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Mark L
06-12-2017, 11:53 PM
This is only a few miles from me. Let me know if anyone wants me to go look at it.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/6174204961.html

Guido
06-13-2017, 02:37 PM
Mentioned here earlier today.

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?101295-Modified-1956-Golden-Hawk-project-available-in-Monroe-WA

Mark L
06-13-2017, 10:07 PM
Yep, I was the one who posted it. I think post #2 above was meant to appear in the other post.

Milaca
06-14-2017, 12:13 AM
I like that color combination. The photo may be misleading, but it appears to be a very good deal. Mark, if you want an excuse to go look at it, do the forum a favor and go look at it. ;)

packard352
06-14-2017, 09:04 AM
Being biased about seeing this post. The body looks in pretty good shape and if the interior was similarly the same, don't get the reason for doing this hatchet job. Packard 352" parts are not scarce for '56 year / mode, which is scarce. I took a car that was far worse condition to restore. If I was in the market, I'd consider taking the car back to its originality - with just over 400 cars known surviving in the 56J Register. But, only MHO

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tsenecal
06-14-2017, 10:53 AM
I agree with Packard 352. If you want a Chevy, why not start with an old Chevy?

MChance
06-14-2017, 01:08 PM
I agree with Packard 352. If you want a Chevy, why not start with an old Chevy?

Because a 1956 Chevy is not even near as nice looking as a 56 Golden Hawk...

StudeRich
06-14-2017, 01:12 PM
/Cut/If I was in the market, I'd consider taking the car back to its originality - with just over 400 cars known surviving in the 56J Register. But, only MHO

Right Richard, there will NEVER be more of these than there are today, so why destroy one. :mad:

Mark L
06-29-2017, 09:46 PM
I got off work earlier than normal today, and I saw the price on this Hawk was lowered by $1,000. I finally had time, so I went and took a look at it:

1956 Golden Hawk, s/n 6031799, body 56 J K7 2203. The seller's father found the car for sale in Everett WA around 2011. It had been in a garage for 35+ years after having last been registered in 1973. It was mostly original with the Packard 352 and an automatic, but did not run. He took it home and started a restoration, but he passed away in 2014 before finishing it.

For the most part, the body and interior have not been touched. Only modest disassembly to get at the body bolts to separate the body from the frame. It appears he focused on the frame and drive line. Cut the forward frame and welded in a Nova front frame with disc brakes and a custom cross-member. Small-block Chevy 350 with a T-5 manual. Limited slip rear end/axle from a 1988 Camaro with disc brakes.

Body has some rust, floors seem good, interior of the trunk is rusty but I didn't see any holes. There is some body rust on the left belt line just behind the driver's door. The driver's door window is cracked. The headliner is partially hanging down. The chrome/stainless looks OK and it seems to be all there. The body is only loosely installed on the frame. It does roll, but the brakes and steering are not connected. The seller may attempt to connect the steering and get some brake lines/hoses installed.

The seller and his wife are moving out of state. They'd like to be off the property by the end of July, and they're not taking the car with them. If he can't sell it, he may give it to his brother. The Hawk and several other projects (late 60s Camaro, mid-50s F-100 custom) need to be cleared out so they can sell the place. Price is now $2,500. If interested, contact the seller through the Craigslist link. The seller's name is Norman.

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Mark L
06-29-2017, 10:23 PM
more pictures:

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Mark L
06-29-2017, 10:30 PM
engine and frame:

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riversidevw
06-29-2017, 10:33 PM
I loved my Chevy 350! But that was in a very early seventies Camaro, where I'm inclined to believe it belonged. Or in my old 2-door Yukon. The Packard engine is the heart and soul of these things.

Gil


I agree with Packard 352. If you want a Chevy, why not start with an old Chevy?

Mark L
06-29-2017, 10:39 PM
I asked if he still had the Packard engine and the automatic. He said they looked for it, but can't find it, so they think his father sold it or gave it away. I think the original batwing was removed and replaced with a custom-made cross-member that has holes through it for the custom headers/exhaust.

riversidevw
06-29-2017, 11:14 PM
Sounds like it's passed the point of no return. So perhaps a decent project for somebody looking for an alternative to parting it out completely. I still prefer my Chevy small blocks in a sleek early Camaro SS350, but that's just a personal thing. Hope it works out for somebody who wants to do this and create a very individualized machine for personal satisfaction


I asked if he still had the Packard engine and the automatic. He said they looked for it, but can't find it, so they think his father sold it or gave it away. I think the original batwing was removed and replaced with a custom-made cross-member that has holes through it for the custom headers/exhaust.

Milaca
06-29-2017, 11:21 PM
Regardless of what's under the hood, the 1956 Golden Hawk is one of the most beautiful cars ever created. $2500 seems very cheap, and the modifications should make for a great driving automobile.

4jc8z
06-29-2017, 11:33 PM
This the the car that that Dan guy should use as his land speed car instead of chopping up that nice clean 56 power hawk! And it would be a legit golden!