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JimK
11-08-2008, 10:55 PM
I recently joined after lurking here for a while. Today I came home with a 63 GT Hawk that has been discussed previously (289 2bbl, FOM)

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=22949

It is a very nice example, and drives well. It was repainted, and the engine rebuilt at some point, but is solid, free of serious rust and has lots of good chrome/stainless. Although I am certainly no expert, it appears to be reasonably original. The FO had it in Arizona before moving it here to New Mexico, but I don't know its history previous to that. The best part was discovering (many thanks for the Forum link to the Ebay ad) that it was only 40 miles away. (Real close by NM standards.)

As the new owner, I can now appreciate the comments that were made earlier. It is not quite as pink as the Ebay pictures appeared to be, at least on my computer screen. One or two items mentioned do merit action before long. One poster correctly IDed the funny aluminum plate under the air cleaner as a heat shield - it was put in to try (apparently successfully) to fix some drivability issues when it gets hot here at 7000' altitude. I won't really know until about next June :).

Jim K.
63 Hawk

Chris Pile
11-08-2008, 11:11 PM
Welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay with us.

Chris Pile
Midway Chapter SDC
The Studebaker Special

BobPalma
11-09-2008, 04:50 AM
:) Welcome aboard, Jim. That certainly looks like a nice car. As has been said many times, if you are new to the hobby (or any make of "old car"), it's always a good idea to start out with the best one you can afford. It appears you've done just that and you'll thoroughly enjoy the car. Congratulations. :DBP

JDP
11-09-2008, 08:25 AM
Lovely car, and most all of the detailing issues are minor and easily addressed. I hope we did not offend you by "judging" your car before you got it.:)

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson

bams50
11-09-2008, 09:51 AM
I look forward to the day when I buy my first Stude like that one- already nice that I can enjoy now, and tinker with personalization things and minor details... I haven't done that yet...[:I]

Good score Jim, and welcome!

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

Mark57
11-09-2008, 11:06 AM
Congratulations Jim and welcome. :) Now you just need a Stude Truck... ;)[}:)]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/CandyStoreThumb.jpg

55 prez
11-09-2008, 01:27 PM
Beautiful car Jim, but I'm not a nit-picker. I like to drive them an enjoy them.
WELCOME TO STUDEMANIA and a Stude pickup would keep this one from getting lonely.

Jim C.

silverhawk
11-09-2008, 01:30 PM
Welcome to the forum and that is a sweet car!

Dylan
'61 lark regal 4dr wagon
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/DSC001581.jpg

JimK
11-09-2008, 06:37 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

Lovely car, and most all of the detailing issues are minor and easily addressed. I hope we did not offend you by "judging" your car before you got it.:)

JDP/Maryland
"I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
Thomas Jefferson



Thanks to all for the welcome. I did see the "judging" thread as it developed; mbstude (I think it was) made the right call. As it happened, at the time I was actually negotiating for a different GT that went to someone else, so the issue was academic. When I saw that the ebay bidding ended without meeting the reserve, I decided to pick up the phone. The way I see it, that other thread is now part of the history of the car. :)

Jim K.
63 Hawk

JimK
11-09-2008, 06:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mark57

Congratulations Jim and welcome. :) Now you just need a Stude Truck... ;)[}:)]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/CandyStoreThumb.jpg


Sorry, I am now officially out of space. Owning a pickup is not actually required in NM, although it would appear to be otherwise.

Jim K.
63 Hawk

mbstude
11-09-2008, 06:43 PM
Welcome to the Forum. Yes, I think it was me that called the shot in that other thread.

Congrats on the purchase. I'm glad the car found a good home. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/StudeDriveLogo_small.jpg

Flashback
11-09-2008, 06:53 PM
Welcome, and you have a beautiful car. I think
maybe my trunk emblem is incorrect(or missing)
along with about 635 other things, but other
than that it is "correct", so you had better
tighten up. Seriously, if it makes you happy,
then that's what matters. Good luck.

Tex in Alabama
53 C coupe
53 4-dr

Tex E. Grier
http://i307.photobucket.com/albums/nn320/Flashback53/Studebaker255.jpg