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History The "lost" pics of my Dad's '53 Studebaker

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Sinister, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,275

    from Minn. uSA

    "The wagons are a little different. Even though they take the front sheet metal, the windshields are not the same. And like any Stude, parts are not easy to find. Fit and Finish is a big challenge as well."

    Nope, sheetmetal only *looks* similar. 4" difference in wb, also. Only mechanical parts, n some interior pieces swap. Very few body parts swap, some trim items. Also had two different w/s. 'Flat' & wrap-around. Changed in mid-year. Pretty sure ''flat' w/s won't interchange w/cp/hrdtp, either.
    Still neat cars, just be careful.
    'Course, you *could* stretch the wb, add the cp/hrdtp front sheetmetal, w/a bunch of work, & get a very nicely proportioned wagon. Probably only one like it - & that'd be good, but it'd be serious fun watching the Stude folks figure it out... :D .
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  2. Sinister
    Joined: Jan 19, 2004
    Posts: 710

    from Oregon

    Thank you for that correction - I'm a plethora or misinformation :)
  3. Peanut 1959
    Joined: Oct 11, 2008
    Posts: 2,049

    Peanut 1959

    As has been stated above, be sure you find donor parts from a '53 or '54 SEDAN if you pull the trigger on that '55 wagon.

    Also, the '55 grille can be painted to make it a little less visually overwhelming. With the quality of chrome they were using at the time, that could be a good stop-gap solution (and cheaper!).
  4. Sinister
    Joined: Jan 19, 2004
    Posts: 710

    from Oregon

    Ok, Progress...

    wiring. A lot of wiring.

    I got my headlights, marker lights, grills all mounted up. Found out my horns are junk, but I did find a factory turn signal switch in my box of treasures. Score!

    Spent a ton more time getting the front sheet metal to sit proper. I got the hood to latch without much effort but everything is still out of shape. I realigned my driver's door and now it doesn't latch, lol. If it's not one thing it's another, right?

    I installed my new fuel sending unit and got it wired up and fixed my fuel pump wire issue while I was at it.
    I did get my headlight switch wired up, Ignition switch and cig/pwr socket installed.

    Tomorrow will be more panel adjustment (yay) and a attempt to hook up more under-dash stuff.

    Not much to show but a neat photo... IMG_2687.jpg

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