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62champ
09-20-2013, 03:14 PM
Local SDC member and good friend is getting closer and closer to having his '64 GT back on the road - it has not been out of its spot among all the Studebaker parts since 1989.

Spark plugs were removed and cylinders oiled - old gas drained out and replace with new (E0) - silicone fluid in master was gone but everything looked brand new so it was refilled, brakes bled, and there is now a good pedal and all wheels are stopping. This morning it was decided to "get some fire in the pipes."

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/IMG_3447_zps378e3bb1.jpg

We pushed it 75% out of the garage, hooked up the battery, and primed it a few times - no kicking. Popped the cap and filed the points until they were firing. After about a dozen times of prime starting - finally took the gas line off between pump and carb - after a couple good priming starts, the fuel pump started to push some fuel. Got it all hooked up and it started and ran without a single miss or hesitation - just sat there and knocked them off like it was shut down yesterday... Shifted it into D and it walked out without any problems.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/IMG_3449_zps30dcbae8.jpg

Car was originally a two barrel/flight-o/PS car. When finished it will have disc/powershift/PS/AC/AM-FM/4brl/sport roof and some other things that escape me.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/IMG_3451_zps2e5c1893.jpg

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/IMG_3450_zps77ccc969.jpg

Engine that will eventually go into the car is in Ephrata, PA, having some Studebaker engine experts go through it to make sure it will be in top condition when installed.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/IMG_3422_zps9c8aa42a.jpg

Always nice to see another one getting back "in the mix."

LarkTruck
09-21-2013, 08:09 AM
Thanks for sharing this Patrick, I'm sure Rob is a happy camper:!!:. Looks like a good day shared by good friends.
Jim

SN-60
09-21-2013, 08:26 AM
Good plug for the use of silicone brake fluid.......This Hawk sat all those years, yet the hydraulic brake internals are still in good condition!

sals54
09-21-2013, 09:46 AM
I'm willing to bet that this is the actual incident which inspired the Sleeping Beauty story.
The Hawk being put away for her own protection and safety, then awaken decades later with a "kiss" of true love. Its obvious that the car was stored to protect her from the jealousy of the Evil Queen, (Mother Nature), as she is constantly trying to forcibly recycle our beloved cars back to her bosom, one rust bubble at a time, till they succumb to the overwhelming power of sun, rain, salt and general neglect.
But, here comes Prince Charming to the rescue. Giving the beautiful Princess that sweet kiss of fresh gas, new brake fluid, and the tender loving care needed to get her heart pumping enough to come alive again.
I'm getting misty just thinking of how wonderful this is.
Good luck on the rescue. Looks like it'll be awesome.

SN-60
09-21-2013, 10:04 AM
Amazing how many of the short run of '64 GT Hawks have survived!

JoeHall
09-21-2013, 11:26 AM
Good plug for the use of silicone brake fluid.......This Hawk sat all those years, yet the hydraulic brake internals are still in good condition!
Just cuz the brakes pumped up does not mean the internals are OK. I'd still disassemble, inspect, and if in doubt toss out all the rubber parts and install new. The life you save may be your own.

SN-60
09-21-2013, 11:35 AM
Just cuz the brakes pumped up does not mean the internals are OK. I'd still disassemble, inspect, and if in doubt toss out all the rubber parts and install new. The life you save may be your own.

Of course Joe,...but I think we both know what those hydraulic internals would have looked like if good old 'DOT 3' brake fluid was in that system all of those years!!

studeclunker
09-21-2013, 11:39 AM
Nice looking car. Even looks to be in decent shape. Congrats on finally getting the old girl out and about again.http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy107.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

By the by, I agree with Jim. Sounds like a great day! Thanks for sharing it with us.:D

Dick Steinkamp
09-21-2013, 11:56 AM
There are few better thrills in the old car hobby than getting one to start and run after a long slumber. Great story and pictures. We got to feel that thrill with you. Congratulations too!

studegary
09-21-2013, 12:26 PM
Just think, it was an antique when it was put into storage.

62champ
09-21-2013, 03:09 PM
I'm sure Rob is a happy camper:!!:.
Jim

Like a little kid in a candy store...

62champ
11-21-2013, 08:00 PM
Good plug for the use of silicone brake fluid.......This Hawk sat all those years, yet the hydraulic brake internals are still in good condition!

Just as a side here - SN-60 is spot on about how well the silicone fluid works...

Rob got the car licensed, started and tested everything a few times, and then drove it out to my place (six or so miles) for restoration storage about two weeks ago. Although it was put into storage in 1989 - the silicone fluid did its job. All the brakes worked perfectly and there are no leaks - not bad for 24 years of sitting in the same spot with zero activity.

rusty65
11-22-2013, 09:36 PM
Any chance we'll see it at York next year?
(Yeah I'm thinking about it already!)

studebaker-R2-4-me
11-22-2013, 09:52 PM
Please take the time to register this slumbering '64 GT Hawk. http://www.studebakergthawkregistry.ca

She will really enjoy that powershift and disc brakes. Don't forget to install the HD torque converter with a higher stall ratio at the same time.

Good luck,

Allen

1962larksedan
11-22-2013, 10:00 PM
Judging by the lack of rust; was that car originally from either here in Arizona or California? It looks like it never even saw a single Pa winter.

stude1964
11-24-2013, 11:24 AM
Well once again my buddy Patrick surprised me while I was not looking! He has been instrumental in helping me with several projects over the years. The '64 GT is 64V18971. I need to check the body #. I think it's 1400 or 1500. As Patrick stated I am building this car as a tribute to my Uncle Al who sold Studes long into the 80's. I have saved these parts for many years hoping to build the car as I would have bought it I'd like to think of it as my uncle's demo as he and my aunt drove it to our house for the Reese family Christmas in December of '63. Thanks to a former SDC & Keystone member Ernie Stoltzfus(RIP) I was able to acquire the original '64 dash with my Uncle Al's "built for" plaque! Before we drove the car I put a PA. vintage tag on it -a '64 new car dealer tag. As far as the brakes, they worked well after bleeding but are getting upgraded to Stude disc brakes which will be completely rebuilt. The Powershift as well as the 289,now with R 1 cam and 3726s AFB was gone over by Witmer's Automotive in Ephrata,PA. and set up for factory A/C. Yes I have the correct torque converter for the PS trans. I hope to get all the brake, suspension, steering components done in the next month. The car was found locally here in Easton,PA. I knew the original owner but his son got the car before I did. He drove it into the ground before I found it parked in a field in the early 80's. With Patrick's help I hope to have it out at the shows by late spring. We'll keep you posted with pics. Thanks Patrick(AKA '62 Champ).
Rob in PA.