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  1. I am re-installing the front axle Monroe Hydraulic Shock Absorbers on my 1928 Studebaker Commander Model GB and have run into a question about which route the anchor strap follows from shock arm to axle anchor bracket?

    The shocks were removed from the car and came with it in a bucket when I received the car. I have cleaned and repainted the shock mounting brackets and installed them on the chassis frame rails and now have rebuilt the shock for right front axle and can't decide what is the correct path to route the woven strap from the shock arm to the axle anchor bracket #150711. The strap has to pass rather close to the Perrot brake shaft between the wheel backing plate and frame mounted ball joint.

    If someone has Monroe shocks on their car [Group Q4] can you tell me what the correct path is for the Strap 91X (30-1/2" long) from the shock arm end to axle anchor bracket? forward of the brake shaft (Axle bracket 150711 facing forward?) or rearward of the brake shaft (Axle bracket 150711 facing rearward?)

    The part catalog [Group Q4) lists two different make shocks for GB models, Monroe or Wahl. Shocks were an accessory part then and are not illustrated in the service manual in a installed figuration.

    Stude8

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    Hello John down under:

    To answer your question about the radiator shutter system on 1930 Studebaker President and Commander models I scanned the page from the factory catalog that illustrates the feature on those models. The shutters were a one year feature for 1930 and then they went back to the common thermostat valve in the engine radiator water hose feed outlet.

    Also I attached a photo of a 1930 President Victoria at a car show that shows its shutters open and its correct front bumper (Orange and Brown car).

    The shutter system used a large thermostatic mechanism in the top radiator tank to open and close the shutters according to temperature of the engine coolant. With age when the shutter pivots got rusted or bent from road debris hitting them it took more power to open them so the system didn't age well.

    As for the spotlight details I scanned a page from a 1931 Approved Accessories Catalog for Studebakers. It shows the "Sportlight" that came in 4 different versions AC52 to AC55 shown on the lower right list. You can see how the handle to operate the light was positioned inside the car.

    Stude8

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    When you get into the light, spark and throttle levers on the steering column here are a few photos of what to expect once into the system. A fellow named Steve Munts was the last one I knew of who had reproduced the levers and pedestle in bronze but that was 5 years ago or more. You will find the 3 levers and pedestle swaged onto the steel column tube are zinc diecast and all crumbling from age that need to be replaced with bronze or brass reproductions. The pedestle has to be brazed onto the steel tube. The rest is just assembled with screws.

    The first 3 images show the crumbled original parts with the bronze repro pieces, then the braze operation to reattach the pedestle piece and the reassembled cluster ready to reinstall in column.

    Last photo shows steering column lowered from instrument panel down onto seat to get enough distance inside body to remove the lever cluster, this also requires loosening the steering gear box bolts from frame, not as bad as it sounds really.

    Stude8

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  4. I don't know what you are doing to your car....full restoration? Cosmetic only, keeping the original top and interior? That will determin what your next step is to pick up the body to get at the splash aprons.

    I totally removed the body to restore my President. I went thru the wire mess on the top after removing the old top material for a pattern and saving it for later. Pulled the body off the fram hooking up to the main wood fram rails on the body. But I had to take out the total interior first. Maybe that is not what you want to do? How ever you do this it will be alot of work........

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    This is a 1929 [or 1928?] factory photo of the body drop onto the chassis with the splash aprons already on chassis and the cork welt on top.

    The chassis parts book (Group O15) says the Running Board Splashguard has 12 bolts to the frame [1/4-20 x 3/4"] so lifting the body high enough to remove the 24 bolts, flat & lock washers and nuts and replace them is your problem. On my 1928 Victoria I see 8 Bolts from front fender flanges to the splashguard and several from rear fender flanges to the splashguard, whether these are the 12 bolts listed in part catalog and the splashguards are only resting the frame rails and rely on the body hold down bolts to secure them is unknown to me.

    Jacking the body after removing the hold down nuts & washers and loosening the steering column at the dash board, gear shift linkage to trans then vacuum gauge copper tube and electrical wiring from engine compartment to body could be just using floor jacks with left and right side front to rear 4x4 wood floor reinforcement blocks. Not a half hour job by any means.

    Stude8

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    Photograph by Willard R. Culver

    Studebaker was thinking big in 1931. On the field outside the auto company's Indiana proving ground, this wooden model of the President Four Season Roadster served as both advertisement and tourist attraction. More than twice the length of a normal Studebaker, the 11,000-pound (5,000-kilogram) giant could fit 50 people on its running boards and occasionally hosted an orchestra—the 25-piece Studebaker Champions—in its cockpit. But by September 1936, when this photo was published in the Geographic, the oversize roadster was no more. "Studebaker styling had progressed to a point where it no longer bore even a passing resemblance to the big car," says Andrew Beckman, archivist at South Bend's Studebaker National Museum. "In the spring of 1936, the fender was ignited, and in less than half an hour the President was reduced to ashes."

    This photo appeared in National Geographic Magazine in 1936 and shows a 1935 Studebaker Sedan driven alongside the wooden display model of a 1931 Studebaker Roadster adjacent to Indiana state highway 2 at New Carlisle, IN. It was chosen to add some color to this collection of pre-1946 images which are mostly black & white.

    Stude8

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