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psycho_666
03-08-2007, 12:22 AM
i'm new to the forum/site, so bare with this 50's loving female who loves her 1955 Studebaker Commander.
i enherited it from my grandfather and plan to fix it up. i do not know much of anything about cars, so i will most likely be asking stupid questions to all of you.

anyways, any help from anyone would be great!


a friend of mine suggested that i go ahead and purchase a gas tank to replace the one that's in it currently.
my uncle, as far as i know, has been changing the oil regularly but the car hasn't been run/started in i don't know how long (could be over 10 years).

any suggestions on what i should/shouldn't do first?
what to look at/for?

any links/places you can get specialty items from? or are some of the parts just general so i can get them anywhere (remember, i'm new to all of this and trying to learn as i go along!)?

thanks!
Lau


(i have two pictures of my car on my myspace page)

Karl
03-08-2007, 02:05 AM
Welcome aboard,:)
For Parts and other stuff. Try Studebaker International (317)462-3124
There are several other vendors also.

63 Twin Supercharged Avanti
64 Avanti R3w/NOS
88LSC Avanti 350 Supercharged w/NOS

Karl
03-08-2007, 02:05 AM
Welcome aboard,:)
For Parts and other stuff. Try Studebaker International (317)462-3124
There are several other vendors also.

63 Twin Supercharged Avanti
64 Avanti R3w/NOS
88LSC Avanti 350 Supercharged w/NOS

StudeRich
03-08-2007, 02:13 AM
Welcome Lau![^] Scary handle you got there![}:)] There are many Studebaker Parts specialists such as myself who are glad to help keep a Studebaker on the road. We are listed on the site:studebakervendors.com

My suggestion on the gas tank would be: always check things out thoroughly on old car parts before you condemn something. You would be surprised at how tough they are, they are not like a new Honda, where everything is plastic and you just throw it away and get a new one. What you do is remove it, look inside to see if there is serious rust and or holes, if not a Radiator shop has the equipment to "boil it out" to clean it and seal it with a new type of sealer to make it better than new. New ones are not available.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
03-08-2007, 02:13 AM
Welcome Lau![^] Scary handle you got there![}:)] There are many Studebaker Parts specialists such as myself who are glad to help keep a Studebaker on the road. We are listed on the site:studebakervendors.com

My suggestion on the gas tank would be: always check things out thoroughly on old car parts before you condemn something. You would be surprised at how tough they are, they are not like a new Honda, where everything is plastic and you just throw it away and get a new one. What you do is remove it, look inside to see if there is serious rust and or holes, if not a Radiator shop has the equipment to "boil it out" to clean it and seal it with a new type of sealer to make it better than new. New ones are not available.

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

blackhawk61
03-08-2007, 07:20 AM
Welcome !
If You haven't yet.....First Join SDC . And try to find a local club. There is where Your best help is.

1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT
http://sixty5short.chevytalk-supporter.org/blackhawk61/rrhawk.jpg
Lewisville,NC
(formerly chevpartsman)

blackhawk61
03-08-2007, 07:20 AM
Welcome !
If You haven't yet.....First Join SDC . And try to find a local club. There is where Your best help is.

1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT
http://sixty5short.chevytalk-supporter.org/blackhawk61/rrhawk.jpg
Lewisville,NC
(formerly chevpartsman)

psycho_666
03-08-2007, 08:54 AM
Thanks a lot guys, i'll keep you thuroughly updated as times presses on with the car
:)

psycho_666
03-08-2007, 08:54 AM
Thanks a lot guys, i'll keep you thuroughly updated as times presses on with the car
:)

Dick Steinkamp
03-08-2007, 09:10 AM
Welcome! What body style is your "new" Commander? Any pictures?

If the car has sat for 10 years or so, the brakes should be a priority. If it doesn't run quite right, it's an inconvenience. If the brakes fail at speed, it's a whole 'nuther story [:0].

The brakes on these cars are relatively simple and inexpensive to overhaul. New wheel cylinders, new master cylinder, new flexible brake hoses, and a careful inspection of the hard lines. Check the shoes and drums for wear and clean everything up good while you have it apart.

http://thenobot.org/images/s2d/s2d_01.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
03-08-2007, 09:10 AM
Welcome! What body style is your "new" Commander? Any pictures?

If the car has sat for 10 years or so, the brakes should be a priority. If it doesn't run quite right, it's an inconvenience. If the brakes fail at speed, it's a whole 'nuther story [:0].

The brakes on these cars are relatively simple and inexpensive to overhaul. New wheel cylinders, new master cylinder, new flexible brake hoses, and a careful inspection of the hard lines. Check the shoes and drums for wear and clean everything up good while you have it apart.

http://thenobot.org/images/s2d/s2d_01.jpg

65cruiser
03-08-2007, 09:11 AM
[8D]Pictures, us picture junkies gotta have pictures!:):D

________________________
Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser
http://home.alltel.net/anderm

http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/SIG.JPG

65cruiser
03-08-2007, 09:11 AM
[8D]Pictures, us picture junkies gotta have pictures!:):D

________________________
Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser
http://home.alltel.net/anderm

http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/SIG.JPG

Roscomacaw
03-08-2007, 10:39 AM
Welcome Lau! (or "psycho triple six" if that's what you prefer!)

Do yourself and us a favor next time you're near the car. Look under the hood - back by the passenger's side hood hinge. Just inboard of that hinge, there should be an embossed metal tag held in place with two screws. The coding on that tag will allow us to determine EXACTLY what model of Commander you've become heir to.;)
Take a minute and look at this thread. http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8974
There's some nice pics of fellwo forum member, Tom Costa's 55 Commander sedan.

Follow StudeRich's advice and check things thoroughly before just jumping to find replacements. There's LOTS of Studes and Stude parts around but careful preservation and conservation of our common resources will insure that many Studes will be kept roadworthy for ages to come.;)
A NEW tank for your 55 would be just about impossible to scare up, but at the worst, your's can be chemically cleaned and the coated inside and keep it in use for years on out![:p]

Join SDC if you haven't already and find a local chapter of the club as well. They'd be ALL TOO HAPPY to help you put your Commander on the road again. You don't have to hold back on showing the car until it's gleamingly ready to go cruisin'. Lotsa folks still use these Studes as daily drivers, with dings and warts and all![8D]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
03-08-2007, 10:39 AM
Welcome Lau! (or "psycho triple six" if that's what you prefer!)

Do yourself and us a favor next time you're near the car. Look under the hood - back by the passenger's side hood hinge. Just inboard of that hinge, there should be an embossed metal tag held in place with two screws. The coding on that tag will allow us to determine EXACTLY what model of Commander you've become heir to.;)
Take a minute and look at this thread. http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=8974
There's some nice pics of fellwo forum member, Tom Costa's 55 Commander sedan.

Follow StudeRich's advice and check things thoroughly before just jumping to find replacements. There's LOTS of Studes and Stude parts around but careful preservation and conservation of our common resources will insure that many Studes will be kept roadworthy for ages to come.;)
A NEW tank for your 55 would be just about impossible to scare up, but at the worst, your's can be chemically cleaned and the coated inside and keep it in use for years on out![:p]

Join SDC if you haven't already and find a local chapter of the club as well. They'd be ALL TOO HAPPY to help you put your Commander on the road again. You don't have to hold back on showing the car until it's gleamingly ready to go cruisin'. Lotsa folks still use these Studes as daily drivers, with dings and warts and all![8D]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle
http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/906179/2006/12/7/truckonhill3.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

costatlc
03-08-2007, 10:59 AM
Lau: I tried to check out your MySpace page and look for your Studebaker pictures there...but no luck. (Damn I feel old when I go to MySpace - I need to stay out of there)

I'm with Mark. Any chance you could post the pictures here?

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

costatlc
03-08-2007, 10:59 AM
Lau: I tried to check out your MySpace page and look for your Studebaker pictures there...but no luck. (Damn I feel old when I go to MySpace - I need to stay out of there)

I'm with Mark. Any chance you could post the pictures here?

Tom
Three Rivers, CA
1955 Commander 4 dr

FireHawk
03-08-2007, 11:23 AM
Welcome, welcome! Always fun to have more people to join in the fun!
I agree with joining SDC and local chapters - a warehouse of knowledge is available for sure!



~ FireHawk

- 56 PowerHawk
- 01 Firebird TransAm WS6 Convertible

- Ontario Canada!

FireHawk
03-08-2007, 11:23 AM
Welcome, welcome! Always fun to have more people to join in the fun!
I agree with joining SDC and local chapters - a warehouse of knowledge is available for sure!



~ FireHawk

- 56 PowerHawk
- 01 Firebird TransAm WS6 Convertible

- Ontario Canada!

MagikDraggin
03-08-2007, 11:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by psycho_666

i'm new to the forum/site, so bare with this 50's loving female who loves her 1955 Studebaker Commander.
i enherited it from my grandfather and plan to fix it up. i do not know much of anything about cars, so i will most likely be asking stupid questions to all of you.

anyways, any help from anyone would be great!

thanks!
Lau


From a "newbie" to another "newbie", I welcome you as well to the wonderful world of old Studebakers. I can't be of much help in answering your questions, as I am trying to learn all what I can about the Hawk I just purchased about a week ago.

Do take their advice about joining with the club. There's a lot of very knowledgeable people on this forum that will be more than glad to offer you all the assistance you will probably ever need with you new acquisition.

Karl (a different Karl than the one above):)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/MagikDraggin/Other%20Stuff/62StudebakerGTHawk1-small.jpg
1962 GT Hawk 4sp

MagikDraggin
03-08-2007, 11:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by psycho_666

i'm new to the forum/site, so bare with this 50's loving female who loves her 1955 Studebaker Commander.
i enherited it from my grandfather and plan to fix it up. i do not know much of anything about cars, so i will most likely be asking stupid questions to all of you.

anyways, any help from anyone would be great!

thanks!
Lau


From a "newbie" to another "newbie", I welcome you as well to the wonderful world of old Studebakers. I can't be of much help in answering your questions, as I am trying to learn all what I can about the Hawk I just purchased about a week ago.

Do take their advice about joining with the club. There's a lot of very knowledgeable people on this forum that will be more than glad to offer you all the assistance you will probably ever need with you new acquisition.

Karl (a different Karl than the one above):)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v147/MagikDraggin/Other%20Stuff/62StudebakerGTHawk1-small.jpg
1962 GT Hawk 4sp

starlightchamp
03-08-2007, 06:57 PM
Welcome,
Go to the SDC home page and search for the article "Things to do after you bought that Studebakerr ". This article has
pages of helpful hints on restoration and is under heading "Studebaker Tech Files".

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara
CA
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/125/368321841_7d3a05da00_t.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/185/367175252_40e3cec1d9_t.jpg

starlightchamp
03-08-2007, 06:57 PM
Welcome,
Go to the SDC home page and search for the article "Things to do after you bought that Studebakerr ". This article has
pages of helpful hints on restoration and is under heading "Studebaker Tech Files".

1950 Champion Starlight
1963 Hawk GT
Santa Barbara
CA
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/125/368321841_7d3a05da00_t.jpg
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/185/367175252_40e3cec1d9_t.jpg

stude freak
03-08-2007, 08:50 PM
Welcome Lau, just ask anything you need to know the guys and gals here know everything about anything Studebaker and are willing to help. Just what I need a 50's loving stude wife.Wait!! Thats not a proposal just starting a fact lol.

David Baggett Mantachie,Ms.

stude freak
03-08-2007, 08:50 PM
Welcome Lau, just ask anything you need to know the guys and gals here know everything about anything Studebaker and are willing to help. Just what I need a 50's loving stude wife.Wait!! Thats not a proposal just starting a fact lol.

David Baggett Mantachie,Ms.

N8N
03-08-2007, 10:09 PM
Welcome! yeah, we want pics...

all I can add is if the front end chrome is in good shape on your '55, WAX IT REGULARLY! that stuff is expensive... (ask me how I know this)

I'd suggest before you do anything, just change all the fluids in the car - oil, coolant, gear oil, ATF (if it's an automatic) etc... I think there's a good writeup somewhere on the SDC site about all the things you should do with a "new" Studebaker, in your case I would do ALL of them because the car has been sitting. Then see if you can get it to run, and yup, brakes are fairly important. The good news is that you can probably get everything you need to do a complete brake job for under $200 or so.

good luck

nate

(and yes, I know, I'm a hypocrite, I still haven't put up the pics of my own '55 since I moved my web site. Of course I haven't worked on it in a while either...)

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

N8N
03-08-2007, 10:09 PM
Welcome! yeah, we want pics...

all I can add is if the front end chrome is in good shape on your '55, WAX IT REGULARLY! that stuff is expensive... (ask me how I know this)

I'd suggest before you do anything, just change all the fluids in the car - oil, coolant, gear oil, ATF (if it's an automatic) etc... I think there's a good writeup somewhere on the SDC site about all the things you should do with a "new" Studebaker, in your case I would do ALL of them because the car has been sitting. Then see if you can get it to run, and yup, brakes are fairly important. The good news is that you can probably get everything you need to do a complete brake job for under $200 or so.

good luck

nate

(and yes, I know, I'm a hypocrite, I still haven't put up the pics of my own '55 since I moved my web site. Of course I haven't worked on it in a while either...)

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

55Studebaker
03-08-2007, 11:07 PM
Lau's '55 Commander:
http://myspace-506.vo.llnwd.net/00415/60/56/415766506_l.jpg

Nice '55 2-door sedan. looks solid. [8D] How is the paint? Looks like it just needs a good detailing, maybe some buffing? I would suggest if it hasn't been started in a few years, just to change all the fluids and check your rubber parts for drying out and/or cracks. Then you can give her a try at starting. Then I would go through the brakes before driving.

Cool myspace page btw.



John Reich
Long Island Chapter Spotlight Editor & Webmaster
http://myspace-340.vo.llnwd.net/01431/04/33/1431643340_l.jpg

55Studebaker
03-08-2007, 11:07 PM
Lau's '55 Commander:
http://myspace-506.vo.llnwd.net/00415/60/56/415766506_l.jpg

Nice '55 2-door sedan. looks solid. [8D] How is the paint? Looks like it just needs a good detailing, maybe some buffing? I would suggest if it hasn't been started in a few years, just to change all the fluids and check your rubber parts for drying out and/or cracks. Then you can give her a try at starting. Then I would go through the brakes before driving.

Cool myspace page btw.



John Reich
Long Island Chapter Spotlight Editor & Webmaster
http://myspace-340.vo.llnwd.net/01431/04/33/1431643340_l.jpg

N8N
03-09-2007, 12:09 AM
That looks like a late '55 2-door sedan, just so you know. There was a mid-year change to a wraparound ("Ultra-Vista" in Stude-speak) windshield, and at the same time the Commander engine was changed to a 259ci engine (was previously a 224.) When you get into the car, you'll have to remember this when looking in the shop manual or parts books - some parts will be labeled "before serial xxxx" or "after serial xxxx" and your car will fall in the later half of the '55 model year.

Looks like a nice, solid find. Let us know what you find when you start getting into the mechanicals and we'll try to help.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

N8N
03-09-2007, 12:09 AM
That looks like a late '55 2-door sedan, just so you know. There was a mid-year change to a wraparound ("Ultra-Vista" in Stude-speak) windshield, and at the same time the Commander engine was changed to a 259ci engine (was previously a 224.) When you get into the car, you'll have to remember this when looking in the shop manual or parts books - some parts will be labeled "before serial xxxx" or "after serial xxxx" and your car will fall in the later half of the '55 model year.

Looks like a nice, solid find. Let us know what you find when you start getting into the mechanicals and we'll try to help.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://members.cox.net/njnagel

Anne F. Goodman
03-09-2007, 12:33 AM
Welcome to the forum. You have just joined the ranks of some of the finest people you ever want to meet. If you aren't a member of SDC please join and find the local chapter nearest you there are great resources there. I can tell you from experience that the enjoyment from driving your Stude is Fantastic. You meet the finest people you will see more smiles and thumbs ups while driving that you will believe that you are a Star. Again WElcome

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Ca
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/xmasannecopy.jpg

Anne F. Goodman
03-09-2007, 12:33 AM
Welcome to the forum. You have just joined the ranks of some of the finest people you ever want to meet. If you aren't a member of SDC please join and find the local chapter nearest you there are great resources there. I can tell you from experience that the enjoyment from driving your Stude is Fantastic. You meet the finest people you will see more smiles and thumbs ups while driving that you will believe that you are a Star. Again WElcome

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
Fresno,Ca
http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/Mabel.jpg?t=1165475035http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o269/nw3anne/xmasannecopy.jpg

StudeRich
03-09-2007, 01:25 AM
Wow Lau; that's a pretty rare model, a Body type F4 Deluxe 2 door sedan! They have that big vertical chrome trim over the body seam between the 1/4 panel and the rear fender...way cool![^]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

StudeRich
03-09-2007, 01:25 AM
Wow Lau; that's a pretty rare model, a Body type F4 Deluxe 2 door sedan! They have that big vertical chrome trim over the body seam between the 1/4 panel and the rear fender...way cool![^]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

60Lark
03-09-2007, 03:31 PM
Hello Lau, I too would like welcome you to the zoo. I can pretty well guarantee that NO question will go unanswered. Good luck on a your new project. :)

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6ce20b3127cce8d0e3b50356c00000000400CcNWTlozYsb http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6dc03b3127cce970d7aafd15f00000010100CcNWTlozYsb
Studebaker Fever
60 Lark
51 Champion
Phil
Arnold, Missouri

60Lark
03-09-2007, 03:31 PM
Hello Lau, I too would like welcome you to the zoo. I can pretty well guarantee that NO question will go unanswered. Good luck on a your new project. :)

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6ce20b3127cce8d0e3b50356c00000000400CcNWTlozYsb http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6dc03b3127cce970d7aafd15f00000010100CcNWTlozYsb
Studebaker Fever
60 Lark
51 Champion
Phil
Arnold, Missouri