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Da Tinman
10-14-2009, 07:46 PM
We got the insurance settlement from the accident,


and we just got this to replace it!!









Not bad for $300 bucks!

(Insurance money covered all but the $300)



10-14-2009, 07:51 PM
Nice find! Do you have any plans to change anything on it or drive and show it as is? Regardless, its a neat car.

Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

10-14-2009, 07:54 PM
Very nice!! But the optimist that I am, I still believe that Cruiser is fixable looking at the pic.


10-14-2009, 07:58 PM
Take the 289 out of the wrecked car and put in the 2 door. [8D]

Craig, you could replace every component from the cowl forward, but I'd doubt if it would ever drive right. Looks like a nice parts car for the replacement. [^]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

Da Tinman
10-14-2009, 07:58 PM
It will eventually get the 289 (after some upgrades) out of the wrecked car, and a t5 behind it. Also planning brake upgrades and a 2 tone paint job.

For now its gonna get put away till spring, it needs a master cylinder and kit in the carb and its a driver. We will be driving as a stocker for while. Got a couple other projects to finish up before I can get to it.

The wrecked car has both framerails kinked at the firewall, its a nice donor. Still a shame, makes me wanna cry.

Someday I hope to build something like the Lunar Lander from the remains.



10-14-2009, 08:01 PM
Personally, i like the little Stude 6 engine. A little gutless with an automatic though.

Brent's rootbeer racer.
MN iron ore...it does your body good.

10-14-2009, 08:17 PM
You didn't happen to buy that car at an auction in Hamilton Illinois?
Their sale flyer had a car just like that in it.

66 Commander R1 Clone
51 Commander 4dr

Da Tinman
10-14-2009, 08:24 PM
yep!! Got a nice decklid for my shoebox there too.



dean pearson
10-14-2009, 09:44 PM
Man what a nice car!
You scored on that one.
I am quite jealous.

10-14-2009, 10:07 PM
Sweet car!:)

Chris Dresbach

10-14-2009, 10:08 PM
WOW!!!Nice job to your insurance people, and congrats to you!!


10-14-2009, 10:20 PM
Cool deal! BTW, I've got a perfect 63 Cruiser frame here that would love to find a new purpose in life.;)

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

10-14-2009, 11:34 PM
Seriously, that's a sweet car! Bring on the F-bodies!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

10-15-2009, 12:06 AM
Personally, I think the Insurance Co. owes you a refund! A 6 Cyl. Regal 2 Dr. with only TWO doors for a Cruiser [u]4 Dr.</u> with a V-8 and it [u]cost</u> $300.00??? :D [:o)]

Really nice Regal 2 Dr. by the way! [:p]


Da Tinman
10-15-2009, 12:11 AM
SHHHHHH, first time I've ever gotten ahead with an insurance claim!!



10-15-2009, 12:12 AM
That is one way cool 63 2 door. I love those. I believe the 2 door post has a much nicer "line" in the upper body. I like the way the C pillar slants back. Its a bit too straight up on the hardtop model. The coupe looks sleeker. I like it. I actually have my eyes on one. I would love to have it as an R1 clone. Great find, and good luck. It gonna be tons of fun.


10-15-2009, 12:52 AM
Nice car!

Dylan Wills

'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

10-15-2009, 12:58 AM
quote:Originally posted by Da Tinman

The wrecked car has both framerails kinked at the firewall, its a nice donor. Still a shame, makes me wanna cry.

I wonder if a frame shop can properly straighten it out. otherwise, you will have to take up Biggsy's offer of a good one.


10-15-2009, 01:57 AM
That looks like it will be one sweet car. These Larks are great drivers, and you will get the looks when driving it down the road.


10-15-2009, 05:03 AM
Nice metal fabrication. jimmijim

Stude Junkie+++++++Do it right the f$$$$ Time. Never mind. Just do it right. When youre done your done. You'll know it.

TX Rebel
10-15-2009, 09:37 AM
Nice car. If anyone is inspired by the pic, I have an identical car available reasonable here.
That is, it was about identical when they were new. Mine is not nearly as sweet but is buildable & priced at about the value of the solid fenders & doors.

Barry'd in Studes

10-15-2009, 09:52 AM
Nice replacement. I just have to believe that it had an SDC member in its past looking out for it.

10-15-2009, 09:53 AM
How in the heck did your wife wreck the other car?

57 & 58 Packards and Larks

Da Tinman
10-15-2009, 09:54 AM
I realize this might not be to everyones taste but I hope that someday the beloved Cruiser will be resurrected into something like this,,,


Wifey didnt wreck it, Pops did, and a 17 year old kids in a twice borrowed chevy pickup came off a field road, no stop, no yield and no headlights at 10:30 at night right in front of him.



Da Tinman
10-15-2009, 06:05 PM
Pics from the bottom side, a little surface rust here and there!







10-15-2009, 06:10 PM
Nice new car...sorry about the old one. I hate to see a car that has survived so long bite the dust.
I love your idea on how to use its remains. Far too good to scrap...

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

Washington State

10-19-2009, 10:25 AM
Ya the 63 2 door are a nice ride when on the street, just moved mine yesterday to the rack area and will get back working on it so it can hit the streets again with the new 4 speed and traction bars and sway bar installed, and ya it is a R-1 with 373 TT rear end and buckets, all this in a Standard....Bob


Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA

Da Tinman
10-11-2010, 11:20 PM
Figured I'd throw an update in,, We got the car lowered, and I painted some scallops on the sides to make it a little less stock.


The paint job is a 10 footer and isnt staying so I wasnt afraid of screwing it up.

hubcaps got a splash of color too.


Went to the Hunnert Car Pileup with it, and here it is at the pre party. Thats Studerodders Lark in the background.


Closeup of the scallops in bright light, before unmasking. they pop off in the sunlight and will be outlined in a lighter blue by my daughter.


there's no shade a the new location of the Pileup so when the sun got to overbearing I climbed into the coolest spot I could find....

The 6 is getting a bit tired and so over the winter its gonna get freshened up and ths trans will see some love too. Next years is looking like a good one already!

10-12-2010, 07:04 AM
Oh that thing looks really SWEET!!

10-12-2010, 12:27 PM
I'll say it again... LOVE that Lark!!! :)

10-12-2010, 02:15 PM
I think you came out ahead with this one.

I see the infamous rear panel bumper/body line, nice of the engineers to fashion a body line so they could use up more 61 bumpers front and rear. :D

Wonder why they went to 3 bumper bolts per side versus the 2 per side just a couple years prior?

Anyway.....great car, and looks to fit your style, and intended purpose......to drive.

10-12-2010, 07:59 PM
Props for a six banger!

I love to attend car shows and see brand X 6 bangers. They are not run of the mill and candidly are a nice change from the hundredth 327, 350, 427, 454, 352, 389. 421, 440...........and on and on........

10-12-2010, 08:39 PM
SHHHHHH, first time I've ever gotten ahead with an insurance claim!!



If you think you did well, you don't want to hear the insurance story on my girlfriend's Lark... She complained about just painting the decklid and rear valance asking how do you match a 40 year old paint job? The adjustor came back with an offer to paint the whole car. We accepted the insurance companies offer. I'm still waiting for the cheque to pay off the parts that I have already bought. BTW nice F-body!


mr moto
10-13-2010, 08:58 AM
Good car for the money. I'll even offer you $350 for it. http://planetsmilies.net/cool-smiley-17089.gif (http://planetsmilies.net)

Da Tinman
10-13-2010, 10:33 AM
Thanks! I love the little car and it is for sure a joy to drive. Not for sale either, too nice a starting point and impossible to replace for the $$$ we got in it.

May have some goodies coming that will make it more of a joy to drive, found a mid 90-s super coupe that may have to give up its supercharger, cooler and most of its efi stuff to go on the Champ 6. Even thinking of adapting the aod too.

I've done this kind of swap before although not to this extreme so I have a good idea as to what needs to be done.