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    Looking at their site I see a ruby wheel for '53. I have never seen one on a car, what is the history of these? A factory option? Standard on some trim level?
    Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

    40 Champion 4 door*
    50 Champion 2 door*
    53 Commander K Auto*
    53 Commander K overdrive*
    55 President Speedster
    62 GT 4Speed*
    63 Avanti R1*
    64 Champ 1/2 ton

    * Formerly owned

  • #2
    I may be uninformed but, I think it is a Shrock Brothers option. I've seen one in a '52 and one in a '51. It's a beautiful wheel but I don't think ever offered by Studebaker. I believe they also make them in translucent blue.
    "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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    • #3
      I seem to recall Matthew was offering an NOS one from Tom's stash.
      Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

      40 Champion 4 door*
      50 Champion 2 door*
      53 Commander K Auto*
      53 Commander K overdrive*
      55 President Speedster
      62 GT 4Speed*
      63 Avanti R1*
      64 Champ 1/2 ton

      * Formerly owned

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      • #4
        The Ruby Red was only available in '52, as far as I know. I looked at a '52 Commander convertible this past weekend that had one. The one I have available from Tom's stash is a really nice used one.

        The one in Tom's '51 coupe is a Shrock recast on the '51 wheel. Not correct, but looks cool.

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        • #5
          Must post picture. Sorry if size is overwhelming. Thumbnails do not do it justice.

          Last edited by rockne10; 07-20-2011, 11:03 PM. Reason: chagrin
          "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
            So in '52 was it optional on all models? Standard on some?
            Very impressive photo, Rockne
            Don Wilson, Centralia, WA

            40 Champion 4 door*
            50 Champion 2 door*
            53 Commander K Auto*
            53 Commander K overdrive*
            55 President Speedster
            62 GT 4Speed*
            63 Avanti R1*
            64 Champ 1/2 ton

            * Formerly owned

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            • #7
              Cannot imagine how expensive these are. Schrock wanted $400 to replace the one from our car. Bought another correct one in much better shape and had it repaired by our resto guy for a lot less than $400.
              Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom and '63 Avanti in Yuma, AZ
              Pictures at https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection and https://www.jimsrodshop.com/project/always-ahead

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              • #8
                I've always thought the 52 steering wheel was the prettiest steering wheel design. the ruby wheels are $600 from Shrock, expencive yes but the guys have to make a profit and the dies cost time and money. Like my siginature says.

                Good work is never cheap and cheap is never good.
                101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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