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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post
    Time and time again, Studebaker did fulfill a customer request for a car/truck that would be ordered but usually not available for standard production. The one that stands out for me is the 56 1/2 ton truck with a 5 speed transmission. As I remember from an article in Turning Wheels that there were 2 built.
    From the December, 1983 Turning Wheels:



    Craig

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  • 6hk71400
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    Time and time again, Studebaker did fulfill a customer request for a car/truck that would be ordered but usually not available for standard production. The one that stands out for me is the 56 1/2 ton truck with a 5 speed transmission. As I remember from an article in Turning Wheels that there were 2 built. Same thing with 289 59 Larks.

    Bob Miles

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  • Dwight FitzSimons
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    Twenty or so years ago I attended an SDC meet (probably zone) in Williamsburg, VA. While walking the field I came upon a nicely restored Sky Hawk. They are my favorites, so I looked it over closely. When I got to the back I came upon a "Power Hawk" nameplate. What the heck -- a Power Hawk HT?! While I was there the owner came back to the car, so, needless to say, I asked the obvious question. He said the car was ordered from a dealer in (I believe) Tennessee. He found the car in a junk yard and restored it. He also tracked down the owner of the dealership that ordered the car. The guy was in his 90's and in a nursing home, but he remembered that car. He said the buyer insisted on a HT Hawk, but wanted the 259 engine. So, he ordered it from Studebaker and they built it as a 259 Power Hawk HT. The current owner was very credible and I believe him. He had no reason to lie.

    I photographed the car, but can't remember if I photographed the body tag (wish I had). Those 35-mm photos are in a box in my basement among hundreds of others, so would be a daunting task to find them. I would assume the body tag would be for a Sky Hawk, but can't confirm it.

    In a way, the car isn't really so remarkable. Studebaker simply built a Sky Hawk with a 259 engine and (because of the engine) a "Power" nameplate on the back.

    Just one more oddball from Studebaker.

    --Dwight

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  • Noxnabaker
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    Funny to see that friends from the swedish club was posting about this!

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  • leaurent
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    You can see my Champion 57 in 1980

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  • woodysrods
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    Originally posted by studegary View Post
    1957 Silver Hawk hardtop (K body) - 120 six cylinder and 248 259 V8.
    1958 Silver hawk hardtop (K body) - 56 259 V8.
    Thanks again Gary. That is what I was looking for when I started the thread, but I missed the numbers the first time I read it??
    Good Roads
    Brian

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
    Thanks Jim & Gary
    I think my question has been answered and I am straight on this now! Production #'s would be the next thing I would love to know, but I do realize they are probably very low from the history already provide on this thread.
    Thanks Again!
    Brian
    Look down the thread. I gave the production number breakdown on June 29th (our 47th anniversary).

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  • woodysrods
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    Thanks Jim & Gary
    I think my question has been answered and I am straight on this now! Production #'s would be the next thing I would love to know, but I do realize they are probably very low from the history already provide on this thread.
    Thanks Again!
    Brian

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  • Jim B PEI
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    Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
    Is it just the fact that they came with 259's in them or are the really different in any other way?
    Brian
    The Hardtop K3 also came with flathead 6 cylinder in 1957 and 1958. The one in NS was a 6, I believe, still available for the Canadian Market, and overseas where there were punitive taxes on V8s. The K3 Hardtop was unique in that it was NOT available in the US, where only the top of the line Hardtop K7 (Golden Hawk) was available in 57 and 58, and the K9 Hardtop (Packard Hawk) in 58, and K7 and K9 were only available with the Supercharged 289. In the US If you wanted a Hawk with a 6 or a 259/289 un-supercharged, you got a C3 Silver Hawk pillared Coupe in 57 and 58.

    For 59-61, only the C6 pillared Hawk was produced (6 and V8), and 62-64, only the K6 hardtop Hawk was produced (6 and V8). I forget when the 6 ceased to be available in Canada as well as the US. Likely 1959, as all 60 Hamilton Hawks were 289 only.

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  • Jim B PEI
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    Originally posted by Michael View Post
    And here's the one from Old Autos...

    Michael Bostedt
    Sweden
    Ah, Marmora! Lovely little village. That car would be one in Roy Graham's collection. Roy has a lot of interesting cars, from hulks to really decent ones. I love his 47? (or is it 49?) Commander convertible, and his "very special order by a very particular lady" 66. He has come through for me, rebuilding my 63 Wagonaire's overdrive transmission, and steering parts. He has been a vendor of Stude parts for some time. Marmora is also the village where I picked up my 57 overdrive Canadian built Champion last year, from someone who was NOT Roy (he has one of the highest percentage of Studebakers in Ontario)

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
    Besides the K in the body tag, was there any other # or letter on the tag to tell you tis was a Silver Hawk not a Golden Hawk?
    Brian
    Yes, a 1957 Silver Hawk hardtop is a 57B-K and a 1957 Golden Hawk is a 57H-K.

    EDIT: This answer relates to the 259 V8 Silver Hawk hardtop (vs. a Golden Hawk). A 1957 Silver Hawk hardtop with a six cylinder engine would be a 57G-K.
    Last edited by studegary; 07-03-2010, 03:03 PM.

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  • woodysrods
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    Besides the K in the body tag, was there any other # or letter on the tag to tell you tis was a Silver Hawk not a Golden Hawk?
    Brian

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by 52-fan View Post
    I guess that I had forgotten that there was a K body Silver Hawk. How can you tell without seeing the emblem or looking under the hood?
    They are a K body (hardtop), not a C body (coupe), like most 1957 Silver Hawks.

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
    Is it just the fact that they came with 259's in them or are the really different in any other way?
    Brian
    They are K bodies (hardtop), not C bodies (coupe), as most 1957 Hawks were.

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  • Johnnywiffer
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    And of course, there is my previously-owned Sky Hawk that I've posted on the Forum several times.
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    The give-away being that the stainless didn't line up. It had been in an accident and I pursuaded the repair shop to include the '57-'58 stuff.

    John

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