One thing that owners of more popular marques - like Chevrolet, Pontiac, Ford, etc. - have long enjoyed is the ability to order reproduction sheet-metal for their cars. Heck, you can buy entire body tubs for '57 Chevys, but new body parts for Studebakers? Dream on.
(OK, sidebar: our friends at Classic Enterprises
have a good assortment of structural steel pieces for our Studes - torque boxes, floor pans and such - but no body stampings.)
Anyway, Steven Tomblin of Goodmark
(one of the aforementioned providers of GM and MoPar sheet metal) posted today on the SDC Forum
that reproduction C/K rear fenders are just about ready to be released. Their prototypes are in the test-fit phase, in fact.
This is amazingly good news. While front fenders are probably needed more due to the rust-encouraging way that Studebaker designed them, the fact that a company - and a major one like Goodmark, no less - is beginning to reproduce Studebaker parts is a bright light indeed.
Maybe, with luck, we can look forward to new '59 - '61 Lark front fenders, or '64 - '66 trunk lids one day. I know, it's a pipe dream, but maybe...
Keep your fingers crossed!
Labels: Body, Hawk, Parts, Reproduction, Sheet Metal