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ghcoe
02-08-2008, 06:41 PM
I have a 1951 Studebaker Commander starlight coup that is solid, but needs a restoration. I will be restoring to a period mild custom. The interior was gone in this vehicle except the seats and front door panels. I will be doing a custom interior, but want the essence of the original to show. If someone has some interior shots of their Commander or Champion Starlight coup I would be interested in seeing them so I can get some ideas. Also I would like to see some shots of how the rear deck and panels blend to the rear window. Was there a trim piece back there or what? Thanks,

George
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lstude
02-08-2008, 07:07 PM
This is a picture of the interior of a 51 Commander Starlight from the 51 brochure. Not sure the door panel is correct though.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/51StudebakerbrochureCommandercoupei.jpg

This is from a 51 Commander that was on eBay a while back. The arm rest storage compartment door is open on this one.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/51Commandercoupeinteriorrear.jpg

Leonard Shepherd
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lstude
02-08-2008, 07:07 PM
This is a picture of the interior of a 51 Commander Starlight from the 51 brochure. Not sure the door panel is correct though.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/51StudebakerbrochureCommandercoupei.jpg

This is from a 51 Commander that was on eBay a while back. The arm rest storage compartment door is open on this one.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/51Commandercoupeinteriorrear.jpg

Leonard Shepherd
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http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p235/lstude1/MeatSouthBendsm1.jpg

rockne10
02-08-2008, 08:05 PM
Unfortunetly, I don't have pictures of the interior of my '51 State. The above pictures both look correct. In the top picture, you can just barely see the edge of the vinyl that trims the front door. It's similar in shape to the outer door sculpture of the 1953's, separated from the broadcloth with a thin strip of stainless and extending to the front and bottom of the door.

The front armrest, at least on the State trim, is covered with the same vinyl, with a patch of broadcloth on the front and rear ends.

There was no trim or garnish molding around the back window.

The factory photo was obviously taken without a front seat in the car.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

rockne10
02-08-2008, 08:05 PM
Unfortunetly, I don't have pictures of the interior of my '51 State. The above pictures both look correct. In the top picture, you can just barely see the edge of the vinyl that trims the front door. It's similar in shape to the outer door sculpture of the 1953's, separated from the broadcloth with a thin strip of stainless and extending to the front and bottom of the door.

The front armrest, at least on the State trim, is covered with the same vinyl, with a patch of broadcloth on the front and rear ends.

There was no trim or garnish molding around the back window.

The factory photo was obviously taken without a front seat in the car.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

mbstude
02-08-2008, 08:17 PM
Dave, my uncle has told me that when they first dragged home his '51 Starlight, they were unaware of the storage compartments in the back. When they had the interior redone, they found quite a few liquor bottles under the armrests. Of course, considering who they got the car from (original owner), it wasn't surprising. [:o)]

And I'm SURE that his Starlight isn't the only one to have those 'items' stored in there. ;)

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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mbstude
02-08-2008, 08:17 PM
Dave, my uncle has told me that when they first dragged home his '51 Starlight, they were unaware of the storage compartments in the back. When they had the interior redone, they found quite a few liquor bottles under the armrests. Of course, considering who they got the car from (original owner), it wasn't surprising. [:o)]

And I'm SURE that his Starlight isn't the only one to have those 'items' stored in there. ;)

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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mbstude
02-08-2008, 08:25 PM
I wonder how many Cops "back-in-the-day" were Stude guys and knew of those compartments... [?]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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mbstude
02-08-2008, 08:25 PM
I wonder how many Cops "back-in-the-day" were Stude guys and knew of those compartments... [?]

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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rockne10
02-08-2008, 08:36 PM
I thought about putting drain holes in there to dissipate the melting ice.[:o)] Then I discovered those Rubbermaid plastic paks of Blue Ice. PERFECT!

Nothing like an ice cold Pepsi after a long drive.;)

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

rockne10
02-08-2008, 08:36 PM
I thought about putting drain holes in there to dissipate the melting ice.[:o)] Then I discovered those Rubbermaid plastic paks of Blue Ice. PERFECT!

Nothing like an ice cold Pepsi after a long drive.;)

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

ghcoe
02-08-2008, 08:54 PM
Ok, thanks for the pictures. That helps a lot. I could not figure out how the side panel and headliner transitioned into the window seal. Once I saw the seal over the panel in the picture it made sense to me. Three of the windows are in the car and one is missing. I kept looking at the window without the seal and I could not figure it out. I did not realize that the rubber extended into the car that far. I can now see the tacking strips under the other three seals. Thanks,

George
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ghcoe
02-08-2008, 08:54 PM
Ok, thanks for the pictures. That helps a lot. I could not figure out how the side panel and headliner transitioned into the window seal. Once I saw the seal over the panel in the picture it made sense to me. Three of the windows are in the car and one is missing. I kept looking at the window without the seal and I could not figure it out. I did not realize that the rubber extended into the car that far. I can now see the tacking strips under the other three seals. Thanks,

George
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ghcoe
02-08-2008, 09:00 PM
Looks like the door panel is correct in the above photo. You can just barely see the chrome strip. Here is a shot of what was left of mine.

http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10059/normal_Memory%20Card%20Download%205-4-07%20568%20small.JPG

George
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ghcoe
02-08-2008, 09:00 PM
Looks like the door panel is correct in the above photo. You can just barely see the chrome strip. Here is a shot of what was left of mine.

http://racingstudebakers.com/coppermine/albums/userpics/10059/normal_Memory%20Card%20Download%205-4-07%20568%20small.JPG

George
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mbstude
02-08-2008, 09:24 PM
quote:Before my time. :D

Same here. ;)

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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mbstude
02-08-2008, 09:24 PM
quote:Before my time. :D

Same here. ;)

Matthew Burnette
'59 Scotsman
'63 Daytona
Hazlehurst, GA
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StudeRich
02-09-2008, 01:15 PM
That looks like an easy to duplicate door panel if you very carefully straighten the tabs on the back of that stainless moulding, NOT all the way, just enough to remove it so as not to break them off, you can re-install it on the new door panels.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
02-09-2008, 01:15 PM
That looks like an easy to duplicate door panel if you very carefully straighten the tabs on the back of that stainless moulding, NOT all the way, just enough to remove it so as not to break them off, you can re-install it on the new door panels.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA