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  • Body / Glass: 56 Golden Hawk numbers

    Hello Everyone,

    I am currently working on my 1956 Golden Hawk, and was wondering what information could be gathered by all the body numbers on the car.

    I also have the VIN if that is needed.

    The numbers I am referring are located on the firewall, door and intake. (pictures below)

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    Thanks,
    Anthony

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    Anthony: If you have the car and are interested in historical trivia about them, you'll want to visit The Studebaker National Museum store and buy the new 1956-1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk and Packard Hawk Monologue they just published. Click to enlarge:

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    With one of those, you could easily decode your tags and dozens of other curiosities you'll run across.

    Your Body Tag is decoded thus:

    56 = 1956 model year car
    J = model designation; Golden Hawk
    K = body style; 2-door hardtop
    7 = trim level; premium
    3302 = the 3,302nd 1956 Golden Hawk body welded up

    The center photo has casting numbers that don't mean much other than to the guys in the foundry

    I can't read all of the Serial Number Plate, but can read the numbers 032771. There's probably a 6 in front of the zero. That is the car's sequential legal identifier for titling, ownership, and registration purposes.

    BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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    • #3
      If the S/N is 603----.the car was assembled in South Bend and not Vernon (LA), as some 56 GHs were.
      You can get a production order with more information about your particular car from the SNM.
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        get the engine serial# if you can. it should be stamped.

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        • #5
          Thanks for all the information. I'll check out the Studebaker National Museum..

          Where on the engine is the S/N stamped?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Anthony View Post
            Thanks for all the information. I'll check out the Studebaker National Museum..

            Where on the engine is the S/N stamped?
            Go to the bottom of this table.

            http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/V8EngineID.asp
            Skip Lackie

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            • #7
              And don't forget to go to Frank Ambrogio's web site for the 56J, http://www.1956goldenhawk.com

              Had a 56J for 20 years!

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              1962 GT Hawk

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 56GH View Post
                And don't forget to go to Frank Ambrogio's web site for the 56J, http://www.1956goldenhawk.com
                Had a 56J for 20 years!
                Thank you for the mention, Bill, I appreciate it.
                As usual, I'm a little late to the party.
                The car was last registered with me by Wallace Kidd of Easton PA. He sold the car in 2010 and that was the last I knew of it.
                Serial 6032771, Body 3302, Engine S3788, Paint P5634 ROMANY RED/SNOWCAP WHITE.

                Anthony, I hope you will contact me.
                Frank A.

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