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    1953-61 reproduction C and K rear quarter panels

    First off I want to introduce myself.
    I'm Steven Tomblin with Goodmark industries.
    I'm located in Southern California.

    You may be aware of Goodmark Industries but if not we are a distributor of classic car products and our specialty is stamped sheet metal.

    We have been working on developing rear quarter panels for 1953-61 C and K bodies and our first prototype set is due around mid February.
    I need to fit them to a car and let the manufacture know if they can be approved for production or if minor changes are necessary.

    Does anyone in the Los Angeles or Orange County area have a car I could fit theses panels on?
    The car can be rusty but it must be straight and free from collision damage.

    If you have a car and are interested please send me a private message with your contact information and I'll call you to discuss.
    Or, you can call me at 909-764-4803. If I don't answer please leave a message and I'll call you back.

    Thank you for your help,
    Steve

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    Steven, thanks for posting, I was wondering what the status of this was. I'm the guy who found you the NOS panels at the start of this project, working with one of your former employees here in the Atlanta area. Good to see this become a reality!

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    I'm aware of your company and its good reputation, Steve. These fenders will likely enjoy a good reception.

    (BTW: It's a good idea to identify them as fenders in Studebaker parlance, rather than quarter panels. Technically, quarter panels on those cars are the odd-shaped panels that go between the fender and the deck lid on each side.)

    Thank you for undertaking this project. May it will be as profitable for your company as it is beneficial to the Studebaker world. (Hopefully, you have contacted Ed Reynolds at Studebaker International about "handling" them, as well as your own direct sales, if you plan to offer them directly.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by silver69 View Post
    First off I want to introduce myself.
    I'm Steven Tomblin with Goodmark industries.
    I'm located in Southern California.

    You may be aware of Goodmark Industries but if not we are a distributor of classic car products and our specialty is stamped sheet metal.

    We have been working on developing rear quarter panels for 1953-61 C and K bodies and our first prototype set is due around mid February.
    I need to fit them to a car and let the manufacture know if they can be approved for production or if minor changes are necessary.

    Does anyone in the Los Angeles or Orange County area have a car I could fit theses panels on?
    The car can be rusty but it must be straight and free from collision damage.

    If you have a car and are interested please send me a private message with your contact information and I'll call you to discuss.
    Or, you can call me at 909-764-4803. If I don't answer please leave a message and I'll call you back.

    Thank you for your help,
    Steve
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    Dream come true!

    How soon may we expect the front fenders to begin arriving?

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    Steve,

    This is a wonderful thing to hear. I have several NOS quarters mostly left. So hopefully soon I ca but the right sides to match up. There are a lot of west coast Stude guys so I hope it doesnt take to long for you to find a doner body.

    Now I know I am getting ahead of things but "if" these turn out decent and "if" they sell are you planning on any additions? Doors? Front fenders? If you need doors to copy I have NOS shells for the 53-56 and 57-61 C-body. I would loan them to you but not part with them. Let me know if you are interested.

    One last thought. There are some some decent parts out there but they are limited in what they can fix. Now with a few more quality parts for the rust prone areas a really rough car could be brought back to life with the hopes of it lasting. There are a lot of C/K bodies out there lurking. Lets fix 'em. Sorry for going on and on but its like I'm dreaming!

    Regards,

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    Steve,
    I bought many, many parts from you guys way back when I was in the muscle car/ Mustang parts business. Great products and service. I'm glad to see you taking on this project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    Steven, thanks for posting, I was wondering what the status of this was. I'm the guy who found you the NOS panels at the start of this project, working with one of your former employees here in the Atlanta area. Good to see this become a reality!
    Hi Matthew,
    Thanks for locating the NOS panels, Rick Kamen was the guy you delt with way back then.
    It has been a long wait but the dies are fianlly done and my sample set left a couple of weeks ago.
    I'm looking forward to receiving them soon.

    Best regards,
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    Bob, thanks for the tip as these panels are in fact the bolt on rear fenders.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by PackardV8 View Post
    Dream come true!

    How soon may we expect the front fenders to begin arriving?

    jack vines
    Jack,
    The rear fenders are our first Studebaker project.
    Once we see how they do for us we'll evaluate doing more items.

    Thank you,
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3x2stude View Post
    Steve,

    This is a wonderful thing to hear. I have several NOS quarters mostly left. So hopefully soon I ca but the right sides to match up. There are a lot of west coast Stude guys so I hope it doesnt take to long for you to find a doner body.

    Now I know I am getting ahead of things but "if" these turn out decent and "if" they sell are you planning on any additions? Doors? Front fenders? If you need doors to copy I have NOS shells for the 53-56 and 57-61 C-body. I would loan them to you but not part with them. Let me know if you are interested.

    One last thought. There are some some decent parts out there but they are limited in what they can fix. Now with a few more quality parts for the rust prone areas a really rough car could be brought back to life with the hopes of it lasting. There are a lot of C/K bodies out there lurking. Lets fix 'em. Sorry for going on and on but its like I'm dreaming!

    Regards,

    Jon Kammer
    Jon,
    Thanks for the offer on the door shells but you wouldn't want us to use them.
    To reproduce a door shell they'd need to be cut apart and they wouldn't come back!

    For now I just want to focus on the rear fenders, I need to get them approved and palced on order.
    If all goes well more products will follow.

    Thanks again,
    Steve

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    Steve,

    I figured as much but like I said earlier I just got excited. I am in no hurry to use the doors so they will be around. A habit of mine is to use the near perfect stuff on your driver and save the perfect for the future. Out of curiosity sake, if a part like the door is a mirror image do you need both to copy? If an NOS door skin could be found that might be a better venue to go after. I will be patient but keep us posted. I am sure I will be on the wait list once they are offered.

    JK

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    Steve:
    I am in Los Angeles and I have a '56 Sky Hawk parts car that you could trial fit your fenders to. Please email me at brngarage@gmail.com.
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    So far no one has brought up the fact that the 53-56 are different by design at the upper rear than the 57-64, not much but they are different. So what one are being made?
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    I wonder if this might bring down the cost of NOS fendors ( $800 a pair some times) depending on how much the repo's will be of course. Hope he can tool up for front fendors! I am restoring a Z28 Camaro at the minute using Goodmark panels and I am very happy with the fitup of the panels etc ...rear fendors, floor pan, rockers, tailight panel.
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    I think your starting at the wrong end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clonelark View Post
    I think your starting at the wrong end.
    no doubt the front fenders are a greater need but I completely understand why they would start with the rear fenders as they should be easier and cheaper to reproduce and less risky to judge purchasing response by the Casco crowd. I think this is a great start!
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    Steve,

    What kind of money are we looking at per fender?

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    This is very good news for all of us.

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    wow, I had to make a quick date check....nope it's not april 1. this is awesome news! Junior.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bo Markham View Post
    Steve,

    What kind of money are we looking at per fender?

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    We have not priced the fenders yet.

    thank you,
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    Quote Originally Posted by candbstudebakers View Post
    So far no one has brought up the fact that the 53-56 are different by design at the upper rear than the 57-64, not much but they are different. So what one are being made?
    Bob P. - You are generally knowledgeable on all of this stuff, but my memory seems to be different. I thought that 1953-1961 C/K rear fenders were the same and 1962-1964 Hawk rear fenders were slightly different at the upper rear end. The upper rear continues raised to meet the continuing stainless fender top trim on the Gran Turismo Hawks. It doesn't take too much to turn one rear fender into the other.
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    Can 1950 pickup front fenders be far behind????

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    Here are pictures of the first samples.

    Thanks,
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    Those are awesome. Is there really that much wheel opening flare (sp) at the top?

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    Quote Originally Posted by studefan View Post
    Those are awesome. Is there really that much wheel opening flare (sp) at the top?
    The best I can do on short notice but it's there as on my 54.

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    Oh my those are beautiful!! To have a company with such a great reputation as Goodmark involved is indeed a big plus for our favorite brand. I have seen their products & intend to use them on my 68 Pontiac using their 69 doors & GTO hood. When these become available I'm sure there will be no regrets. Thank you Steven!
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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    Bob P. - You are generally knowledgeable on all of this stuff, but my memory seems to be different. I thought that 1953-1961 C/K rear fenders were the same and 1962-1964 Hawk rear fenders were slightly different at the upper rear end. The upper rear continues raised to meet the continuing stainless fender top trim on the Gran Turismo Hawks. It doesn't take too much to turn one rear fender into the other.
    Gary, I believe the change was made when they went to full fins, I might be wrong, as I have seen them both ways but then anything could have been changed over the years, true one can alter the later to fit the early, but for the price would you want to?
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    Well, the rear fender sample finally arrived and with the help of Howard Brown we were able to fit them today.
    I was very pleased with the results.
    Thank you,
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    From what I can see looks like you have a HIT !,I know the ones who have need are gonna want a $$$ figure.
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    Looks like Goodmark quality. Excellent job.
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    Those look really good Steve.
    What is the deal with the huge notch out section on the lower forward edge of the Left side Panel?

    It resembles a modern car door verticle door handle location mounting in the rear quarter Panel instead of the Door.

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    Are you sure Rich? Looks to me like the bumper opening at the rear. Notice the peak line at the top, how it extends almost to the end of the panel whereas on the front section, it ends around the 1/4 window area. Looks like a great quality piece to me!
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    I'm trying to figure out what you mean,notch on the "lower forward edge of the LEFT side panel" ?
    Quote Originally Posted by StudeRich View Post
    Those look really good Steve.
    What is the deal with the huge notch out section on the lower forward edge of the Left side Panel?

    It resembles a modern car door verticle door handle location mounting in the rear quarter Panel instead of the Door.

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    Very nice!
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    OK, that must be a Right side then, it would make sense. from that edge view angle, I did not notice it was a Right. DAH!
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    Very nice! Now on to the front ones, I think that is where you will find excellent demand due to the factory installed rust that comes standard at the back of the front fenders
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    I spent a couple of hours today working with Steve to install the fenders. Everything went VERY smoothly and the fit is excellent. Steve is a great guy to work with too. I asked him to take some pictures of the rear fenders on a '50 2 door sedan I'm working on and see if there is a chance Goodmark could make those ('50 to '52 and maybe '47 to '49) also (we did talk about '53 and later C/K front fenders also).
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    If they do make fronts maybe they could re-engineer the rust maker.
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    I hope more parts like this becoming available will mean fewer restorable and usable Studebakers being unnecessarily parted out. That would be a win-win.

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