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02-22-2007, 08:28 PM
I just picked up a 57 Hawk to restore. It needs a new rear end. Does anyone know of any rear ends that would bolt right on to the leaf spring perches and be about the right width?

Dick Steinkamp
02-22-2007, 08:40 PM
I don't believe there is anything that will "bolt right up".

Any Studebaker car rear end from '53-66 will, however, bolt right up. They are plentiful and relatively inexpensive (many times free).

What are the indications that it needs a new rear end? Perhaps fixing the existing one would be the easiest way out. It is a Dana rear end and parts are readily available.


02-22-2007, 08:58 PM
Thanks Dick, I saw a post from another guy with a similar question and discovered your Stude has a 327 and 4 speed. Thats what the one I bought has. (It was an old timers hot rod) I plan on redoing it with the same drive train.Soooooooo, if the Dana44 is good for you, it's good for me!
Thanks again!

Dick Steinkamp
02-22-2007, 09:48 PM
Mine is the stock Dana 44 that has been with the car since new. I've put over 30,000 miles on the car since I built it...including some fairly hard use...


I am in the process of upgrading the axles to the Fariborn flanged ones, however. Not because anything has failed...I personally just feel safer with the flanged one.


Mike Van Veghten
02-23-2007, 12:24 PM
Anything you might order.

I ordered a Winters, Quick Change for my Conestoga.
Make sure you give the right dimensions for any given company to build to, and it should bolt right in.