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mbstude
06-30-2009, 04:47 PM
The more I talk with Dale M. about learning the tricks of stainless trim restoration, the more interested in it I become. It's something I am sure that I would enjoy, and hopefully I might even be good at it. [:o)]

As if I needed another reason to attend, Dale has agreed to do some tutoring while in Cedar Rapids. I think spending time teaching a kid a few tricks, rather than drooling over nice Studes, says a lot. I'm anxiously looking forward to it. [8D]

Also looking forward to meeting several of you at the meet. I plan to wear my SDC Forum shirt on Thursday. I've been told that I will be driving a near-perfect two tone green '56 Golden Hawk to the show field that day. Everyone be sure to take the time to say hello. :)

Huck
06-30-2009, 05:21 PM
Lark Parker's pal,Dale,is a master of stainless resto. He once took my back lite trim piece, that had been hit with a rock,and made it like new. One cannot tell where the damage was. I gave him the piece, in South Bend, and he kindly brought it to the Pure Stock Muscle car drags finished to perfection. What a guy! Huck

Gary Hildebrandt

Lark Parker
06-30-2009, 06:01 PM
I started making MB his own hammer(yet to be named):

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But something has gone awry -- (MB's hammer is on the left) I'll probably figure it out:

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candbstudebakers
06-30-2009, 06:02 PM
Does Dale need some pieces to work on at the show? wheel well moldings, rear fender moldings, ect i can bring almost any thing, is he still collecting item to work on or has he just cut back?..Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA

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Lark Parker
06-30-2009, 06:16 PM
quote:Originally posted by candbstudebakers

Does Dale need some pieces to work on at the show? wheel well moldings, rear fender moldings, ect i can bring almost any thing, is he still collecting item to work on or has he just cut back?..Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA


I have a lot of stuff. I will try to bring a few pieces that have the variety of damage that I need for example instruction. If Matt gets on a roll and runs out he will start prowling the swap dumpsters for the good stuff.
I' m not planning on setting up a Baldour Buffer in the hotel Continental breakfast area, so we will mostly do some straightening work and and some discrete sanding if we can find a spot.



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bams50
06-30-2009, 06:33 PM
I'd be interested in learning a little about this too! Are you taking any further enrollments?:)

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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Lark Parker
06-30-2009, 06:49 PM
Sure, why not.
There will be franchise opportunities available
at the end of the demonstrations, but no free dinner.

LP

bams50
06-30-2009, 06:59 PM
Cool. Will you be smoking that pipe you're holding in your sig. picture?

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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Lark Parker
06-30-2009, 07:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by candbstudebakers

Does Dale need some pieces to work on at the show? wheel well moldings, rear fender moldings, ect i can bring almost any thing, is he still collecting item to work on or has he just cut back?..Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA

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Scratch my previous answer, Bob. I just reconsidered. If you have any 56,57,58 Hawk front fender trims (not wheel well moldings) with damage near the door we will struggle with those and they won't be any worse when we are done. And possibly a bit better. Just one or two is all we might do.

For BAMS: We will be working far to hard to be taking any smoke breaks.

LP

Roscomacaw
06-30-2009, 07:18 PM
That snappy Rio Green suit, with the Autumn Haze tie - that's Lark's attire for the lecture part of his course. He dons a stylish lab coat with prominent S-P patches on the back and shoulders (and a pair of safety goggles, of course) for the shop portion of his mentoring.

It's a treat to watch him salvage a piece of what would normally be scrap stainless and smith it into a Speedster hood ornament, a Packard Hawk WW moulding or a gorgeous 51 Starlight coupe gravel guard! Makes no matter what the piece was to start with.[:0][^]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Lark Parker
06-30-2009, 07:21 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

That snappy Rio Green suit, with the Autumn Haze tie - that's Lark's attire for the lecture part of his course. He dons a stylish lab coat with prominent S-P patches on the back and shoulders (and a pair of safety goggles, of course).

It's a treat to watch him salvage a piece of what would normally be scrap stainless and smith it into a Speedster hood ornament, a Packard Hawk WW moulding or a gorgeous 51 Starlight coupe gravel guard! Makes no matter what the piece was to start with.[:0][^]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door




At last! A man that understands the value of attitude![^]

mbstude
06-30-2009, 08:16 PM
Oh boy, I get my own Legendary Hammer? [:p]:D

Thanks, Dale. :)



As I said in my initial post, Joe Bacon said I have the honor of driving his '56J onto the show field. While Nancy isn't looking, I'll put a dent in some of the trim, then you can show me how to repair it.

Joe's a pretty laid back fella. I don't think he'll mind. ;)

BobGlasscock
06-30-2009, 10:07 PM
Sing-a-long:

If Matt had a hammer,
He'd hammer in the morning.
He'd hammer in the evening.
He'd hammer.....

well, we all know his family history with hammering.......

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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barnlark
06-30-2009, 11:52 PM
This will be fun to watch. I don't have any of the proper tools, just patience with the tedious stuff. I'm a hack at it, but it's hard to explain how satisfying it is to have a piece of given up on trim's dents repaired, then sanded & buffed to near perfection.

mbstude
07-01-2009, 03:44 PM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

This will be fun to watch.


Just imagine the fun from my perspective. [8D]

DEEPNHOCK
07-01-2009, 03:50 PM
Just imagine the joy of having 'The' Lark Parker massage your beloved rare trim.
Then dent it up through your own stupidity.
Then (several years later) have him come up to you at a show, give you 'The Look', and ask "How did you mork up that trim?"
I was askeered of his hammer right then and there[:0]...
Jeff[8D]

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jbwhttail
07-01-2009, 08:43 PM
Matt, don't get the big head...........I would mind!:(

It is an addiction!

barnlark
07-01-2009, 09:29 PM
Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK
I was askeered of his hammer right then and there[:0]...

And I was going to bring a cd with "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" as background music. Maybe not.
:D;)

Lark Parker
07-02-2009, 03:48 AM
Just to remind people.

There is no stainless seminar/demonstration at Cedar Rapids.
(just to save you the trouble of looking for it.)
Matthew asked me if I could spend some time showing him some things and I agreed. We don't have a set up time and place and it will probably take several sessions -- that will not be in a well planned sequence.
This will probably be done in my or Matt's room if we don't find a picnic table in the shade or some such thing.
I appreciate the expressions of interest(?) but this is not on the meet agenda by my own choice. Early in the game I decided this is kind of "too close up to be group observed work" and probably not of wide enough appeal to warrant a "seminar/demo".
This message has been approved by the stainless party.

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Just an innocent possum strolling down life's highway.

DEEPNHOCK
07-02-2009, 06:24 AM
What room numbers are you and Matthew in?
I don't want to be anywhere near either one when you two are whacking stainless trim with hammers at 3am:([}:)];).....
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by Lark Parker

Just to remind people.
There is no stainless seminar/demonstration at Cedar Rapids.
(just to save you the trouble of looking for it.)
Matthew asked me if I could spend some time showing him some things and I agreed. We don't have a set up time and place and it will probably take several sessions -- that will not be in a well planned sequence.
This will probably be done in my or Matt's room if we don't find a picnic table in the shade or some such thing.
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barnlark
07-02-2009, 07:57 AM
"Just to remind people.

There is no stainless seminar/demonstration at Cedar Rapids."


Well, now there may be a demonstration of another kind. :D Maybe we'll just have a Forum grammar seminar instead, hosted by Spell Checker, the B movie editor. [:o)]

Lark Parker
07-02-2009, 09:01 AM
quote:Originally posted by barnlark

"Just to remind people.

There is no stainless seminar/demonstration at Cedar Rapids."


Well, now there may be a demonstration of another kind. :D Maybe we'll just have a Forum grammar seminar instead, hosted by Spell Checker, the B movie editor. [:o)]

Will be no, ain't gonna be none, won't be, ain't even be no thinkin'bout, no similitude thereof......

I don't use spell check and I shouldn't type at 430AM when I can't sleep.[V]
I was thinking in the future perfect tense as it is in the future and the meet will be perfect.
Looking back I see "spell check" should be capitalized as a proper noun but even e.e.c. had to draw the line somewhere.

"Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination."
e. e. cummings

I just detest someone using quotes to sppear to be more smarterer than they be, of.

barnlark
07-02-2009, 10:08 AM
Not sure where you were going with that, Dale, or why, but I was joking that, in lieu of watching you from afar at work on a Cedar Rapids picnic table with Matthew, we could do something else useful. "Spell Checker" is a newly created character editor and should be capitalized, btw. :D

Lark Parker
07-02-2009, 10:54 AM
quote:Originally posted by Lark Parker


quote:Originally posted by barnlark

Not sure where you were going with that, Dale, or why, but I was joking that, in lieu of watching you from afar at work on a Cedar Rapids picnic table with Matthew, we could do something else useful. "Spell Checker" is a newly created character editor and should be capitalized, btw. :D


No problem.
This started when I became concerned that someone would see all this chatter about a "demonstration" and have undue expectations of our Cedar Rapids hosts for an unplanned event.
In retrospect, I should have kept it a private conversation with MB, but the intention was to let people know he may be doing SS resto in the future.

It should be mentioned that Jeff Rice approached me long ago with an interest in the business. He is being invited to the sessions also.

[u]Grammarologistically speaking:</u>
I don't cut myself much slack when I make such a basic error in writing even when it is not a "formal" message.
That wasn't always true as I squeaked through English in high school, or was passed on to eliminate the bother. It wasn't as important to me as the other interesting activities that my buddies were doing outside of school.
For T.Wheels I try to save the editor as much effort as I can so he has time to do better things and I won't wear out my welcome.
LP

barnlark
07-02-2009, 11:11 AM
Okay, Dale. I can see something like that getting out of hand by accident. Bams would organize it at Hooter's if we let him! Sincerely, I would never invite myself, I merely thought such a process would be a great learning experience for a CASO. I think it's a terrific gesture that you offered your expertise to young MB. I've never seen anyone whom actually knew what they were doing with stainless, so he's a fortunate student and apprentice. It truly takes an artist's eye and hand.
Grammatically...frankly, I doubt you're second to anyone in respect to that, either. Well, maybe Mono. ;)

3rdGenStude
07-02-2009, 02:40 PM
quote:Originally posted by Lark Parker

Just to remind people.

There is no stainless seminar/demonstration at Cedar Rapids.
(just to save you the trouble of looking for it.)

Thanks for clarifying that. I'll go back to re-reading all your earlier forum posts on the "how-to" aspects of stainless restoration. I was hoping just to watch because I absorb and retain better with visual instruction with a skill like this. But I can see where this could easily get out of control, size wise, with more than a couple people looking on.



Paul

In memory of Boris, the 1950 Land Cruiser project,
. . . he became a down payment for. . .
Natasha, the 1955 Speedster project
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mbstude
07-02-2009, 03:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by jbwhttail

Matt, don't get the big head...........I would mind!:(



Heh heh.. Just making sure you were paying attention. ;)



Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

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barnlark
07-19-2009, 12:16 PM
Here's how it all went down.. Those pesky Forum members couldn't leave the master and the boy wonder alone. [8D]

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Lark Parker
07-19-2009, 12:56 PM
Matthew had sleep deprivation for the early session and he laughed a lot at how easy the work is.

I mentioned I was looking for an era appropriate outside mirror for my 39 Pres and he handed me one a couple hours later. That kind of response should serve his customers well if he continues. It was free and I'm pretty sure CASO customers would appreciate similar service. Thanks again, Matthew.

There was a graduation ceremony Wednesday and Mr.Burnette accepted a well deserved certificate.

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mbstude
07-19-2009, 09:19 PM
No, thank YOU, Dale. :)

The graduation certificate reads:









This document states that

[u]Matthew Burnette</u>

is a

Certified Highly

Intensely Trained

Professional

Studebaker Stainless

Restoration Master

Craftsman

(CHITPSSRMC)

This may not be true but that is what it states.



Lark Parker

barnlark
07-19-2009, 09:29 PM
Less deserving people have certificates, believe me. :D

Roscomacaw
07-19-2009, 09:59 PM
I know A LOT of folks who have WAY MORE impressive certificates that mean substaintially WAY LESS than Matthew's might![B)]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1963 Cruiser
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door