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Corvanti
02-13-2011, 09:23 AM
i was going to do a poll: skirts or no skirts. however looking at the pics, she'll remain skirtless... :rolleyes:

any comments pro or con welcomed...

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jd-stude
02-13-2011, 09:33 AM
I that I like the Champ better skirtless. I do favor the Commander and Presidents with skirts.

Ken

ddub
02-13-2011, 09:51 AM
Skirts for formal occasions.

Retired
02-13-2011, 11:36 AM
The tear drop skirts look better, there are a pair on ebay. The shirts on the Champion pictured appear to be for the Pres/Comm '42 Skyway series.

Studebaker Wheel
02-13-2011, 12:40 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/DSCF3798copy.jpg?t=1297621376

I wrestled with that decision on my '41 Champion Coupe Delivery and decided to go with the skirts. I think they look a little better on the coupes but this is a matter of personal preference. And after all they are easy to put on and take off. I even suggested to a friend that it would be an interesting experiment to install the skirts on one side while leaving the other skirt-less since both sides cannot be viewed at the same time anyway! That way you could schedule your viewing pleasure for one side or the other depending on your mood. For what it may be worth Studebaker did not offer fender skirts on any of their models in 1940 but they did in 1941. Those available on the '41 Champions were of the flared type. Those shown on my '41 (above) were actually an option for the 1942 Champions though they would also fit the '41 and '46 since the fenders were the same on all three model years. On the 1941 and 1942 Commander and President Skyway (top of the line) series they were standard equipment.

Corvanti
02-13-2011, 01:21 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/newsgroup/DSCF3798copy.jpg?t=1297621376
I even suggested to a friend that it would be an interesting experiment to install the skirts on one side while leaving the other skirt-less since both sides cannot be viewed at the same time anyway! That way you could schedule your viewing pleasure for one side or the other depending on your mood. For what it may be worth Studebaker did not offer fender skirts on any of their models in 1940 but they did in 1941. Those available on the '41 Champions were of the flared type. Those shown on my '41 (above) were actually an option for the 1942 Champions though they would also fit the '41 and '46 since the fenders were the same on all three model years. On the 1941 and 1942 Commander and President Skyway (top of the line) series they were standard equipment.

i thought about one off - one on at a car show i plan on attending april 1 & 2... :rolleyes:

nice to know the skirts were not an option on the 1940 model - makes it easier should i decide to sell them...

klifton1
02-13-2011, 01:40 PM
I don't think the skirt for the Commander or President will fit the Champion. The skirts are larger on the bigger cars. I have 2 sets of the larger skirts if any one is interested. I bought them for a 42 Champion coupe I had and they didn't fit.
Klif

Studebaker Wheel
02-13-2011, 02:02 PM
I don't think the skirt for the Commander or President will fit the Champion. The skirts are larger on the bigger cars. I have 2 sets of the larger skirts if any one is interested. I bought them for a 42 Champion coupe I had and they didn't fit.
Klif

You are correct, the skirts for the Commander/President are quite diffeerent in dimensions than the Champions.

Corvanti
02-13-2011, 02:42 PM
FWIW, the dimensions are 18 3/4" tall and 32 1/2" wide (34" counting hardware)... they overlap a bit on the Champion fenders.
haven't cleaned them up yet... :o

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klifton1
02-13-2011, 02:55 PM
I don't think Studebaker used a lever mount like that. They could be Foxcraft ? Most early Studebaker skirts screwed on.
Klif

Corvanti
02-13-2011, 04:09 PM
yeah, all i could go on was what was in the P.O.'s ebay ad:

"...This car was equipped with MOST of the options available at the time. EVERYTHING works perfectly – including the original Studebaker - Philco radio. Because this was the top of the Champion series, there were a lot of extras that were included as standard equipment. These include: Deluxe gearshift lever ball, banjo “phantom” steering wheel, stainless steel lower molding, broadcloth upholstery, carpeting, chrome accent door trim, rear assist seat cords, instrument board chrome strip, dual horns and a lot more (see data sheet in photos). In addition, the buyer also got the deluxe automatic tuning radio, climatizer (heater), REAR FENDER SKIRTS (cap. letters mine) and exterior front visor..."

as Mr. Quinn already advised me the "Deluxe gearshift lever ball" was not correct, as well as the cowl vent knob, i'm sure i'll be made aware of more items that are questionable... if it was a C3 corvette, i would have caught them all... :rolleyes:

i would like to get the front visor painted and installed - it's still in primer... ordered the "production order" from SDC last week - will be interested to see what was actually on it when it left the factory...