I bought a 55 Commander at an estate sale in south Alabama a few months ago. It sat outside for several years and was never started so it deteriorated but is a solid car. I drove a 53 Champion to high school in 1965, I loved that car and I have always wanted another Studebaker. I have 6 old cars total so something needs to go but I'm pretty good at buying them but not very good at selling.
Page 2: IMG_0733.jpgGas tank cleaned and sealed, fuel pump replaced, Edelbrock carb rebuilt, master cylinder and rear brake lines replaced. Rebuilding the front suspension now and hope to be on the road in a week or two. New tires and wheels. Paint and interior will need to be done at a later date.
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Have "new" 1960 Hawk. Had driven a 1962 4dr Lark back in the 80s when my wife and I were first married. Still have it in storage, but I am presently rebuilding a 60 Hawk. Chassis is complete with rebuilt engine, trans, front and rear ends, and steering. Hope to start body work soon, get the brightwork replated, and lastly upholstery.Better get to work!
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Hi everyone, I just joined the club. I recently bought a 52 c cab pickup (or what was left of it lol). I am looking forward to spending a lot of time on this project, and I'm sure I will be looking for parts and advice along the way.
Thanks for the welcome....I have to get a 1953 Commander from Oregon to Connecticut. Any suggestions on carriers, etc.?
I just purchased a pair of Studebakers and joined the club. I am looking forward to getting one of them running and hopefully presentable. the first is a 1963 Lark, the other is a 64 Commander. Both have the 6 cylinder OHV engine. The Lark is in very poor condition with the Commander not far behind but both came with clean titles. I bought them with the idea that I cant possibly make them worse and I will learn many new skills along the way.
Welcome! Feel free to ask questions. We've all been there.
Just cause we're new doesn't mean we have to remove our wallets to drive a stude. Resale on these vehicles is as low as any junk car. and prices for parts is as out of reach as a rolls royce.All the forums are great info and Ilove being a member of SDC.Maybe I could switch wallets with one of you complainers for a while.I have a bad back also from 35 years of construction but I won't complain if it's too fat.I'll trade back when it' as thin as mine . Haha.I always wanted Roys Rolls Royce but I didn't know it would turn out to be a Studebacker Champ. Thanks guys. And let me know about trading for a nice fat wallet. NM Roy
I'm a newbe for sure. Recently got a 41 M5 and have slowly been working on her. I would like to meet other M5 owners and share info. I'm fortunate to have a friend in town that has a 47 and he has been very helpful, but just wanted to reach out to others.
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Hello. I am new to the Studebaker family. I just bought a 1963 Lark from Bellingham, WA and imported it into Canada (Vancouver, BC area). If anyone happens to be from around here and knows a mechanic that can help me out, that would be great! I really need to pass the BC Inspection so that I can drive it around.
i just inherited a 64 gran turismo from my mother.
I just bought a 1964 Champ pickup with V8, 4 speed floor shift (?), dual exhaust, and long bed. I'd say it was a work model. The interior of the cab is real nice, but the doors bottoms, quarter panels, and various spots all over the bed with rust, the bed is surface rust, but the door bottoms and quarter panels are pretty bad. I crawled under and it looks pretty good there. I got it in Texas, and I live in Prescott, Az. I really wanted to make it run well, stop well, and steer well, and I'd then try my hand at cutting rust out and doing body filler. I have talked to two regular mechanics here both good, and both at first seemed ready, but after thinking told me I had to go to a local restorer shop where I will pay triple I think. The seller said he thought it would start up with out too much work as it coughs when starter fluid is sprayed in it. I had $4,500 saved for work on it, then two weeks ago my gas water heater went out and it was a short fat one with power vent, and it cost $2,250 to replace, and I had a molar infection with root canal and a crown that was $1,600 out of pocket, so I guess it will sit a while longer until I can save up again. I was really disappointed when my long time mechanic would not work on it, he said parts, etc. had him concerned. I think they just want fast in and fast out work anymore. I was going to leave it's exterior as it is, I think it is beautiful with all it's flaws and faded out paint. I guess I'll talk to the "restorer guy" and see if he'll give me a guess on just making it a daily driver, then go to plan B. If I get it running I'll come back here and share it with you. In high school in Yuma, Az my buddy Mark had a long bed Studebaker and we all piled in it and went to Burger Chef and fishing and frog gigging, and maybe that is why I love this old long bed. Oh, the driver door latches don't work right unless you shut it real hard, the passenger door works great. Thanks for listening, Robert in Prescott, Arizona.
That is great, and a fun inheiritence!
I used East-West Transporters (Alan), and they sub'd mine out to a independent guy I think. I cost $950 from Lubbock,Texas to Prescott, Az ( right in the middle of the state). If you use a credit card there will be some "fees extra". Everything East-West told me they did, and the guy delivered it to my home at 8:45 pm at 24 degrees and he had on a Tee shirt and shorts, and he really got it off his trailer fast, ha ha. It was a 1964 Champ long bed truck that was delivered to me. My only advice is " Only discuss the vehicle you want shipped with the shipper's admin person, do not mention any other vehicle period, as they got my description a little mixed, but it did not interfere with their delivery at all. Alan is a nice guy, and he'll tell you any costs. Best to you, Robert.
Hi Studebaker Nation----- I figured I should introduce myself on my very first post.
My name is Gordy Barnes and my father, Terry Barnes recently passed away. He has been fan of Studebakers his entire life. Before I was born, Dad had a 1957 Goldenhawk which he just loved. I recently found a picture of it as we prepared to close his estate. If I recall, it was back on black (maybe red) fins pic below? Hard to tell in the black and white picture and going off memory. After marriage and a growing family (and a broken axle) Mom made him to sell it, somewhere around 1963ish. A regret he always had.
Of course, an expanding family, work (he retired with 40 years at Boeing), life and other responsibilities didn’t allow Dad to get another hobby car. He always helped other people work on their cars and restored several of mine and my siblings. But never one for himself. That’s the type of person my Dad was… Selfless
Growing up, I heard stories about the Goldenhawk and how much he enjoyed it. In particular, a race he was in with a Jaguar. My Dad’s friend Dave was driving the Hawk and a Jag came up to challenge them. My dad said, “Go, I’ll pay the ticket…” and the race was on. The Goldenhawk outpaced the Jag and kept pulling away. A cool story to hear about my Dad’s car.
Fast forward to 1988. I followed my Dad’s footsteps and started my career at Boeing also (I have 30 years so far). I loved looking at Autotraders back then and found a rust free, complete, gold 1957 Goldenhawk for sale. The price was $4K. I was excited and showed my Dad, but he grumbled something about Mom would complain, so I said “Let’s go in half’s on it, and this can be yours to have fun with…” At that time we just finished up my 57 Chevy Truck and wanted him to have his own ride. We both pitched in $2k and the car came home to Seattle and I was an official Goldenhawk co-owner (which was really Dads). When born, the Hawk was an automatic, but at time of purchase it had a 3sp and a supercharged 259… The good news is we received the org 289 S block with it.
Over a short period of time, we prepped the body, painted, rebuilt the supercharger, spiffed the interior a bit and made it a nice street driver. He loved the car and took it to Reno for Hot August Nights annually. The car also did well at an International Studebaker Meet in Portland years ago.
The years went by, and the car wasn’t driven a lot, he would pull it out a couple times a year and drive around and go to a cruise, a show, or local drive in.
Cancer took my Dad from us in late June 2016 and now I have the responsibility to watch over the Goldenhawk. When clearing his estate I looked at the 289 block and decided to get it rebuilt. I contacted Neil Wollam and he is now finishing up the rebuild of the original motor and helping me learn more about Studebakers.
Soon, the original motor will be back in the car. It runs just fine with 259, but I thought it would be nice to have the correct engine back in. Appearance wise, the car is gorgeous and people really love the car, but mechanically it’s tired. This year I will have all brakes redone, and currently debating going disc conversion, but leaning towards rebuilding stock. I want to get the steering and suspension rebuilt, so I can hop in and go. I told Dad I would get it to where it should be. My promise to him.
I have made a few connections already and love the passion of the Studebaker owners. Thank you StudeRich for the call and advice and Neil for all the hard work on the engine and heads.
The car resides in Mukilteo WA, about 30 miles north of Seattle. My father passed about 5 weeks before my daughter’s wedding, so it was a very special day driving her to her wedding in the Goldenhawk and having pictures with the car in from of the lighthouse in Mukilteo, WA.
I’m sure there is more to share and wanted to say Hello as a newbie, but not new to Studebakers and in theory, I have co-owned the Goldenhawk for almost 30 years. Back then, I was 23 and the coolest kid around driving a supercharged Goldenhawk. Now I’m proud to continue love for the car and my Dad’s legacy.
Now to figure out how to posts pics and get to know you.
Gordy a.k.a. Big Smooth
Success, but how do I get the pics smaller.. sorry for the size.
Hello Studebaker friends, I too am a new member who after restoring an old flat fender powerwagon and selling it I was left with the void of nothing to tinker with having grown up around my Dad's gas station it's in my blood along with a lot of lead I'm sure. So looking on craigslist I found a 1961 Hawk which I totally flipped for and after further research of the Studebaker story I've become so fascinated with one of the greatest stories in American history.Why did'nt the government bail them out?...oh well. Anyway I'm having fun restoring it looking forward to meeting fellow enthusiests at York. I've allready passed my initiation,Pulling rear drums on those tapered axles, Boy was that fun lol. Mike Earle....Making Studebaker great again.
Hi Jersey, love the Hawks and welcome from 1 new guy to another!
Long lives Hawks
Keeping the passion alive
I'm a new guy (Barry) in Huntsville Al. with a 1954 Studebaker champion two door, started the rebuild, got front end off , engine out and front fenders off and now going back with rebuilding the front end suspension. Taking a little off
and rebuilding it, just a little at a time.
a brief introduction of a new forum member....
My name is Tom, living in the middle east (Qatar).
I recently bumped into a Hawk GT 1962 here in Qatar.
Over the past days I browsed through this forum to get a better understanding of the do's and don'ts when buying a stude.
The car was imported from the US to Dubai, and somehow ended up in Doha, Qatar.
Using this forum, youtube and google. I came up with some questions.....
I will post my queries in a separate post. Hoping to find some answers......
Tom, it's amazing some of the places these Studies show up. Welcome aboard...and we love histories and pictures!
I'm new to this site but certainly not new to Studebakers, being a 3rd generation Stude driver. My doctor once told me I have obsessive-compulsive tendencies, which certainly pays off when it comes to restoring old cars as well as other things. I spent a LOT of time (24 months) resurrecting my old '77 Dodge pickup, turning a crusher ready 2 wheel drive into a solid 4-wheel drive Power Wagon (using stock parts, no cobbling up). Literally the only thing that wasn't repaired, rebuilt or replaced was the title. Really. The only thing I didn't do myself was replace the windshield, which the shop manual says is a 2 person job and I didn't want to bust it.
This past winter I have been working on family genealogy, which can be really frustrating at times, requiring breaks now and then. I decided it was time to get my '60 Hawk completed. 28 years ago I rolled it, well actually flipped it end over end. Coming home from a funeral with the wife and kids, had a guy fail to stop and pull in front of us, I swerved to miss him, met another car coming head on and then oheaded for the ditch. And it was technically my fault because I managed to not hit the guy that pulled out in front of us. Everyone ended up banged up except me...apparently bending the top of the steering wheel forward at a 90 degree angle with my chest and busting the windshield out with my head prevented any body parts from being damaged or hurting. The ex always told me I was a hard headed German and I guess that's one time she was right because I never even had a headache, although the heartache I felt for my Stude was certainly intense. Needless to say, when the car ends up on its roof, there's a lot less headroom on the inside than before. And take my word for it, when the kids are eating Blizzards and you flip a car, ice cream goes EVERYWHERE! You'd be amazed at the obscure places I found ice cream when I stripped it that winter. After a lot of body work and painting, upon reassembly I found the left front frame was bent. Our financial situation also got bent after a bunch of bad luck with hospitals, insurance (pre-existing conditions) and family (not Stude injury related) left us owing 22 different doctors and hospitals. Of course the Stude project came to a screeching halt as eventually did my motorcycling, photography and just about everything else that I derived any enjoyment from. Phone got turned off, had to borrow money from mom after we ran out of LP one cold winter night. Just keeping the family together was a job. Before it was all over, I had to swallow a whole lot of pride and get on food stamps for 3 months because I literally couldn't feed my family.
Fast forward 15 years to a divorce due to the ex's case of amnesia. She got into horses and found herself a cowboy boyfriend but forgot that she was still married to me all the while. Horse lovers are like alcoholics; they can't stop with just one. And that applies to both horses and boyfriends in case anyone's wife starts showing undue interest in horses.
But anyway, a few years later I got the new interior installed in the Hawk but then came other bills and kid expenses, so the Stude set another 10 years. It's funny how the ex hated being married to a tightwad but she loved being divorced from one because when kid expenses came up, I was the only one that had anything. This spring I decided that my latest obsession was going to be getting the Hawk fixed. I had an extra frame behind the sheep barn and now have it in the shop. It has rust problems and I figured I'd rebuild-modify it to remove that limp noodle feeling Hawk frames are known for. After that I'll lift the body, swap out and repair any suspension issues (like new front springs) and go through all of the brake lines and such, then set the body on the "new" frame. I'd always planned on finding someone who could still straighten frames, but the idea of hoping that a previously bent limber noodle frame would stay straight was eating on me, hence the other frame.
I got back into motorcycle travel touring 10 years ago after no annual bike trips for 19 years. My main ride is an '84 Kawasaki Voyager (the 960 lb, 6 cylinder version). Like a Stude, most parts are unobtainable so I carry spare parts with me on a long trip. Over the years been to 47 of the lower 48 states, Juarez Mexico and 4 Canadian provinces (last there in 2015.)
Hello, all. Just got into Studebaker ownership about a week ago. My 52 Champion is pretty solid and runs and drives well. I've enjoyed taking friends out to turn heads.
1952 Green Studebaker Champion
- 6 cyl
- no radio
- owner since 4/11/17
Pictured: PO (left) and me