View Full Version : '59 Sliver Hawk Barn/Shed find in Australia

07-14-2014, 02:05 AM
We call barns sheds over here in aussie just thought you might like to know that..:whome:

But anyway I was driving the '62 GT Hawk to my wife's work to have lunch with her a couple of months back
when I was stopped by road works, this guy walked over and said... Ahh a Studebaker!
(ahhh yes mate.) My dad has one of these at his place in a container he was doing up
but he's old now and decided he will never finish it.
Oh ok that's nice what is it?
I think it's a 1959 Silver Hawk, Yawning
So the lollipop guy on the road works turned the sign to "slow"
I better think quick here because ya never know, right?
I quickly scribbled down my name and mobile number and forgot about it.
Anyway 2 weeks ago I get a text message from this guy with his dads phone number.
Today I got around to ringing him about this Hawk.
So with the address in the GPS off I go.

I turn up and have a yarn, really nice old fella around his mid 80's
Way out in the back blocks from my place.

So can I see the car? yep I have some of it in the back shed.
"Some of it in the back shed"? (Insert the F word here)
So where's the rest of the car? oh she's in that container over yonder..(Insert the F word here)

Ok so what have we here? Guards, Fuel tank (with a big dent in it) and a rusted boot lid....(Insert the F word here)

Do you have the body tags? I think I lost them (Insert the F word here)
Wait I might have one in my briefcase! that's a relief!
ok, ya have the one off the firewall, so where's the body tag off the inside door?
The what?...(Insert the F word here)

So do you have any history off the car.
Yeah my mate owned it and it was complete, he busted up with his wife and had no where to store it so he gave it to me.
That's fine any rego/title papers? ahhh no..(Insert the F word here)

What was the colour? Mustard yellow and brown interior..oh yuck but anyway.

Ok lets look inside the container shall we.

(Insert the F word here)(Insert the F word here)(Insert the F word here)

What have you done to the car old mate?

I had it bead blasted 15 years ago, along with some other work.
I thought it had no rust in it?
It hasn't, so what's this along the side, rust patches! (Insert the F word here)

Where are the studebaker wheels? oh lost them, these are 14 inch mags off an old Ford Falcon...

Ok so I check the Hawk out and said to him lets sit down and work out some costing's.

Now looking at this Hawk I reckon someone would have to invest 30 grand into a car worth around 30 grand
I have to go through it with him. Body shop work, paint, tyres, auto electrician, fuel system, interior
drive train, New wheels God it was endless..(Insert the F word here)

But he understood in the end, he tells me he spend 8 grand on the car 15 years ago and wanted that back.
I had to let him down gently and inform him it has no value now he let it to long.
It's only value would be to someone who desperately wanted a 1959 Silver Hawk and it's not me.

Can someone check out the car's number and let me know if they have any information on it?
I'm waiting on Chris Skinner (stude dude) over here to see if he knows the car.
I couldn't get to the engine number so I don't know if it's a 259 or a 289
And I don't know if it was built RHD in South Bend or as a kit in Australia.
Enjoy the pics

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2306_a_zpsb7762e54.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2306_a_zpsb7762e54.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2305_a_zps1e2aa47c.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2305_a_zps1e2aa47c.jpg.html)

These pics are from Shed one.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2304_a_zps66345464.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2304_a_zps66345464.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2303_a_zps8be8f296.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2303_a_zps8be8f296.jpg.html)

These are from the container, you can see the brown seat up on the shelf

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2307_a_zpscfcfe84b.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2307_a_zpscfcfe84b.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2308_a_zpsfcfcde26.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2308_a_zpsfcfcde26.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2309_a_zps9b7f4522.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2309_a_zps9b7f4522.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2310_a_zpseafdf6ce.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2310_a_zpseafdf6ce.jpg.html)

Apparently the Studebaker club had see the car some years back and told him the engine was from a 1961.

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2311_a_zpsffb546be.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2311_a_zpsffb546be.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2312_a_zps9cce87a7.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2312_a_zps9cce87a7.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2313_a_zpscc948473.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2313_a_zpscc948473.jpg.html)

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/100_2314_a_zps7f5ef8df.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/100_2314_a_zps7f5ef8df.jpg.html)

He did ask me what I would buy it for if I was interested. I said probably $1500
Don't think he was happy, I spend $8000 on it and was looking for at least $5000
Best of luck with that, nice meeting you, bye..


07-14-2014, 09:19 AM
Dent or not the gas tank is not from this hawk. $1500.00 sounds about right, but it might end up in the ground with the old guy.

07-14-2014, 05:02 PM
It's also a 60 hawk?

07-14-2014, 07:02 PM
Need some help here, where do I find the engine number on the block?

07-14-2014, 07:43 PM
In your picture with the two hands showing. If you look at your right hand and the tip of your pinky and the finger next to it, points right where you will find the engine stamp behind the water pump manifold and to the right of the valley pan on a flat portion of the engine block. That is where you will find the number. P for 289 V for 259.


07-15-2014, 01:56 AM
Engine number 83VN316

stude dude
07-15-2014, 02:47 AM
Engine number 83VN316

This is a full flow 259 c.i. engine manufactured on the 16/12/63 for a 1964 model sedan intended for foreign assembly (Australia). It will have low compression heads.


Son O Lark
07-15-2014, 10:52 AM
Compared to cars we find here in the rustbelt Midwest USA, it looks pretty solid!