1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk 56 Automatic Transmission Power Steering

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Technical specifications

Model:Golden Hawk
Fuel Type:Gasoline
Interior Color:Light & Dark Rose Mist
Engine:352 Packard OHV V8 275 HP
Trim:Vinyl with cloth inserts
Number of Cylinders:8
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I'm the third owner and have owned this car since 1983 when I began a complete restoration which was completed in 1988. It's getting too hard for me to keep it maintained and I don't want it to deteriorate as the maintenance is neglected.
The car was originally used by a Studebaker engineer in South Bend for several months before being shipped to Florida. It has been in the same 60 mile radius area ever since.
The car is driven every weekend unless it is raining. Everything works. You can just turn the key, put it in gear, and go (and stop). The longest trip I've ever taken in it is about 280 miles round trip, but most trips are from 20 to 50 miles.
I have every receipt for every repair or part since the day I bought the car. I also have a spreadsheet indicating each repair and date, how much I spent each year, and the mileage at the time, with a total dollar and mileage figure for each year. I have copies of all the paperwork (titles, bill of sale, etc.) and the original production order. The car lacks nothing.
The car is in very good condition with no dents, dings or scratches. Mechanically, the car starts, runs, and stops fine. When I press on the brake pedal, the car stops straight with no pull in either direction.
The seats are not the original material. I searched everywhere for five years and could not find anyone who had the original material. I went with something that was reasonably close and it turned out well. Reproduction material became available about five years later, but I decided to keep what I had.
I rarely put the transmission in neutral when I stop for a light, but occasionally I do. A couple of times over the last 20 years, it would slip when I put it back into drive. I simply drop the selector into the 2nd Drive position (not low) so it starts in Low instead of Drive. It then shifts to Drive (the normal starting gear) before locking up to the torque converter. I've never had a problem with this and it has worked every time.
There is a slight exhaust leak at the front passenger side manifold. I have the three gaskets for this, but it should only need thefront one.The dome light burned out about 15 years ago. I never replaced it because I didn't want to chance tearing the fragile headliner. The headliner is NOS.
I bought a reproduction trunk mat in 1993 but a mouse got in and soiled an area in the middle, you can see it in the photo. I have the later style houndstooth mat under the correct one.
Put in silicone brake fluid in the late 1988, and have never had a problem with the brakes. I replaced the stop light switch with a mechanical/electrical switch because the original style switch could not tolerate the silicone fluid.Replaced all the brake drums, shoes, hoses, steel brake lines, wheel cylinders, and master cylinder. Added a rare original safety brake fluid reservoir so the brake fluid can be checked from under the hood instead of lifting the carpet to get to the master cylinder access holeEngine was rebuilt at 96,000 miles, but I had to replace the speedometer with an NOS one at about 116,000. Current mileage is showing 8400+.
The fuel gauge doesn't go all the way to full, but seems to be accurate as the tank empties. This started about 7 years ago, I will include a spare NOS gauge
Theoil pressure gauge goes to about 25 PSI and sits there no matter if I'msitting at idle, revving the engine, or going sixty MPH. It's been like this for over 10years. I will include a spare NOS oil pressure gauge.Engine compartment was detailed during the engine rebuild, but would need some cleaning up to be show quality. I had a small fire in 1992 that spewed burning oil on the firewall.Replaced the spark plug cables with a set made by Brent Hagen.Replaced the four piece hardboard headliner with a new old stock one in the original Light Rose Mist color and replaced the three plastic headliner bows with reproduction bows. Replaced every dash instrument with NOS gauges except for the clock and radio. Converted the original tachometer to and electrical movement so the sending unit is no longer needed. Tachometer looks exactly as original.Clock converted to a quartz movement with a new bezel. Replaced all the interior handles, cranks, ash trays with NOS units. Replaced the steering wheel with a Shrock Brothers recast wheel, and a new horn ring. Had the padded dash recovered and redid the seats, kick panels, and package shelf. Added a rear seat speaker. The carpet matches the seats, but is not original. I added a carpet flap over the transmission access hole cover so the cover itself doesn't show.
The silver mylar on the interior door panels is started to show some wear. I have a roll of mylar that I will include, but it is 50+ years old now and I'm not sure how good it is. The rear mylar is very nice.Paint (enamel) is in very good condition for being 26 years old. It shines up nice, but doesn't have the base coat clear coat depth that more recent paint jobs have.There are no dents, scratches, or dings.
All chrome and stainless are excellent, as are the rubber weatherseals.Replaced the side view mirrors new reproduction mirrors from Studebaker International last year.Transmission was rebuilt in 1988 and so far, hasn't let me down. I replaced the 5-1/2" wide wheels with 6 inch wide wheels so I could put on P215/75R-15 wide white radials whose specs more closely match the original 7:10-15 tires. Exhaust system is like new with the slight leak as noted above.Converted the points system to a Pertronix ignition with flame thrower coil.Put in a new battery in July.I repaired or replaced everything as needed. I wanted to have a car that was dependable to drive and look good enough to be competitive at shows. This is a very nice car which hopefully will go to a new owner who will give it the care it deserves.

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