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    I want to two tone my 1965 commander . i have seen plenty of larks like this but only commanders like mine with the roof another color. i would like to do my car brown bottom ,white middle and brown roof but i am not sure if it would look right. I am just looking for opinions . thank you.

  • #2
    I would think that the car would look beautiful with the brown bottom and a white roof. Very uncomplicated and nice looking. My 2 cents.
    Rog
    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
    Smithtown,NY
    Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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    • #3
      I like the idea of brown on the bottom and white on the top, if it is split at the belt line. I think that if you had it brown-white-brown it would look like a fleet car of some kind. Same thing if just the roof was white.
      Joe Roberts
      '61 R1 Champ
      '65 Cruiser
      Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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      • #4
        We do not know of any Commanders that were Factory two-toned.
        One good thing is the '64-'66 Commanders were the only model 4 door sedans that had the stainless steel drip rail moulding.
        So some of your paintline is already hidden. That just leaves the bottom of the "C" pillar that needs a '66 Cruiser Moulding. And the "A" pillar that needs a '65-'66 Daytona Sport Sedan Moulding.

        I realize it's your choice and your car, but my opinion is, the 4 Doors look best solid color.
        StudeRich
        Second Generation Stude Driver,
        Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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        • #5
          how hard would it be to locate the trim pieces that you speak of? and at what cost? My current plan is to 2-tone my 65 as well. Had a thread on here a month back I believe.

          My current plan for the paint line is to take it back to the trunk line. Basically the paint would stop just under the rear window. There is a seam in the body that would clearly define the line. I'll post a picture here later showing where.
          1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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          • #6
            My 63 Daytona Wagonaire was tri-toned when I got it. Pale azure below the belt line, dark blue (close to navy) above the beltline/hood/pillars, and azure again on the roof but following that line that slowly falls on the Wagonaire at the top of the side. On a Wagonaire it looked extremely good, not quite sure it would look as impressive on a 64 and after sedan as it did on the 63 Wagonaire. Since my car (originally Ermine) had a two-tone blue with white interior, it looked almost factory.

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            • #7
              In my opinion, all of those late model two tone around the belt line paint jobs are butt f***ing ugly.

              All of them.

              It's certainly not a popular opinion, but you asked for it.

              Whenever I see a car painted like that it makes me think the owner has no taste or sense of style. They are just garish to me, like green shag carpet or velour upholstery. Like they used to say in Mad magazine... BLEECCHH!
              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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              • #8
                Brown - white - brown? You'll have to find a TAXI light for the roof.
                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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                • #9


                  rough MS Paint of what I am thinking. The orange is currently up for debate. The top will get a light flake to it. Either red/orange/blue. The wheels will match
                  1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                    In my opinion, all of those late model two tone around the belt line paint jobs are butt f***ing ugly.

                    All of them.

                    It's certainly not a popular opinion, but you asked for it.

                    Whenever I see a car painted like that it makes me think the owner has no taste or sense of style. They are just garish to me, like green shag carpet or velour upholstery. Like they used to say in Mad magazine... BLEECCHH!
                    Well, I'm fond of mine, but then it is a '63, so maybe it escapes getting lumped in with the "late models"

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                    I don't know how I would feel about doing a two tone with the OP's configuration though. Dark on top and bottom with white in the middle just sounds like a giant Oreo cookie to me. I don't know, Oreo's might be your thing, but I don't think I could pull it off.

                    If you really want some flair, how about a racing stripe?
                    '63 Lark Custom, 259 v8, auto, child seat

                    "Your friendly neighborhood Studebaker evangelist"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cultural infidel View Post


                      rough MS Paint of what I am thinking. The orange is currently up for debate. The top will get a light flake to it. Either red/orange/blue. The wheels will match
                      That is a very unnatural paint break line. Why not go further and do the trunk lid with the top color. That MAY be better.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by studegary View Post
                        That is a very unnatural paint break line. Why not go further and do the trunk lid with the top color. That MAY be better.
                        I have thought about that and it may happen. If I could find the trim pcs needed then I would go that route. I'll probably play around with the break line when I am doing the primer. I've seen a few cars with the break line that I put up and they looked pretty good.
                        1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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                        • #13
                          Just get a couple of pieces of straight, narrow, stainless strips and make your own C-pillar break line.
                          Gary L.
                          Wappinger, NY

                          SDC member since 1968
                          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by studegary View Post
                            Just get a couple of pieces of straight, narrow, stainless strips and make your own C-pillar break line.
                            Where can I find these strips? This may be just the ticket. The small line between the windshield and rails wont bother me much.
                            1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cultural infidel View Post
                              Where can I find these strips? This may be just the ticket. The small line between the windshield and rails wont bother me much.
                              Contact Matthew B. for what he may have around or go to your local junkyard or the SDC swap meet. They don't have to be Studebaker pieces, just something that is about the correct size.
                              Gary L.
                              Wappinger, NY

                              SDC member since 1968
                              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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