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  • 1961HAWK
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    Well Matthew i will tell you one of my stories will call it.
    "XKE an ME"

    My Bestfriend since the third grade and I attended a Car Show. This was his first time in my Hawk since about 1986 when you still had to sit on buckets platic ones... We had a great time at the show and my Hawk was looking its best but didnt trophy, not the first time so i got over it. We hung around to watch most eveyone leave so we could see the smoke fest, at this show most cars do alittle burnout as they leave. well the smoke had cleared and we headed up the road when i noticed a Jaguar XKE that had been in the show pulled over at the side of the road. So being the nice guy i am i was pulling over to help when he took off. So i pulled back in line and we were running down the hwy about 50 mph. Thats when it started Mr. XKE decided to kick it down 2 little puffs of black smoke and he was heading out. I looked at my buddy and ask "Should i let him Get away with that?" Of course he said "Heck No" so pulled in down to second and let it eat about 75 i let it go back into overdrive in second gear. By about 100mph i was back on Mr. XKE like a Hawk on a Feild mouse. By 110 i decided i got a pass him or quit, since i have never been much a quitter i pulled out. when i was right beside him i looked at him and he looked at me i reach up and put the hawk in third at almost 120mph. i thought he was going to poop himself from the expression on his face. He instantly quit i went on around got my Hawk back down to a nice little cruising speed and easied my way home. The old girl impressed Me, my Buddy and pretty sure Mr. XKE was impressed too. That is the fastest i have had my Hawk and the only time i have had it over 100. It is also the reason i know it will run 120 in second gear. I dont think She < my Hawk> would impress to many people at the drags but she is one long legged lady.

    Erin Hays
    "From Stuck and Rusty to Slick steel and sex appeal"
    RZRECTD
    1961 Hawk
    1962 Lark
    1963 Wagonaire

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  • mbstude
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    Hey, Erin, how fast have YOU gotten the Hawk up to? [)]

    Matthew Burnette
    '59 Scotsman
    '63 Daytona
    Hazlehurst, GA


    Cruising the Proving Ground Test Track

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  • mbstude
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    Hey, Erin, how fast have YOU gotten the Hawk up to? [)]

    Matthew Burnette
    '59 Scotsman
    '63 Daytona
    Hazlehurst, GA


    Cruising the Proving Ground Test Track

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  • tstclr
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    I love hearing stories from "The Old Days". There is a fellow named "Gord Hazlett" here in Ontario who worked in the auto business (mostly service) since the 30's. He wrote a book called "Old Auto Tales" which I really enjoyed reading. Worth picking up.
    Todd

    63 Lark 2dr Sedan

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  • tstclr
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    I love hearing stories from "The Old Days". There is a fellow named "Gord Hazlett" here in Ontario who worked in the auto business (mostly service) since the 30's. He wrote a book called "Old Auto Tales" which I really enjoyed reading. Worth picking up.
    Todd

    63 Lark 2dr Sedan

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  • Chucks Stude
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    An Avanti owner in Denton, Texas told me that the reason he got into Studebakers was because of a race that he was in. He had a 58 Olds and was racing down the interstate with a guy who had a 56 Chevy. They would pass each other when they could and were going flat out, when a gentleman in a 4 door president, with one arm across the back of the front seat, one hand on the wheel, passed them both up. They were both quite humbled by that experience.

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  • Chucks Stude
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    An Avanti owner in Denton, Texas told me that the reason he got into Studebakers was because of a race that he was in. He had a 58 Olds and was racing down the interstate with a guy who had a 56 Chevy. They would pass each other when they could and were going flat out, when a gentleman in a 4 door president, with one arm across the back of the front seat, one hand on the wheel, passed them both up. They were both quite humbled by that experience.

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  • jnormanh
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    The first car I owned, in 1964, was a '60 Hawk, just about like your grandpa's. It was a 225 hp, OD, TT car. I'd owned it for a few months, but never had driven it very fast until two of us were going to New Orleans one night. Just outside of NO is the Lake Ponchatrain bridge, 26 miles long, dead flat and dead smooth. it was 3 AM, not another car in sight, so I put my foot it it and watched the speedo wind around, way past 120, even a tad past the bottom and headed back up...about 150 indicated.

    On recapped tires, on a bridge, in the middle of a lake. {shudder}

    All the road tests at the time reported 110-115 MPH as top end for the 225 HP Hawks, so that speedo must have been WAY optimistic.

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  • jnormanh
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    The first car I owned, in 1964, was a '60 Hawk, just about like your grandpa's. It was a 225 hp, OD, TT car. I'd owned it for a few months, but never had driven it very fast until two of us were going to New Orleans one night. Just outside of NO is the Lake Ponchatrain bridge, 26 miles long, dead flat and dead smooth. it was 3 AM, not another car in sight, so I put my foot it it and watched the speedo wind around, way past 120, even a tad past the bottom and headed back up...about 150 indicated.

    On recapped tires, on a bridge, in the middle of a lake. {shudder}

    All the road tests at the time reported 110-115 MPH as top end for the 225 HP Hawks, so that speedo must have been WAY optimistic.

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  • Swifster
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    Great stories. It was definitely a different time. Do any of this now and the cops will throw you in the can and throw away the key. Back then, you might get off with a warning.

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    Tom - Valrico, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

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  • Swifster
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    Great stories. It was definitely a different time. Do any of this now and the cops will throw you in the can and throw away the key. Back then, you might get off with a warning.

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    Tom - Valrico, FL

    1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

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  • 1961HAWK
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    episode 7 class and style.

    Grandpa was tending bar and a car salesman came in and had a drink. While he was there he told Grandpa he should stop in and Check out the new Fords for 65 and trade his old tired Studebaker. Grandpa said he paused for a moment and asked what kinda mileage does that new ford get. The guy said about 19mph. Grandpa ask What kind a torque they were getting out of that car? They salesman said 285 ftlbs. Granpa then ask if it looked like the 64's. He said the salesman pulled out a flyer and gave it to him to look at. Grandpa said he looked at the flyer a moment then said " So i guess what your asking my if i am ready to downgrade from Class and Style to a soup can, with less torque and not near the mpg that i get now? I reckon i will hang on to my old tired studebaker a little longer." He said he said it all with a smile and that salesman never said another word just finished his beer and headed down the road.

    you know i miss hearing all these old stories from him.... bet i heard them all 100 times...

    Erin Hays
    "From Stuck and Rusty to Slick steel and sex appeal"
    RZRECTD
    1961 Hawk
    1962 Lark
    1963 Wagonaire

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  • 1961HAWK
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    episode 7 class and style.

    Grandpa was tending bar and a car salesman came in and had a drink. While he was there he told Grandpa he should stop in and Check out the new Fords for 65 and trade his old tired Studebaker. Grandpa said he paused for a moment and asked what kinda mileage does that new ford get. The guy said about 19mph. Grandpa ask What kind a torque they were getting out of that car? They salesman said 285 ftlbs. Granpa then ask if it looked like the 64's. He said the salesman pulled out a flyer and gave it to him to look at. Grandpa said he looked at the flyer a moment then said " So i guess what your asking my if i am ready to downgrade from Class and Style to a soup can, with less torque and not near the mpg that i get now? I reckon i will hang on to my old tired studebaker a little longer." He said he said it all with a smile and that salesman never said another word just finished his beer and headed down the road.

    you know i miss hearing all these old stories from him.... bet i heard them all 100 times...

    Erin Hays
    "From Stuck and Rusty to Slick steel and sex appeal"
    RZRECTD
    1961 Hawk
    1962 Lark
    1963 Wagonaire

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  • 8E12T6
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    IIRC, dad's ole 51 cmdr would do 90 in 2d od and 105 in high. not bad considering it was 10 years old at the time and had been rode hard and put up wet. sorry to say it now resides in the pasture with briers and saplings, not much left. I assume the speedometer was close to correct.



    pwbrown

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  • 8E12T6
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    IIRC, dad's ole 51 cmdr would do 90 in 2d od and 105 in high. not bad considering it was 10 years old at the time and had been rode hard and put up wet. sorry to say it now resides in the pasture with briers and saplings, not much left. I assume the speedometer was close to correct.



    pwbrown

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