June 16, 2007

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  June 16, 2007

The Studebaker is now at our shop and work has begun . It was in pretty bad shape after sitting in the woods for 40 years. The guy who put it there said he towed it there between `67 and `69. It had been wrecked and that was why it was parked.   After the car got to our shop,  Steve decided that the top was beyond hope. Before he could begin, the car would have to be braced   to keep it`s shape . Since this was to be a customized car and the shape of the roof was going to to be changed, a donor car was needed. Steve found one on E-Bay. The problem was that it was a 4 door car. Well, that didn`t matter too much because it was going to be cut up anyway, so he bought it. It provided a great deal of parts to replace the ones that were too rusty or damaged to use on the coupe. The body of the 4 door was cut in the area of the rear door and the rear of the body was removed.  After repairing the right rear quarter, where the tree fell on it, the damaged area of the top was removed. The rear section of the coupe was cut and the 4 door body put on it to get measurments. The car was to be sectioned 3" and this would be the next step. The windshield was too upright in the 4 door car so the cowl was cut and the windshield was leaned back to give the car a better look. Changing the angle of the top caused problems with the doors, they wouldn`t fit inside the door openings. This was expected, and the shape of the top of the door was going to be changed anyway. The door frames were cut and the right rear part of the driver`s door was used on the front of the passenger`s door, and the reverse was done to the other door. Before the doors could be used, they were meadia blasted and taken apart to repair the rust. The doors from the donor car were cut up and parts were used to repair the coupe`s doors. The next step was to mate the top of the 4 door to the rear section of the coupe. This was a trial and error process, but it was finally done. The top was split across the middle so the rear section of the 4 door top could be used to join the rear section of the coupe. The front end was temporarly installed and it was also sectioned 3". It would seem that cutting a section out of a car wouldn`t bee too hard, but with the compound curves of the car, it takes quite a lot of planning before the first cut is made. The headlights were moved and the grille was modified to look right. At this time the welding is being completed and other styling features are being added. The body will be media blasted, and the body work will be done.

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