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  • SN-60
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    [QUOTE=studegary;920601]Let's stick to the 1953s in this thread.


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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
    So the carpet went 'over the plate' in '55 '56 & '57 only?
    Let's stick to the 1953s in this thread.

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  • JoeHall
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    Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
    What does "NG" stand for?
    It stands for NewsGroup

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  • TWChamp
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    Originally posted by JoeHall View Post
    LOL,
    Actually Bob, my comment in post #23 was a red herring, to divert the masses that were beginning to swarm to the thread about SDC membership & this NG membership, where it was getting brutal. It worked for a little while
    What does "NG" stand for?

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  • JoeHall
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    Good point, Rich. I suppose it hopes to know Joe Hall personally, as I do. BP
    LOL,
    Actually Bob, my comment in post #23 was a red herring, to divert the masses that were beginning to swarm to the thread about SDC membership & this NG membership, where it was getting brutal. It worked for a little while

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  • t walgamuth
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    Originally posted by 62champ View Post
    Or you could go pretty close to being perfect - for some extra cash...and some more "umph" with a claimed 289 powerplant.

    http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/...r/1685983.html

    Damn! Those 53's are handsome!

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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    The 1953 Accessories catalog lists the lighter as an option and does not call out models as for some other things.
    I seem to remember owning 1953 Commander Starliners (would be Regal, by default) without a lighter.
    The 1953 price list shows a lighter as AC-2311 and lists it for all Champions and Commanders. It is $3.15 retail plus $0.26 for factory installation.
    My '53 Commander Starliner did not have a lighter. I added one from a salvage yard '54 Starliner just to get rid of the blank in the dash.

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  • SN-60
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    It is supposed to go under the plate and was originally done that way.
    It does look better up over the screws to the first rise in the plate. I have done cars that way because any new carpet is too thick to fit under the sill plate and still be able to get the sill plate at the proper height. I suspect that many others have put the carpet over the plate since then.

    EDIT: I just checked and John Bridges' book "Studebaker's Finest" agrees with my memory (page 124).
    So the carpet went 'over the plate' in '55 '56 & '57 only?

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  • 62champ
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    Or you could go pretty close to being perfect - for some extra cash...and some more "umph" with a claimed 289 powerplant.

    http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/...r/1685983.html

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by Milaca View Post
    $35,200 sounds like an amazing deal if it is as advertised, for one of Studebaker's most monumental and iconic cars. Had it of been just a 6-cylinder two-door sedan (Champion), but instead the top of the line Commander Starliner, that's incredible! It's great to see such fine examples exist.
    Well, I dunno, Brent; here's a Commander for half that money with one of them thar new, no-shift transmissions, too:

    http://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/...efer=hccweekly

    BP

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  • mbstude
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    Thanks Gary!

    I didn't think of looking in the Bridges' book.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by mbstude View Post
    This is an actual question, not a "not pick"..

    I thought carpeting during those years was supposed to go on top of the door sill plate, just enough to cover the screws. This car has the carpet underneath it. What's "correct"?
    It is supposed to go under the plate and was originally done that way.
    It does look better up over the screws to the first rise in the plate. I have done cars that way because any new carpet is too thick to fit under the sill plate and still be able to get the sill plate at the proper height. I suspect that many others have put the carpet over the plate since then.

    EDIT: I just checked and John Bridges' book "Studebaker's Finest" agrees with my memory (page 124).

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  • Milaca
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    $35,200 sounds like an amazing deal if it is as advertised, for one of Studebaker's most monumental and iconic cars. Had it of been just a 6-cylinder two-door sedan (Champion), but instead the top of the line Commander Starliner, that's incredible! It's great to see such fine examples exist.

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  • Jeff_H
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    I thought carpeting during those years was supposed to go on top of the door sill plate, just enough to cover the screws. This car has the carpet underneath it. What's "correct"?
    I was wondering about that driver sill plate myself. I wonder if its one of the reproductions from the 90s? The front end I thought is supposed to have a bit of a curve or rise where it meets the A post but those old reproductions don't. I have those in my car and the fit on them is OK but not awesome as they are straight too and no curve to match the rocker.

    Could be even with the low miles here that the plate was dinged up badly as they are pretty thin and soft aluminum. A closeup of the plate would tell due to the way those repro's had the STUDEBAKER lettering done (etched vs stamped). The carpet looks like its probably the original stuff though. A brownish color with grey "hairs" in it. The stuff is short with stiff straight nap and does not have loops, etc. I saved a small pc from my car that was not totally rotted for a sample.

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  • mbstude
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    This is an actual question, not a "not pick"..

    I thought carpeting during those years was supposed to go on top of the door sill plate, just enough to cover the screws. This car has the carpet underneath it. What's "correct"?

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