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Two Tone Paint Question

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  • Two Tone Paint Question

    This question is one that my painter needs to know. On my 53 Commander [K body, two door hardtop] the line between the two-tone paint is under the Studebaker emblem on the C-pillar. Where is it on the A-pillar [windsheild post]? I'm thinking at the top but its been so long since the car was together I've forgotten. I don't want it to be in the wrong place and be able to be seen. Anyone have this info. I have the "Studebakers Finest" book by John Bridges on the 53 and 54 coupes and can't find any reference to this.

    Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.
    Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

  • #2
    I don't think it matters. I don't believe any of the A pillar shows on a K model since they were all Regals and the A pillar is covered with stainless. There would be a small strip at the top of the windshield between the stainless and the rain gutter that shows, and I'd paint that roof color.




    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      Thanks Dick, thats what I was thinking but I would hate to have been wrong, after the painting was done. I wasn't sure if some of the A-pillar was exposed inside the door opening.

      Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.
      Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by dclewallen
        I wasn't sure if some of the A-pillar was exposed inside the door opening.

        Hmmmmm...I'd better go check mine and get back to you to be sure.




        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA

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        • #5
          Yes, the windshield stainless covers up the paint line for the 2 tone on the A post for a K body on the outside. The weatherstrip stainless and windlace and garnish mouldings cover it up on the inside of the car. When I took apart my 53K I found that it was masked about 1/2 way up the windshield post. There was even some old masking tape from the factory left! When I repainted the car, I masked it in the same place. The break line on the C pillar follows the 3 mounting pin holes where the "studebaker" script emblem goes but then runs about 45 deg up under the window rubber once it reaches the indentation pinch weld area where the gasket sits. I've a picture and a sketch of this someplace I think, I'll take a look and post if I can.

          Jeff in ND

          '53 Champion Hardtop

          Jeff in ND

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          • #6
            Half way down the A-post is where the painter suggested putting it but I guess it really wouldn't matter if its all covered. Thanks Dick and Jeff for the help. Its been along time coming to get to the painting part of this build. It should be all down hill from here [Yeah Right]. I should really learn how to post pictures cause I know I'm gonna want to show this thing off when its done and my Avanti II if I ever get it!!!! Is there a link to an explanation of posting pictures?

            Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.
            Darryl C. Lewallen Clarkesville, Ga.

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            • #7
              In General Studebaker Discussion, the fifth "Sticky" is How to include Photos. Here's a quick link
              http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com...?TOPIC_ID=3219

              Brad Johnson
              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
              '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight
              "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.
              sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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              • #8
                Well, I went and looked at some old photos from 1995 or so I had from when the car was apart. I guess I was a little mistaken [:I] about where the factory masked it. I masked it off 1/2 way up the post but that is not exactly how Studebaker did it. Here is a poorish scan of a picture and I drew in a arrow pointing out some detail. Looks like the inner part of the post were the window gasket sits was roof color and the outer part was lower color. I remember now that the roof color wrapped around the inside and sorta stopped in the area where the door weatherstrip covers it. Doesn't matter as you cannot see any of this. I don't know why they masked it off so complicated, maybe there was a thought of having a hardtop w/o the stainless A post [?]




                Jeff in ND

                '53 Champion Hardtop

                Jeff in ND

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                • #9
                  As has been mentioned, be sure to get the break line on the C-pillar correct. Many incorrectly just make a straight line where the nameplate goes. The break line should go straight from the quarter window to the back end of the nameplate (at the height of the mounting holes) and then up to the nearest spot on the rear window opening.

                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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