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Mark Vail

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  1. Also post your needs here, if you haven't already: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forumdisplay.php?3-Your-Studebaker-Forum Focus on the SDC forum tends to be more on post-WWII cars. Best of luck to you.
  2. Hello, "stuben." I acquired a '35 Dictator 4 door late last year. I wanted a 2 door, so I'm a bit envious. You have what appears to be a very good, solid car there. I can't help much with parts, locating parts, etc. I'm in the same boat you're in. Yes, join the ASC as well as hanging out here. Here is a link to my photobucket with more photos. Just wanted to welcome you. http://s814.photobucket.com/user/mtv8341/library/1935%20Studebaker%20Dictator?sort=3&page=1 From another '35 fan,
  3. If you choose not to do the re-sleeving/rebuilding yourself, you might wish to contact these folks to do the work for you: http://hagensautoparts.com/studebaker/9-brake/972/ And, yes, replace the flex hoses at the very least. If the rubber in the cylinders are bad, there's a good chance that the flex lines have deteriorated, too. They may look good, but . . . Cheap insurance.
  4. John, I have a '50 Land Cruiser 4 door which is an extended wheelbase Commander. Most mechanical parts are available through various Studebaker parts suppliers and vendors. Just google Studebaker parts suppliers and you'll get several hits. Body and trim parts are less available as reproductions and NOS. But you can usually find what you want by putting out feelers. I also suggest you check out the SDC forum and club that starlightcoupe mentioned. It was on that forum that I recently put out a request for good used sill plates for my '50. I had a response from somebody within 24 hours. Within a week or so, I had my "new" sill plates.
  5. Here's a link to my Photobucket page which includes all three of my Studebakers--my '35, the '49 Regal Deluxe Starlight Coupe I just adopted, and the '50 Land Cruiser. Lots more photos there than I could ever hope to post here. Keep us updated about the headlights on your beautiful car. http://s814.photobucket.com/user/mtv8341/library/1935%20Studebaker%20Dictator?sort=3&page=1
  6. My relatively uneducated guess would be what others have said before in other posts. Probably related to the headlight wiring (a short--bare wire, etc. under the hood) or at the dash switch. Maybe corroded terminals? I just acquired a '49 Champion Starlight Coupe. Headlights and tail lights don't work but add-on turn signals work. Brake lights either don't work or come on and won't shut off. That might be as simple as the stop light switch which often goes bad. Car seems to roll fine, so I don't think the brakes are hanging up, although it does need a brake job--soft pedal. I have yet to really investigate--too many other projects right now. Electrical gremlins can be some of the most challenging and frustrating things to troubleshoot. Best of luck. It's a beautiful car.
  7. My 1935 Dictator. Purchased last fall. First owner (family), 1935-1975. Second owner, 1975-2013. I am 3rd owner. More photos of my cars here: http://s814.photobucket.com/user/mtv8341/library/1935%20Studebaker%20Dictator?sort=3&page=1
  8. Wow! What a car! You got a real bargain, in my opinion! Congratulations! Welcome aboard!
  9. If the wipers are vacuum type, and I believe they are,. it could be the rubber hose under the dash may need to be replaced. If it is the actual wiper motor that is bad, you might try contacting wiperman.com. He rebuilds vacuum wiper motors. Lots of good information on his site, too. He's good, too, about answering questions you may have about wipers. Best of luck.
  10. Ditto all the way around. Welcome! Would love to see some photos. Do you intend to restore to original factory specs? I'm assuming as much based on your questions and comments.
  11. Looking specifically for door weatherstrip for my '35 Dictator 4 door. Want to replace the foam tape that's there as a replacement. I checked the Steele website. They don't have it. Thanks. Mark Vail Eatonton GA
  12. Fits '47, '48, and '49 Studebaker Champion. Part #285399. The Commander/Land Cruiser tail light was of a different design. My parts book doesn't show a "left" and "right," so I think it must be reversible. Yes, post this on the SDC forum.
  13. Chris: Also post your inquiry here, if you haven't already: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/ Most of the folks on that forum are postwar Studebaker people. They can provide you with good leads, I'm sure.
  14. Thanks. Just went to the website. The one they show for 32-39 Fords looks very similar to mine. Looks can be deceiving as I have learned in the past, however. But for $2.50 plus shipping, I'm willing to roll the dice. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again.
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