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ChampTrucking
11-03-2008, 07:29 AM
Any new pictures to show or stories to tell?

4961Studebaker
11-03-2008, 10:30 AM
Let me first say, I'm humbled by your intrest here on the forum. Thanks. Being aware of the reaction a custom can bring, I've exercised restraint in over hyping the car during its long build.

However since you asked. I looked back at the members photos to see the last time I updated them, looks like the end of August, since then there really hasn't been many visable changes to the car that I can remember posting a picture of. The recessed license plate cover with the hidden filler neck, 4L60e trans and its tunnel, bear claw latches, etc.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5405.jpg
Before
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/picture996.jpg
After
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/Photo000.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/picture987.jpg
Oh these shut smooth with the push of two fingers. (pray final assembly goes smooth)


And since I took the photo's of the 61 lense base the other day I've thought about getting the tail lights and french them in.
I would be curious what alternative tailights people would consider on the back of a lark? I have my artists renditions but I wonder what other creative minds think.

I'm saving money like a packrat (or is that tightwad?)for what I hope will be the completion of all mock up, and parts. :(I have put my Harley up on Craigslist:( ([}:)] sacrifice = quicker Stude drive time) which inturn should knock off a year of the build. (basically to fund the paint job and help achieve the self imposed 2011 deadline)

So.......going into the winter months, I'll be concentrating on a more immediate impact on my Studebaker driving, by getting the 2R5 Champ engine out of the machine shop and back into the truck with hopes of taking it to Cedar Rapids. yes I'll be joining SDC
All the while Dreaming, Pondering and Planning CHOPSTU's mid summer return to the welder, grinder, hammer and wrenches.

Kevin

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg

mbstude
11-03-2008, 10:45 AM
Thanks much for the update.. I absolutely love the overall stance of the car. [^][8D][8D]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/images/StudeDriveLogo_small.jpg

ChampTrucking
11-03-2008, 11:00 AM
Thanks Kevin!
I can not wait for the finish. I like the ideas so far! Too bad it can't be finished for the Power Tour in South Bend.THAT would be COOL,but time and money have a way of screwing up the best laid plans.Please keep the updates coming.I LOVE 61 Larks,but noi one would ever guess why!
Rich

sweetolbob
11-03-2008, 11:20 AM
Kevin-Keep the updates coming. I see the car in your avitar and wonder at times it's status. I must admit the stance, lack of bumper and the other mods make it a terrific looking ride. I'll be interested in the paint and wheel configuration as you progress. Your lark makes me lust for one of similiar configuration. Bob [:p]

fiftystarlightcoupe
11-03-2008, 11:33 AM
Awesome car! Excellent job; this is going to be one fine machine.

bams50
11-03-2008, 04:42 PM
I try not to look at the car in your posts because I can't wait to see it done[:p] That's gonna be one cooooool Lark[8D]

Of course, now that Rich has asked, he owes us future updates on his project... and a picture of his 61!:D

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

JBody
11-03-2008, 09:48 PM
Yessir, as always: Bams50 is absolutely right! That said, I'd like to add some suggestions that will make your car really cool. First, you must adapt some 1961 Imperial Headlight assemblies onto the front of your Lark. Then, you really need front- opening "suicide" doors; so go back to square one. For the back end, you need to outbid the restorers on EBay, and acquire a pair of NOS 56-57-58 Packard Clipper tailights, so that you can mold them onto your Kustom. It may take quite a bit of "metalwork"(putty), but the reaction from puritanists will be well worth the effort and expense. After that, please round up an LSI-powered Hummer H2 4x4 chassis to set your body on. Then, we will really be impressed! Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks.

Dick Steinkamp
11-03-2008, 09:52 PM
You are doing great, Kevin! [^]

The fact that you are "planning your work and working your plan" is a good thing. With that process you will certainly meet your self imposed deadline.

Keep the updates coming.



Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

ChampTrucking
11-03-2008, 10:06 PM
Sorry Bams,no pix of my junk for Jbody to ridicule . Enough of the hater Bull**** already!

barnlark
11-03-2008, 10:09 PM
Really sweet, Kevin. I often wondered what the tail lights would look like frenched in so that they didn't stick out like the 59-61 styles do. Seemed like an odd afterthought shaped lens the way those fenders curve the way they do. I wanted to use a BMW 2002 tail light-style lens that hugged the fender and wouldn't get cracked so easily. I like your plan. Wish my doors closed like yours. New rubber and strikers just haven't met at the same time..and I've tried to talk to them. ;)

barnlark
11-03-2008, 10:12 PM
Rich, no matter how many names he comes up with, just ignore him. Bob Shaw has his number.

bams50
11-03-2008, 10:19 PM
Yep... first Packebaker, then wally, then torker, now JBody. I'm sure Mr. Shaw will boot him again soon.

Don't pay attention to his ridicule. He'll never own a car, let alone one as cool as yours.

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

JBody
11-04-2008, 06:21 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

Yep... first Packebaker, then wally, then torker, now JBody. I'm sure Mr. Shaw will boot him again soon.

Don't pay attention to his ridicule. He'll never own a car, let alone one as cool as yours.

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"




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JBody
11-04-2008, 06:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

Yep... first Packebaker, then wally, then torker, now JBody. I'm sure Mr. Shaw will boot him again soon.

Don't pay attention to his ridicule. He'll never own a car, let alone one as cool as yours.

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

JBody
11-04-2008, 06:22 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

Yep... first Packebaker, then wally, then torker, now JBody. I'm sure Mr. Shaw will boot him again soon.

Don't pay attention to his ridicule. He'll never own a car, let alone one as cool as yours.

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

14x7
11-04-2008, 06:50 PM
Can you turn the filler neck of the gas tank ,and have your opening on the side body panel. You know as I hav gotten older ,think why bend down to fill the gas tank! Clime in on french headlites,no chrome rings.Flush with front panel! Frenched turn signals,I like the openings now ,flush with panel. The front valence ,can you trim off the little extension where the front bumper is. Make that smooth sheetmetal. Just a thought,.

Had a 50 packard once.

JRoberts
11-04-2008, 07:08 PM
Boy that is going to be one heck of a nice looking Lark! I can't wait to see it when it is completed. You have obviously done a lot of work with a lot more still to come. Congratulations.

For tail lights, what about smoothing out the corner and rear panel and frenching some '59 Caddy lights in there? I have a hard time visualizing this, but I somehow like the idea. Just a thought. Your judgment has obviously be excellent so far and I am sure will continue to be.

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

silverhawk
11-04-2008, 07:15 PM
I love the look! BTW, how did you get the stance?

Dylan
'61 lark regal 4dr wagon
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/DSC001581.jpg

Studebakester
11-11-2008, 02:36 AM
I love that ChopStu. I'm thinking my next Stude may have to be a Lark, that is right after the p/u. I love chopped tops! db

Worry is a waste of imagination.

Studebakester

PlainBrownR2
11-11-2008, 03:08 AM
As another Lark owner, I should say forget about the side panels, just put that filler neck through the top of the trunk with a cap ala late 60's Corvette style. At 6'0 I too have to bend down to fill the tank as well as bend down to sight the top of the fuel in the tank!! This is a fuel system designed for a man of 5'4 and below!! [:o)]

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg
[img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]

klifton1
11-11-2008, 08:28 AM
Is that ride height?
Klif

55 Speedster

4961Studebaker
11-11-2008, 08:45 AM
quote:Originally posted by PlainBrownR2

As another Lark owner, I should say forget about the side panels, just put that filler neck through the top of the trunk with a cap ala late 60's Corvette style. At 6'0 I too have to bend down to fill the tank as well as bend down to sight the top of the fuel in the tank!! This is a fuel system designed for a man of 5'4 and below!! [:o)]


There will be some crouching down,(6ft here to) I'm still relativly young to handle that task, besides, I'll just air up the shocks all the way inorder to aide reaching the fill neck later in life;) Style and function, its still there :D

Yes a good sized hand can get in there, its not much smaller than the original opening, actually the stock metal back was just moved over underneath the trunk latch.

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg

buddymander
11-11-2008, 10:53 AM
I say leave the taillights stock (they're unusual as they are) and cut off the drip rail.

jimmijim8
11-11-2008, 12:15 PM
Kevin, you are a true craftsman. Nice work. I can pictue some wagonaire tail lights or some 48-9 I believe. How bout some rear wheel well openings like that of the 62-66 Larks. They would reveal your custom wheels nicely. jimmijim

14x7
11-11-2008, 01:42 PM
You should work on your stude almost on a daily basis,The studeblogger hasn't posted anything lately. You should have a web site ,where we can track your progress .. Just adding my two cents!

Had a 50 packard once.

buddymander
11-11-2008, 02:14 PM
You could use front fender flares in the back. I did it on a 62 nova once.

52hawk
11-11-2008, 04:40 PM
I love it! How about something like '60 Impala tailights with bullet lenses?

Oglesby,Il. http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j273/52hawk/100_0824-1-2.jpg
"Studebaker? It must be hard to find parts for those!"

jimmijim8
11-11-2008, 05:58 PM
quote:Originally posted by JBody

Yessir, as always: Bams50 is absolutely right! That said, I'd like to add some suggestions that will make your car really cool. First, you must adapt some 1961 Imperial Headlight assemblies onto the front of your Lark. Then, you really need front- opening "suicide" doors; so go back to square one. For the back end, you need to outbid the restorers on EBay, and acquire a pair of NOS 56-57-58 Packard Clipper tailights, so that you can mold them onto your Kustom. It may take quite a bit of "metalwork"(putty), but the reaction from puritanists < {purists}!!!!!!! the word you should have used} {jimmijim} will be well worth the effort and expense. After that, please round up an LSI-powered Hummer H2 4x4 chassis to set your body on. Then, we will really be impressed! Keep us posted on your progress. Thanks.

JBody
11-23-2008, 06:27 PM
Yes, 'tis true, Watson--the perpetrator quite often returns to the scene of the crime. Just so you'll know, I intentionally juxtaposed the words "puritan" and "Purists", there. Maybe it will become a part of Studejargon in the future. :)