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Scott
10-09-2011, 12:57 PM
Does anyone know the history of the fiberglass front C-K fenders? My father has a 54 with them. They're great, but we don't know what the story is behind them. Thanks.

tbredehoft
10-09-2011, 01:03 PM
As recently as 2004 the entire C-K was available in fiberglas, any part or all, (except frame, engine, suspension, etc) from somewhere east of the Mississippi River. I don't know when they started, or if they are still available. Hope this helps. If nothing else, someone will correct me.

woodysrods
10-09-2011, 01:20 PM
I have a 53 C/K trunk lid. If someone is looking??
Good Roads
Brian

JoeHall
10-09-2011, 05:34 PM
I once worked on a person's 56J, and rebuilt the front suspension. It had fiberglass front fenders, and they were flawless. I only found out they were fiberglasss when I reached under the wheelwell lip to pull myself up from sitting on a creeper. Something just felt different, so I looked closer and discovered them. I have heard horror stories about fibrerglass panels made for Studes, but would install a set of those in a heartbeat.

studegary
10-09-2011, 06:34 PM
Does anyone know the history of the fiberglass front C-K fenders? My father has a 54 with them. They're great, but we don't know what the story is behind them. Thanks.

I don't know what "story" you are seeking. I have known of several different manufacturers of C/K front fenders in fiberglass, from coast to coast. I have used a pair made in the state of Washington. I think that you can get some from NC now. They do vary a lot in thickness and fit.

Scott
10-09-2011, 07:12 PM
Well, that's part of what I wanted to know. I figured there was one set of molds out there, not several. It would make an interesting article to compare them.

Studedude
10-09-2011, 08:00 PM
http://www.classglassperformance.com/53%20Studebaker.html

JRoberts
10-09-2011, 09:03 PM
Classic Glass and Performance puts out a good product (see link in Dave's post above ). They have been competing in the ECTA events for a number of years with a coupe and roadster (motorcycle engine for power) and I have seen their stuff up close and it looks great.

JDP
10-09-2011, 09:13 PM
They have been around for at least 35 years, some with vent door, some plain. I recall buying out a Studebaker dealer inventory in the late 70's that had a set in the rafters. I thought they were steel until I got closer, sort on bummed me out.

studegary
10-10-2011, 01:10 PM
I purchased and used a pair in about 1971-1972 that had the vent door openings and the hinge metal and seal area for the vent doors. Most of the ones made for racing, particularly the light weight ones, do not have a provision for the side vent.

Scott
10-10-2011, 06:31 PM
The ones I know of do have the vent opening. How long have fiberglass fenders been available?

studegary
10-12-2011, 12:27 PM
The ones I know of do have the vent opening. How long have fiberglass fenders been available?

More than four decades for C/K bodies.