A Studebaker Alert!



In my previous post I had this image. Make sure you click on image. It will enlarge. Image courtesy Mouse family archives.


When I woke up this morning I had NO idea what a 1932 Studebaker looked like. Nor have I ever once thought about a 1932 Studebaker.

But this evening I am possessed by 1932 Studebaker thoughts. POSSESSED!

I love when life throws out such curve balls.

My idea:

  • Somewhere out there there, somewhere, is this car. I mean, surely some Studebaker nut aficionado has a 1932 model. Right?
  • If so, can I find such person?
  • If so, can I lure such a person to bring their fabulous car to Kansas, and park it in the EXACT same spot as shown in the above image?
  • If so, I will certainly pose five women and one guy in the EXACT same positions, and one kid on a tricycle (can you find the kid?).

Because, well, think how AMAZING it would be to have a color version of the above image? Think how amazing it would be to have the two images posted side-by-side, framed, and hung in the Cross House?


  1. Kitra Cooper on April 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Can you find the tricycle?!

    • Ross on April 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Yes. Did you find it yet?

      • Kitra Cooper on April 16, 2015 at 7:03 am

        Hahaha! Yes, I found it in the picture–what a cool thing! I meant, can you find a tricycle like that to recreate the picture?

  2. KellyD on April 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    So cool! But now I kind of want you to buy a 1932 Studebaker. 🙂

    • Ross on April 15, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      Kelly! You are a wicked temptress!!!!!

  3. Ken on April 15, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Hey Ross what happened to the raised paneled section below the middle arched window on the front of the house? Was it too far gone to save?

    • Ross on April 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Wow. You have a good eye! Except the panels were not raised, but rather inset. And INSET was the issue.

      All the inset panels under the middle window were a soggy, rotted, moldy mess. While the design was original, none of the material was. It was obvious that all the wood had been replaced over time (likely several times) as the panels were detailed in such a manner to INVITE rot. The detailing would have been fine inside the house but SO not outside (exterior detailing should always SHED water, which inset panels do not do).

      In order to protect the long-term safety of the house, I removed the rotted panels and shingled the area under the window, which will easily shed water. This will last a long time and protect the house, although I liked the look of the panels. In short, I had to make a decision between aesthetics and protection. I chose the latter.

      Still, I consider the change to be temporary. I would like to figure out a way to recreate the LOOK of the panels without inviting rot back.

      This is a classic preservation conundrum (aesthetics vs.: protection), and has caused me some anguish.

  4. Melody on April 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    I’m sure if you contacted some of the Studebaker Car Clubs you’d find someone that would jump at the chance to show off their car in such an awesome way!

    Heck, I’d drive down to Kansas to see the sight!!

    • Ross on April 15, 2015 at 10:12 pm

      Good suggestion! The hunt begins!

  5. Ken on April 16, 2015 at 6:38 am

    That makes sense your have to protect the house from rot and water.

  6. Denali Dragonfly "Grace" on April 16, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    I volunteer to be one of the five women on the porch. I’ll be looking for a vintage dress & a tricycle, maybe the car, too.

    Maybe you could commission the metalwork company to do the inset in metal. Would that work?

    I wonder what was the inverted v-shaped wire hanging from the porch?

  7. Kelly on June 4, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Just came across your blog today and had to comment on the car! Search in Kansas for “horseless carriage club” and “antique car club of america” and you should find chapters that meet nearby. Most have the local President’s name and contact info on the website and they can put the word out at meetings that you’re looking for this car. Trust me, someone knows someone with this car because these guys all talk to each other 🙂

    My parents moved their antique car collection to Kansas and back so I know there’s a good amount of clubs in the area. Also google for member events nearby as it might be worthwhile to see a local meet-up and make friends. Best bet in your area would be October and the Hershey, PA swap meet. Lots of people drive out from California to pick up parts! During a summer a lot of clubs put on tours locally and nationally – our chapter does a lot of parades, field days and fairs this time of year.

  8. Karrin on August 3, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I found your blog this morning and have been reading it ALL DAY. I’ve gotten this far and had to write to see if you found a Studebaker. I know there is a Studebaker club in the Kansas City area, as I’ve seen them displaying their cars in the River Market. My husband has a ’60s model he needs to fix up. Alas, not a ’32, but we do keep an eye out for anything Studebaker.

    I’m enthralled with your story, the house’s story and all the serendipity along the way. Thank you for bringing your house back to life, and for sharing all the chapters of her story with us!

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