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    my 53 k has the underside from the frame to the rocker panels enclosed.i know of two others that are not enclosed.what is the difference?

  • #2
    You have a hardtop- the others are coupes. IE- your quarter windows roll down, theirs flip-out.
    The coupe body is more ridgid... than the hardtop- the sub-floor boxing was required for the hardtops

    Ray


    Specializing in Studebaker Restoration
    Ray

    www.raylinrestoration.com
    Specializing in Studebaker Restoration

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    • #3
      sorry to tell you but the other two are hard tops also, as far as i know they are original. could they be canadian and mine us.mine also has no heater.

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      • #4
        If they are original, they would have the Canadian
        I D on the glove box door, right? The rockers may have been
        "repaired". The heater delete is not unusual in older
        cars that were ordered and sent to a warm climate. Do
        you have a built sheet?

        Tex E. Grier

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        • #5
          My Canadian built K body has the extra reinforcing on the floor. All hardtops had it from the factory. Without it the body flexes too much. Jack the car up using the bumper jack and see what happens when you open the door. These cars have "rubber" frames. They need that extra strengthening.

          Terry
          1927 Dictator sedan
          1954 Commander Starliner

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          • #6
            If your friends' cars have had rust repair, then the floors may have been repaired without any attempt to replace the "hog troughs" that added rigidity. Other then those from dry climates, most of the early K bodies have lost their hog troughs due to rust - sometimes with the original floors still in tact.

            Gene Nagle
            1963 Hawk R1
            Gene Nagle
            1963 Hawk R1
            1985 Avanti

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            • #7
              Does anyone have pictures of this extra reinforcing part in place or otherwise?
              Could you post?
              Thank you,


              Gary Sanders
              Nixa, MO
              President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
              Gary Sanders
              Nixa, MO

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              • #8
                Does anyone have a picture of these parts in place on a car or not installed?
                I have looked in the parts manuals and can not find them.
                Thank you,



                Gary Sanders
                Nixa, MO
                President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
                Gary Sanders
                Nixa, MO

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by Gary1953

                  Does anyone have a picture of these parts in place on a car or not installed?
                  I have looked in the parts manuals and can not find them.
                  Thank you,



                  Gary Sanders
                  Nixa, MO
                  President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
                  They were never offered by the factory as a part, they are part of the body shell. Classic enterprises sells them for GT's, but I don't think they do for the 53-58 HT's.

                  JDP/Maryland
                  JDP Maryland

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Gary1953

                    Does anyone have a picture of these parts in place on a car...
                    Courtesy of the recent eBay listing for a very pretty Speedster:







                    (edited for picture spacing)

                    Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
                    In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
                    If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

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                    • #11
                      Thank you Keoni.



                      Gary Sanders
                      Nixa, MO
                      President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.
                      Gary Sanders
                      Nixa, MO

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