Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

paintim613's Custom 53 Studebird

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • StudeRich
    replied
    I am surprised that no one mentioned the cool Arrow shaped '51 Chevy. Parking Lights!
    They make Great Turn Signals!
    Last edited by StudeRich; 06-12-2021, 07:34 PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • 8E45E
    replied
    Originally posted by t walgamuth View Post
    The front would look very very good if one had never seen the original stude design.
    I have stated here several times, it is nearly impossible to improve on the original 1953 design.

    Craig

    Leave a comment:


  • t walgamuth
    replied
    The front would look very very good if one had never seen the original stude design.

    Leave a comment:


  • t walgamuth
    replied
    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post

    It almost resembles a '59 Hillman grille: https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/1957-H...ictures-c14670

    I wonder if the Rootes Group designers used it for reference.

    Craig
    The front treatment of the headlights and the side vertical pieces look very similar to the Stude. Some of the guys working there were no doubt involved with the Stude design. All the designers look at each other's work. True in Architecture too.

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    Our '53 custom was awarded Best Modified 50 to Present out of 100+ cars in our class at 6/5/21 Cruzin the Rim car show in Show Low, AZ. A great tribute to my wife's father and uncle who modified it in 1954-5

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    Our car recently received its second award picked by an active member of the military. This is especially meaningful because my wife's father and uncle, who customized it in 1954-5, both served in WWII. Her uncle was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked and her father survived the Bataan death march.

    Leave a comment:


  • 8E45E
    replied
    Originally posted by paintim613 View Post
    Some may recognize the grill as being from a '55 Ford Fairlane. Our car is often mistaken for a '56 TBird but we have picture proof that it was finished well before the '56 TBirds came out. Click on my signature link below for the restoration pictures.
    It almost resembles a '59 Hillman grille: https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/1957-H...ictures-c14670

    I wonder if the Rootes Group designers used it for reference.

    Craig

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    Since our car is often called a TBird by non-Stude folks, we no longer use the term "Studebird." We say, "It's a one of a kind '53 Studebaker custom" in an effort to avoid confusion. When the TBird comment comes up we tell people that our car was in its first parade in the summer of 1955, well before the '56 TBirds hit the showroom and that Ford spies saw it and decided to copy it, LOL.

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    Our car was voted as Best of Show at recent North Central Zone Meet in Colorado Springs. Honestly the biggest surprise and most memorable award yet.

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    This car was featured in the January, 2017, issue of Hemmings Motor News.

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    Still shaking my head after our car was called a Corvair. Need some help in seeing similarities.

    Leave a comment:


  • Pat Dilling
    replied
    Tim, any time you would like pictures of your car posted I am happy to do it. Just email them to me like you did these. The car definitely deserves to be seen!

    Pat

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    I have received several PMs asking for larger pics than are in my signature link of our '53 custom that was done by my wife's father and uncle in 1954-5 in their Custer, SD body shop. Since I still haven't figured out how to post pictures, I am posting this reply to get these excellent shots more accessible. Car still has original 232 V8 and 3 speed with OD tranny with 21K miles. Thanks again to Pat for posting these originally. If anyone wants more about the car history please send me a PM.

    Leave a comment:


  • Studedude
    replied
    Every time I see that car I like it more.

    As I've said before, it has to be one of the most unique customs going.

    And, the family history connected to it is priceless.

    Leave a comment:


  • paintim613
    replied
    Originally posted by Nox View Post
    The grill sure makes me think strongly of late 50's Hillman's & Sunbeam's & such.
    Some may recognize the grill as being from a '55 Ford Fairlane. Our car is often mistaken for a '56 TBird but we have picture proof that it was finished well before the '56 TBirds came out. Click on my signature link below for the restoration pictures.
    Last edited by paintim613; 10-17-2013, 09:44 AM.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X