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Frank Starr
04-27-2006, 08:20 PM
So I've been trying to figure out the photo posting routine. I think I've got it, but it sure is unfriendly. We'll see.

Anyway, the pic was actually taken in Houston, but the car is now safely in my garage in sometimes sunny Seattle. It's getting converted to Saginaw power steering, and I'm repainting all the inside trim - ceylon beige on mine, not N8N's greige. It's sort of a flesh color.

Oh, the car. It's a 1955 Commander Regal Coupe, second series. That means it has the paint style shown where the roof color is brought down over the trunk and the tops of the rear fenders. It makes the whole car look lower. Engine is a 259 "Bearcat", meaning 2 bbl carb - good for today's gas prices. These cars seem to be rather rare. There's a 55 President coupe in Seattle which could be mistaken for mine at a quick glance. Looking through all the pix on the SDC website, there doesn't seem to be another in these colors.

So here goes.

Frank Starr

http://www.albumtown.com/data2/6a1db1b02d3580d4591f08e140aa9277/64983_p982524.jpg

Kdancy
04-27-2006, 08:29 PM
I like that !!

53commander HDTP
53 Champion HDTP
61 Cursed Purple Hawk
64 Champ long bed V8
64 GT

stude53
04-27-2006, 08:31 PM
Nice paint design! Your 55 looks good...
What is the interior like?

Regards,
Bob (stude53)

redvoyager
04-27-2006, 10:52 PM
speaking of saginaw steering, I am in need of the automatic column for one if you have an extra or know of one. i ran into a guy in York who had several but I couldn't find his card with e-mail when I got back

Norm
58 Transtar 1 ton dually PU
58 2 door wagon
Davenport, Fl

Dick Steinkamp
04-27-2006, 11:17 PM
quote:Originally posted by Frank Starr

So I've been trying to figure out the photo posting routine. I think I've got it, but it sure is unfriendly. We'll see.

Anyway, the pic was actually taken in Houston, but the car is now safely in my garage in sometimes sunny Seattle. It's getting converted to Saginaw power steering, and I'm repainting all the inside trim - ceylon beige on mine, not N8N's greige. It's sort of a flesh color.



Nice car! I'm a big fan of the '55 butterknife trim.



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

N8N
04-28-2006, 06:04 AM
I can go either way on the butterknife trim. It looks good, but IMHO it also makes the car look "dated..." But that's not all bad, it has a distinct 50's style which is kind of cool.

I'm so confused...:)

I agree with the other comments, that is a great color combo. You gotta fix that 2bbl though... :) I think a 259 with an Avanti cam and 4bbl would be fun.

redvoyager, I just sent Frank the exact column you are looking for :(

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

55s
04-28-2006, 07:18 AM
I can't resist this one.

The 55 styling is one of the best, with flashes of chrome and stainless that make it go faster even when it is standing still.

I like all Studes, but my preference is 55.

55 Champion Coupe, 55 Commander Coupe and 55 Speedster.

Sign me: 55s

Frank Starr
04-28-2006, 12:45 PM
Thanks for the nice comments, guys.

The seats have been reupholstered with nice, thick naugahyde, but not in the original pattern. It's useable for now though, the color is a reasonable match. Side panels are original, and definitely ready for replacement.

There was a dash plaque in the car for the SDC annual meet in Florida from 1986 or so.

Nate, the reason the car looks dated is because it is dated! Same goes for me. Sorry about the column, Redvoyager. They take a bit of looking to find. I have a manual shift column that's going back to N8N.

I need the two shift linkage rods that go from the steering column to bellcrank and bellcrank to tranny. Must be for C/K, Studebaker Drive Automatic with Saginaw PS. Even if I could borrow them so's to modify the ones currently on the car. I don't think there's much difference.

Will pay money for shift linkage rods.

Frank


http://www.albumtown.com/data2/6a1db1b02d3580d4591f08e140aa9277/64983_p982577.jpg


http://www.albumtown.com/data2/6a1db1b02d3580d4591f08e140aa9277/64983_p982578.jpg

N8N
04-28-2006, 01:02 PM
I'll tell you what - if you can come up with a 3/OD from a 12V car ('56 or '57) the 2-piece driveshaft, OD relay, driveshaft crossmember, and shift rods, I will gladly trade that for an automatic column in much nicer shape than the one I sent Frank :) (I'm working on finishing it up right now)

otherwise it will stay in the car, shifting a Flightomatic...

But anyway, I do have most of a P/S setup for a '55 C-K that will be for sale soon, but the steering box needs some going through.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

N8N
04-28-2006, 01:29 PM
just remembered, Jim Heiple from PA had some columns at York, is that who you talked to?

The only other one I saw was the one I bought from Lee with the P/S parts, the one I ended up sending to Frank.

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
62 Daytona hardtop
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

larkvi
04-28-2006, 03:14 PM
Handsome car! Good luck with it.

Ed

Transtar56
04-28-2006, 03:23 PM
Man thats purdy Frank,I like 55's,not only the butterknife trim but the dash with those big dials!

Roscomacaw
04-28-2006, 03:33 PM
That's pretty, Frank. I love 55s - any body style, any trim level.;)

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

BobPalma
04-28-2006, 03:41 PM
:) Yep, the '55s are finally getting their due...almost as valuable and revered as are, currently, the '58 sedans & hardtops...now that would be something! ;) [:0]
Nice car indeed, Frank! [^] BP

DilloCrafter
04-28-2006, 09:13 PM
Earlier in this thread, 55s said:

quote:I like all Studes, but my preference is 55.

55 Champion Coupe, 55 Commander Coupe and 55 Speedster.
Aren't you forgetting one? [V]
http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/55frontchrome.jpg

http://rocketdillo.com/studebaker/misc/images/Avacartailgate.gif[/img=left] - DilloCrafter


1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
[i]The Red-Headed Amazon

BeeJay
04-29-2006, 10:51 AM
I have a column jacket for a '53 Auto car if that would help.

Bob

Own '53 Commander Starliner. Red w/beige top. 350 Chev/700R4. Tilt,cruise,A/C.

Roscomacaw
04-29-2006, 01:15 PM
Yeah Dillo! Frank forgot the President, eh?[:0] Dang you Frank![}:)]



OH![:0] Oh - oh - oh..... You were trying to give Frank a subtle hint with that photo of the front of your TRUCK. Of course!:D

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

jcarmichael
04-29-2006, 02:41 PM
Very Nice Car!

1961 Lark

redvoyager
04-29-2006, 09:37 PM
to N8N, are you the guy who while buying the steering parts across from Jim that I tried to buy the column off of? Anyway, there was a guy the next row down on the same end of the building who told me he had several columns at home and would sell me one. I have lost his info.....

Norm
58 Transtar 1 ton dually PU
58 2 door wagon
Davenport, Fl

chocolate turkey
04-30-2006, 08:44 AM
Hi Frank, nice 55 but it needs the wide whitewall tires!

Brian

Brian K. Curtis

Frank Starr
04-30-2006, 12:53 PM
Those two big dials on the dash always remind me of a pair of bulls nuts hanging down. Sorry, Transtar56. Actually, I prefer the simple Champion dash with the trapezoidal panel. Very clean. But my Commander will stay as it is. Well, I did remove the bumper guards first thing, and the hood ornament will go too eventually. I like the clean look.

Nah, just say no to whitewall tires, Brian!. For now, I'll just take the narrow whites on the car (which really look dumb) and reverse them. I've got black US Royal Tiger Paws on my 64 Cruiser , on 5 1/2-inch Mopar rims - they look businesslike.

Well, today (Sunday, Apr. 30) is my birthday, and I'm sitting here in the office trying to get caughtup on two projects with a Monday deadline. Work sure gets in the way of life. Hope I'm not holding you up N8N by being slow to get your column back - haven't been in the garage.

At least I drove my 64 Cruiser in - but then I drive it everyday anyway. Just like a real car.

Bob Palma (or anybody), that raises a question. Sometimes, particularly when I start it, I get a rapping out of the engine, something like a lifter way out of adjustment. Carefull listening with a stethoscope keeps pointing to the fuel pump as the source of the noise. I haven't taken it off yet to check, but does that ring any bells with anybody? The car has been given a 100% mechanical restoration (was featured in a TW article about 5 years ago). All parts came from from Ted Harbit.

Frank