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redcreeper
07-21-2008, 10:19 PM
my 55 commander 4 dr has a little foam handle race wheel and I want a full size studebaker steering wheel.
do most wheels from years near 55 fit?
would a 52 fit on my 55 there are 2 on ebay right now.
anyone here have a decent one from a 55 for sale?
thanks for any help. Brian

1955 Commander

N8N
07-21-2008, 10:30 PM
I think you are probably looking for a wheel from a 53-56 sedan. A C-K wheel will work but will be appx. 1" smaller in diameter. A later wheel will not fit. I don't know about earlier wheels. However I'd be curious to see how the aftermarket wheel was fitted; you may have a later steering column because a Grant adapter is available for those but I am not aware of one for the early style steering shaft.

nate

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55 Commander Starlight
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redcreeper
07-21-2008, 10:47 PM
nate they have some kind of kit on it there is a hub cover and an aluminum splined adapter that has 3 bolt holes that match the wheel and there is a small screw that is half way through the collumn shaft the horn ring was in the glove box and the horn cap was under the seat most the threds are worn out and its been on and off more than was designed to. I need about 18" of wheel to swing this gun boat around. the lil 12" race wheel was made for going straight. guess ill skip the 52's on ebay
Brian

1955 Commander

BobGlasscock
07-21-2008, 10:52 PM
First off, I don't know about 'swappin'. While looking for mine ('50 Champion) I learned that all 18" wheels are the same. If so, and the 52s are 18", they ought to work.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff019.jpghttp://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg316/studebakerbob/SDC%20avatar/Studebakerstuff018.jpg

redcreeper
07-22-2008, 12:01 AM
Bob
I had hoped there were several years that would fit and the fact that its not a perfect match by year and style, don't matter as much to me than its just a studebaker. And much larger than the THING thats on it now. By swap I mean take off the one on there now and put on a real one, although the instalation was clever I would be happy to share how it was done and give away the foam thing. My guess is there are lots of guys here who have done stuff way above the league of this lil trick out job.
What did you discover during your search for your wheel? do most all full size wheels fit each other? And just the newer smaller models not fit? are most of the spline shafts the same size and depth?

1955 Commander

fstst56
07-22-2008, 12:09 AM
If you can't find a Studebaker wheel, Grant makes a semi/motorhome size wheel that might fit your adapter. Or try a shop that specializes in semi repairs, they have some nice wood rim wheels that might fit also. Without power steering, I know what you're talking about!

lstude
07-22-2008, 07:48 AM
I have a green steering wheel. I think it is a 56. If I can find it, I will let you have it real cheap.

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/MyStudebakernobackgroundsm.jpg

BobGlasscock
07-22-2008, 08:58 AM
I was told that all the Champ p/u wheels would interchange with 18" wheels. The one I ended up getting was off a late '40s Champ and is a dead ringer for the original on my Champion. Same cosmetic ridges, everything. I had no problem at all finding one from a few vendors, but they all had some cracking. I just chose the one I wanted. I don't know how many 'store' vendors have them, but call some 'guys' who have Stude parts in the barn.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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Flashback
07-22-2008, 09:58 AM
I can't be sure on the 52 wheel, but I can tell you that there is no difference in the fit on 17 and 18 in wheels. My 53 coupe has a wheel
on it now that came off my 55 4 dr. commander. There ia a cosmetic difference in the various wheels, but the 53-55 wheels will interchange for sure. 2 spoke, 3 spoke, half horn ring, full horn ring,17 and 18 all fit the same shaft. I think there are a lot of other years, but these I have interchanged. I also belive the m-5 I had had the same shaft, but can't say for sure.

Tex in Alabama
55 4-dr
53 4-dr
53 Coupe



Tex E. Grier

Roscomacaw
07-22-2008, 01:05 PM
I have a couple of decent 55 wheels here. With horn rings, no less. Put one of these in your car and you can brag that it's been on the cover of Turning Wheels - which it will be.;)

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

redcreeper
07-22-2008, 07:37 PM
Great to hear such good news. send me any info about the wheel you have available to my email, we live in Independence Mo. 64052 for shipping ideas, retrostuffagain@yahoo.com
Thanks again guys for making studebaker such a fun experence.
Brian

1955 Commander

redcreeper
07-24-2008, 06:41 PM
leonard did you find the green 56 wheel, send me an email and let me know what you found.
Mr Biggs a 55 wheel would be ideal but a photo celebrity sounds expensive. I don't run with hollywood types. Ha ha although I do brag from time to time. Would you need me to wait till after the big day?
send me an idea of what you have and what it would cost to send it this way.
retrostuffagain@yahoo.com
Independence MO, 64052
Thanks Brian

1955 Commander

redcreeper
08-02-2008, 10:20 PM
This has been one of my better projects, I got some great help from Mr Biggs / Bob K he came through with a sweet deal on a TW celebrity photo wheel its the green one. yeah thats right brraggin rights I got a stude wheel now yee haa. and then Bob sent along the parts I needed because when they put that lil foam racing wheel on they got rid of the stude parts to make the thing fit and work. It took me a while to make all the adjustments but the horn works real good now and loud, ask all the neighbors. I bet I must have honked the horn for about an hour till it was just right. Thanks for all the ideas.
Thanks for the replys and support, Thanks for making studebaker so much fun. No other car I ever had was made into such an experence and its you guys that make it what it is

My 1955 Commander
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n404/commanderhappy/burnienose-1-1-1.jpg
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n404/commanderhappy/steeringwheels1.jpg

AKA Burnie

Roscomacaw
08-03-2008, 07:18 PM
Burnie, glad I could help. How about a better photo of your 55?[8D]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

redcreeper
08-10-2008, 05:36 PM
I got a cell phone yesterday and its got a camera in it but I havent figured out how to get them off the phone and onto the photobucket. Still working on this new computer thing.
these new electronics are fun but it takes me forever to figure them out.
I still have a dial phone in the house and the grandkids hate it because they just want to push buttons, and there is no answer machine. But on the upside there is a huge bell that rings the little ones run through the house screaming MULE BARN and grab the thing because its so loud, they are the answer machine. I will figure it out soon and get updates posted and the film developed from the last months then the kids will scan and email to me . I got the email figured out ok. Oh and the cars name is burnie because of the fire, Mine is Brian

My 1955 Commander
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n404/commanderhappy/burnienose-1-1-1.jpg
AKA Burnie

Roscomacaw
08-10-2008, 09:50 PM
I'm with ya on this tech stuff, Brian. About the time I learn how to work one gadget, it's obsolete!:(

BTW, someone charaterized that photo as a "pile of steering wheels". Took me quite some doing to find different length pegs and pins to pound into the ground and even greater effort to get the wheels to balance on those poles!;)

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

redcreeper
08-19-2008, 12:16 AM
Ok I think I figured out how to send camera phone to computer well actualy the kids get the credit, I still need to enter phone numbers in the list.
This is Burnie my 55 comander in the drive next to my 49 Detroiter Coach.
Notice the diffrence in the grade of polish at the seam below the window, left is G6 and still fuzzy right is clear and was F9 compounding only so far.
Notice the hood is now another color. Thats why we call her Burnie had to get rid of the fire dammage, cant let the old girl sit there looking poorly

My 1955 Commander
AKA Burnie
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n404/commanderhappy/55/BurnieandDetroiter.jpg

Roscomacaw
08-19-2008, 02:05 PM
Hey! Burnie's lookin' good. So's the Detroiter. I lived in a 47 vingate mobile home for a couple of years in the early 80s. Loved all the REAL wood inside.[^]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

StudeRich
08-20-2008, 06:46 PM
Brian; are you trying to say something about some Brand of Aluminum polish or grade being better than others?
Not too many of us steel car guys are Aircraft owners or polishers, so I for one, do not have a clue what you are saying!

Can you see a difference, from left to right? I can only see the diff. from top to bottom right, where I guess you have not done yet!

What brand and where do you buy this G6 and F9 Aluminum polish stuff? [?]

Studebaker content: I have a sheet Aluminum camper shell on my '62 Transtar 1 Ton Dually, that needs shining up!


quote:Originally posted by redcreeper

Notice the diffrence in the grade of polish at the seam below the window, left is G6 and still fuzzy right is clear and was F9 compounding only so far.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

redcreeper
08-22-2008, 09:27 PM
well if you see where I compounded around the window and from the bottom right corner of the window going down there is a seam with screws.
on each side I used a diffrent grade of grit and if you look into the reflection you can see one side is blured the other not so much.
The point I was surprised at was the harsh grit F9 gave a cleaner clearer reflection.
the G6 is something new that starts out as a medium grit and works out to a fine grit and results seem to vary on the amount of age or grime you have.
The name of the product is Nuvite and you can get it online I got mine from vintage trailer supply. Its all priced about the same wherever you find it as in very high. A quarter pound is about $45. and looks like a pint. There is a mothers product I saw at the auto store that was a kit with a sponge ball to put on a drill and you use it to shine aluminum mag wheels. I have seen what it will do but have not yet bought any. if the sheet you have is newer clean and not covered with oxidation you would want a fine grit and a half pound will do my whole 20 foot trailer so it wont take much the only trick I can share is keep the rpm down in the hundreds this is not a paint polish method alluminum will become fluid and float fill in scratches and raise debris to the surface the compound pad will turn black and you will need to wash it after you do say a 4' by 4' area I use tide but some use tsp. compounding is used when the surface is as bad as what you see


My 1955 Commander
AKA Burnie
http://i338.photobucket.com/albums/n404/commanderhappy/55/BurnieandDetroiter.jpg