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    I just picked up a 57 Hawk to restore. It needs a new rear end. Does anyone know of any rear ends that would bolt right on to the leaf spring perches and be about the right width?

  • #2
    I don't believe there is anything that will "bolt right up".

    Any Studebaker car rear end from '53-66 will, however, bolt right up. They are plentiful and relatively inexpensive (many times free).

    What are the indications that it needs a new rear end? Perhaps fixing the existing one would be the easiest way out. It is a Dana rear end and parts are readily available.

    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA


    • #3
      Thanks Dick, I saw a post from another guy with a similar question and discovered your Stude has a 327 and 4 speed. Thats what the one I bought has. (It was an old timers hot rod) I plan on redoing it with the same drive train.Soooooooo, if the Dana44 is good for you, it's good for me!
      Thanks again!


      • #4
        Mine is the stock Dana 44 that has been with the car since new. I've put over 30,000 miles on the car since I built it...including some fairly hard use...

        I am in the process of upgrading the axles to the Fariborn flanged ones, however. Not because anything has failed...I personally just feel safer with the flanged one.

        Dick Steinkamp
        Bellingham, WA


        • #5
          Anything you might order.

          I ordered a Winters, Quick Change for my Conestoga.
          Make sure you give the right dimensions for any given company to build to, and it should bolt right in.