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Avantidon
01-05-2009, 03:40 PM
Now for many on here this is a story that one may not appreciate but to BAMs and a few others they may find it interesting. Surfing eBay a couple of weeks ago I saw this lonely Lark that looked in pitiful condition. It had a flat tire, couldn't get the hood open and a few other minor issues such wouldn't start as the battery was dead. Oh also was stuck in gear as it has a manual tranny. Well, it finally arrived at its new home yesterday and a little fooling with the linkage got it off the truck. and now shifts fine. Today a little more effort got the hood open and as I already knew from the VIN there was this lovely little 259 V8 in lieu of the 6 the guy thought it had. Yes, it is a plain jane 4 Dr Lark but it has the 118" wheel base and virturally is a solid car with only minor surface rust and no holes. Body Mounts are solid as is the trunk floor except one corner at the back. Frame is solid and also only has some surface rust. It appears that someone had it running as it has new plugs, wires, air cleaner, fuel pump and fuel filter. The fuel line needs to be replaced and the brakes and wheel cylinders also need attention and probably replaced but to me that's normal maintenance. The rest of the news is simply that the odometer shows on 48K plus miles. Investment to date well below $500.00. Tomorrow I'll see if it runs and I would be very surprised if it doesn't.

Here are some preliminary pictures of the car.


http://s280.photobucket.com/albums/kk161/avantidon/1962%20Lark%20DeLux/

Thanks for looking

bams50
01-05-2009, 04:03 PM
You KNOW I find it interesting[:p] I saw it too; didn't consider it because I'm officially out of the tow-dolly business till York[|)] Glad you saved it, and I'll be looking forward to updates[^]

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?"

JRoberts
01-05-2009, 04:31 PM
Well Don, I think that Clement Studebaker would be proud of you! Looks and sounds like an excellent find. What a good daily driver that would make.

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

Desert Explorer
01-05-2009, 04:39 PM
Now that is a neat find. I have had my eye on a similar lark, but the widow/owner does not want to part with it enough to take the time yet. She keeps my number til she "Feels Like" selling it..... Still it is not nearly as nice as this one seems to be!

JBOYLE
01-05-2009, 05:33 PM
Thanks for saving it!

It's a great car now for some light refurbishment, but in the future who knows...it might become someone's award winning show car or maybe just another nice Stude for someone new to the hobby and club.

As I always say...Once the cars are gone, they're not coming back.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

tutone63
01-05-2009, 05:40 PM
Aww...She's cute! I love to see four doors saved!

http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/63larkside-1.jpg http://i253.photobucket.com/albums/hh54/tutone63/redballlogo.jpg
1963 Lark Custom, 259 V8, TT, 4 doors, 2 tone paint, and garaged for the winter...I can't wait til spring!!

53k
01-05-2009, 05:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by Avantidon

Now for many on here this is a story that one may not appreciate but to BAMs and a few others they may find it interesting. Surfing eBay a couple of weeks ago I saw this lonely Lark that looked in pitiful condition. It had a flat tire, couldn't get the hood open and a few other minor issues such wouldn't start as the battery was dead. Oh also was stuck in gear as it has a manual tranny. Well, it finally arrived at its new home yesterday and a little fooling with the linkage got it off the truck. and now shifts fine. Today a little more effort got the hood open and as I already knew from the VIN there was this lovely little 259 V8 in lieu of the 6 the guy thought it had. Yes, it is a plain jane 4 Dr Lark but it has the 118" wheel base and virturally is a solid car with only minor surface rust and no holes. Body Mounts are solid as is the trunk floor except one corner at the back. Frame is solid and also only has some surface rust. It appears that someone had it running as it has new plugs, wires, air cleaner, fuel pump and fuel filter. The fuel line needs to be replaced and the brakes and wheel cylinders also need attention and probably replaced but to me that's normal maintenance. The rest of the news is simply that the odometer shows on 48K plus miles. Investment to date well below $500.00. Tomorrow I'll see if it runs and I would be very surprised if it doesn't.

Good going Don- always feels good to find something better than hoped.
It is probably a typo, but the long wheelbase Larks were 113 inches vs 118.

Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
'53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
'64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
'64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
Museum R-4 engine
1962 Gravely Model L (Studebaker-Packard serial plate)
1972 Gravely Model 430 (Studebaker name plate, Studebaker Onan engine)

raprice
01-05-2009, 06:21 PM
Cute car. Looks like you're going to be busy for a while.
Best of luck with it. Love the Larks!
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
Smithtown,NY

mbstude
01-05-2009, 06:40 PM
Nice find Don. Reminds me a lot of my daily driver. Only it's a few shades of green and still has its original 6 cylinder. :) Been driving it daily for about 8-9 months now, and it's been a great little car. [^]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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62SY4
01-05-2009, 06:40 PM
Looks like there are now three 62 more-doors with the deluxe flint taupe interior in the Keystone region. Nice buy, does it have overdrive I think I see that chrome handle sticking out

bams50
01-05-2009, 06:47 PM
Don, that's way better to have- and better on gas than some crappy old r-engined wagon! You need to raise some cash to do it right, sooo......;)

Hey, I'm here to help: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?"

Steve T
01-05-2009, 08:16 PM
Don--

Cool and congrats! From head-on she looks very like my 62 post...

S.

sals54
01-05-2009, 08:50 PM
One of the homeliest little spuds Studebaker ever built, but I do also love the little Larks. 2 doors or 4 doors. Great find and good luck with the critter.

sals54
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BobPalma
01-05-2009, 09:07 PM
:) Good score, Don. Lots of bang for the buck...and a V-8! Cool. Have fun. :DBP

gordr
01-05-2009, 11:56 PM
Kewl, Don. I betcha it will run, too. Drive it like you stole it.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Avantidon
01-06-2009, 08:04 AM
Thanks for all of the comments on this little Lark. Owner told me he was headed to the junk yard with it especially since it didn't fit in his mind as a vehicle he had interest in. Didb't know that until I picked it up on Sunday. Most know that the closeest thing I had to a Lark is Clement, my 61 T-cab but now the more that I look at this little car the more interesting it becomes. For one you can actually sit in the back seat with room to spare but first I have to restuff the seat since the mice liked the stuffing. Bob, the Lark R-1 Wagonaire will bw here soon. It is till in the barn as I have no room for it right now. It's my sleeper. [}:)]:D[8D]

ChampTrucking
01-06-2009, 11:21 AM
MAN! I would drive that!!!!!!!! Thanks for saving that little Lark. Take that paint job one step further and run white scallops down the sides and black out the rest on the tops of the fenders!

Avantidon
01-06-2009, 11:58 AM
It's just amazing what I really found when looking at this Little Lark. The things that need to be done to make it road worthy are minimal and hopefully they will be done before the weather breaks and I can get some funny looks driving this little pitiful looking Lark

silverhawk
01-06-2009, 12:22 PM
Cool catch! I didn't see that one on ebay.:( Those '62 4 doors are one of my favorites, still easy to get most parts for, look good, and are comfterble.:)

Dylan
'61 lark deluxe 4dr wagon
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Stude Mick
01-06-2009, 10:08 PM
Nice pick up, I love Larks in 2 tone, they just look so cool

Michael Pink
Victoria, Australia

1955 Commander Coupe
1961 Lark Cruiser
1962 GT Hawk
1963 Avanti R1

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