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  • 1953 Commander trim help

    Now that i am starting the disassembly of the trim on the 53, I want to know if it was fastened correctly. It seems odd the way it was fastened. Here are some pictures. Can someone let me know if is was fastened correctly and if not how does it fasten and what kind of clips were used?

    Here is how the trim looked mounted.



    Here is the top of the door. The trim had large push in clips that went into the large holes. There are smaller holes next to the larger ones.



    Trim under the windshield had a screw hold one end in and a lrge clip that inserted into a hole.



    The trim around the door had clips in the trim with a bolt and nut holding them on.




    Any help would be great. I am going to have to drill holes in the new body to attach the trim. Would like to do it correctly.
    Jim
    51 Studebaker Starlight State Commander Coupe
    53 Studebaker Starlight Regal Commander Coupe
    62 Volvo PV544 Sport
    59 Renault 4CV




  • #2
    The factory parts book lists all of the correct fasteners for each moulding.

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    • #3
      This is not 53 trim. This is 55 trim. It mounts different. The right trim clips for the windshield had stud with nuts. I had photos, but can't get my pictures off photobucket just yet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Flashback View Post
        This is not 53 trim. This is 55 trim. It mounts different. The right trim clips for the windshield had stud with nuts. I had photos, but can't get my pictures off photobucket just yet.
        Good to hear from you Tex.. and you're right, that's '55 trim. Only year it was stainless.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Flashback View Post
          This is not 53 trim. This is 55 trim. It mounts different. The right trim clips for the windshield had stud with nuts. I had photos, but can't get my pictures off photobucket just yet.
          I concur.. and it appears that the holes are still present from the original trim clips. The 55 stainless is a vast improvement over the pot metal. Lucky you.
          sals54

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          • #6
            Having that stainless is luck indeed! When you clip it back in just make certain to put a good plug of Dum-dum around the clips to prevent water from entering the holes.
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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            • #7
              So, if the clips go in the larger holes, what are the smaller holes for?
              51 Studebaker Starlight State Commander Coupe
              53 Studebaker Starlight Regal Commander Coupe
              62 Volvo PV544 Sport
              59 Renault 4CV



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              • #8
                So, if the clips go in the larger holes, what are the smaller holes for?
                Original trim you must have had was the "type A" pot metal trim. Type B looks the same from the outside but different fastening underneath. At any rate, on the tops of the doors were clips held with 2 sheet metal screws. One of the holes for them must have lined up with the trim clips you have and it was drilled out larger. Then there were "buttons" on the back of the trim to snap into those clips. A real fussy design as the trim would not snap into the clip if the level and alignment was not just so. Not unusual with those to find shim washers under the clips at the mounting screws. Talk about a time killer on the production line futzing with that! Like a lot of other aspects of these cars' design, stuff that requires lots of tweaking during assembly that nobody would design it that way now due to excessive labor and training of the workers.

                Jeff in ND

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                • #9
                  This is great information. Then I need help with the best way to install this trim on the new body. Different fasteners.........The new body does not have any holes. Also can windshield/rear window trim come out of the gasket without taking out the glass?
                  51 Studebaker Starlight State Commander Coupe
                  53 Studebaker Starlight Regal Commander Coupe
                  62 Volvo PV544 Sport
                  59 Renault 4CV



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                  • #10
                    Usually not without damage, the stress on the Rubber holding the Moulding will be relieved when the Glass is out of the Body, just the reverse process of an Install.
                    StudeRich
                    Second Generation Stude Driver,
                    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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