1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk

 

 
    

 

 We were fortunate to have gotten this California 56 J

 from a good friend.  Powered by an Aluminum  LS1 

 and the original Dana 44  dual traction rear differential.

 Not wanting to eliminate the front cross member  we 

 used Slick Stuff's bolt on IFS.  Kent Stauffer also added

 power steering.   A flowing  front to  back center console 

 with four bucket seats adds interest to the project.

    Day one... dismantling the body        Day two....body off chassis  on to the  rotissere      Day two....chassis stripped of components 

                                                                                                                                    

   Body hand stripped and sand blasted....chemically treated with Ospho      body then immediately epoxy coated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

    Chassis sandblasted and treated with Ospho...     Then epoxy painted after blasting....
    Finish painted .....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

    New Slick Street Stuff IFS with power steering....     Rebuilt Dana 44...new drum brakes and springs..     Rolling Chassis ready for body..... 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

    Sound deadened roof and entire cabin......       Body back on chassis....... 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    Hanging brake ....accelerator....push ebrake installed....    Installed Gen IV Vintage Air heating...cooling...defrost unit..  also 16
   circuit American Autowire unit ....

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   LS1 / 4L60 E ....fitted to compartment for motor and trans mounts....       Machined LS1 Aluminum brackets for pully system installed....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   BEFORE...................Using a stock GT Hawk dash...      AFTER.... Kent fabricated  pieces covered in dark brown accent color.
     Dash painted to match interior leather color.      

 












     
     The interior below will be duplicated in this Golden Hawk to include the
     straw colored french stitch.  In the two adjacent shots the custom front to
     rear center console will be flanked by four bucket seats.
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