View Full Version : Info on upholstery 36 Dictator

03-15-2009, 06:55 PM
[:X]Hi all,
My 36 Dictator(Cathy) is mechanically sound now. So now I'd like to get her reupholstered by Cottonwood. I need to know the correct colors Studebaker used for there 36's. It has the original fabric in it but itís so faded I canít make heads or tails of what color itís supposed to be. The car is supposed to be a teal like green, but the painting will be the last thing done. After the upholstery it'll be the dash and inside trim, then the glass and last will be the paint. All takes money so it is a process but what a beauty she is no matter how she looks. Any help would help; I do want her as original as I can.

Rhonda aka Red2ubabe

Rhonda aka Red2ubabe

03-16-2009, 08:30 PM
I debated responding last night, since I don't know, but I'll try to get some discussion going.
My impression is most Studes of the period, unless special ordered, were pretty standard with taupe doors and headliners and gray seats.
Here's a poorly lighted picture of the interior of my '33. The headliner looks much darker than it is. It matches the door panels.

Maybe we can generate some more knowledgeable comments.

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

07-08-2009, 10:04 AM
hey i have a 36 also just got it from my uncle and he gave me a few sheets of samples from a company that supposibly shows what was available in 36. but i do have most of my interior and some of it still shows what the color was when i get home today i'll take some pics if i have time and post them on here for you.

if it's too loud your too old

07-08-2009, 10:28 AM
If I understood you correctly, your car still has the original upholstery. Sometimes you can find an edge or corner that has been protected from the sun and other contaminants that still shows the original color. Look at places like where the door panel rolls behind the panel board and where the seat back covers the seat bottom.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona, both w/overdrive.Searcy,Arkansas
"I may be lazy, but I'm not shiftless."

07-08-2009, 11:52 AM

What 52-fan said. That is the best advice. There should be unfaded upholstery on the underside of a seat or door panel.


07-08-2009, 12:07 PM
Hey "Red," I am a little concerned about your order of tasks in your restoration. There are other folks on this forum with more experience than I have and should weigh in with their opinion (imagine that). All of my restorations have been post war cars so my opinion may not apply to a 36. However, I would think that the paint would come first, Upholstery second and glass last. Over-spray on upholstery and windshield glass, gaskets,trim, etc. can be devastating. Perhaps others will add some more solid opinions. Meanwhile, good luck with your project and pardon me while I envy you for having one of those elegant pre-war cars!:):):)

John Clary
Greer, SC
Life... is what happens as you are making plans.
SDC member since 1975

07-09-2009, 08:10 AM
Hi Rhonda,

Welcome to the Forum. I remember your cars from the old alt.autos News Group. Do you still have this one? (Coca Cola themed '64)

I don't want to hijack this thread. Good luck with the '36. Pre-war cars have a special place in our hobby. [^]

http://i309.photobucket.com/albums/kk388/JWW3_2008/My%20Studes/64conv-1.jpg http://i309.photobucket.com/albums/kk388/JWW3_2008/63%20Wagonaire/WgnSNM-1-1.jpg

Dick Clemens
07-09-2009, 10:26 AM
Hi Rhonda; Welcome to this forum. Look forward to seeing you and Sam next week. You are going to be at Cedar Rapids?

studedick from the lower Ozarks