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  • What color ??? 53 Instrument hoods

    My 53 didn't have the original dash. I bought a
    complete dash, but it had been painted. I bought
    some instrument "hoods" on e-bay, and I have THE
    book. I have a original parts car. BUT, I STILL
    can't decide on the color on top of the hoods, over
    the guages. Is it supposed to be Loma Gray? Or is
    it a darker, browner color?????????


    Tex E. Grier

  • #2
    I asked the same question recently and got a couple of responses that Loma Gray is correct color.

    Tim-Custom '53 Starlight aka The Studebird (exterior is being painted next week!) in Yuma, AZ
    Tim-'53 Starlight Commander Custom in Yuma, AZ
    jimsrodshop.com/project/53-resurrection

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    • #3
      I believe the INSIDE of the Instru. hoods were a different and unusual color, but not the outside. Someone who currently owns a original or correctly restored '53 Commander Coupe or Hardtop will tell us for SURE, though! [^]

      StudeRich
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10,
        '51 Commander Starlight,
        '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
        '56 Sky Hawk

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        • #5
          You are right StudeRich. The underside of the top was gold.
          Also all the ones I have (12) that haven't been painted, are
          almost a chocolate color. Somebody?????

          THANKS Brad You. were posting as I was answering StudeRich

          Tex E. Grier

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          • #6
            Not to worry, Tex. The vinyl shown is the armrest cover, not the door panel.[)]

            Should also mention, the under pod covers are the same color.
            "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

            Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
            Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
            '33 Rockne 10,
            '51 Commander Starlight,
            '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
            '56 Sky Hawk

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            • #7
              LOL, Brad, no worry here. Thanks for the great photo.
              I am beginning to think there may have been more than
              one color used. I am going to try and post a picture.
              Can anyone else shed any light?

              Tex E. Grier

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              • #8
                I gold on the inside was originaly shiny, but was changed to flat gold during the model year.
                I have no idea what the color on the outside of the bezels is. It may take some archive research time to identify it.

                AL SORAN RACING

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                • #9
                  The outside of the bezels was darker than Loma Gray (according to my memory).

                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Flashback

                    My 53 didn't have the original dash. I bought a
                    complete dash, but it had been painted. I bought
                    some instrument "hoods" on e-bay, and I have THE
                    book. I have a original parts car. BUT, I STILL
                    can't decide on the color on top of the hoods, over
                    the guages. Is it supposed to be Loma Gray? Or is
                    it a darker, browner color?????????
                    My '53 hoods are a pretty dark color on the tops. This picture sort of exaggerates the darkness. My car was built in California- don't know if that makes a difference or not for the hoods, but there were differences between SB and California cars.




                    Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430

                    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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                    • #11
                      The gray-brown of the pods in Paul's picture is the color of an original/unpainted '53 Commander Starliner dash that I have, which came from a South Bend car.

                      Gene Nagle
                      1963 Hawk R1
                      Gene Nagle
                      1963 Hawk R1
                      1985 Avanti

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                      • #12
                        Thanks, everyone, yall have made me sure of the
                        darker brownish color being correct. Anyone got
                        a name or numberr or a mordern day real close?

                        Tex E. Grier

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                        • #13
                          My '53 (built in Los Angeles) has hoods of one color, the baby blue that was the interior color for Maui Blue. But I also have a replacement set of hoods that are obviously original, and are chromed.
                          http://s155.photobucket.com/albums/s283/ralt12


                          '53 Commander
                          Art Morrison chassis
                          LS6 ASA/4L60E
                          '53 Commander
                          Art Morrison chassis
                          LS6 ASA/4L60E

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by ralt12

                            My '53 (built in Los Angeles) has hoods of one color, the baby blue that was the interior color for Maui Blue. But I also have a replacement set of hoods that are obviously original, and are chromed.
                            http://s155.photobucket.com/albums/s283/ralt12


                            '53 Commander
                            Art Morrison chassis
                            LS6 ASA/4L60E
                            I am sorry, but I do not believe that either the blue or chrome hoods are Studebaker factory original for 1953. Do you have a part number for them?

                            Gary L.
                            Wappinger, NY

                            SDC member since 1968
                            Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                            Gary L.
                            Wappinger, NY

                            SDC member since 1968
                            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                            • #15
                              Well, Gary, you know these hoods don't have part numbers stamped on them, and I'm not going to start hunting for one just to prove a point. Here's a picture of how the car came, you be the judge:


                              I got the chromed ones from Steve Allen with a whole dash replacement; the under-dash covers were chrome as well, it actually looks pretty nice.

                              '53 Commander
                              Art Morrison chassis
                              LS6 ASA/4L60E
                              '53 Commander
                              Art Morrison chassis
                              LS6 ASA/4L60E

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