A couple of weeks ago, my husband Frank and I went on a day trip to South Bend, Indiana, to get some parts for the classic car we bought earlier this year.
Yep, that’s it above. A 1962 Studebaker Lark. You don’t see one of these every day.
It’s a great old car, but it needed a bit of tinkering. Like…….we put the original motor and drive train back in. The previous owner had replaced them with something else, but gave us the originals when we bought the car.
And then it needed…….well…….lots of miscellaneous parts.
So where does one go to buy miscellaneous parts for old Studebaker’s? You go to the point of origination. South Bend, Indiana.
After a four hour (plus) drive, we arrived at stop number one, Tommy Karkiewicz’s place, where old Studebakers go to die.
Fortunately, Tommy also has loads of original parts he salvaged from his Studebaker graveyard, so we were able to get what we went for. Original wheels.
We only needed four wheels…….Tommy had plenty to choose from.
After a nice visit with Tommy and his wife, we headed off to our next stop, Studebaker International, for a few more things.
So……now it’s like, 3:00 PM, and we have a four (plus) hour drive home. But, like with any day trip we make, Frank always, always, makes sure I get to see at least ONE Sears House. And since we were in South Bend, the house I got to see was one that had been on my Sears House Bucket List for a long time.
The Sears Magnolia in South Bend was mentioned in Houses by Mail, the Field Guide to houses from Sears, Roebuck, which was published in 1986, so Sears House lovers have known about this home for a long, long time.
This Sears Magnolia was for sale not too long ago, and was in need of some major renovation and repair. Here’s a link that shows a load of photos from when it was listed.
Oh happy day for this Sears House researcher, because when we got there, we discovered it was undergoing major renovation, kinda like our Studebaker Lark.
There were quite a few construction workers on site, and it was great to see somebody giving this fabulous home the love and attention it needed. Here’s a few more photos of the exterior work in progress.
We also made time to get photos of two other fabulous Sears Houses while we were there, an Alhambra, just down the street from this Magnolia and a Preston, a few blocks away.
I’m looking forward to a return trip to South Bend in May of 2017, hopefully, to attend the Studebaker Driver’s Club International Meet, and get photos of the Magnolia when it is complete. And Tommy’s wife wants to go Sears House hunting with me!
I guess I should mention that Ohio also has a Sears Magnolia in Canton. While I haven’t traveled there to see it yet, fellow researcher Andrew Mutch has. Here’s his recent photo.
Thanks for following along.