that Studi has a Mad Max vibe
I've always had a special place for stude's. when I go old enough for a car of my own--it ended up being
my Grandmonthers 1951 Studebaker Champion. --- it was a plain jane 2 door couple with no extras except
and underseat heater.
the only thing that makes me think that the underseat heater may have been an option was that, if you turned
on the underseat heater, the defroster (it was separate and under the dash), the headlights, and the wipers,
the combined load was more than the 6 volt generator could put out---- and the amp meter would start showing
a negative number. since I was in college at the time and live in western Oregon where dark rainy nights were the norm
I had to choose which thing to go without or risk running the battery down as I drove. sometimes I switched back
and forth between the defroster and the heater... or if it wasn't raining too hard, I'd just turn the wipers on for
a swipe now and then...
and then there were the brakes---- didn't need power assist. the shoes were a couple of inches wide and the drum
about 8 inches in diamater. They were good for one hard stop from around 70 mph, but forget about a second one...
you quickly what 'brake fade' was. ifyou tried a second70 mph stop, you could push on the brake pedal as hard
as you wanted and not much happened... If you have never experience brake fade---I can assure you, it's very unsettling
to step on the brakes--- and have nothing happen--- and I don'tmean the pedal going to the floor.--- I mean it going down
part way just like it should--- only you can push until the pedal bends and it doesn't slow down...
Defensive driving was---if you had to use the brakes hard once --- you slowed down for a while and were very careful
no to do any thing that might require hard braking for a while so the brakes could cool down.
It's a lesson that served me well in later years as I have driven truck--------- don't press your luck on long down grades unless
you are interested in taking out the guard rail at the square corner that is at the bottom of every long steep hill.
This is why before the adventof the Jake Brake, trucks in mountainous areas were equipped with 'water on the brakes'.... Makes
a big cloud of water vapor, and cracks lots of brake drums, but over all gets you stopped before the square corner at the
bottom of the hill (every hill has one)
When it comes to hills my nomination for uglies is the Lewiston grade.... 6 miles down--- the first 3 miles
are at 6% --- the us highway standard maximum grade for a state highway, and the second 3 miles is at 7%.
and this is what the Idaho dept of transportation says about it::
US 95: Lewiston Hill
4 miles north of the Lewiston area
Steep Grade for 6 miles. Max grade is 7%.
Runaway truck ramps available for southbound traffic.
No fee for emergency use of runaway truck ramps.
and then there is a major highway intersection at the bottom with a traffic light. the Lewiston grade is on US 95 just
north of Lewiston ---- Here US 95 meanders through wheat fields of the Palouse country and suddenly drops over edge of
the Snake River Canyon, and drops to river level which is low enough that barge traffic can make it from Lewiston down the
Snake and Columbia Rivers where their loads can be tranferred to ocean going shipping.
Fortunately, I'm in western Oregon so I don't have to truck down the Lewiston grade, but I do go down a 3 miles 7% on US 30
in Western Oregon with nearly every load of logs I sell. The exit ramp at the bottom used by most truck traffic to access the log markets in Washington state has a 120 degree turn, and the DOT gets to refurbish the guard rail on the corner at least annually