View Full Version : what do motor do I have?

12-26-2009, 09:24 PM
Hi,I'm new to the forum and I have a few questions.I just got a 59 or 60 lark and I was wondering if anybody could tell me what size the motor is in it.I know its a 6 cyc. but what size.I plan on doing some work to it and getting it running soon,but I need to know what I've got.

Anne F. Goodman
12-26-2009, 09:25 PM

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

12-26-2009, 09:27 PM
If the engine is original it would be a 169.7 cid flat head.
We would love to see pictures.
Post the stamping from the body tag on the firewall and we can let you know a lot more.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

12-26-2009, 09:32 PM
Wow,I didn't expect to get a reply so fast.I would post some pics but I don't have a camera.I don't know if the motor is what is original or not.I guess it is.It has been sitting at my uncles house for about 20yrs or something like that and I'm guessing its original.He gave it to me to fix up.It'll be my first car and I want to get it running soon.

12-26-2009, 09:38 PM
We've got 13,000 members of the Studebaker Drivers Club willing to help you out.
Your Forum profile doesn't indicate where you're at; probably Stude lovers near you.
Tell us more about you and your new project.

12-26-2009, 09:47 PM
Welcome to the SDC Forum newold! There are many advantages to joining us by becoming a Member of SDC, at the top of the Forum pages there is a link to join at a first year discount, you will receive our award winning monthly publication "Turning Wheels" which I know you will be amazed and happy with! [^] Welcome to the club. :)

The engine is most likely original, but if you really want to know the year, here is the list of 6 Cly. Engine Serial Numbers:


Your Serial number will be found STAMPED into the side of block at the driver side front corner near the top. It is NOT raised, but stamped by hand into the block. It will fall between the starting Serial of one year and below, numerically the next higher year model in the list. [^]

To prove it is original to that very car, the Production Order is available from the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend, Indiana by giving them your CAR Serial number which is on the frorward drivers door POST.
This Serial number and also the body tag on the passenger side of the firewall, will both tell you if you have a '59 or '60 year model. Six cylinder car Serials start with 59S or 60S, real hard huh? :D

12-26-2009, 09:51 PM
Well,I live in SC and I'm 16.Can't say exactly where cause the parental units don't want me too,go figure.Anywho,I got the car from my aunt.Like I said it has been sitting at my uncles house for atleast all my life and now my uncle is in pretty bad shape so they decided to give the car to me.I've wanted the car for a long time because I love old cars.Only thing I know about the car is its either a 59 or 60 and apparently its got a 170 in it.Its a 4dr with the shifter on the colum.The tag under the hood is w4 something I can't read it to good its all rusted up.I can get a better look at it tommorow.

12-26-2009, 10:07 PM
No problem with the lack of personal info. I agree with your parental units since I am one. [^] Follow StudeRich's engine number identification process to find that. We will know what year the engine is with that info in case it was a replacement engine. That body tag will tell us a few things, but it already tells us it's a Deluxe four door sedan from those two numbers. Your serial number can be found on the driver's side door post. That will tell us what year it is. It will start with 59S, or 60S and then the serial number when it rolled off of the production line. Welcome and you've got my favorite year Lark!


12-26-2009, 10:22 PM
If there are six spark plugs that point straight upward, then its a flathead 6 which were used by Studebaker up through the 1960 model year. By the way Rockne, since when is it a 169.7 cubic incher? How about a 169.6? I suppose with a little cylinder wear it would easily be larger. :)

1949 2R17
R is for Rusty
In the middle of Minnesota

12-26-2009, 10:30 PM
Yeah its a flathead.

12-26-2009, 10:35 PM
Thats cool.I remember the 1st old car I had,a 71 Skylark.I got it when I was 17.Wish I still had it now.Hope you have fun fixing up that old car.You got the same yr as me,if its a 59 that is.

12-27-2009, 12:37 AM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

If there are six spark plugs that point straight upward, then its a flathead 6 which were used by Studebaker up through the 1961 model year.

Ahhh...make that thru model year 1960! :D


12-27-2009, 12:43 AM
Doggone it, Rich got me. Thats the second brain fart I had tonight! Yes, the OHV 6 debuted in the 1961 model year. It must be my bed time. ;)

[b]1949 2R17
R is for Rusty
In the middle of Minnesota

12-27-2009, 10:07 AM
Welcome New old! You can also join up with our Palmetto Chapter. You can E-mail me off forum at ourbuiss@yahoo.com and I can get you a bit more info. I am in Greenville and I know where a few parts cars are for your car nearby. We have a couple local members with good parts stashes you will want to know. Welcome again and good luck with your project. Steve