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TWChamp
05-19-2016, 07:37 AM
I saw this on a 1950 Starlight on ebay today. It seems like there should be a rubber plug of some kind to block off the oval openings where the inlet and outlets pipes stick through. Does anyone know how the factory might have sealed them? Thanks, Tom

Here's a link to the ebay ad. For some reason I can't post a picture today.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/201585831715?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

TWChamp
05-19-2016, 07:44 AM
Here's the picture. This was supposed to be part of the other thread on the same subject. I don't know what happened, and don't see where I can delete it.

54249

rkapteyn
05-19-2016, 07:56 AM
54250 from Studebaker International


Robert Kapteyn

bezhawk
05-19-2016, 08:02 AM
They had foam rubber seals over the core nipples, inside the box. Also that dryer vent hose wont last a week.

TWChamp
05-19-2016, 08:54 AM
That drier vent hose is also ugly.
Can you still buy original type air hose?

fiveftsix
05-19-2016, 11:39 AM
Yes you can, SI has it.
Either as two parts or as one length.
But I haven`t seen it to say it looks like original.
Geoff

StudeRich
05-19-2016, 12:29 PM
Yes it is correct looking, wire reinforced Flat Black Color Vinyl, correct Air Duct, myself and the other Studebaker Vendors do sell it.

TWChamp
05-19-2016, 12:52 PM
Yes it is correct looking, wire reinforced Flat Black Color Vinyl, correct Air Duct, myself and the other Studebaker Vendors do sell it.

I thought the original would have been a cloth material, sort of like friction tape.

fiveftsix
05-19-2016, 01:47 PM
I would have thought so too
So I`m not sure how long vinyl would last so close to the exhaust ???
Geoff

StudeRich
05-19-2016, 01:56 PM
I thought the original would have been a cloth material, sort of like friction tape.

Yes the Original had a Cloth look and feel to it, but these have worked fine for about 40 Years now on hundreds of Studebakers, so maybe it's High Temp Neoprene or something, if you want rotted 60 year old NOS material, go for it. :rolleyes: Remember this is 2016, you don't always get your druthers. ;)

rockne10
05-19-2016, 07:43 PM
Replacement duct from SI has served well in my '51 for a quarter century now; much tougher than that dryer duct.
And, without the foam seals around the core nipples you are going to blow a substantial amount of your heated air to the driveshaft instead of the cabin. But that's something you may not notice, as these heaters are capable of roasting your buns without assistance. SI has the foam seals, as Bob noted in response to your earlier query: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?95164-1950-Heater-Box-Holes-Open-or-Covered ; also easy enough to fabricate; or even seal with Dumm-dumm.

Lothar
05-19-2016, 11:29 PM
I bought some nice, heavy gauge aluminum 4" duct from a HVAC installer at a very reasonable price per foot. I then painted it flat black. It looks original, but it is much stronger than the old oil cloth.

Lothar
05-20-2016, 12:42 AM
The original heater core tube-to-body seals were just foam rubber. Get a scrap of high-density foam packaging and cut out a couple seals. Thats the CASO way.

TWChamp
05-20-2016, 12:55 AM
BTW, this is a 1950 Convertible on ebay, and not my car.
I posted this in response to the other thread I started, where the picture wouldn't post, but for some reason this posted as a new thread instead of a response to the first thread.