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wlfrench
05-09-2015, 06:44 PM
Here's a pic of one of my WCs, they all look like this more or less. I would like to repaint them. Were they originally painted with gloss or flat black? What type of paint should I get? Or would I just be better off getting replacements? I'd like to save the money for other repairs but if its going to be a big hassle replacements just might the way to go. On the other hand I saw some pics of a black 61 Hawk with wire wheels that were just stunning. I would have to save a lot of pennies to go that route.:(

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PeterHawk
05-09-2015, 06:55 PM
The Studebaker International catalogue has the answer to your quest on page 43. It is called hubcap restoration and costs $ 30.00, part number 801719.

Dick Steinkamp
05-09-2015, 06:57 PM
Just get the sticker kit for them. SI and other vendors sell them. I think Stuart Tritt (Studestu here) had them made.

The 62 covers in my sig were done with the stickers as were the covers on my 63 GT...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Hawk%20Finished/IMG_2376.jpg

StudeRich
05-09-2015, 09:16 PM
Your '62 Hawk Wheel Covers should look like Dick's '62 Lark Sig. Pic but with Black Outer Area and "S" instead of White. Or his '63 Hawk Covers with a Red Center.

r1lark
05-10-2015, 05:20 AM
Just get the sticker kit for them. SI and other vendors sell them. I think Stuart Tritt (Studestu here) had them made.

The 62 covers in my sig were done with the stickers as were the covers on my 63 GT...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Hawk%20Finished/IMG_2376.jpg

Apologies for taking this thread on a rabbit trail - but Dick, what brand and type tires are those in the posted picture? I like the wider whitewall.........

Bud
05-10-2015, 07:08 AM
The 62 Hawk wheel covers should have a black outer area, a black S and an Italian red center. 1962 was the only year to use the red center. Bud

Dick Steinkamp
05-10-2015, 09:17 AM
The covers in my sig are correct for 62 Lark, not Hawk.

I believe the tires on my 63 Hawk were these...
https://www.cokertire.com/catalog/product/view/id/3536/s/american-classic-narrow-whitewall-70-75-80-series/category/2/

Scott
05-10-2015, 12:41 PM
I used the kit, but I didn't get it from SI. It turned out great! Take a look at pictures of Milaca's black '62 GT. That car used to be mine and has the wheelcovers on it that I did in about 2006.

Scott
05-10-2015, 12:47 PM
Here you go. Here's Milaca's car. This will save you the trouble of searching for it.
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wlfrench
05-10-2015, 03:49 PM
That's great. Thanks guys.

Scott
05-10-2015, 06:22 PM
Just a word of advice. If you put these vinyl pieces on your wheelcovers you'll want to be careful to work the air bubbles out from under them when you apply them. I can't remember how I did it, but it does take some patience sometimes. Just don't work any bubbles out with anything that could accidentally dig into the vinyl piece and mar it. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it. I think the set might come with half a dozen extras of the black edge parts, but maybe others can verify if this is true, since I did mine so long ago.

wlfrench
05-10-2015, 06:28 PM
Ok, I was looking at the restoration kit on Studebaker International and I just have one question, is the kit just for one wheel cover? So to do all four WCs I would need four kits??? Its not clear on the website.

rowan
05-10-2015, 06:42 PM
Check this guy out on his eBay store

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Studebaker-61-62-63-Hawk-Vinyl-Inserts-for-full-cover-/200601136368

Scott
05-10-2015, 07:14 PM
Ok, I was looking at the restoration kit on Studebaker International and I just have one question, is the kit just for one wheel cover? So to do all four WCs I would need four kits??? Its not clear on the website.
It should be for all four if it's the same kit I got from another vendor (who was the maker). At $30 (?) it better be for all four!