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  • #16
    Originally posted by warrlaw1 View Post
    I like the looks of a Skyhawk. No fins and a Hawk grill. Next best thing to a 53/54 (and I own a 55).
    So sorry to hear that Dave!

    Sorry, but I could not resist, '55's are like Avantis they are definitely Love or Hate and you left yourself wide open on that one!
    Count me in the 1954 C/K Groupie Group.
    Last edited by StudeRich; 07-29-2013, 03:10 PM.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #17
      Originally posted by PackardV8 View Post
      But Dave, then it wouldn't be a Sky Hawk, it would be a '57 Golden Hawk, minus the fins. Once one begins to modify any car, it's a slippery slope and I've been past the point of recovery for fifty years now. jack vines
      Yes- adding a blower would make it like a finless '57/8 Golden Hawk.
      But wouldn't putting a Packard mill under it's hood make it like a finless '56 Golden Hawk?

      My point was- you can 'juice up' a 289 and make it look nearly stock.
      In other words- it's easy to have an R1 without it looking like an R1.
      That was why I said "unless you go really nuts and add a blower as well."
      Doing that gives it away, and makes it a totally different car.

      It's one of the fun things about Studebakers.
      There are lots of interchange options for us.
      Even those of us with sedans, wagons and busses!!!





      StudeDave '57
      StudeDave '57
      US Navy (retired)

      3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
      SDC Member since 1985

      past President
      Whatcom County Chapter SDC
      San Diego Chapter SDC

      past Vice President
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      • #18
        Hmmm... a R-2 in the bus???
        Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

        '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

        '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Corvanti View Post
          Hmmm... a R-2 in the bus???
          They fit in 'little' 2R trucks~



          so why not a BIG one?

          In all fairness- I need to talk to Jason about his 2R's engine pictured above.
          It 'might' just be an R1 or 2 'playing the part' so to speak.
          I do know it's from an Avanti.




          StudeDave '57
          Last edited by StudeDave57; 07-29-2013, 05:22 PM. Reason: added info
          StudeDave '57
          US Navy (retired)

          3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
          SDC Member since 1985

          past President
          Whatcom County Chapter SDC
          San Diego Chapter SDC

          past Vice President
          San Diego Chapter SDC
          North Florida Chapter SDC

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          • #20
            I think we're 'straying' a bit here boys!

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            • #21
              well, whatever you do, make sure you "tag" it. some folks may think it was original to the bus.

              (sorry, i promised myself to "let sleeping dogs lie" and "stop beating a dead horse", etc. etc.)

              re: the original topic - i'd keep it a Sky Hawk, and put whatever Studebaker/Packard engine & drivetrain wanted/can afford. just keep it in the SP family!
              Kerry. SDC Member #A012596W. ENCSDC member.

              '51 Champion Business Coupe - (Tom's Car). Purchased 11/2012.

              '40 Champion. sold 10/11. '63 Avanti R-1384. sold 12/10.

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              • #22
                I've always added my own, personal tweeks to any car I've ever owned, so putting a Packard into a Sky Hawk, and restoring the rest of the car to Bone Stock original is probably the way I'll go. It will simply be a Sky Hawk with a Packard engine...but it will STILL be a Sky Hawk. Ricky Nelson had a line in his song "Garden Party"..."You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself". Some people will think it's a sacrilege...some won't. Me?...I'll drive the wheels off of it...

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
                  I think we're 'straying' a bit here boys!
                  Indeed.
                  And with cooooool pictures, too!!!



                  Originally posted by Corvanti View Post
                  well, whatever you do, make sure you "tag" it. some folks may think it was original to the bus.
                  Too late!!!
                  The nice folks in the Grand Canyon Chapter already yanked Nelly's original big six.
                  Then they installed a 259 from a '57 Commander.
                  But they left no tags telling me- I figured it out when I lifted the hood.






                  StudeDave '57
                  Last edited by StudeDave57; 07-29-2013, 05:27 PM.
                  StudeDave '57
                  US Navy (retired)

                  3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                  SDC Member since 1985

                  past President
                  Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                  San Diego Chapter SDC

                  past Vice President
                  San Diego Chapter SDC
                  North Florida Chapter SDC

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                  • #24
                    re: the original topic - i'd keep it a Sky Hawk, and put whatever Studebaker/Packard engine & drivetrain wanted/can afford. just keep it in the SP family![/QUOTE]

                    That's BAD advice Corvanti......If He's keeping that Sky Hawk 'SP' He should definitely use the 'S'.....On the other hand, if He needs to anchor His yacht..........!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
                      I've always added my own, personal tweeks to any car I've ever owned, so putting a Packard into a Sky Hawk, and restoring the rest of the car to Bone Stock original is probably the way I'll go. It will simply be a Sky Hawk with a Packard engine...but it will STILL be a Sky Hawk. Ricky Nelson had a line in his song "Garden Party"..."You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself". Some people will think it's a sacrilege...some won't. Me?...I'll drive the wheels off of it...
                      You wont be 'driving the wheels off it' if there's a Twin-Ultramatic behind that big bruiser!!!!!! (But anyway, good luck whatever You decide to do!)

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by 345 DeSoto View Post
                        I've always added my own, personal tweeks to any car I've ever owned, so putting a Packard into a Sky Hawk, and restoring the rest of the car to Bone Stock original is probably the way I'll go. It will simply be a Sky Hawk with a Packard engine...but it will STILL be a Sky Hawk. Ricky Nelson had a line in his song "Garden Party"..."You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself". Some people will think it's a sacrilege...some won't. Me?...I'll drive the wheels off of it...
                        You'd surprise more than a few folks when you open the hood and that big Packard 374 stares back at them (without the marine plumbing, of course).
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                        1996 Impala SS
                        1967 Jag XKE FHC
                        1963 Avanti R2
                        1963 Avanti R1
                        1956 Packard Patrician
                        1948 Jag Mk IV DHC
                        1909 Hupmobile Model 20

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                        • #27
                          One thing's for sure.....Those chromed 'PACKARD' script rocker arm covers look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! (Had a pair like that on my old 56J)

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                          • #28
                            Keep the Sky Hawk as it was intended, you want Packard power there is plenty of them available. We are fast aproaching when number matching cars are the preferred standard. Do as you wish, you own it, but the return(and we all want a return) will reflect the changes.
                            It is an addiction!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by SN-60 View Post
                              One thing's for sure.....Those chromed 'PACKARD' script rocker arm covers look absolutely BEAUTIFUL!! (Had a pair like that on my old 56J)
                              Thanks! This same 374 spent about 10K miles in my old 56J (with a T85/OD, not an Ultramatic) It is now looking for a new home...if anyone wants to repower/upgrade their 1950's wood runabout, let me know.
                              1996 Impala SS
                              1967 Jag XKE FHC
                              1963 Avanti R2
                              1963 Avanti R1
                              1956 Packard Patrician
                              1948 Jag Mk IV DHC
                              1909 Hupmobile Model 20

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                              • #30
                                It would be kind of a waste....But this engine should probably be on display in a marine museum.

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