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fatboylust
09-06-2015, 04:26 PM
Don't read/speak French but Studebaker is spelled the same either way.

http://kustomkingdom.blogspot.com/2013/10/john-hychko-56-studebaker-polynesian.html

Chris Pile
09-06-2015, 04:55 PM
HOLY COW! That's a LOT of work to cover up the Stude sheetmetal. Quite a mix, too - Ford, MoPar and GM, anything else?

http://kustomkingdom.blogspot.com/2013/10/john-hychko-56-studebaker-polynesian.html

T.J. lavallee
09-06-2015, 05:23 PM
Someone had an awful lot of time on their hands, lots of parts and talent. I wonder if the builder screwed the Caddy fins on?

Nox
09-06-2015, 05:32 PM
-59 Dodge front x 2 & -59 Cad rear + "stuff"...

hobiejack11
09-06-2015, 07:11 PM
IMHO - That is just about the ugliest car I have ever seen!

paintim613
09-07-2015, 12:00 PM
Nice doors and not much else for me.

3rdGenStude
09-07-2015, 12:51 PM
I'd hate to have to drive that up a steep driveway approach.

Paul

TWChamp
09-07-2015, 01:30 PM
Sure not my taste in a car, but it was someone's pride and joy in 1960. Sure is hard to imagine how it turned into a rusting pile of junk 40 years later, as shown in the last picture.
In the late 60's a guy about 5 miles north of me turned a 1956 Chevy sedan into a 1956 Chevy El Camino. The guy did a very nice job and the car looked great, but just a few years later I saw it being driven like an ordinary beater car and it was getting quite rusty.

PsychoBob
09-07-2015, 08:10 PM
Somebody needs to drag that out of the boneyard and put it back to its former glory. Sure, it was gaudy as hell, but you have to consider that was the style in custom cars back then. Take the same car and attach George Barris' name to it (as he liked to do on cars he never even worked on), and suddenly it would be a lost classic. At any rate, being a lifelong fan of customs and hot rods, it's sad to me to see it rusting away after all that work.

t walgamuth
09-08-2015, 04:37 AM
What a vision! Its not to my taste but it would be pretty cool if someone saved it.

cultural infidel
12-04-2017, 03:55 PM
Stumbled on this thread while searching the google for Kustom Studes. Somewhat sad to see the last known state of this car. The Polynesian was, in my opinion, a rad kustom car. Started life as a totaled 56 Golden Hawk. John Hychko built one hell of a car. As for the fins, all that I could find was that they were grafted on during the build, it does not say whether bolted or not. Half tempted to order the magazine it was featured in just to get more details

StudeRich
12-04-2017, 04:05 PM
Raymond Loewy would have loved this, with all the "Do Dads" hanging on it! Lol! :D

They don't get much more Gaudy than this. :(

68981

studegary
12-04-2017, 04:39 PM
Having been involved in customizing cars, my own and others, in the 1950s, I can understand this car.
I seem to remember the name "Polynesian" applied to a popular custom Mercury (1949-1951 model).

RadioRoy
12-04-2017, 04:41 PM
Sure not my taste in a car, but it was someone's pride and joy in 1960. Sure is hard to imagine how it turned into a rusting pile of junk 40 years later, as shown in the last picture.
In the late 60's a guy about 5 miles north of me turned a 1956 Chevy sedan into a 1956 Chevy El Camino. The guy did a very nice job and the car looked great, but just a few years later I saw it being driven like an ordinary beater car and it was getting quite rusty.

Back in the 50's, my brother (ten years older than me) had a customized 51 Chevrolet lead sled. It was beautiful with a modified hood and grill, beautiful green metallic paint, and white tuck and roll interior, but he sold it for some reason. In the late 60's, it was parked in the Camden area in Minneapolis, with a black primer paint job and rust holes everywhere. I saw it from the bus on the way to the University. I never told him about it so as not to break his heart.

S2Deluxe
12-04-2017, 05:23 PM
Started life as a totaled 56 Golden Hawk.

Looking at the door and vent window, in the one picture, it looks like it started life as a totaled '56 C body, Flight Hawk or Power Hawk, not a K body, Sky Hawk or Golden Hawk.

Mark

Noxnabaker
12-04-2017, 05:36 PM
Reminds me about a 4-door -62 Dodge Dart 440 that I saw when I was about 10 years old, still original with dual 4-barrel 413... In the 70's it became a drag-racer & had its rear wheel-openings widened out to the outer edge of the fins & a gap behind the rear wheels, hard to explain here but it looked WILD & sure had a cutom look to it!
It was always red with black roof, just different shades.
In c.a. -87 it was for sale & had a 440 with tunnel rise but I didn't buy it, in c.a. -97 it had been in a garage fire & the interior was burned out, then I bought it for almost nothing & me & Sonja sanded it bare & painted it red again.
I don't remember why, but we sold it before it was completed & later on I heard someone had cut it up to sell different part from...
Such a pity on such a seriously cultural car! :(
These were allmost as rare in Sweden as a Studebaker.
Sorry for the off topic...
Somewhere I have photos of it.

cultural infidel
12-04-2017, 09:29 PM
Looking at the door and vent window, in the one picture, it looks like it started life as a totaled '56 C body, Flight Hawk or Power Hawk, not a K body, Sky Hawk or Golden Hawk.

Mark
That is what the owner of the car said it was in 1960 when he built it

studegary
12-04-2017, 09:58 PM
That is what the owner of the car said it was in 1960 when he built it

To some (non-Studebaker) people all Hawks, especially of this era, are Golden Hawks (doubly so if they are gold in color).

The door swoops do not look correct for a 1956 K body (Golden Hawk), but do look correct for a 1956 C body.

In the late-'50s - early-'60s, I went to a lot of custom car shows in Connecticut, particularly the big one at the Hartford Armory. This car may have been there and I do not remember it. I do remember a custom Studebaker called the "Golden Rod", that I believe was out of New Jersey. I took a picture of that in Hartford and tried to buy it much later.

t walgamuth
12-05-2017, 06:35 AM
Actually if you squint the proportions are kindof cool. The details though are way tacky.

DougHolverson
12-05-2017, 09:01 AM
I wonder if this custom is in such a disastrous state is because it was on fire. Some metal panels look kind of wrapped that way.

cultural infidel
12-05-2017, 09:38 AM
I wonder if this custom is in such a disastrous state is because it was on fire. Some metal panels look kind of wrapped that way.

Was wondering the same thing... looks like the drivers side fin is collapsing inwards.

TWChamp
12-06-2017, 12:02 AM
HOLY COW! That's a LOT of work to cover up the Stude sheetmetal. Quite a mix, too - Ford, MoPar and GM, anything else?

http://kustomkingdom.blogspot.com/2013/10/john-hychko-56-studebaker-polynesian.html

I agree...............it would have made a good Batmobile though.

Captain Billy
12-06-2017, 07:14 AM
I posted this a while back and believe it was "copied" from the car crafter article....and is still for sale

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDgwMA==/z/PRYAAOSw2GlXEAcc/$_27.JPG

t walgamuth
12-06-2017, 08:54 AM
I posted this a while back and believe it was "copied" from the car crafter article....and is still for sale

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDgwMA==/z/PRYAAOSw2GlXEAcc/$_27.JPG

I bet it would be cool to see the rear of it and the nose.

52-fan
12-06-2017, 09:33 AM
Nice doors and not much else for me.

Interesting, because the doors with the scoops look out of place with the lack of a line in the front fender.

studegary
12-06-2017, 12:08 PM
I posted this a while back and believe it was "copied" from the car crafter article....and is still for sale

http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDUwWDgwMA==/z/PRYAAOSw2GlXEAcc/$_27.JPG

The doors on this car do appear to be correct for a 1956 K body (hardtop).