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  • #31
    NO installation of a console is going to look period correct in a 1958 American made hardtop sedan. A Thunderbird would be the closest in type of car that would have a console in 1958. Since there were only 675 built and perhaps 15 left, I do know why you would want to make such a major change.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #32
      My choice if I were to modify the seating would be a bench with the center armrest in back that folds down onto cushion were used in 57 caddies Click image for larger version

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      • #33
        Originally posted by acolds View Post
        My choice if I were to modify the seating would be a bench with the center armrest in back that folds down onto cushion were used in 57 caddies Click image for larger version

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        Probably too wide for the car.
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #34
          Just set this section from an Avanti in the 58L to get a rough idea if it would work and what it might look like.

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          • #35
            Bit by Bit one part at a time. One of the front bumper brackets was broken so I called around and found a NOS one at Steve Allen's and thanks to Matt for the quick ship. Just got them back from being powder coated.
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            • #36
              More parts back from the chrome shop. Some NOS parts

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              • #37
                Sent the door hinges out for rebuilding. Great service from https://www.ebay.com/usr/fast-action on E-Bay. Blasted and cleaned, bored hinge and installed bushing. New pin and added thrust washer, primed. Very tight and should help keep the longer HT door alinged and working freely.

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                • #38
                  I made a parts run up to Butler PA. Picked up a great stash of parts for the 58 HT Packard and got to meet Dave Weichey and his black 58 Hardtop. Dave thought I needed a bigger car and that the fenders were not going to fit. Luckily they fit perfectly! Thanks Dave for the parts and showing me your car it's great to get to meet and get to know some of the SDC members. I hope to meet more of you when the project is finished

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                  • #39
                    That's good packing in the back of that car!

                    Looking forward to more pics of the project progress.
                    Paul
                    Winston-Salem, NC
                    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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                    • #40
                      Ken, Thanks for the kind words. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with you yesterday. I will look forward to seeing you again, and the car when it is finished.
                      Best of luck, Dave

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                      • #41
                        Making some more progress. Oh my what have we done now!

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                        • #42
                          By the brackets being welded on, does that mean this frame is a go ? (and what GM is it ? ) BTW , a lot of nice work going on here.

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                          • #43
                            Yes it's a go but a lot of work still to be completed. It is a gen II Camaro front sub frame grafted to the stock Studebaker frame.
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                            • #44
                              Thanks for posting this. Couldn't see the graft in the other shot. SOOO, what engine, or did i miss that earlier by not payin attention

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                              • #45
                                The intent is to keep the body stock and upgrade the mechanicals. So will be a GM crate. Hoping to give it the retro look something similar to this but with the stock air cleaner and going to have the oil filter and breather/fill tube added in the front along with a set of Packard valve covers!

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