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    My 63 GT

    Hi,

    Yesterday finally my GT arrived to my driveway! Overall a fairly decent car, but in bad need of some detailing... Interior needs new carpets and repair to driver seats. Mixed situation regarding rust, the body is very solid, but there is some rust in the floor and the underside of the drain sills. Some rust in the boot around the fuel and body mount (common on these?) some spots here and there on the undercarriage.. But rest seems good as the car was undercoated when new and you can still see factory paint underneath.

    First order of business was pulling out the interior to inspect the floors. I will need to order new carpets straight away, any suggestions?

    Studebaker1.jpgStudebaker 2.jpgInerior 1.jpgengine bay 1.jpgLooks familiar?Flor rust.jpgFlor rust 2.jpgOver-all the floor is not to badfloor rust.jpgRed oxy 2.jpgYes Pebble beach quality Red Oxide floor paintRust 1.jpgRed Oxy.jpgMy goal is nice car that can be used in the summer

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    You are off to a great start! Looks like a very nice car to start with - will be a lot of fun on some B-roads when the weather is nice.

    Rust that your took photos of does not look unusual at all - in fact that front floor looks very good. If it might make you feel a little better, here is how bad it can get...old friends '64 GT looking forward from the left rear wheel opening - rear fender had been removed.


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    As for carpeting, I was quite satisfied with Automotive Interiors for $295 (+ shipping) for my 1962 GT. They have a separate web page just for Studebakers. http://www.automotiveinteriors.com/s...wk-s/17765.htm

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    Ouch! I will leave my fender on for the time being:P

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    Ouch I will leave my fender on for now

    Quote Originally Posted by 62champ View Post
    You are off to a great start! Looks like a very nice car to start with - will be a lot of fun on some B-roads when the weather is nice.

    Rust that your took photos of does not look unusual at all - in fact that front floor looks very good. If it might make you feel a little better, here is how bad it can get...old friends '64 GT looking forward from the left rear wheel opening - rear fender had been removed.


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    Ohhh black car red interior! Thanks will order!

    Quote Originally Posted by 56GH View Post
    As for carpeting, I was quite satisfied with Automotive Interiors for $295 (+ shipping) for my 1962 GT. They have a separate web page just for Studebakers. www.automotiveinteriors.com/studebaker-replacement-carpet-kit-hawk-s/17765.htm

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    Update

    Well it's amazing what 2 stage rubbing compound followed with polish can do to a dead paint job! The interior has turned out very nice after a serious clean. No cleaning agent would touch the dirt I tried some strong stuff.. So the solution was Methylated spirit... Followed by treating it with a protective formula. The last photo was from when I was cleaning the seats. So I had to align both cars for photo shoot
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    Great looking GT Hawk. Where did this car come from-US?

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    Mitka, great job on cleaning that GT Hawk up!! Amazing what some elbow grease will do!

    (My example - purchased a low mileage 6-cylinder '64 Commander for parts. Got it home, and started looking at how nice the interior and most of the outside paint (except front fenders/hood) were. Took a weekend to clean the interior, and it came out so very nice that I fixed the car. Outside just needed front fender/hood painted, and one rear door dent fixed.)

    Keep us posted as you do more. How does it run and drive?

    By the way, love that Corvair!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daytonadave View Post
    Great looking GT Hawk. Where did this car come from-US?
    New York. I ordered the documents from Studebaker museum and found it was bought new in New Jersey 20.06.1963 Prepaid! That was a lot of dough to put on the table back then... So it has probably been in New York state most of it's life. Like expected it's also a matching numbers car!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lark View Post
    Mitka, great job on cleaning that GT Hawk up!! Amazing what some elbow grease will do!

    (My example - purchased a low mileage 6-cylinder '64 Commander for parts. Got it home, and started looking at how nice the interior and most of the outside paint (except front fenders/hood) were. Took a weekend to clean the interior, and it came out so very nice that I fixed the car. Outside just needed front fender/hood painted, and one rear door dent fixed.)

    Keep us posted as you do more. How does it run and drive?

    By the way, love that Corvair!!
    I'm still waiting for the last of the paper work to come back so have not been able to drive yet. It's okay as I also have the red car Its been starting straight away and idles nicely. I inspected a spark plug and it looked very clean. Car stops in the driveway (good start) I do not know New York safety tests, but it passed in May this year so that must be a good sign.. I have tinkered around a little fixing the left wing light and installed two new horns as the old ones where dying. I'm waiting for a new carpet, so I'm exited to get that installed. The last oil change the car had gone 82XXX miles and now its gone 83xxx miles but the label was marked 1983... So Yes changed all fluids and greased the joints I'm saving up for some new tyres as the ones on the car have good thread, but I believe they stopped producing Sears Allstate in 79

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    Being in Britain you surely must be the talk of the neighbourhood(queen's spelling) owning not one but two orphans (Corvair not Chevrolet). Congrats on your acquisition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzard View Post
    Being in Britain you surely must be the talk of the neighbourhood(queen's spelling) owning not one but two orphans (Corvair not Chevrolet). Congrats on your acquisition.
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    Haha most people have no clue what they are.. And those who knows what they are say they have not seen one in a long time:P

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    Probably a silly question, but what is the black frame over the transmission tunnel for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwi1 View Post
    Probably a silly question, but what is the black frame over the transmission tunnel for?

    On my '62 Hawk, the seats mount to it. You've done a remarkable job on cleaning that car up Mitka. How did you repair the rust holes? Did you just make patch panels? What sort of primer did you use? My 62' have tin worm as well, hopefully not as bad as that 64.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topper2011 View Post
    On my '62 Hawk, the seats mount to it. You've done a remarkable job on cleaning that car up Mitka. How did you repair the rust holes? Did you just make patch panels? What sort of primer did you use? My 62' have tin worm as well, hopefully not as bad as that 64.
    I did a fast patch job to keep the water out.. I might do it again later and make it look factory, but right now I want to have a nice driver and not a showcar I used Red Oxide paint (Lead based rust resistant stuff used a lot in industry) When it comes to rust I think I have been very lucky considering it was delivered new in NY! Just got the clock ticking https://mitka.co.uk/2018/08/10/servi...debaker-clock/

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    A quiet weekend and I thought the logos could do with a little fresh up.

    The old inserts are very faded and some are missing.
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    I remove the old plastic inserts. I take great care to remove all the old glue.
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    I have gotten reflective vinyl stickers for outside use and cut out the pattern.
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    I'm pretty happy with that. not to mention the extra reflection at night
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    A little update. My carpet finally arrived from the states.

    I unpack the new carpet:
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    Here is a reminder of what was left of the old carpet:
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    I fit the sound isolating mats
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    Carpet in the car! Sorry for night photos, but carpet had to go in today
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    I'm sure a professional could fit it nicer than me, but I'm very happy with the result. Top marks to: https://www.automotiveinteriors.com as their carpet was well sown and fitted without any major issues.

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    Nice Carpet, I got mine from Automotive Interiors as well, and HIGHLY recommend them for GOOD fitting Carpet.

    They were actually able to come up with all the Special pieces to fit a '64 Daytona 2 Dr. Hardtop with Bucket Seats, a Console AND a Power Shift! They really amazed me because they knew what I had and how to make it work.

    This Daytona is not your average, easy to do, Bench Seat, 4 Door Sedan.

    I would definitely get their Samples first though, in my case I wanted Medium Blue, that you could tell it was Blue, but not a bright Blue like their Ford Blue or a too Dark Black/Blue.
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    They are superb!

    Quote Originally Posted by StudeRich View Post
    Nice Carpet, I got mine from Automotive Interiors as well, and HIGHLY recommend them for GOOD fitting Carpet.

    They were actually able to come up with all the Special pieces to fit a '64 Daytona 2 Dr. Hardtop with Bucket Seats, a Console AND a Power Shift! They really amazed me because they knew what I had and how to make it work.

    This Daytona is not your average, easy to do, Bench Seat, 4 Door Sedan.

    I would definitely get their Samples first though, in my case I wanted Medium Blue, that you could tell it was Blue, but not a bright Blue like their Ford Blue or a too Dark Black/Blue.
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    Did those sound insulating mats come with the carpeting? If so, wow! 😲

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    Did the car come from Hamburg, New York?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColoradoHawk View Post
    Did those sound insulating mats come with the carpeting? If so, wow! ������
    See my post #3. Yes, the sound deadening mats come with the carpeting. Here's mine spread out in the sun before installing.

    The only issue I had was that there was so little clearance between the bottom of the air conditioner evaporator and the top of the automatic transmission tunnel that I had to leave out a little of the sound deadener material immediately under the evaporator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterHawk View Post
    Did the car come from Hamburg, New York?
    No it came from West Nyarck NY.

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    A little modification is needed, but overall very good! I thinned the sound isolation material 50% under the centre console to be able to fit it.
    Quote Originally Posted by 56GH View Post
    See my post #3. Yes, the sound deadening mats come with the carpeting. Here's mine spread out in the sun before installing.

    The only issue I had was that there was so little clearance between the bottom of the air conditioner evaporator and the top of the automatic transmission tunnel that I had to leave out a little of the sound deadener material immediately under the evaporator.

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    Finaly

    Finally got my plates! Car drives great Next I'm getting a set of new tires as the old ones are 35 years old and rock hard!
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    Looks great! With a black plate in the rear (normal is yellow/black letters?), why type of registration/classification is the car under?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 62champ View Post
    Looks great! With a black plate in the rear (normal is yellow/black letters?), why type of registration/classification is the car under?
    Vehicles built before 1975 and registered in the UK got white on black plates. Since that time, black on white on the front and black on yellow on the back, both reflectorized.

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    Got 5 new tyres today! 15-225-70 with 34mm white stripe. Feels a lot nicer now!
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    550 mile trip over the weekend. No issues and running great

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