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LAWFISH
07-21-2006, 09:33 PM
to a 50 Studebaker commander. I bought this studebaker commander 4 door a couple of weeks back and opened the hood some how and took pics. Now I can remember where the latch is?????

how do I open it. I need some shot because I may have to sell it as I just got hit wqith some medical bills and know these pics will be needed.

Dave/LAWFISH

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N8N
07-21-2006, 09:38 PM
can't help you as the oldest car I've owned is my '55, but DANG you are on the wrong coast. Just took a look at your web site and I would buy that pickup from your friend in a heartbeat if it were only somewhere near me (DC)

I guess I will have to start looking for a job out west... you guys have all the good deals.

nate

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rockne10
07-21-2006, 09:41 PM
Should be a "T" handle under dash to left of steering column marked with an "H".

Brad
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

LAWFISH
07-21-2006, 09:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10

Should be a "T" handle under dash to left of steering column marked with an "H".

Brad
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser


Yep, I pulled that first, but it didnt pop? HUMMMMMM. have to go out and try it again when the rain stops.

LAWFISH

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Roscomacaw
07-21-2006, 10:15 PM
Have someone lift on the hood while you pull that T-handle. Might just be sticky or the spring's sprung.[B)]

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rockne10
07-21-2006, 10:20 PM
Could be a corroded cable. It runs very close to the battery and I have sen them destroyed by battery acid; not good as they are hard to find. You may want someone to jump up and down on the hood (not quite serious) as you attempt to release the latch. Once open, saturate the entire cable with penetrant like PB Blaster and keep working it until it moves freely.
Mine stuck fast once and I had to remove the grill to reach the latch from underneath.
Good Luck.

Brad
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

showbizkid
07-24-2006, 12:18 AM
Just found this help page at studebakerparts.com:

Methods Of Opening Hoods With Defective Control Cables

When you experience a cable-operated hood release failure it can happen for a variety of reasons of which battery acid corrosion or old-age breakage are the most common. There are ways to open the hood without any damage to the car if you have this problem.

On a 1951 model Studebaker you simply remove the six Phillips screws retaining the left grill and remove the grill. With a flashlight you can look up and see a hole approximately 7/16 in diameter about 2 behind the hood pin. Simply insert your screw driver into this hole which is partially blocked by the release lever and lever it to the left to release the hood latch. This will take less that ten minutes the second time you do it.

On the cable operated Hawk latches these can be simply manually opened by reaching in below the front valence and overriding the cable control.

On Lark models it is not too difficult to override a broken cable if you have about a 15 straight, narrow screw driver. From underneath the car, from off center of the right side of the latch, insert the screw driver to the right of the return spring pin and as far forward as possible and lever the latch left to the open position. This is a five minute operation on an AC-equipped convertible model and is easier on a conventional model.

On early Avanti cars Studebaker made a provision for this occurance. Inside the fender well directly under the hood latch assembly there is a rubber plug. Remove the plug and insert a short straight blade screwdriver into the lock operating lever. Lever or push the lever towards the center of the car to release the latch.There is a plug provided on both sides of the car to access both latches.

On early Avanti trunk latches that are cable operated, Studebaker made a provision for these also.You will need a 24" straight screw driver and a flashlight. First remove the rear seat shelf cover.The latch has a center release point that has to be turned. This is usually covered with carpet that has a small hole in it that is hard to locate. My advice is to practice this at least once on a functioning trunk latch with a empty trunk.The small bit of carpet can be rolled back for easy access and returned to its proper place for shows. I hide a 24" screw driver diagonally under the drivers seat and it is not visible, but there if you need it.


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