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  • studegary
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    For even more of "the rest of the story" - The only major change to Bob Bourke's design was that Ford changed Bob's vertical taillights at the ends of the quarter panels to small horizontal lights with a windsplit in the quarter panel as seen on production 1949-1950 Fords (enlarged for 1951).

    EDIT: I thought that it was metal top kitchen table.

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  • Chris_Dresbach
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    Originally posted by Sdude View Post
    Story I read said it was on top of the table - the kitchen table. Wasn't that a story I read in Turning Wheels?
    Bourke helped design the '49 Ford with another guy who was trying to get a job at Ford. Ford told him that they wanted a sample of his work, so him and Bourke and I think one other guy all met in a dining room at one of their houses in Mishawaka and started working on a clay model. One of the things that is always helpful when working with clay is that you have a sturdy table, and the guys got lucky working with a foldable metal table. The model they came up with was presented to Ford got the one guy his job but Ford like the model so much they went ahead and put it into production. Now you know the rest of the story...

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  • Sdude
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    Originally posted by hausdok View Post
    Hmm,

    I've often wondered about some of the styling cues in 40's and 50's Studebakers that reminded me of Fords of that era and had wondered if there was a styling mole in one of the two companies. I'm beginning to think that, whoever he was, he was in Studebaker sending stuff to Ford under the table.
    Story I read said it was on top of the table - the kitchen table. Wasn't that a story I read in Turning Wheels?

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  • allstateguy
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    I really like the look, but the steering wheel hub would make your first crash likely your last. Kinda the opposite intent from an airbag or shoulder belts.

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  • Andy R.
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    More views of the car at Pebble...
    http://barchetta.mediacenter.studiol...012/?i=2063016

    Pretty sharp, indeed!

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by hausdok View Post
    Hmm,

    I've often wondered about some of the styling cues in 40's and 50's Studebakers that reminded me of Fords of that era and had wondered if there was a styling mole in one of the two companies. I'm beginning to think that, whoever he was, he was in Studebaker sending stuff to Ford under the table.
    Bob Bourke designed the 1949 Ford (to get a Loewy employee a job at Ford) while he was head of the Loewy Studio at Studebaker.

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  • hausdok
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    Hmm,

    I've often wondered about some of the styling cues in 40's and 50's Studebakers that reminded me of Fords of that era and had wondered if there was a styling mole in one of the two companies. I'm beginning to think that, whoever he was, he was in Studebaker sending stuff to Ford under the table.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK View Post
    (More history, please)


    http://bellcurveoflife.blogspot.com/...prototype.html


    1947 Studebaker prototype

    /]
    The car was/is NOT a "prototype". It was Vince Gardiner's personal "toy" to go "cating around" in.

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    Thanks!
    Completed my 'before coffee' confusion loop this morning!
    Jeff


    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post

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  • Noxnabaker
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    Does look a bit like Willys Aero-ish front & Chevy-ish back fenders...
    Last edited by Noxnabaker; 09-22-2012, 04:59 AM.

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  • 8E45E
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    Your answer here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...light=concours

    Craig

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  • DEEPNHOCK
    started a topic 1947 Studebaker Prototype

    1947 Studebaker Prototype

    (More history, please)


    http://bellcurveoflife.blogspot.com/...prototype.html


    1947 Studebaker prototype

    Dig the glass top.






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