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    found 56 ph needing help with ID.body tag has 56B-C3 350 the second tag has C3 2 tone, the door tag has, 8430090 with a motor stamp is V364658, casting # is 536601, he said that is all original it does look complete thanks

  • #2
    A 56B-C3 is a 1956 Power Hawk coupe. The 350 indicates that this is the 350th body of this type welded up, out of 7095. 8430090 is the Serial Number and indicates that it was made early in the 1956 model year in South Bend, IN and it is part of the Commander series. The V indicates that the engine is a 259 cid. You can go to the SDC home page to check if the engine number is in the correct range for a 1956. It is unusual to have a second tag (streamer) to indicate a two tone paint job.
    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    SDC member since 1968
    Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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    • #3
      The only reason I can think of is, the Body Line employees sometimes must have needed a prompt to remember to drill the Holes for the around the rear Glass Two-Tone Stainless moulding before Paint.

      A Two-Tone Paint job would be no big deal to remember and easy to fix if wrong, but No Mouldings to hide the paintline would be a bigger problem.

      Maybe used on Monday Mornings!
      StudeRich
      Second Generation Stude Driver,
      Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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      • #4
        the car does not have the trim divider on the quarters,must be top only color

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        • #5
          Originally posted by jetboat View Post
          the car does not have the trim divider on the quarters,must be top only color
          The '56 Power Hawks do not use a side trim "divider" that was reserved for Sky Hawks and Golden Hawks.
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          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jetboat View Post
            the car does not have the trim divider on the quarters,must be top only color
            I believe that top only would be correct, and the only two-tone, on a Power Hawk.

            EDIT: Once again, Rich and I were "typing" similar replies at the same time. He just got his in one minute ahead of mine (probably due to dial-up).
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              Very true Gary, my Comcast Cable connection is VERY Fast, and I can update them to add pics and corrections for about 5 Min. or more without a Updated Note.
              StudeRich
              Second Generation Stude Driver,
              Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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              • #8
                I think the car is the same color as the coupe, but has 2 colors on top , the car is on craigslist corvalis in Oregon,too rough for my capeabilities and he is firm on his price of 5k

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jetboat View Post
                  I think the car is the same color as the coupe, but has 2 colors on top , the car is on craigslist corvalis in Oregon,too rough for my capeabilities and he is firm on his price of 5k
                  What do you mean by; "...2 colors on top..."?
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    The car has had body work, but looks solid overall.
                    https://corvallis.craigslist.org/cto/5669721891.html
                    Mike Davis
                    Regional Manager, North Carolina
                    1964 Champ 8E7-122 "Stuey"

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by studegary View Post
                      A 56B-C3 is a 1956 Power Hawk coupe. The 350 indicates that this is the 350th body of this type welded up, out of 7095. 8430090 is the Serial Number and indicates that it was made early in the 1956 model year in South Bend, IN and it is part of the Commander series. The V indicates that the engine is a 259 cid. You can go to the SDC home page to check if the engine number is in the correct range for a 1956. It is unusual to have a second tag (streamer) to indicate a two tone paint job.
                      .......and if this Power Hawk is a REAL early unit, and it has a Flightomatic trans, it will have the 'first gear start in drive' feature!!

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                      • #12
                        sorry I meant 2 paint jobs over the yellow, and all the gray has bondo under it and the trunk lid has rust along the lip

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