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vegas paul
05-18-2008, 10:49 AM
The hood badge on my 51 Champion is all sort of bronze colored. I have seen some badges painted multi-colored. I don't know if mine has all the paint worn off, or if it came unpainted due to it being a Custom (lowest trim package) edition. Mine is in pretty good shape, other than being the color of 3-week old oatmeal... Yeah, I know it's called "patina" but it still looks cruddy. I know that some purists say you should never remove this patina (Yes, I have watched Antiques Roadshow, even those two twins kind of give me the creeps) but should I clean this up?

Any pictures or examples of what a painted one should look like? Anyone know if mine is supposed to be monochromatic or multi-colored?

Thanks.

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/graciestude_edited.jpg

mbstude
05-18-2008, 11:27 AM
All the ones I've seen are made of brass, and they clean up (for a while anyways) with baking soda and water. If you could clean it up, then clear it, that would look good. I don't have a clue as to how they were finished from the factory, however. :)

I even made a belt buckle from a Commander V8 one. :D

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Studebaker Wheel
05-18-2008, 12:54 PM
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee285/studeq/IMG_1811.jpg

I had these reproduced about 8 years ago using a new old stock original. The photo above is the reproduction. Price is $75 plus $2 postage if interested.

Richard Quinn
editor: Antique Studebaker Review

studegary
05-18-2008, 01:32 PM
Nice reproduction, as usual, Richard.
This is an example of Studebaker using a thunderbird long before Ford. (I guess that some would call it a hawk.)

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

vegas paul
05-18-2008, 03:15 PM
Belt buckle... hmm. I may buy a new one from Richard, and turn my old one into a buckle. Richard - I'll PM you.

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434
http://i151.photobucket.com/albums/s144/vegas_paul/graciestude_edited.jpg