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lelshaddai
03-23-2018, 05:54 PM
I picked up these tires and rims today and I cannot decide whether to run it with the rims white, could paint them black or run it with the original wheel discs. If I run it with the wheels discs I get a little white showing, mini white wall. I have not pushed the discs on yet so I have not roughed up the rims. This car is all original. The top will probably be painted Ivory to change the black. I am leaning to put the wheel discs on. However I respect the opinions of the group.

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StudeRich
03-23-2018, 06:08 PM
You have raised White Letter Tires which are mostly Black, so you for sure would not want Black Wheels, no contrast. :(

The Wheel Rim showing a little, is the Normal Wheel Cover look and looks Great, so there is NOTHING wrong with that, so what's not to like? ...NOT a "Mini White Wall".
A little mod here and there won't hurt, but something Major Like Body Color will lose the 1951 "Look".

Of course original Wheels would have been Body Color on Most Colors except for sure Black, but that's an easy fix if you tire of it.

However for an original Car, there were no Two-Tones and the Coppertone is not original, so make it the Solid Color of YOUR Choice depending on your Interior choice, it could be ANY Original Color.

skyway
03-23-2018, 06:08 PM
I'd like that car with a white top to match what little will show of the rims.
...and since the bronze metallic is already not stock, what the heck!

lelshaddai
03-23-2018, 06:38 PM
The car was originally Maui Blue. At this time I was not going to repaint it except the top. At one time it had a headliner fire and they painted it with black house paint, brush strokes and all. The interior was melted. So I am starting over. It will be black and grey. It is to be a fun Original driver. It now has all the options, Cig lighter, working clock, heater, State level trim, is was a state level car to begin with. Electrical is finished so it is driveable right now. Wife says I have to put in seatbelts though. No rust so I will start interior next week.

Jerry Forrester
03-23-2018, 07:06 PM
I like red wheels. No matter what color the car is. But I am considered 'color blind' so that may have something to do with it.

rockne10
03-23-2018, 08:42 PM
I like red wheels. No matter what color the car is. But I am considered 'color blind' so that may have something to do with it.Literature I've read indicates wheels left the factory with a coat of Comanche Red. But I've seen too many unmolested '50-'51's with black wheels to accept that as fact.


This car is all original.
Except '51 Starlight Coupes weren't equipped with '50 nose bullets and were never two-toned.
But, regardless of originality, these Starlights are the iconic Studebakers of lore. Make it what you want and enjoy. The rest of the public will follow. ;)

StudeRich
03-23-2018, 08:50 PM
Literature I've read indicates wheels left the factory with a coat of Comanche Red. But I've seen too many unmolested '50-'51's with black wheels to accept that as fact.

Red Wheels were only on Black Cars, NONE would be Black, that would be the SAME as most cars of the Day had on their tire sidewalls. :( Can you say Ugly? :D

lelshaddai
03-23-2018, 10:57 PM
I forgot about the 50 nose. Previous owner put it on. I like it better than the 51 nose. The two tone will be to cover the bun area on the top. It should go well overall. The car is all Studebaker though. :)

TWChamp
03-24-2018, 09:30 AM
I think the car would look best painted in any one of the original colors. Here are pictures of two of the original wheel colors for 1950 Champions. The red is on my 2 door, and the blue is an original painted spare on a darker blue 2 door Champion.


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JRoberts
03-24-2018, 01:42 PM
If you are painting the car black/grey, I would paint the wheels grey. I am usually not a fan of full wheel covers, but the ones you have shown here are really beautiful.

RadioRoy
03-24-2018, 02:02 PM
I think two tone paint on a bullet nose looks terrible and certainly not "all original" but that is my opinion.

Hallabutt
03-24-2018, 02:25 PM
Certainly not original color combination. I don't even remember two tone 51's. Hate to argue the point, but wheels were body color in 1950, but not on all 1951's. We have an original maroon 50 Starlight coupe, and light green 51 four door. The 50 has definitely body colored wheels, but the 51 definitely had yellow wheels, until I painted a set maroon. Experience has taught me, that that in spite of the color, the factory indicated was to go with a particular body color, the production people often used what they had a supply of. My guess is that they didn't want to stop the production line, because they lacked a particular colored wheel.

RadioRoy
03-24-2018, 04:24 PM
1950 Wheels were only body color on certain colors. Most color cars had different colored wheels. there is a booklet that Studebaker put out listing what wheel color went with what body color.

lelshaddai
03-24-2018, 06:11 PM
True, I guess "all original" is not correct. How about very original. The only reason for the two tone is to cover up the damaged paint from the headliner fire. The copper was not going to get repainted anytime soon. This is to be a fun car that was close enough to original for people to enjoy. :)

TWChamp
03-24-2018, 06:32 PM
If you are painting the car black/grey, I would paint the wheels grey. I am usually not a fan of full wheel covers, but the ones you have shown here are really beautiful.

There was a nice set of 4 of those wheel covers on ebay the other day, and I was going to bid on them, but forgot to get my bid in.
I was wondering if these are the ones?

lelshaddai
03-24-2018, 06:41 PM
No, I bought these over a year ago from someone on the forum. I really do like them for full wheel. I was at a show today and people liked the discs. A 58 or 59 Hawk won the orphan class over 3 hudsosn, A Hudson terra plane, 2 Metropolitans and my 51.