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unclemiltie
12-28-2012, 02:03 PM
I have been going through some old magazines and in the Motor Trend Nov 1957 issue two gentlemen got awards for transforming their 1953 Studebakers into 1957 Golden Hawks. The comments include the fact that no welding or torch cutting was needed for this transformation. The gentlemen were Lewis Taunten form Columbus Ga whom got first place and a Roger Groover from Springfield Mo. I wonder if either of these gentleman or their cars are still in existence. As I have heard the 53 frames were weak, I wonder what effect the super charger had on the 53 frame.

paintim613
12-28-2012, 03:28 PM
Wonder if my wife's dad and uncle would have had a shot. It took them 2-3 years to transform what is now ours. There definitely was some cutting involved.

studegary
12-29-2012, 11:45 AM
I have been going through some old magazines and in the Motor Trend Nov 1957 issue two gentlemen got awards for transforming their 1953 Studebakers into 1957 Golden Hawks. The comments include the fact that no welding or torch cutting was needed for this transformation. The gentlemen were Lewis Taunten form Columbus Ga whom got first place and a Roger Groover from Springfield Mo. I wonder if either of these gentleman or their cars are still in existence. As I have heard the 53 frames were weak, I wonder what effect the super charger had on the 53 frame.

Neither of these gentlemen are listed in the 2008 SDC Roster.

I built a 1953 Commander Starliner with a 1957 Golden Hawk engine, including supercharger. Hood fit was the only problem. I owned the car for nine years.

studegary
12-29-2012, 11:49 AM
Wonder if my wife's dad and uncle would have had a shot. It took them 2-3 years to transform what is now ours. There definitely was some cutting involved.

I believe that you are referring to a customization of a C/K, of which there were many in that era, not the transformation into a Golden Hawk.
You list a Starlight. That couldn't be converted into a Golden Hawk.
I can't think of any "welding or torch cutting" that would be necessary to convert a 1953 Starliner into what appears as a 1957 Golden Hawk.

unclemiltie
12-29-2012, 12:17 PM
Thanks, I found it interesting that Motor Trend considered this a customized car. When I think of a custom, I think of fenders from other makes being grafted on etc. For this change they had to drill holes in the rear fenders for the fins but the rest is pretty much a bolt on change.

unclemiltie
12-29-2012, 08:35 PM
I will stop posting on the forum if that makes you happy

Deaf Mute
12-29-2012, 10:06 PM
My '53 was also run for several years with a '57 Golden Hawk mill under the (bubbled) hood. It is now restored to stock and I sold the engine about 15 years ago to a fellow in California who was going to drop it into a Lark convertible. I cut the center out of a '53 sedan to make a small bubble in the hood... still had to modify the front motor mounts a bit to get it to fit... as my hood height measurements were off by about 3/8". It was a tight fit but we beat many Chevvies once I got it wound up.
When restoration time came, I had to buy another car to get a hood.
19781

bezhawk
12-29-2012, 11:51 PM
I will stop posting on the forum if that makes you happy
Milt, please don't let one narrow minded person negatively influence you. Your knowledge is needed and appreciated here.

paintim613
12-30-2012, 11:10 AM
I believe that you are referring to a customization of a C/K, of which there were many in that era, not the transformation into a Golden Hawk.
You list a Starlight. That couldn't be converted into a Golden Hawk.
I can't think of any "welding or torch cutting" that would be necessary to convert a 1953 Starliner into what appears as a 1957 Golden Hawk.

Please notice I made no reference to a Golden Hawk. It would seem apparent that a Custom Car Award would include more possibilities than just the one mentioned in the first post. If you have information to the contrary please let us know.

SN-60
12-30-2012, 07:22 PM
To: unclemiltie,-----Your mention of the '57 'MOTOR TREND' article reminded Me of another conversion done to a '53 'K' model. In the '57 'HOT ROD' magazine issue that road tested the '57 Golden Hawk, a reader wrote
in with a story and photo of a '53 HT that was converted into a '56 Golden Hawk (externally)....In the photo, this '53 looks EXACTLY like a '56J. (Well, I'm not sure if He put the lower aluminum side mouldings on it!)

black56hawk
12-30-2012, 07:32 PM
It was a "bolt-on customizing" contest, so all the modifications to all of the entrants were supposed to be bolt-on. There were thirteen winners of which two were Studebakers, including the first prize winner. Here are the two Studes (one at the top was the first place winner):

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f10/413coronet/57bolt-oncustomwinner_zps246c1994.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f10/413coronet/57bolt-oncustomwinner2_zpsc3d066cd.jpg