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    A 1962 GT Hawk just like the one I had here before

    Gave up on trying to buy the '62 from my friend which I had at my home for some time doing work and driving around and falling in love with, so went out and found another, and this one is a four speed...YEA! Hers is yellow, mine is black, her interior perfect, mine a mess, hers has some rust, mine does not.
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    Now my car:
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    Well...while the yellow one looks cool and neat...the Black one has much more potential. (Not so much in physical performance, but read on.) It has more potential in "perceived" performance. While black can be hot, as in temperature, It can be HOT...as in WOW!...and that's cool.

    The other one is sorta cool too...as in "Mellow Yellow," but never as perceptually "Intimidating," as the "BLACK HAWK." A yellow car can be sassy, but a black one can be sassy & classy at the same time. The black hawk, upholstered in bold red, white headliner, painted up, cleaned up, and shined up...a timeless assembly for the enjoyment of consecutive generations of human caretakers. Now...it is your turn.
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    Thanks, I was thinking along those lines and I do like the black ...but may paint front portion of roof Black along with hood and trunk with back portion of roof Red along with Red sides, Interior done in Black w/Red inserts or piping. This this has to wait awhile, still working on my '71 Chevy pick-up getting it ready to paint.

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    OK, I get it now...All Black is the way to go (stay)

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    Have been spending most of my time getting my '71 Chevy truck ready to paint but haven't forgotten Hawk. Last night picked up seats from upholster shop, not to find carpet for the thing.
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    Very nice!

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    Working on floor

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Ron View Post
    OK, I get it now...All Black is the way to go (stay)
    Have to agree that black, or a form of black, really suits a GT. Mine is painted Black Cherry and I get many compliments on the color. Not an original color but should have been!

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    IMHO, some custom two-tone combinations look really bad on GTs but those with just one color on the top and another on the bottom look better. It's well-known that dealers would paint buyers' Hawks two-tone back in the day. My black and silver 62 GT with red upholstery gets a lot of good comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56GH View Post
    IMHO, some custom two-tone combinations look really bad on GTs but those with just one color on the top and another on the bottom look better. It's well-known that dealers would paint buyers' Hawks two-tone back in the day. My black and silver 62 GT with red upholstery gets a lot of good comments.

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    Your GT looks great in that two tone. Is the faux wood on the instrument cluster original or did you find someone to re do it?

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    Thanks. I have a picture of another 62 GT in Michigan painted like it, but it has red upholstery with white inserts and red pin striping. Evidently my seats are non-factory red vinyl with red cloth inserts. According to Fred K. Fox's article in a 1987 TW, they didn't come that way. Red was only available in the infamous easily-cracked all-vinyl. Standard upholstery with cloth inserts was known as "Regal Cloth" and was available only in taupe, blue or green.

    Looking at the factory brochure, I believe the "walnut" wood grain is original. The 62 GTs apparently only had it on the instrument side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56GH View Post
    Thanks. I have a picture of another 62 GT in Michigan painted like it, but it has red upholstery with white inserts and red pin striping. Evidently my seats are non-factory red vinyl with red cloth inserts. According to Fred K. Fox's article in a 1987 TW, they didn't come that way. Red was only available in the infamous easily-cracked all-vinyl. Standard upholstery with cloth inserts was known as "Regal Cloth" and was available only in taupe, blue or green.

    Looking at the factory brochure, I believe the "walnut" wood grain is original. The 62 GTs apparently only had it on the instrument side.

    Bill L.

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    Yes the wood grain is correct for a 62 GT. Yours is in very nice shape and my GT could use a freshen up in that area. I'm finding it hard to find someone to do it as close as possible to the original. My GT also has an incorrect interior, I am told it is a 64 GT interior.

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    You have a nice one! I'm envious!

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    Coming along nicely!

    $175 is about right for a new heater core. S&S here in Oceanside charged me $150, and that was about 5 years ago. It's not an off-the-shelf size and takes a bit of fabbing.
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    It has been awhile but finally have my interior put together, now time to move on to body and paint.
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    Test driving car around neighborhood to make sure it is running good before removing bumpers and chrome to get ready for paint. It is running well after a carburetor rebuild.
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    Quote Originally Posted by San Diego Ron View Post
    It has been awhile but finally have my interior put together, now time to move on to body and paint.
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    Looks great! - except for the radio.
    RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

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