Josephine, a "Moparistic" -55 sedan

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Re: Josephine, a "Moparistic" -55 sedan

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I sure liked the louvers on the 'old' hood. :-(
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Yes I like them too & I might move them over to the "new" hood... They were needed once upon a time & might be in the near future too.
Now I have to sand & blast the inside of the hood, maby later today after work but I have to do it while the weather is still warm & dry. Some plating has to be done also + the indicators points in weard angles...
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nox, be very very careful when you sandblast the hood. A hood is very easy to warp with a sandblaster -- ask me how I know (no, I didn't do it but a painter that worked on one of my Studebakers did). Stand back and keep the nozzle moving, don't stay in one place for any amount of time.
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Yeah, that opening looks good.
I'm also a fan of louvers. I've thought about having some punched into one of my wagons hoods. Too expensive around here.

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I've sandblasted before, no worries! & the one I have is really soft, a drag cuz it takes a looong time.
I save plates with louvers & then just cut out & weld in, cheater big time! On the other hand; one can buy or make simpple tools to punch them but it craves consentration to get them exact if doing them one-by-one...
So I go for already made ones, these I had a company sandblast for me as they were made of really hard steel:
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After work I started with some more spot welding first to make the connection stronger, then I started to handbrush off the worst rust from the under/in-side of the hood:
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Then I blew off the lose rust dust, here I just beagun in the upper corner:
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Here's how it looked close up:
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& more to the front, here facing downwards:
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I've been so lucky with the original -55 hood & the rest of Josephine, this hood makes me wonder what the rest of the 53-54 sedan (that the hood comes from) was like...
Tomorrow I hope I'll blast off the rest if the rust...
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Looken good so far...
A lotta work you've got going on.

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Yesterday was to busy doing other stuff & today I came home to late + it's clowdy & humid so I'll avoid bare steel in this kind of weather, I'll see what the weather will bring in the future. I also have problem selecting plating for the front as I have thin stuff I don't wanna use in such exposed position/place, & then I have really thick galvanized plating that's to heavy + hard to bend.
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It rained last night & was cloudy first half of the day but then the clouds disapeard & it became just as hot & dry as it's been for several weeks now so I started sanding with the anglegrinder using the roughest paper/disc I had & gee Studebaker steel is hard! So after that I blasted it & sprayed a coat directly in the hot sun, so now that's done!
Then I mounted the hood properly on the hinges but... eh... oh... nooo! it's to wide! I've seen 53-54 hoods having a steel bar across to have them stay the right wideness & I have one such laying & now I know I'll have to use it too.
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nox, not sure I understand -- where is the hood too wide?
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The hood is to wide at the back, so I reckon it has "flattend out" a bit & that the curve aint as curved as it used to be. It almost lays on top of the fenders so if I close it it's hard to open it again.
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Yeah, the hood needs that support in the back for stability.

On one hand, you should be able come up with something at home if you can't find one. But remember that whatever you custom make, needs to have the same curve in it to clear the curve in the firewall.

Use the same support pieces off of the original hood... The original hood should have the bar and the corner pieces also.

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The rod I have is from a coupe so it was no use but I did like this instead:
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But it was to much:[/b]
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I'm cheating & leaving the hood wideness for now & try to design the grille instead... It's so easy to draw with an ordinary pen but on a computer it's not easy at all! I'm still not satisfied so today I took a new photo of Josephine to try some more:
(I sprayed over the black on the sides of the opening)
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& on it I went:
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I think I've almost found it, one of the last two pix...
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I like the last one best .
If you can't get there in a STUDEBAKER,
it ain't worth goin' .

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