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    Ventilator system - AKA the little doors that let in fresh air!

    So monitoring the Studebaker Drivers Club Forum, as we tend to do, we found a post about where the ventilator door spring connects.

    Of course we when out to the garage, opened the passenger side vent door and discovered we did not have a spring at all. We checked the drivers side and again no spring. Reviewing the parts catalog we found we were missing the screens as well. Lastly since we removed the Climatizer (AKA heater) we were missing the heater blank that the factory would have put in the passenger side if you ordered a vehicle without a Climatizer. (read as unicorn) While this was wayyyyy down the list of things to do it was in our heads and well things just went into motion. First things first, removed the door and clean everything you see.

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    Design a blank for the Climatizer opening.
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    This was done by:
    • Holding a clean piece of paper against the opening on the fender well side
    • Tracing the opening with a dirty finger
    • Cut a set of scrap wood shapes to match
    • Cut some aluminum slightly larger in scale
    • Clamped the aluminum between the wood blocks
    • Beat the edges down 90 all the way around
    • Drill a hole for the cross brace
    • Attach

    Now it was time to order the parts we need from one of the great Studebaker vendors (Thank to Frank Ambrogio for the Vendors Page).
    note: we have our "go to" vendor, would it be "favoritism" to say the name?
    Once the blank is installed paint everything with "Rusty Metal Primer":

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    And then paint it all again with flat black Rustoleum. Why flat black you ask? Because we thought it would look cool once the screen is in place.

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    And finally, with the new shiny screen mounted. (see that cool "mysterious" flat black back there...)

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    The drivers side was pretty much the same but without the heater blank.
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    Oh and hey, this is one of those rare times that we did not get to blame anything on the previous owner.
    Side note: To the forum users - you are all jerks for putting this in motion but at the same time you are the best...
    In closing - To the forum administrators, thank you guys for having a place where we can ask questions, share our experience, and show off our work - no matter how trivial.

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    DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
    1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

  • #2
    Does your driver's side kick panel have a screen on the interior of the vent? I've never had a Studebaker with one on the driver's side exterior vent door.
    Brad Johnson,
    SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
    '56 Sky Hawk in process

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    • #3
      Why yes it does. How in the blankety blank did you see that???

      We presume this was done by the previous owner (thank you for the chance to mention that guy) and did not think about it when we dropped off the car at the upholstery shop. It’s now a little “in there” with the new carpet and kick panel. We felt it was fine to leave it and were surprised by it when we took off the vent door.

      Perhaps we have bragging rights for Double Filtered air ‽
      DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
      1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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      • rockne10
        rockne10 commented
        Editing a comment
        They ALL have the screen on the interior at the kick pad. That's why Studebaker did not install an exterior screen on that side, even though the tabs are there to hold it.

    • #4
      Huh! Found it. As rockne10 pointed out there IS a screen! (never thought this was original to the car)

      Looking a the 1947-50 Body Parts Catalog (page number23) we find the following:
      "2109-9 285009 SCREEN, SHROUD LEFT KICK PAD 6G TO 9G, 14A TO 17A"

      At the top of the page group number states:
      "2109- SHROUD KICK PAD (Plates 21-2, 4, 6)"

      Well these plates are the interior illustrations, and ours is on page 15 which is for body symbol W and Y, and right there in the drawing is the screen, plain as day.

      As I hope to learn something new everyday - my day is now complete. Thanks to rockne10 for his never ending knowledge and the forum in general...
      DT Holder - Bakersfield CA, USA
      1950 Commander ("Resto-Mod" in progress)

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      • #5
        Shouldn't this all be in the Tech Talk area?

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        • #6
          Originally posted by DTHolder View Post
          Ventilator system - AKA the little doors that let in fresh air!

          So monitoring the Studebaker Drivers Club Forum, as we tend to do, we found a post about where the ventilator door spring connects.

          Of course we when out to the garage, opened the passenger side vent door and discovered we did not have a spring at all. We checked the drivers side and again no spring. Reviewing the parts catalog we found we were missing the screens as well. Lastly since we removed the Climatizer (AKA heater) we were missing the heater blank that the factory would have put in the passenger side if you ordered a vehicle without a Climatizer. (read as unicorn) While this was wayyyyy down the list of things to do it was in our heads and well things just went into motion. First things first, removed the door and clean everything you see.

          Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6070.jpg
Views:	155
Size:	70.9 KB
ID:	1967881Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6071.jpg
Views:	156
Size:	60.3 KB
ID:	1967882


          Design a blank for the Climatizer opening.
          Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6086.jpg
Views:	154
Size:	83.9 KB
ID:	1967883

          This was done by:
          • Holding a clean piece of paper against the opening on the fender well side
          • Tracing the opening with a dirty finger
          • Cut a set of scrap wood shapes to match
          • Cut some aluminum slightly larger in scale
          • Clamped the aluminum between the wood blocks
          • Beat the edges down 90 all the way around
          • Drill a hole for the cross brace
          • Attach

          Now it was time to order the parts we need from one of the great Studebaker vendors (Thank to Frank Ambrogio for the Vendors Page).
          note: we have our "go to" vendor, would it be "favoritism" to say the name?
          Once the blank is installed paint everything with "Rusty Metal Primer":

          Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6077.jpg
Views:	154
Size:	60.3 KB
ID:	1967884Click image for larger version

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Views:	152
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ID:	1967885

          And then paint it all again with flat black Rustoleum. Why flat black you ask? Because we thought it would look cool once the screen is in place.

          Click image for larger version

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Views:	149
Size:	52.7 KB
ID:	1967886Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6082.jpg
Views:	149
Size:	71.3 KB
ID:	1967887

          And finally, with the new shiny screen mounted. (see that cool "mysterious" flat black back there...)

          Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6139.jpg
Views:	151
Size:	77.3 KB
ID:	1967888

          The drivers side was pretty much the same but without the heater blank.
          Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_6138.jpg
Views:	152
Size:	79.9 KB
ID:	1967889
          Oh and hey, this is one of those rare times that we did not get to blame anything on the previous owner.
          Side note: To the forum users - you are all jerks for putting this in motion but at the same time you are the best...
          In closing - To the forum administrators, thank you guys for having a place where we can ask questions, share our experience, and show off our work - no matter how trivial.
          Is there a trick to removing the vent door? Am trying to add the new rubber surround gasket on the door, but can't fit it through the gap even with the door open, so will have to remove the door and spring to install the rubber lining. (Dan B. 1950 Land Cruiser.)

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