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DEEPNHOCK
11-22-2013, 05:50 AM
http://kustomrama.com/index.php?title=Tom_Bacon%27s_1953_Studebaker

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1953 Studebaker Commander restyled by Tom Bacon of West Hartford, Connecticut. Tom bought the old Stude from Dick Spadaro. Starting in the front he peaked and shaved the hood and then had 160 louvers punched into it. The decklid was also shaved and the corners rounded and had 143 additional louvers were punched. The car was fit with a full length bellypan punched full of louvers. All of the louvers were punched by Art Johnson of Artie's Louvers. Tom chopped the top 5 1/2 inches in the front, and 3 3/4 inches in the back. The roof was also widened 1 1/4 inches in the front and 1 1/2 inches in the rear. Door handles and trim were shaved and the fender vents were filled. The gas door is also long gone.





Once the bodywork was done the car was painted in a VW Cosmic Green paint, and pinstriped by Ken Jacobs. Under the louvered hood rests a 526 CID 1975 Cadillac engine. The engine is hooked to a 1966 Pontiac TH400 tranny. Tom reinforced the original frame and built his own rails from the firewall forward, then added a Heidt's IFS with Carrera coilovers and ECI discs and a 3.00-geared, narrowed Ford 9-inch rear with Posies springs and Carrera shocks


Cast-finish American Racing Torq-Thrusts and Commander wide whites gives the car an old-time racer attitude. 15x4.5 wheels with 5.60x15 Commander tires were used in front and 15x7.5 wheels and L78x15 wide whitewalls in the rear. Inside, the car is pretty stripped down: no stereo or air conditioning and a flat custom steel dash fit with Stewart-Warner dials. In front the stock seats were replaced by cut-down Volvo bucket seats, the back seat cushion was ripped out and replaced by a roll-bar. The upholstery inside the car is done in green and white Naugahyde. The upholstery was done by Tom himself. The car took 10 years and over 12 000 hours to complete.

http://kustomrama.com/images/5/56/Tom-bacon-1953-studebaker.jpg

http://kustomrama.com/images/4/44/Tom-bacon-1953-studebaker10.jpg

http://kustomrama.com/images/2/22/Tom-bacon-1953-studebaker9.jpg

JRoberts
11-22-2013, 05:54 AM
Now this one I like. Always a fan of louvers. The green paint looks great.

t walgamuth
11-22-2013, 07:14 AM
Any functional reason to put louvers in the trunk?

62champ
11-22-2013, 07:31 AM
Any functional reason to put louvers in the trunk?

A tribute to Studebaker's 1966 flow through ventilation...;)

bezhawk
11-22-2013, 08:42 AM
Any functional reason to put louvers in the trunk?
On a stock Stude it would be to let the rust "breathe" !:eek:

DEEPNHOCK
11-22-2013, 08:51 AM
The racer's credo: "If one is good, more is better, and too much is just right"


Any functional reason to put louvers in the trunk?

Dick Steinkamp
11-22-2013, 09:31 AM
Any functional reason to put louvers in the trunk?

You see them on Bonneville cars. They let any trapped air out to decrease drag.

http://bonnevillebadboys.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/100_0731.jpg

Jerry Forrester
11-22-2013, 09:31 AM
I really like that car. I especially like this part.....................


Under the louvered hood rests a 526 CID 1975 Cadillac engine. The engine is hooked to a 1966 Pontiac TH400 tranny.

hausdok
11-22-2013, 09:38 AM
Hate the windshield. They could have spent more time on that and given it more glass and a better perimeter.

Dick Steinkamp
11-22-2013, 09:47 AM
Hate the windshield. They could have spent more time on that and given it more glass and a better perimeter.

I don't know about "hate" (;)), but that is a tough one to do more attractively.

The windshield on a C/K just sits in the wrong spot stock. Chopping the top can accentuate this. You can see in the side view that it really needs to come down to match the side windows...

http://kustomrama.com/images/2/22/Tom-bacon-1953-studebaker9.jpg

Tough to do. You start messing up the cowl to windshield transition and also there would be too much painted area above the windshield in a front view.

I'd just live with it. The top chop is too cool! Besides, it helps give it the ol' skool flavor that matches the rest of the car.

(BTW, Studebaker added those three chrome strips under the windshield to bring it down visually, and that helps some on stockers)

gordr
11-22-2013, 11:31 AM
I agree with Mike, here. The top is chopped too much, and the car is ill-proportioned as a result. But if one were going to do such a radical chop, it would pay to cut the windshield less, or not cut it at all, and sink the bottom of it into the cowl, so that the base of the windshield was even with the base of the side windows. And then, for Pete's sake, lose the ugly rubber moldings! Form a recess in the body, and glue the glass in place as it is done on most newer cars. Have maybe an eighth-inch strip of sealant showing, no more, or maybe a narrow stainless molding. I don't do Photoshop, but if somebody here were to PS those changes onto that green coupe, it would just pop, I tell you.

DEEPNHOCK
11-22-2013, 12:14 PM
Tend to agree with you...
The black moulding looks plain.... (even on this work in progress)

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j54/deepnhock/1953%20Stude%20Drag%20Car%20Windshield%20Project/IMG_0197_zps97a510a1.jpg

Just putting some trim in breaks up the slab a bit..

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j54/deepnhock/1953%20Stude%20Drag%20Car%20Windshield%20Project/IMG_0286_zps52effa8d.jpg

studegary
11-22-2013, 01:40 PM
Dick Spadaro is a name from the past.
To us, the car is nice except the top is chopped a little too much.
The color looks like original Studebaker 1953 Tahoe Green.

RadioRoy
11-24-2013, 07:41 PM
Any functional reason to put louvers in the trunk?

So the rain gets all over your clothes and tools.