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Costudebaker
02-17-2017, 01:36 AM
Hello! I've recently acquired this Studebaker from a court appointed custodian I do a lot of work with. I've been told its a 1956 Flight Hawk with a 1957 hood but the trunk doesn't seem to match up? The VIN number on the door is GI3I8998 and the tag up front under the hood is 16G6C5 325. I have a bill of sale and am planning on getting the title soon. The brakes are not currently working and I do not know if the motor will turn over. I was told it was running years ago but I haven't dove into it yet. It has a lot of parts as well and I'm planning on selling it soon. Any help in identifying year make model and motor size would be greatly appreciated!
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StudeRich
02-17-2017, 02:10 AM
According that Serial Number and Body Tag, that Car started out as a 1955 Champion 6 Coupe.

Does it still have it's proper 185 c.i.d. Flathead 6, Champion Engine? It sounds like someone did some sheet metal swapping! :rolleyes:

The front end should look like this:
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This is what a '56 Flight Hawk would look like: 62172 62173

Mrs K Corbin
02-17-2017, 06:49 AM
attachments don't work.

Costudebaker
02-17-2017, 12:08 PM
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Costudebaker
02-17-2017, 12:14 PM
I think I got the attachments to work!

GrumpyOne
02-17-2017, 12:27 PM
According that Serial Number and Body Tag, that Car started out as a 1955 Champion 6 Coupe.

Does it still have it's proper 185 c.i.d. Flathead 6, Champion Engine? It sounds like someone did some sheet metal swapping! :rolleyes:

The front end should look like this:
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This is what a '56 Flight Hawk would look like: 62172 62173


Other clues… chrome/stainless rear quarter windows, chrome drip edge, no side body trim, all of which indicate major tamp.. er, ah customization...

RadioRoy
02-17-2017, 03:39 PM
It's not bad looking just the way it is, with the exception of the tail lights. But 55 tail lights are included.

Be sure to replace that broken spark plug. A 6 cylinder coupe is not particularly speedy, but a 5 cylinder coupe is even... less speedy. :)

PackardV8
02-17-2017, 04:40 PM
A conglomeration of '55 main body and '56 Flight Hawk parts which a patient Stude lover could make in to an operable vehicle. Notice I didn't say running, because a Champion-engined C/K is more a crawler. Yes, I drove a Flight Hawk for many years and swore never again. Every time I tried to keep up with traffic, I felt like the Grinch whipping the little dog to make him pull the sled to the top of the mountain.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/8d/0e/fb/8d0efb087c8bf3c8a41261229b30b031.jpg

jack vines

StudeRich
02-17-2017, 06:03 PM
I did notice that all of the Door, Quarter Window and Windshield Mouldings are the rare 1955 Only, C5 (top of the line) Stainless Steel Trim!

So this could be made into a "Better than Stock" '56 Flight Hawk clone, or better yet as Jack V. hints to; make it a Power Hawk 259 or 289 V8. :!:

Put that Hawk Dash in, and go down the Road SMILING! :)

Robert
02-17-2017, 07:56 PM
StudeRich-pm sent

Costudebaker
02-17-2017, 11:26 PM
Guys thanks for all the helpful info!

6hk71400
02-19-2017, 12:05 AM
Car is currently on EBAY for $4,500 as is or best offer.

Bob Miles
Tucson AZ soon

RadioRoy
02-19-2017, 02:23 PM
Here is the link. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-Studebaker-/172536604799?forcerrptr=true&hash=item282bfba87f:g:spAAAOSw32lYp1JC&item=172536604799

345 DeSoto
02-21-2017, 09:19 AM
I don't believe it has Hawk doors, either...

PackardV8
02-21-2017, 10:26 AM
I don't believe it has Hawk doors, either...

The '56 Hawks would have had the check-mark indentations. Or is there something else?

jack vines

rusty nut garage
02-21-2017, 11:19 AM
Man that is righteous Jack!! Its the most spot on description of the champion power as I've ever heard:!!:


A conglomeration of '55 main body and '56 Flight Hawk parts which a patient Stude lover could make in to an operable vehicle. Notice I didn't say running, because a Champion-engined C/K is more a crawler. Yes, I drove a Flight Hawk for many years and swore never again. Every time I tried to keep up with traffic, I felt like the Grinch whipping the little dog to make him pull the sled to the top of the mountain.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/8d/0e/fb/8d0efb087c8bf3c8a41261229b30b031.jpg

jack vines

swvalcon
02-21-2017, 11:31 AM
I dont know my 58 sliver hawk had a flat head six with overdrive when I first got it and although not a power house it rolled down the road like most old six cylinder cars of the day. I'am sure in a drag race a strong kid on a bicycle could beat it for the first 100 ft but still if you weren't trying to burn the tires off not that bad.

StudeRich
02-21-2017, 12:15 PM
I don't believe it has Hawk doors, either...

The '55 and '56 C & K's both have the Body Line indentation in the doors, 1957 was the first year after the '53 to '56's without them.

You know the one; that Ford copied and moved back to the Quarter Panel on '64/'65 Mustangs. :rolleyes:

studegary
02-21-2017, 01:40 PM
The '55 and '56 C & K's both have the Body Line indentation in the doors, 1957 was the first year after the '53 to '56's without them.

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It should be mentioned that the swoop on the 1956 doors is different between the two body styles (C vs. K).