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DAVID BABCOCK

1933 ROCKNE INTERIOR ROPE RAIL HELP

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I  NEED  TO  FIND  WHERE  I  CAN  GET  A   REPLACEMENT   ROPE  RAIL  ON  MY  1933  ROCKNE.  THE  ROPE  IS  NOT  IN  BAD  SHAPE  BUT  THERE  IS  A  SPRING  INSIDE  THE  ROPE  AND  ITS  RUSTED  AND  BROKE.   ANY  IDEAS?       THANKS. 

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Actually it is referred to as a robe rail inasmuch as a lap robe was used in winter when most cars did not have heaters. Just thought you might want to know. By the way I do have a very nice original Studebaker accessory robe used in the '31 cars. Has the Studebaker name on the label.

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I used to see big long screen door springs in the hardware stores, would something like that fit inside?  Or maybe a bungee cord.  There are spring manufacturers that will make any size custom spring for you, but i doubt it would be inexpensive!

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Looks like the "rope" robe rails pictured above are two short for David so if anyone needs them....they are 32-1/4" when pulled straight from center-to-center of the mounting holes.

Scott

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David - Sorry to hi-jack your post for an advertisement ;)

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My all original '33 Rockne Standard has a static nickle plated robe bar, as opposed to flexible "rope".  I would be curious, as these little details fascinate me.

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My 1933 Studebaker Rockne 4Dr Sedan Deluxe has the robe rail just like David was inquiring about. Mine does not spring back. I took the hardware off the ends and had them rechromed, then I took color remover from a fabric store and soaked it overnight. It came out very good and matches my new interior.

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