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danger831
07-13-2009, 09:44 AM
Hello I am new to this forum and new to Studebaker ownership i just got a 1950 2dr that is in good original condition and would like to restore it the body is solid with one exception under the rear fender rock guards the fenders are completely rusted nothing remaining to rebuild from. So can I get replacement fenders or at least the front lower corners? I have many more questions but the fenders are the biggest concern for me thanks for your help.

Roscomacaw
07-13-2009, 09:56 AM
There's currently no patch panels for that problem. You'll have to find good used ones to work with. 50 - 51 - 52 2door fenders will work. Earlier years would fit up, but the taillight placement is different. Figure on paying somewhere between $200 to $500 for really solid ones, IF you can find such. Since all the fenders suffered the same malady, what you might hope to find is some that have some rust in that area, but have enough meat left to work with.

Good luck with your search and WELCOME to the forum.:D

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

danger831
07-13-2009, 03:54 PM
Thanks so who has some that at least the front bottom are still good I'm ready to buy if the price is ok.Or does any one know a shop that can fix mine?

Roscomacaw
07-13-2009, 05:28 PM
Dan, I see you're in Texas. With something as big as these rear fenders, location can be a big factor. It's not something one can stuff in a Priority Mail Flat Rate box!;)

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

rockne10
07-13-2009, 07:21 PM
Fabricating those corners is not impossible; tedious, but not impossible.

Roscomacaw
07-13-2009, 09:30 PM
I suppose that's true Brad. And what's more, it wouldn't have to be perfection if you were going to install the gravel guards that belong there. It's usually the gravel guards fault to a degree, that it's all rusted out in the first place.[}:)]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Anne F. Goodman
07-13-2009, 09:43 PM
I will know more tomorrow on a 2door 50 will post then

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe
Fresno,Ca
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tim87114
07-14-2009, 02:06 AM
while anne is checking on the fenders I'll give you some insite on trouble spots.

The below pics are from two different bodies of 1949 Champions.

Front body mounts bolted to the cross member. This is directly infront of the door behind the front wheel. Always a rusty area.
http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww281/tim87114/PIC-0494.jpg

http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww281/tim87114/PIC-0492.jpg
the area here will rust through to the inner floor corner by the door post.

Trunk, rear most body mounts.
http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww281/tim87114/PIC-0489-1.jpg

Directly behind the rust you are describing, check that entire inner fender area.
http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww281/tim87114/PIC-0490-1.jpg

Also the floor pans, and trunk pans will get rusty if the door seals have leakage issues. Another common problem is the seal around the door. The body shells had a "channel" built into them. The channel is what the door seals ride in. They get rusty as well.
I'm only showing you this so if your car is in good shape then these would be areas to just keep a good eye on over the years. If you have surface rust or rust bubbles then it is best to take care of it now rather than later, meaning when you can, a few years and that metal may not be so good.

My photobucket of 1949 champion restoration
http://s728.photobucket.com/albums/ww281/tim87114/

danger831
07-14-2009, 01:17 PM
Thanks everyone I appreciate the worm welcome. I do agree that shipping is expensive for big stuff but so is a good body man so if you know of some good rear fenders I would love to know about them also not as important but I could use an extra front right fender and a trunk lid to save me from doing body work.

Roscomacaw
07-14-2009, 01:37 PM
I've got all but the trunklid, in what I consider to be very good condition. The rear fenders have some distortions to them, but are really very solid. I say very solid, but there IS some perforation on one of them right where the gravel guard held water and dirt for 40 years, but there's enough left to rebuild them. They would require the attentions of a body man, either way. You'll have to get awfully, awfully lucky to find 60-year old fenders that don't require some attention!
I'm kinda amazed that someone hasn't popped these rear fenders (front ones too - for bullet nosed cars) in fibreglass.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Anne F. Goodman
07-14-2009, 05:29 PM
Well the 50 two door at the Auction went for more than I was willing to pay. Sorry about that. I am pleased to say that both were sold and have a new chance at getting back on the road. I went to make sure that they didn't end up as scrap.

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe
Fresno,Ca
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/xmasannecopy.jpghttp://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/GusMater.jpghttp://s122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/th_DSCN17232008-01-01.jpghttp://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/54%20Commander%20Regal%20Coupe/3539580552_f5500eb0d8-1-1.jpg