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  • 1956 President Rain Gutter Trim Removal

    I need to remove the stainless steel trim that is crimped onto the rain gutter of a 1956 President 2dr sedan. The trim is delicate and
    could easily be damaged if not removed with great care. Any ideas
    of the best tool or method to remove this stainless trim ?
    Thank you, Tin Barn

  • #2
    The best advice, that I've seen posted here before, is not to remove it! It is just too delicate and was never meant by the factory to be removed. If you try, you'll likely damage it beyond use.


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    Clark in San Diego
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    • #3
      Work around it. You'll never get it straight again after you take it off.
      If you insist, pry the lower edge outward with a flat, dull tool. Something on the order of a bottle opener, only with a broader blade.

      Having done it several times myself, I would never do it again unless I was salvaging it to save said trim.


      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1963 Cruiser
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
      1957 President two door

      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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      • #4
        I have sucessfully used a "Church Key" type bottle opener. Put some duct tape inside the curve of the bottle opener to avoid scratches and GENTLY work from one end and pop the trim loose from the bottom as if opening a bottle. NT


        Neil Thornton
        Hazlehurst, GA
        '57 Silver Hawk
        '56 Sky Hawk
        '51 2R16 dump truck
        Many others.

        Neil Thornton

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        • #5
          It can be done, but I see you only have 1 post to your credit. I would interpret that to mean you don't have much experience in these matters. In that case, leave the moulding alone.


          Bob Johnstone
          www.studebaker-info.org

          64 GT Hawk
          55 President State Sedan
          70 Avanti (R3)
          64 GT Hawk (K7)
          1970 Avanti (R3)

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          • #6
            Bob's right. This is my first posting on the SDC forum and yes I don't have much experience with 50's era Studebakers. While I've
            been a member of SDC since 1975 and ASC since 1979, my Studes are
            pre-1950, so yes I could use some advice on this matter.

            As for the 1956 President, the car was bought new by my dad when
            he worked for Don Packer at Packer Motors Studebaker in SoCal.
            My father gave the car to my sister and she is having the car restored at a shop in Spokane Washington.

            The shop here in Spokane has worked on Pierce-Arrows and loads of
            Packards, but not late model Studebakers, so we are sweating this
            trim detail. The body is being lifted off the frame soon and we
            need to resolve the issue as great care must be taken to avoid damage to the original stainless. Thank you all for your great
            advice and your time !

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            • #7
              I have some old newspaper ads for Packer Motors of Glendale, Ca. They came to me with a Stude that I bought.

              Edit: BTW, as much as messing up the delicate mouldings, I'd be worried about chipping the new paint when I had to whack them back into place later![:0][xx(]


              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1963 Cruiser
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President two door

              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
                quote:Originally posted by TinBarn


                The shop here in Spokane has worked on Pierce-Arrows and loads of
                Packards, but not late model Studebakers, so we are sweating this
                trim detail.
                Allen Barth in Davenport specializes in Studebaker restoration. Excellent work and quite knowledgeable

                Dick Steinkamp
                Bellingham, WA

                Dick Steinkamp
                Bellingham, WA

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