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  • Very early '53 Champion + hood ornament question

    If the body tag is correct for the car:





    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-O...US_Cars_Trucks
    Last edited by 62champ; 07-16-2014, 01:14 PM.

  • #2
    Looks like a super fun driver. Must have been used that way. Looks like upgraded brakes. I would love to have thissun.

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    • #3
      Since the introduction of the crew cab pickups and the Saturn coupe with the semi-hidden rear doors, the 53-54 Studebaker two door sedan with the exposed rear fender seam does not look so out of place as it once did.

      This is a nice looking car, except for the wetness on the rear brake backing plates.
      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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      • #4
        Looks like a decent example of a model not seen to often. Obviously a partial restoration with some mods like the brakes. It presents itself well.

        Engine and air cleaner colors are wrong but easily changed. Maybe the engine is a later ('55?) one.
        Chrome shifter knob should be grey.
        The upholstery is replaced.
        Should this car have pot metal chrome mouldings around the side windows if its a F5? F1 and F3 maybe not but I think a F5 should have them. Maybe being body #16 matters here?
        Looks like some floor repairs with screws in one of the pictures.
        I am not sure the wheels are supposed to be red/maroon or were grey to match the body.
        The trunk handle is not painted in around the "Studebaker" but a easy fix. The chrome on this car appears to be mostly original and in nice shape.

        This is a pretty good ad with lots of pix.

        Jeff in ND

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        • #5
          I noticed a push start button below the ignition switch, also the under the clutch button. And where's the fog light switch?

          Not being critical at all, it's a good ad, and a very nice '52 2 door.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tom B View Post
            And where's the fog light switch?
            Was wondering that myself. Looks like there is a toggle switch on the bottom of the dash just to the right of the cluster. Or maybe they are just decorative.

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            • #7
              I love these 2 door sedans. That car is beautiful.

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              • #8
                I like nearly everything about this car. The model, the gorgeous outside, very nice upholstery, nice upgrades (brakes and fogs), but I'm slightly concerned about the rust popping up at the bottoms of the doors post-paint job. I've had my share of bad luck with drain holes plugged up and door skins and bottoms getting holey. Compared to the other rustier cars for sale, this one is a winner, but the doors would be the first thing I'd try to tidy up.
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                JohnP, driving & reviving
                60 Lark & 58 Scotsman 4dr

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                • #9
                  Does anyone know if this is an actual accessory for sedans in '53?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 62champ View Post
                    Does anyone know if this is an actual accessory for sedans in '53?
                    That IS a correct hood ornament. For 1953, there were three different accessory hood ornaments. Most are familiar with the Strato-Styled (loop around a spear) hood ornament. There was also the Deluxe hood ornaments (long spear with a crest on the front). There was a long one for Commander sedans and a short one (like this one) for Champion sedans.
                    Gary L.
                    Wappinger, NY

                    SDC member since 1968
                    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                    • #11
                      The Hood Ornament is correct, the Windshield Moulding not so much. The Car is very good looking the way it is "dressed up".
                      StudeRich
                      Second Generation Stude Driver,
                      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                      • #12
                        The Strato-styled hood ornament described by studegary above was nicknamed 'intercourse' by Bob Bourke and the design team for obvious reasons.

                        Chris.

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                        • #13
                          Yeah, I LIKE this car! Only "funky" things are the WS reveal moulding and the fog lites being cross-eyed. Likely the left and right are swapped. Still - looks like a cool ride!
                          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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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by studegary View Post
                            That IS a correct hood ornament. For 1953, there were three different accessory hood ornaments. Most are familiar with the Strato-Styled (loop around a spear) hood ornament. There was also the Deluxe hood ornaments (long spear with a crest on the front). There was a long one for Commander sedans and a short one (like this one) for Champion sedans.
                            I have one of those: 22 3/4" long, I don't know whether that is the Champion length or for the Commander. It was incorrectly described as a Speedster hood ornament on ebay and the picture was at such an angle it actually looked like the Speedster ornament (which is about twice as long). Suckered me into buying it.
                            I used it for a finished demo piece in the stainless resto booth. Now it needs a new home.
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                            Lark Parker --Just an innocent possum strolling down life's highway.

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                            • #15
                              I believe the toggle under the dash is for the courtesy light (under the dash). My '53 C has one. You can turn on the courtesy light without opening the door. [See post #6]

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