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  • '53 thru '55 Sedan Windlace Pics Needed

    On my '54 4-door sedan, the windlace was removed when I got it, and I'm trying to determine exactly where the 'fat' part of the windlace is positioned in relation to the door/window frames. To say it another way, how far is the windlace supposed to protrude into the door opening?

    Of course, the replacement cloth windlace does not fit correctly.......it needs an extension piece sewn onto it to correctly fit into the windlace tabs. I'm trying to determine exactly how much of an extension piece to add to the windlace to properly position it in the door opening.

    Does anyone have some closeup pictures of a '53 thru '55 4-door sedan that shows the windlace positioning in relation to the door frame and door opening? Some pics from the inside with the door closed, and some pics from the outside with the door open would be great........
    Last edited by r1lark; 09-10-2011, 02:05 PM. Reason: correct year range.........
    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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    The purpose of the windlace was to seal drafts and wind whistling. From my experience, installing the windlace to an intended design may be unsatisfactory. Especially in 1953 the body parts were welded in place with varying degrees of concern for final function.
    When I installed my windlace to the door opening, and tacked to the tabs as designed, once the door was closed the lace did not seal to the door trim panel because the welded door post structure was not critically aligned. Not sure how to accurately describe what I'm saying but, gaps may be factory correct but drafty and noisy in use.
    "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
      Bumping this to the top............I know a lot of folks were out driving their Studes this weekend.
      Paul
      Winston-Salem, NC
      Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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      • #4
        Maybe this link will help?

        http://www.raylinrestoration.com/Tec...aceInstall.htm

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        • #5
          Originally posted by fatboylust View Post
          Perfect David, just what I needed!!!
          Paul
          Winston-Salem, NC
          Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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