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    This car is a recent aquisition of an online aquaintance. He is trying to assess what his abilities with it are at the moment but he and I would both like to know what if anything is not correct. I am pretty positive the hubcaps are wrong and maybe the wheels. The seats look odd to me,are they correct? He hasnt been able to get either the hood or the trunk open as yet but will send more pics when he can. He will also send floor pics. Opinions? Steve (sorry, didnt check the sign-in)
















    Can't wait to drive my V-8!
    '63 Lark

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    Oh, and brownie points if you can offer any knowledge of the ornament being held up. Steve

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    • #3
      shewolf.. be very careful opening the hood for the first time. The lever is in the grill on the drivers side, just to the right of the nose of the hood. Pull it toward you to release the latch. When you open the hood, pull the hood directly toward you while pulling up slightly. This is important so the hood corners do not bend. Please do this gently until you get the hang of it. Then, when you get the hood open, oil the hinges at all points before you close the hood again. The car looks fabulous. The wheel covers are not correct, but its difficult to know of the wheels. The seats appear to be correct, but the upholstery is suspect. Looks like a great car. Good luck.

      sals54
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      • #4
        Yes, I already cautioned him about the hood, including that meat hook thingy that digs a hole in your head. He hasnt really had time to work with it but I am suspect someone has added a safety latch of some sort (maybe the tractor pin trick?). I think some spray oil and careful inspection will cure the problem. The trunk seems to be simply locked. Does the butterfly and/or the lockset turn counterclockwise to open? I dont remember without searching.

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        • #5
          The rear seat has a seat cover over it, and may be original under it.
          The front is reupholstered in a plain Vinyl instead of the pleated inserts it had.

          These seats were kind of a 60/40 with the drivers' side being smaller to allow easier entry to the back seat on the right (curb) side.

          The wheel covers may be '57 Oldsmobile and could be sold on ebay, as you would not want them on a Studebaker since the correct ones are way nicer.

          StudeRich
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Nice car, someone got lucky!
            Looks like a ton "o" fun.

            Dean.

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            • #7
              Trunk lock turns clockwise. If it won't open he'll need to remove back seat, crawl through and unscrew the latch-BTDT.
              Looks to be early production 4H-C3![:0] SWEET FIND!
              Covers I see could be hiding original upholstery.

              Will wait to exhale.
              "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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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by rockne10

                Trunk lock turns clockwise. If it won't open he'll need to remove back seat, crawl through and unscrew the latch-BTDT.
                Looks to be early production 4H-C3![:0] SWEET FIND!
                Covers I see could be hiding original upholstery.

                Will wait to exhale.


                Thanks, Would a C-3 be a standard or a deluxe? Also how about the actual lock tumblers? I just remember mine being a bear to get open then finding I was doing something backwards. Thanks,Steve

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                • #9
                  I could be wrong, but I dont think the plad in the back seat was a factory option. Again, I could be wrong, but I have never seen one.[?]

                  Chris Dresbach
                  Chris Dresbach

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by dean pearson

                    Nice car, someone got lucky!
                    Looks like a ton "o" fun.

                    Dean.


                    I agree. If this car is as solid underneath as I expect it to be from the history he gave its a jewel. Steve

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                    • #11
                      The seats and hubcaps are both wrong. However... the top of the back seats seem to match the doorpanels.. so...

                      What you have there is a rather rare Tri-Star '53. They were the early run and the ornaments (on hood nose and trunk lid) were discontinued because Mercedes objected. Cool Car.


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                      Ron Smith
                      Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
                      Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
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                      • #12
                        quote:Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach

                        I could be wrong, but I dont think the plad in the back seat was a factory option. Again, I could be wrong, but I have never seen one.[?]

                        Chris Dresbach


                        Mine had a similar plaid pattern cover over the original on the bottom half of the seats that was blue. I am sure they were installed by a local Stude guy in the 70's when Dad originally owned the car. It might have been from a later model but it was definately custom fitted for the stude seats. I also dont remember how they attached but remember it being a very simple assembly. Steve

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                        • #13
                          Anyone see anything else besides the obvious cosmetics (chrome is pitted but looks rechromable) to nit pick? How expensive are these automatics have refreshed after a long nap? Thanks,Steve

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

                            The rear seat has a seat cover over it, and may be original under it.
                            The front is reupholstered in a plain Vinyl instead of the pleated inserts it had.
                            These seats were kind of a 60/40 with the drivers' side being smaller to allow easier entry to the back seat on the right (curb) side.
                            The wheel covers may be '57 Oldsmobile and could be sold on ebay, as you would not want them on a Studebaker since the correct ones are way nicer.
                            I have a Studebaker Dealers' Accessory Seat Covers book which shows a number of different plaids. From the aging apparent on the cover I agree that the rear seat may very well be original. The cloth seat material has been impossible to find for many years so it will be interesting to see what the condition is if they are original.



                            Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

                            Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
                            '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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                            • #15
                              If the DG200 transmission was in good shape when it was parked it will still be in good shape. Service trans per owners manual instructions. Give it some exercise before deciding it needs seals.
                              "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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