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Johnny Meinelt
04-03-2012, 06:56 PM
Here I am 24 years old, driving my 1961 Studebaker Lark everyday and just trying to fix it up as I go. And trying to also work on my 1953 Commander when I have some extra $$$, but just wanted to say that I love my cars more than anything and I couldn't ask for a better automobile.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e281/scenekid98/April2009002.jpg

showbizkid
04-03-2012, 06:57 PM
Dude, you rock. And that is an awesome Lark! Glad to have you here!

Johnny Meinelt
04-03-2012, 07:05 PM
Thanks a lot!!! Sadly the car doesn't look that great right now, 212,000 miles on it now and it needs a lot of work. But I love the car and I love driving it, so I'll get to work.

63 R2 Hawk
04-03-2012, 07:07 PM
Nice car! Glad to see some younger studebaker enthusiasts!

Pat Dilling
04-03-2012, 07:35 PM
Cool car welcome to the forum. Understand the working on it when money and time allows thing. Keep it rolling!

55s
04-03-2012, 09:03 PM
Only 212K?

My dad got another 100K miles than that, and I still have the car and it still looks and runs great.

mbstude
04-03-2012, 09:14 PM
Right on.. Welcome, from another wild and crazy kid. 22 here. Deland huh? How's Bob Coolidge doing?

Peanut
04-03-2012, 09:35 PM
That is a GREAT daily driver. Congrats!

Chris_Dresbach
04-03-2012, 10:01 PM
Welcome to the forum!! As Matt said, it's nice to see some more young blood here. I'm 18. Got a '40 Champion and a "special" '53 Commander as well... Love the look of that '61, kdefinately keep 'er on the road! :)

dean pearson
04-03-2012, 10:11 PM
That car rocks!
I wish I had a (stude) car that nice that I could drive,
and yes I'm slightly older than you.

Dean.

parts
04-03-2012, 10:13 PM
Ah..24 and all the world ahead..and looking through a classic windshield..

Welcome !

4961Studebaker
04-04-2012, 01:28 AM
Welcome aboard, car looks fine, and your attitude and approach seem spot on. Driving your car as you fix things can be just as rewarding as a full on restoration. I was 16 once, driving my 61 everywhere, you undoubtedly will have great memory's story's and/or questions feel free to ask any time. There really has been somewhat of an explosion of newer forum participant in the last 6 months so don't feel like your the only "new" guy here. Check out some of the local "chapters" of SDClub in your area and get involved if you have the time.....and its not too late to make plans for the International meet this year being held in South Bend.

(S)
04-04-2012, 01:52 AM
Nice ride, welcome!

kmac530
04-04-2012, 08:52 AM
Welcome Johnny.
Sweet car there for driver. I like it. Post up some pics of the Commander.
You really have found the right place to help you with what you need here, any answers to questions, and place where folks will LOVE to see pics of your cars.

Kelly

studegary
04-04-2012, 12:52 PM
Welcome! That is a nice looking 1961 Lark Deluxe with the optional dual headlights. I strongly suggest that you join the Studebaker Drivers Club. You can do it from this site.

warrlaw1
04-04-2012, 02:02 PM
Welcome to the forum. ...and I believe 55s (LOL).

fargoguy
04-04-2012, 05:03 PM
Nice Lark! We have similar tastes:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b386/fargoguy66/1961%20lark/ESCAPEWARRANTY011.jpg

Johnny Meinelt
04-04-2012, 05:14 PM
Nice Lark! We have similar tastes:

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b386/fargoguy66/1961%20lark/ESCAPEWARRANTY011.jpg


Ohhh awesome!!! I've never seen another '61 in person before, great looking car!!

Johnny Meinelt
04-04-2012, 05:16 PM
Welcome! That is a nice looking 1961 Lark Deluxe with the optional dual headlights. I strongly suggest that you join the Studebaker Drivers Club. You can do it from this site.

I already belong to the SDC, I actually had a get together here at my house for them in the beginning of March. :D

Johnny Meinelt
04-04-2012, 05:23 PM
My Commander, was part of Dr. Cade's collection, then I got the car after he passed away. Its a work in progress, lots to be done, I want to build a hot 289 with a 4-speed.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e281/scenekid98/Jan2009015.jpg

Studedude
04-04-2012, 05:37 PM
Nice Studes for sure, Johnny!

Tell us more about that traffic signal... looks like a low traffic area to me. <GGG>

Johnny Meinelt
04-04-2012, 05:42 PM
Nice Studes for sure, Johnny!

Tell us more about that traffic signal... looks like a low traffic area to me. <GGG>

Haha, that's hanging over the entrance road to out garage, just a little touch to make it feel like the old days out here.

rockinhawk
04-04-2012, 06:33 PM
Hey Johnny, When we talked in Fla. I told you I thought I had a split Manifold for an OHV 6 in my scrap pile. I have searched all over for that thing and can't find it. I think it belonged to my Grandson. I guess he must have taken it with him when he left these parts. I thought I remembered him saying he didn't want it, but I must have been mistaken. Sorry...


Oh yes.. I remember being 24 also. I only had 3 kids back then. And only 3 Studebakers come to think about it.

Johnny Meinelt
04-04-2012, 06:56 PM
Hey Johnny, When we talked in Fla. I told you I thought I had a split Manifold for an OHV 6 in my scrap pile. I have searched all over for that thing and can't find it. I think it belonged to my Grandson. I guess he must have taken it with him when he left these parts. I thought I remembered him saying he didn't want it, but I must have been mistaken. Sorry...


Oh yes.. I remember being 24 also. I only had 3 kids back then. And only 3 Studebakers come to think about it.


Ohhh yea I remember, well thanks anyway for looking. Haha, and look how the family has grown!!

4961Studebaker
04-04-2012, 07:22 PM
Johnny, it's hard to tell in my signature pic but it's a 61 as well, are you in need of an OHV intake manifold? I sold the exhaust but still have the intake, carb studs and nuts.

Johnny Meinelt
04-04-2012, 07:44 PM
Johnny, it's hard to tell in my signature pic but it's a 61 as well, are you in need of an OHV intake manifold? I sold the exhaust but still have the intake, carb studs and nuts.

I thought that's what it was! Well not really, I was only interested in the exhaust because it was a split header, but thanks though.