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    Manuel J. Martinez

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  1. Time for a new installment of the 56J build and thanks for following! Here comes a couple of minor details but some of my favorites to include on Stude builds. The windshield washer bag appears on almost all postwar Studes (if they had the optional washer) so I've made these several times in the past. The bag itself is my resin re-pop of an old JoHan part and it gets decorated with a homemade decal. Most of my images (maybe all?) for under hood Studebaker decals come from the on-line catalog of Studebaker International, a parts supplier to the 1:1 Studebaker community. This build also requires a battery upgrade since the '53 donor kit includes a 6 volt battery but by 1956 Studebaker had stepped up to 12 volt along with most of the rest of the auto industry. They always used Willard batteries as standard equipment (though some later ones were labelled Studebaker) so that's a cool detail to include on these builds. A battery tray upgrade is also needed and on this car the washer bag actually hangs on the battery hold-down frame. At this point, the engine was mostly temporarily assembled so it could be test fitted to the chassis. More about the engine itself later. The 56J requires a dual exhaust system, unlike the donor kit, and I decided to fab one up from Evergreen styrene. It's amazing how much bend you can put into 3/32" styrene tube just with finger pressure if you take it slow. When more bend was needed I used heat from a little coffee mug warmer - kind of like a mini hotplate. The exhausts were made in sections so a slip-up on one section wouldn't ruin the whole thing and then connected with plastic pins. The 56J (and all Hawks from then on)also has an extra frame brace. It has an unusual shape so one pipe passes above and the other passes below the brace. I think that allows room for the engine to twist under acceleration torque without either pipe hitting the brace. I think that will do it for now but there's more to come!
  2. Hi again! Thanks, thanks, thanks to everybody for the appreciative comments! I didn't know Studebakers were so popular but they've been special to me for my entire life. There's no particular personal or family connection but they just seem fascinating in a way that other cars are not. Next installment - still bringing you up to the present time. As of right now in real time, the interior and engine are actually finished and waiting for installation and I'm currently working on the chassis. So, the front seat was done much like the rear one but also needed some contour enhancement on the back side. Then it was time to make the dashboard. The R&R dash (at the top in the next photo) was right in a lot of ways but totally wrong in others so I decided to make a new overlay that would go on top of the AMT '53 dashboard. And that was it for the interior. Another installment soon.
  3. I don't usually do WIP threads but since this is such a long term project it seems to deserve one. This build started about 10 years ago! After working on it for a while I found that my skills were being overwhelmed and life was putting a lot of demands on me also so I just set it aside to have a break. Before long that break had stretched out to 10 years but it's finally back under way. I don't plan to post any photos from the "old days" - just the recent work - and mostly let the photos do the talking with maybe a brief comment added as needed and I'll start a new post every ten or so pictures so they don't take too long for viewers to load. In the Studebaker world, the '56 Golden Hawk is usually referred to as a 56J. That was Studebaker's internal code for it. Most of my references came from the on-line Studebaker community which is large and has always been very supportive and helpful. The documentation for these cars is amazing and I frequently referred to the 168 page (!) Authenticity Guide that you can find right here: https://www.1956goldenhawk.com/manuals/56ghauth.pdf Here's what came out of storage: That's an R&R resin body with some improvements made already and more to come and a "Frankenstein" engine made to be a reasonable replica of the Packard V-8 (Stude called it a Sky Power 352) that powered the 56J plus bits and pieces from a '53 Starliner donor kit. That was in June of this year so now we'll start catching up to the present time. I decided that the R&R interior was unacceptable so work began on modifying the '53 interior to suit. Another post will be coming soon - still not caught up to present.
  4. Great responses about making clear lenses! I was thinking there would be an aftermarket source where everyone was getting them but now I see that there's a lot of possibilities. I'll be trying some of those methods. Thanks, everyone!
  5. To those of you who use the "drill out" method, where do you get your clear lenses?
  6. OUTSTANDING!!! That's arriving in style when you pull up in that.
  7. That's a great build. Beautifully executed. Congrats!! I'm loving all the CRAZY 60's style customs that are showing up!
  8. mr moto


    Fabulous! What a great idea. Customing a custom. You have a great eye for that style and the work is top notch.
  9. Duplicolor primer is so good that there's no reason to try the paint over something else. I use their primer under everything.
  10. In 1959 Johan made kits of the current year Dodge and Plymouth. AMT/SMP made a '59 Imperial and Revell had an older year Chrysler New Yorker in 1/32 scale.
  11. Thank you everybody. I'm still here and still building. Haven't made any real customs in a while but that may be changing soon! I remember you , Luiz. I hope you built something really nice with that '62 Plymouth!
  12. I find that the Tamiya acrylics are far better than the old Testors lacquers. They brush on smooth and thin.
  13. The fins are indeed from scratch - just Evergreen styrene sheet, .04 I think. Their shape was inspired by the 1960 Dodge. The windshield is the stock part from the kit. It was made into a wraparound by moving the "A" pillars back so that the vent panes became a part of the windshield. For the rear window, I used the stock window as filler for the roof contour, cut a new opening, and then used a piece of clear acetate for the new window. All the customizing was done as simply as possible. I searched for photos of the interior but there aren't any from the construction and it didn't really work to try and get a good photo through the side window. I can tell you that it has four bucket seats. They're all alike and are the custom seats that come in the '53 Stude kit and there's a full length console in between made from two of the kit's custom consoles. It also has a 1960 Plymouth steering wheel that came from Modelhaus - my absolute favorite wheel for a custom. Thanks to everyone who posted comments. Pretty amazing to see this interest after such a long time.
  14. This is a surprise seeing this thread come back to life! I'll have to dig deep and see if I have any interior photos but it sounds like I didn't even have my own camera back then.
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