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studehunter
03-05-2008, 06:55 PM
Chassis ready for the body
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/studehunter/body%20mounted/P3050254.jpg
Body On Chassis
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/studehunter/body%20mounted/P3050256.jpg
Engine / Firewall Area
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/studehunter/body%20mounted/P3050258.jpg
Engine / Firewall Area
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/studehunter/body%20mounted/P3050262.jpg
Rear Trunk Area
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/studehunter/body%20mounted/P3050263.jpg
Interior Firewall
http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/studehunter/body%20mounted/P3050264.jpg
So, What do you think about the restoration so far?

Thanks

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

Gary1953
03-05-2008, 07:00 PM
Domenic,
The restoration is looking very good. That will be a great looking car when done. You should be very proud.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l269/gsandes50/100_2151.jpg
Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

Gary1953
03-05-2008, 07:00 PM
Domenic,
The restoration is looking very good. That will be a great looking car when done. You should be very proud.

http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l269/gsandes50/100_2151.jpg
Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

clarkwd
03-05-2008, 07:37 PM
Great Job!
Bill

clarkwd
03-05-2008, 07:37 PM
Great Job!
Bill

rockne10
03-05-2008, 07:37 PM
If originality were an issue, I could nitpick with the shiney trunk interior but, I certainly wish mine looked that good![:p]

rockne10
03-05-2008, 07:37 PM
If originality were an issue, I could nitpick with the shiney trunk interior but, I certainly wish mine looked that good![:p]

Dick Steinkamp
03-05-2008, 07:38 PM
WOW! [:p]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
03-05-2008, 07:38 PM
WOW! [:p]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
03-05-2008, 07:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

If originality were an issue, I could nitpick with the shiney trunk interior but, I certainly wish mine looked that good![:p]


When I was in California over the weekend I checked out a '55 Commander coupe for sale. Original paint...pink with a black roof. The trunk and floors were shiny pink.

I'd say the paint on the floors of Domenic's car are better than Studebaker did (so is the frame, engine, etc.), but still original...and TO DIE FOR! [:p]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
03-05-2008, 07:51 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

If originality were an issue, I could nitpick with the shiney trunk interior but, I certainly wish mine looked that good![:p]


When I was in California over the weekend I checked out a '55 Commander coupe for sale. Original paint...pink with a black roof. The trunk and floors were shiny pink.

I'd say the paint on the floors of Domenic's car are better than Studebaker did (so is the frame, engine, etc.), but still original...and TO DIE FOR! [:p]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

studehunter
03-05-2008, 08:12 PM
Thanks Dick, I am really committed to trying to put the car back original.

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

studehunter
03-05-2008, 08:12 PM
Thanks Dick, I am really committed to trying to put the car back original.

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

JJB
03-05-2008, 08:25 PM
Very good job.


Jim Barker
Council Bluffs, Ia
'60 Hawk'

JJB
03-05-2008, 08:25 PM
Very good job.


Jim Barker
Council Bluffs, Ia
'60 Hawk'

studegary
03-06-2008, 04:29 PM
It really looks like you are doing a nice job on the car. I can't see your body tag. I hope that you remembered to put it on the car before you painted the cowl.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
03-06-2008, 04:29 PM
It really looks like you are doing a nice job on the car. I can't see your body tag. I hope that you remembered to put it on the car before you painted the cowl.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

52hawk
03-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Looks great! One thing- the climatizer lower panel,with a 4" round metal tube about 18" going forward[climatizer core hsng]won't go in after the gullwing x-member is installed.-[if it's one piece like mine]
I had to separate the 2 halves of mine to install it.Rusty any way,I'm gonna paint it and join it back together on the car with a rubber sleeve and hose clamps.

Oglesby,Il
61Hawk "Studebaker? It must be hard to find parts for those!"

52hawk
03-06-2008, 04:48 PM
Looks great! One thing- the climatizer lower panel,with a 4" round metal tube about 18" going forward[climatizer core hsng]won't go in after the gullwing x-member is installed.-[if it's one piece like mine]
I had to separate the 2 halves of mine to install it.Rusty any way,I'm gonna paint it and join it back together on the car with a rubber sleeve and hose clamps.

Oglesby,Il
61Hawk "Studebaker? It must be hard to find parts for those!"

studehunter
03-07-2008, 07:15 AM
Thanks for the info. I will keep that in mind

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

studehunter
03-07-2008, 07:15 AM
Thanks for the info. I will keep that in mind

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

N8N
03-07-2008, 10:07 AM
I think that climatizer thing is actually held together with a single sheetmetal screw (or is it two?) I had to replace the tube on my car as it was rusted through.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

N8N
03-07-2008, 10:07 AM
I think that climatizer thing is actually held together with a single sheetmetal screw (or is it two?) I had to replace the tube on my car as it was rusted through.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

tbredehoft
03-07-2008, 10:13 AM
The climatizer unit in my 55 President seems to be spot welded. It's fast and there are no screws in it.

BTW in the sedan, I was able to remove it without disturbing any frame members.

[img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars4.jpg[/img=left]
Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President State Sedan
(Under Construction) 134 hrs.
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

tbredehoft
03-07-2008, 10:13 AM
The climatizer unit in my 55 President seems to be spot welded. It's fast and there are no screws in it.

BTW in the sedan, I was able to remove it without disturbing any frame members.

[img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars4.jpg[/img=left]
Tom Bredehoft
'53 Commander Coupe
'55 President State Sedan
(Under Construction) 134 hrs.
'05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
All Indiana built cars

StudeRich
03-07-2008, 01:42 PM
That's REALLY a beautiful job Domenic![^]

You know when you start trying that hard to go all original, you pretty much have to go all the way, at least as far as you can, to make it correct. The thing that will really stand out as wrong with everything so correct, are those rear shocks. They should be BLACK, I don't know if the bright baby BLUE is the final coat or not, but it appears so, or you would not have put the body on.

That engine looks very correct, even down to the oil filter. Real nice![^]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
03-07-2008, 01:42 PM
That's REALLY a beautiful job Domenic![^]

You know when you start trying that hard to go all original, you pretty much have to go all the way, at least as far as you can, to make it correct. The thing that will really stand out as wrong with everything so correct, are those rear shocks. They should be BLACK, I don't know if the bright baby BLUE is the final coat or not, but it appears so, or you would not have put the body on.

That engine looks very correct, even down to the oil filter. Real nice![^]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

studehunter
03-07-2008, 03:54 PM
Studerich, You are correct, When I painted those shocks I was not aware of the correctness of the colors. I thought it would make for great contrast matching the color to the body color. How much do you think those blue shocks will hurt me in judging? Also do you know the correct color for the shocks.

Thanks

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe

studehunter
03-07-2008, 03:54 PM
Studerich, You are correct, When I painted those shocks I was not aware of the correctness of the colors. I thought it would make for great contrast matching the color to the body color. How much do you think those blue shocks will hurt me in judging? Also do you know the correct color for the shocks.

Thanks

Domenic Manera
1954 Regal Starlight Coupe