Raymond Jones' 1947 Studebaker

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Photo provided by Greg Jones.
Photo provided by Greg Jones.
Photo provided by Greg Jones.
Ray's Studebaker advertised for sale at a used car lot. By now the car has been fit with Massachusetts license plates from 1949. Photo by motor life.blog[1]

1947 Studebaker Convertible owned and restyled by Raymond Jones of Dallas, Pennsylvania. Some time after returning from the Army in 1945, Ray was able to buy a new 1947 Studebaker. The Studebaker was the first car he wanted to modify, and he remembers that his neighbors were all a-flutter. He had no welding experience, but a friend came over with his welding tanks and cut where Ray told him to cut. The friend's wife was concerned that her husband helped this "poor" shell-shocked vet and insisted that he should stop what he was doing. Before he quit, he took the time to show Ray what a good flame was like and how to use the tanks safely, so Ray went ahead on his own and did all of the body changes. Ray gave the car a full fadeaway fender treatment. Once the build was completed, Ray drove the Studebaker to Miami to sell it. The car was on its last legs and hardly ran. He limped into Clark Alexander's used car lot, and Clark put it up for sale even though it wasn't' running. When Ray returned to the lot, the car was sold, and It had been moved to a Studebaker dealer for a new engine and some love and care. Clark had a 1948 Cadillac convertible for sale that had been confiscated from Rocco Fichetti of Chicago that he offered Ray to trade the Studebaker for. Ray went to see the Cadillac and made the exchange.[2]



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