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junior
03-11-2010, 09:54 PM
Most of us agree that the quickest way to spoil an early C/K is try to improve upon Bourke's masterful styling job...apparently in the 50's a lot of customizers thought otherwise. Three different approaches to a continental kit...the results rather speak for themselves, but you have to admit, the name of the last kit is rather good humoured, even by today’s loose standards. Enjoy, Junior


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The above photo is part of a custom feature that I will post another day.

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54 Champ C5 Hamilton car.

bams50
03-11-2010, 10:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by junior


Most of us agree that the quickest way to spoil an early C/K is try to improve upon Bourke's masterful styling job...

Then I'm in the minority:) I've seen plenty of improvements. Of course, not all work well[xx(]

As always, thanks for posting... I cannot remember the last time I heard the word "falsie" used[:o)]

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Milaca
03-11-2010, 10:33 PM
At least the customizers didnt attempt to add dual sidemount spares. [8D] "Let's see, if we stretch the front of the car and move the front axle ahead 16 inches, we can then recess a spare between the front wheel well and the door on both sides. We will name it a Studeberg....or a Duesenbaker....yes, a Duesenbaker."

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Autumn at Lake Barget
In the middle of Minne[b]studea

Lark Hunter
03-11-2010, 11:17 PM
As far as the third one goes, you put all that stuff on your trunk lid, and the real spare still resides in the trunk, eating up valuable space. Wasn't getting the spare outta the way a good part of the reason for the continental kit in the first place, or are we just playing peek-a-boo, here?[:I] LH

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project y
03-12-2010, 06:48 AM
I used to own a 55 President hardtop with a continental kit.It was like the European Distinction one. Except the outer ends were not chrome plated, they were body color. Sure gave me lots more room in the trunk. I've seen a few continental kits on Studebakers and every one was made diffefently. I don't know who manufactured mine and have no pictures of it. I long ago sold the car.

Chantony
03-12-2010, 09:39 AM
I have a red K body 54 like the 1st picture and it looks like a boat.Way out of balance and proportion - the rear is too long.To keep the stock tail lights the chrome strip above the panel had to change angle and it really doesn't look good in my opinion...Would have been a bit of work to do it back then.

A.C.Moisley

Bob Bryant
03-12-2010, 10:30 AM
Some of the local dealership employees and family members drove coupes like in the first or top photo. Was there ever a continental spare as a factory option?

"It's like deja vu all over again."--Yogi Berra

paintim613
03-12-2010, 10:57 AM
I asked about factory installed continental kits on 53's several years ago and the unanimous response was that it did not happen.

Our Stude has one installed by my wife's father and uncle back in the 50's during custom work. I am guessing they bought it from J.C. Whitney. See it with other restoration pictures below.

http://www.jimsrodshop.net/31.html

Tim-Custom '53 Commander Starlight aka The Studebird in Yuma, AZ

kurtruk
03-12-2010, 01:11 PM
When did the "Speedster" style caps come out? They are shown in the Oct. '53 Motor Trend ad, which went to press before that, and the photo shoot had to be before that...[?]

KURTRUK
(read it backwards)


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Lark Hunter
03-12-2010, 03:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by kurtruk

When did the "Speedster" style caps come out? They are shown in the Oct. '53 Motor Trend ad, which went to press before that, and the photo shoot had to be before that...[?]
I believe they were available from the start of the 1953 model year.:) LH
KURTRUK
(read it backwards)
(says KTUURKR when I read it backwards)... Then again, I don't read all that well forwards... LH


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