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    Hi,I am told by a couple members there is a restoration guide for my 53 c-coupe that covers many aspects including what gets painted what color,where colors break,what undercoats,etc...One says it covers 53 and 54 only,another says 53-58(might be two different books).Can anyone offer the author or publisher or even better a vendor who would have a stash of them?It is my intention to do this car with the best stuff available concourse correct.Thanks in advance,Steve
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    The book you are after is 'Studebaker's Finest" by John Bridges, available from Studebaker international. for $39.95. It covers the 53/54 C & Ks only but in very depth. There is a chapter listing each of the succeeding hawks, with a couple of pages each. I used it as my guide and was scored 388 out of 400 at an international meet. Many many photographs show most details.

    [img=left]http://www.alink.com/personal/tbredehoft/Bothcars4.jpg[/img=left]
    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe
    '55 President State Sedan (Under Construction) 99.5 hrs.
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars

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    • #3
      Thanks,I will follow up and see if I can purchase one.Thanks,Steve
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      • #4
        Hi
        is there anything like this book for Larks? ie 59-60?
        Thanks
        Jerry

        59 Lark VI Hardtop
        60 Lark VIII Hardtop
        63 Lark Custom 2D R1 4speed
        51 3/4 Ton truck 9 foot bed
        57 Transtar 1 ton 5Sp/od
        62 Transtar 289 1 Ton
        64 wagon
        57 Silver Hawk {soon}future Bonneville car 200 mph

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by LARK59

          Hi
          is there anything like this book for Larks? ie 59-60?
          Thanks
          Jerry

          59 Lark VI Hardtop
          60 Lark VIII Hardtop
          63 Lark Custom 2D R1 4speed
          51 3/4 Ton truck 9 foot bed
          57 Transtar 1 ton 5Sp/od
          62 Transtar 289 1 Ton
          64 wagon
          57 Silver Hawk {soon}future Bonneville car 200 mph
          I'm pretty sure the answer to your question is "no". Bridges wrote that book as an homage to Studebaker's most noteworthy product (Avanti lovers might disagree). Your best bet for Larks is Fred Fox's articles in TW, plus (of course) this forum.

          Skip Lackie
          Washington DC
          Skip Lackie

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by Tom B

            The book you are after is 'Studebaker's Finest" by John Bridges, available from Studebaker international. for $39.95. It covers the 53/54 C & Ks only but in very depth. There is a chapter listing each of the succeeding hawks, with a couple of pages each. I used it as my guide and was scored 388 out of 400 at an international meet. Many many photographs show most details.
            The Bridges' books are great references, but they aren't restoration guides. I think the book you heard about is one written by Chuck Lampman who lives near Atlanta. I know he is a SDC and AOAI member. He sold several copies a few years ago with a solicitation (I think) on the Studebaker Newsgroup (alt.autos.studebaker). It is a very detailed explanation of his restoration of his own '53 Starliner. Unfortunately, I don't know if they are still available or how to reach Chuck.


            [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
            '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
            '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
            '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
            Museum R-4 engine
            1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
            1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)
            Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
            '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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            • #7
              I'm not alone in saying that as some of the "survivor" Studes come to light, there SHOULD be efforts made to document the smallest details regarding the mechanical and cosmetic aspects of them. Alas, it's not likely to happen - so the changes or deteriorations of the passing years will wash away the finer points to where no one will be able to definitively say just what a freshly built Lark (or whatever model) looked like.

              Miscreant adrift in
              the BerStuda Triangle


              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe

              No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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              • #8
                Chuck Lampman is the North Georgia Chapter webmaster. In our classifieds section, scroll down and you will see a description of his book, and contact info for Chuck. If this link does not work, you can use the "local club finder" on the SDC main page and find our address there.

                http://www.studebakerclubs.com/North...ssifieds.shtml



                Chris Collins
                63 Avanti R-2
                66 Cruiser

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