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4961Studebaker
04-16-2010, 01:20 PM
Nothing anything too exciting that jumps out at anyone like the first photo's posted of the car low and low.

So here's some for the viewing audience.
New window surround minus the rain gutter, guess what fits under that extended dash? COOL A/C
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/dillonpillar011.jpghttp://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7164.jpg

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/Picture1006.jpg

Letting the details work themselves out before the console de elegance [:o)] is complete.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7163.jpghttp://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7166.jpg

Solenoid actuated trunk lid (before and after)
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/picture997.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7167.jpghttp://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7168.jpg

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ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5411.jpg

JGK 940
04-16-2010, 01:38 PM
Man, that dash mod's a work of art. [:p]

But the old Chevy steering wheel goes at some point, right? ;)

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4961Studebaker
04-16-2010, 01:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by JGK 940

But the old Chevy steering wheel goes at some point, right? ;)


For sure......I was thinking of putting it up for a poll.
What steering wheel would you choose? I have a few under consideration, but nothing really jumps out at me. Must be 14-15 inch wheel. [:0] Any bigger and it's in my viewing "zone" [:0]

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5411.jpg
113 weeks till completion.

Studewannabe
04-16-2010, 01:45 PM
I recently saw a Lark converted so the
whole front end tilts forward,
The guy also fabricated a solenoid switch
to open the front end, with the switch
in some obscure position to also add to
security.Crude, but i suppose efficient.:(
But by comparison yours looks factory fitted:)

Michidan
04-16-2010, 02:28 PM
So are you going to sink in some Avanti headlights? [:p]

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sweetolbob
04-16-2010, 02:40 PM
Great progress, Glad you posted.

I don't want to be wet blanket but you'll soon be in double digits on weeks to go. Pressure, Pressure!!:)

A question - How are you chopping the glass? Sandblaster, kerosene and cutter,[?][?].

I'd probably leave the steering wheel decision until I had the dash and the rest of the interior close to done. I think what you want will jump out at you when you reach that point.

In any case, great work and keep posting.

Bob

http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/P1000416.jpg?t=1227109182, http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh263/sweetolbob/031-1.jpg?t=1254424814

2R5
04-16-2010, 03:13 PM
Boy , thats a ton of work ....more power to ya [:0]



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bams50
04-16-2010, 06:11 PM
Awesome! That's why you're cool enough to be not just Kevin, but Keb' Mo[8D] Thanks for sharing the progress with us railbirds[^]

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Pat Dilling
04-16-2010, 09:06 PM
Very impressive work, makes me wanna see more!

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fred k.
04-16-2010, 10:25 PM
what is the plan with the rear window?

fred

kurtruk
04-18-2010, 06:27 PM
Sure hope that rear window's not TEMPERED...[8][8][8]

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Mr Speed 53
04-18-2010, 06:42 PM
Thanks for posting these updated pictures! Looks like high quality work,I do like the lower look of the stock rear window. Its nice to see a 61 getting this much attention,since I feel they are overlooked. Ed

4961Studebaker
04-19-2010, 09:38 AM
quote:Originally posted by fred k.

what is the plan with the rear window?

fred


Good question:
Study the photo's and you'll see that the glass is the exact same piece. The front has become a pattern and will be cut again and become a pattern for the rear. (why this piece is a pattern in the first place is another story.)
Remanufactured, stock size 61 glass, set ablaze with an alcohol mixture. ((cutting) Not by me, I wouldn't want the job of breaking one and saying to a customer you need to buy another,)

Hoping the plan works: The ends of the glass (red dots in photo) will be cut away and allow the glass to rest closer to the roof line. Some metal work will need to be done on the C pillar and roof line, For a smooth finished line. It will look different, but don't think it will offend the eye. The front glass, after being cut down, is surprisingly close in shape to a stock rear piece.
As you can see, it's not a real stretch to get this to fit, and hopefully get a car show response of what's the rear glass? or no response what so ever because it looks factory..? However the Forum will know. ;)

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7150-1-1.jpg
Now if your wondering: What about the witdth? Near spot on after being cut. Dotted lines (both sides) are the area to be trimmed, the only departure from the stock frame area is along the deck area, and at the C pillar. Once glass is trimmed I'll have a better idea what needs to be done here. (couple weeks)
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7149-1.jpg

Add a few completion/comparison photo's (back glass cut from front windshield)
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/comparerearwindowcutfromfront.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/comparerearwindowcutfromfront2.jpg
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7370.jpg


ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5411.jpg
113 weeks till completion.

woodysrods
04-19-2010, 10:24 AM
The weeks keep ticking down. to see you are still on it:)
Wish I could get back to mine[:p]
Good Roads
Brian

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fred k.
04-22-2010, 11:11 PM
Cool make sure to post pics after the glass is fit, as you know a curved rear window opening makes it real to chop the top with out just making a mess and that is why many customs end up with a totaly differant and flat rear glass or with the window sunk into the trunk.

fred

4961Studebaker
02-08-2011, 12:24 PM
Cool make sure to post pics after the glass is fit,
fred
Time to take care of that request. :) (above post)

Pat Dilling
02-08-2011, 10:04 PM
Looking good! Something I missed the first time I looked. I would like to suggest that you round off or radius the front top corner of the door. This something that has become a pet peeve of mine. Keep up the good work!

Pat

4961Studebaker
02-09-2011, 08:26 AM
Something I missed the first time I looked. I would like to suggest that you round off or radius the front top corner of the door. This something that has become a pet peeve of mine.

Something like this Pat? I got you covered, :) can't have you walking around peeved :).
That door corner stuck out like a sore thumb when the front drip rail was removed.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7383.jpg

Pat Dilling
02-09-2011, 11:08 PM
Yes! Much better, thank you for accommodating me!

Pat

Peanut
02-20-2012, 10:57 AM
I LOVE this project. I've always believed that early Larks can look ultra-bad with the right modifications. Hats off to you for the great work and planning that you've obvioulsy been doing. More pics whenever you have them!!!

~Matt Connor
'59 Lark 2-door
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kmac530
02-20-2012, 12:15 PM
ChopStu,
I love it. Nice looking work and fit.

Dick Steinkamp
02-20-2012, 04:50 PM
You've got a great "eye" for the details, Kevin. That car will be quite special.

junior
02-20-2012, 05:35 PM
c'mon, how about an update? got excited when I saw this thread pop up today as I thought there was an update. any news and photos to share? Thanks, Junior.

4961Studebaker
02-22-2012, 12:31 PM
c'mon, how about an update? got excited when I saw this thread pop up today as I thought there was an update. any news and photos to share? Thanks, Junior.

;) You guy's aren't supposed to resurect old threads ;)

It's true, it's been over a year since any work has been done to the project, I'll explain in a bit, for any new forum members with intrest. I've tried to put ChopStu within all thread titles in order to help ease in searching.

I'm not sure that there are any new photos of things that have been previously posted but here are a few of the last items that were done.

Did everyone see the fine placement of the new A/C unit, the old one pooped out and delayed me. Works real good now. ;)
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/amana.jpg
This should keep up with any drafty Studebaker windows. ;)

;) Passenger comfort is a very important part of any build to consider, leg room, side bolsters, head room etc. So probably the biggest consideration and reason for delay has been thinking and taking care of this....
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/stork2.jpg
aspect of the build........I think a custom seat is in order. Ostrich inserts maybe ;)

Those two things have not detered me from getting the car completed, this September the car gets started up again, and I hope to have it complete and ready for paint,

Some minor details that may have not been the focus of other threads but will mention now.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_8824.jpg
The fresh air grate area has been filled in.

The bumper was one of the last things mocked up.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_8825.jpg
The valance was tucked in and bolted (still removeable) right up to the fenders, Stock 60 bumper shortened about 2 inches, and will need some material added to the bottom for a better look.

And last, not sure it was really visable in other photos that just showed the new grille.
A new what ever you want to call it, pan, plate, insert etc that hides the hood latch hardware and inner front grille panel. (inner structure is gone)

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_8821.jpg

Insert removed in this picture.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_7375.jpg

Thanks everyone, for your intrest and patients, this will get done because no one want's it completed more than I. And rest assured that in Sept. there will be more pictures to come.

sweetolbob
02-22-2012, 12:41 PM
Posted by chopstu
Thanks everyone, for your intrest and patients, this will get done because no one want's it completed more than I. And rest assured that in Sept. there will be more pictures to come.

Kevin

Sometimes life just gets in the way of "important" things. I've miss your posts and creativity but you appear to have some decent reasons so I'll just need to keep a damper on my enthusiasm until September. Until then, good luck with the real important issues in life but if you don't post in September:mad::).

Thanks for the update, Bob

junior
02-22-2012, 11:07 PM
thanks for the update...just what I need to keep me motivated is seeing what other folks are getting done. looking forward to more photos after sept. cheers, junior.

Dick Steinkamp
02-23-2012, 08:10 PM
Kevin,
I am so impressed with your creativity and welding skills. Very few have this unique combination. You are able to visualize your end project, and think through the details. Don't sweat that it may not be completed as soon as you would like. The "journey" is also fun, plus focusing on the important things going on in your life now is the right thing to do!

Peanut
04-09-2013, 07:55 PM
This is one of my favorite projects on the forum. If you've had a chance to get anything done, I know I'm not the only one who'd like to see it. :)

dean pearson
04-09-2013, 08:21 PM
Dangit !
Your doing an awesome job there and your work is quite impressive.
What type of Stude motor is that ??? Haha.

Just kidding I think you car is going to be Bad arse when its done and I know progress feels good!

Dean.

parts
04-09-2013, 08:48 PM
This is NOT GOOD...

I have been staring at these pictures while playing hookey from the office...

Nice work..
I need a CA (customizer anonymous) meeting..

Shoot..where's my sawzall..

4961Studebaker
04-09-2013, 11:54 PM
This is one of my favorite projects on the forum. If you've had a chance to get anything done, I know I'm not the only one who'd like to see it. :)

;) Hang in there, I should have a few photos next week!! Probably a Twitter sneak peek Thur.

AKAchamptrucking
04-10-2013, 05:55 AM
IS IT DONE YET!!??!???
Kevin keep it going,it is beautiful man! SWEETNESS!!

4961Studebaker
04-11-2013, 12:27 PM
:!: Away she goes, long over due work will begin next week. :!:


http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/intrailer.jpg

scott.rodgers
04-11-2013, 01:59 PM
New taillights look good.

r1lark
04-11-2013, 05:18 PM
Stu, did you sell her?

4961Studebaker
04-11-2013, 07:38 PM
Stu, did you sell her?

No way! Can't let my first car slip away beyond the horizon.
It's just loaded up for a trip to the hot rod shop. It's going to be finished there.

When I have some more pictures I'll start another thread.

sweetolbob
04-11-2013, 07:53 PM
WELL!!! We're waiting

http://www.smileyvault.com/albums/userpics/10172/Bored-cute-big-smiley-animated-066.gif (http://www.smileyvault.com/)

Just kidding Kevin, I know you've had other priorities and it looks like the end is now in sight.

Good show, Bob

4961Studebaker
05-30-2013, 02:39 PM
Finally some time to update and wrestle with photobucket.

Guy's at the shop have been busy.

E brake, mocked up, Seats are on order and when they are in cables will be run.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9284.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9284.jpg.html)

New access panel for the rear power windows. HEY FELLOW LARK OWNERS THEY GO ALL THE WAY DOWN. :!:
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9285.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9285.jpg.html)

New Channel for modern window channel, cat whiskers will still be used on trim and outside piece, (black not stainless)
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9286.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9286.jpg.html)

Easier access,
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9287.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9287.jpg.html)

Driver side power window.. about $200 in glass patterns throughout, I hope none break so they can be tempered. :oops:

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9288.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9288.jpg.html)

New shroud and fan are in place.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9293.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9293.jpg.html)

4961Studebaker
05-30-2013, 02:47 PM
Condensor and lines are in.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9291.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9291.jpg.html)

Wiper motor and posts.
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9299.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9299.jpg.html)





http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_9298.jpg (http://s132.photobucket.com/user/kkad0711/media/IMG_9298.jpg.html)

Air compressor and Level Pro sensors have been shipped and received, so some pictures of that will be posted soon.

Seats are coming.

And the center console is being constructed as we speak, I'll share more of those pictures as it gets closer to blending IT with the upper dash. (ash tray / radio area )

dusty taylor
05-30-2013, 04:21 PM
Looking good Kevin.
Dusty

Pat Dilling
05-30-2013, 05:27 PM
Very nice to see your progress. Have you set a target date being on the road?

rknight89
05-30-2013, 06:49 PM
WOW!!!! You know how I love the '61s... Obviously you & I are going two totally different directions on our 'restorations' (for 2 totally different reasons) but you are truely an artist... I'm just trying to redo what the 'factory artists' did. You, on the other hand, have created what the factory should have! Hopefully somewhere down the road we can get three '61Larks parked next to each other. A bone stock one (what was). My odd ball Lark(what might have been) and Yours(what should have been). Thanks for the email that prompted me to check your pics. IT LOOKS AWESOME.

sweetolbob
05-31-2013, 09:49 AM
Progress, we've got progress.

Kevin, Glad you've found the time to move on the Lark and post updates. :!:

Bob

Bish
05-31-2013, 09:59 AM
So awesome!! This will be some ride. Very interesting thread to follow; keep 'em coming!

Bish

Corley
05-31-2013, 10:28 AM
I just wish I had a bit of your talent and skills! Interesting work, with tons of inovation.

Just wonderring how the glass will be mounted (front and back) Stainless trim? Rubber gasket or butyle rope? Flush for least wind resistance? Etc...

Great job! Can't wait for more, and oh by the way, your pictures are really clear and easy to see what's what! Great job of those too!

4961Studebaker
05-31-2013, 12:01 PM
Very nice to see your progress. Have you set a target date being on the road?


You know Pat, every time I think I've nailed down a completion time something pops up. So life goes I guess. Maybe giving in and saying, when it gets done, it gets done, will prove more fruitfull. I've given the project to good people so I think the project will go alot faster.
I've always wanted the final reveal to be a Studebaker event, given the sharing and exposure on the forum it's only fitting that Studebaker people see it first, when it's done. An International Meet showing would be great. Maybe St.Louis :D


Interesting work, with tons of inovation.
Just wonderring how the glass will be mounted (front and back) Stainless trim? Rubber gasket or butyle rope? Flush for least wind resistance? Etc...


Flush mount would be nice, however, try as hard as the glass guy could, there are tiny imperfections on the front glass edges, this one will be mounted with a butyl base? (not sure what will be used), pressed in and a thin (width wise) T-moulding will surround the glass. T-moulding for the rear glass as well. No Stainless, No Vent window. Plus the car's windows will be tinted to keep out the summer sun. So I'm hoping this will blend in the moulding with the glass, looks wise......not really any different look than any modern car today.
Depending on budget, it's possible I'll consider buying another front glass and see if it goes any better.



Thanks to all who like and/or just watch work being done. The project forges on.

AKAchamptrucking
06-02-2013, 07:04 AM
Nice nice nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JRoberts
06-02-2013, 07:18 AM
WOW! I love following your progress. How you are accomplishing all of this is way beyond me. I love following your progress. Thanks for going to the trouble to share your build with us as it happens.

BILT4ME
09-03-2015, 03:43 PM
Looks like it's been a couple years since you've posted anything about this one. I'm interested because I'm in the KC area and the St. Louis meet just finished up. Didn't know if you had a chance to reveal or not. This is a very interesting project and I am amazed by the amount of work you have put into this.

AKAchamptrucking
09-06-2015, 08:02 AM
Still waiting...

4961Studebaker
09-07-2015, 01:16 AM
Not wanting to Jinx anything, but....bodywork/paint should start Feb 2016. 5-6 months with them then wiring, sound deadening then Interior. That should be another chunk of time 4-5 months. Fingers crossed early spring 2017. Plenty of time for shake down cruises and fixes before the car show season.

Every shop that does top notch work around here is booked, it's good for them bad for a guy who wants a project done.
Last thing I've done was purchase 6 gauges for the car from Classic Instruments.

Don't fret, pictures will be posted as soon work starts up again.

Peanut
09-07-2015, 08:55 AM
Thanks for the update. Glad to hear that there is still forward momentum (even if it is somewhat glacial!).

TrickyRick
09-07-2015, 12:31 PM
I got the jist of what you have done but a side by side - before and after pic would help me put the pieces together.

4961Studebaker
09-07-2015, 01:32 PM
I got the jist of what you have done but a side by side - before and after pic would help me put the pieces together.


Here you go. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?11721-The-61-Lark-49-2r5

and here for starters. http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?72310-ChopStu-Lark-first-stages-of-interior-Pics-as-of-10-6-13

Just forum search "chopStu" for a number of threads. OR Google ChopStu/ChopStew for great dinner recipes.

wolfie
09-08-2015, 09:50 AM
There was a pic at one time of the builder standing beside this car to give it scale. Does anyone have a copy or a link? Steve

4961Studebaker
09-08-2015, 03:32 PM
There was a pic at one time of the builder standing beside this car to give it scale. Does anyone have a copy or a link? Steve


PM sent......

wolfie
09-09-2015, 11:19 AM
Thanks. Steve

wolfie
09-09-2015, 11:21 AM
For those that havent seen. Steve

Peanut
04-09-2016, 02:48 PM
Okay, the weather is getting nicer here in Missouri. Any updates on ChopStu-ey? :)

4961Studebaker
04-09-2016, 07:27 PM
Shhhhhhh, don't jinks it ;)It's off to paint in mere weeks. I'll post photos of that in the months ahead.

Wait till you see the A/C vent if I can get a video posted. (Yes a video)

Cell phone microphones make this sound louder than it really is,
Fun little trick, and keeps the vent hidden for a cleaner look.


https://youtu.be/gU-srIHc75E

4961Studebaker
04-10-2016, 11:12 AM
bump

video added above.

Pat Dilling
04-10-2016, 11:29 AM
Very creative! Looking forward to the paint pictures!

sweetolbob
04-10-2016, 12:36 PM
:!!: Looks great and a neat creative touch!! At least neither of us is moving backwards in our quest. I know you're busy and I'm old so they will eventually get done. Avanti, Bob

Studeous
04-10-2016, 04:11 PM
Slick and Trick. Looks light and lively. LOOK and You'll LOVE that LARK!

BILT4ME
04-11-2016, 05:04 PM
I'm looking forward to seeing it around! It is definitely a one-of-a-kind!

Peanut
04-11-2016, 05:30 PM
That's what I'm talkin' about!

JRoberts
04-11-2016, 08:48 PM
What creativity ..... I really admire you for it. That AC vent is fantastic (among a bunch of other fantastic things in this car).