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Kelly
02-22-2006, 07:30 AM
Hi everybody,

I am after some help identifying what the above vehicle looked like from factory (ie. chrome badges on the hood) and other details. We live in Australia and purchased our Studebaker while we were in the USA 18 months ago. We have just started buying parts so we can restore the coupe, any photographs would be great.

How do we identify the car - does anyone know the difference between a C or K model? We have the numbers 5H-C5 2355 on the ID plate on the firewall.





Any help would be gratefully received. This is our first Studebaker & we are fast becoming very attached to it!

Thanks,
Kelly Robson
(kellyandbrad@iprimus.com.au)

gordr
02-22-2006, 08:20 AM
quote:Originally posted by Kelly

Hi everybody,

I am after some help identifying what the above vehicle looked like from factory (ie. chrome badges on the hood) and other details. We live in Australia and purchased our Studebaker while we were in the USA 18 months ago. We have just started buying parts so we can restore the coupe, any photographs would be great.

How do we identify the car - does anyone know the difference between a C or K model? We have the numbers 5H-C5 2355 on the ID plate on the firewall.

Any help would be gratefully received. This is our first Studebaker & we are fast becoming very attached to it!

Thanks,
Kelly Robson
(kellyandbrad@iprimus.com.au)




That ID plate is called the body number tag. It is a C5 body; 2355 is the sequence number for the manufacture of the body itself.

C5 is a coupe, I believe it is the Regal trim level. If I'm wrong on that one, I'm sure we'll hear about it.:D

That makes it a C model, BTW. A C model is a pillared coupe; the side windows in the rear seating area are hinged and swing out a bit. A K model is a pillarless coupe, AKA hardtop, and the side windows in the rear seating area ROLL down, and when all side windows are down, there is an unbroken expanse of open space between the windshield and the rear roof pillar.

Hope this helps a bit. Other posters here will be able to point to on-line pictures that can illustrate answers to other questions you may have. Can I suggest that you join SDC if you have not already done so? There is a link on the home page of this site to enable join on-line. You will also find a link to a vendors page, and I urge you to buy a shop manual and a parts manual applicable to your car. You should be able to determine from the manuals exactly what trim items are required, and it is useful to have the part numbers when ordering parts.

Welcome to the world of Studebaker,

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Roscomacaw
02-22-2006, 11:24 AM
gord writes: "there is an unbroken expanse of open space between the windshield and the rear roof pillar."

gord, what should I do if that expanse IS broken? Any suggested repair proceedure???[}:)]


Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

Dick Steinkamp
02-22-2006, 11:27 AM
quote:Originally posted by Kelly

Hi everybody,

I am after some help identifying what the above vehicle looked like from factory (ie. chrome badges on the hood) and other details.




The book "Studebaker's Finest", by John Bridges has some good data and photos on both the '53 and '54 Starlights and Starliners. Studebaker International (and probably other vendors) has it for around $40US

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=2778&SearchTerms=studebaker's,finest

A C5 is indeed Regal trim. Chromed pot metal around the windows, under the windshield, etc. Top of the line for the Starlight in '54.

What does the ID plate on the door post read?

V8 or 6...straight stick, OD, or automatic?

Right or left hand drive?

Congratulations on your purchase! You've picked a beautiful Studebaker for your first. [^]

-Dick-

JDP
02-22-2006, 12:06 PM
This should help

http://stude.com/1954coupe.jpg

Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
64 GT Hawk
64 R2 4 speed Challenger
63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk
63 Daytona Convert.
53 Street rod

N8N
02-22-2006, 12:47 PM
Thread hijack... anyone know of a good match in a rattle can for that tan interior color? I need to restore some quarter windows for my '55 and would like to paint the metal while they are apart. Or do I need to take them to a paint store and have them matched? (probably $$$)

thanks,

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

studegary
02-22-2006, 03:01 PM
quote:Originally posted by N8N

Thread hijack... anyone know of a good match in a rattle can for that tan interior color? I need to restore some quarter windows for my '55 and would like to paint the metal while they are apart. Or do I need to take them to a paint store and have them matched? (probably $$$)

thanks,

nate



Nate - As the second most active poster on these forums, I wouldn't think that you would do this. Please delete your post and start a new thread. It is probably difficult enough for someone from Australia to own a Studebaker without you hijacking his thread. Thanks.

Roscomacaw
02-22-2006, 04:46 PM
Nate, I had some matched at my local auto paint place. It wasn't as cheap as a rattle can but it wasn't that bad either, for a minimum amount.;)

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

rockne10
02-22-2006, 08:56 PM
Kelly,
WELCOME!
The SDC is active and substantial down under. I urge you to join through this website. Check the links to vendors from our homepage as well as your local SDC chapter (as I said, very active). Let us know how we can help. You've got a car that will be the envy of every sheila and bloke.

And...oh yeah...pay no attention to Nate[8D]

Kelly
02-23-2006, 07:12 AM
Thanks very much for such quick responses to the post I put on yesterday. Really appreciate now knowing that we DO have the car that we thought (thanks Gordr, Dick & JDP).

I will order the book from Studebaker International & see where we can go from there.:):)

Any information is great & that which we received has been most helpful.

Kelly

Avalanche325
02-23-2006, 06:58 PM
What side is the steering wheel on your Stude? I am curious because I am starting to search for one myself. I also may be moving to New Zealand (again, lived there for a few years) in about 5 years. If so, I will take my car with me. I am just curious if they made right hand drive Studes in 53 and 54?

N8N
02-23-2006, 07:13 PM
I believe there were some made, but AFAIK there was no Australian assembly that far back, and none at all of C-K bodies, so you may have to look around a bit.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

Kelly
02-24-2006, 02:54 AM
quote:Originally posted by Avalanche325

What side is the steering wheel on your Stude? I am curious because I am starting to search for one myself. I also may be moving to New Zealand (again, lived there for a few years) in about 5 years. If so, I will take my car with me. I am just curious if they made right hand drive Studes in 53 and 54?



Hi - the steering wheel is on the left hand side. The car is still all original except for the paint (still go the original radio/dash in it, as well as whitewall ply tyres - which we have to replace to get it roadworthy). [:I]