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    I just picked up the November 1986 issue of Turning Wheels with the article by John Bridges about Bob Bourkes '55 prototype and what he thought the '55 should have looked like. Although it sounds like the "fish mouth" grille that went into production was not his first choice he originally designed it to be painted and the top brass made the decision to chrome it. If the man that designed it thought it should have been painted then I feel a lot better about painting mine. I REALLY like the grille on his personal prototype though. Also it mentioned some bracing he added to the floor pans, is there anywhere I can get some more detail on that? Anyone know where I could get a copy of "Bob Bourke Designs For Studebaker"?

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  • #2
    I believe SI still carries "Bob Bourke designs for Studebaker".

    <h5>Mark
    '57 Transtar
    3E-6/7-122
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    Mark Hayden
    '66 Commander
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    • #3
      I believe SI still carries "Bob Bourke designs for Studebaker".

      <h5>Mark
      '57 Transtar
      3E-6/7-122
      </h5>
      Mark Hayden
      '66 Commander
      Zone Coordinator
      Pacific Can-Am Zone

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      • #4
        They list it as Part # 800470, $29.95.
        "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
          They list it as Part # 800470, $29.95.
          "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
            Thanks! [8D]

            Analog man in a digital world.

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            • #7
              Thanks! [8D]

              Analog man in a digital world.

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              • #8
                I have seen several 55's over the years with painted grills, and (especially in the darker colors) it definitely cleans up the front. It is a neat bit of affirmation to learn that Bob Bourke favored that treatment.


                Steve Hudson
                The Dalles, Oregon
                1937 Dictator Flatback sedan (for sale)
                1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
                1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
                1960 Hawk (future project?)

                Steve Hudson
                The Dalles, Oregon
                1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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                • #9
                  I have seen several 55's over the years with painted grills, and (especially in the darker colors) it definitely cleans up the front. It is a neat bit of affirmation to learn that Bob Bourke favored that treatment.


                  Steve Hudson
                  The Dalles, Oregon
                  1937 Dictator Flatback sedan (for sale)
                  1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                  1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                  1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
                  1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
                  1960 Hawk (future project?)

                  Steve Hudson
                  The Dalles, Oregon
                  1949 \"GMOBaker\" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
                  1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
                  1953 "Studacudallac" (project)

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                  • #10
                    I think the C/K's still look sharp but, when it's done on the sedans, they look a little bit gooney.
                    "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 think the C/K's still look sharp but, when it's done on the sedans, they look a little bit gooney.
                      "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
                        IMHO, the sedans need all the help they can get ... I love 'em all, but honestly! My brother, who has ZERO interest in cars, told me once that the '53-55 sedans look to him like a caricature of the C-K's.

                        I can't remember, but was the "flying V" or "flying wing" in the '55 grille part of the original package, or was Bob Bourke ... ummm ... "persuaded" to include that, as well???

                        Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

                        KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!
                        Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

                        KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

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                        • #13
                          IMHO, the sedans need all the help they can get ... I love 'em all, but honestly! My brother, who has ZERO interest in cars, told me once that the '53-55 sedans look to him like a caricature of the C-K's.

                          I can't remember, but was the "flying V" or "flying wing" in the '55 grille part of the original package, or was Bob Bourke ... ummm ... "persuaded" to include that, as well???

                          Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

                          KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!
                          Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

                          KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

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                          • #14
                            According to the article the V or "floating duck" as it was referred to was not Bob's idea, he had a mesh grille in it. I have seen one done with a painted grille shell and a mesh grille. It looked more like a '50s European sports car from the front than a Studebaker

                            Analog man in a digital world.

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                            • #15
                              According to the article the V or "floating duck" as it was referred to was not Bob's idea, he had a mesh grille in it. I have seen one done with a painted grille shell and a mesh grille. It looked more like a '50s European sports car from the front than a Studebaker

                              Analog man in a digital world.

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