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  • Body: Speedster hood spear

    Fitting the long spear to the hood and find that it touches on the ends and not along the length. When I apply downward pressure I can get it to go but it opens the slot where the "feather" is inserted. Are there some clips to hold it together at that point? Any way to slightly reduce the arc to get it to sit down properly? Hints, suggestions or ideas? Thanks!!

  • #2
    First, are you sure that you have the correct part? Sedans/wagons and C/K models both have a similar trim piece offered, but the hood curvature is different.
    I am basing this on 1953-1954 information. I assume that 1955 is similar.
    Most likely, the part has just taken a set from being off the car for a perid of time. Gently try to reshape it until you get a proper fit.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      You may be right about deformation. I think its the right part as the other spears are somewhat shorter if I'm not mistaken. That had not occurred to me but it seems logical. Thanks .

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      • #4
        From the:
        1955-1958 Chassis Parts Catalog
        Model 6H-K7 [Speedster]
        Ornament, hood, top
        Illust #1620-38
        Part #310635x1
        used before Serial #7,159,981
        Part #311371x1
        used on and after Serial #7,159,981
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        1951-1954 Chassis Parts Catalog [printed May 1, 1954]
        Model 14G [1953 Champion]
        Model 4H [1953 Commander]
        Ornament Kit, hood, top
        W,F [2 and 4 Door Sedan]
        Y [4 Door Land Cruiser]
        Illust #1620-38A
        Part #AC-2318

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        Sorry, My bad.
        From the 51-54 Catalog.
        The accessory ornament for 1953 sedans that resembles the 1955 Speedster ornament:
        Illust #1629-38C
        Part #AC-2427
        Last edited by 55 56 PREZ 4D; 08-26-2014, 01:17 PM. Reason: correction
        South Lompoc Studebaker

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 55 56 PREZ 4D View Post
          From the:
          1955-1958 Chassis Parts Catalog
          Model 6H-K7 [Speedster]
          Ornament, hood, top
          Illust #1620-38
          Part #310635x1
          used before Serial #7,159,981
          Part #311371x1
          used on and after Serial #7,159,981
          ___________________________________
          1951-1954 Chassis Parts Catalog [printed May 1, 1954]
          Model 14G [1953 Champion]
          Model 4H [1953 Commander]
          Ornament Kit, hood, top
          W,F [2 and 4 Door Sedan]
          Y [4 Door Land Cruiser]
          Illust #1620-38A
          Part #AC-2318
          The accessory list for 1953 shows AC-2344 (C/K) plus adapter kit AC-2436 for sedans.
          The accessory list for 1954 shows AC-2610 for C/K models.
          The 1953 Accessories Catalog shows short and long hood ornaments for sedans with the short for Champions and the long for Commanders and Land Cruisers.
          Gary L.
          Wappinger, NY

          SDC member since 1968
          Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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          • #6
            If the spear has been re-chromed, it may have gotten distorted in the process.
            RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

            17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
            10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
            10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
            4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
            5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
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            • #7
              Roy, its stainless but it was straightened and polished. I've kinked it now trying to get it to lay flat. Good thing I'm not big on "perfect". Not sure what now so its going back on the shelf while I think think think.

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              • #8
                I have a NOS Speedster hood spear, with the late production 'lucite' fin, in my stash that I'll never install on my Speedster as it was ordered from Studebaker 'nosed', but I still kind of hate to part company with it!

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