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CarCrosswordDan
12-20-2011, 07:20 PM
Other than the optional vacuum gauge, tach, and padded dash on the Sky and the standard vac/pres gauge, tach and padded dash on the Golden, were there any other interior diffences? Things like steering wheel, horn ring, molded armrests, window cranks, door handles, headliner and bows, trim around glass, etc. Many Thanks, Dan

Radsman
12-20-2011, 10:43 PM
Dan,
The only interior differences between the Sky and Golden had to do with differences in the cloth fabric patterns, door panel layout and the mylar. The mylar used in the GH was metallic gold with a little diamond pattern (if I remember correctly) versus a metallic silver with a little square pattern to the mylar in the Sky Hawks. As a side note, the gold mylar tended to fade to silver. Also the door and side panel layout for the two tone vinyl were different and so was the thin stainless trim shape that separated these vinyl pattern. Otherwise everything else you mentioned is correct, the steering wheel, horn ring, molded armrests, window cranks, door handles, headliner and bows, trim around glass, etc. are all the same.

8E45E
12-21-2011, 12:10 AM
Golden Hawk:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7009/6547345693_52256f66ef_b.jpg

Sky Hawk:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6547355137_c7151f3c8d_b.jpg

Craig

56GH
07-18-2013, 01:04 PM
There is no evidence to indicate 56Js ever had gold Mylar inserts on the door panels and rear seat side panels. All the Mylars were silver in color and had a small squares pattern.

SN-60
07-18-2013, 02:19 PM
The speedometers were different between the two models.

bezhawk
07-18-2013, 02:24 PM
The shift indicator would also be different for the twin-ultramatic. Also the trans filler hole would be in a slightly different location.

8E45E
07-18-2013, 02:27 PM
The shift indicator would also be different for the twin-ultramatic.

Yep, that is somewhat visible in the above photos.

Craig

SN-60
07-18-2013, 02:46 PM
Folks always say they admire the dashboard of a '55 Speedster...and I do too. But to Me, Studebaker REALLY got it right when they designed the 'full dash' on the '56 Golden/Sky Hawks.....BEAUTIFUL!!

JDP
07-18-2013, 03:00 PM
Other than the optional vacuum gauge, tach, and padded dash on the Sky and the standard vac/pres gauge, tach and padded dash on the Golden, were there any other interior diffences? Things like steering wheel, horn ring, molded armrests, window cranks, door handles, headliner and bows, trim around glass, etc. Many Thanks, Dan

I could be wrong, but I did not know of a "vacuum gauge option" on a Skyhawk, although many were added later.

SN-60
07-18-2013, 03:40 PM
I could be wrong, but I did not know of a "vacuum gauge option" on a Skyhawk, although many were added later.

I was thinking exactly the same thing when I read that.