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    I recently joined after lurking here for a while. Today I came home with a 63 GT Hawk that has been discussed previously (289 2bbl, FOM)

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=22949

    It is a very nice example, and drives well. It was repainted, and the engine rebuilt at some point, but is solid, free of serious rust and has lots of good chrome/stainless. Although I am certainly no expert, it appears to be reasonably original. The FO had it in Arizona before moving it here to New Mexico, but I don't know its history previous to that. The best part was discovering (many thanks for the Forum link to the Ebay ad) that it was only 40 miles away. (Real close by NM standards.)

    As the new owner, I can now appreciate the comments that were made earlier. It is not quite as pink as the Ebay pictures appeared to be, at least on my computer screen. One or two items mentioned do merit action before long. One poster correctly IDed the funny aluminum plate under the air cleaner as a heat shield - it was put in to try (apparently successfully) to fix some drivability issues when it gets hot here at 7000' altitude. I won't really know until about next June .

    Jim K.
    63 Hawk
    Jim K.
    63 Hawk

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    Welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay with us.

    Chris Pile
    Midway Chapter SDC
    The Studebaker Special
    The only difference between death and taxes is that death does not grow worse every time Congress convenes. - Will Rogers

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    • #3
      Welcome aboard, Jim. That certainly looks like a nice car. As has been said many times, if you are new to the hobby (or any make of "old car"), it's always a good idea to start out with the best one you can afford. It appears you've done just that and you'll thoroughly enjoy the car. Congratulations. BP
      We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

      Ayn Rand:
      "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

      G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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      • #4
        Lovely car, and most all of the detailing issues are minor and easily addressed. I hope we did not offend you by "judging" your car before you got it.

        JDP/Maryland
        "I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
        Thomas Jefferson
        JDP Maryland

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        • #5
          I look forward to the day when I buy my first Stude like that one- already nice that I can enjoy now, and tinker with personalization things and minor details... I haven't done that yet...[:I]

          Good score Jim, and welcome!

          Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
          Parish, central NY 13131

          "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

          "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"



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          • #6
            Congratulations Jim and welcome. Now you just need a Stude Truck... [}]

            <h5>Mark
            '57 Transtar Deluxe
            Vancouver Island

            Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
            May 23 & 24, 2009?
            </h5>
            Mark Hayden
            '66 Commander
            Zone Coordinator
            Pacific Can-Am Zone

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            • #7
              Beautiful car Jim, but I'm not a nit-picker. I like to drive them an enjoy them.
              WELCOME TO STUDEMANIA and a Stude pickup would keep this one from getting lonely.

              Jim C.

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              • #8
                Welcome to the forum and that is a sweet car!

                Dylan
                '61 lark regal 4dr wagon
                Dylan Wills
                Everett, Wa.


                1961 Lark 4 door wagon
                1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
                1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
                1914 Ford Model T

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by JDP

                  Lovely car, and most all of the detailing issues are minor and easily addressed. I hope we did not offend you by "judging" your car before you got it.

                  JDP/Maryland
                  "I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
                  Thomas Jefferson
                  Thanks to all for the welcome. I did see the "judging" thread as it developed; mbstude (I think it was) made the right call. As it happened, at the time I was actually negotiating for a different GT that went to someone else, so the issue was academic. When I saw that the ebay bidding ended without meeting the reserve, I decided to pick up the phone. The way I see it, that other thread is now part of the history of the car.

                  Jim K.
                  63 Hawk
                  Jim K.
                  63 Hawk

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Mark57

                    Congratulations Jim and welcome. Now you just need a Stude Truck... [}]

                    <h5>Mark
                    '57 Transtar Deluxe
                    Vancouver Island

                    Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
                    May 23 & 24, 2009?
                    </h5>
                    Sorry, I am now officially out of space. Owning a pickup is not actually required in NM, although it would appear to be otherwise.

                    Jim K.
                    63 Hawk
                    Jim K.
                    63 Hawk

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                    • #11
                      Welcome to the Forum. Yes, I think it was me that called the shot in that other thread.

                      Congrats on the purchase. I'm glad the car found a good home.

                      Matthew Burnette
                      Hazlehurst, GA


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                      • #12
                        Welcome, and you have a beautiful car. I think
                        maybe my trunk emblem is incorrect(or missing)
                        along with about 635 other things, but other
                        than that it is "correct", so you had better
                        tighten up. Seriously, if it makes you happy,
                        then that's what matters. Good luck.

                        Tex in Alabama
                        53 C coupe
                        53 4-dr

                        Tex E. Grier

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