Vern Ediger's 1949 Studebaker Land Cruiser is a twin to the car he drove in high school, right down to the gull gray color. Powered by a flathead 6-cylinder engine and a 3-speed overdrive transmission, it is one of his favorite over-the-road cars to this day.
The crisp, clean styling of Ediger's 1960 Studebaker Hawk looks as fresh today as it did when he bought it brand new. Designed by Raymond Loewy, this body style was the hallmark look for Studebaker from 1953 to 1961.
Ediger's slick 1952 Studebaker pickup is a rare 2R6 model with less than 40,000 miles on its all-original drivetrain. Its factory paint job, chrome bumper and grille still shine brightly on the curvaceous hauler.
When Ediger found his Land Cruiser, it had a bad engine in it and had been sitting in the basement of a former Studebaker dealership since 1955. He had a spare flathead 6-cylinder engine, which he painted and dropped in place. He hasn't done a thing to the engine since then.
The instrument panel of the '49 Land Cruiser features three big round gauges and a rear view mirror mounted atop the dashboard. The car originally was equipped with a radio, but when it was converted to 12-volt electrical, Ediger replaced it with the correct radio-delete panel.
The 2R6 pickup is equipped with the same 245-cubic-inch flathead 6-cylinder engine as the Land Cruiser. Ediger added a split dual exhaust manifold and says the overdrive transmission and 3.73 rear gear make the truck a 70 mph highway cruiser.
The thin padded dash of the Hawk is downright sleek, with an engine-turned instrument panel filled with black-faced gauges. Note the 160 mph speedometer; Ediger says he knows the car will do 120 mph in second gear/overdrive.