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ClaymoreWW
04-22-2008, 05:45 PM
I saw this on ebay and Bought It Then. It was delivered today!

http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/gallery/main.php/d/655-1/lark01.jpg

Yes, it needs some work. The interior is beyond sad ;). I had to do some clutch adjusting already. The passenger's side rear brake line was broken. I had to pop for a new battery.

After the battery, it fired right up!

Looking underneath, I was amazed at the frame - no distortions or rust or anything! Check this out !!!

http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/gallery/main.php/d/643-2/frame04.jpg

Yes, the pic is upside down, but you can read it this way. My tag is 63V-J8-175, so I assume the line built the frame and said "this frame is for V-J8 and drop in a 289. There is another string of letters that I cannot interpret. Maybe someone can look at the full size pic and figure something out.

Anyway, I am now a happy and "real" member of the SDC - I drove it from the cement pad into the barn. My son only said STOP! once - before he remembered that I can't - yet.

Check out all the pics so far at this URL (click the "full size" to see them large!):

http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/gallery/main.php/v/LARK/

--george (happy as a Lark!)


1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/larkkey.jpg

raprice
04-22-2008, 05:51 PM
George,
Congrats!!! I saw the car on Ebay and thougt it would be a nice acqusition for some lucky person.
The car really looks sound and should be a fairly easy restoration.
Best of luck.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

BobGlasscock
04-22-2008, 05:57 PM
Congratulations George!!! I feel your pain, I mean excitement. I could gush all day long on the forum, but would be run off. It is truly so exciting to have the car run, and then to drive it. Just wait till the first time you get it on the street for a real normal drive. whew! At least you joined the club and forum before you got your car, I did the reverse and wished I hadn't. I had my car for 57 years before I joined, and learned everything I needed to know after I did it. duh.
Anyway, big congratulations, and I'm so happy for you.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

lstude
04-22-2008, 06:09 PM
Good find. Congratulations!

Leonard Shepherd
http://leonardshepherd.com/

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/52Commander41108sm3.jpg

mbstude
04-22-2008, 06:43 PM
Is that the 4 speed car that JP had for sale?

I'm VERY envious! I wish mine was a 289 with 4 speed, and with a body that solid. They do look good in black too, don't they? ;)

The writing on the frame is easily interpreted. The 'V' is for V8. 'J8' is the body style. (Hardtop, only available on the Daytona line) and '289' is obviously the engine. :)

BTW, take a close look at my signature pic. It's a black '63 Daytona HT. Factory R2 4 speed car. [:p]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

whacker
04-22-2008, 06:44 PM
May I suggest a vist to this page?

http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/tech_things2do.asp

bams50
04-22-2008, 06:46 PM
Is that the one JP sold?

Good for you George! That's a great car that's not too bad; are you going to do a quickie for a driver, or a more thorough resto?



Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

rockinhawk
04-22-2008, 07:03 PM
First you get it to run, then you get it to stop. Everything else is just details. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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ClaymoreWW
04-22-2008, 07:17 PM
It is the one JP sold. I figure I paid the premium for the lack of rust - I am content with that - no regrets.

I plan to fix it up, but it won't be a restoration. I won't go away from stock, interior, engine, everything. I might do some colorations here and there just little things that I want to do - say a very mild custom. Anything I do won't affect the restorability of the car, so no worries about cutting or hacking, etc! I already took the front bumper guards off and am thinking of the entire bumper. I plan on dousing the underside in POR-15, wherever necessary. Between that and not driving it in the winter, it ought to last many, many more years.

Does anyone have a clue as to the original options? I have a couple of clues that it might not have been black. I like black/red or red/black cars, so it is likely to remain black.

Matt, it was all I could do to bite my tongue when it was posted about you in the R2. Maybe after everything else, I can spring for an R2 setup :D

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone...I'm looking forward to this adventure!

--george

1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/larkkey.jpg

mbstude
04-22-2008, 07:20 PM
The front bumper isn't going back on my Daytona. :) Here's why.

http://bulletnose.snakenation.com/galleries/mem_gal/images/tucker.jpg

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

DilloCrafter
04-22-2008, 07:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

The front bumper isn't going back on my Daytona.
In that case, Matt, stay well back from trucks with hitchballs! ;)

http://simps.us/studebaker/misc/images/Avacar-hcsdc.gif[/img=left]
Paul Simpson
"DilloCrafter"

1955 1/2 Ton Pickup
[i]The Red-Headed Amazon
Deep in the heart of Texas

Mark57
04-22-2008, 07:28 PM
Congratulations George! I used to have a '63 Daytona HT myself - lots of fun! [8D]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0100A.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
04-22-2008, 07:30 PM
George,
You can order the build sheet from the museum. That will tell you exactly what the original options and colors were.

Matt,
I agree on the bumper...like bullet nose cars, these Larks were MADE to go bumperless [^]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

Guido
04-22-2008, 07:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mark57

Congratulations George! I used to have a '63 Daytona HT myself - lots of fun! [8D] I did too, and I think I have related here, I sold it in 1976 for $60.00. [xx(] It ran, had PDB, PS, auto, radio, vanity, etc. By the way, nice car. I first saw it before JP got it and if it had been anywhere close I would have bought it.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

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mbstude
04-22-2008, 07:43 PM
quote:In that case, Matt, stay well back from trucks with hitchballs! ;)

I was waiting on someone to say that... ;)

Whenever I finally get back to working on mine, I've got a V8 brake setup from a '63 Cruiser for it. Heck, I might even go the Turner disc route. I'll decide once I get there. :)

[b]Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

Steve T
04-22-2008, 07:48 PM
George--

Hearty congrats...I know exactly how you feel right now! It would be a good idea to order the car's build sheet from SNM. For starters that'll tell you beyond doubt what colour (scuse me, color);) your '63 wore when she came off the line; it'll tell you much else besides. (Re the color, you may even find it was some weird shade no one knows much about, like my '62!)

Matthew--

Oh that is one sexy '62...

Cheers

S.

mbstude
04-22-2008, 07:58 PM
quote:Matthew--

Oh that is one sexy '62...

It's turbocharged, too. :) And at 14 PSI, I hear it blows the head gaskets. [:0]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

rockne10
04-22-2008, 08:34 PM
Tommy Steele called it "Fortuousity"! Solid car, desirable model, time and circumstance; the stars were aligned.:)
quote: First you get it to run, then you get it to stop.
Neil, I thought it advisable to get it to stop before you get it to run.
quote:The front bumper isn't going back on my Daytona.Pennsylvania won't let you license a vehicle unless it has a front bumper, or facsimile thereof.

mbstude
04-22-2008, 08:53 PM
quote:Pennsylvania won't let you license a vehicle unless it has a front bumper, or facsimile thereof.

Good thing I'm not in Pennsylvania. :D

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

Guido
04-22-2008, 08:59 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude
Good thing I'm not in Pennsylvania. :D You would not be able to afford insurance...... [:o)]

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

rockne10
04-22-2008, 09:06 PM
Gary,
Are you ragging on Matthew?;) Or Pennsylvania?[:o)] He's had no more accidents than I did at his age; and, for no better reasons.:D

Guido
04-22-2008, 09:16 PM
I just remember when I worked for a couple of years outside Philly that folks would talk about the cost of insurance. I also remember people claiming to live in Jersey to avoid the city tax.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

See pictures here: http://community.webshots.com/user/GuidoSalvage

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Cravin
04-22-2008, 09:39 PM
Nice Lark! I got mine a while back and its black with a blue interior. I am redoing the Gauges, wiring, suspension, and brakes with a Turner disc brake kit. Hopefully I'll have it driving in a month or so.

rockne10
04-22-2008, 09:52 PM
Thirty-two years ago, I had had a couple speeding tickets and a couple reportable fender benders. I found myself "uninsurable".

Since you can't drive without insurance in Pa. they have what is called "assigned risk" policies. The State assigns you to an insurance company, who then charged you whatever they wanted.

I found myself paying $750 every six months for insurance on one 1970 Pontiac Catalina. 32 years ago! That was one-fourth of my gross income.

Now, I pay less than that to insure my S-10 and three antiques for the whole year. And, I'm also making a little bit more money.

Back to topic,

Nice buy, George!

sals54
04-23-2008, 12:08 AM
George,
I'm so glad you like the car. It was all I could do not to keep that one. What a solid car to start a project with. I love the 2 dr HT Daytonas. Good luck and don't forget to do a few burnouts with it along the way. You wouldn't want to leave it too pristine for the next owner, now would you?

showbizkid
04-23-2008, 12:39 AM
Nice project, George. Be sure to post lots of pix and tell stories here!


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

BobPalma
04-23-2008, 08:23 AM
:) Congrats indeed, George. :D I know you've been wanting a Stude, and that's one helluva fine place from which to launch active Studebakering!

BTW: The partial metal tag under the right-side body tag screw (when looking at the tag), undoubtedly said [u]4-SPEED </u> originally. Be on the lookout for one of those tags at swap meets. They weren't on all 4-speed cars, but were on many...and it looks like your car had one. ;)[8D]BP

tutone63
04-23-2008, 11:15 AM
Should you feel like it...I give you my permission to "Two tone" it;)...(yours has more potential than mine would ever have anyway!) I am jealous!! Enjoy it!!

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpg
She may have bugs and she may have dings, but that just proves I drive this thing!!

Doug Arnold
05-04-2008, 07:47 AM
Hey people...Where the heck did you find that cool "lark" key blank from?!? Is that blank an original studebaker blank or an after market/daytona thing? Will that size key work in a 60 lark? congrat on find!

bams50
05-04-2008, 07:56 AM
quote:Originally posted by Doug Arnold

Hey people...Where the heck did you find that cool "lark" key blank from?!?

Those blanks show up on eBay semi-regularly.



Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

JDP
05-04-2008, 10:06 AM
I don't know how I missed this thread for so long, especially since it was my car. I was concerned that the new owner would not see the diamond in the rough that I did and be disappointed. Most everything else is easier to repair then rust, but the sad paint and interior on that car sure hurt the curb appeal.
I noticed Sal said in the listing that the car would stop eventually and might need a booster, but the lack of a rear brake line could make it slow to stop.:) I'd bet a brake rebuild with new cylinders and hoses will make it a driver,please keep us updated.


JDP/Maryland