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  • #16
    BeeJay..
    BTW nice looking StarLight coupe
    Ron
    Ron Husak
    Conifer, CO
    Living at 9200 feet and lovin it!
    63 avanti R2 63R-2648

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    • #17
      I just saw a Factory Press Photo of a 1961 Hawk listed for sale on ebay. On the rear bumper is a dealer sticker listing "Husak Bros. Detroit". I thought it strange that a car already sold to a dealer would have been called back to model for studio photos. There must be a good story about it!

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      • #18
        There is a good reason for that. The Big 3 auto makers in Detroit (plus AMC) would often commission local photographers to go out and take photos of competitive makes for comparison purposes. It was cheaper and easier than buying them! I have several sets of photos showing various Studebaker cars of different years and body styles commissioned by both Ford and AMC. I am sure the others did this as well. Of course if they were doing a thorough investigation of a new model or feature (like the Studebaker V-8 in '51 or the 1950 automatic transmission) they would buy the complete car and give it a more thorough going over including tear down and proving ground test. Studebaker of course did likewise to its competitors.
        Richard Quinn
        Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

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        • #19
          Very interesting! There are other more detailed photos of the same car for sale by the same seller. Thanks for the info.

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          • #20
            Guy's..
            I would like to see that shot of the 61 Hawk!
            We used to sell mostly to Ford and GM cars used for engineering comparison.. Studebaker's and Mercedes Benz's in the 50's and early 60's.. Then Dodges after 64.. They would order some wild combinations.. My cousin and I would sometime ferry cars from South Bend and Detroit when we needed them quickly. I will never forget driving a GM 63 Avanti R2 4 Speed with 4.11's in it back to Detroit.. And an absolutely stunning 220seb Coupe that was also for GM..
            Ron Husak
            63 R2 Avanti
            Ron Husak
            Conifer, CO
            Living at 9200 feet and lovin it!
            63 avanti R2 63R-2648

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ronhusak View Post
              Guy's..
              I would like to see that shot of the 61 Hawk!
              We used to sell mostly to Ford and GM cars used for engineering comparison.. Studebaker's and Mercedes Benz's in the 50's and early 60's.. Then Dodges after 64.. They would order some wild combinations.. My cousin and I would sometime ferry cars from South Bend and Detroit when we needed them quickly. I will never forget driving a GM 63 Avanti R2 4 Speed with 4.11's in it back to Detroit.. And an absolutely stunning 220seb Coupe that was also for GM..
              Ron Husak
              63 R2 Avanti
              Hi Ron-
              Just go to ebay and search "1961 Studebaker Hawk photo". You will see several shots of both the interior and exterior. It is the black Hawk. You may have to zoom in the rear shot to see your decal!
              It was a beautiful car! Quentin

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              • #22
                Welcome aboard Ron, I noticed no one else mentioned it, but the 2013 International meet is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I've only been to one international event, but Colorado Springs, will be the 2nd one I am attending. Lord willing.

                Todd

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Jet Green Daytona View Post
                  Welcome aboard Ron, I noticed no one else mentioned it, but the 2013 International meet is in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I've only been to one international event, but Colorado Springs, will be the 2nd one I am attending. Lord willing.

                  Todd
                  Todd..
                  I will be working the event with local Avanti Owners Club next year.. Looking forward to it.. Probably have a bunch of "Rich" running Studebakers cause of the altitude.. I live at 9200 feet and am struggling with mine!
                  Ron
                  Ron Husak
                  Conifer, CO
                  Living at 9200 feet and lovin it!
                  63 avanti R2 63R-2648

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by qsanford View Post
                    Hi Ron-
                    Just go to ebay and search "1961 Studebaker Hawk photo". You will see several shots of both the interior and exterior. It is the black Hawk. You may have to zoom in the rear shot to see your decal!
                    It was a beautiful car! Quentin
                    Quenton.. Thanks for the tip.. Bought a couple.. That car could have been my cousins demo.. He had a 61 with a 3 speed and overdrive in black.. No way to tell for sure.. But sure looks as I remember it..
                    Ron
                    Ron Husak
                    Conifer, CO
                    Living at 9200 feet and lovin it!
                    63 avanti R2 63R-2648

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                    • #25
                      It is a small world!

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                      • #26
                        Welcome to the Forum Ron
                        It is always nice to get another 61 Hawk enthusiast on board.
                        Good roads
                        Brian & Sandi
                        Brian Woods
                        woodysrods@shaw.ca
                        1946 M Series (Shop Truck)

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by woodysrods View Post
                          Welcome to the Forum Ron
                          It is always nice to get another 61 Hawk enthusiast on board.
                          Good roads
                          Brian & Sandi
                          Brandy & Sandi..
                          I am actually a fan of about all Studebaker's.. I currently have a 63 R2 Avanti.. I own an R1 Avanti that I had originally sold new for quite a few years.. Sold it in about 96..
                          Bought this one in South Bend Last year.. Then drove it to Detroit the home here to the DEnver area..
                          Ron
                          Ron Husak
                          Conifer, CO
                          Living at 9200 feet and lovin it!
                          63 avanti R2 63R-2648

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by ronhusak View Post
                            Todd..
                            I will be working the event with local Avanti Owners Club next year.. Looking forward to it.. Probably have a bunch of "Rich" running Studebakers cause of the altitude.. I live at 9200 feet and am struggling with mine!
                            Ron
                            I'll be the one looking for tuning advice, since I am probably not much above sea level. I look forward to seeing you there.

                            Todd

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                            • #29
                              Todd..
                              Can give you lots of advice.. Just don't know if any of it is any good!
                              My supercharger and carburetor made the journey back to Jon Meyers for overhaul and set up last year..
                              After falling off of a ladder (Washing my motorhome of all thinks) I screwed up my shoulder so it didn't get back on till this summer.. Well it still ran like crap!
                              So the carburetor went for a trip again.. Jon "fattened" up the mixture again.. found slightly bent secondary shaft with some rust etc. and returned it. Well it runs MUCH better now but still some stuff to sort out! Choke doesn't come off nearly as quickly as it should.. Still doesn't come to idle as well as I would like.. But it is usable.. Good news is the supercharger does develop boost!
                              But :-( the power steering stopped working..
                              So as you see.. It goes on and on.. I drove it the 1300 miles home from South Bend via Detroit with just a water pump failure..But running wise did great just too rich as I came towards Denver.. When I started up into the hills it was just flat rich..
                              Ron
                              Ron Husak
                              Conifer, CO
                              Living at 9200 feet and lovin it!
                              63 avanti R2 63R-2648

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                              • #30
                                Ron, I listen to bad advice too! I am already running a carburetor that is too big, an Edelbrock performer 600 CFM, I am sure a 500 cfm would be adequate on the 289, the problem is it runs pretty good, so I can't get myself to spend money on something I might not need when I can spend it on something I do need. Of course the thought process is always going on in my head, I have a 71 El Camino with a 350 that I really need to put together and get on the road, so I can always put the 600 cfm on the 350 and get the 500 for the Studebaker.

                                Todd

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