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r1lark
01-23-2014, 05:52 PM
Been away from forums and such for about five months, due to work getting in the way of fun. :( Finally have gotten back to reasonable hours…..plus weekends off…..so I’m finding some Studebaker time along with repairs around the house.

Got this GT that has been sitting covered up in a heated dry basement since the mid-'80s (that's the 1980s for you young'uns). Purchased it from Truett Ray – some of you really old timers in the Southeast may remember him – who had just gotten it from the original owners. It was supposed to become my wife's daily driver. Disassembly was begun for paint, then the project got put on the back burner because of newly acquired projects, family, and work.

Car came from California to Greensboro NC in the late '70s or early '80s, still in the hands of the original owner. The engine was stuck, possibly from ingesting brake fluid from a malfunctioning Hydrovac. Car is extremely solid, been bumped in the rear and the front sometime in the past and repaired, mostly original paint, 289/2bbl, Flightomatic auto trans, 58K miles.

A good bit of work had been done already before the project languished - engine rebuild well along, front suspension apart for new bushings, NOS rear springs installed, NOS interior material (rolls) obtained from Newman & Altman (South Bend IN) in '88, new windshield on hand, etc.

I have struggled for several years as to what to do with the car, as it is taking up too much room just sitting like a lump. For a while I even considered parting it out, but just couldn't bring myself to do that. Finally have decided to get it back up on all fours and reassemble it, buff out the paint, and get it running. I'll post updates as the work progresses, which will hopefully help me stay focused on getting it done.

Back in the mid-'80s it was just another old broke down Studebaker, they were all over the place. Now it will be a Survivor. :o How times have changed!

Here are a few pictures of it being 'unearthed':
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/Rear_zps77c5d659.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/Front_zps9f6fc88d.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/Trunk_zps0c655524.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/Hood_zps44651779.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/TrunkLid_zpsb3bc76e1.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/Parts_zps3cb3374e.jpg

rockinhawk
01-23-2014, 06:02 PM
Bless your Heart, Paul. I am proud of you for taking that first step. Now just keep going,one step at the time. Pretty soon you'll be riding down the road in a real special car.

1962larksedan
01-23-2014, 06:33 PM
Dayum! That trunk is PRETTY! :D

BobPalma
01-23-2014, 08:46 PM
'Geeze, Louise, that looks nice, Paul. :D BP

WayneXG95
01-23-2014, 09:30 PM
I brought my wife a '62 Hawk as a weekend driver so yours should have one too!
You know what they say, "Happy wife, happy car collection"..:!:

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/sandihawk_zpsb00da990.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/sandihawk_zpsb00da990.jpg.html)

afgarcia86
01-23-2014, 09:37 PM
Dayum! That trunk is PRETTY! :D

Yeah it does! I am jealous...

r1lark
01-24-2014, 03:26 PM
Thanks for the nice comments; I can’t take credit for the trunk, that’s how it left South Bend. :) Wayne, I agree with you totally about the ‘happy wife, happy car collection’! That's a nice GT your wife has; looks like a light blue interior like mine.

Some work that was completed a few weeks ago……..surface rust cleaned off the floorboards with a wire brush wheel on my 4-1/2" grinder, primed with Rustoleum rusty metal primer, then topcoated with some Wimbledon White paint from DupliColor. The Wimbledon White is a somewhat close match to the Ermine White, good enough match at least for the floorboards. Pics are below. It's amazing how much sealer was slathered on at the factory. As you can see, I did not want to scrape all the sealer off (especially since there was just nice white paint underneath where I checked), nor was I wanting to paint every little spot where paint was off.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02415resized_zps2f7d09e8.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02411resized_zps3409d2ed.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02416resized_zps0c2121ca.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02417resized_zpsb8852d72.jpg

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02422resized_zpsfde31779.jpg

warrlaw1
01-24-2014, 03:35 PM
Looks really nice. It's already a winner.

jackb
01-24-2014, 04:01 PM
......and you really thought about parting it out.....shame on you....GL

r1lark
01-24-2014, 04:42 PM
......and you really thought about parting it out.....shame on you....GL

Yep, for a while I did consider that. In fact, I went as far as using the front springs under my '54 sedan. But in the end, good sense and a soft heart for Studebakers kept me from doing it :)

The car will get new Moog CC-655 springs in the front. There wasn't anything wrong with the front springs but I'm sure not going to take them back out of the '54 sedan! Plus, since I put NOS rear springs in the car (the car sat a little lower in the back than the front when I got it, and I don't like that on a GT) it will have new springs all around.

r1lark
01-25-2014, 10:57 AM
While waiting for some paint to dry on the suspension control arms and brake backing plates, I dug out the spare tire & jack, and put them in the car. Tire is a U.S. Royal wide white; don’t know if it could be one of the original tires from South Bend or not. Also reinstalled the cardboard divider between the trunk and passenger compartment.

Wiped off the original truck mat and spare tire mat and installed those also, more to get them into a place where they won’t get damaged.

The mat is not vinyl like the reproductions, more of a woven material, so I'm hesitant to be too aggressive in cleaning it. Would rather have a slightly dirty original versus risking damaging it and having to buy a repro.

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/DSC02428resized_zpsbeaa27e9.jpg
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/DSC02433resized_zpseb6840cd.jpg

David
01-25-2014, 11:28 PM
My God.. That is amazing.

Bob Andrews
01-26-2014, 08:03 AM
I remember that from a few years back. Would still love to have it:p

r1lark
01-28-2014, 05:28 PM
I’ve been slow in posting progress. Finished up blasting & painting a lot of smaller suspension and brake items this weekend – brake backing plates, front suspension control arms, control arm shafts, brake drums, etc. Will put the inner bushings on the control arms tonight.

With the snow we are getting here today (only inches here, not feet like some areas are getting), and the fact that I don’t have any projects at work in the middle of execution right now (currently in budget and planning mode), I may decide to work from home tomorrow. That’s always hard since I tend to gravitate down to the shop to work on the cars. :)

Here are a few pics of some of the painted parts:

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02435resized_zps540cb3bc.jpg
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02436resized_zpsca6ac859.jpg

r1lark
01-29-2014, 10:12 AM
Taking a break from 'working from home' -- which is why I rarely do it, I tend to take too many breaks. Just didn't want to drive to work this morning and be a target for all the crazy drivers that seem to come out of the woodwork when it snows in this part of North Carolina. Just a couple inches of snow and I saw five wrecks in the 19 miles between work and my house coming home yesterday.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here are some really neat things that were in the glovebox of this GT. I may have posted some of these before but it's been a long time ago.

The car was listed on the window sticker as being delivered to Studebaker-National City in California, and indicates that this was the San Diego Retail Store. The car was actually sold at Best Imports in La Mesa. The Sales Agreement is interesting in that the salesman used the wrong serial number (in the field that says 'Motor Number')........but note that the price on the Sales Agreement is exactly the same as the price on the window sticker. So I have no doubt that this Sales Agreement is for this car. Anyone familiar with Best Imports, Studebaker-National City, and JR Townsend dealerships??

The napkin from the JR Townsend dealership in San Diego/La Mesa/National City is really cool, probably not too many of them survive. I guess you used that to wipe off your steering wheel??

Speedometer (mileage is 58K and change):
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/Speedo_zpsa0d200c2.jpg

Window Sticker:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/62HawkWindowStickerresized_zps2d00dd21.jpg

Sales Agreement:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/SalesAgreementresized_zpseedd2d7a.jpg

Dash Plaque:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DSC02137_zps12a0924f.jpg

Napkin:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DealershipServiceNapkinresized_zpsd59ec1c4.jpg

Trash Bag from an Arizona dealer:
http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/Barn%20Find%201962%20Studebaker%20GT%20Hawk/DealerTrashHolderresized_zpsb4c1206c.jpg

David
01-29-2014, 10:46 AM
This thread just keeps getting better. Those are priceless bits of history to have with that car!

evilhawk
01-29-2014, 12:44 PM
I think the car is too far gone to repair and should be sold for scrap immediately. Fortunately for you, I can take it off your hands free of charge. :!!:

Warren Webb
01-29-2014, 05:42 PM
Hey! It looks like my 62 Champ came from that same dealer! The production order has as the destination "National City, Calif, Stude."

As a side note I found the line number written in crayon, upside down, on the left rear frame rail.

Bamajak
01-29-2014, 07:31 PM
Just didn't want to drive to work this morning and be a target for all the crazy drivers that seem to come out of the woodwork when it snows in this part of North Carolina.

Paul I drove to work in the ice this morning....................
Jack

WayneXG95
01-29-2014, 08:24 PM
Paper works the best part of old cars I reckon.:)
Wonder why the order form is different to mine...:confused:

r1lark
01-30-2014, 06:10 AM
Just didn't want to drive to work this morning and be a target for all the crazy drivers that seem to come out of the woodwork when it snows in this part of North Carolina.

Paul I drove to work in the ice this morning....................
Jack

Jack, maybe you were one of those crazy drivers I was referring to???? :) :D :lol:

Tell Linda I said 'hi'.

r1lark
01-30-2014, 11:38 AM
Wonder why the order form is different to mine...:confused:

Wayne, are you talking about the window sticker? Would love to see yours, if you can scan and post it.

WayneXG95
01-30-2014, 04:09 PM
There you go Paul..:)

Goes with this thread..

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?77203-WayneXG95-New-Aussie-Member-62-Hawk

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/CCF05122013_0001_zps4e8e2f3b.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/CCF05122013_0001_zps4e8e2f3b.jpg.html)

Corvanti
01-30-2014, 06:03 PM
that's a window sticker vs. a production order...

nice looking Hawk!:!:

r1lark
01-31-2014, 05:18 PM
There you go Paul..:)

Goes with this thread..

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?77203-WayneXG95-New-Aussie-Member-62-Hawk

http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a405/WayneXG95/CCF05122013_0001_zps4e8e2f3b.jpg (http://s1032.photobucket.com/user/WayneXG95/media/CCF05122013_0001_zps4e8e2f3b.jpg.html)

Yep, like Corvanti says, you posted the Production Order, and what I posted is the window sticker that was mainly to show the options and price. I have not gotten a copy of the Production Order for this car (yet....).

That's a well optioned GT you have!

r1lark
01-31-2014, 09:10 PM
Some pics of the control arm inner bushings. Used the A-arm bushing tool; I had used this only one other time on the ’63 Daytona, replacing an upper bushing on the car. Worked good for that, and worked really good putting the bushings in for the GT Hawk. When I first got started with Studebakers, I made a set of a-arm bushing tools just like shown in the Shop Manual and have used them many times. But you just about need three hands – hold the a-arm, pump the ram on the hydraulic press, etc. The a-arm bushing tool is much easier, bushings went in really slick. Pictures are below.

Will finish up the spindle/kingpin assemblies tomorrow, and will post pics of that soon.

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r1lark
08-06-2015, 12:52 PM
Wow, someone has really been lax on keeping this thread updated. :(

There has been progress - here's the status as of June 1. All the suspension, brakes, brake lines, etc are reinstalled. Rear axle housing cleaned up and painted and end play set, and new rear gas shocks installed. Springs are NOS in the rear, and the Moog cargo coils in the front.
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Used my new Rigid double flaring tool that I got a couple of years ago on the brake lines; boy what an improvement from the previous flaring tool. Perfect double flares every time. Thought I had some pics of the new brake lines installed, but can't find them. The new brake lines were bent using the originals as patterns. Here is the flaring tool:
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Pulled the gas tank sender and checked it with an ohm meter, and it worked well after some contact cleaner. The old cork float was replaced with a more modern float that came from the old fuel pump assembly out of my '93 Jeep Grand Cherokee. Really easy modification, and free. A buddy from church that runs a auto repair place brought me a few more of these style floats for future projects.
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Brake pedal, linkage, bolts, and new master cylinder cleaned and painted, and ready for installation:
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Ordered the exhaust system:
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Checked the wheels for runnout, and found one that needs to be straightened but have not taken to the wheel shop yet.

There were some places where the original tar-type undercoating had gotten oil on it and was soft, so these areas were scraped off and resprayed with 3M undercoating. No pics of resprayed areas, but wanted to show these pictures of the really nice factory paint that was underneath the undercoating:
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An update of what has been completed since June 1 will come pretty soon. That was my retirement date :D, so things have picked up somewhat on the projects. Since we can only have 10 pictures per post, this was a good stopping off point for this update.

Kato
08-06-2015, 09:11 PM
Wow, this is going to be one nice 62 GT when you are finished! I just bought one so I am a little biased but I think the GT is one of Studebaker's nicest cars!46252

Mikado282
08-06-2015, 11:11 PM
Looks like a nice car and hope you get it restored. It is also a bonus to have the original paperwork on the car.

As a side note on car sales at the time, I think the original owner got screwed on the price IMHO. By offering the buyer $1,000. trade in on a 5 year old car that at the time was worth maybe $400. on the market the dealer made it seem that he was being taken advantage of when it is actually the buyer who is getting taken advantage of. I love looking at old car sales agreements and just shake my head. My dad's best friend was a used car dealer from the end of WW2 to the 1990's and I can remember the stories he told on how the buyers were getting the short end of the stick. In the 50's & 60's a car would loose 40-50% of it's value in the first year alone. As an example my dad bought a used 1965 Rambler Ambassador V8, auto with 13,000 miles for $1550. in 1966. The car had originally sold for over $3200. He had the car for 6 years with nothing done to it other than regular maintenance and sold it for $400.

Needless to say I have never bought a new car or a car from a car dealer. Also I have never paid over $2000. for a car or truck in my 64 years on this earth. The two that I paid nearer the top range turned out to be the worst ones I ever owned. The two cars I own today I paid less than $2000. for both. One I have had for 6 years, the other for 4. I guess you could call me a CAC(car)O and proud of it

r1lark
08-07-2015, 06:19 AM
Wow, this is going to be one nice 62 GT when you are finished! I just bought one so I am a little biased but I think the GT is one of Studebaker's nicest cars!46252
Kato, that is one nice looking GT! I can't quite decide what the color is though - but whatever color, it sure does shine. :)

Kato
08-07-2015, 07:55 AM
Kato, that is one nice looking GT! I can't quite decide what the color is though - but whatever color, it sure does shine. :)

Thank You Paul.. It is Black Cherry, a BASF paint for which I do not yet have the code for but will be getting soon. It was very well done and is a 10 year old paint. Although obviously not an original color I sure do get lots of compliments! I'm having ball with the car and just love driving it. I had a Hell's Angel biker at a gas station talk to me for nearly 30 minutes about the car and all the memories it brought back! There's just something about a Studebaker!

swvalcon
08-07-2015, 08:31 AM
That is one super clean gt hawk. Should be a very nice car when done.

StudeRich
08-07-2015, 04:04 PM
While waiting for some paint to dry on the suspension control arms and brake backing plates, I dug out the spare tire & jack, and put them in the car. Tire is a U.S. Royal wide white; don’t know if it could be one of the original tires from South Bend or not. Also reinstalled the cardboard divider between the trunk and passenger compartment./Cut/

http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff46/r1skytop/DSC02428resized_zpsbeaa27e9.jpg


I noted the original "Balanced" marks on the original spare wheel. Whatever it was supposed to say "W" or whatever, they all had them originally.

r1lark
08-07-2015, 04:26 PM
I noted the original "Balanced" marks on the original spare wheel. Whatever is was supposed to say "W" or whatever, they all had them originally.

Rich, this car may have been serviced at Frost & French in later years - it had F & F license plate frames on it. You worked there, didn't you?

StudeRich
08-07-2015, 04:58 PM
Rich, this car may have been serviced at Frost & French in later years - it had F & F license plate frames on it. You worked there, didn't you?

Yes, and we "cosmetically restored" and partially mechanically Repaired MANY '62 & '63 GT Hawks, put them on the Showroom floor with the NEW Avanti II, and they sold like hotcakes in the early 1970's!

You never know, the Licence Frames COULD have just been purchased from me at the Parts Counter, or it could be a Car we sold there.

These cars sure could say a whole lot, if they could TALK! :D

The OTHER Parts Counterman that I replaced, Bill Wilson, a sometimes poster here, convinced the Owner/Manager Walter Bibbens to get rid of the "Frost & French Los Angeles" frames, in favor of the "Frost & French STUDEBAKER" frames so we could not only put them on the cars sold, but also SELL them! a very smart idea. :!:

r1lark
08-09-2015, 07:24 AM
As promised, here is an update on progress since June 1. Since retiring on June 1, it's been go go go. Have spent a lot of time at my Mom's cleaning up, having yard sales, etc. My Dad didn't like to get rid of anything, so after he passed away a couple of years ago Mom asked me and my brother to help her get things cleaned up. We had the second (and last!) yard sale this past weekend. The shed and basement are pretty much done, just a few large items still to sell. Next on the list is finishing the install of the combination washer/dryer upstairs so Mom doesn’t have to go up and down the basement stairs to wash clothes. She still gets around really well at 90 years old (still drives, and still bowls once a week in a league) but having everything on one level is better.

The steering box inspection and reseal is complete, and reinstalled. Box was in very good condition inside, so cleaning, new grease seal, detailing, and adjustments per the Shop Manual was all it needed. The power steering control valve was also disassembled and new seals installed. The power steering ram seems to have been replaced sometime in the past and showed no signs of leakage, so it was just cleaned up and painted, as was the power steering pump. Both these items are relatively easy to remove if they show up as leaking once the car is together, so thus the decision to take a chance on them.
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Of course, before putting in the steering box, the engine compartment needed to be detailed. The paint on the passenger side inner fender and the firewall was pretty nice and cleaned up really well using Acrysol from Kent Automotive (this is great stuff for cleaning stains and dirt from old paint). The driver’s side inner fender paint had suffered from battery acid, so the rust was cleaned off, a rust converter applied, then primed/touched up. Came out pretty decent, here are before and after pics.
Before:
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In Progress:
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After:
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All the steering linkage and the p/s control valve assembly is installed. Also got the brake pedal and new master cylinder installed. (The underneath of the car will be cleaned once it’s outside. By the way, that’s original paint on the frame…….)
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Gas tank is done, and came out pretty well. Inside is clean, and outside has been cleaned of surface rust and painted with cold galvanizing compound and then clear coated. That pic will have to wait for later since we can only have 10 pics per post :(. Went thru the wiper motor and gearbox, was in good shape (maybe it never rains in California?) so it went back together with just a lubrication and outside detailing. That pic will have to wait for later also.

Finally getting around to the transmission rebuild. Got the outside cleaned up a couple of months ago, and have researched parts sources and studied the Shop Manual. I scabbed up a copy of the Kent-Moore fixture for holding the tranny case upside down on the workbench, using scrap angle and flat bar. Got the tranny disassembled yesterday (looked really good inside) and the holding fixture worked great. Could not imagine trying to work on that tranny with it rolling all around the work bench :):
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Still trying to decide whether to have the existing Hydrovac rebuilt (or rebuild it myself), or buy a new manufacture Hydrovac from Studebaker International. Decisions, decisions.

The battery tray is cleaned up and painted and ready to install also. And just to put Bob Palma’s mind at ease, a NOS battery hold down will be used - $6.45 at Newman & Altman many years ago:
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r1lark
08-10-2015, 06:26 AM
Here are a couple of pics that wouldn't fit on the last post............

Wiper motor assembly ready to install:
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Gas tank done:
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DEEPNHOCK
08-10-2015, 06:53 AM
Looking mighty fine!
Thanks for posting!

r1lark
08-13-2015, 03:55 PM
Progress update...............

Been working hard on the Flightomatic rebuild. Got it disassembled and inspected to see what parts are needed. Trans looks great inside, which was sort of expected for the low mileage (approx. 40K miles).

Ordered a seal/gasket kit, and a bushing kit, which should arrive tomorrow. John Metzger lists about four bushings that are critical to these transmissions working correctly, so I will compare the sizes of the new versus the existing and determine if they really need to be replaced or not. If in doubt, I'll replace them.

About half-way thru cleaning and inspecting parts and putting sub-assemblies back together (valve body, pressure regulator, governor, etc). Cleaned up the pan and bolting and primed them. Also got the extension shaft cleaned up. Pictures so far are just disassembly pics so nothing real interesting. But there is a pic attached below of the transmission sitting on the stand that I cobbled up. Stand worked great, trans stayed on stand and didn't move at all.

Got to do some checking on where to get the torque converter rebuilt. Anyone in the NC area know of a good rebuilder?

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Mrs K Corbin
08-14-2015, 07:16 AM
WELL! Now we know who to send our FOM's to....LOL

Ya gonna make a Youtube for us on the tranny rebuild?

r1lark
08-14-2015, 07:13 PM
WELL! Now we know who to send our FOM's to....LOL

Ya gonna make a Youtube for us on the tranny rebuild?

No YouTube video......it would be very boring! :D

Actually the Shop Manual has excellent instructions. That, plus the following two resources, and just about anyone should be able to rebuild one of these.
http://www.studebaker-info.org/TW/tw0785/TW0785p25/tw0785pp25.html
http://studebakerflightomatic.blogspot.com.au/

The parts from Fatsco showed up today :!!:. Only ordered them on Wednesday.

I have not found a rebuilder for the converter yet however.

Mrs K Corbin
08-17-2015, 07:27 AM
I didn't rebuild my converter, just washed it out real good with solvent. then rinsed it out with atf...

DEEPNHOCK
08-17-2015, 07:32 AM
Automatic transmissions explained...

https://scontent-atl1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11902303_939047336139036_2950473873935171268_n.jpg?oh=f5ff772c8d6a7fb3999bdce15a 46d75a&oe=56360246

r1lark
08-18-2015, 08:16 AM
That's pretty accurate Jeff! :D

Going thru this tranny has been quite interesting. I've done some Ford C-6 trannys before, but these Flightomatics seem much simpler than the C-6.

r1lark
06-25-2016, 04:31 PM
This sporadically-updated :( thread has been replaced by a blog in the new SDC BLOG section. Here is a link: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/blog.php?29

Hopefully I'll do a better job of keeping the blog updated............

r1lark
07-04-2016, 09:42 AM
New blog entry for this project has been posted in the "Blog" section of the forum. Check it out, it has a couple of videos also. :)

r1lark
07-11-2016, 08:43 PM
Monday July 11 -- new blog entry with video posted in blog section of forum: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?32-1962-GT-Hawk-July-11-Progress-Update

GrumpyOne
07-11-2016, 09:56 PM
Great video demonstrating the "easy" way to do the underside work and not have chunks fall into your eyes etc..

Look forward to more..

tim333
07-11-2016, 11:31 PM
That is fabulous, so easy to turn. Doesn't take up much space in your driveway either.

r1lark
07-12-2016, 05:23 AM
Great video demonstrating the "easy" way to do the underside work and not have chunks fall into your eyes etc..

Look forward to more..

The underside would have gotten much less attention if I would have to lay under the car to do this!

Tim, even more important is that it doesn't take up too much room in the basement, and allows me to easily move the car out side for work like this. :)

r1lark
07-12-2016, 08:49 PM
Tuesday July 12 update -- Part 2 of the prepping the frame video posted in the blog section: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?33-1962-GT-Hawk-July-12-Update and it's shorter than the others :). Got some more small parts painted today also, but work and grass cutting made up most of the day.

r1lark
07-17-2016, 04:00 PM
Sunday July 17th update posted in the Blog section, link here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?34-1962-GT-Hawk-July-17-2016-Update

Pictures this time, instead of video. :)

r1lark
07-22-2016, 02:27 PM
Friday July 22 update posted in the forum Blog section: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?35-62-GT-Hawk-July-22-Update

r1lark
07-25-2016, 10:03 PM
Monday July 25 update posted to the Blog section here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?37-62-GT-Hawk-July-25th-Update

Frame painting and undercoating of the underside of the car is done!

DEEPNHOCK
07-26-2016, 05:34 AM
That looks great!
Nice work!

r1lark
07-26-2016, 05:27 PM
Thanks Jeff. Hopefully it will start looking even better when more parts start going back on! :)

52-fan
07-27-2016, 09:45 AM
I doubt one ever looked that good from the factory. Really nice work. :)

r1lark
08-05-2016, 02:32 PM
Friday August 5, 2016 update posted to the forum Blog section here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?40-62-GT-Hawk-Friday-Aug-5-2016-Update

Underside of car is DONE! :D Time to get back on engine reassembly, and building an engine run-in stand.

r1lark
08-14-2016, 07:14 PM
Sunday August 14, 2016 update posted to the Forum Blog section here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?43-62-GT-Hawk-Sunday-August-14-2016-Update

Starting on the engine test/break-in stand.

r1lark
09-15-2016, 02:57 PM
Thursday Sept 15th update posted to the forum blog section here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/entry.php?51-62-GT-Hawk-Thursday-Sept-15-2016

It's a short video showing progress to date on the engine/transmission test stand. Enjoy and comment!

r1lark
12-18-2016, 03:05 PM
Wow, been three months since I've posted on this thread. Not a whole lot going on as far as the GT Hawk but have managed to get some done on the engine test stand. Other stuff getting in the way, I'm sure most of you know how it is.

Did want to show the latest on the engine test stand. Got the radiator mount done; it's adjustable forward and back for different engines (ie, 6 cylinder, V8, etc). Note that the plan is NOT to run a engine-mounted fan when testing/running an engine on the stand -- call me a coward, but that just seems like an accident waiting to happen, even with some type of shroud. Will either use an electric fan (will see what I can find at the U-Pull It -- suggestions much appreciated :)) or may just put a box fan in front of the radiator.

The battery holder and gas can holder are done. Next is to mount the starter solenoid to the battery holder and figure out what length battery cables are needed. The fuel line will be a simple hose (with a marine siphon bulb) from the gas can to the fuel pump.

BTW, that is not the GT Hawk engine, it's the engine that was in my '61 Hawk when I bought it. It was just the most accessible engine with bellhousing to mock up in the stand.

Next is to get the gauges and electrical switches installed in the mini-control panel and do the wiring. That's the control panel attached to the radiator support. I've got a throttle control on order that will mount to the side of the panel. Plan on just a oil pressure and water temp gauge, and a ignition switch. The panel has room to mount a tach, but I really think the tach on my engine analyzer will work out just as well and probably more accurate than a cheap tach -- we will see.

I've test fit the exhaust pipes to the engine, they fit good. Will run a single exhaust on the stand using some NOS head pipes that I had. Will have to scrounge up a muffler and some lengths of exhaust pipe.

Here are the pics:
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StudeRich
12-18-2016, 07:29 PM
That engine from your '61 Hawk, appears to be a very Original looking 259 or 289 from a '56 or '57 Stude. or at least the Valve covers are.

r1lark
12-18-2016, 08:05 PM
Yep, it is a 259 from an earlier car. Luckily they kept the 4-speed when they swapped the engine. :)

And, if you notice, one of the valve covers has been 'windowed' to adjust the valves with an engine hot/running. It was the handiest valve cover to get when I decided to try that. Used it once, but decided it wasn't much better than just adjusting the valves with no valve cover on -- no valve cover didn't seem to be too much more oil mess, and was a whole lot quicker because there is nothing in the way at all.