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    Well, mbstude, it looks like you're just about done with this little project! Get those mechanical wrinkles ironed out and cruise about with your dog. I know I will be doing the same with Lassie (my 5 year old Goldendoodle) and the GT Hawk. Maybe we'll run into each other at a stoplight someday!
    Jake Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

    1962 GT Hawk - completely finished in driveable condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stude Shoo-wop! View Post
    Maybe we'll run into each other at a stoplight someday!
    Let's hope not.

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    Not literally I hope!

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    What? Of course not literally! Just being facetious is all...
    Jake Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

    1962 GT Hawk - completely finished in driveable condition.

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    This weekend I replaced the shock absorbers, installed a new muffler since the original was rusted out, and drained/refilled the transmission and torque converter and cleaned the filter. After running the car for a while, the generator bearings started squealing. Something else to fix.

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    I have always liked station wagons. What a beautiful starting point! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

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    A small weekend update.. Had some other things going on so I didn't get much accomplished on the car.

    I took apart the generator and replaced the bearing, brushes, etc. Installed it back on the car and I still had the squeal. I removed the fan belt and started the car.. Still there. Removed the fuel pump and started the car.. Still there. Finally it dawned on me; the dummy who put in new valve stem seals (and disassembled and cleaned the rocker assemblies) probably put the shafts in backwards and the squeal is the rocker arms starving for oil.. So that's next on the fix-it list. A dumb mistake on my part, but at least now I know the generator is good to go.
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    I had a pushrod going through a rocker in a s.b. MoPar once, never touched the engine before that. (the ex owner was a really macho guy who "sure knew his busines")
    I was alone when it happened in quite high speed & it took me some time until I finaly lifted a valvecover... Yep: rockershaft upsidedown!


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    This past weekend, I pulled the valve covers and discovered I had the left side rocker shaft backwards. I corrected that, and no more engine squeak. I had a good friend with a Sun machine rebuild a Delco Window distributor, and that was installed, and I finished up a few other small loose ends.

    There's still a few things to fix (heater, wiper, speedometer, etc), but nothing major to keep me from driving the car. This morning, Stephen and I loaded it up on his trailer and took it to the local tag agency for registration and VIN verification. I got a shiny new license plate and decided to drive the car home tonight.

    So far, so good!



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    Congratulations Matt! Mighty good lookin' car!

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    Nice, unique ride indeed Matthew!
    You deserve it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    Perfect kind of road for a nice drive - always wondered why Studebaker did not go two tones on these dash boards - maybe easier if everything's paint came out of the same railway tanker...

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    One word: LOVELY!

    As for dashboad color 62Champ:
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbstude View Post
    Looks great Matt - from any angle...

    I know dual exhausts were available starting in '55 - but were they also available on the wagons?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 62champ View Post

    I know dual exhausts were available starting in '55 - but were they also available on the wagons?
    The first dual exhaust wagons were the '56 President Pinehursts. We've got enough NOS exhaust pipes that I could put a Pinehurst system on it, but that's in the "maybe someday" file.

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    A pic from the Southeast Zone Meet here in Gainesville this weekend; the Conestoga alongside my coworker's '47 Land Cruiser.

    I've thoroughly enjoyed playing with the '55. Now onto the next project.


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    That is a lovely wagon!
    Diesel loving, autocrossing, Coupe express loving, Grandpa Architect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by t walgamuth View Post
    That is a lovely wagon!
    I had fun tinkering with it. It's in Colorado now.

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