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    Here's a couple photos of the 58 wagon with it's fin(s) removed. First pic shows what I found when I got the fin off. There was a bit of accumulated dust along the lower edge and that, of course, held whatever moisture got in over the past 47 years and thus promoted rust.
    I knocked off the crusty stuff the best I could with a putty knife and a wire brush. Then I even dragged my sandblaster out and lightly whisked at the deepest of the cancer which was just at the edge of the rear quarter - right next to where you see the BU lite fixture hanging down. This revealed two 1/8" holes that had gone thru. No matter - it'll be covered up when the fin goes back on. And unlike sedans and Hawks, this area is not open to the wheel well, so water from the road is not gonna get slung here!
    As you can see in the second photo - I POR'd the whole under-area and did the same on the inside of the fin. This right side fin had actualy started to rust thru a bit along it's lower edge and was the primary reason I called the sandblaster into the battle. I blasted away the rust - ONLY in the spots where it was coming thru. I didn't wannna do the whole fin and surely distort it as sandblasting tends to do with sheet metal. Then, when I was PORing the inside of the fin, I laid on a piece of fiberglass and saturated it with the POR too. I'll ultimately use filler to repair the fin from the outside once it's mounted back in place.
    Is this THE MOST bulletproof (good-for-another-50-years) repair I could have done? No. But I wanna DRIVE the thing a bit before gas goes to 4 bucks a gallon and I have to take out a loan to take a drive in it![V]

    http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/...0_DSC00108.JPG

    http://images.andale.com/f2/115/106/...3_DSC00112.JPG

    Miscreant at large.

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President 2-dr
    1955 President State
    1951 Champion Biz cpe
    1963 Daytona project FS

  • #2
    Bob
    that is a nice looking wagon
    hope it turns out nice for you.
    i got another 60 lark coming from Az.
    cant seemed to stay away from them
    John

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    • #3
      As you well know, John! They're a disease![xx(]

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      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe
      1957 President 2-dr
      1955 President State
      1951 Champion Biz cpe
      1963 Daytona project FS
      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
        You know Mr B., That POR gives me an idea. A two-tone Black over white paint job would probably look pretty sharp, if not exactly original. Kevin in the Stoogebaker

        1963 Champ

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        • #5
          Kevin,

          I had a 57 Silver Hawk for a time. The thing wore it's original Black & Turquoise two-tone. Man, that was a sharp color combo. Fact is, the '57 color options really had broad latitude. They'd put any of the numerous colors they had with white or black. And some of them were really striking combos!
          One thing about POR-15 - that stuff is really picky about what it sticks to. It doesn't like to stick to other paints and it doesn't grip other paints that are applied over it.[}]

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          1957 Transtar 1/2ton
          1960 Larkvertible V8
          1958 Provincial wagon
          1953 Commander coupe
          1957 President 2-dr
          1955 President State
          1951 Champion Biz cpe
          1963 Daytona project FS
          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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          • #6
            That's good info Mr B. I was thinking about getting POR's P/U bed repair kit. But if other paints don't like to stick to it maybe a different brand would be in order. Kevin in the Stoogebaker

            1963 Champ

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            • #7
              Well, Kev, I didn't mean to infer that ALL their products don't do well with paint. Only the POR-15 rust preventative. That's really the only product of theirs I've tried over the years. But I have used it a bit and learned along the way what to expect it to do or not do.
              Buddy of mine put the stuff on over primer - thinking he was buying extra protection in places where it wouldn't be seen. The stuff would peel right off the primer after a couple days!
              I guess it's misleading in that it comes in a can, like paint. And it goes on with a brush, like paint. But it's different than paint in that it's picky about what it grips to.[}]

              Miscreant at large.

              1957 Transtar 1/2ton
              1960 Larkvertible V8
              1958 Provincial wagon
              1953 Commander coupe
              1957 President 2-dr
              1955 President State
              1951 Champion Biz cpe
              1963 Daytona project FS
              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
                On board ships that I've worked on, I've used a couple of different rust converters which I'm sure are similar to POR15. ChemPrime and EndRust are two of the brand names that come to mind. Its been my experience that enamel primers won't stick very well but epoxy primers do just fine. The epoxy paints dry much harder than an enamel can and I guess that makes the difference.
                I've also found that the rust converters last longer if you brush on a second coat after about 4-6 hours. Long enough for the first coat to be dry to the touch, but not completely cured. Then let it sit for 24 hours until cured before covering with primer. Just my $0.02 worth. Kevin in the Stoogebaker

                1963 Champ

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                • #9
                  Actualy, POR-15 ISN'T a "rust converter. It simply blocks moisture from getting to the rusted area any more. Water acts as a catalyst on POR-15 and actualy makes it harder over time. It LOVES to cling to rusted metal. And POR has a prep stuff that'll make slick, clean metal more attractive to POR-15 if you want to use it over clean metal. But it really likes a bit of rust to cling to.

                  Miscreant at large.

                  1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                  1960 Larkvertible V8
                  1958 Provincial wagon
                  1953 Commander coupe
                  1957 President 2-dr
                  1955 President State
                  1951 Champion Biz cpe
                  1963 Daytona project FS
                  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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                  • #10
                    Mr B, you're right, of course. Converter is the wrong word. Its more of a sealant, I guess that's the word I'm looking for. Same with one of those other products I mentioned. One of them is a converter though. It chemically bonds to the rust and does something to the molecular structure to keep the rust from spreading (if the paint sales rep is to be believed).
                    Anyhow if the POR15 is anything like the other products I've used, it ought to do the job. Kevin in the Stoogebaker

                    1963 Champ

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                    • #11
                      [quote]Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

                      Kevin,

                      I had a 57 Silver Hawk for a time. The thing wore it's original Black & Turquoise two-tone. Man, that was a sharp color combo. Fact is, the '57 color options really had broad latitude. They'd put any of the numerous colors they had with white or black. And some of them were really striking combos!


                      That brings back memories. I had a neighbor that purchased a black and turquoise 1957 Silver Hawk new. I used to see that car every day and thought that it looked sharp. IIRC, he kept it when he purchased his 1966 Studebaker new. My first Studebaker was a white and turquoise 1957 President Classic.
                      Gary L.
                      Wappinger, NY

                      SDC member since 1968
                      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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