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10-19-2005, 09:49 PM
I just bought a 1928 Studebaker in pretty clean and complete condition but it needs a new roof, I would like to find original wood type roof. Major problem......where in the world does one find major body parts for a car so old?????

10-19-2005, 10:33 PM
I may be wrong, but I doubt anyone makes these to buy off the shelf. Many restoration shops would disassemble what you have and use the old parts as patterns for new pieces. I'd find a place that specializes in wood bodywork, like on woody wagons.

Tom - Sterling Heights, MI

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10-20-2005, 10:17 AM
Feo, a good lumber supply place will have the necessary wood (probably Ash) that you'll need to fabricate your Stude's roof framework from.;)

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10-20-2005, 07:21 PM

If I were you I would join the Antique Studebaker Club. Contact members in your area who have restored these cars and find out who they would recommend, assuming this is not a job you're up to.

Hemmings Motor News would be a good resource but satisfied customers would be your best bet. I don't get Hemmings but, every couple of years, I buy a copy of Hemmings Almanac; no classified ads, only contact information and not an exhaustive list; only those who have paid to be in the almanac. Still a good resource.

10-21-2005, 07:38 PM
The first car I ever owned was a 1928 Erskine 2-dr sedan (a Studebaker spin-off, named after then Studebaker head, Albert Erskine. Actually, when you think about it we're talking a pretty big ego here, to be head of a company and to spin off a seperate car brand in your name.) The Erskine had the typical body construction of that era, which is a sheet metal skin around a wooden frame. There were a few exceptions to this, such as most Dodges and even the 1923/24 Studebaker Light Six touring cars which used "all steel" bodies. Anyway the top and main structural members of the Erskine had wood rot and as I got into it I found that I was beyond my skills and the equipment needed to replace the wood. As luck would have it a local (high)trade school was offering a night course in wood working and with the help of the instructor I was able to fabricated the wood parts that I needed. The best advice I can offer is to photograph, measure and save everything that you have. Be patient and you should be able to craft the parts you need to replace the wood in your car. The wood to use in the frame of your car is white oak. It is superior in strength and is compatibile with the sheet metal.

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