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Studebaker Wheel
08-28-2017, 06:43 PM
I have recently reproduced the visor sleeve for the Automatic Drive cars for 1953-1954. See images below. Exact copy, slides easily over the visor just like the original. $25 postpaid for anyone interested. I am certain this one came off a '54 and am almost certain that the '53 would be the same. Curious if anyone out there has one for a '53 and '55 for comparison? Thanks.

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studegary
08-28-2017, 10:14 PM
I have an original for 1953. Mine is not for a "widow" <G>. I can't believe that this is something else that I have that you do not have.

EDIT: I got my 1953 visor sleeve out to compare it. I did not read every word, but it appears to be the same, both sides. The number in the upper left on mine is "W719". I can not read the number on yours.
Mine came from the original owner of one of the 1953 Commander Starliners that I owned. I knew the original owners and the car since the car was new.

S2Deluxe
08-28-2017, 10:25 PM
I have an original for 1953. Mine is not for a "widow" <G>. I can't believe that this is something else that I have that you do not have.

Well, only if it's some how different from the one, he has, from a '54?

Mark

StudeNewby
08-28-2017, 10:31 PM
The number in the upper left on mine is "W719". I can not read the number on yours.

Yep...'tis the same!

BobPalma
08-28-2017, 10:37 PM
I got my 1953 visor sleeve out to compare it. I did not read every word, but it appears to be the same, both sides. The number in the upper left on mine is W719. I can not read the number on yours.

:) Right, Gary. I'm able to read the upper left corner notation on Richard's reproduction and it indeed says W719. ;) :cool: BP

Studebaker Wheel
08-28-2017, 10:41 PM
I have an original for 1953. Mine is not for a "widow" <G>. I can't believe that this is something else that I have that you do not have.

EDIT: I got my 1953 visor sleeve out to compare it. I did not read every word, but it appears to be the same, both sides. The number in the upper left on mine is "W719". I can not read the number on yours.
Mine came from the original owner of one of the 1953 Commander Starliners that I owned. I knew the original owners and the car since the car was new.

EDIT: I just checked my original 1952 sleeve and it has he same form number W719 so it appears they used the same form number for all visor sleeves regardless of year so back to square one!.

I do have the 1952 version (reprinted) in case anyone is interested (price is the same). Side one shown below. It is a bit longer than the '54 at 17 1/8" vs 15 1/2" and shows the '52 steering wheel and shift quadrant. Now wondering about the 1950 and '51?

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studegary
08-28-2017, 10:57 PM
Well, only if it's some how different from the one, he has, from a '54?

Mark

Technically you are correct ('53 & '54 the same item). I think the first item that Richard, Asa, Fred and others did not have that I have is an original 100,000 mile club plate. The repro's were made from my original.

tim333
08-29-2017, 02:12 AM
If it's correct for a 51 Landcruiser I'll take one.

Studebaker Wheel
08-29-2017, 03:03 AM
Technically you are correct ('53 & '54 the same item). I think the first item that Richard, Asa, Fred and others did not have that I have is an original 100,000 mile club plate. The repro's were made from my original.

You mean one of these (below)? I like the patina! There was another style that came out in 1936 that I have. John Brichetto at Autosport Specialties reproduced the 20's style back in the '80s and a lot of them have survived but originals are quite scarce.

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S2Deluxe
08-29-2017, 08:29 AM
Technically you are correct ('53 & '54 the same item). I think the first item that Richard, Asa, Fred and others did not have that I have is an original 100,000 mile club plate. The repro's were made from my original.

Ok then, there is always that!

Mark

Jeff_H
08-29-2017, 09:15 AM
I am surprised that a '53 version doesn't have a tri-star on the horn button in the drawing? Maybe that is a "late" '53 printing vs a early one?? Then again, it does not have a lazy S either.

This reminds me my folk's new '78 Ford Fairmont wagon had a sleeve like this on the driver's visor with "Starting Instructions". It got left on there for years until it was ripped and shabby before it was thrown away.

Mike Sal
08-29-2017, 01:10 PM
Ah, the Fairmont.....I always thought that's what the future Studebakers would look like if they had continued on. I always had a fanciful idea of taking one and "modifying" it into a Studebaker clone......alas, Fairmonts are about as rare as Studebakers these days....
Mike Sal

rockne10
08-29-2017, 08:54 PM
"Now wondering about the 1950 and '51?" Wonder no more. ;)

The '50 and '51 Commander sleeve was different; primarily the steering wheel image, as the DG200 itself was the same, though the stock reference of W719 did not change from '50 through '55. I reproduced the '50, '51 Commander sleeve (the Champion is slightly different; only difference being the m.p.h. shift points) a number of years ago, as well as the 16 page glove box Automatic Drive Owner's Guide, scanned from an original that appears to have been stored in the glove box for a few decades. The sleeve is on original 70# weight Hamm Via Light Green stock, and I offer the two together for $35 including USPS delivery. Sleeve alone is $20 postpaid and glove box guide alone $15. Note this is the '50, '51 Commander version; not the '53-'55 version nor '52 offered by Mr. Quinn. Sleeve is 6-1/8x17 and Owner's Guide is 3-5/8x6-1/8. Either can be delivered to Reedsville less $5 postage.
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1954khardtop
08-29-2017, 09:18 PM
Richard, PM sent

61LaRk4dr
08-29-2017, 10:00 PM
"Now wondering about the 1950 and '51?" Wonder no more. ;)

The '50 and '51 Commander sleeve was different; primarily the steering wheel image, as the DG200 itself was the same, though the stock reference of W719 did not change from '50 through '55. I reproduced the '50, '51 Commander sleeve (the Champion is slightly different; only difference being the m.p.h. shift points) a number of years ago, as well as the 16 page glove box Automatic Drive Owner's Guide, scanned from an original that appears to have been stored in the glove box for a few decades. The sleeve is on original 70# weight Hamm Via Light Green stock, and I offer the two together for $35 including USPS delivery. Sleeve alone is $20 postpaid and glove box guide alone $15. Note this is the '50, '51 Commander version; not the '53-'55 version nor '52 offered by Mr. Quinn. Sleeve is 6-1/8x17 and Owner's Guide is 3-5/8x6-1/8. Either can be delivered to Reedsville less $5 postage.
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I can attest to these fine reproductions. I put both in my 1951 Land Cruiser and they look good, well worth the money.

studegary
08-29-2017, 10:02 PM
You mean one of these (below)? I like the patina! There was another style that came out in 1936 that I have. John Brichetto at Autosport Specialties reproduced the 20's style back in the '80s and a lot of them have survived but originals are quite scarce.



Yes. John Brichetto made his repro's based on my original. He looked at my original, made some tracings and made notes of colors, but did not have my good plate when he made his. Considering this, the repro's came out pretty good. I was thinking that was in the 1970s. John did not get them made immediately. I guess that the repro's are now about 35 years old.
Back then, when I checked around, including with you, no one had an original (at least that they either remembered or admitted).

1954khardtop
09-07-2017, 10:37 PM
I just received the 1954 auto drive visor sleeve from Richard Quinn, aka Studebaker Wheel. It looks great, a nice touch at a car show. Great product, quick delivery, thanks Richard.

Studebaker Wheel
09-08-2017, 01:17 AM
Glad it met with your approval Dwight. Now I am wondering if it may have also been used on the '55s? Anyone have an original of that one for comparison?