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07-06-2009, 10:16 PM
Well, we had a great 4th of July trip to sunny (read REALLY hot) Florida to pick up my newly acquired Studes. The plan was to drive the pick-up back (a shade over 500 miles) and trailer the Lark.
I wasn't able to get the overdrive on the pickup to work and the generator quit so we had to shelve that plan and put it on the trailer instead; I will be back down to get the Lark next month. After arriving Thursday night we got up at the butt-crack of dawn to beat the heat (didn't work) and started on the overdrive only to find the generator problem, we tried a couple from parts cars (including the Lark) but to no avail; so we relaxed for what was left of the day and started over again Saturday by giving it a bath and then we went to a "photo shoot" in Jacksonville and then a cruise-in on the 4th. Had a blast. We then loaded up Sunday and drove to Warner-Robbins AFB to spend the night and toured the aviation museum then finished our journey today. We had a great time and I can't wait to go get the Lark. The truck is a '56 (I think it used to belong to a forum member) with a V-8 3spd overdrive. The Lark is a '62 Regal with a 259, AT, and AC (sweet!!) I have to put floors in the Lark but otherwise it is pretty healthy. I have the drivers door and rear fender (fiberglass) and a bunch of parts. I have an extra dash pad in excellent shape (black) and a dash that has a woodgrain type finish. Also some VW bug running boards were in the trunk. As an added bonus the Lark came with one of those rubbermaid containers full of Turning Wheels, an original owners manual and a shop manual!

Lark in the barn




On the road on the 4th!

Loaded up! (I'm the sweaty one on the right :^) )

Finally home waiting its turn in the garage (got to finish that Jeep)

Here is a link to some more pics in my photobucket account.

Also, if anyone knows any history on either of these it would be greatly appreciated.


Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.

Anne F. Goodman
07-06-2009, 10:23 PM
What a great looking Truck

Mabel 1949 Champion
Hawk 1957 Silverhawk
Gus 1958 Transtar
The Prez 1955 President State
Blu 1957 Golden Hawk
Daisy 1954 Commander Regal Coupe

07-07-2009, 05:59 AM
Thanks Anne, we really like it.

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.

07-07-2009, 06:04 AM
:) 'Nice pair of Studes, Steve; congrats. 'Glad the story had a reasonably happy ending...granted, 500 miles in the truck with no overdrive might have been a bit much. Good idea on Plan B. :DBP

07-07-2009, 06:36 AM
I really like that convertible, Steve. Looks very solid and with most of the tough parts to find right there in the pictures. Nice color combo, too. Can't wait to see it finished. [^]

07-07-2009, 08:23 AM
[:p] oh convertibles are cool [:p]

You had one heck of a trip, a 2 fer special.

Steve I notice your small amount of posts, and now your 2 new Studes, how did you find the site?, what brought you to purchase Studebakers?
Whats your story? :D

Good to have you.


07-07-2009, 09:40 AM
I do like that truck rear bumper, is it from the factory floor?

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA


Doug M
07-07-2009, 10:10 AM
IT Look like it from the sawmill.Nice looking truck

07-07-2009, 10:19 AM
Thanks for the compliments guys. I have been around Studebakers for most of my adult life through my uncle (he is the older gentleman in the pic above) but have most always been a Mopar guy. Recently the Studebaker bug bit me and I got these to pass the time (like I have a lot to spare). I like the bumper too looks like a sawmill special to me, I am going to pressure wash it and the stake sides to see whats underneath. I am not at all familiar with Studebaker trucks, did they have wood floors in the bed? This one is all metal; it has some surface rust but is real solid.

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.

07-07-2009, 11:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by SteveH

I am not at all familiar with Studebaker trucks, did they have wood floors in the bed? This one is all metal; it has some surface rust but is real solid.

With out speaking for some stake beds etc. All 1/2 3/4 and 1 ton beds came with metal floors.

If you ever need pieces I believe most of the rust prone sheet metal areas are reproduced, check this link sometime, most people refer to it as CE.


And while most any question can be answered here on this site, a more Truck specific forum site has been set up here.
STT (Studebaker Truck Talk)

many frequent both forums, some only one or the other, (it just makes the world go round.


Warren Webb
07-07-2009, 11:19 AM
Those are some great lookin Studes! I hope you have the belt mouldings that go around the rear quarters & upper body panel-those are as rare as hens teeth & when they do show up, are VERY expensive. I've been looking for one for my 62 just for the left side for years. Post more pictures too! Nice to see new members- we all learn from each other & share the excitement.

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

07-07-2009, 11:34 AM
Way cool!

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

07-07-2009, 11:54 AM
Great looking truck and convertable project. And it looks like you have quite a few generator rebuild shops in Decatur, i've always found it's better to have them cleaned up and regroved instead of just slapping in some brushes. But then thats just my opinion.

Look forward to seeing progress pictures on the drop top. Are you taking the truck back down to get it? Would make a great picture and adventure posting.

07-07-2009, 07:07 PM
Next time you talk to Nollie, tell him I said hello. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA


07-07-2009, 07:28 PM
Welcome to the Forum. Not too many guys are ready to tackle a
two-fer project. They look great by the way

Good Luck, keep us in touch





07-07-2009, 07:39 PM
a good dash pad and woodgrain (Cruiser/Daytona) dash for a '62 is a major score! congrats!


55 Commander Starlight

07-07-2009, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words and encouragement! Thankfully these are not my first projects, I have done several Mopars and my CJ-7. Also, this board is a great resource; it is very encouraging the way new members are treated and welcomed and it seems to be FULL of very knowledgeable people.

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.

07-07-2009, 09:12 PM
Hey,thats my old truck I sold to Nollie! It was a basket case when I bought it from Bill Riech on Long Island. Had a lot of fun with the old gal and glad to see she went to a good home.
You guys like my bumper eh? LOL

The only thing I see changed from when I had it are the wheels.

07-07-2009, 09:14 PM
Thats a 63 full flow V-8 by the way.

07-07-2009, 09:27 PM
Cool. Yep, Nollie is my uncle. What kind of wheels did you have on it? I was wondering what year the engine was. Any other leads on the history of the truck?

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.

07-07-2009, 09:41 PM
Nice pair!

07-07-2009, 09:56 PM
Steve,about all I found out from the late Bill was that he used it to haul stuff around when he was building his house. I had it shipped to New Brunswick and went to fetch it late one night from where the trucking company left it,a tractor place that had a loading dock. I got in and pumped the gas,twisted the key,and saw a large backfire explosion from the air cleanerless card,THROUGH the dash,as it was all rusted out. The brakes worked on the second pump,the light switch seemed to have three positions, DIM, FLICKER, and OFF. I made it the five miles to Dads place with Diane following close behind me as there were no tailights. The right front tire blew out just as I got to the shop.
From this shakey start I got started on the truck and stripped the box,doors,and fenders off,by spring it was in the paint shop. It was orange when I got it. I used it to move with,took it hunting,and drove around the back roads around home alot. It had chrome exhaust stacks running up the back of the cab too. I remember the morning I put those mirrors on it. I got the door stainless off a junked 58 tow truck. Lots of great memories.

07-07-2009, 10:11 PM
Nice to have a little history. The Florida humidity was not to kind and there is a little rust coming through the leading edge of the hood and the bottoms of the doors, I am going to take care of that pretty soon.

Its not the years in your life that matters, its the life in your years.