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Eric W

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  1. No, I didn't see the parts car (other than the online ad couple of low-res photos) until it showed up in front of my house. It's been a pretty good deal, so far. The guys who sold it to me sounded like they had bought a group of 3 or 4 cars, and this one was the one they didn't want/need. They were working on a '47 or '48 Starlight Coupe and a '50's Studebaker pickup, but there may have been more. The wiring in the trunk was under the radiator, a bunch of the front brake parts, and a new/rebuilt water pump.
  2. Parts car items #14 & 15 - ignition switch & headlight switch. Since the original wires in the coupe were cut & spliced to change out these switches, I might not be able to get them back in without more extensive re-wiring. Another item from the parts car - replacement wire harnesses were in the trunk!
  3. Parts car item #13 - radio. There's a threaded hook through the firewall at the back of the radio, and 2 special bolts near the front that engage plate nuts in the bottom edge of the dash. No power to it, but I don't expect it to work, just replace the blank-off plate and give the antenna on the RH fender at least a logical if not functional reason for being there.
  4. Chris - I'm not sure when Studebaker changed from 1-piece to 2-piece glass. Google images of 1947-1948 Studebakers, and they're almost all (but not all) 2-piece glass. As an "independent" car maker (not Ford / not GM), Studebaker would use the same body stampings for more years than Ford or GM. They used this same basic body from 1947-1952. So when the one-piece glass came along in 1949 or so, it isn't fully curved, but rather 2 flats with a relatively sharp bend right in the center, so it would appear it could fit any model from 1947-1952. One piece glass may have been an extra-cost option at
  5. Some outdoor photos to show off the "new" front chrome.
  6. This particular one has very little originality left to it. At the Studebaker club meeting, I met one man who owned the car in the early 1970's. He confirmed that it had always been in Tucson (based on paperwork he found in the car when he got it). Even back at that time, there was documentation that the engine is not original - it's at least a '53 engine, if not later. He attributed that to bad cams in the '51 - '52 engines that required many of them to be replaced. He sold the car to a local pest control company who used many old cars as marketing for their brand. Also at the club meeting, I
  7. Yes, I'll get to that roof sometime. Today was the grille transplant. Many more fasteners than I could ever imagine, but it's done.
  8. Parts car #8 - hood emblem. The "S" looked like NOS - never before installed. #9 - Rear valence panel - below the rear bumper & above the exhaust tips. Didn't even know that was missing from my car, but it does hide the gas tank (and rounds off the bottom of the body). Example photo shows a dual exhaust - not sure if this was ever factory, or if the panel is just modified. #10 - LH side air vent lever retention spring. I did know this was missing, because without the spring, the lever arm bounces out of the door, then the door won't open. I also found a little broken off piece of spring in
  9. Plate frame says C. A. Bowen & Sons, Oakdale. The plates are 1963. I don't know if that was a Studebaker dealer.
  10. Similar views to when I first got the car, but to show the chrome on the headlight trim rings, the polished front bumper, and addition of the bumper over-rides. Maybe some of the paint polishing shows up too.
  11. Parts car project #7 - "clam digger" grille and radiator lower air guide "pan". The pan in the coupe has a big hole cut in it. Not sure why. But to get that pan out, the bumper comes off and the grille comes out. Since the grille on the coupe is painted (flat green), I'll swap in the chromed parts when the pan is ready to go in. With the grille off the parts car, I see a whole lot of '51 fender under there...
  12. Ash tray before / after - it will make more sense with a radio replacing that bottom center trim piece (radio blank-off plate).
  13. So far this week, parts car items #5 and #6 - use one of the wheels/tires for a spare, and move the ash tray across from the parts car because the chrome is better.
  14. Parts car project #4 - front bumper overrides. Polished the front bumper with Simichrome. I was surprised how nice that bumper really is! Harvested the bumper over-rides from the parts car. Sprayed them with Rust Kutter (from Tractor Supply). This really takes off the "bloom" of surface rust, as well as converts the metal at the areas where the chrome is rusted through. Not sure that this offers much long-term protection, but my 11% Relative Humidity indoor storage facility (my garage in the desert) will keep these looking as they do now pretty much indefinitely. Let the RK work for an hour or
  15. Made it to a local Studebaker club lunch get together on Saturday. The sandwich shop is in the building that was the Studebaker dealership in Tucson in the 20's. Photo below of the inside of the shop - they have Studebaker-based murals on the walls...
  16. Parts car - 2nd & 3rd items - dashboard cigarette lighter & sun visors. Before, the lighter hole was covered with a sticker. Sun visors were missing from the coupe. These sun visors need some work, but the starting parts are there...
  17. If you must have a parts car, don't you want the best one you can get? It's a 4-door sedan, body style "W". No title. The parts I'll pull for the coupe would have taken who knows how long to track down. Some of them are '52 Commander specific. Some of them are '51-'52 V8 only. Parts car project #1 - chrome headlight surrounds...
  18. First photo - 3rd cruise night 10/26 - parked nose in to have the trunk open w/ candy for the kids. Next photos - parts car! '52 Commander w/ significant body rust, otherwise it was only slightly disassembled but seems to be pretty much all there. Last photo - another trunk-or-treat on Sunday, 10/29. When you think my coupe is running & driving - what does it need with a parts car - the more I look, the more it could use. It had been "restored" multiple times, and in some of that, quite a few original parts are gone.
  19. First cruise night last night. And the faster backwards jokes begin... Still too hot around here. Reached 100F during the day. Car made it there & back no problems.
  20. Thanks guys. I got the battery hold down installed. I had been discouraged to notice that the ammeter was indicating Discharge while driving. I mentioned this while picking up the battery hold-down, and I was told about "setting the polarity" by touching the "A" terminal on the generator to the non-ground battery terminal (in this case the "-" terminal, because it's a positive ground system). I did that, got a little spark at the battery terminal, and heard something click over by the generator. The click may have been in the voltage regulator that's right next to the generator. An
  21. Yes, I actually just got back from a local Studebaker collector's place where I picked up a battery hold down. Needs de-rust & paint, but should have that installed in the next few days.
  22. Swapped in the last few parts that I'd included in other parts orders - original type radiator hoses. Not only were the ones on the car generic "flex" hoses, no telling how long they'd been there. Anyway, I don't like to see the generic "flex" type hose when one that's molded to the correct shape is available. But in looking closer at the top of the engine area, I've figured out some more of the original parts are missing. I also am cleaning up the 14" rim that was in the trunk for a spare. I got a 15" (same size as the other wheels) at the salvage yard, but on removing the tire, I found that
  23. Spent a while last night under the dash with electrical tape - a later headlight switch was spliced in somewhere along the way, and it was shorted. Received a replacement parking brake cable from Studebaker West (they had the right part number). Toughest part was getting the old one out. The threads at the back end were corroded to the point that I couldn't adjust the cable tight enough to work, and the clevis pin at the front didn't come out of the clevis either. But eventually got the old cable out & got the other one in and adjusted, so now the parking brake is working. Grease
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