- “My 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk Project” by Member John Cosgrove

My 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk Project

The Hawk project started in 2002. It was purchased from Melbourne and transported to Queensland. The condition can only be described as “unassembled”.

 

There was lots of rust and what we thought was most of the car was only a very small part of what was required to get it on the road.

I started by getting the chassis and the body dipped in a tank to clean the metal and remove paint. The body came out with less metal and lots of holes. The job was getting bigger and more expensive.

I started by coating the chassis with POR Chassis paint then welded up the cracks in the front crossmember and chassis. Rear springs bushes replaced and springs fitted to the chassis. Front end rubbers replaced and fitted to chassis. My brother Michael then designed and fitted discs and callipers to the spindles. This involved designing an adapter plate for the spindle assembly to attach the PBR callipers. A dual master cylinder was fitted to the chassis in the same location as the original and new brake lines fitted. I had a stainless fuel tank made and fitted it to chassis. The diff was cleaned and assembled with new brake shoes etc. and fitted to the chassis. At this point the chassis was nearly completed and only needed a steering box.

   

 The next job was the body. For many years the body was like a permanent fixture on Gordon Thallon’s shed ceiling. It had coloured lights draped in the floor and when turned on the light shone through the holes and created a disco pattern on the floor at many a Christmas party.

At different times in this 18 year saga, it was lowered to the ground and put on a rotisserie and rust and panel pieces repaired.

For the length of the project I spent many hours researching what parts I needed and I found and brought many NOS parts. This was a hell of a job considering we were not sure how it was meant to go together. Gordon and I have learnt a lot about hard top Hawks and Golden Hawks in particular.

 I have to thank Ian McKellar for directing me to the wiring harness company in Melbourne that made his harness. All I had to do was send my old harness to them and they already had the pattern and used some parts of my harness and they promptly sent back the finished product-Yippee!!

As the body work was being completed I thought it was close enough to get the engine assembled. It was a rebuilt short block 15 years or more ago so I got Neil Black from Maryborough to disassemble and check the work and then rebuild the engine to a long block. I had the heads machined and valve guides replaced and new valves seated about 15 years before they were required. I got it back to Gordon’s place and unloaded it onto a wheeled frame to move around only to have the engine fall off the frame and the front supercharger pulley landed on the concrete and broke. Lucky for me Nathan Kramer (from Newcastle) had reproduced the pulley in aluminium alloy and I purchased one and we were back in business. It took another few months before we got ready to put the engine into the car. It would another 1 1/2 years before the car was able to be registered.

It’s now Jan 2021 and the car has virtually sat for 11months because of COVID-19 and other commitments. A friend George Udovicich inspired me to get working on the car again and with his help we have just finished replacing the front springs as the original springs sagged badly. I couldn’t get a floor jack under the front of the car. I read a forum in America about possible substitute springs and purchased them from Rockauto. I also got a couple of ½” spacers from another supplier. After they were installed the car lifted 3½” and looks good. The back of the car also went up ½”.

Now it’s onto the next job in the list of problems that need attention and hopefully the car will be truly finished in 2021.

John Cosgrove

PS – This is the short version. The long version has lots of swearing, wrong parts brought – new parts that didn’t fit – oil leaks – chipped paint, hard work and perseverance. I don’t want to remember some of it so I left it out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- Flat Rate Times from Bill Beverley’s Service Station Days

Here are some Old Flat Rate Times from Bill Beverley’s Service Station Days. Bill spoke about these at one of the Club meetings.

Flat Rate P143 Six 47-50 & 51-58

Flat Rate P144 Six 47-50 & 51-58

Flat Rate P145 Six 47-50 & 51-58

Flat Rate P146 Six 47-50 & 51-58

Flat Rate P147 V8 57-58 Hawk & Lark 59-64

Flat Rate P148 V8 57-58 Hawk & Lark 59-64

Flat Rate P149 V8 57-58 Hawk & Lark 59-64

Flat Rate P150 V8 57-58 Hawk & Lark 59-64

 

 

- Festival of Elegance – Feature Club – SCCQ – May 2018

This SCCQ story was featured in the “Festival of Elegance” magazine.

- Harold & Phyllis Ireland – Restoration of 1948 Studebaker Commander LandCruiser

Our 1948 Studebaker Commander LandCruiser….It is finally close to being finished, is registered and is ready to road-test…It has been driven to Strathpine and back, the morning we registered it, at the Dept of Transport Office…..They don’t come out and inspect them anymore and rely on the information given on the road safety certificate, and the Third Party Insurance Certificate to issue the registration…

Quite a few people came out of the Office to have a look  and were suitably impressed….All being well I should be able to show it at Redcliffe in September at the Club Concours…which I did & won President’s Choice Award!

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Congratulations Harold & Phyllis

It has been a long-term project, started back in the early 90’s. I converted it from left hand drive, which wasn’t too difficult because we had a parts-car of the same year, which had the right-hand drive parts needed for the conversion.

When purchased, it was minus the engine and gear-box and some panels on the front section nose-cone, were missing also…I was fortunate enough to locate a right hand drive dash panel new from USA, because the donor car had been converted and still had the dash panel as left-hand drive…We removed the body and all the undercarriage and components were over-hauled and painted before the body was re-fitted.

I had the dash panel and other components re-done in the wood-grain finish, which many of the cars in those years were finished in this way. The engine which I rebuilt also came out of the donor car, but had to be completely over-hauled,  it was sound and was a good power-plant to keep the car original.   All the brakes were overhauled, new tyres fitted to sand-blasted and painted wheels. 

 The chrome work was quite expensive with both front and rear bumper bars, four overriders and tail lamp bodies, plus other items and so became one of the most expensive parts of the restoration.  A new front windscreen was installed and the rear glass we converted to a one-piece unit. The off-white upholstery with grey carpet was done locally at Morayfield.  The paint-work was also done locally with the original colour of Peacock blue, which was made to the original formula,  I had managed to get from the USA…

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I also rewired the complete car and changed it over to a 12volt system, keeping the signal lamp system in its original form.  The 6 volt horns are fairly loud connected to the 12volt system, but you don’t have to use them often, so they are not a big drain on the battery.

We originally purchased the car from a guy in Newcastle, who had imported it from America and had advertised it in the Stude News and my father Walter bought it from a photograph.  He had it transported up to Brisbane by a local friend who had a new Chev Truck  and was anxious to try it out on a long trip..   My father Walter passed away in 1992 before the restoration was started,  I feel he would be quite pleased with the final result.

Harold and Phyl Ireland

SCCQ Club Members

- Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary

Long time members of our Queensland Studebaker Car Club, Harold & Phyllis Ireland celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on 12th March, 2015. Congratulations to both of them, what a wonderful celebration.

Harold &  Phyllis

 

- Club Member Dennis Jewsbury’s Profile – Studebaker Hawk

My Studebaker Hawk was first purchased 1960-61 from Mac Chapman in Melbourne by Jean Henderson, her daughter Jayne Green has written a short history of the car, as below.

 Jean traded her 1948 Jaguar ss3.5 litre on the Studebaker Hawk, the car was used for shopping, picking up children and occasionally on driving holidays to Queensland. She stopped driving the car in the mid Seventies due to ill health and the car was not driven for 5 years or so.

Jean on holiday in Queensland with her Hawk

Jean on holiday in Queensland with her Hawk

 

Jean with her 1960 Studebaker Hawk

Jean with her 1960 Studebaker Hawk

 Some work was done on the car in the Eighties by Studebaker Club member Mr Alan Hyde to make it driveable, tyres, brakes etc and I used the car to take Jean out from the Nursing home. She remembered the car with affection. After Jean’s death the car was passed onto Dad, Chas Henderson. It had no Roadworthy at this stage and he rarely drove it as there was no power steering. It did however remain fully registered all the time and was garaged at Mt Eliza under cover. After his death the car became mine and I drove it home to Wandong. A road worthy was obtained in 1998- 99 and I have driven it around the district mainly to Kilmore to keep it in working order. It has travelled around 3,000 miles in 15 years and always started first time even when it had been sitting for months. It has been garaged under cover during this period.

“A great car, much loved and my Mother would be pleased to know that the car will continue to give pleasure as it did for her.”

1960 Studebaker Hawk - present day

1960 Studebaker Hawk – present day

After seeing some great Studebakers, in my teens in Henderson Street, Bulimba I have always wanted to own one, so after many years I finally found the one advertised in Wandong, Victoria, which had been in the same family since new. After agreeing to sell me the Studebaker, I flew down to Melbourne to inspect the car and arrange for transport to Queensland. I have rust proofed and redone some upholstery and with the help of Club Members have been maintaining the car. I have done 1,0000 klms since registering the car in 6th month 2013 and just keeps getting better and giving much pleasure.

 Dennis Jewsbury