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    I'm back home now so finally have a chance to share some neat stuff I saw. I parked next to this stunning '56 Hawk at the La Palma show. The body was perfect gloss black and the real surprise was the aluminum Bentley V8 under the hood. The owner has had a Bentley and Rolls Royce service for more than 20 years, that's how he came upon the engine. That is a home made manifold welded together from a Bentley base and Aston Martin top with 4 Weber cards. I think the fact that a man who makes his living around Rolls Royces and Bentleys chose a Studebaker to drive speaks volumes!

    The reverse opening hood was also slick, very cleanly done.
    Last edited by Pat Dilling; 06-09-2010, 04:05 PM.
    Pat Dilling
    Olivehurst, CA
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  • #2
    I also saw that. I was impressed! I had to do a double take on the Bentley motor, I could not believe it!



    • #3
      That is one beautiful car and that engine is just wow!


      • #4
        Gorgeous car and impressive engine. Would have been worth the trip to see that one in person. He and I agree the Hawk lines are improved by removing the bumper guards, badges and some of the chrome.

        thnx, jack vines


        • #5
          Did you see the grille badge? The Bentley wings with an S in the middle. Very well done car. I was checking out the Corvette suspension.


          • #6
            Very nice I wish I had that kind of expertise. Nice car, nice build.
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            • #7
              Gotta be a first for that particular engine/body combo.
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              • #8
                Several years ago at the Bradfield show near Bridgewater, VA there was a mid-50s Bentley street rod- powered by a Chrysler hemi.
                Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
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