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  • Cus63
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    Originally posted by 1953champcoupe View Post

    Do you mean where the fenders bolt to the A Pillar/cowl? There I use the rubber "gasket?" cushion from a vendor. Somehow...I don't think I read your question accurately.
    Yes, that's what I meant, I'm waiting on my rubber Kit, I wasn't sure if it was just a gasket or needed shims as well ,

    regards, Cus

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by 1953champcoupe View Post

    I forgot to tape the SN plate off Just one of many errors that I shouldn't have made. I have a picture of it before I started painting though I just sent a copy of it to my insurance company, time to insure and register it (the plates have been in storage since I bought it three years ago)
    Do not remove the S/N plate. Remove the paint from the plate and apply a new decal with the black, printed information.

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  • 1953champcoupe
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    Originally posted by Cus63 View Post
    For the fender shims to the pillar/firewall are you guys using stainless washers?

    regards, Cus
    Do you mean where the fenders bolt to the A Pillar/cowl? There I use the rubber "gasket?" cushion from a vendor. Somehow...I don't think I read your question accurately.

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  • 1953champcoupe
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    Originally posted by Flashback View Post
    I Like that car ! Looks like those seats would be comfortable.. Are you about ready to drive? I wish I had mine that close to being together what drive train ? Keep it up and you'll be drivin' "BY WHEN"?
    I sent pictures to my insurance company to get coverage on it (I've been self insured up til now) and emailed the court house about getting plates. I have driven it around in the back yard 350 Chevy belly button motor, 700R4 transmission, I think 3.31 gears in the Dana 44, the chassis was from a 58 Silver Hawk V8 car, I've got finned drums all around I'd like to drive it this month, I started the project three years ago this month. It took two years longer than I had intended What the heck was I thinking????

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  • Cus63
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    For the fender shims to the pillar/firewall are you guys using stainless washers?

    regards, Cus

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  • Flashback
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    I Like that car ! Looks like those seats would be comfortable.. Are you about ready to drive? I wish I had mine that close to being together what drive train ? Keep it up and you'll be drivin' "BY WHEN"?

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  • 1953champcoupe
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    53champcoupe - I like your car. One thing bothers me. I do not see a Serial Number plate. Is it missing or was it simply painted over?
    I forgot to tape the SN plate off Just one of many errors that I shouldn't have made. I have a picture of it before I started painting though I just sent a copy of it to my insurance company, time to insure and register it (the plates have been in storage since I bought it three years ago)

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  • studegary
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    53champcoupe - I like your car. One thing bothers me. I do not see a Serial Number plate. Is it missing or was it simply painted over?

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  • 1953champcoupe
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    Thanks Flashback for your interest. Note this is a 40 foot show carClick image for larger version  Name:	IMG_2904.JPG Views:	0 Size:	88.2 KB ID:	1829913Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_2898.JPG Views:	0 Size:	91.1 KB ID:	1829914Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_2901.JPG Views:	0 Size:	93.2 KB ID:	1829915
    that has never been washed and is in a working shop (my wife does metal sculpture and there is lots of welding and grinding going on daily In the last picture if you look to the upper right you can make out a banjo steering wheel. It came off of a 36 Studebaker, my father in law gave it too me Out of four cars the "best" trunk lid I had was this 61 Hawk that needed lots of work on the lower surface. I may try to take the original trunk (with the hinge pockets totally missing) and combine a crappy Hawk's spring pockets as well as repair lots of rust on the lower portion.
    Last edited by 1953champcoupe; 04-13-2020, 08:26 AM.

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  • Flashback
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    Hey 53champcoupe post us some pictures of your car when you can and want to.

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  • doofus
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    Let's hear it for Back Yard Hot Rod's!!! Drive them Sucker's! Luck Doofus

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  • 1953champcoupe
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    Originally posted by Flashback View Post
    Quote: "At 70 mph the fitment won't be noticeable" That's what I call a Studebaker "driver". Wish I had stuck to that bout a bunch of years ago But no, I wanted it to look nicer? Now The Saturday Night Special has been sitting without me enjoying driving it ( like i did before i started to make it fit better) and now i am 75 and when and if i get finished it's still gonna be just another "Backyard Hot Rod".
    You are my kind of guy!! my age too

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  • Flashback
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    Quote: "At 70 mph the fitment won't be noticeable" That's what I call a Studebaker "driver". Wish I had stuck to that bout a bunch of years ago But no, I wanted it to look nicer? Now The Saturday Night Special has been sitting without me enjoying driving it ( like i did before i started to make it fit better) and now i am 75 and when and if i get finished it's still gonna be just another "Backyard Hot Rod".

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  • 1953champcoupe
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    Thanks for all the tips (I checked with Studebaker International to see if they had the jig to set the front end up with but they were out of stock

    I've came to the conclusion that some parts had been swapped on the hood that I am using. It came off of a 53 Stude drag car that had a Chevy front clip. The safety latch wasn't right and....I couldn't get the hood to latch so........I had a 61 Hawk hood and pulled the dovetail off of it. The hood latches. I've fabricated my own safety latch mimicking the pictures I've gotten of the original. The chrome grilles fit in their openings OK (well I think they do...going to start putting them in shortly and then I will hang the lower air dam. Is it right? No. Like I always tell my wife "at 70 MPH the fitment won't be noticeable".

    I want to drive the car and at my age (way past 70) I don't have years to mess with it to make a show participant look with wonderment on how those old cars were put together so well My wife wanted to know what I was going to do after I got this car finished. Well....I said there was some "house work" that I probably needed to do. I've replace all of the windows (except three) and all of the doors and a lot more. I went and checked two of the windows and detected rot under the caulking.

    Next winter (assuming the Covid 19 doesn't get me) I can readdress the fit and finish when it's too cold to putter outside!

    Thanks again, lots of knowledge in this Studebaker library!!!

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  • rockne10
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    Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post
    ... hydraulic power and porta power is great for frame straightening but really not so great for sheet metal.
    Even at the factory, big three as well as Studebaker, and later at body shops, the preferred method for minor final tweaking involves the insertion of a 2x4, against which the offending metal would be caressed. Use of a Porta-power is definitely reserved for unseen places.

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