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handworn
11-23-2013, 09:19 AM
Why does the front bumper of this Starlight coupe look like this?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Chrome-Studebaker-/131051694211?forcerrptr=true&hash=item1e834a2883&item=131051694211&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

62champ
11-23-2013, 09:44 AM
http://i.ebayimg.com/t/Studebaker-/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/QkcAAOxyXDhSi-r-/$_57.JPG

studegary
11-23-2013, 11:20 AM
Why does the front bumper of this Starlight coupe look like this?



Are you asking about the accessory grille guard or something else?

woodysrods
11-23-2013, 11:23 AM
I want to see pictures of the car next to it?
Good Roads
Brian

WinM1895
11-23-2013, 11:44 AM
Why does the front bumper of this Starlight coupe look like this?
Accessory "bed post" grille guard, these were made by Van Auckland for many 1940/50's cars.

Bullet
11-23-2013, 01:48 PM
Several of us here on the forum have this same grill guard on our cars. Even tho not factory I like the looks.

Mark

Studedude
11-23-2013, 03:46 PM
I want to see pictures of the car next to it?
Brian
1939 Graham (https://www.google.com/search?q=1939+Graham&client=firefox-a&hs=7Fh&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=syGRUpTOEafl2QX-0IG4DQ&ved=0CC4QsAQ&biw=1600&bih=756)?

brngarage
11-23-2013, 05:57 PM
Sorry to be "picky" but my dad had a set of the guards on his '47 Plymouth and I remember they were Van Aukens.

Bullet
11-23-2013, 06:15 PM
I just double checked mine in the garage. It says Helms Grand Rapids Mich Pat Applied For

Mark

Hallabutt
11-23-2013, 09:04 PM
Anyone interested in one NOS in the box and never installed, my lady has one that I think she would like to sell. She says that she paid over $300 for it but will be willing to take something around $200 for it.-Bill

61LaRk4dr
11-24-2013, 12:22 AM
Looks like the car originally had one of those propeller accessories attached to the nose. That almost appears like it is equipped with a reel-type antenna also.

Sam Ensley
11-24-2013, 04:41 PM
I think, maybe, he's speaking of the bumper, itself, which looks different because it is a Commander.

studegary
11-24-2013, 05:12 PM
I think, maybe, he's speaking of the bumper, itself, which looks different because it is a Commander.

Who knows? He never came back to this thread/topic to clarify his question.

I figured that he was referring to the grille guard because the bumper looks normal to me for a Commander.

handworn
11-24-2013, 05:36 PM
No, I did come back, but since you and others had correctly interpreted the question, I didn't bother to clarify it. Sorry for the confusion.


Who knows? He never came back to this thread/topic to clarify his question.

I figured that he was referring to the grille guard because the bumper looks normal to me for a Commander.

handworn
11-24-2013, 06:09 PM
Oh, and by the way-- am I right that those painted headlight rings means this was produced very early in the production run?

Bullet
11-24-2013, 09:13 PM
yes as far as I know it.

Mark

unclemiltie
11-25-2013, 07:06 AM
If they had painted headlight rims then the grills were chrome, if they had chrome head light rims then they had painted grills. I personally like chrome on both. It was based on the body number and is reflected in the parts books.

The painted ones make very good candidates for rechrome

WinM1895
11-25-2013, 12:05 PM
yes as far as I know it.
Hmm, I wonder if was this is the case...or not. When the Korean War began, it wasn't long before chrome and copper were in very short supply. The automakers had no choice, had to plate nickel onto bare steel, then sprayed clear nitrocellulose lacquer on the nickel to preserve it.

It wasn't too long before the lacquer turned brown and began to chip off, pitting began. Unknowing people used abrasive household cleaners like Ajax and chrome polish on the parts which further damaged the nickel.

Unpitted chrome, even if NOS has been hard to find for 1950/52's for decades, due to the "Korean War Chrome."

It would seem to me...an alternative was to used painted parts in lieu of nickel plating. The same thing occurred on late 1942 cars, the last of which left the assembly line on 9 February 1942.

warrlaw1
11-25-2013, 01:10 PM
What looks like a hole in the centre of the bullet appears to be the reflection of the Photog in the 60 year old chrome. Cool.

studegary
11-25-2013, 03:17 PM
Oh, and by the way-- am I right that those painted headlight rings means this was produced very early in the production run?

Early yes, but I would not say "very early". What are the Serial Number and body number of the car in question?

All of the 1950 models started the model year with painted headlight rims. This is because that is the way that Bob Bourke wanted it. The demand for more chrome drove the change to chromed headlight rims during the model year (except for the cheapest models). The confusion comes in because so many were changed, some when delivered new.