View Full Version : Now THERE is a custom Hawk!

05-24-2010, 07:54 AM

Too back you can't see the complete front end. I'll bet it's a Duesy--er, a Stude! Side view: classicly BEAUTIFUL!


Added: Finally saw the front. Not bad but might take some getting-used-to.

05-24-2010, 08:00 AM
You can see the front end in the photo link. The side grills are removed, dual headlights added. Looks OK to me. Wonder what kind of number he is hoping to get?

05-24-2010, 08:01 AM
looks like a decent car

05-24-2010, 08:20 AM
If you click on this link http://www.picturetrail.com/wishlee123, he also has a '58 Packard wagon. I'm not sure if it's for sale or not.

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05-24-2010, 08:29 AM
From the side, that has a sort of Rolls Royce look.

05-24-2010, 08:44 AM
Rolls Royce is what I thought about the side view also. I am not that big on customs, but this one is about as tasteful as I have seen on a GT. Some careful detailing would make this a very nice car for someone.

Pat Dilling
05-24-2010, 09:00 AM
I know the seller, at least over the phone. He had my '53 for a while and had the interior put in it. I can vouch that any work he has had done to the car for sale is quality work. He does things right.

05-24-2010, 07:30 PM
There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

05-24-2010, 10:18 PM
I'm not a fan of this custom being that I think every Hawk (1956-1964) looked great from the factory. How about taking a less attractive Studebaker (1958 Scotsman for example) and customize it in order to make it look better. Customizing a Hawk makes as much sense to me as giving Megan Fox or Kim Kardashian plastic surgery to their faces. It simply can't be improved.

05-24-2010, 11:07 PM
There is no right way to do the wrong thing.

I have no problems with customs that make tasteful subtle changes but I agree with the above post ... ON A GT HAWK THIS IS JUST WRONG

05-24-2010, 11:47 PM
To me any change to a GT Hawk is an improvement. The last good looking Hawk was in 1961.

05-25-2010, 05:34 AM
Very tastefully done. For me personally i dont care fore the dual headlights but the rest of the car is supurb.

05-25-2010, 09:23 AM
I dont so much mind the veiw from the side, but personally thats where my likes stop. I think quality work would also include the jambs and under carriege not just a shiny coat of paint. IMO which dont mean c##p

05-25-2010, 09:40 AM
I like it fine, it's tasteful enough.
Except like 87.3% of other modified cars, it is missing door handles. <<(scientifically derived statistic)
I don't get this...I've never gotten this.
I guess shaving the handles is just the defacto standard. They are useless like tonsils and have to go? Is there some giant pit of door handles in the world where they all go to die?

05-25-2010, 10:15 AM
I totally agree with Brian. But for a Gt Hawk, the mods don't look that bad. Car must have been built by a bodyman, because not much else looks to have been done to the car except body and upholstry.
Good Roads

05-25-2010, 10:25 AM
I guess shaving the handles is just the defacto standard. They are useless like tonsils and have to go? Is there some giant pit of door handles in the world where they all go to die?

Now that made me laugh this morning. Why? I can't explain fully.

05-25-2010, 10:43 AM
Originally posted by Milica

Customizing a Hawk makes as much sense to me as giving Megan Fox or Kim Kardashian plastic surgery to their faces. It simply can't be improved.

Unless you can customize them to look like Marissa Miller:o

This does look like a quality build and I like how it makes the car look longer and lower


05-25-2010, 10:45 PM
Looks like a very nice car, love the colors and that front end almost has a Facal Vega sort of look.

That horn button looks kind of scary though, and while it is a beautiful car I don't really think the modifications aside from the paint, are really an improvement, it's tough to improve the looks of a Hawk!

05-25-2010, 10:58 PM
You can easily improve the looks of a GT Hawk by cutting the top off :P


05-25-2010, 11:41 PM
An awful lot of work and time for the gas door to still not close. Mine still does ;) :



05-26-2010, 12:01 AM
Interesting to say the less...


05-26-2010, 12:13 AM
$$$$$ lot's and lot's of $$$$$$ , Which I don't have, and seeing it had so much done to it I find it odd I can spot things like the surface rust around the rubber seal for the trunk where it didn't get repainted in the photos.

I was quoted 6K for my 58 to be painted, I only paid $1500.00 for it.

I have a 70 Chevelle and it got frame up , it will probably be the only car I will ever own that was professionally due right.

05-27-2010, 05:35 AM
it is missing door handles. Is there some giant pit of door handles in the world where they all go to die?

No. There is a never-ending demand for them at local oval tracks. At least a few times per race, when a car spins around, the driver is said to have "lost the handle". I would love to be their supplier myself, but I assume the race promoters have that concession locked up.

05-27-2010, 06:29 AM
Interesting to say the less...


I didn't like these on the 1961 DeSoto (their last year) either ...


05-27-2010, 02:56 PM
How about this lovely Lincoln? :cool:


Frankly, I think if you POSITIVELY ABSOLUTELY must change the front, I'd prefer something like this;


05-31-2010, 06:59 PM
Well,the price was right and it looked like it would be a great car to take to cruises so
I bid and won. In you're comments about the front,this car was restored in the early 70's
when customizing with this type of headlight style was popular, similar to everyone using
those sweeping 55 Packard or 59 cad rear tailights. I will post my comments on it's condition
and how it looks in person when gets delivered to NJ. The car was lowered by using rear lowering
blocks and cutting the front springs, I am a little concerned about how the front geometry works with cut springs.

05-31-2010, 11:01 PM
It will be just fine. 90% of cars are lowered that way and they drive just fine! Congratulation on your purchase....now drive the wheels off of it!
Good Roads

06-01-2010, 09:47 PM
The cut coils were a lot better then what I've seen back in the day. The easy way to lower was simply torching the coil springs tell they collapsed and lowered to the desired height . I myself plead guilty in having done this to several cars back in the late 60's and early 70's.

Cutting the springs was considered a preferred way to do it back then. As long as the alignment is good it should steer just fine. You own a very expectational car there."congratulations".

06-01-2010, 10:04 PM

As I said in an earlier post, I think that car has a lot going for it. You can now go to shows and know you'll never see another one. Please post more pictures as you evaluate it.

I like it a lot and glad it went to a forum member that appreciates it.

Neat car


06-02-2010, 05:23 AM
Agreed, very neat custom at a fair price. I shudder to think what it would cost to duplicate that much work:eek:

06-02-2010, 05:24 AM
Jack, do you know when it was built? That canted headlight look was immensely popular for customs in the 60s and 70s.

06-02-2010, 08:59 AM
just swwn the front end.its a nice looking car,looks like quailty work. in the june turning wheels they have a picture of a green hawk it looks ok until you get to the rear.what is that a vw bug roof welded to the hawk roof???waste of one stude.

it dose not flow well at all.

06-02-2010, 06:37 PM
This Hawk was customizied in the early 70's see my post #26 on this thread.
Thanks Jack