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    We always name our cars, so when we finally got a ‘37 Coupe Express, my Wife decided to name it “Cooper”. So that’s it then. Well, restoration has officially begun, but like most cars, it’ll take a long time...
    Anyway, I thought I would make a posting now and then as we progress. So here’s a few “before” pictures, and tonight I got nearly finished making new floors. I used 16 ga. That oughta be thick enough! Click image for larger version

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    1950 Commander Land Cruiser
    1951 Champion Business Coupe
    1951 Commander Starlight
    1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
    1953 Champion Starlight
    1953 Commander Starliner
    1953 2R5
    1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
    1957 Silver Hawk
    1957 3E5 Pick-Up
    1959 Silver Hawk
    1961 Hawk
    1962 Cruiser 4 speed
    1963 Daytona Convertible
    1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
    1965 Cruiser
    1970 Avanti

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    Kenny,

    As you may know, or at least suspect, the floors of your truck, and all 1937 cars, were made as you see them, in three pieces. They were screwed down, in place. The reason I mention this is that, over the years, I have become aware of so many cars, of this vintage, that have lost their original floors to the rust worm. These floors were often replaced by flat tin sans the stamping. Often times the new wells were just welded in place, my guess is because rust had made it problematic to reinstall as the factory had done it.

    Do you have patterns for the original stampings? If not I snagged a pair, years ago, of some very rusty ones, that I had planned to use for my President coupe project. Of course Mary put them away somewhere, as she tried to tidy up some of my mess. I hope she knows where they are. Anyway would you be up to reproducing an additional set? "Charlotte A.-the Coupe" would much appreciate the gesture.

    I'm looking forward to the virtual restoration. I hope it won't be all virtual!

    Bill

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    • #3
      Congratulations on getting started on the CE. The floors look very nice!
      Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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      • #4
        Nice start Kenny!
        Bells Studebaker Diner & Museum
        Bellingham, WA.

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        • #5
          Got Cooper outside today for a couple pictures. What a beautiful spring-like day it was! Click image for larger version

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          1950 Commander Land Cruiser
          1951 Champion Business Coupe
          1951 Commander Starlight
          1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
          1953 Champion Starlight
          1953 Commander Starliner
          1953 2R5
          1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
          1957 Silver Hawk
          1957 3E5 Pick-Up
          1959 Silver Hawk
          1961 Hawk
          1962 Cruiser 4 speed
          1963 Daytona Convertible
          1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
          1965 Cruiser
          1970 Avanti

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          • #6
            Wheel problems: I’m trying to get a complete set of artillery wheels. Just recently bought 1 more, so now I have 4. BUT— two are 1 style, two are another. 1 has an 8” hole, the other around 6-1/2”. Someone tells me neither are correct for this truck. They are all 16x4-1/2 wide, 5 on 4-3/4 bolt pattern. Anyone know what they’re from? Anyone have any more of them? Or how about some other options? Disc wheels? Wire wheels? I’m looking for options.
            1950 Commander Land Cruiser
            1951 Champion Business Coupe
            1951 Commander Starlight
            1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
            1953 Champion Starlight
            1953 Commander Starliner
            1953 2R5
            1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
            1957 Silver Hawk
            1957 3E5 Pick-Up
            1959 Silver Hawk
            1961 Hawk
            1962 Cruiser 4 speed
            1963 Daytona Convertible
            1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
            1965 Cruiser
            1970 Avanti

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Hallabutt View Post
              Kenny,

              As you may know, or at least suspect, the floors of your truck, and all 1937 cars, were made as you see them, in three pieces. They were screwed down, in place. The reason I mention this is that, over the years, I have become aware of so many cars, of this vintage, that have lost their original floors to the rust worm. These floors were often replaced by flat tin sans the stamping. Often times the new wells were just welded in place, my guess is because rust had made it problematic to reinstall as the factory had done it.

              Do you have patterns for the original stampings? If not I snagged a pair, years ago, of some very rusty ones, that I had planned to use for my President coupe project. Of course Mary put them away somewhere, as she tried to tidy up some of my mess. I hope she knows where they are. Anyway would you be up to reproducing an additional set? "Charlotte A.-the Coupe" would much appreciate the gesture.

              I'm looking forward to the virtual restoration. I hope it won't be all virtual!

              Bill
              Bill— did you find those rusty ones? I could try to make another pair when you’re ready...

              1950 Commander Land Cruiser
              1951 Champion Business Coupe
              1951 Commander Starlight
              1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
              1953 Champion Starlight
              1953 Commander Starliner
              1953 2R5
              1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
              1957 Silver Hawk
              1957 3E5 Pick-Up
              1959 Silver Hawk
              1961 Hawk
              1962 Cruiser 4 speed
              1963 Daytona Convertible
              1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
              1965 Cruiser
              1970 Avanti

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              • #8
                I found this site with quite a few used artillery wheels. They also have new ones, but they do not look the same as the vintage ones. Artillery Wheels | OEM, New and Used Auto Parts For All Model Trucks and Cars (digitechauto.com) Good Luck!

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                • #9
                  It looks like Number 2 is a One Piece, non-split Rim like #1.
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    Great looking truck!
                    I don’t know if it would fit your dash but I have the instrument housing and speedo from a 51 2r5 you are welcome to have just pay for the shipping.
                    paul

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by frankenworks View Post
                      Great looking truck!
                      I don’t know if it would fit your dash but I have the instrument housing and speedo from a 51 2r5 you are welcome to have just pay for the shipping.
                      paul
                      Thanks Paul— I have an original in a parts car I bought.

                      1950 Commander Land Cruiser
                      1951 Champion Business Coupe
                      1951 Commander Starlight
                      1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
                      1953 Champion Starlight
                      1953 Commander Starliner
                      1953 2R5
                      1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
                      1957 Silver Hawk
                      1957 3E5 Pick-Up
                      1959 Silver Hawk
                      1961 Hawk
                      1962 Cruiser 4 speed
                      1963 Daytona Convertible
                      1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
                      1965 Cruiser
                      1970 Avanti

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                      • #12
                        No problem !!

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