Blog over de restauratie van mijn '50 Studebaker Commander

New Shoes

My grandson is a becoming a real petrolhead. His father is in the car wholesale business, his grandfather is fixing old cars so what can you expect. He came to help me for a while and is almost ready for his own Studebaker. No this are not the new shoes, we’ll come to that later.

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One of the scariest steps in the project was the installation of the windows, especially the curved rear windows. Since I had never done a thing like this and I thought the windows were too precious to crack I invited a specialist. Marcel Beumer (seen on his back in the rear while packing his things) of AutoGlaz did a marvelous job. Both front and both rear windows were placed well within two hours.

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Another major step: A full set of brand new tires, the new shoes. Radials to improve the ride. The old ones were cracked and falling apart and needed replacement. I found the new ones at a place called Classic Tire in Aalsmeer that happened to be run by Kees Jongejan, an old primary school mate that I had lost track of for more than 50 years. It was good to meet him again and I am quite pleased with the result.

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After installing the tires I did some more work on the interior. and even the light is working now!

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And the righthand doors are ready, except for the armrests. They look terrible and I still have to fix them.

After that I started on the left front door and ruined the window run. I bent it in the wrong place, tried to bend it back and found out that it it dies not bend back without wrinkling the stainless steel edges. Since I had the exact length, and nothing to spare I am now looking for a new lenght that at least looks the same. Wish me luck.

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And just today I installed the rear bumper.

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It is slowly beginning to look like a car.

 

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