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4961Studebaker
01-20-2018, 11:00 AM
https://i.imgur.com/rvNjUUn.jpg?1

Hello everyone, after a long absence I'm slowly getting back to prior excitement levels.
Progress is being made, bottom half of car is near completion and I expect the next 9 months will be busy getting the vehicle done for Vegas.

I understand there's been issues with Photobucket so I hope this little photo will enlarge or is at least good enough everyone can see.

Body man is getting all the door seals and trunk seal from me to make sure every item will fit well,

Body gaps are amazingly tight and look great. (3/16)

sweetolbob
01-20-2018, 11:33 AM
Welcome back, :!!: Looking forward to more progress. Bob

52-fan
01-20-2018, 05:06 PM
It will be interesting to see how the build finishes. :)

Dick Steinkamp
01-20-2018, 07:10 PM
Kevin,
I'm counting on you and the car being in Tacoma this year.

-Dick-

junior
01-21-2018, 07:44 AM
Wow, thats weird...I was just thinking about this build a couple of days ago! Good to see progress is still happening! Was also thinking about that 2dr sedan 50? bullet nose build that the guy had to build a second custom frame because the DOT inspector did not like his first one...the car was orange, had flip-front and a nice chopped lid...wonder what happend to that build? cheers, junior

4961Studebaker
03-04-2018, 07:34 AM
https://i.imgur.com/96mTV0e.png?1




2nd Prime and block is near completion. Paint this coming Friday or following Monday!

https://i.imgur.com/9RHeEUf.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/Rcl4I5q.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/JRUQXjx.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/tAyRB8W.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/ZlzusGY.jpg?1

4961Studebaker
03-04-2018, 07:35 AM
70760

Gap work,

4961Studebaker
03-27-2018, 09:50 PM
Body is off once again. Paint soon.

JRoberts
03-28-2018, 05:40 AM
Boy, your Lark really is looking good. Can't see it when completed.

4961Studebaker
03-31-2018, 01:56 PM
Painter (pictured) says next week.
Hope so. Frames out for coating and I’m anxious!!

https://i.imgur.com/1zUYWGW.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/jRbLLE7.jpg?1

4961Studebaker
04-08-2018, 07:32 AM
Some paint laid down on ChopStu. Going out there today to take some pictures in person as well as matching interior color to leather.

Daytona Grey Pearl if you feel like google image searching.

(https://www.audiworld.com/forums/audi-a3-s3-rs-3-mkii-209/daytona-gray-interesting-color-2918798/)https://www.audiworld.com/forums/audi-a3-s3-rs-3-mkii-209/daytona-gray-interesting-color-2918798/

https://i.imgur.com/1ddd2zN.jpg?1

4961Studebaker
04-14-2018, 04:10 PM
https://i.imgur.com/mbiyiX8.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/AppRW6m.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/splxDGk.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/chyRQ1G.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/x9DEVU8.jpg?1

More paint. Had the grill(e) molding painted, not pictured is the mesh insert it will be chromed.

61Lark
04-14-2018, 06:21 PM
That looks great with the seam between the fender and grille panel filled in.

4961Studebaker
04-15-2018, 08:13 AM
That looks great with the seam between the fender and grille panel filled in.


Thanks! I’ll get a picture of the interior color that was sprayed on one, upper door window surround, sometime today.

4961Studebaker
04-19-2018, 09:21 PM
1 additional clear coat away from being done.

Color appears much darker here.

https://i.imgur.com/pk8UqTR.jpg?1

https://i.imgur.com/AUYrRlT.jpg?1

junior
04-20-2018, 07:00 AM
wow, you must be so stoked! cheers, junior

4961Studebaker
04-20-2018, 05:18 PM
wow, you must be so stoked! cheers, junior

Grinning quite a bit.:D Everyday I want to see more get done and start putting it back together. It’s in that awkward teenager phase right now.

Peanut
04-21-2018, 06:14 PM
I'm so happy for you, and so glad I saw this thread pop up! Looking forward to assembly.

4961Studebaker
04-22-2018, 04:11 PM
Tried a new picture hosting site, everyone wants better pictures to look at right?!!!

I'll work on the sizing as I go, think I got the sizing closer on first thread photo 720x540.:!: Thanks Jeff

Opinions on sizing and car welcome. :D

JGK 940
04-22-2018, 05:09 PM
Wicked paint. Seems some of us jawboned about the taillights. What did you wind up using? Don't look quite the right shape for Valiants.

rknight89
04-22-2018, 05:51 PM
Wow Kevin! I remember several years ago when you stopped by to see my Lark when both my car AND your car were complete messes! We've both come a long way. Mine is a fun weekend toy...Yours, on the other hand, is simply AMAZING! Congrats to you. Your time and effort have certainly paid off!

4961Studebaker
04-22-2018, 06:01 PM
Wicked paint. Seems some of us jawboned about the taillights. What did you wind up using? Don't look quite the right shape for Valiants.

There was a bit of discussion, went with an LED light - Lokar XL. they offered 2 sizes of this and I have the larger, lenses covering the LED are red.

The paint - thank you - when the painter is saying he’s “loving the color” it’s gotta be good :) 2-3 coats of clear I lost track what piece had how many coats at the time taken.

4961Studebaker
04-22-2018, 06:05 PM
Wow Kevin! I remember several years ago when you stopped by to see my Lark when both my car AND your car were complete messes! We've both come a long way. Mine is a fun weekend toy...Yours, on the other hand, is simply AMAZING! Congrats to you. Your time and effort have certainly paid off!

Thanks Chris, it seems like yesterday but everyone should know this is year 12 of this project - god willing this will be completed this year. Can’t wait for the building to be done and start cruising.

Hey - nothing beats a rumble seat - wife layed eyes on a 30’s Stude the other day who knows a stock rumble seat might be next.

4961Studebaker
05-03-2018, 09:43 AM
First Cut/Polish

https://i.imgur.com/R4WWhGi.jpg?1

RR Fender top.

https://i.imgur.com/nN3QFv8.jpg?1

Engine Before

https://i.imgur.com/mHPPJRZ.jpg?1

Engine After color, it is indeed a Dark Brown metallic

https://i.imgur.com/snWhZRf.jpg?2

Yes the imaging host site literally "inverted" rather than "rotate" this engine.

https://i.imgur.com/MCzDlbT.jpg?1

Assembly of coated suspension components has begun.

https://i.imgur.com/28tRR0T.jpg?1

Stude Shoo-wop!
05-03-2018, 06:07 PM
Hey - nothing beats a rumble seat - wife layed eyes on a 30’s Stude the other day who knows a stock rumble seat might be next.

What? Surely it can't be?! Your WIFE laid eyes on a Studebaker? I must be delirious! In all seriousness though, I hope you do enjoy this lovely Lark project to the best of your capacity! It will certainly be a happy day to see this car on the road (even without Stude power), after such a long time of it being a bucket of bolts.

Bob Andrews
05-03-2018, 08:13 PM
K-Dog! Glad I stopped in. Good to see the progress 👍

Michidan
05-04-2018, 07:11 AM
Really nice to see this coming together. Absolutely top notch build.

4961Studebaker
05-26-2018, 10:56 AM
https://i.imgur.com/A1j0l3a.jpg?1

sweetolbob
05-26-2018, 03:21 PM
DAMMMMNN Nice! The only problem I see is you'll have it on the road before my Avanti. ;)

Bob

Peanut
05-26-2018, 07:08 PM
The stance is already on point! You're in the home stretch, now. Is there progress on the upholstery, as well?

4961Studebaker
05-26-2018, 08:04 PM
Bob. You may beat me yet. Interior bill/plan hasn’t been finalized. :woot: Matt no interior yet, wiring, insulation (Hushmat), hang rest of the sheet metal. Lots to do still. Appreciate the comment on the stance, important for sure and think I got that spot on in the beginning - air ride helps if it needs a little tweak ;)

Everyone enjoy the holiday.

4961Studebaker
06-16-2018, 06:58 AM
https://youtu.be/nT-xUROpgcELark takes its first breath, #HolleyDominator EFI controller, Sanderson Headers.

Tanks Inc Mustang EFI ready fuel System

T.J. lavallee
06-16-2018, 02:57 PM
This is a bad project! Love those first generation Larks! You've put a nice spin on it. I like what you've done with the front end, too. Excuse my ignorance but where are the front turn flashers now? Are they built into the headlight assembly? The paint color is just right for this custom Lark. I'm looking forward to your finished project. My 9 year old Grandson says to tell you, "you rock!"...and I have to agree with him. Thanks for the update and posting.

Charlie D
06-16-2018, 08:15 PM
Kevin,

This is a sweat looking car. I appreciate your sharing the progress with the forum. Are you a member of the local SDC there in Kansas City. I am a member of the Ozark Trails Club south of you a little. When you get the car on the road we would love to have you bring it to one of Orphan Car Shows in Branson, MO. They are in September and I know your car would WOW the general public and other Studebaker enthusiasts. I look forward to more updates. I loved the video you produced of the start-up of the engine. Was that you setting in the drivers side on start-up? If so, you are quite a bit younger than most of us in the clubs. Keep up the great work.

Charlie D.

StoneDog
06-16-2018, 09:17 PM
Wow! What a paint job! I have to admit I don't like gray...but, man did you hit a home run with that paint job! When all is said and done, I think it'll be understated, yet impressive. I like the contrast! You do great work!

4961Studebaker
06-21-2018, 04:32 PM
T J - Tell your grandson he "rocks" for liking Studebakers in the first place, and thank him for looking in on the project. The front turn signals will be placed behind the radiator grill. This originally was a dual headlight car but replaced with NOS single light sheet metal.

Charlie - Thanks for watching the video, while I am younger than the average Stude owner (43) I am not in the video that's posted, that's a tech that works at the Hot Rod shop analyzing the computer during the video. Great people in the Local Chapter, they have reached out before and when the project and I have more time I hope to do more with surrounding events. Including the Orphan show.

StoneDog - Thanks, and well stated on your part, "Understated, yet impressive" that was a goal all along, some sort of classic color that will not be trendy and nothing too over the top done to the Lark. I would say that no custom touches done to the car are new or ground breaking in the customization world, just new, (for the most part) to the choice of car before you.

Hence the cars name ChopStu - Stew in a culinary sense contains lots of differing ingredients people like. You mix and match all the differing flavors that you like in order to create a personal favorite.
ChopStu doesn't have all the ingredients everyone likes, it may have ingredients no one likes, however it has all the ingredients I like. That's really the crux of the hobby, making vehicles and memories your own way.

As always I thank everyone who look in on the projects pictures. Happy belated Fathers Day to all out there.

T.J. lavallee
06-21-2018, 05:34 PM
4961 We thank you for your response. Nice move with the turn signals. I let my Grandson read your response and his eyes lit up. He looked up at me and said, "He thinks I rock, Gramps." I assured him he definitely does!

pinehurstbob
06-22-2018, 08:23 AM
Its your car... do it the way you like. Great work and quality build. Call me when you are tired of it.
Bob

Peanut
01-23-2019, 10:10 PM
Any forward movement to report? I'm itchin' for an update!

daytonadave
01-23-2019, 11:29 PM
The Guy that did the body and paint work on my Car in 73 filled in the this Fender seam with a Torch and coat hanger. I thought later, how would I ever replace these rear fenders? It looked cool though.
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