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  • Original rear antenna for a 58 hardtop

    I have seen several 58 hardtops with a single rear antenna mounted in the center just in front of the decklid, was that an original option? I have of course seen most 58 with the front mounted antenna, but have seen more than one or two with this exact same treatment and it makes me wonder. If I were going to do custom rear antennas, I would have rear dauls not a single in the middle.

  • #2
    I'm not aware of such an option, but maybe someone will correct me. I know that the later GT Hawks had a single, trunk mount antenna option that I think looks rather sharp; if I didn't have a hole in the fender of my car for an antenna I would have considered adding one of these. They're fairly short and angled back, they almost look like a chrome version of the Fuba antennas popular on German cars. Maybe this is what you're seeing and either other owners agree with me, or else they were available earlier than I thought?

    nate

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    • #3
      Don't know about 58 hardtops,but my 60 Hamilton Hawk came with a single,trunk lid mounted antenna,and like N8 I think it looks sharp,although its hard on the car cover.
      I had a 57 Golden Hawk that had dual rear antennas,but they wern't mounted on the lid,beside it. They too looked neat,way better than the pole on the fender type.
      You could always find a trunk mounted one and plug the hole in your fender,a little carefull body work and no one would ever know.

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      • #4
        quote:[i]if I didn't have a hole in the fender of my car for an antenna I would have considered adding one of these.
        I thought I saw a welder in John's garage when I was there[?] [}]


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        • #5
          If you look at this 'x-ray vision' view of dual rear antennas on a '56 sedan (AC-2778), you can see how it would be hard to mount these on a finned '58 sedan or hardtop:
          http://home.comcast.net/~jdwain/rearantenna.jpg
          I believe that is the main reason for the single rear antenna (AC-2886). It actually mounts on the trunk lid near the front edge.


          Dwain G.

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          • #6
            Just to clarify, I think that the single antenna looks good, what I meant was that if it was a custom job, I found it strange that it was a single antenna, I wasn't aware that Studebaker used a single rear setup, the only Studebakers I am really familiar with is the 58's and even those I am limited on. Actually the car that got me thinking about this is a 58 President 2 door hardtop on ebay right now, sorry I don't know how to post a link , it is under the passenger car section for Studebaker, I have also seen this same treatment on several other 58's

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            • #7
              item 4638488477? That looks like what I was thinking of although the mast is longer. Maybe it was introduced earlier than I thought. Definitely not before 1958 though because the dual rear mount antennas were still available in 1957.

              nate

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              • #8
                Hi
                That was an option: "Deck Lid Antennae, manual, AC-2886, $8.50", found in the Options & Accessories list in the Turning Wheels, August 1991, covering the '58 sedans and wagons, by Fred K. Fox.
                On the first page is the factory photograph of the President hardtop shown from the rear three-quarter, raised view, the antennae in place.
                Hope this helps.
                I would like to see the SDC issue a book with all Fred Fox's articles covering each year as a standard reference.
                Regards
                Steve

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                • #9
                  Steve, were the dauls an option also?

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by 56H-Y6

                    Hi

                    I would like to see the SDC issue a book with all Fred Fox's articles covering each year as a standard reference.
                    Regards
                    Steve
                    The SDC Board has also thought that this would be a good idea in past years. The problem is that these articles are copyrighted by Fred K. Fox. I believe that he has expressed an interest in publishing these as a group, but it hasn't happened - yet.

                    Gary L.
                    1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
                    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                    • #11
                      Dual antennae were not an option on the 58 sedans. There's no easy place to mount them because of the add-on fins. For '57 (and 56) they were an option.[:I]

                      Miscreant at large.

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe
                      1957 President 2-dr
                      1955 President State
                      1951 Champion Biz cpe
                      1963 Daytona project FS
                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                      • #12
                        Is this what you're talking about?
                        http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/?


                        Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
                        South Georgia Chapter
                        63 Daytona HT (project)
                        51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
                        52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

                        MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
                        http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
                        And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo

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                        • #13
                          I'm not sure, when I click your link al I can get is a log in page.

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                          • #14
                            Hi 5859
                            Only dual antennae listed: "Dual Rear Antennae, Wagons, AC-2933, $11.95" in the aforementioned article.
                            How they were mounted? Same article has the factory photo of the '58 Packard wagon, rear-three-quarters view, shows them inside the fins near the D-pillar. I imagine very few Provincial were so equipped.

                            Gary L
                            Thanks for the news the Fred is aware and interested as well as the SDC board. Other clubs issue authenticity manuals, his collected articles would be a great start toward that end.

                            Regards
                            Steve

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                            • #15
                              Ok, try this: http://s81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...t=3582e664.jpg

                              Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
                              South Georgia Chapter
                              63 Daytona HT (project)
                              51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
                              52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

                              MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
                              http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
                              And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
                              And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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