a jewel in the rough - Studebaker Drivers Club Hamilton Chapter

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a jewel in the rough - Studebaker Drivers Club Hamilton Chapter

A JEWEL IN THE ROUGH…………………text and photos by PaulIt doesn’t matter how many blood transfusions you’re given, when the car hobby is in your blood it can’t beremoved! Such is the case with Roland Lusted. Over the years he has restored Corvettes, Buicks andStudebakers to name a few. In October of 2009 Roland found a 1961 Studebaker Hawk on-line located at aused auto dealers in Minot, North Dakota. A deal was struck and arrangements made for Roland to meet aflatbed truck hauling his new project in South Bend. Once home he started to dig into the history of the Hawkand discovered that it was delivered from South Bend to Inglewood, California when new. Strategies began forthe complete restoration. This particular example had a factory colour known as Flamingo and Roland loves thatcolour. It sure screams loud and clear the ‘61 era auto colours.After a full review of the car, it became apparent that a parts car would be a great asset in order to do aperfect restoration job on the ’61. That happened at the York, Pa. Studebaker swap meet in March 2010. WhenMay came and the weather had picked up, another mission got underway to retrieve the York find, a 1959 modelthat would provide the necessary parts to complete the ‘61. All the useful parts were removed and the carcasswas then scrapped. After the summer months passed, the project really got underway with plenty of work, (toomuch to put into print). In November the body was taken to the body shop to be gone over, primed and paintedthat fabulous Flamingo pink (oh, so popular in Florida during the 50’s & 60’s).While the body was at the body shop, Roland went to work on the chassis; sand blasting, painting, reassemblingthe front suspension and rear end, installation of fuel lines, tank, brake lines, wheels etc. The 289ci 4bl enginewas rebuilt and installed along with the 4 speed transmission and driveshaft. This was all done in Roland’s homegarage over the winter months and into the spring. In September 2011, the body was brought home andreunited with the chassis. Things were coming together with all the remaining details like bumpers, stainlesstrim pieces, badges, grill, along with the carpet and interior. Reading this presents that things happenedquickly, but weeks turned into months before the garage door opened and this “jewel” saw the light of day.That happened on June 1st 2012 and Roland took the car for its maiden road trip. Enjoy the picturesbelow of this beautiful Flamingo…….oops, Hawk!!


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