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Skinnys Garage
04-26-2010, 07:46 PM
I was checking my parts cars for things I could use on my Marshal or my '59 and decided I still had enough left to put a '62 back together. It's nothing fancy, just a Y4 with a 259 automatic and not much else. The first two shots are what I'm starting with and the next two are my first couple days progress.

The rear fenders, front clip and some floor/structure patches from my Cruiser will replace some rusty parts on this one. If the Cruiser didn't have the glass broken out, no usable interior and a rotten trunk floor, I may have fixed it up instead.

At first I thought I'd have to use the cloverleaf engine from my '61, because this one has been stuck for as long as I've had it (about 14 years). When I first got it, I juiced up the cylinders and tried to get it free, but after breaking off a tooth on the flywheel I gave up. This week I removed the heads and rattled the top of the pistons with my air hammer for a few seconds, the PB blaster did it's job and it came free fairly easily, so I should be able to use the original engine.

The top end is very clean and shows very little wear, so I believe the 56K on the odometer is correct. I'm hoping to get this car going without spending a bunch of money, so low mileage parts will help. I plan on staying with it and getting it together this summer, I'll update with my progress.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/before1-1.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/before3-1.jpg
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Milaca
04-26-2010, 10:10 PM
Don't be too surprised if a 1963 GT Hawk pulls up to your house this fall. I just might show up to see what's going on there. ;)

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Skinnys Garage
04-26-2010, 10:21 PM
quote:Originally posted by Milaca

Don't be too surprised if a 1963 GT Hawk pulls up to your house this fall. I just might show up to see what's going on there. ;)Anytime Brent, I can always use help pushing Larks around.;)
Still hoping to make a road trip to your neck of the woods sometime, too.[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/f893982a.jpg
Skinny
Watertown, SD

Milaca
04-26-2010, 10:25 PM
If you come this week I'll be gracious and let you time the ignition and set the dwell of the points on my Hawk before I head to South Bend next week. ;) By the way, are you going to the South Bend meet?

bams50
04-26-2010, 10:27 PM
I like your plan skinny, but then I'm prejudiced... love them redicallus-lookin 62s[8D]

Robert (Bob) Andrews- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys)
Parish, central NY 13131
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GOD BLESS AMERICA
Ephesians 6:10-17

Skinnys Garage
04-26-2010, 10:52 PM
Sorry Brent, probably won't make it over there before you go, but we can sure tune on them when I do. Not sure about South Bend yet, I'd like to make it because Arizona's not in the cards this year. If I go, I'd like to swing through Milwaukee and find the "radio" building where the pictures of the '60 Marshals were taken.

I know what you mean Bob, those '62s kind of grow on you after a while. Sure wish you were closer, I'd get that '59 2dr and that rolled '61 out of your way, so you could add more '62's to your collection.;)

Here's a couple pics showing some of my clean-up and why I decided to save it. The first one shows the rear floors, not too bad, just needs some work around the pillars. The second shows the trunk floor, pretty nice, that will help a lot.[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/rearfloor.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/trunkpan.jpg

silverhawk
04-27-2010, 12:31 AM
Sweet! I love '62 4 doors, glad to see another one saved!

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

silverhawk
04-27-2010, 12:33 AM
Quick question. Is this car really a Y-4 body? As I understood it; ALL '62 4 door sedans were on the Y-6 cruiser wheel base. Thats what ours is, so I'm a little confused! Can someone clear this up for me?

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

studeclunker
04-27-2010, 12:49 AM
Ah yes... memories of my lil' Sweetie who went to Michigan. Now I wish she hadn't gone...:( That's what I get for not moving to Charlotte.[V]

Yours is a really neat car. Thanks for sharing the process. Perhaps I can vicariously enjoy your getting her back on the road, too? Still, it makes me miss lil' ol' Sweetie that much more. She truely lived up to her name..:)

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Skinnys Garage
04-27-2010, 01:23 AM
quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

Quick question. Is this car really a Y-4 body? As I understood it; ALL '62 4 door sedans were on the Y-6 cruiser wheel base. Thats what ours is, so I'm a little confused! Can someone clear this up for me? Yes, it's a Y-4 Deluxe, the Y-6 is a Regal and the Y-8 is a Cruiser. All have the same 113" wheelbase for '62. My Deluxe has the horn button without the bars and rubber floor mats, not carpeting. It is however a V8 automatic car with reclining seats, seat belts, two visors, front and rear window trim and a Motorola radio set-up.[8D]

silverhawk
04-27-2010, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the clear up!

Sounds like a great car! I sure wish ours would be back on the road this year.:( I'm being optomistic about being back on the road next summer, but we shall see![8D]


quote:Originally posted by Skinnys Garage


quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

Quick question. Is this car really a Y-4 body? As I understood it; ALL '62 4 door sedans were on the Y-6 cruiser wheel base. Thats what ours is, so I'm a little confused! Can someone clear this up for me? Yes, it's a Y-4 Deluxe, the Y-6 is a Regal and the Y-8 is a Cruiser. All have the same 113" wheelbase for '62. My Deluxe has the horn button without the bars and rubber floor mats, not carpeting. It is however a V8 automatic car with reclining seats, seat belts, two visors, front and rear window trim and a Motorola radio set-up.[8D]


Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Skinnys Garage
04-27-2010, 01:40 AM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

Yours is a really neat car. Thanks for sharing the process. Perhaps I can vicariously enjoy your getting her back on the road, too?Thanks Ron, you sure can. I hope to have many updates in the next few weeks, I've got a lot of things to get done this summer, so I need to keep working at them.[8D]

studeclunker
04-27-2010, 02:02 AM
thanks Scott!:D I have a weakness for the '62-'63 sedans. They're just right in my not-so-humble-opinion (LOL)!:D;)

I know the feeling, Dylan. Bess is still down and right now, so's Ed. I've been largely Studee-less for over a year now. Well... drivers that is. However, things are coming back into line to get back on the road again!:D

silverhawk
04-27-2010, 03:31 PM
Thats great to hear! [8D]


quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

thanks Scott!:D I have a weakness for the '62-'63 sedans. They're just right in my not-so-humble-opinion (LOL)!:D;)

I know the feeling, Dylan. Bess is still down and right now, so's Ed. I've been largely Studee-less for over a year now. Well... drivers that is. However, things are coming back into line to get back on the road again!:D

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?


Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

Skinnys Garage
04-27-2010, 09:39 PM
Scraped off about 10 pounds of dirt and grease from the front frame and engine this afternoon. Removed the block drains and soft plugs, then flushed out the block. Cleaned off the block deck, pistons and cylinders, so it's ready for the heads. I just need to take the heads apart to check the guides, clean them up and install some new seals.

I had old fuel pumping out of the open line and oil flowing from just 1/4 turns of the crank while moving the pistons. Hopefully this means the fuel tank is OK and I'll have good oil pressure.[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/beforeengine.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/cleanengine.jpg

silverhawk
04-28-2010, 09:53 AM
Looks good!

Dylan Wills
Everett, Wa.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/carpet008.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

studeclunker
04-28-2010, 10:33 AM
Ah,yes... grunge scraping on old cars... innit great?;)[xx(] LOL, I'm not looking forward to cleaning out Bess' engine compartment.[xx(]:D There must be two inches of crap caked all over the frame and stuff.[B)] All I have to do is finish cleaning out the garage so I can get her in there.;) There are still six Rover Diesels to remove from the back room yet and a bunch of blocks from the side room and I can call it done.[}:)] LOL, makes me tired just thinking about it![|)][|)]

studelark
04-28-2010, 01:09 PM
Ah, yes. A 62S-Y4. The first Studebaker car I used as daily transportation from 1979 through 1983. A dark green freeby given to me by the late Sam Miller. The car had about 53k miles, but Sam's Studebaker lot had gotten overcrowed. With Sam's offer of the running 62S-Y4, I was also asked to take a running, but very rusted, very ventilated 63V-Y4 RHD (190k) to help reduce his crowded storage area.

The 62 Larks have always appealed to me. I just like them as well as all the Larks. My freebie was a six cylinder, 3 speeder and it served me well to 100k. My daughter and my oldest son learned to drive on this car. In fact I gave it to my son for his senior year in high school. At first, he was disappointed that was all I would give him, but after several months, he enjoyed it because it attracted the girls. He had a blast for a senior year.[8D]

When I got the car back, it had really become an oil consumer. I drove it another year as my daily driver, and as it approached 100k, I finally parked it because I purchased a '64 Cruiser to replace it.

As the miles racked up, the transmission began jamming in low gear. My son and I knew how to prevent it from sticking most times and knew how to unstick it if it did. One day, my loving wife's car was being serviced at a local garage. As told (and still told today) by my youngest son, she jumped in the Studebaker to run to Safeway on the other end of town. Sure enough, the shift jammed in low. My son says they went all the way across town and back again in low gear, wide open, smoke swirling from the tail pipe, and Mom cussing. She never tried to drive it again!!:D

Thanks for the memories, Skinnys Garage!!!:)


Frank Drumheller
Louisa, VA
60S-W6
1948 M16-52 Boyer bodied fire truck

studeclunker
04-28-2010, 04:48 PM
Frank, thanks for the laugh! I would put in the acronym, LMAO, but it was more like laughing and wiping tears (LOL)!:D Oh, my (LOL)!:D

Skinnys Garage
05-03-2010, 11:17 PM
Found some time today to make a little more progress. I cleaned up one head, checked the guides, lapped the valves and installed new seals. Should get the other one done and both installed soon.

The first pic is of one still grimy head and the finished one. The next pic shows my tools for the job while working on the first head.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/onedone.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/valvetools.jpg


These next four pics show the progression of the last and ugliest chamber on the first head. The second pic is after using the wire wheel to clean it up. The third is after lapping in the valves and the last is how the valves turned out. As bad as it looked, I think it turned out OK with a nice sealing surface and not much pitting. It should run like a champ, or should I say a Lark.;)[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/pits.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/wirebrushed.jpg
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studeclunker
05-03-2010, 11:43 PM
OOOOO pretty! I'd just like to be able to figure out how to adjust Bess' valves (then actually have the guts to do it). That way she would sound somwhat less like my Father's Farmall.[:o)][V]

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Skinnys Garage
05-06-2010, 07:00 PM
Got the Cruiser dug out and closer to the door, so I could clean up the floors to see what's usable. I can use the front left pan, some other patches and the back edge of the left inner rear quarter by the lights where the Y4 is bad. The right pan and trunk floor are rotten, but luckily not needed. So far, I plan on using the bumper guards, wings, drip rail trim, dash, upper door panel trim, dual exhaust header pipes, rear fenders and complete front clip (front outer fenders have been in safe keeping for years). The replacement 289, power brakes, AC parts, finned brakes and twin traction will get put into "inventory" for now.

If you're wondering why I didn't fix up the Cruiser instead, all I can say is the Y4 will be way less work and money to get going. It has a good gas tank, usable interior, good glass, soon to be running engine, easier to fix rust problems and some of the mechanical parts on the Cruiser I plan on keeping anyway. The Cruiser hasn't seen the road since '67 and the Y4 was still on the road into the '80s, so that's a little less clock to turn back in getting it going also.

The only real progress today was installing the soft plugs. Not an easy task with the engine in, but with the heads and front clip off, it's not too bad. I need to get the heads back on and hear it run before I get to crazy switching body parts, so that's my focus for now. Rainy and cold here, so no yard work this weekend.;)[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/cruiser.jpg

Skinnys Garage
05-13-2010, 07:36 PM
Well, I'm getting closer to hearing it run. I cleaned out the valley, inspected the lifters, took the distributor apart and cleaned/oiled it. Put some copper coat on the new shim head gasket, bolted everything up on the right side, set the valves, spun it over with the starter for a few seconds and had oil at all the rockers. Just have to finish up the other head, clean the carb and it should be ready to fire. So far, so good.[8D]

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/copper.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/rockers.jpg

Skinnys Garage
06-22-2010, 11:55 PM
Well, it's been over a month since my last update. Didn't find the time to do much until today when I cleaned up the other head, lapped the valves and installed it. I did get the exhaust manifolds cleaned up and installed after flattening out the flange surfaces with my large disk sander. Also bolted up the new dual exhaust down pipes I had made a while back. Next plans are to install the water manifold with a new pump, clean out the fuel pump bowl, clean the carb, run some new lines to the oil filter and paint things up.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/IMG_1858.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/IMG_1860.jpg

bams50
06-23-2010, 05:14 AM
Cool, thanks for the update! I was wondering if you'd made any progress:)

Skinnys Garage
06-23-2010, 08:09 PM
After spraying some black on the engine, I just couldn't resist taking a pic with some "bling" I've been saving for the '59.:cool:

I should have the stock stuff cleaned up and installed later this week. I sure hope this thing runs ok after all this. If not, it's still fun just messing with it.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/engine.jpg

Skinnys Garage
06-28-2010, 08:00 PM
Test fired it today and all went well. Preset the timing and with the freshly cleaned 2 barrel it fired right up. It cleared the oil out of the cylinders quickly, has good oil pressure and doesn't make any funny noises. I haven't slipped the front clip back on yet, so with no radiator or coolant it made for some quick tests.

Oil pressure was in the 50-60 pound range cold before and after cleaning the oil relief. I'm glad I checked it though, the small orifice appeared to be blocked (the timing gears will thank me for checking). I used a gas can for now and the fuel pump seems to work fine. The trans shifts good on the stands also, so that's a plus.

Can't wait to get the front put back together and make sure all is well with coolant in it. Then it's time for brakes, exhaust and working on the cosmetics. I might just make the "International Drive Your Studebaker Day" yet.:cool:

laughinlark
06-28-2010, 09:36 PM
Looking good there Skinny. Nothing like the smell of a freshly started Stude engine. Like the updates.

Gordon

StudeRich
06-28-2010, 10:16 PM
You know Skinny some of the best running, longest lasting Stude. V-8 engines I have had were "repaired/freshened" like yours or "Overhauled" with new Cam Bearings, honed & re-ringed and lots of clean-up.

It is more fun saving one of these tough old engines than totally blowing the retirement fund for a complete Re-build!

Skinnys Garage
06-30-2010, 07:03 PM
After today, I'm about ready to put the front clip back on. Polished up the firewall and finished painting the bolt-on stuff, with the exception of the air cleaner (I can do that later). Just need to clean/service the generator and I should be ready for a good long test with coolant in it.

When I saved this car from the iron dealer at a farm auction about 15 years ago, I wouldn't have imagined doing all this. I'm not really spending a bunch of money, but I'd hate to add up my time so far.:eek:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/enginepaint.jpg

Milaca
06-30-2010, 09:40 PM
Skinny, is that John Deere yellow on the valve covers? Whatever it is, it looks good!

Skinnys Garage
06-30-2010, 11:05 PM
Skinny, is that John Deere yellow on the valve covers? Whatever it is, it looks good!You know as well as I do that us IH guys only use red implement paint! Actually, without the camera glare it's about right on Studebaker yellow. I was looking at the yellow high heat options on the shelf and picked this one as the closest to original. After reading the name, I knew it was the right choice, it's Dupli-Color's "Daytona Yellow".:cool:

I followed the factory color layout pretty close, but left some of the aluminum items unpainted to break it up a little bit. I proudly showed the wife how it turned out and she asked why I painted the valve covers yellow. I told her that it came from the factory that way. As she walked away she mumbled something like......just because the factory did it that way, you didn't have to........:rolleyes:

silverhawk
07-01-2010, 12:46 AM
Looks great! I hope to be having our '62s engine compartment looking that good soon! (Got all the paint, now I just need to finish preping and I'll spray it! Yahoo!)

bams50
07-01-2010, 04:39 AM
Good work. Keep a-goin Skinny!:cool:

laughinlark
07-01-2010, 07:52 AM
Hey Skinny,
Did you pull the rear quarters to reseal them? What are you going to use in the seams on reassembly. I think I" be doing the same on my new 61 Lark.
What is the OE color on your 62? I'm going to look at a HT that color with my nephew tonight.

Gordon

Skinnys Garage
07-01-2010, 03:12 PM
Thanks to everyone for the interest, I get more done if I'm close to a progress report!:cool:

Gordon, the fenders are off because I'm replacing them and need to put a patch on the inner by the left tail light. I'll probably use a single stage non-hardening, paintable seam sealer on them.

I could use a little help on the factory color. I've seen other '62's this color and am curious what it is too. The closest '62 chip I've seen is Desert Tan, but a '62 with that color was advertised for sale and it wasn't even close to mine (it was a much plainer, basic tan). This is almost a "golder" version of Rose Mist. My Cruiser parts car is Metallic Silver Poly like the right rear door on the project car, so I know it's not that. Thanks in advance.

bams50
07-01-2010, 03:31 PM
Here's mine in Desert Tan:

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Definitely looks lighter than yours.

I definitely do not like this color, even with the brown and tan Daytona interior. I'll keep the interior since it's nice save for the seat covers, but that tan has to go. Still trying to decide what it will be, I just know it won't be thishttp://serve.mysmiley.net/sick/sick0012.gif

Looking at the color chips, I think yours is more likely Metallic Brown:

http://www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorlibrary/chips/1962-studebaker-pg01.jpg

StudeRich
07-01-2010, 03:38 PM
It's this one, P6217 Metallic Brown Poly. That's just a Rootbeer Dark Brown Metallic.

http://www.tcpglobal.com/autocolorlibrary/aclchip.aspx?image=1962-studebaker-pg01.jpg

Update: Tooshay Bob, when I clicked post, I found the same info already there!

Daan
07-01-2010, 05:12 PM
It's been fun watching your progress on your 62. Oh how I wish I had free time, but kids/family/job etc you know how that goes. Anyway I was wondering what you plan to do with this once it's done?

Skinnys Garage
07-01-2010, 11:25 PM
Thanks Bob and Rich for the link. I had found that before, but I always thought the Metallic Brown looked way too dark to be my color. To me it looks closer to an off Rose Mist than brown. I found a few '62s like mine, but no real dark brown ones, so this probably is what they consider the Metallic Brown Poly. Here's a closer pic of the firewall and a brochure pic of a '62 wagon that matches the trunk floor, door jams etc.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/firewall.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/wagon.jpg

Skinnys Garage
07-02-2010, 12:13 AM
It's been fun watching your progress on your 62. Oh how I wish I had free time, but kids/family/job etc you know how that goes. Anyway I was wondering what you plan to do with this once it's done?Thanks Dan, it's been fun posting the progress too. I guess the plan for the '62 is to sell it at some point and start work on my Marshal project and my '59. I like the car, but the sentimental value of my '59 is way too strong. Even the Marshal will probably change hands after I get all the parts switched over and make a more viable project out of it (or as-is if someone is interested) similar to what I'm doing with the '62. I just can't afford 4 or 5 vintage cars (or store them), so I'm fixing up the "extras" to sell them and help finance the "keepers".

My overall goal is to have my '59 and my Torino done the way I've always wanted them. My daily driver Scout could stand a face lift also. So, the '62 is for sale at any point during the build with the price adjusted as the work continues. I'm not looking to get rich, just trying to make my goal a reality (and having some fun in the process).:cool:

bams50
07-02-2010, 04:29 AM
Thanks Bob and Rich for the link. I had found that before, but I always thought the Metallic Brown looked way too dark to be my color. To me it looks closer to an off Rose Mist than brown. I found a few '62s like mine, but no real dark brown ones, so this probably is what they consider the Metallic Brown Poly.


I made my guess from looking at your firewall. On my monitor the chip and your firewall look almost exact to me. Another color I'm not particularly in love with, but it's the one she was born with.

Daan
07-02-2010, 11:44 PM
Thanks Dan, it's been fun posting the progress too. I guess the plan for the '62 is to sell it at some point

Weeeeelll.... maybe once all the BS going on in my life settles down, I'd be in a position to finally get a Stude, and yours is pretty much exactly what I've been looking for. Plus the fact that it's not located 3000 miles away, makes it all the more attractive.

Skinnys Garage
07-03-2010, 12:37 AM
Weeeeelll.... maybe once all the BS going on in my life settles down, I'd be in a position to finally get a Stude, and yours is pretty much exactly what I've been looking for. Plus the fact that it's not located 3000 miles away, makes it all the more attractive.I'm willing to work something out anytime Dan. If you've got something in mind, or want to come over and check it out, just let me know. In the meantime, I'll keep working on it in my spare time. Remember, it's not a big dollar restoration, just a basic low cost refresh to get the car back on the road.:cool:

Skinnys Garage
07-06-2010, 07:54 PM
With the generator finished up, I was able to put on the belt and hoses and run it for a while. I let it run for about 20-30 minutes to fully warm up. The only coolant leak was the heater valve, but that's looking better now that it's been warmed up and operated, we'll see how that goes. After it was up to full temp and idling in gear, the lowest oil pressure reading was still above twenty, so I'm pretty happy.

Next chores are the brakes and to pull the dual exhaust off my '59 to quiet this one up a little. All that's in place now are a pair of 2" down pipes that exit just behind the trans cross member like a set of headers.:cool:

Here's a quick video of it running. It even drove back in the garage under it's own power after decades of "resting". Can't wait for a real test drive!:D


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODct6M-U95o

laughinlark
07-07-2010, 12:30 AM
Sounds good & nice oil pressure too. Just through on a couple glass packs before your turn downs and call it good.

Gordon

Daan
07-11-2010, 01:55 AM
If you have exhaust that exits under the car (as opposed to behind or out the sides) that can rust out the bottom if you drive it enough. A buddy had a Camaro that he put minimal exhaust under and by the end of the summer had rust everywhere that definitely wasn't there before.
That video sounds great! Nothin' like good old American V-8 music to get my morning started.

Daan
07-11-2010, 01:57 AM
I'm willing to work something out anytime Dan. If you've got something in mind, or want to come over and check it out, just let me know. In the meantime, I'll keep working on it in my spare time. Remember, it's not a big dollar restoration, just a basic low cost refresh to get the car back on the road.:cool:

Well at this point, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I'd have to give you "Internet Dollars", but then you could just e-mail me the car. Ha ha. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread though.

Skinnys Garage
07-22-2010, 08:04 PM
I've been dividing my time up with some of my "new" projects in the last few weeks, but I did manage a little progress. It was kind of a 1 step forward, 1/2 step back though. The fuel tank was clean enough to use as is, but the reason it was so nice is the filler neck hose is rotted out and will need to be replaced, no big deal. My thinking is that any fuel that was in it evaporated before it could turn to sludge.

I ran it up and down the driveway a little and everything seems to work as it should (still no brakes yet). The only other hiccup was a leak in the radiator showed up, but I planned on having it gone through anyway.

I'm in parts car tear down mode right now, so I should have some good parts pulled shortly. I'll post some pics of the progress as the parts go on.:cool:

4961Studebaker
07-23-2010, 08:36 AM
How did I keep missing this thread, I've let the Lark brethern down :confused:

Keep at it, and sells those parts to fund the project. :cool:

Skinnys Garage
08-14-2010, 08:35 PM
It's true, wheels and tires make a car.;) Hopefully get that area fixed by the left tail light and hang the fenders this week. The "sand car" look is starting to get old.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/a16386e1.jpg

silverhawk
08-15-2010, 12:00 AM
I got both of the rear quarters on my '62 project now, looks sooo much better! Be forewarned though, get ready for a battle aligning those fenders; unless you got a special car!

Skinnys Garage
08-24-2010, 09:31 PM
I've marked a couple things off my to do list before the E-Bay listing. I got keys for all the locks and started some rust repair. I pulled the rear fenders off the Cruiser and chopped out a repair panel for the left tail light area. Luckily the right side is fine.

The rear wheels hadn't been off the Cruiser since I first got it and I found something a bit odd when I pulled them for fender removal. The fronts are the finned brakes like you'd expect a 289 Cruiser to have, but the rear has smooth drums. They didn't look right either, like they were too small. Sure enough, they are 9" brakes. I was kicking around the idea of switching the rears to get Twin Traction in the Y4, but now I don't need to worry about that. I suppose someone pulled the TT model 44 out of the Cruiser and slipped this one back in it's place. It's a TT model 27 which would be ok with a brake switch, but it's got 4.10's and probably came out of a 6 with overdrive. Just a bit too steep for what the car will get used for.

The repair panel went in ok and just needs some seam sealer and some filler to smooth out the metal work. I welded up the TT emblem holes and fixed the corner of the floor as long as I was at it. I took a bunch of pictures, but these pretty much show the progression from start to finish.

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4961Studebaker
08-25-2010, 09:47 AM
Well the stamped E say's it all......... Excellent

(Lower left picture ;))

Skinnys Garage
08-30-2010, 07:29 PM
It's starting to look like a car again.:cool:
After I get the front sheetmetal in place, it's back to the mechanicals. Brakes might come in handy, so I don't mess up the fenders I just put on....:rolleyes:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/5be9ffab.jpg

Bob Andrews
08-30-2010, 07:51 PM
Don't know why I'm drawn to '62 4 doors, just know I am.....

crusadex
08-30-2010, 11:31 PM
If you ever get tired of your bling..............
Where did you find it and what did it cost.

Skinnys Garage
08-31-2010, 11:29 AM
If you ever get tired of your bling..............
Where did you find it and what did it cost.I think I'll hang on to my "bling" for now.:cool:

Vintage Speed (vintagespeed.com) has the valve covers for $250. #VC-1190
Jegs (jegs.com) has a lid like my vintage one that fits a 14" air cleaner (not included) for $50. #555-50031
For the intake, you'll have to search e-bay or swap meets and from what I've seen, expect to pay $300-$500 for one in good shape.
I have one of Vintage Speeds adapters ($40) to run an AFB on the early small bore WCFB Offy intake, but have since found an NOS off the shelf replacement early style WCFB that fits the intake.

Hey Bob, I agree about the '62 4-drs, they kinda grow on ya after a while.:cool:

Skinnys Garage
09-01-2010, 08:16 PM
I finally fit the front end sheetmetal and hooked up all the lights (note the park lights on:cool:). I still need to look at the brakes and install the exhaust, so I doubt I'll make the IDYSD. I'll see how it goes, for now I'm pretty happy that it looks like a whole car again.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/609f58d0.jpg

Skinnys Garage
09-09-2010, 07:42 PM
Today was pretty exhausting;) I finished up the install of my dual exhaust. from the mid-pipe back I used the exhaust from my '59. The hangers are all in the same spot, so it wasn't too difficult at the back. The only difference is I'll need to add some turn downs at the rear because of the extra length of the '62. In the front, I just cut them to fit the new head pipes and welded them up. The neighbors should appreciate this part of the project.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/64dc809d.jpghttp://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/44919d87.jpg


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIlHFo1s5Iw

Bob Andrews
09-09-2010, 08:09 PM
Scott, I especially enjoy the fact that instead of forum talking about all the projects one is supposedly working on in a dream world, you are actually doing it and showing real progress!

I agree! Thanks for continuing to share it.

Of course, there's not a thing wrong with forum talking and dreaming. Sometimes life dictates a season where all one can have is talking and dreaming about their Studes. For example, that's exactly where I've been for a couple years, saving my home and business. Now that I'm about over the hump I'll be able to play too. Speaking for myself, watching your progress has been a great escape and stress reliever for me. Hope the car becomes everything you want it to be, and more!

To the other talker/dreamers- if anyone wants to try denigrating you for having to be a talker and/or dreamer, remember they have no logic for doing so. There's room for everybody in the hobby- and on this forum!:)

barnlark
09-09-2010, 08:40 PM
Nice work, Scott. Sounds very healthy. Again, thanks for the progress shots. Inspiring...and a logical decision.

Milaca
09-09-2010, 08:48 PM
Sounds like its ready for this weekends car show in Watertown! Have fun!

Daan
09-18-2010, 09:43 PM
I love how this is coming together. And getting to hear it run is a plus, too. Excellent work! So how many cars donated parts to this project, anyway?

Skinnys Garage
09-18-2010, 11:22 PM
I love how this is coming together. And getting to hear it run is a plus, too. Excellent work! So how many cars donated parts to this project, anyway?Thanks Dan, it's worked out pretty good so far. Really the only car that's donated parts is my '62 Cruiser. I "saved" both cars from the iron dealer at a farm sale probably 15 years ago. The Cruiser needed more work than the Y4 including a complete trunk floor, glass and interior, so the Y4 got the go ahead.

So far it's donated the front clip, rear fenders and some structural panel patches. I used the best trim, lenses etc. from the two and still have some things I'll be transferring. The gaskets, tune-up parts, water pump and exhaust are all things I've had around for a while. Not counting initial cost, transportation, storage and parts bought in the past, I've spent less than $50 on it since the start of the thread!

My wife has really taken a liking to it now that it's a whole car again, so it looks like the project will continue through the winter. I'll continue on with interior and probably spray some fresh factory color back on it at some point. I've actually organized the garage for a little more room, so hopefully the '62 and my '59 will get some work done this winter.:cool:

silverhawk
09-19-2010, 12:32 AM
Lookin' great! Just more motivation to get crackin' on my dad's again. Now that my busy summer work schedual is over, I MIGHT have more time for it, haha! Got the new front suspension just about ready to go in, and the underhood sheet metal just about ready to have it's final spray done. :D

Skinnys Garage
03-07-2011, 02:55 PM
Between finishing up my truck projects last Fall and contending with a record snowfall this Winter (about 6 feet so far), I haven't really done much on the '62. I did finally get some brake work done last week, so now it will go and stop! I rebuilt the master and wheel cylinders along with new shoes in the rear. I pulled the rear backing plates and shot some fresh grease in those bearings along with packing the fronts.

After some discussion about keeping the car, "we" have decided that concentrating on my '59 is still the best idea. So, as a compromise for selling "her" '62, my wife thought it would be fair if my Scout was to find a new home also. Well, it drove out the driveway the other day to a happy new owner keeping my end of the bargain.

Other than the brakes, I did purchase some NOS tail light lenses, some brochures, an owners manual and an accessory manual for it. As soon as the weather starts to cooperate, I'll get some more work done and hopefully have some luck finding it a new home this Spring. Then it's on to our keeper project '59 Skytop.......:cool:

Here's a pic of the new rears. Not show worthy detail, but functional anyway.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/095ef6df.jpg

Milaca
03-07-2011, 07:52 PM
Skinny, you cant sell the '62 until you have the '59 road worthy, otherwise you won't have a Studebaker to drive this summer! Get the '62 ready for 'Get the cars out' event this May in Annandale, MN, hosted by the Northstar chapter and I'll see you there! :)

barnlark
03-07-2011, 08:14 PM
Nice job, Scott!

Skinnys Garage
03-26-2011, 04:38 PM
Skinny, you cant sell the '62 until you have the '59 road worthy, otherwise you won't have a Studebaker to drive this summer!We'll see what happens, just because I'm ready to sell doesn't mean anybody will buy.:o

I finished up a few odds and ends, but nothing too major lately. I gave the carb a good cleaning and installed a kit, mainly to replace the old gaskets. No more gas seeps and the new pump gives it a crisp throttle response. Pulled apart the heater control valve and installed a Napa repair kit, no more leak. A new brake light switch finished up the brakes, they work great in and out of the garage at least. The next project will be to install new motor mounts and see about that leak at the back of the pan - fun.:rolleyes:

About the only other thing I got done was to install some new park/tail/backup gaskets and see how the NOS tail lights look on the car.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/f327ef77.jpg

Skinnys Garage
04-01-2011, 10:25 PM
Had to brush up on my technique for returning waves, smiles and thumbs up today.;) Went for a drive in the '62, after picking up some plates and insurance. Everything went fine, just need to move the front seat brackets back for a little more leg room.

I knew driving it would probably be a mistake,:rolleyes: not in a big hurry to sell now. Decided to put a little more effort into it and have some fun this summer. Should do a little better on gas running around than my old F-150 does also.

Plan on pulling my '59 down to the frame this summer, so it'll be out of commission for quite a while. For now, I might as well live up to the "Drivers" part of my SDC membership with the '62.:cool:

laughinlark
04-02-2011, 10:38 AM
Thanks for the update Skinny. Your arm might end up to sore to work on the 59 from waving.

Gordon

Skinnys Garage
05-06-2011, 09:30 PM
Worked inside the car this week installing a Cruiser dash pad, radio plate and wheel to brighten things up a little. Pulled out all the heater system, cleaned everything including the cowl and lubed all the controls.

Got all the indicators and dash lights working including the switch and cigar lighter light. Had to pull the original fuse from the back of the lighter and installed an in-line fuse, so I could have a working power port (or light someones cigar :rolleyes:).

I have other plans for the '56 clock that was in it, but wanted to do something a little different for a block off plate. Had a broken bird out of a horn button, so I put it to good use.:cool:

Took it for about a 40 mile drive today and it really runs down the road good. Next on the list will be some floor repair and think about fixing that pan leak......

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Milaca
05-06-2011, 09:37 PM
Visually, a good looking dash is the most important thing to the driver of a car as it gets looked at the most! Looking good!

Skinnys Garage
05-06-2011, 09:52 PM
Visually, a good looking dash is the most important thing to the driver of a car as it gets looked at the most! Looking good!Thanks Brent, you just gave me a great idea, I need to paint the hood next!:cool:

Skinnys Garage
07-05-2011, 01:51 AM
Been busy doing other things, so I haven't changed much lately for an update. I did find time to install the drip rail stainless from my Cruiser parts car and an outside mirror, but that's about it.

Although I've been able to get the Lark out anytime I want to this year, I did miss the first annual "International Drive Your Studebaker Day" July 4th of '09. So, I decided to make up for it this July 4th and make a short video for fun. Just need to get out Sept. 4th to make up for last year and the 10th for this year and I'll be all caught up!:rolleyes::cool:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_profilepage&v=wDLHpTs7dck

r1lark
07-05-2011, 07:56 AM
Good deal Skinny!! I look forward to more updates, you are really doing a great job bringing this car back.

showbizkid
07-05-2011, 11:48 AM
Sweet! You sure have come a long way on this car. Kudos and a big thumb's up!

Milaca
07-05-2011, 10:59 PM
The Northland Wheels Chapter of the Studebaker club is hosting a car show in early August in Duluth, MN. If you are interested in attending, you could meet me at my place and we could then convoy our Studes up there. I might have the black Hawk ready for the journey.

Skinnys Garage
07-07-2011, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone, I hadn't even thought about fixing the car up....it just sort of happened!

Brent, I wish it was ready for a nearly 700 mile round trip, but it's not quite there yet. Although, if I had to get to Duluth tomorrow I could probably throw some tools in, fill it up with gas and take off, but I'm not sure if Kristi would be up for the adventure until I put some new tires on at least....:rolleyes:

Skinnys Garage
09-11-2011, 02:11 AM
Had a great IDYSD with my '62. I cleaned it up a little this morning and headed uptown for the show-n-shine portion of the annual Vintiques Rod Run. I spotted 4 Studes out of around 400 cars, my '62, a '62 GT, an M stake bed custom and a modified C-cab. Perfect weather helped with the turnout, but this event always draws a good crowd. Ice cream social on Friday night, garage tours on Saturday morning followed by the uptown show. Then everyone heads out to Lake Kampeska for a sweet corn and pulled pork supper along with a poker run around the lake (about 20 miles). A live band with '50s music rounds out the day with awards on Sunday morning.

Here's a shot at the lake just after sunset with a full moon over head. Cars line the paved roadways, grassy areas and service roads all over the campground. Already looking forward to next year!:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/IMG_4830.jpg

Skinnys Garage
10-19-2011, 06:48 PM
Took the '62 out for one last drive this Fall to get the fuel stabilizer distributed. I stopped by my Uncles (the one who gave me my '59 in 1980) and asked if he would like to ride along (didn't take any arm twisting). He likes the dual exhaust note, nice ride and the fact you can see the front of the car out the windshield (not just a slope out of sight). Hopefully it won't be too long and I can let him get behind the wheel of his old Studebaker again.:cool:

I found a nice spot in my friends building to park it for the Winter. His storage area is connected to the shop where we're restoring his '50 Chevy pickup. Maybe I'll slip the '62 in and get some work done also.......:rolleyes:

Bob Andrews
10-19-2011, 07:05 PM
Great to hear you didn't decide to part it out after all! Thanks for the update!:)

Skinnys Garage
05-03-2012, 09:15 PM
Drove the '62 home from its Winter storage and proceeded to tear it apart!:eek: Thought it was time to finish up a few things that I wanted to do, before it goes on the market for real. I'll have to adjust my price as things get done, possibly even some paint work.......might as well be really upside down in it!:rolleyes:

Engine is on the stand ready for the bottom end gaskets and a little more detailing that I couldn't do with it still in the car. Will also have the radiator checked out, R&R the trans pan gasket, rebuild the fuel pump and install new motor mounts.

Pulled the seats out and started sizing up some floor repairs using parts of the cut out Cruiser pan. Won't be perfect, but should really solid things up in a few areas.

It's more taken apart now than I had it before, but after putting 400+ miles on it last Summer, I know the car is worth the effort. Should make somebody a good car to get into the hobby with.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/15d96d10.jpg

1962larksedan
05-03-2012, 11:41 PM
Being I too have a 62V Y4; this thread is of interest to me as well. :)

62champ
05-05-2012, 06:55 AM
Please keep us up to date on all that you are doing - have a soft spot for '62 four doors.

Grandparents last new car was a '62 Deluxe - can remember riding in that thing to go to the grocery store - family sold it in the late 80s and it was restored - driven to several International meets - put in a museum where I last saw it in 2005. Museum has since gone under and it was sold at auction - wish I knew where it was.

My first new Studebaker was a '62 Regal that I bought with college graduation money in 1993. Drove it for ten years (including one trip to South Bend in 1996) and enjoyed it. Sold it for $1500 in 2002 because of having too many things to keep up with. Car ran perfect and had zero rust (car was originally from Abilene Texas area). Guy who bought it took off the front clip to sell and then cut out the perfect floor to put into a '64 two door. Almost brought tears to my eyes the next time I saw it behind his shop.

Good luck and glad to see the pictures.

Skinnys Garage
05-16-2012, 07:02 PM
Made some progress, so time for an update. Pulled the mains to help with the rear seal install and found no surprises. Everything looks good, just need to button things up and paint it.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/05f4c029.jpg

Couldn't put a freshly painted up engine back in a grimy hole, so I spent a few hours cleaning before shooting some Nason chassis black. Turned out pretty good, so the frame rails and rear end will get the same treatment.

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While I was underneath scraping things, decided the trans needed a little help also. Couldn't get at the top very well, so I made an 'access' panel.;)

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/fde03508.jpg

I've got a better 'access' panel to go back in, even got a place to bolt the gas pedal down!:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/5049ea22.jpg

Skinnys Garage
05-18-2012, 08:21 PM
Flushed out and cleaned up the converter today. Installed a new seal, painted it up, added some fluid and slipped it into place. Want to hold off on the engine install until the front floor is in, but that's next on the list.

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irish
05-18-2012, 10:52 PM
You're really making some progress and it shows, That front end and tranny are looking very nice.

Joe

Skinnys Garage
05-19-2012, 09:46 AM
Thanks everyone for the continued interest. It's been a fun car to work on and glad I outbid the scrapper all those years ago. So far, it's been the poster child for a CASO rebuild with very few $$$$ invested, just some sweat equity. While this car is being built in my driveway with 'back yard' methods, my experience from doing this stuff professionally does help.

That said, Studebaker's are very straight forward to work on. Just ask a 15 year old me, tinkering on my '59 30+ years ago. I hope others with little or no experience can see from this thread and other peoples project builds that paying someone for a full restoration isn't the only option. I see so many cars passed over because of the money involved to 'make it right'. Does every car need to be restored to perfection to have fun? If pop riveting some tin in the floors or fiberglassing some rust holes isn't an option anymore, then I guess the hobby will just fade into a collector car trading game at big auctions.

Wow, I'm not sure where all that came from.:eek: I'd better go out and replace a rusty floor with a less rusty floor before I get myself into trouble.......;)

Skinnys Garage
07-11-2012, 12:03 AM
Progress has been slow lately, but things are starting to come together. Finished up with all the lower end seals/gaskets and cleaned up the pump screen before buttoning things up for paint.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/4edbaf2e.jpg

With the engine upright again, I ran through the valves and bent up some new oil filter lines to make it functional this year. Should be back in in the car shortly.:!:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/b5e0e6c8.jpg

Here's an 'in progress' shot of how the floors are going. The big chunks are stitched in and the small patches should be done soon. Hope to have it all sealed up in a couple weeks.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/97526d66.jpg

Skinnys Garage
07-11-2012, 09:59 PM
Finished up the engine, including some new motor mounts, so it's ready to drop back in. Plan on getting that done in the morning, so thought I'd better get one last picture on the stand.
Fits my garage 'decor' pretty well, but should look (and sound) better back in the car.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/96f4ca96.jpg

Milaca
07-11-2012, 10:03 PM
John Deere yellow and Allis-Chalmers orange?? :)
Lookin good. I suggest you keep this car unless you want a fight with Mrs. Skinny. ;)

Skinnys Garage
07-11-2012, 11:20 PM
John Deere yellow and Allis-Chalmers orange?? :)
Lookin good. I suggest you keep this car unless you want a fight with Mrs. Skinny. ;)Thought about going blue with white stars.............:rolleyes:

No need to fight with the better half, she's on board with the plan to sell. Just to make sure, I brought the Torino out of retirement (that car is probably the only reason we met). This way, we still have something to cruise with until my '59 is done.....even though that could be a while.:(

mmagic
07-12-2012, 07:11 AM
Nice work... Deja Vu as I'm finishing my Champ. As for the color it's straight from the Lark Daytona I sold in1968 and I still like it. Keep up the progress reports as it is motivation for the rest of us.

Skinnys Garage
07-12-2012, 08:27 PM
Finished up a few things while it was on the stands today. Pulled the rear end cover, inspected things, added some fresh fluid then cleaned up and painted the housing. Did the same with the trans adding a new pan gasket and filter. Engine install went well, only a few little things to finish up before it's moving under its own power again.

Couldn't let this update slide by without an installed pic.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/a15b4957.jpg

Skinnys Garage
08-10-2012, 08:23 PM
Cleaned up the Climatizer, so I could finish up the cooling system. Grabbed a motor and cage from my used parts stash to replace the worn out original (might be a Brand X).

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/6f4efc6e.jpg

With the front clip off, it was time to repair the battery area and shoot some paint on the inner fenders. My PPG dealer fixed me up with a close match to the original using a modern Chrysler color.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/81118a42.jpg

Here's a before and after under the hood. The firewall is still original paint, just buffed out a bit.

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Should have the floors finished up next week to a 'good enough' point, so the seats can go back in. Still undecided how much farther to go, before pushing the hard sell. Need to get back on the '59, so if anyone has some interest, I'm in a dealing mood........;)

Milaca
08-10-2012, 08:35 PM
Looking good Scott! You could save yourself a lot of work by installing the front grill panel from the '59 onto this car and then paint the entire car blue and then tell everyone that it is the 1959 Lark. The non-Studebaker folk wouldnt even know the difference. :) If you get it done by this Sunday, you can bring it up to the Duluth Studebaker show!

Skinnys Garage
08-28-2012, 09:29 PM
Spent some time with the door adjustments and cleaning/greasing the regulators. Turned out well, now they close with two fingers instead of both hands and all the windows operate easily. The car still needs all new window channel, door seals etc, but paint will have to happen first.

Speaking of paint, I did a light clean up of the roof and shot some Wimbledon White to compliment the wheels (they're next). After installing the stainless drip rails from the Cruiser, I thought the white would give a nice contrast to the brown. It was just a quick late afternoon project, so it's far from a 'show' job, but looks ok for what the car is. Our local rod run is in less than a couple weeks away, so I won't have time to finish the rest of the paint. Instead, the local paint guys mixed me up some brown primer/sealer that I can shoot on after a quick prep. This way it's all one color and will have a nice (hopefully) satin finish.

Like I said, not much prep, just a quick DA with 320 and some wax/grease remover before spraying. Missed sanding a couple small scratches and stirred up a little dirt, but I'm happy overall.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/7549fa9d.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/4e889dce.jpg

Floors and lower post repairs are pretty much complete. Some final prep and it's time for the POR15. Also going to treat the rear inner structure before final install of the fenders and do the inside door bottoms now that they're cleaned out. Still a CASO for dollars invested, but labor is really starting to add up........:eek:

Skinnys Garage
08-29-2012, 09:01 PM
Pulled off all the trim/emblems etc and started sanding. Took the front clip down to bear metal taking care of some surface rust, but the rest should be fine with a light sanding. Wish I had a garage full of fenders this clean!:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/e9a7f6d7.jpg

Milaca
08-29-2012, 10:42 PM
I am now suffering from Lark fender envy. :)

62studey
08-30-2012, 11:40 PM
Damn, I hope to be able to restore mine like this someday!!! My engine bay looks exactly like yours used to, Not a pretty site! Nice Work!!!

warrlaw1
08-31-2012, 09:53 AM
Wonderful work. The purchaser should get plenty of fun miles out of this little gem.

Skinnys Garage
09-24-2012, 11:29 PM
Finished up the body work, build primer and sanding on the front half of the car. Shot the 'color match' primer/sealer for a temporary resale top coat. Not the most appealing color, but better than the three or four finishes it had before. The back half should go a little quicker, so I'm hoping everything is back together soon. I'd like to at least try marketing the car before Winter sets in. After the wheels are painted to match the roof, I'm not sure what to do with them. Could use the original wheel covers, or try some chrome lug nuts and small trim rings.........maybe some pinstriping on the hood/deck.........possibly drop it a couple inches...........:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/frtbrn_zps90ac54f2.jpg

Skinnys Garage
09-28-2012, 11:42 PM
After repairing the rear wheelhouses, I removed the undercoat and treated them with POR15. Also cleaned up the rear frame/suspension and painted things up with the same chassis black used in the front. Ready for seam sealer and the final install on the rear fenders. My list is getting shorter......

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/rrinnr_zpsf0d3e80d.jpg

Skinnys Garage
10-02-2012, 11:11 PM
Spent the last few days finishing up the floor. Did the final clean up with some 80 grit and painted everything on top with POR15. Just need to touch up a few spots on the bottom side where the undercoat is missing and add some seam sealer. Trunk floor is next, with some epoxy primer and the same metallic brown used on the inner fenders up front.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/flr15_zps8db5faa6.jpg

Warren Webb
10-03-2012, 12:39 AM
I really like how you painted the inner rear structure with POR 15. I too did the trunk of my Barracuda with it years ago to prevent further rusting from a leaky back glass & it has held up well. Putting a color coat on top of it will insure it will stay that way for many years to come. Nice going!!

Skinnys Garage
10-04-2012, 10:08 PM
Thanks again for the continued interest in this seemingly never ending project! That's about to change though, because my plan is to have everything 'good enough' for listing next Thursday night. I could tinker on this thing for decades, but I really need to move it along and actually get some work done on a keeper. It's a nice enough car that's really grown on me, but I have too much history with my '59. It won't be 'done' or a show car by any means, but should be a good car to finish up the details however the new owner likes.

Finished up the trunk today and should have the undercarriage touched up tomorrow along with painting the wheels. Just need to get the decklid put back in place and complete the body work in the rear. Found a little dirt when I sprayed the topcoat, but still turned out ok for a CASO build on a tight budget.;)

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/trkpnt_zps71058304.jpg

Skinnys Garage
10-06-2012, 01:09 PM
The underside got a quick clean up, some seam seal in the patched areas and a dusting of chassis black where I could get to. A hoist would have made things a little easier to do, but it turned out 'good enough' for what the car is. Lack of a hoist also made getting a good picture challenging, but this one turned out fair.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/undrpnt_zps8f841099.jpg

Here's a look at how the car is coming together. Started the body work on the rear half today and hope to get the brown sealer on by Monday. That should leave me with a couple days to finish up loose ends and get the car listed on Thursday. Then I need to think about cleaning up my disaster area of a garage..........:o

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/snkpk_zps54478fec.jpg

Skinnys Garage
10-11-2012, 12:45 AM
Back in the house around midnight for the third day in a row, but finally seeing the finish line. Other than a couple small parts, the paint is to my stopping point. All the trim and emblems are back in place as well as lights, bumpers etc. Cleaned the dust out of the engine compartment, trunk and interior, also touched up some of the overspray under the car. Still need to get the interior put back together, but that shouldn't take long. Have a nice set of '62 wheel covers that go with the car, but can't bring myself to scratch the wheels.

I may not have everything finished up before it's listed, but can tidy up loose ends after the auction is running. Planning on a pretty low starting bid, so hopefully it finds a new home before Winter sets in. It's been a fun project saving this thing from the iron dealer, but probably won't go this far with a non-keeper again. Will I get my money investment back? This CASO thinks so. Will I get something for my time? Just have to see what happens............

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/frstout_zps30bbbf48.jpg

jimmijim8
10-12-2012, 05:17 AM
Skinny, you did a fine job. Someone will have a fine car. cheers jimmijim

Daan
10-25-2012, 08:59 PM
Dang I wish I saw this a couple weeks ago (and hadn't just gotten laid off...) That turned out really nice!

Skinnys Garage
10-28-2012, 10:28 PM
Usually have a photo of something loaded up on a trailer heading to it's new home, not this time. With exactly two short test trips around the block since the car was put back together, the proud (and brave) new owner showed up in a Scion XB and headed back to Montana driving the '62! I gave him a call a few hours into the 7+ hour journey and he said it was running great with no problems. They left town around seven this evening, so it'll be morning before I get an e-mail letting me know how the rest of the trip went. Here's the final pic heading out the driveway.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/1962%20Project/newownr_zps5e3a9c48.jpg

Milaca
10-28-2012, 11:01 PM
Did your eyes tear up a little as it drove away? Are you ready to work on the '59 now or are you burned out?

Skinnys Garage
10-28-2012, 11:18 PM
Did your eyes tear up a little as it drove away? Are you ready to work on the '59 now or are you burned out?Yes, yes and yes!!!! Didn't really tear up I guess, but it did hit a bit harder than I thought it would. Removing it from my sig line made it real as well. The '59 will get some things done, but the Marshal is the next project. Need to get that back in one piece and find it a new home. If someone would take it as-is, it would save me from getting more burned out though.........;)