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    Studebaker introduced "fins" on the Hawks for 1956 through 1958. We're these bolt on "fins" fiberglass or steel?

    Peter Bishop
    Director,
    Northeast Zone

  • #2
    Yes.




    The 1956 fins were fiberglass. The others were steel.

    JT

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    • #3
      Thank you!

      Peter Bishop
      Director,
      Northeast Zone

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      • #4
        Originally posted by oilnsteel View Post
        Yes.




        The 1956 fins were fiberglass. The others were steel.

        JT
        I agree and will add that these steel fins were utilized through the 1961 model year.

        EDIT: As an aside, the fins on Bob Bourke's personal 1954 Starliner were hand cast by him (neither fiberglass nor steel).
        Gary L.
        Wappinger, NY

        SDC member since 1968
        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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        • #5
          Originally posted by oilnsteel View Post
          The 1956 fins were fiberglass. The others were steel.

          JT
          The fiberglass 1956 fins, were also Golden Hawk only and not used on the 1956 Sky Hawks, Power Hawks or Flight Hawks!

          Mark
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          S2Deluxe = (5H - C3).

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          • #6
            fiberglass fins on 56 wagons cheers jimmijim
            sigpicAnything worth doing deserves your best shot. Do it right the first time. When you're done you will know it. { I'm just the guy who thinks he knows everything, my buddy is the guy who knows everything.} cheers jimmijim*****SDC***** member

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            • #7
              Peter,
              Are you thinking of grafting a set of 56, or 57-61 fins onto that GT?

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              • #8
                They weren't even bolted on. Just a few sheet metal screw and some moldings.

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                • #9
                  The 1956 Golden Hawk was a one year only fin. In 1957, The Silver Hawk used one style of fin and another style was used on the Golden Hawk. In 1958, same difference in fin but add Packard Hawk to the mix. In 1959, The fin concave was changed for the Silver Hawk and used from 1959 to 1961. The 1961 added a stainless band on the fin to give it a slightly different appearance.

                  This fins on all the post 56 Hawk are prone to rust as they tend to trap water.

                  Bob Miles
                  Tucson AZ

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                  • #10
                    They're leaded in at the point in front.
                    Mike O'Handley, Cat Herder Third Class
                    Kenmore, Washington
                    hausdok@msn.com

                    '58 Packard Hawk
                    '05 Subaru Baja Turbo
                    '71 Toyota Crown Coupe
                    '69 Pontiac Firebird
                    (What is it with me and discontinued/orphan cars?)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by hausdok View Post
                      They're leaded in at the point in front.
                      Hmmm. Are you sure? I have 3 Hawks that don’t seem to have any lead on the fins... but of course 50years have gone by and I can’t swear they’re totally original... but still...
                      1950 Commander Land Cruiser
                      1951 Champion Business Coupe
                      1951 Commander Starlight
                      1952 Champion 2Dr. Sedan
                      1953 Champion Starlight
                      1953 Commander Starliner
                      1953 2R5
                      1956 Golden Hawk Jet Streak
                      1957 Silver Hawk
                      1957 3E5 Pick-Up
                      1959 Silver Hawk
                      1961 Hawk
                      1962 Cruiser 4 speed
                      1963 Daytona Convertible
                      1964 Daytona R2 4 speed
                      1965 Cruiser
                      1970 Avanti

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by hausdok View Post
                        They're leaded in at the point in front.
                        That’s only on Packard Hawks.

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                        • #13
                          Here you go, a photo of the 56 Golden Hawk, taken last year
                          940909_10206322162076315_2567290312850628190_n.jpg

                          Spot any design cues..?
                          1960SunbeamAlpine2-resize.jpg 1960SunbeamAlpine-Restored2-resize.jpg
                          Richard
                          sigpic

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                          • #14
                            My brother, Raymond, remembers when Bob Bourke unwrapped the fins for the restoration. Raymond said they were beautiful & he thinks they were cast aluminum

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                            • #15
                              OK, Rebecca NOW you got me/us wondering, just what important Studebaker styling Dept. person you are related to!
                              StudeRich
                              Second Generation Stude Driver,
                              Proud '54 Starliner Owner



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