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  • Studebaker Trivia: What was the purpose of this access cover?

    Ok Stude Trivia Fans

    I have always wondered what Studebaker had in mind when they designed a little access cover, that appears on my 1960 F-Body Lark.
    It is located on both L & R door posts, under the overhead light switch.

    I am guessing the stamping cover outlived its original design purpose. This F-body has features that goes back to the 1955 Ultra-Vista models with their wrap-around windshield design.

    The cover has a raised area, like you could open it with your thumb. However mine are spot-welded, not to open.
    This feature does NOT appear on my 1964 Daytona HT. So maybe in 1963, when the dog-leg doors were redesigned, this access cover was removed?

    Does anyone have any ideas what Studebaker had in mind for their use?

    Refer to the photo.

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  • #2
    I am sure it's Main purpose was to keep you guessing what it is!

    But actually the hole the "Door" covers is used for the Master Power Window Switch and the L/F Door window lift Motor wires.

    You COULD actually remove the cover, at a Stude. Dealership and Install Power Windows in 1955 to 1958 Models, although that would be very rare, not to have them Factory Installed.
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner


    • #3
      StudeRich: Thanks... you win the trivia prize.

      I knew somebody would know, but I never thought about the power windows option. It does makes sense.
      I knew it had to be something no longer available, by 1960.

      That just shows Studebaker would rather press out little access covers, spot weld them in place, than redo a stamping.
      To save money...

      Thanks again, I can sleep tonight. haha


      • #4
        These are on my '63 F-body. At one time, I ran the wires for the door mounted speakers through the opening....but I am clueless what it is there for.
        Eric DeRosa

        \'49 2R-5 (original Survivor)
        \'63 R2 Lark (the money-pit-mobile)
        \'60 Lark Convertible (project in waiting)


        • #5
          Are you sure that they are spot welded? From a manufacturing standpoint, it makes more sense that they are partially stamped/punched by the same press that formed the A pillar. That way it would not be a separate operation.

          Just think of the little partially stamped punch outs in an electrical box.
          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
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          60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible


          • #6
            Well done Rich.


            • #7
              Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
              Well done Rich.
              Why Thank you, Ed!

              Actually I was 98% Sure that is what they were for, but just to prevent any backlash, I double checked the Door post on my '58 President with 4 Power Windows & Power Seat. At my age I can't always trust memory.
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner