wrong and what can be done to fix the overheat problem.

First you have to determine whether or not your engine is actually overheating. The best way is an infrared heat gun (Canadian Tire). The second best is a candy thermometer in the top of the radiator- best done before the engine gets hot to avoid steam burns etc.

You have of course checked all belts and hoses. Right?

If the engine temperature reads OK on the heat gun but high on the gauge then either the sending unit is bad or the gauge is bad or the wire between the two is corroded.

Just as a aside, When the first Avanti ended up in the dealership with an overheat complaint, the factory fix was to splice a 10 ohm resistor in the line to the gauge. This had the effect of giving a gauge reading much lower than reality!!! Some fix.

Anyway, to move along, many factors cause overheating. The big one is a buildup of sludge in the engine block which prevents the proper flow of coolant. The solution is to remove the two plugs at the rear of the block. You have to remove the starter on V8's. These plugs are very hard to take out. After many years of corrosion they become rusted in place and because they have a square head a normal socket will not fit. I have no solution as to how you get these things out. Maybe somebody out there has done this and can provide a answer.

Once you get them out a coat hanger and lots of flushing will eventually poke out most of the sludge. Generally this will clear up the problem

Next we have cars with a clutch fan. Over time these things fail and the fan just freewheels instead of pushing air like it is supposed to.

The test for this is twofold. First, watch the fan, after the engine is hot. Shut off the engine and observe the fan. If it stops in less than 1 1/2 rotations it is good. If it freewheels for several rotations you need to replace the fan clutch. Next, is the most obvious. Black oily like stuff all over the drive area and sometimes the fan itself will wobble. Replace the clutch drive immediately.

Another thing which is obvious is the thermostat. For racing purposes I use a 170 degree thermostat which was the factory installed Avanti thermostat. These are hard to find and I would suggest a 180 degree quality thermostat and gasket be purchased ( NAPA, Carquest, CTC)

Now we get into the tricky stuff. If your car tends to overheat when driving at high speed on the 400 series highways, then we must look at airflow across the radiator. The solutions are numerous, such as sealing around the rad. support with duct tape in the front of the rad to ensure that all the air actually flows through the rad, not through cracks in the rad frame.

The next thing is to install an air dam such as used on newer cars like the Saturn which has been used effectively on the Avanti.

Overheating at higher speeds is somewhat normal due to higher friction in the engine but if it does significantly overheat at highway speeds then you must look at your ignition timing. Too little advance and the engine will overheat. Too much advance and the engine will overheat but you will know about it due to the detonation induced by too much advance.

Often overheating is caused by external forces such as what is known as parasitic drag. This happens if you have a bad bearing on an alternator, supercharger, water pump or brakes dragging which causes the engine to work harder in order to maintain the speed.

Incorrect or low engine oil will affect engine temperature. This is why race cars usually have an oil cooler. The oil acts as a coolant for the engine.

A carburetor which is set too lean will cause overheating. However not many Studebaker owners meddle with the jets in a carburetor BUT.... fuel containing ethanol will run leaner than fuel without ethanol. Look at the Gas Pump to see if the stuff you are using has an ethanol content and if so try switching fuel suppliers to fuel listing no ethanol.

I could go on and on about overheating and never finish discussing it. The causes are so numerous but I think that I have covered to common causes. If anybody has more to offer please do so.

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