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  • Chris Pile
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    Ak Miller was VERY involved with developing turbocharging systems for racing and street applications. By the way - your Dad's Hawk was supercharged from the factory.

    In case you're confused - superchargers are powered by the engine via belts, turbochargers are powered by the pressure of the exhaust.

    Chris Pile
    The Studebaker Special
    Midway Chapter SDC

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  • lstude
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    I have heard of AK Miller, but that is all I know. However, a friend of mine, Tom Covington, has been running turbos for a long time. Below is a picture of a roadster he built on a 61 Lark chassis. The engine is a 289 with turbos. This car no longer exists, but Tom is still running turbos on Studebaker engines and doing well at the local dragstrip.




    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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  • lstude
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    I have heard of AK Miller, but that is all I know. However, a friend of mine, Tom Covington, has been running turbos for a long time. Below is a picture of a roadster he built on a 61 Lark chassis. The engine is a 289 with turbos. This car no longer exists, but Tom is still running turbos on Studebaker engines and doing well at the local dragstrip.




    Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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  • dustin51
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    Ak Miller

    I was curious about an interesting tag on one of the Studebakers my Dad owns and was wondering if maybe anyone here might be able to shed some light on it.

    First off, my dad has a thing for studebakers and owns a few. Right now he has a 1952 starlight coupe hotrod, a 41 business coupe project, a 1960 Hawk and if it counts, a 1976 Avanti II. Anyway the Hawk is kinda neat becuase it looks like it was warmed over in the 60's or 70's. Nothing real fancy, an early hurst ratchet shifter and wheels... But on the shift is a tag that reads 'Turbocharged by Ak Miller'.

    At one time the orignal 289 was turbocharged but the system had been removed by the previous owner. The previous owner had taken the turbo off and chunked in the trash and welded up the exhuast.

    I'm wondering if anyone has ever heard of this or other studebakers being turbocharged. I've never seen or even heard of any others but maybe someone here has. I know Ak Miller was a racer and was very involved in things back in the 40s through the 60's and 70s but havent ever seen any kind of association with him and studebakers or really any street cars (The hawk wasnt a race car of anykind, just a hotrod it seems).

    this is the hawk (if any of you are in the Phoenix area you might recognize it )




    Any info that anyone might have or know would be appriciated, just to satisfy my own curiosity. I've always been curious about it and the idea of turbocharging a Studebaker 289 (its not an R series engine that I'm aware of btw) has always intrigued me. I seriously doubt it would ever be turbocharged again but still knowing what it used to be would be nice.
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