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    THANKS TO ALL
    I am now loaded with info and enthusiasm.


    Walt

    '49 Starlight Coupe
    1936 Miller Replica/ Stude driveline

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Scott, my 66 Wagonaire didn't have little bits of whisker like that.[:I]

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  • CHAMP
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    Walt, the clip I used I ordered with the cat whiskers from Stephen Allen. Your right you don't have to drop the window but it is a tight fit and does require caution! Champ

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  • garyash
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    If you want to have the whiskers put in with what looks like staples, use some heavy galvanized steel or stainless steel wire. Flip the cat whisker over and place against the door, then mark the back side of the cat whisker where the staple holes in the door are, then drill the cat whisker. Or, just drill new holes through cat whisker and door. Cut pieces of wire about 3-4 inches long, bend (not crimp)in half and poke the ends through the cat whisker and door. Pull the ends up tight with pliers, then twist just until tight. Fold ends of wires to side to avoid scratching windows.

    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, MA
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    Champ
    What type or style clip did you use on the outside whisker of your 48?
    This seems functional since one would not need to drop the glass to
    install pop rivets, in the center portion which is hindered by the window. How was the look appearance wise?
    Thanks for your viewpoint.
    Walt


    '49 Starlight Coupe
    1936 Miller Replica/ Stude driveline

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  • tbredehoft
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    Scott, you take the window out, (you probably already have.) Using a flat screwdriver, start at one end and pop each of the holding studs out. After you fish the cat's whisker strip out of the bottom of the door, they you can pop rivit new velvet on it, or simply replace the whole thing with a new one.

    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe
    '60 Lark VI
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
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  • Scott
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    This is how they did it in 1966. Weird, huh?

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  • CHAMP
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    I just replaced the cat whiskers on my 48 Champion. I used new clips on the outside and on the inside I used Mech. wire. Just punched two small holes where staples would go on cat whikskers with a schatch all and put wire in holes and twisted tight with pliars worked great! Champ

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  • JDP
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    The rubber on the shroud is easy. Just use a small drill to drill out the old staple holes after you've glued the rubber in place with weather strip cement, then thread the staples in the holes and fold over.

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  • Scott
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    Tom B, does that mean that a pop rivet tool would have a problem getting in there, too?

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  • ROADRACELARK
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    As they say, Tom B, necessity is the mother of invention.
    Good job!
    Dan

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  • tbredehoft
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    As to crimping the cat's whisker clips, I used a narrow grinding wheel and a rat tail file to modify one side of a cheap pair of slip joint pliers. I had to go in about 5/16 inch to get it to work, but it beats a hammer and a loose block of wood.

    Tom Bredehoft
    '53 Commander Coupe
    '60 Lark VI
    '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
    All Indiana built cars

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  • Scott
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    I'll try to post a picture later. It's the same on all the windows. Actually, it looks like Studebaker used the regular cat whisker backing with the stainless bead, but without the fuzzy stuff. Then, they attached the strip to the doors using 4 or 5 clips that have about 1 inch of rubber-like material which comes in contact with the windows. Maybe they were fuzzy to begin with, but I am beginning to doubt it.

    It's real hard to believe they could have saved any money doing it that way, but I can't see any other reason why they would have.

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  • jimmijim8
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    I've never seen one as such. jimmijim

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  • Scott
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    While we're on this topic has anyone noticed that on 1966 cars the cat whiskers on the door are in 4 or 5 pieces 1 inch long and spaced out? Talk about frugal. My 1964 Daytona 4 door has one long strip on the door and on the door panel. The 1966 cars weren't done the same way, apparently. They only used continuous strips on the door panels.

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