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    I have a 1951 Studebaker Commander starlight coup that is solid, but needs a restoration. I will be restoring to a period mild custom. The interior was gone in this vehicle except the seats and front door panels. I will be doing a custom interior, but want the essence of the original to show. If someone has some interior shots of their Commander or Champion Starlight coup I would be interested in seeing them so I can get some ideas. Also I would like to see some shots of how the rear deck and panels blend to the rear window. Was there a trim piece back there or what? Thanks,

    George
    http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe
    http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe

  • #2
    This is a picture of the interior of a 51 Commander Starlight from the 51 brochure. Not sure the door panel is correct though.



    This is from a 51 Commander that was on eBay a while back. The arm rest storage compartment door is open on this one.



    Leonard Shepherd
    http://leonardshepherd.com/

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    • #3
      This is a picture of the interior of a 51 Commander Starlight from the 51 brochure. Not sure the door panel is correct though.



      This is from a 51 Commander that was on eBay a while back. The arm rest storage compartment door is open on this one.



      Leonard Shepherd
      http://leonardshepherd.com/

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      • #4
        Unfortunetly, I don't have pictures of the interior of my '51 State. The above pictures both look correct. In the top picture, you can just barely see the edge of the vinyl that trims the front door. It's similar in shape to the outer door sculpture of the 1953's, separated from the broadcloth with a thin strip of stainless and extending to the front and bottom of the door.

        The front armrest, at least on the State trim, is covered with the same vinyl, with a patch of broadcloth on the front and rear ends.

        There was no trim or garnish molding around the back window.

        The factory photo was obviously taken without a front seat in the car.

        Brad Johnson
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
        "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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        • #5
          Unfortunetly, I don't have pictures of the interior of my '51 State. The above pictures both look correct. In the top picture, you can just barely see the edge of the vinyl that trims the front door. It's similar in shape to the outer door sculpture of the 1953's, separated from the broadcloth with a thin strip of stainless and extending to the front and bottom of the door.

          The front armrest, at least on the State trim, is covered with the same vinyl, with a patch of broadcloth on the front and rear ends.

          There was no trim or garnish molding around the back window.

          The factory photo was obviously taken without a front seat in the car.

          Brad Johnson
          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
          '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
          "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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          • #6
            Dave, my uncle has told me that when they first dragged home his '51 Starlight, they were unaware of the storage compartments in the back. When they had the interior redone, they found quite a few liquor bottles under the armrests. Of course, considering who they got the car from (original owner), it wasn't surprising. [)]

            And I'm SURE that his Starlight isn't the only one to have those 'items' stored in there.

            Matthew Burnette
            '59 Scotsman
            '63 Daytona
            Hazlehurst, GA

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            • #7
              Dave, my uncle has told me that when they first dragged home his '51 Starlight, they were unaware of the storage compartments in the back. When they had the interior redone, they found quite a few liquor bottles under the armrests. Of course, considering who they got the car from (original owner), it wasn't surprising. [)]

              And I'm SURE that his Starlight isn't the only one to have those 'items' stored in there.

              Matthew Burnette
              '59 Scotsman
              '63 Daytona
              Hazlehurst, GA

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              • #8
                I wonder how many Cops "back-in-the-day" were Stude guys and knew of those compartments... [?]

                Matthew Burnette
                '59 Scotsman
                '63 Daytona
                Hazlehurst, GA

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                • #9
                  I wonder how many Cops "back-in-the-day" were Stude guys and knew of those compartments... [?]

                  Matthew Burnette
                  '59 Scotsman
                  '63 Daytona
                  Hazlehurst, GA

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                  • #10
                    I thought about putting drain holes in there to dissipate the melting ice.[)] Then I discovered those Rubbermaid plastic paks of Blue Ice. PERFECT!

                    Nothing like an ice cold Pepsi after a long drive.

                    Brad Johnson
                    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                    '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                    "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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                    • #11
                      I thought about putting drain holes in there to dissipate the melting ice.[)] Then I discovered those Rubbermaid plastic paks of Blue Ice. PERFECT!

                      Nothing like an ice cold Pepsi after a long drive.

                      Brad Johnson
                      Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                      '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
                      "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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                      • #12
                        Ok, thanks for the pictures. That helps a lot. I could not figure out how the side panel and headliner transitioned into the window seal. Once I saw the seal over the panel in the picture it made sense to me. Three of the windows are in the car and one is missing. I kept looking at the window without the seal and I could not figure it out. I did not realize that the rubber extended into the car that far. I can now see the tacking strips under the other three seals. Thanks,

                        George
                        http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe
                        http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe

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                        • #13
                          Ok, thanks for the pictures. That helps a lot. I could not figure out how the side panel and headliner transitioned into the window seal. Once I saw the seal over the panel in the picture it made sense to me. Three of the windows are in the car and one is missing. I kept looking at the window without the seal and I could not figure it out. I did not realize that the rubber extended into the car that far. I can now see the tacking strips under the other three seals. Thanks,

                          George
                          http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe
                          http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe

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                          • #14
                            Looks like the door panel is correct in the above photo. You can just barely see the chrome strip. Here is a shot of what was left of mine.



                            George
                            http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe
                            http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe

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                            • #15
                              Looks like the door panel is correct in the above photo. You can just barely see the chrome strip. Here is a shot of what was left of mine.



                              George
                              http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe
                              http://racingstudebakers.com/stl-web...ighlight=ghcoe

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