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  • My 1957 Studebaker Hawk - Restomod

    This is a my 1957 Hawk that was originally my grandfathers. While he owned it I worked on this with my father at the family owned body shop in Wisconsin while I was in Highschool. I take no credit for the work other than getting to so the grunt work and taking parts off, sandblasting and priming and prepping some of the parts My dad did the bulk of the work for the frame off restoration back in the early 90's. It then sat unfinished from about 1993 until my grandfather passed away. I brought the car to Nashville, TN around 2012 and started the restomod process with a shop here. The idea was to keep it looking original on the outside but make it something I could hop in and drive with my young boys. Not enough time in the day to tinker with an original and keep up with all of the activities my kids are in. It is a lot of fun to drive and hope you enjoy the pictures. I have many pics of the car from the beginning to the end of the restoration. Click image for larger version

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    Kerry, that's a good looking Hawk! Thanks for posting the pics.

    By the way, the NC Chapter is having our big fall Tri-State Meet on Sept 14-15 in Maggie Valley NC. Since you are in the middle of TN, it might be a bit of a drive for you, but consider attending. Here is the NCSDC Facebook site with info: https://www.facebook.com/NCSDC
    We would love to have you and your family attend!
    Paul
    Winston-Salem, NC
    Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: www.studebakerskytop.com

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    • #3
      Sweet Hawk indeed! More photos please...would love to see the interior. Is that a Ram-Jet 350 under the hood? cheers, junior
      sigpic
      1954 C5 Hamilton car.

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      • #4
        It is a 350 ram-jet. We had to stub the frame to make it fit and add better suspension in the front.Click image for larger version

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        • #5
          Wow, impressive!

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          • #6
            Well done, nice job. I particularly like the first shot, reminds me of my Hawk, driver door missing and rotted floor.

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            • #7
              Very classy custom job! Well done

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              • #8
                You could hop in and drive if it was restored original also, do it all the time with my 57 Commander and 36 Ford.

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                • #9
                  That is an awesome looking Hawk!
                  Ed Sallia
                  Dundee, OR

                  Sol Lucet Omnibus

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                  • #10
                    Love it! Great job on the car and the family connection is awesome. I have my dad's goldenhawk.

                    Gordy
                    sigpic1957 Goldenhawk

                    Keeping the passion alive

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ksoday View Post
                      It is a 350 ram-jet. We had to stub the frame to make it fit and add better suspension in the front.
                      I notice your steering wheel looks like it's from either a '53, '54, or '56 C/K. If you don't mind my asking? What sub-frame did you use, and what's the steering column from? That doesn't look like, it has, a Stude gear select lever? Were any specific modifications required, to either the wheel or column, to use them together?

                      Mark
                      sigpic

                      S2Deluxe = (5H - C3).

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                      • #12
                        Yes it is a 350 Ram-jet

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