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  • GT Hawk Emblems

    I'd like to put new emblems on my GT Hawk after the repaint (Hawk on C pillar, script and chevron on doors). I've not heard good things about the repoped ones (don't fit the factory holes).

    Does anybody have recent experience with these? Any alternatives if they still don't fit?

    Thanks.




    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

  • #2
    You need to file the pins down on all of them, cut one pin off the birds

    64 Commander 2 dr.
    64 Daytona HT
    63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
    63 Avanti R1
    63 Daytona convert
    63 Lark 2 door
    63 Lark 2 door #2
    62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
    62 Lark 2 door
    62 GT Hawk 4 speed
    60 Lark HT
    60 Hawk
    59 3E truck
    52 Starliner
    51 Commander

    JDP Maryland

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by JDP

      You need to file the pins down on all of them, cut one pin off the birds
      So...the pins fit in the holes? They just need to be a little smaller in diameter?




      Dick Steinkamp
      Bellingham, WA

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      • #4
        Yes, I have an opinion- it's mine and mine alone~

        If they're anything like any of the other emblems/nameplates that have been 'repopped' they will more then likely start to pit or be discolored in 2-4 years.
        Quality is NOT job one in China...

        No, I'm NOT a fan of most 'repopped' stuff that is out there~
        Next time it's NOS, rechromed, or none at all!!!


        StudeDave [8D]
        V/P San Diego County SDC
        San Diego, Ca


        '54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
        '57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
        '57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
        '57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
        '58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
        '65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'
        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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        • #5
          They take a bit of messing with. As I recall, I've installed them with just the pins (no clips) and a dab of construction adhesive.

          64 Commander 2 dr.
          64 Daytona HT
          63 R2 4 speed GT Hawk (Black) #2
          63 Avanti R1
          63 Daytona convert
          63 Lark 2 door
          63 Lark 2 door #2
          62 Daytona HT/ 4 speed
          62 Lark 2 door
          62 GT Hawk 4 speed
          60 Lark HT
          60 Hawk
          59 3E truck
          52 Starliner
          51 Commander

          JDP Maryland

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          • #6
            FWIW, I know from experience that the repopped "Studebaker" paint line scripts for the 53-54 roof pillars have oversized diameter pins that will promptly snap off when you press them on. [V] But 3M glue products always come to the rescue! [^]

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            • #7
              I think the worst case I've had with any repop emblems is the chrome 'Studebaker' script. The 'S' and the 'r' tend to break off. That happened with the emblems on both doors of my truck. I replaced them with originals from parts cars.
              I've heard bad things about a lot of other new emblems too. [V]
              Thankfully the '63 Hawk still has all the emblems on it in pretty good condition.

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              Matthew Burnette
              Hazlehurst, Georgia
              '59 Scotsman PU
              '63 Daytona HT


              http://mbstudebaker.blogspot.com/


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              • #8
                I think the the reproduced birds are an abomination. They are great for indoor display, but aren't even made the same way as the originals. I have a friendly acquaintance in my town who owns a plating shop and replated my originals in gold. The metal underneath was pitted a little, so they aren't perfect, but they DO fit and he did it for almost nothing (sorry, I don't think he would offer the same to others, as it is outside his usual line of plating).

                My recommendation would be to try and replate yours, or maybe polish and apply gold leaf followed by a clear coat. That might come out great.

                I'd like to see them reproduced and done RIGHT.
                "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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                • #9
                  I put repopped chevrons on my 63. They have been on 4 years, the chrome is holding up, but the pins needed a little filing down, and the hole spacing was a tick off as well


                  Chris Kot
                  '63 GT Hawk
                  '37 Dictator Rod Project

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by Scott
                    or maybe polish and apply gold leaf followed by a clear coat. That might come out great.
                    Good idea, Scott! I'm going to try that...nothing to loose.




                    Dick Steinkamp
                    Bellingham, WA

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                    • #11
                      Having worked in a body shop for the past year, any emblems that have a large mating surface, such as the Hawk chevrons or the crossed flags on my Daytona, I'd just use the two sided tape. It doesn't require any drilled holes. I would intentionally snap off those mounting pins so that they are nothing more than a small guide. The 2 sided tape is thin enough to not be seen once installed. The down side would be trying to remove a smaller part once installed. You'd run the risk of breaking the part. But as a reproduction, who cares.

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                      Tom - Valrico, FL

                      1964 Studebaker Daytona

                      Tom - Bradenton, FL

                      1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
                      1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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                      • #12
                        SWIFSTER -
                        please email me about your signature line photo. I love that teal color and I want to see that photo on a TW cover.

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                        • #13
                          Dick,
                          Here is a kit you might consider for gold leaf. It's less expensive than I thought it would be.

                          http://www.dickblick.com/zz270/01/
                          "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by Scott

                            Dick,
                            Here is a kit you might consider for gold leaf.
                            I don't think gold leaf will do it. I gives kind of that "gold tin foil" effect...

                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_leaf




                            Dick Steinkamp
                            Bellingham, WA

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                            • #15
                              Hmm, well maybe. Maybe I'll try it on an old emblem sometime. If it does work, it'll be a lot cheaper than replating.
                              "Madness...is the exception in individuals, but the rule in groups" - Nietzsche.

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