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pbrown
01-20-2014, 03:33 PM
Interesting "convertible".

I love Hawks, and I love convertibles, but I can't get on board with all the changes

https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/cto/4288551339.html

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SN-60
01-20-2014, 03:41 PM
Lose the bullet tailights, and paint it a nice 'garnet red metallic', and this Stude would be a real head turner (In My opinion)

hausdok
01-20-2014, 03:55 PM
IMO too batmobilish.

Chris Pile
01-20-2014, 04:02 PM
You gotta know when to say "when".

jclary
01-20-2014, 04:23 PM
I see no cosmetics that couldn't be altered/tweaked to suit any owner. However, knowing how the body and frame were built (originally from the factory) to compliment structural integrity as a combined unit...I would suspect strength and drivability issues. I know that we have some builders who do their homework and take care of those issues up front. (Like Steinkamp)

However, I'd have to examine the underside of this car, and have a long ride on different roads before considering owning it. Even with a removable hardtop...the "ratroddish" look of this car makes me suspect the craftsmanship. If the mechanical/structural work on this car is first rate...the finish does not do it justice. In the right hands, it could have great potential.

52hawk
01-20-2014, 05:04 PM
I'd like to know what's holding that windshield in,and what hold the 'removeable roof down...?

billmdonn
01-20-2014, 06:19 PM
Triple YUK.

PackardV8
01-20-2014, 07:21 PM
For whatever reason, it just hits me right. Of course, one would have to subscribe to a few rat rod mags, get several tats, a flattop with butch wax, find a pinup girl with Daisy Dukes, a halter top and sunglasses to ride shotgun.

jack vines

SN-60
01-20-2014, 07:29 PM
In the world of Studebakers, whatever 'Floats Your Boat' goes!!

Andy R.
01-20-2014, 08:05 PM
^Like John said, if the structural/safety issues have been addressed, there's plenty of potential.

IMO, make a proper windshield frame/top latch assembly, add a couple buckets of Kandy Flake and lose the 90s stereo plate and the rest will follow.

StudeRich
01-20-2014, 08:41 PM
Yep, I am with Phil, way to many "Custom Touches" for me, especially that totally unnecessary Hole in the Fan Shroud! With the correct Rad. and Hose it would have fit. :ohmy:

R_David
01-20-2014, 09:01 PM
In the world of Studebakers, whatever 'Floats Your Boat' goes!!

I remember that car! Pretty engine, everything else is rough. Looks like a blast to drive though. :!:

kurtruk
01-20-2014, 09:36 PM
Yes, he tried selling it a year or two ago.

evilhawk
01-21-2014, 11:08 AM
Yikes.. I guess to each his own..

Warren Webb
01-21-2014, 05:00 PM
Oh I don't know, there looks to be some room left for a couple more stickers on that fan shroud.

RadioRoy
01-21-2014, 06:09 PM
the word FUBAR comes to mind

Nox
01-22-2014, 02:34 AM
Since I've got such a bad taste I like it!
But I would paint it...
& the windscreen...

EssexExport
01-22-2014, 10:17 AM
Does kind of grow on you with the overall body look plus the Caddy lights & interior. There's the structural question. Never much of a fan for flat or stain finishes. Wonder if the top fits in the trunk?

plwindish
01-22-2014, 12:13 PM
I doubt if the top fits in the trunk. Interesting a picture of the car with top on was not included in the listing. Its current color scheme just scream Batman and Robin to me.

DEEPNHOCK
01-22-2014, 05:41 PM
Face it... The car was carved up to satisfy the rat crowd.
It was all about 'that look', and nothing to do with mechanical perfection, or function.
Sad that a Hawk was the target of this faux caftsmanship.....
I would much rather see an Avanti being dissolved by driving in new england salt and slush than this kind of 'art'..

ken-renda
01-22-2014, 06:21 PM
In the mid '50s I looked at, and nearly bought, a 1952 Commander Starliner, that the sale man at American Service Center, Arlington, Va. referred to as a "hardtop convertible"; a term, he said other manufactures also used during that period. I recall him saying that's because it, like a convertible, had no B Post. I wonder what he would have said about this one. Ken, Deltaville, Va

jimmijim8
01-23-2014, 06:48 AM
Don't ya just hate it when that happens? jimmijim
Face it... The car was carved up to satisfy the rat crowd.
It was all about 'that look', and nothing to do with mechanical perfection, or function.
Sad that a Hawk was the target of this faux caftsmanship.....
I would much rather see an Avanti being dissolved by driving in new england salt and slush than this kind of 'art'..

1962larksedan
01-23-2014, 07:06 AM
In the mid '50s I looked at, and nearly bought, a 1952 Commander Starliner, that the sale man at American Service Center, Arlington, Va. referred to as a "hardtop convertible"; a term, he said other manufactures also used during that period. I recall him saying that's because it, like a convertible, it had no B Post. I wonder what he would have said about this one. Ken, Deltaville, Va

American Service Center which was selling Mercedes in the 1970's on N Glebe Rd near Parkington? I lived near Glebe Rd/Lee Hwy till 1978.

gordr
01-23-2014, 10:06 AM
"Hardtop convertible" was in fact the original correct designation for what we now call simply "hardtop". And they were originally made by welding a steel roof onto what was otherwise a convertible body. Selling point was you got the sleek, B-pillarless, look of the convertible, with the quietness and security of a closed car.

Roscomacaw
01-23-2014, 12:37 PM
I like it! I'd degrade it by putting a Stude boat anchor back in and lose the caddy lenses, paint it some pastel color (maybe peach) and go cruisin'!