Ray Utter displays his 1922 Special six

Central Oklahoma Chapter member Ray Utter drove this 1922 Special Six to high school back in The Day and drove it from Tecumseh to Midwest City just a few weeks ago.  

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  Next Club activity, Thursday July 14 breakfast meeting at the OK Country Cafe.  Club activity is diversifying in the next few weeks, with Glenn planning on joining Rte 66 Fest activities at the OKC Fairgrounds, Ken heading for Minnesota for "Back In The Fifties" activities, and Peter traveling to Australia for a good visit there.  We wish all a happy and safe July 4 celebration and remind you that Tuesday June 14 is Flag Day and June 18 is Cruise-In at MWC!



We invite you to join us at any of our local events or contact us for more details.

Regular Meeting Time Set

9AM  of the second Thursday of each month   Please know you will be welcomed by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club as we meet at The OK Country Cafe 6072 S Western Ave., OKC



will be THURSDAY 14 JULY

If we survive July 4 Picnics and Fahrworks!


Upcoming Events to Consider   courtesy Tourmaster Studie Pete

June 18, 2022 - Jun 26, 2022      AAA Route 66 Road Fest

            Bennett Event Center  Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Experience all the exceptional towns, attractions and activities that

The Mother Road has to offer during the AAA Route 66 Road Fest.

Home to the only state capital located on Route 66 and a highway

spanning over 400 miles within its borders, Oklahoma is the

perfect place this unique, weeklong event beginning in

Oklahoma City and ending in Tulsa


June 18, Cruise in for Coffee, Sat, 8 – 11 AM  - Santa Fe Cattle Co.,

7101 SE 29th St. Midwest City, OK

Third Saturday from April to October Midwest City hosts a

Cruise in for Coffee.


June 25, Shawnee, OK. The Knights Auto Club 35th Annual Car Show.

Boy Scout Park, 1400 East Main (corner of East Main & Pesotum).

Register before June 2o0 $15, day of show $20.  For add'l info contact

Bud - 405-306-0160, Randy & Lisa - 405- 275-0241, also chk Facebook:

Knights Auto Club of Shawnee, OK.

July 2, 2022 Canadian River Winery Car Show

Canadian River Winery, Lexington, OK.  Classic vehicles of all kinds, 

live music, food trucks, children's inflatables.  Perfect family outing.

July 4, City of Choctaw Car Show 10AM to 2PM, Choctaw Creek Park,

Harper Street.  Food trucks, bounce houses, FIREWORKS AT DUSK.

Hosted by Vintage Speedworks. 

July 8, 9, 10 -2022 Southwest Street Rod Nationals, State Fair Park,

Oklahoma City.  website: http://www.nrsa-usa.com, PH 405-452-4030.

July 18 Cruise-In-For-Coffee, 8-11AM, Santa Fe Cattle Co. Restaurant,

7101 SE 29, Midwest City, OK

A good-looking lineup at OK Country Cafe   pic by club member Jess S

Landscape with Animals

Central Oklahoma Chapter

Members and Their Cars

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Clifton Hill, Vice President of the Central Oklahoma Chapter, with his '31 Ford at Cimmaron Cruisers Perkins show, 2018 .  

Mel McGee '58 Hawk 2017 Perkins Car Show

Tom Douglass shows another First Place trophy won by his 1960 Hawk.

Tom has a few other "nice  cars" in his CARSEUM

Here Clifton sets out for a cruise in his '54 Studebaker-Powered Glasspar.

Melvin McGee, President of our chapter, with his 1958 Hawk at Perkins in 2018

Another winner, Mel's 1953Commander


Leland Laws' '79 Avanti at a cruise-in.

Leland with the Packard he loved so well

       Sutherland has only the one 1954 Starliner Commander, but he's obnoxiously twice as proud of her.

Charles and Sue Hall's 1956 Power Hawk    Finiished in little more than one year of hard work.

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Studie Pete enjoys Tour Rte 66West


   Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.  

                          Benjamin Franklin

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Peter Rodrigues's '53 Starlight Coupe

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Kent Reintenour Route-66-West-Tour- 2018

Kent Reitenour on Route 66 in the '66 Lark


Dwight Deal, Glenn Masopust and Studie Pete on a cold day in February prepare to enjoy a demonstration on how to destroy a Borg-WarnerT86.

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Delane Keef's Lark


       Members news --- Good Meeting at OK Country Cafe


New members Andy & Tiffiany Reich among the first to arriveat Thursday's breakfast meeting and drove the longest distance to get there.

Technical Tips

(contributions from various newsletters – see credits)


Generator testing – Do you have a generator and you don’t know if it is good or bad? Take a jumper wire and ground the field to the generator body. Hook the negative side of a battery to the field. Hook the positive side of the battery to the armature. If the generator turns, it’s good. If it doesn’t turn, something is wrong with it. (from Ron Smith, Washington Dictator, Tacoma Area)


Switch tail light switches – Studebakers have always used hydraulic stop light switches. When you step on the brake pedal, the fluid pressure (60-120 psi) closes the contacts on the switch. With pendulum-type brake pedals, it became convenient to mount a mechanical stop light switch under the dash, actuated by the brake pedal. Hydraulic switches mounted under the hood are less than reliable, due to the presence of oil and moisture. It is said that silicone brake fluid can permeate to the switch diaphragm and contaminate the switch contacts.


If you own a ’61-66 Lark, Avanti or ’63-’64 Champ pickup, you can convert to a mechanical stop light switch. Get a Borg-Borg-Warner S-237 or Standard Ignition SLS 66. Make sure the brand you get comes with two stamped steel nuts for mounting the switch. The Motorcraft equivalent I checked didn’t. A normally-closed switch (the plunger is spring-loaded to the closed position) is installed above the brake pedal so that the upper edge of the arm can depress the plunger and open the contacts when the brake is in its normal position.


There is a handy hole in the pedal mounting bracket for the pedal stop. Fabricate a simple sheet-metal mounting bracket that attaches under the pedal stop with a ½” diameter hole for the switch. There is a long range of adjustment on the switch so you can get some pre-load to ensure the switch is normally off with the switch mounted. Then you just have to extend your wires to the switch and you’re done! (from Jerry Blount, Northwest Newsletter, Portland, Oregon)


Painting Smaller Parts – When you need to paint smaller parts (door jambs, etc.) and you don’t have a compressor, you can use the Preval Spray Gun Paint Unitt (about $5). This system is a gas charged power unit that attaches to a six-ounce paint reservoir. Standard automotive enamels and lacquers can be used. This makes it easier to match your car’s paint colour.


Similar to traditional spray methods, the paint must be reduced with the appropriate enamel reducer or paint thinner (available from your paint supplier) in the proper proportions. Your automotive paint supplier can also supply a viscosity drip cup which helps you determine when the paint is mixed properly. Remember to use low tack masking tape – it is more expensive but well worth it in the long run. Remove the tape when the paint has set up – about 1–2 hours. (from Stude Road Dust, North Puget Sound)


Did you know? The fabulous 1950-51 bullet-nose Studebakers were probably the most famous Studebaker design of all time and arguably the one most well-remembered by the general public. For 1950 Studebaker built 343,164 of them (its best year), with another 268,565 for 1951. Studebaker advertised the bullet-nose as the “Next Look” for 1950 and it was different indeed from everything else on the road. All of the 1950 models were powered by in-line 6 cylinder engines with the Champions having the smaller Champion six and the Commanders and Land Cruisers having the larger Commander six.


Then and now, bullet-nose Studebakers were seen everywhere. Fozzy Bear drove one in “The Muppet Movie”. Avon produced a men’s cologne bottle in the image of one. The Studebaker’s Night Club feathers one on its menus and matchbooks. And considering that Studebaker only built a total of maybe 4.5 million cars in its entire 64 years of automobile manufacturing, roughly 1 out of 8 Studebakers ever built were bullet-nose models. Millions of people rode in one at one time or another.

(from Al Germano, Washington Dictator, Tacoma area)

More Tech Issues

Secondary Hood Latch On Hawk Models

By Pete Yuen

The secondary hood latches on the Hawk models are installed as a safety feature. It is to restrain the hood from flying off the car when driven in the event that the primary catch fails to hold the hood securely. After hearing of Hawk owners that have lost their hood while driving, it was learned that in each case, the secondary latch did not do the job that it was intended to do. . . To secure and hold the hood down. When driving and the hood suddenly comes up and over the car, it is not a fun thing to experience. The immediate danger is that it has blocked the view of the driver but it could get worse as the hood becomes detached from the car it becomes a hazard to other motorists on the road. When the hood is airborne, nobody has any idea of where it will come down. Once the hood is on the way down, it is a potential killer to other motorists in the vicinity.


When the secondary latch is installed on the car, it is spot welded. . . Insufficiently spot welded and therefore not strong enough to do the job of securing the latch on to the plate to which it is welded. If you are a proud owner of a Hawk and have not yet lost your hood, have the secondary latch securely welded before disaster strikes.

A bolt may be used to secure the base of the secondary latch to plate F. If this is to be attempted, one must make sure that it will not restrict the movement of the latch release mechanism as it pivots from rivet marked

"E." To ensure that the nut does not come loose, use either LocTite or self locking nut.

Suggested bolt size to be 5/16". Locate it so that it does not restrict movement of the latch operation.

The hood latch assembly is described as Plate Assembly, identified as item number 1622-65, part number 1326666 for C-K cars, ‘59 to ‘62. For ‘63, ‘64 K models, the number is 1351370.


Welcome to the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club.


Mel McGee '58 Hawk 2017 Perkins Car Show
Tom Douglass '60 Hawk 2017 Perkins Car S
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Melvin & Jeri-Alynn McGee

Tom Douglas

Clifton Hill

Ron & Jan Hall

Mel Mc Gee


If you are lucky enough to have found this website, then you will know that owning and driving Studebaker cars and trucks of all vintages is amongst the top ten joys of life, help us make it even better by contributing, giving feedback and joining our Central Oklahoma Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club - the SDC.

Leland Laws'1990 4-Door Avanti



Our club officers for 2022:

President  - Melvin McGee


Vice-President  - Clifton Hill


Treasurer  -  Elmer Davis

Secretary  - Glenn Masopust Jr

Tourmaster  -  Peter Rodrigues


Newsletter Editor - Don Sutherland

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