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62champ
07-15-2014, 04:49 PM
If the body tag is correct for the car:

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o132/testtone/1928%20Buick%20Street%20Rod/1953%20Studebaker/DSCF2138_zpsfb90e7cc.jpg

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o132/testtone/1928%20Buick%20Street%20Rod/1953%20Studebaker/DSCF2023_zps5e6f2524.jpg

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-Other-Regal-1953-Studebaker-Champion-/301243542784?forcerrptr=true&hash=item462383ad00&item=301243542784&pt=US_Cars_Trucks

Flashback
07-15-2014, 05:58 PM
Looks like a super fun driver. Must have been used that way. Looks like upgraded brakes. I would love to have thissun.

RadioRoy
07-15-2014, 06:51 PM
Since the introduction of the crew cab pickups and the Saturn coupe with the semi-hidden rear doors, the 53-54 Studebaker two door sedan with the exposed rear fender seam does not look so out of place as it once did.

This is a nice looking car, except for the wetness on the rear brake backing plates.

Jeff_H
07-15-2014, 07:16 PM
Looks like a decent example of a model not seen to often. Obviously a partial restoration with some mods like the brakes. It presents itself well.

Engine and air cleaner colors are wrong but easily changed. Maybe the engine is a later ('55?) one.
Chrome shifter knob should be grey.
The upholstery is replaced.
Should this car have pot metal chrome mouldings around the side windows if its a F5? F1 and F3 maybe not but I think a F5 should have them. Maybe being body #16 matters here?
Looks like some floor repairs with screws in one of the pictures.
I am not sure the wheels are supposed to be red/maroon or were grey to match the body.
The trunk handle is not painted in around the "Studebaker" but a easy fix. The chrome on this car appears to be mostly original and in nice shape.

This is a pretty good ad with lots of pix.

tbredehoft
07-15-2014, 09:55 PM
I noticed a push start button below the ignition switch, also the under the clutch button. And where's the fog light switch?

Not being critical at all, it's a good ad, and a very nice '52 2 door.

62champ
07-16-2014, 07:54 AM
And where's the fog light switch?

Was wondering that myself. Looks like there is a toggle switch on the bottom of the dash just to the right of the cluster. Or maybe they are just decorative.

Michidan
07-16-2014, 08:14 AM
I love these 2 door sedans. That car is beautiful.

allstateguy
07-16-2014, 09:29 AM
I like nearly everything about this car. The model, the gorgeous outside, very nice upholstery, nice upgrades (brakes and fogs), but I'm slightly concerned about the rust popping up at the bottoms of the doors post-paint job. I've had my share of bad luck with drain holes plugged up and door skins and bottoms getting holey. Compared to the other rustier cars for sale, this one is a winner, but the doors would be the first thing I'd try to tidy up.

62champ
07-16-2014, 09:40 AM
Does anyone know if this is an actual accessory for sedans in '53?

http://i119.photobucket.com/albums/o132/testtone/1928%20Buick%20Street%20Rod/1953%20Studebaker/DSCF2060_zpseccf6259.jpg

studegary
07-16-2014, 09:33 PM
Does anyone know if this is an actual accessory for sedans in '53?



That IS a correct hood ornament. For 1953, there were three different accessory hood ornaments. Most are familiar with the Strato-Styled (loop around a spear) hood ornament. There was also the Deluxe hood ornaments (long spear with a crest on the front). There was a long one for Commander sedans and a short one (like this one) for Champion sedans.

StudeRich
07-16-2014, 09:47 PM
The Hood Ornament is correct, the Windshield Moulding not so much. The Car is very good looking the way it is "dressed up".

stude dude
07-17-2014, 03:06 AM
The Strato-styled hood ornament described by studegary above was nicknamed 'intercourse' by Bob Bourke and the design team for obvious reasons.

Chris.

Roscomacaw
07-17-2014, 01:14 PM
Yeah, I LIKE this car! Only "funky" things are the WS reveal moulding and the fog lites being cross-eyed. Likely the left and right are swapped. Still - looks like a cool ride!

Lark Parker
07-17-2014, 01:24 PM
That IS a correct hood ornament. For 1953, there were three different accessory hood ornaments. Most are familiar with the Strato-Styled (loop around a spear) hood ornament. There was also the Deluxe hood ornaments (long spear with a crest on the front). There was a long one for Commander sedans and a short one (like this one) for Champion sedans.

I have one of those: 22 3/4" long, I don't know whether that is the Champion length or for the Commander. It was incorrectly described as a Speedster hood ornament on ebay and the picture was at such an angle it actually looked like the Speedster ornament (which is about twice as long). Suckered me into buying it.
I used it for a finished demo piece in the stainless resto booth. Now it needs a new home.

tbredehoft
07-17-2014, 03:49 PM
I believe the toggle under the dash is for the courtesy light (under the dash). My '53 C has one. You can turn on the courtesy light without opening the door. [See post #6]