A Studebaker Reference Guide

1956

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Starting Serial Number: 56G - Champion & Flight Hawk... G-1357501
  56B - Commander & Power Hawk... 8429601
  56H - President & Sky Hawk... 7171001
  56J - Golden Hawk... 6030001
Location: On plate on left front door post.

Starting Motor Serial Number: 56G - Champion & Flight Hawk... 1180251
  56B - Commander & Power Hawk... V-363751
  56H - President & Sky Hawk... P-22001
  56J - Golden Hawk... F-1001
Location: 6 and straight 8 - Upper left side of cylinder block.
  V8 - Top side front of cylinder block.

Production Information: Six 28,918
  259 V-8 30,654
  289 V-8 21,819
  Golden Hawk 4,071
General Specifications:
Model Wheelbase (In.) Tread (front) Tread (rear) Length Width Height Shipping Weight (lb.) Tire Size (In.)
Champion n/a n/a n/a 200 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 6.40-15
Flight Hawk n/a n/a n/a 203 15/16 n/a n/a n/a 6.40-15
Pelham n/a n/a n/a 196 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
Commander n/a n/a n/a 200 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
Power Hawk n/a n/a n/a 203 15/16 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
Parkview n/a n/a n/a 196 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
President n/a n/a n/a 200 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
Classic n/a n/a n/a 204 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 7.10-15
Sky Hawk n/a n/a n/a 203 15/16 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
Pinehurst n/a n/a n/a 196 3/4 n/a n/a n/a 6.70-15
Golden Hawk n/a n/a n/a 203 15/16 n/a n/a n/a 7.10-15

General Engine Specifications:
Model # of Cyl - Bore & Stroke # of Main Bearings Type of Lifter Used Displacement Taxable H.P. Developed H.P. Max. Torque Compression Oil Pressure
Champion 6 Cyl. 6 - 3 x 4 3/8 4 Mech. Adj. 185 21.6 101 @ 4000 152 @ 1800 7.8 40
Commander - V8 8 - 3 9/16 x 3 1/4 5 Mech. Adj. 259 40.6 * note 1 * note 1 7.8 40
President - V8 8 - 3 9/16 x 3 5/8 5 Mech. Adj. 289 40.6 * note 2 * note 2 7.8 40
Golden Hawk - V8 8 - 4 x 3 1/2 5 Hyd. Non Adj.. 352 51.2 275 @ 4600 380 @ 2800 9.5 40

* note 1With 2 BBL Carburetor: HP- 170@4500, Torque- 260@2800. With 4 BBL Carburetor: HP-185@4500, Torque- 265@2800.
* note 2With 2 BBL Carburetor: HP- 195@4500, Torque- 286@2800. With 4 BBL Carburetor: HP-210@4500, Torque- 292@2800.

Engine Tune-Up Specifications:
Model Plug Type Plug Gap Dwell Point Gap Ign. Timing Compression Inlet Tappet (hot) Exhaust Tappet (hot) Fuel Pressure Min. Engine Idle
Champion, 6 Cyl J7 .030 39 .020 2B 140 .016 .016 4 550
Commander, V8 H11 .035 31 .015 4B 140 .026 .026 4 550
President, V8 H11 .035 31 .015 4B 140 .026 .026 4 550
Golden Hawk, V8 N18 .035 31 .015 5B 140 Zero Zero 4 450

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