1964 Studebaker Daytona – Ontario Chapter SDC 50th Anniversary Project
Bob Suszek and Jake Huschilt beside the loaded 1964 Daytona
In October 2019 I received an email from Peter Downey about a 1964 Studebaker Daytona that had been sitting in a garage for the last 40 years and the current owner, Jake Huschilt of Waterloo wanted to give it
away to someone who would restore it and get it back on the road. I quickly emailed him to see if it was restorable as it may just be a parts car and would take too much to get it back on the road. I asked him if he had
it registered in his name and that in order to accept this car I would need a clean registration to pick it up. It was currently not in his name and he assured me that although it had been in his garage for a long time
the engine turned over and was a good restoration candidate. I emailed him info on how to get it registered in his name and about getting a tax appraisal ($40) and getting a registration slip as UNFIT to allow me to
pick it up for my idea of using it to help celebrate our Chapter’s 50th anniversary in 2022. I contacted Chapter Member Russ Carnes to see if I could borrow his Car Hauler that we had used in previous years
to move 3 other projects I have done so all was in place to pick it up if he gave me the green light. Low and behold about a week later he asked about getting an appraiser and so I used Goggle to track down one in Waterloo
and he got it appraised to get the ball rolling. About 4 days later he indicated it was it in name which had taken some effort on his part but he was successful which was the green light to ask him his intentions on his car.
He said it was ready for me to pick it up in about a week so I contacted Bob Suszek to see if he was interested in helping me pick it up as it really was a 2 man job to load a dead vehicle onto a car hauler.
On the 25th of October I hopped in my Ford F250 with Car Hauler and started the trek to Waterloo to pick up my latest Project. I picked up Bob on my way past Oshawa and around 11 am we arrived in Jake’s place.
I was given initially 2 photos which showed promise that it was restorable but you never know until you do a frame inspection and check body condition. He had initially indicated it was a 1965 Daytona with a 283 Chevy
engine but they didn’t make a 4 dr Daytona in 1965 so I needed to see the VIN Plate and also the engine. As suspected it was a 1964 Daytona with a 259 V8 and that VIN Plate matched the registration so we were good to go.
The frame was in good condition but the body had some rocker and wheel-well work damage along with trunk and battery box holes. The interior was in good shape but the front bench seat was torn and the rear part of the
carpet was ratty but all in all it is very restorable but would require some in-depth body, upholstery and paint work to get it to the standard I wished to get it up too. Bob and I loaded up the car with the help of Jake and a
friendly neighbour of his and we rolled down the highway through Toronto and I reached home around 5:30 and parked it in my driveway. Over the next week I got it registered in my name and started an in-depth list of
what it would need and cost to complete this project. In the second week I returned the Car Hauler and prepared the car for winter storage by changing all fluids, spark plugs/wires, fogging the engine, newer tires/wheels and
putting it up on jack stands with a car tarp. I have started fabricating the patch panels for the areas that need new metal while repairing the rear bench seat.
Now the main object of this project is to get another Canadian Built Studebaker back on the road along with making a profit to put towards the costs of our 2022 50th anniversary celebrations. I thought with a lot of work
on my part with assistance from other Chapter Members, along with parts donations and using some parts that I had left over from our own 1964 Cruiser project we had a very good start to complete a Frame-on restoration
I have sourced all of the remaining new & used parts that are required to make it right and get it where it needs to be to pass a safety check in 2022.
Thanks go out to Jake Huschilt who donated this car, Peter Downey for spreading the word, Bob Suszek for helping me pick up this car and Russ Carnes for the loan of his Car Hauler. Additionally thanks goes out to Verne
Brinsmead for donating two good used fenders and Bill Patterson for his donation of wider Avanti wheels. This project will take hundreds of hours to get it up to the condition where we can sell it. Looking forward to our 50th
anniversary in 2022 when we can get this beauty back on the roads of Ontario.
1964 Daytona - Model Y8 Auto Trans
Model 64V - Model Y8
Weight 3270 lbs
Engine - 259 CU. IN 8 cylinders
185 HP with Single Exhaust
Ratio - Standard
8.25 to 1 -
Optional 8.5 to 1
Two Barrel Stromberg Carb WW-132
Wheel base - 113 IN
Frame = .1196 in - 11 Gauge Thickness
Firing Order - 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2
|Cylinder Bore - 3 9/16 in Stroke - 3 1/4 in||Engine Oil Pan Capacity - 5 US Qts or 4.2 IMP Qts||Automatic
Capacity - 18 US Pints or 15 Imp Pints
Front Drum Brake System - Wagner
11 in Self-Centering - Automatic Adjusting62% of Braking Power
|Rear Drum Brake System -
10 in Self-Centering - Automatic Adjusting38% of Braking Power
|Rear Brake Lining Size
- Primary = 8 15/32 in in
Secondary = 10 27/32 in in
Brake shoe width - Rear 2 in Thickness = 3/16 in
|DANA 27 Rear Differential - 3:07 Ratio
Capacity 2.5 pints
Cooling System Capacity 14.2* Imperial Quarts
16.1 Litres or 17* US Quarts.
|Radiator Core - McCord
Thermostat 170 Degrees
|Hoses - Outlet & Inlet 1/1/2 in||Radiator Cap Relief valve 13 lbs|
Ignition Coil Type - Prestolite Model 200567
|Distributor Type - Prestolite IBP-4108
|Bty - 12V Negative Ground||Starter Type- Prestolite - Model MDU-7026 - Auto Trans|
Alternator Type - Prestolite Model - ALK 5001 35 amps
|Voltage Regulator - Prestolite Model - 6201A VTB||Spark Plugs - Champion H14Y||Spark Plug Gap - .033-.038 IN|