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JDP
11-07-2008, 06:47 PM
My GT sold for the 35K BIN so I was shopping at Reedsville and bought a 53 Hardtop street rod.
Stock body, but 55 butter knife trim, painted side grills, nice red and grey paint job. It has a Volare front frame clip, a 315 cu.in Hemi with D-500 heads, tri power, 3 speed OD Mopar trans, 3.23 rear, power steering, disk brakes, dual MC, 56 Hawk dash, Caddy tilt wheel, trunk mount battery. I'll pick it up next weekend.

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

barnlark
11-07-2008, 07:17 PM
Congrats on the Gt Hawk sale, JP. That's a little more than $87.71 per point that you got in Lancaster! Sweet. [^]
Did you take any pictures of the new '53, or have any to share yet?

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh48/newshooter44/DSCN1253_2.jpg

JDP
11-07-2008, 07:26 PM
No pictures, but someone else may have them.

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

sals54
11-07-2008, 09:49 PM
I still like the butterknife trim on the 53/54 body style. I think its due to the fact that when I was young in the Stude hobby, there was a guy who ran an auto wrecker that specialized in Studes. He drove a red 55 President Coupe with a 54 front end. I loved that car and would drool over it everytime I went shopping for parts. Another guy in town had a sweet purple 53 coupe with white diamond tuck and roll interior. Avanti 289 with a 3 speed OD. He had the OD wired to a toggle switch mounted on the floor shifter so he could shift in and out of OD on the fly. Very cool rides.

sals54
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/NewSignature.jpg

JDP
11-08-2008, 08:17 PM
Yes it is, detailing tips encouraged.:)

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

JDP
11-08-2008, 09:30 PM
Planed on doing everything but the radiator. I guess I could install a factory job. I may have to lose the Caddy steering wheel. (Caddy tilt column)

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

Dick Steinkamp
11-08-2008, 10:09 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

Yes it is, detailing tips encouraged.:)




Nice car, JP. [:p]. The hemi makes it pretty special.

I really like the '55 butterknife trim. Looks just right with the '53 nose. Scott Hall did the same thing with his Speedster...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Boulevard%20Park%205-2006/2f83.jpg

I like the painted headlight rims. Studebaker should have done it that way IMHO. I think painting BOTH the grill surrounds AND the grill bars is going too far, however. I'd like to see at least the surrounds chromed. It NEEDS a little more chrome in the front end. Loose the bumper guards. Even the small '53 ones add nothing and take away from the clean lines.

The tri power on the hemi is just right. Real hot rods have multiple carburetors. Looks like the radiator is set back...probably because he didn't use the stock shroud. I was able to use the stock shroud on S2D. Slight modification. I used a clutch fan and the car never overheated....

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/S2D%209-18-04/116_1634.jpg

It would finish off the engine compartment to use the stock shroud if possible. Get rid of the upper flex hose. They just shout "cheap".

The biggest improvement is going to be wheels/tires and stance. The dirty narrow whitewalls, dull stock wheel covers, and non hot rod stance don't go with the rest of that beautiful car. Get the nose down a little...just a little. Wide whites and Speedster wires would be sharp, or blackwalls and some traditional wheels like Cragers or American D spokes.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
11-08-2008, 10:36 PM
quote:Originally posted by Studedude

Is there an echo in this room?




Great minds...

:D



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

JDP
11-08-2008, 10:36 PM
```On the upper hose, should I use one of those bendable stainless jobs, or find a mold hose that will fit ? I like the idea of a shroud, but fancy wheels would not be a good return on investment, especially if the next owner did not like them. The tires are ear new,so I can just clean uo the whitewalls,and detail the hub caps.

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

kurtruk
11-09-2008, 12:14 AM
The round Dodge ram logo opposite the HEMI logo on the firewall...send it to me:D(If it still has it's original mounting studs) It fits a vehicle I used to own!

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3267/2617723594_889afb71cf_t.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2412/2267352617_720245049a_m.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/2679715309_563ea85e42_m.jpg

stude freak
11-09-2008, 08:30 AM
Great looking car JP.Hey Studedude ,does mutt= mutated-utterly-tireburning-terror?

David Baggett '53 coupe

bams50
11-09-2008, 08:45 AM
I couldn't believe those tires[xx(] Number One thing we do with any vehicle on my car lot- no matter what the vehicle, what tires, or what the vehicle's condition- clean the tires! My guys know- soon as they roll off the ransport- before ANYTHING else, do the tires! When we take cars to the auction, no matter what the vehicle or the weather, the tires get done!

I like whitewalls,and I think they're fine on that car... a little Ajax powder and a scrub brush will make the blacks very black, and the whites bright; that sharp contrast is what makes them work.

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

jimmijim8
11-09-2008, 02:48 PM
John, loose that radiator, and flex hose. Try to get a proper fitting shroud. You may have to change to a fan with a diameter that will work without hitting the shroud which depends on location of the engine. 63-64 headlight rims with chrome plastic door edge guard applied where the rim meets the fender would be a nice touch. Chrome headlight rims would look better too. Get rid of that badgeing under the hood. Also the paint saver rubber pads should be replaced with something a bit less obvious. Any year Stude hubcaps 56-66 would be an improvement. Dog dish with trim rings might be nice. Builder seems to have done a nice job. Post more photos so we can see more. Nice car. jimmijim

JDP
11-10-2008, 12:43 PM
Thanks to Jeff Rice for the steering wheel link, I ordered a wheel and kit. The wheel he liked would not fit the tilt/telescoping kit, so I got close. BTW, the kit was more money then the wheel.:)

http://store.summitracing.com/largeimage.asp?part=GRT-701&Prod=Grant+GT+Sport+Steering+Wheels&img=grt-701.jpg

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson