Different by design
This blog was mainly Studebaker Automobile related posts and pictures. However, due to changes in circumstances I will be broadening the scope as time goes by.
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
Here is a letter from L.H.R - whose full name I cannot tell from the signature - to the men at Studebaker in San Francisco about the Flanders car and new developments in the works. I assume these were developments contemplated for 1911. This is after the blowout in 1909 regarding the sale of EMF cars by Studebaker. I should be posting more of those documents in the future.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Here are two pictures showing the differences between an original 1962 GT hawk emblem (left) and the so-called reproduction (right). There are several differences. First, the original is either a thin casting or, more likely, a stamped metal part. You can see when they are upside down that the "reproduction" is a solid casting, with no detail visible on the back side. Second, because the new part is a casting, the pins are cast in and have to have a certain amount of draft. The originals were soldered or welded on the back and are basically cylindrical rather than conical and are longer than the pins on the "reproduction". Thirdly, the original has sharper details and the wings are longer, as is the bird's body. The original on the left has just been replated in gold over nickel (as it came from the factory) and still has sharper detail than the "reproduction". You can click on the pictures to make them larger.
These differences are important for several reasons. The conical pins on the new part do not fit into the original barrel clamps on the car and almost seem too big for the holes in the trunk, glove box door, etc. The solid casting of the new part may or may not take the bending required to get it fit on the trunk of the car. I have one on my car now, but neither my body man, nor I have the courage to seat it the way it should be. We believe it will probably crack - although I honestly can't say it will. I will be putting one of the replated originals there instead. Another problem is the loss of some sharp detail in the "reproduction". By itself it looks OK, but next to an original it looks rather crude.
The point here is to BEWARE of people claiming to offer reproduction parts. This new part is emphatically NOT a reproduction since it is cast rather than stamped, has slightly different dimensions, pins that are conical, not cylindrical, etc. Don't be fooled by false advertizing. If you choose to use them, at least I hope this will show you what you will REALLY get, and keep you from unrealistic expectations.
When I have the chance I will show the difference between the front factory spears for the GT Hawks and the so-called "reproductions". I'll just have to take one off my car to get some pictures of why they don't fit, etc.