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  • Please help me in identifying the Studebaker Flight Hawk?? 1956 1957?

    Hello! I've recently acquired this Studebaker from a court appointed custodian I do a lot of work with. I've been told its a 1956 Flight Hawk with a 1957 hood but the trunk doesn't seem to match up? The VIN number on the door is GI3I8998 and the tag up front under the hood is 16G6C5 325. I have a bill of sale and am planning on getting the title soon. The brakes are not currently working and I do not know if the motor will turn over. I was told it was running years ago but I haven't dove into it yet. It has a lot of parts as well and I'm planning on selling it soon. Any help in identifying year make model and motor size would be greatly appreciated!
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    Last edited by Costudebaker; 02-17-2017, 10:13 AM.

  • #2
    According that Serial Number and Body Tag, that Car started out as a 1955 Champion 6 Coupe.

    Does it still have it's proper 185 c.i.d. Flathead 6, Champion Engine? It sounds like someone did some sheet metal swapping!

    The front end should look like this:
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    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      attachments don't work.

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        • #5
          I think I got the attachments to work!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
            According that Serial Number and Body Tag, that Car started out as a 1955 Champion 6 Coupe.

            Does it still have it's proper 185 c.i.d. Flathead 6, Champion Engine? It sounds like someone did some sheet metal swapping!

            The front end should look like this:
            [ATTACH=CONFIG]62171[/ATTACH]
            This is what a '56 Flight Hawk would look like: [ATTACH=CONFIG]62172[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]62173[/ATTACH]

            Other clues… chrome/stainless rear quarter windows, chrome drip edge, no side body trim, all of which indicate major tamp.. er, ah customization...

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            • #7
              It's not bad looking just the way it is, with the exception of the tail lights. But 55 tail lights are included.

              Be sure to replace that broken spark plug. A 6 cylinder coupe is not particularly speedy, but a 5 cylinder coupe is even... less speedy.
              Last edited by RadioRoy; 02-17-2017, 06:33 PM.
              RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

              17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
              10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
              10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
              4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
              5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
              56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
              60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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              • #8
                A conglomeration of '55 main body and '56 Flight Hawk parts which a patient Stude lover could make in to an operable vehicle. Notice I didn't say running, because a Champion-engined C/K is more a crawler. Yes, I drove a Flight Hawk for many years and swore never again. Every time I tried to keep up with traffic, I felt like the Grinch whipping the little dog to make him pull the sled to the top of the mountain.



                jack vines
                PackardV8

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                • #9
                  I did notice that all of the Door, Quarter Window and Windshield Mouldings are the rare 1955 Only, C5 (top of the line) Stainless Steel Trim!

                  So this could be made into a "Better than Stock" '56 Flight Hawk clone, or better yet as Jack V. hints to; make it a Power Hawk 259 or 289 V8.

                  Put that Hawk Dash in, and go down the Road SMILING!
                  Last edited by StudeRich; 02-17-2017, 04:10 PM.
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    StudeRich-pm sent

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                    • #11
                      Guys thanks for all the helpful info!

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                      • #12
                        Car is currently on EBAY for $4,500 as is or best offer.

                        Bob Miles
                        Tucson AZ soon

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                        • #13
                          Here is the link. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1955-Studeba...m=172536604799
                          RadioRoy, specializing in AM/FM conversions with auxiliary inputs for iPod/satellite/CD player. In the old car radio business since 1985.

                          17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                          10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                          10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                          4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                          5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                          56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                          60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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                          • #14
                            I don't believe it has Hawk doors, either...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
                              I don't believe it has Hawk doors, either...
                              The '56 Hawks would have had the check-mark indentations. Or is there something else?

                              jack vines
                              PackardV8

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