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Dick Steinkamp
02-10-2007, 08:43 PM
I'd like to put new emblems on my GT Hawk after the repaint (Hawk on C pillar, script and chevron on doors). I've not heard good things about the repoped ones (don't fit the factory holes).

Does anybody have recent experience with these? Any alternatives if they still don't fit?

Thanks.



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JDP
02-10-2007, 08:52 PM
You need to file the pins down on all of them, cut one pin off the birds

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT Hawk 4 speed
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

Dick Steinkamp
02-10-2007, 10:00 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

You need to file the pins down on all of them, cut one pin off the birds


So...the pins fit in the holes? They just need to be a little smaller in diameter?



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StudeDave57
02-10-2007, 10:46 PM
Yes, I have an opinion- it's mine and mine alone~

If they're anything like any of the other emblems/nameplates that have been 'repopped' they will more then likely start to pit or be discolored in 2-4 years.
Quality is NOT job one in China...

No, I'm NOT a fan of most 'repopped' stuff that is out there~
Next time it's NOS, rechromed, or none at all!!!

StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

JDP
02-10-2007, 10:51 PM
They take a bit of messing with. As I recall, I've installed them with just the pins (no clips) and a dab of construction adhesive.

64 Commander 2 dr.
64 Daytona HT
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
63 Avanti R1
63 Daytona convert
63 Lark 2 door
63 Lark 2 door #2
62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
62 Lark 2 door
62 GT Hawk 4 speed
60 Lark HT
60 Hawk
59 3E truck
52 Starliner
51 Commander

Blue 15G
02-11-2007, 11:37 AM
FWIW, I know from experience that the repopped "Studebaker" paint line scripts for the 53-54 roof pillars have oversized diameter pins that will promptly snap off when you press them on. [V] But 3M glue products always come to the rescue! [^]

mbstude
02-11-2007, 12:46 PM
I think the worst case I've had with any repop emblems is the chrome 'Studebaker' script. The 'S' and the 'r' tend to break off. That happened with the emblems on both doors of my truck. I replaced them with originals from parts cars. :D
I've heard bad things about a lot of other new emblems too. [V]
Thankfully the '63 Hawk still has all the emblems on it in pretty good condition. :)

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Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, Georgia
'59 Scotsman PU
'63 Daytona HT

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Scott
02-11-2007, 01:05 PM
I think the the reproduced birds are an abomination. They are great for indoor display, but aren't even made the same way as the originals. I have a friendly acquaintance in my town who owns a plating shop and replated my originals in gold. The metal underneath was pitted a little, so they aren't perfect, but they DO fit and he did it for almost nothing (sorry, I don't think he would offer the same to others, as it is outside his usual line of plating).

My recommendation would be to try and replate yours, or maybe polish and apply gold leaf followed by a clear coat. That might come out great.

I'd like to see them reproduced and done RIGHT.

CKOT
02-11-2007, 01:07 PM
I put repopped chevrons on my 63. They have been on 4 years, the chrome is holding up, but the pins needed a little filing down, and the hole spacing was a tick off as well

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Chris Kot
'63 GT Hawk
'37 Dictator Rod Project

Dick Steinkamp
02-11-2007, 01:19 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott
or maybe polish and apply gold leaf followed by a clear coat. That might come out great.


Good idea, Scott! I'm going to try that...nothing to loose.



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Swifster
02-11-2007, 02:39 PM
Having worked in a body shop for the past year, any emblems that have a large mating surface, such as the Hawk chevrons or the crossed flags on my Daytona, I'd just use the two sided tape. It doesn't require any drilled holes. I would intentionally snap off those mounting pins so that they are nothing more than a small guide. The 2 sided tape is thin enough to not be seen once installed. The down side would be trying to remove a smaller part once installed. You'd run the risk of breaking the part. But as a reproduction, who cares.

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Tom - Valrico, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

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monomaniac
02-11-2007, 06:28 PM
SWIFSTER -
please email me about your signature line photo. I love that teal color and I want to see that photo on a TW cover.

Scott
02-11-2007, 06:49 PM
Dick,
Here is a kit you might consider for gold leaf. It's less expensive than I thought it would be.

http://www.dickblick.com/zz270/01/

Dick Steinkamp
02-11-2007, 06:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by Scott

Dick,
Here is a kit you might consider for gold leaf.


I don't think gold leaf will do it. I gives kind of that "gold tin foil" effect...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_leaf



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Scott
02-11-2007, 10:32 PM
Hmm, well maybe. Maybe I'll try it on an old emblem sometime. If it does work, it'll be a lot cheaper than replating.