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Noxnabaker
05-30-2018, 03:45 PM
Have anyone ever seen a -55 sedan with the rear lights & bumper matching up? I googled & found these:
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& here's my own Josephine who was the cause for me to start it:
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Has anybody seen a decent one? Ever...?

Commander Eddie
05-30-2018, 04:17 PM
Not sure to what you are referring? Are you referring to the bumper being straight and centered? Here is mine:

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Noxnabaker
05-30-2018, 04:59 PM
No, I mean the side-view, the chrome around the lights goes more forward than the bumper.
& it seems it's only like that on sedans.
Seriously nice one you have!

RadioRoy
05-30-2018, 06:47 PM
Not sure I grasp the original question.

The bumper is supposed to stick out farther than the lights. That's why/because it's a bumper. Would you prefer that the lights take the beating from the SUV who cannot parallel park?

JimK
05-30-2018, 09:52 PM
I'll give it a try -

I think that the OP is referring to how the forward (chrome) edge of the light is not in line with the forward edge of the bumper at the quarter panel. Bug or feature?

Lou Van Anne
05-30-2018, 10:14 PM
Bingo!....I think.[QUOTE=JimK;1112020]I'll give it a try -

I think that the OP is referring to how the forward (chrome) edge of the light is not in line with the forward edge of the bumper at the quarter panel. Bug or feature?[/QBingoUOTE]

55 56 PREZ 4D
05-30-2018, 10:57 PM
And.... the back end of the rocker panel ends short of the front edge of the rear wheelwell opening.

StudeRich
05-31-2018, 01:11 AM
It was close enough for Government, (Studebaker) Work! :rolleyes:

Wagons and C or K Models have completely different Tail Light Housings without the Huge wraparound, so you can't compare Sedans to them.

Yes, that is how they all are.

Noxnabaker
05-31-2018, 02:44 AM
Yep, it's the front of the side parts I mean. It's like as if they were planning a different bumper but then thought "Ah, the hood & grille is bad enough so people won't notice it anyway!" but 63 years later...

jimmijim8
06-01-2018, 06:16 AM
Picky are you? You probably would not have bought it had you noticed that design flaw> jimmijim

52-fan
06-01-2018, 08:58 AM
It looks fine for a grocery-getter. None of these cars were expected to last long enough for anyone to study them so close. :)

Mike Sal
06-01-2018, 09:30 AM
Probably the result between what the designers wanted (chrome in alignment) and what the bean counters allowed (no, use an existing part instead)....

Commander Eddie
06-01-2018, 10:38 AM
Honestly, it never caught my attention and no one else has ever mentioned it. I guess I tend to look at the overall look rather than small details.

52-fan
06-01-2018, 12:30 PM
If you want to "fix" it, I would recommend extending the bumper as the easiest route. After cutting, fitting, rechroming and the like you will have a masterpiece that others will be amazed by.....as soon as you point it out. ;)

Noxnabaker
06-01-2018, 01:25 PM
This sure became a bigger suxes than I imagned, nice! :)
I AM satisfied! & happy to enlighten some... ;)

(Josephine's gonna be customized in the front anyway so while I'll be at it...)

Studebakercenteroforegon
06-01-2018, 03:55 PM
You don’t suppose, that maybe- just maybe they knew exactly what they were doing with the ‘55 re-styling. The more massive tail light housing works for the “more chrome” theory that was guiding the looks of the ‘55 sedans. The large radius at the lower bottom of the housing indicates there was no intention of being a straight line at the housing/bumper area. The only thing that they couldn’t predict was that, some 60 years later that someone would critique the look.

thunderations
06-01-2018, 04:16 PM
Maybe it was forward thinking, that has soon as the bumper got tapped a few times it would line up and not bother anything.

jimmijim8
06-02-2018, 05:46 PM
55 sedans use the same front and rear bumpers as C K models cheers jimmijim

Noxnabaker
06-03-2018, 02:39 AM
I think thunderations nailed it best so far, this is fun, some serious & some... eh... :)

Xcalibur
06-03-2018, 08:28 PM
Sheesh. Clearly they were never intended to line up or they would. Design goals can and do change with time.

Noxnabaker
06-04-2018, 03:11 AM
My guess so far is that they planned a different bumper but... (& when it comes down to design goals & ideas I reckon that if you study the customizers of the time it's quite the same as today exept the ugly-giant-rims-with-as-little-rubber-as-possible of today.)
But I've been wrong before... ;)

55sedan
07-12-2018, 11:37 AM
Mine looks the same as yours. I like to think if it as selectively mis-aligned! Sort if the way the 55 grills never perfectly match the hoods. The 55’s seem to be a real love/hate for people. A one year design that switched again mid-run with the Ultra Vista change. I know it’s sacrilege to say but I have always preferred the big chrome front end of the 55 over the sleeker 53-54. Just one mans opinion.

63t-cab
07-12-2018, 12:18 PM
You took the words right out of My Mouth, always craved the 55s slab of front Chrome.


Mine looks the same as yours. I like to think if it as selectively mis-aligned! Sort if the way the 55 grills never perfectly match the hoods. The 55’s seem to be a real love/hate for people. A one year design that switched again mid-run with the Ultra Vista change. I know it’s sacrilege to say but I have always preferred the big chrome front end of the 55 over the sleeker 53-54. Just one mans opinion.

Noxnabaker
07-12-2018, 04:52 PM
We're all different, I prefer the -54 front most but the -55 has dashboard, wraparound windscreen & tail lights that are nicer, but that's only my opinion & I rather have my -55 & modify the front. (& it's gonna be 55-56 Dodge style because it's so much Studebaker! :) )