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showbizkid
01-04-2010, 07:03 PM
Yesterday was the last day of my Christmas vacation, and I decided we should mark the occasion by giving my son, Reed, his first driving lesson (he'll be 15 in June). So we took Barney up to the local high school parking lot, and I instructed him on how to control the car. We spent about an hour making large rounded squares through the lot :D

I only took a couple of photos 'cause I didn't want to make him nervous, but here they are. He's trying his best not to smile [|)]

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/misc/CIMG3215.jpg
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Barney's doing very well on the road, BTW. We had him idling and running at very slow speeds for an extended period of time yesterday, and the temp gage never rose above 2/3 - not bad for a 2-row radiator. I love driving this car!


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

rockne10
01-04-2010, 07:17 PM
Will he be able to take the test in sunny cal without seat belts?

COMMANDERPINK1
01-04-2010, 07:24 PM
Lets see you said a 15 year old! Maybe he would be smiling more if it had a big ole wing on the back and 4cyl under the hood with front wheel drive;) and a 5" exhaust can out the rear:D. Don't worry if hes like my 14year old he is smiling on the inside.

Tom

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barnlark
01-04-2010, 07:27 PM
Congrats on his first lesson. He looks awful happy inside, for sure. Hope you're "in" with the local police, or they don't happen to visit the parking lot next time. That lack of a smile outside may then be for a reason! :D I did the same with my daughter well before her temporary license, but now that I think about it, if we had been pulled over there may have been serious consequences for her getting her real license. Not sure I'd do as much of that again, even though I sure did it when I was that age. Today they are much less forgiving in court. Your car looks great, Clark. His first lesson will always be remembered in a very cool car.

63t-cab
01-04-2010, 07:46 PM
Ya He's smileing from ear to ear,good thing you got the doors un-locked.

Joseph R. Zeiger

63t-cab
01-04-2010, 07:46 PM
Ya He's smileing from ear to ear,good thing you got the doors un-locked.

Joseph R. Zeiger

candbstudebakers
01-04-2010, 09:29 PM
Come on Clark that steering wheel has got to go, take a look at the one in my 63 standard..

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/white%2063%20super%20lark/IM001060.jpg

make it easy to steer also.and plane Jane all the way..Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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showbizkid
01-04-2010, 09:56 PM
Believe me, Bob, I agree! I hate that stupid Grant wheel. I have a new wheel and all the horn button parts to put it on - just have to install a new turn signal switch and that Grant will be gone faster than you can say Jack Sprat.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

Steve T
01-04-2010, 09:58 PM
Now that is cool. Cool Beans, even.

An eventual TW article maybe??

Seat belts. From '62 onward they put the lugs in for the front set irrespective of whether the car was ordered with them (my '62, when I got it, had no belts, but the lugs were there...and so was the dash decal saying Fasten Seat Belts...go figure!). I ordered repop belts from SI, as I prefer to belt in...am so used to it. That'd be the way to go if Reed wants to take his test at the wheel of Barney (whatever size and shape the wheel is!)...

Cheers

S.

John and Tracy Smith
01-04-2010, 11:20 PM
Love it! My dad taught me to drive in our white, standard transmission '82 Toyota Corolla. He took me to the church parking lot for my lesson. As the car lurched around the lot, I remember thinking that my dad must have felt that one of us needed divine intervention...:D -Tracy :)

John and Tracy Smith
Queen Creek Arizona
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Gary1953
01-04-2010, 11:42 PM
NEAT. My Dad had sold his Lark before it was my turn to learn to drive.
Your son is very lucky.

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Gary Sanders
Nixa, MO
President Toy Studebaker Collectors Club. Have an interest in Toy Studebakers? Contact me for details.

Andy R.
01-04-2010, 11:47 PM
Sweet! No better car...easy to see all 4 corners.

If you want to give him a good test, leave the Grant wheel in place and disconnect the power steering...when he can parallel park it with that leverage he can drive it for realz![:o)]

Andy
62 GT

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showbizkid
01-05-2010, 01:41 AM
Power steering???! [:0] My friend, there is no power steering on this car. It's a Standard! The only factory option the buyers sprang for was the FOM! See if you've ever seen a build order as bare as this one:

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/misc/buildsheet.jpg

That's why I want to put the factory wheel back on :)


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

Mark57
01-05-2010, 01:46 AM
quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

Power steering???! [:0] My friend, there is no power steering on this car. It's a Standard! The only factory option the buyers sprang for was the FOM! See if you've ever seen a build order as bare as this one:

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q26/clarknovak/misc/buildsheet.jpg

That's why I want to put the factory wheel back on :)

Clark in San Diego



They also sprang for a V8 engine. ;)

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island Chapter
http://visdc.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>

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StudeRich
01-05-2010, 02:03 AM
You are absolutely right Mark, they did PAY for the V-8, but technically not an option, since that model 63V-F2 started out as a V-8! [:p]

That really IS bare! Only a Calif. required PCV (CV -crankcase ventilation) valve and Auto Trans, but it DID come with the Rose Mist Metallic paint and five tires and wheels though! [^]

And I am sure you know, if it were an option, it would be listed like a 289 engine would be in a non-Cruiser/Hawk, as an extra cost option.

That's IF, you want to split hairs, like Gary and I LOVE to do! :D

StudeRich

JRoberts
01-05-2010, 06:19 AM
What a driving lesson! I remember my dad giving me my first lesson. It was in a '40 Plymouth. We went down some dirt roads out in the woods. I wss too nervous to smile, at least on the outside.

When I gave my son his first chance to drive a Studebaker it was in my 2R6. He had his learner's permit. He really was afraid he would hurt the old girl. I assured him he wouldn't. Well after about a block the tranny gave up the ghost. It was not his fault, he didn't scrape gears a single time, but he felt bad about it. He was a big help dragging the tranny out from under the truck once we got home, and putting it back in the truck once the tranny was rebuilt. It has always been nice to have a strong boy around to do the heavy work.;) Once he got his license his daily driver was a '55 four door Champion.



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

4961Studebaker
01-05-2010, 10:14 AM
Coolest kid on the block. That's what that grin say's ;)



ChopStu
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128 weeks till completion.

candbstudebakers
01-05-2010, 10:29 AM
Jack Sprat!!!!

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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silverhawk
01-05-2010, 10:34 AM
Nice!!

Dylan Wills
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'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

candbstudebakers
01-05-2010, 10:47 AM
Jack Sprat again and the wheel is still there, here is the PO on our standard, not much different than yours, only stick shift, things have changed on this one since I got it in 1990, I guess you would no longer call it a standard with it's up grades?. Standards the few! the wanted! the hard to get!

http://i691.photobucket.com/albums/vv271/canbstudebakers/IM001986.jpg

Clark looks like mine is a month older than yours...Bob

Bob Peterson / C & B Studebakers

Castro Valley, CA
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