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Eric & Wendy Boucher's 1953 Studebaker Starliner Hardtop Coupe

The Stephen Cox Mustang

1953-55 Studebaker Coupes are sleek and classic. The Bouchers did a complete frame off restoration and customization that kept the classic lines and added a bunch of modern enhancements.

A 400 CID Blown Chevy

That's a 580 HP blown 400 Chevy -- sweet!

The Studebaker Interior

This is a tasteful full custom interior.

By No Limits Staff - reprint with permission only

When No Limits attends a car show or Goodguys event, we are always prowling the grounds to find cars we think belong in our Featured Cars section. Well at the 26th Autumn Get-Together this November, we didn't have to look far.

Just after we pulled into a nice spot on the Fairgrounds, Wendy Boucher asked if her husband could park next to us. Of course we agreed but what a pleasant surprise when Eric drove up in a gorgeous red-on-red Studebaker with a blown small block Chevy poking up out of the hood. Talk about a bad ride!

This car was originally his father's and Eric brought it up from Texas and had a complete frame-off restoration/customization done by Campbell Auto Restoration (C.A.R.). Subtle body mods include removal of the fresh air vents in the front fenders; a discreet bend in the rear quarter to accommodate wide tires and (of course) a hood mod to let the hood slip over that massive BDS blower. The paint is a custom blend two-tone red based on the mid '90s Corvette red.

Speaking of the engine, it's a 400 Chevy small block that the Boucher family assembled, with head work, pistons and cam by David Vizard. The last dyno run on the engine produced 580 HP and 620 ft.lbs of torque, on pump gas ! This motor is stout ! Power goes through a B&M Turbo 400 transmission.

This car sits just right on custom wheels by P&S Engineering hiding Corvette disk brakes on all four corners. The rear is a narrowed Ford 9", while the front is a Jim Meyer Racing custom set up.

On the inside, this Stude is mighty fine. Pontiac Firebird bucket seats and the stock rear seat are covered in red, grey and tan leather by Vargas Upholstery in Sunnyvale, CA. The door panels have matching red and grey material and hold power windows and door locks by Performance Sound and Security of Campbell, CA. The dash and console are custom items designed and fabricated by C.A.R.

This car sounds as cool as it looks and the Bouchers are justifiably proud of the "family Stude" . . .

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