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Dan Timberlake
03-22-2008, 02:41 PM
I've been looking at the trim used on the forward ends of the fins on the various finned Hawks while waiting for my body parts book to arrive.

I'm thinking there have been at least 3 types of fins.
1 - the vestigial 56 Golden Hawk fin (fiberglass)
2 - Large fins with closed forward edges (57 - 59) (fiberglass?)
3 - large steel fins with squared off and open forward edges (60-61)

Is this right?

Working backwards in time, my currently trimless 1960 uses bolted on steel fins that are quite open at the front edges, and whose upper/inboard edges cross the fender-to-body seam.
http://www.winkflash.com/photo/imagew2.aspx?p=1&c=5547880&i=238237042&z=0
According to pictures, 60 and 61 fins would have two strips of trim and a separate closure casting. One is a virtually straight piece along the lower fin edge coming forward from the large rear fin trim casting, and the second is a slightly curvy piece (painted body color) covering the upper body/fin seam. To close things up under the roof pillar is a fair sized diagonal (cast?) piece of trim like this one http://phillipsauctionservice.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/59_Studebaker_Hawk.24132048_std.jpg

The 57-58-59 Hawks seem to use 3 strips. 2 curving strips to define the fin's side profile and create an enclosed cove that is often painted. The third curvy piece painted body color covering the upper body seam. I'm wondering if that fin might even be fiberglass to allow the 3 dimensional closure at the front corner.

Then there are the subdued fins of the 56 Golden Hawks, with front edge trim that combines a simulated porthole with a bold zig zag.

blackhawk61
03-22-2008, 02:52 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dan Timberlake

I've been looking at the trim used on the forward ends of the fins on the various finned Hawks while waiting for my body parts book to arrive.

I'm thinking there have been at least 3 types of fins.
1 - the vestigial 56 Golden Hawk fin (fiberglass)
2 - Large fins with closed forward edges (57 - 59) (fiberglass?)
3 - large steel fins with squared off and open forward edges (60-61)

Is this right?

Working backwards in time, my currently trimless 1960 uses bolted on steel fins that are quite open at the front edges, and whose upper/inboard edges cross the fender-to-body seam.
http://www.winkflash.com/photo/imagew2.aspx?p=1&c=5547880&i=238237042&z=0
According to pictures, 60 and 61 fins would have two strips of trim and a separate closure casting. One is a virtually straight piece along the lower fin edge coming forward from the large rear fin trim casting, and the second is a slightly curvy piece (painted body color) covering the upper body/fin seam. To close things up under the roof pillar is a fair sized diagonal (cast?) piece of trim like this one http://phillipsauctionservice.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/59_Studebaker_Hawk.24132048_std.jpg

The 57-58-59 Hawks seem to use 3 strips. 2 curving strips to define the fin's side profile and create an enclosed cove that is often painted. The third curvy piece painted body color covering the upper body seam. I'm wondering if that fin might even be fiberglass to allow the 3 dimensional closure at the front corner.

Then there are the subdued fins of the 56 Golden Hawks, with front edge trim that combines a simulated porthole with a bold zig zag.




1959 fins are the same as 60-61 fins

1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q55/chevpartsman/61HawkChevypartsmanreduce.jpg
Ken Byrd
Lewisville,NC

StudHawk60
03-22-2008, 03:15 PM
Only the 56 GH had fiberglass fins. Also, the fins of a 57-58 GH are different from a 57-58 SH. So they are as follows:

1. 56 Golden Hawk fiberglass fins.
2. 57-58 Golden Hawk fins. Steel.
3. 57-58 Silver Hawk fins. Steel.
4. 59 SH, 60-61 Hawk fins. Steel.[8D]
5. 62-64 GT Hawk. No fins.:(

60studehawk
03-22-2008, 04:45 PM
Studebaker International has the caps you need for the front of the fins. Part # 1332218W and 1332219W. There is a piece of flexible molding that goes on top the fin that meets the fin molding. Don't know where you can get that.

Jeff Sheaffer
60 Hawk
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t73/60studehawk/jeffs60hawk.jpg

studelover
03-22-2008, 06:50 PM
Dan, The 60-61 hawks are the best in the line. The fins are everything without them these cars would be a bore. I just finished my 61 and the fins and specialty wheels go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you have one of these cars you are very lucky. all my hotrod friends think the hawk( with the right design and color)is a very desirable car. They are a hard bunch to please.

Studebakers forever!

60studehawk
03-22-2008, 09:09 PM
I agree. Nothing better than a finned Hawk.

Jeff Sheaffer
60 Hawk
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t73/60studehawk/jeffs60hawk.jpg

KGlowacky
03-22-2008, 09:16 PM
Also in the market for some of the ribbing that goes on the edge of the fins. I am going to go looking this week, any idea's??? Thanks

60studehawk
03-22-2008, 09:32 PM
this was discussed on here before. You might want to check it out.
http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/sdc_forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9226

Jeff Sheaffer
60 Hawk
http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t73/60studehawk/jeffs60hawk.jpg

studelover
03-23-2008, 09:58 AM
The strip you are refering to is metal and is sold by CE. We used it on my hawk when restoring it. You have to be very careful with it because it has to be shaped. The body man that I have had never seen much less worked with anything like this before, we heated it and rolled it at the end where it tucks into the trim peice. It is not difficult however you have to be very patient. we heated it until it was shape-a-ble then tucked it behind the trim part, then put the screws in to hold it. after it cooled it was perfect. The wing trim part made it contour to the body.The way that Ray used the 3M tape was great, he welded the fin and then filled the holes. Then used the tape, he is very experienced with hawks. Being our first time We did it the conventional way.The strip is very expensive so if you are unsure the other way might be the way to go.Good luck!

Studebakers forever!