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  1. Chris---I did the same thing in my J5. I got a real good view of the tailgate and a small slice of asphalt, but not a view of any traffic behind. That low mail-slot rear window sure makes the mirror useless in that high position. I am not sure if Coupe-Expresses came with interior rear view mirrors from the factory. I seem to remember being told by a knowledgable member that they didn't. I'll look into making a mount using the center division bar. That's a good idea for safety. I have one of the long-armed exterior door hinge mirrors, but haven't figured out how to mount it Tom
  2. Which is correct for '37? I know where the one pictured is located. The two-bar style is the same as a well-known green '37 President coupe has installed. The owner of that coupe wouldn't have used it if it wasn't correct. Price of the one pictured here is not for the faint of heart. Tom
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    Head Gasket for 31 Six

    Sandy Olson has been a member of the Antique Studebaker Club for many years, and a real supporter. I met him at club functions before I knew he was in the gasket business. His products and service are first rate. He has purchased inventories of original gaskets all over the U.S. and manufactures many of his own. He stocks gaskets for many other makes. Several years ago I owned a '39 Studebaker K-25 truck with a Hercules engine. Sandy had all the gaskets. I bought a complete engine-rebuild gasket set for my '32 Chevrolet from him a couple of weeks ago. If I need gaskets I wouldn't call anyone else until I've called Olson's Tom
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    1936 Dictator Coupe 3A Thermostat needed

    Hi Bob. Yes, correct for the Dictator, but not for the President. The parts manual shows that in '38 the President water pump moved to the front of the engine as opposed to being driven from the back of the generator and the thermostat part numbers became the same for Dictators and Presidents, which tells me that both were now located in between the cylinder head and the water outlet. Tom Lewis
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    1936 Dictator Coupe 3A Thermostat needed

    Hi Dennis. I'm not sure how to reply to the message you sent me, so I'll reply here on the open forum. I never did find a correct thermostat for the '37 President I owned. I found a tubular thermostat of the correct diameter and held it in place in the upper hose with exterior hose clamps. I have since sold that car and did not even see a correct thermostat until after I had sold it. I have, however, since purchased a '35 Commander and the attached photo should show what you are looking for. The'35 has a different part number than the '36 Dictator and President and the '37 President, but I think the style is the same. It is marked "Dole Valve Co, Chicago" , so that might help in your search.Good luck. Jerry Kurtz told me that in all his years of prowling swap meets, that he has only seen one of these (and Jerry knows what he's looking for!) If you look on e-Bay and type in "Dole thermostat", some of them will be the tubular type that as long as they are the right diameter to fit in your upper hose, should work just fine. I'm not sure how concerned you are with correct appearance, but only a very few would know the difference anyway Tom Lewis
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    37 Coupe Express on eBay

    I got so tickled when I saw Dick's post that I replied too soon and did not mention that my display is of the centerfold that he has available as shown in his post. It makes a great display for people who have never before seen a Coupe-Express and attracts a lot of attention. Thanks Dick Tom
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    37 Coupe Express on eBay

    Gee, Dick---You mean kind of like this? LOL. Tom
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    37 dictator hood panel

    Hi Vern. I have a driver's side hood panel as pictured for a '37 Dictator. It's been sandblasted and epoxy-primered. No rust, the latching mechanism is attached and good. Very nice except for a slight bend in bottom edge. No stainless trim. I would have used this on my own restoration, but I had another panel that was straighter on the bottom edge. This shouldn't take much to be perfect. $100 plus shipping. I'll probably have to make a box to get it to eastern Washington. If you or anyone you know is going to Hershey I could deliver there. Tom Lewis 318-949-9744
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    Coupling discs

    Rex beat me to it. Order from Cislak and don't worry about it being right Tom
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    Wood

    I would be shocked if any Southern Yellow Pine was used in car bodies. By the time Studebaker got into the car business they had many years experience building wagons and carriages. They knew how to season wood and which hardwoods would endure. Even the Model A's I've owned had oak and ash structural members. My '47 Hudson pickup had white oak as pickup box flooring. My understanding is that ash was the wood of choice because of its durability and the ability to "hold" tacks. While there were still hardwood forests in the north, the raw wood may not have been more expensive at first. Now, of course, it takes longer to grow a harvestable ash or oak than a pine. The hardwoods were certainly more easily "machined" than softwoods. Tom
  11. I also stumped Axelrod a few months ago when I broke one of the "Control Beam" lenses on my '35 Commander. He and Bob Kapteyn were the first people I called. Axlerod knew exactly what I was looking for, but said he had not seen one of those lenses in 30 or 40 years. I did finally track down a lens from another vendor The reflector mentioned here, if it fits '35 President, will also be correct for a '35 Commander. It is made to accept all the fancy stuff on the back that allows 6 different headlight beam positions. Studebaker part number 261201 for left hand drive, 261202 for right hand drive. Tom
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    Dumb fabric top question

    Check out Restoration Specialties in Windber, PA. (Google it). They carry what is called "Short grain sedan decking". This is the material that is probably the closest to the original on your carHere is a photo of it installed on my '35 sedan. Tom
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    correct size of Numbers on Data Plate?

    The last reproduction number plate that I used on an antique Studebaker I had to have engraved so the upper case "I" and the lower case "b" would appear correct. I looked for years trying to find stamp sets that would have those characters, and finally gave up. All the stamp sets I looked at had all upper case letters, and the "I" didn't have a cap or foot on it. I'd also note that if you have a nine in your number, that it is like the lower case "b" used for the six, but with the straight leg on the other side, of course. There are some engraving methods that look more like stamping a than others. You have to be real specific with the engraver on what you need. I went to four shops before one agreed to my requirements. I don't know how plentiful those Rockne plates are, but I got my last Studebaker plate from the LaVines and I don't think they have my style anymore. Tom
  14. Here's a question that can probably only be answered by those who have "been there, done that". How do you remove the wiper motors on a '35 sedan? I have no problem getting the control knobs and the nut on the outside that holds the main shaft (and thus the whole motor) off, but I just can't figure out a way to wiggle the motor so that either the control shafts or the main shaft go far enough to allow motor removal. I have the glove box out, so that is not in the way. The most obvious answer to me is that the whole dash has to be either removed or at least loosened enough to move the motors. This is not something that I'm thrilled about. The shop manual is, of course, silent on this issue. Who has been successful? Thanks. Tom
  15. As the old country song says, "I'm that Yankee boy you been hearing about. I'm from 'way up north around Shreveport" Tom