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04-05-2009, 08:06 AM
Hi all,I am a new member,and live in Ontario canada.being honest ,its my uncle from northern ontario that is a studebaker nut.He is 59 years old and has been hooked on studes since his first one at the age of 14.he is restoring a 59 silver hawk currently.because of his location relative to mine,I have more access to parts.My question is what style of wheels would make this car stand out the best.I figure who better to ask this than a bunch of studebaker pros.I think the hawk body style is one of the best looking cars ever built and I think it deserves the perfect wheel.My uncle will use the origional wheels and covers but i would like to surprise him with a set of killer wheels and some modern rubber for cruising.any input will be appreciated.

04-05-2009, 09:14 AM
I kinda like these !


1961 Hawk 4BC,4-SPEED,TT
Ken Byrd

04-05-2009, 09:23 AM
another direction:


those are MoPar M-body cop wheels painted red, Mr. Gasket baby moons and old Chevy trim rings.

I'm also partial to the classic Torq-Thrust style 5-spokes, and also the Halibrand-style American Racing "Salt Flat" wheels.

Whatever you do, I've found that if you want a 15x7" wheel (about as wide as you can get and run the same wheels front and rear) you want about 3/4" offset. Much less and the rear tire will be close to the fender lip; much more and the front tire sidewall will be into the tie rod. (and even with the cop car wheels, a 1/4" spacer on the front makes them work better.)

Unfortunately that rules out any "deep dish" type wheels; I love the look of a lot of wheel rim sticking out past the center (think 70's style 5-slot mags) but on a Stude the hub flanges are just too close to the outside of the body to have a lot of lip showing.

Now if you want to go to larger diameter wheels - there are Ford takeoff options that might work well, although with some of them you may need spacers.


55 Commander Starlight

04-05-2009, 09:34 AM
15 x 6 wheels are the size that generally fit nice with basically unchanged suspensions an rear axles.. Backspace 3 1/4" to 3 3/4". Cragar makes a nice wheel available from Summit Racing. Right at just over 600 $ a set. Shipping included. I like the Zenith-Roadster real wire wheels that are intended to fit chrysler products. Very pricey. A 6 inch ford wheel with 1984 Chrysler 5th Avenue hubcaps look great. Chrysler used this hubcap on different models for quite a few years. Nice stainless caps with no lettering. Many GM stainless spokes are available. Ford, Lincoln hubcaps. Magnum 500 Wheels. Mopar Rally wheels with beauty rings and center caps. These are available in 14" and 15". Many types of hubcaps will apply also, Stude caps are also nice. Whatevr floats your boat. Funny, I seem to hear violins playing. jimmijim

04-05-2009, 03:26 PM
I do think the right wheels and tires will make or break a car, but it's such a personal decision it's hard (impossible?)to say what would make your Uncle happy. If keeping it stock in appearance is important to him, wires are the only option. Even though real wires were never offered by Studebaker, it's something that COULD have been offered by the factory back then. Next stage would be something available aftermarket at that time, which would include chromies, Torque Thrust, Cragers etc. I've yet to see a Hawk I thought looked good with the large diameter (17"+) wheels popular now, but that's just a personal view.

Steve Hudson
The Dalles, Oregon
1949 "GMOBaker" 1-T Dually (workhorse)
1953 Commander Convertible (show & go)
1953 Champion Starliner (custom/rod project)
1954 Champion Coupe (daily driver)
1960 Hawk (future project?)

04-05-2009, 03:40 PM
Another option:


04-05-2009, 04:46 PM
These are Magnum 500s that came off a '70 Avanti. They are 15 x6 and fit just fine.

Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Daytona convertible, '53 Commander Starliner, Museum R-4 engine, '62 Gravely Model L, '72 Gravely Model 430


04-05-2009, 08:51 PM
thanks guys for all of the input,I was surprised to see such a response.after seeing the red 60 wearing torque thrust wheels, I'm sure now whitch direction I'll be going.I had those wheels in mind all along,I just needed the visual to be sure.Thanks again.

04-06-2009, 09:43 PM
15" x 6" Crager Smoothies
15" x 7" Wheel Vintiques

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Studebaker Fever
60 Lark
56 Power Hawk
Phil Hendrickson
Arnold, Missouri

04-07-2009, 08:48 AM
Phil, what a great looking Lark. Studebaker should have schemed 'em like that one. Tastefully done up. Any photos of the innards? jimmijim