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  • Studebaker Thunderbird Question

    The pictures of Allan Songer's wife's beautiful truck brings to mind some questions about the Stude T-Bird logo. I recall learning about it in Turning Wheels but have forgotten everything. Could someone refresh my memory and perhaps add some info. A guy, I know and see often at work,is the son of the man that named the Ford Thunderbird. He was a Ford designer and won a nice business suit, for his efforts. But I digress. If you haven't looked at Allan's wife's truck, you must. Right now it's on page 2 of the posts.

    Gary Hildebrandt

  • #2
    I cannot help you, Gary, but I am very interested in this info as my '53 Commander was customized by my father-in-law and his brother about 50 years ago to closely resemble a T-Bird. They even put a T-Bird hood ornament on it which has since been lost. I am trying to maintain the look of their work but will replace with a '53 Stude hood ornament.

    Tim Painter '53 Studebird in Yuma, AZ
    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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    • #3
      I cannot help you, Gary, but I am very interested in this info as my '53 Commander was customized by my father-in-law and his brother about 50 years ago to closely resemble a T-Bird. They even put a T-Bird hood ornament on it which has since been lost. I am trying to maintain the look of their work but will replace with a '53 Stude hood ornament.

      Tim Painter '53 Studebird in Yuma, AZ
      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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      • #4
        Paintim-we'd sure love to see pics of your 'studebird!!!

        LaSalle,Il
        61Hawk
        Oglesby,Il.

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        • #5
          Paintim-we'd sure love to see pics of your 'studebird!!!

          LaSalle,Il
          61Hawk
          Oglesby,Il.

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          • #6
            The final restoration work should be completed in next 4-6 weeks as the weather cools down here from present 100+. The car is about 10 miles away and is covered. I have no digital pictures, have never posted pics online, but will learn how to when I have car. I think I can promise that it probably is one of a kind and still looks like a Stude.

            Tim Painter in (3:10 to) Yuma
            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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            • #7
              The final restoration work should be completed in next 4-6 weeks as the weather cools down here from present 100+. The car is about 10 miles away and is covered. I have no digital pictures, have never posted pics online, but will learn how to when I have car. I think I can promise that it probably is one of a kind and still looks like a Stude.

              Tim Painter in (3:10 to) Yuma
              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
                The information on this emblem will be found in my Almanac column page 26 of the July 2006 issue.

                Richard Quinn
                editor: Antique Studebaker Review
                Richard Quinn
                Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                • #9
                  The information on this emblem will be found in my Almanac column page 26 of the July 2006 issue.

                  Richard Quinn
                  editor: Antique Studebaker Review
                  Richard Quinn
                  Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by paintim613

                    The final restoration work should be completed in next 4-6 weeks as the weather cools down here from present 100+. The car is about 10 miles away and is covered. I have no digital pictures, have never posted pics online, but will learn how to when I have car. I think I can promise that it probably is one of a kind and still looks like a Stude.

                    Tim Painter in (3:10 to) Yuma
                    Tim, if I can figure out how to post pix, anyone can.
                    Please give pix of the car while in construction. I had much rather see 'in progress' pix than those of finished cars and trucks.

                    Jerry Forrester
                    Be sure to check out my eBay store
                    http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME_
                    for your shiny Stude stuff.
                    Jerry Forrester
                    Forrester's Chrome
                    Douglasville, Georgia

                    See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                    • #11
                      quote:Originally posted by paintim613

                      The final restoration work should be completed in next 4-6 weeks as the weather cools down here from present 100+. The car is about 10 miles away and is covered. I have no digital pictures, have never posted pics online, but will learn how to when I have car. I think I can promise that it probably is one of a kind and still looks like a Stude.

                      Tim Painter in (3:10 to) Yuma
                      Tim, if I can figure out how to post pix, anyone can.
                      Please give pix of the car while in construction. I had much rather see 'in progress' pix than those of finished cars and trucks.

                      Jerry Forrester
                      Be sure to check out my eBay store
                      http://stores.ebay.com/CHROME-CHROME-CHROME_
                      for your shiny Stude stuff.
                      Jerry Forrester
                      Forrester's Chrome
                      Douglasville, Georgia

                      See all of Buttercup's pictures at https://imgur.com/a/tBjGzTk

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                      • #12
                        Jerry-I have some color prints taken early during restoration work that started almost 4 years ago. The exterior is basically unchanged as new tires, exterior mirrors, and paint job to match original are all that have been done or will be done. We reupholstered interior to match as close as possible original. It has taken this long because first guy was in over his head and present guy only works in cooler months. As I have promised several SDC people, I will post pics as soon as I have car. Bottom line is that finished product will be very close to how it looked after custom work done in the 50's. That was my wife's wish as car has been in her family all this time.

                        Tim Painter '53 Studebird in toasty Yuma, AZ
                        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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                        • #13
                          Jerry-I have some color prints taken early during restoration work that started almost 4 years ago. The exterior is basically unchanged as new tires, exterior mirrors, and paint job to match original are all that have been done or will be done. We reupholstered interior to match as close as possible original. It has taken this long because first guy was in over his head and present guy only works in cooler months. As I have promised several SDC people, I will post pics as soon as I have car. Bottom line is that finished product will be very close to how it looked after custom work done in the 50's. That was my wife's wish as car has been in her family all this time.

                          Tim Painter '53 Studebird in toasty Yuma, AZ
                          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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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

                            The information on this emblem will be found in my Almanac column page 26 of the July 2006 issue.

                            Richard Quinn
                            editor: Antique Studebaker Review
                            Don't have a copy. How about a rundown from someone?

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                            • #15
                              quote:Originally posted by Studebaker Wheel

                              The information on this emblem will be found in my Almanac column page 26 of the July 2006 issue.

                              Richard Quinn
                              editor: Antique Studebaker Review
                              Don't have a copy. How about a rundown from someone?

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