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Mih
08-05-2011, 11:29 PM
I live in Sisters Oregon.
1961 Lark 6 4-door sedan.

Some stupid backed into my lark going a buh-zillion miles and hour and injured the bumper, 2.5 inches of trunk trim and put a quarter-sized "womple" in the trunk lid (images of carnage can be seen here (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WzfqKmTsBFo/TjBSDABqMGI/AAAAAAAAAqQ/3CqK1bsU2VI/s1600/Student1.jpg) and here. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BddCB-E-B7M/TjBR7t_3FpI/AAAAAAAAAqI/nwcwX8poAbo/s1600/Student2.jpg)

I am wondering if it is cheaper to have the work done and the bumper re-chromed or is it is possible to still locate a replacement bumper.

Also....about the trim: where does one go to find such things? Can a body shop some how fix that, or where might I find replacement trim pieces?

Another thing I am seeking is a resource for a shop manual for this thing.
Do you think I can find one via Stude international? I know they have parts catalog but I am looking to provide my mechanic with a shop manual as well.

I didn't buy this car as a project, but because i saw it and loved it immediately.

Any advice that any of you could offer would be most helpful.
Thank you in advance for your replies.

Best regards,

Mih
In Oregon

1962larksedan
08-05-2011, 11:53 PM
Body parts; keep looking. Shop manual: I picked the 1959-64 edition up from Chuck Collins here www.studebakerparts.com/ in Phoenix. I'm 99.9% sure that SI has them as well........

Mih
08-06-2011, 12:11 AM
Dear sir, thanks for the heads up about Studeparts.com and the shop manual.
Also, thanks for the encouragement to be patient, and continue researching and seeking parts.

I surprise myself with how bummed out i feel everytime I look at the damage.
I am not a "car" person.
I am a mom.
I fell in love with this car at first sight and now some dill-weed has offended it/me.

I swear i am gonna get this thing fixed.

One way or another.
;o)

Welcome
08-06-2011, 12:17 AM
I live in Sisters Oregon.
1961 Lark 6 4-door sedan.>>>and injured the bumper>>>I am wondering if it is cheaper to have the work done and the bumper re-chromed or is it is possible to still locate a replacement bumper. Also....about the trim: where does one go to find such things? Another thing I am seeking is a resource for a shop manual for this thing. Do you think I can find one via Stude international? Any advice that any of you could offer would be most helpful. Thank you in advance for your replies.

Believe Studebaker International can fix you up with most everything you'll need. As of Thursday, they had new Lark bumpers still in the original factory wrapping at the South Bend Show Room.

I wish you good Luck ...or ...should I say better luck!:rolleyes:;)

brian6373
08-06-2011, 01:35 AM
You can get the manual on a disc from Studebaker Int., the nice thing about that is you can print off the sections you need and not worry about damaging a book. Body and trim parts are sometimes on ebay. You might also try the studebaker parts swap page on line. You might also consider joining your local SDC chapter. There's a great bunch of people who also feel the same as you do about Studebakers. Some may have parts that they are willing to help you with as well. Mabey you can turn this dark cloud into a silver lining!

Warren Webb
08-06-2011, 03:15 AM
The trunk lid can be repaired by any repudable body shop. They should be able to match the color & blend within the panel itself. As far as the moulding on the lid, if you cant find one it could be repaired. Studebakers were probably the last ones to switch to aluminum mouldings (1964) & even then some were stainless steel. Matt Burnette is a regular in the forum & does stainless repairs. Maybe he will chime in & offer his opinion & let you know what he thinks. As Jim pointed out the bumper should still be available from S.I. but call them to make sure. The parts & service manuals on cd are the only way to go. Cheaper & alot more handy. Wishing you all the best.

avantilover
08-06-2011, 04:16 AM
All the best with the Lark Michelle, and love the art, well done.

Mih
08-06-2011, 06:19 AM
Thank you all for your encouragement and for giving me some directions to look in and get started, especially about getting the SI catalog on disk and the word on getting a new bumper -vs- getting the old one fixed.

I knew some one here would be able to point me in the right direction!

Have a great weekend!

Mih-

4961Studebaker
08-06-2011, 10:35 AM
As others have said, take it piece by piece.......A real life reputable body shop can hammer out the Trunk,
The trim piece, can be bought and replaced, but most likely repaired.

And look in the Yellow pages/internet for a bumper repair / Chroming shop, or while your at the body shop getting an estimate......ask them to recommend someone locally that straightens bumpers.....AND COMPARE THE "FIX IT" PRICE ESTIMATE TO A NOS (non ordered stock) bumper. approx 200.00+shipping

studegary
08-06-2011, 03:15 PM
Mih - Sorry for the damage to your Lark. I like 1961 Larks. I have owned four.

Keep in mind that many items on a 1961 Lark are one year only items, like the trunk lid and taillights. A 1961 bumper is NOT the same as a 1959-1960 Lark bumper.

Have the trunk lid straightened and painted by a good quality shop. Repair or replace the trunk edge trim. Matthew, here on the Forum, can repair the trim and he may have a replacement piece for you. I suggest going for another bumper if you can locate one (either NOS or good used). Straightened bumpers usually look like straightened bumpers.

ddub
08-06-2011, 08:11 PM
p.s. NOS = New, old stock. In other words a new part made about the same time as the car but never sold.

wolfie
08-06-2011, 10:01 PM
http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?51063-URGENT-Would-you-sell-these-Larks-for-scrap-(dial-up-warning-pictures)&highlight=crusher


Dont know what became of these. The yard called several weeks ago and said they were parting them out. We made a deal on some parts but I never heard back after that. Steve

TX Rebel
08-07-2011, 10:59 PM
I can offer high quality bumper straightening & re-plating service, and have tons of new & used Lark parts in addition to several parts cars & good project cars.

sals54
08-09-2011, 12:29 AM
Before you go to the body shop and get estimates on repairs for body work and paint blending, check it out with a mobile dent repair specialist. He may be able to get it fixed well enough to suit you. Remember, once you replace the trim, the small dent that may or may not be left over under the trim will never be seen. Drop a line to Matthew Burnett here on the forum to see if he can repair the trim. The dent repair would be very inexpensive. I don't know about Matthews stainless repair. The bumper on the other hand is a common piece as Studebaker used the same bumper front and rear for the 59 60 and I think the 61 models. Check that to be sure. Good Luck on the fix. You have a lovely car. Its a twin to my sisters first car.

mbstude
08-09-2011, 12:51 AM
Thanks for the plugs guys. Yes, I repair stainless trim. Unfortunately I don't have a replacement but I can restore that one. Shoot me an email if you're interested, price would be more than reasonable.. mbstude@gmail.com

studegary
08-09-2011, 01:53 PM
Before you go to the body shop and get estimates on repairs for body work and paint blending, check it out with a mobile dent repair specialist. He may be able to get it fixed well enough to suit you. Remember, once you replace the trim, the small dent that may or may not be left over under the trim will never be seen. Drop a line to Matthew Burnett here on the forum to see if he can repair the trim. The dent repair would be very inexpensive. I don't know about Matthews stainless repair. The bumper on the other hand is a common piece as Studebaker used the same bumper front and rear for the 59 60 and I think the 61 models. Check that to be sure. Good Luck on the fix. You have a lovely car. Its a twin to my sisters first car.

As I stated earlier, 1959-1960 Lark bumpers are different (different shape, not just holes) than a 1961 Lark bumper. Maybe you meant that you could interchange front and rear, not interchange the years, but then, why mention the "59 60"?

N8N
08-09-2011, 02:26 PM
I *think* '61 and '62 bumpers are the same... and if that is the case there are some things that you should be aware of... first of all, if you don't have the wraparound things on the end of the bumpers, make sure that the bumper you get does not have the holes for them, otherwise you'll have two ugly holes and no bolts to go in them.

Secondly, on my '62, both of my bumpers were beat up, but I was able to find two good used front bumpers... I turned one into a rear simply by drilling the additional holes for the license plate light brackets.

SI still had the lic. light brackets and also the wraparound pieces NOS at the time that I did my car (as well as the optional bumper guards) however if you need new wraparound pieces I'd send them off to be replated before even installing them. the chrome on them was of less than stellar quality and they were showing rust within a year.

nate

studegary
08-09-2011, 02:45 PM
I *think* '61 and '62 bumpers are the same... and if that is the case there are some things that you should be aware of... first of all, if you don't have the wraparound things on the end of the bumpers, make sure that the bumper you get does not have the holes for them, otherwise you'll have two ugly holes and no bolts to go in them.

Secondly, on my '62, both of my bumpers were beat up, but I was able to find two good used front bumpers... I turned one into a rear simply by drilling the additional holes for the license plate light brackets.

SI still had the lic. light brackets and also the wraparound pieces NOS at the time that I did my car (as well as the optional bumper guards) however if you need new wraparound pieces I'd send them off to be replated before even installing them. the chrome on them was of less than stellar quality and they were showing rust within a year.

nate

1961s did not have the Winguards ("wraparound pieces"). I believe that 1962 and 1963 bumpers are the same and 1964-1966 bumpers are the same. 1961 had a lot of one year stuff. 1961 rear bumpers do not have holes for license plate or lights as they were on the rear panel.

N8N
08-09-2011, 04:50 PM
1961s did not have the Winguards ("wraparound pieces"). I believe that 1962 and 1963 bumpers are the same and 1964-1966 bumpers are the same. 1961 had a lot of one year stuff. 1961 rear bumpers do not have holes for license plate or lights as they were on the rear panel.

Good point. I forgot about the license plate being on the rear panel in 61 (carryover from 59-60)

I guess that means that the rear bumper is *possibly* but not necessarily the same as 59-60 then? (will have a "notch" in it for plate clearance)

I guess forget everything I said in my previous post :)

nate

studegary
08-10-2011, 02:29 PM
Good point. I forgot about the license plate being on the rear panel in 61 (carryover from 59-60)

I guess that means that the rear bumper is *possibly* but not necessarily the same as 59-60 then? (will have a "notch" in it for plate clearance)

I guess forget everything I said in my previous post :)

nate

The 1961 bumpers, front and rear, have a different shape (cross section) than the 1959-1960 bumpers.

mookandairin
08-12-2011, 07:31 AM
man that just beats all.all I have is 60 parts.sorry I can not help you in your time of need.