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jjones
09-17-2006, 07:02 PM
Took my wife to a car show/swap meet yesterday. Now, this is a woman who usually doesn't care about car shows or swap meets and, for the last 20 some-odd years has said "NO MORE CARS" as I left the house for one of these events. So, as I am looking through a pile of miscellaneous junk for parts for my M5 or my Model A, she spies a little Nash Metropolitan, exclaims "oh, its soooo cute," and goes to look at it. By the time I get there, that woman has bargained the price down a couple of hundred dollars and bought it! Now its a really nice little Arizona car--original paint in fair condition, no rust, no major dents, perfect glass, and every little hard-to-find part seems to be there. Other than the normal Arizona sun-rotted rubber and upholestry, it has only one small problem--the engine is missing. She is sure I can fix that. Seems the previous owner took the engine to a rebuild shop that went into bankruptcy, and never recovered it.

Any of you Stude people in driving distance of Tucson happen to have a Metropolitan engine, or suggestions on something that will replace it without too much trouble. (I have already suggested a blown 392 hemi--she said no).

jj

N8N
09-17-2006, 07:05 PM
I'm getting out of my area of expertise here, but wasn't the metro really a rebadged Austin? If so, there might be an engine interchange with other British cars...

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

N8N
09-17-2006, 07:05 PM
I'm getting out of my area of expertise here, but wasn't the metro really a rebadged Austin? If so, there might be an engine interchange with other British cars...

nate

--
55 Commander Starlight
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

gordr
09-17-2006, 07:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by jjones

Took my wife to a car show/swap meet yesterday. Now, this is a woman who usually doesn't care about car shows or swap meets and, for the last 20 some-odd years has said "NO MORE CARS" as I left the house for one of these events. So, as I am looking through a pile of miscellaneous junk for parts for my M5 or my Model A, she spies a little Nash Metropolitan, exclaims "oh, its soooo cute," and goes to look at it. By the time I get there, that woman has bargained the price down a couple of hundred dollars and bought it! Now its a really nice little Arizona car--original paint in fair condition, no rust, no major dents, perfect glass, and every little hard-to-find part seems to be there. Other than the normal Arizona sun-rotted rubber and upholestry, it has only one small problem--the engine is missing. She is sure I can fix that. Seems the previous owner took the engine to a rebuild shop that went into bankruptcy, and never recovered it.

Any of you Stude people in driving distance of Tucson happen to have a Metropolitan engine, or suggestions on something that will replace it without too much trouble. (I have already suggested a blown 392 hemi--she said no).

jj



Mets ARE cute little cars. They used a BMC "B" series engine, which is a 1.5 liter (92 cu. in.) overhead valve 4 banger. Same basic engine as the MGB, and as used in many Austin and Morris sedans. Needless to say, there are many variations in things like carbs, distributors, generators, and so forth.

As far as engine swaps go, I think a FUN swap would be to use the rotary engine out of a late model Mazda RX7, along with its transmission. Those rotaries are pretty compact, but there might be clearance issues with the exhaust manifold in the Met.

A PRACTICAL swap might be to use a Volvo B20 engine, as used in the Volvo 140 series cars. They have a 4-speed + overdrive available, and that should give great gas mileage. The Volvo engine is about the same size and shape as the original BMC power plant, so fit should not be a problem. I know of a guy in Washington who runs a Volvo engine in a "T" series MG.

Needless to say, any engine swap can run into unforeseen snags. Measure twice, cut once! :D

Hope this helps.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

gordr
09-17-2006, 07:26 PM
quote:Originally posted by jjones

Took my wife to a car show/swap meet yesterday. Now, this is a woman who usually doesn't care about car shows or swap meets and, for the last 20 some-odd years has said "NO MORE CARS" as I left the house for one of these events. So, as I am looking through a pile of miscellaneous junk for parts for my M5 or my Model A, she spies a little Nash Metropolitan, exclaims "oh, its soooo cute," and goes to look at it. By the time I get there, that woman has bargained the price down a couple of hundred dollars and bought it! Now its a really nice little Arizona car--original paint in fair condition, no rust, no major dents, perfect glass, and every little hard-to-find part seems to be there. Other than the normal Arizona sun-rotted rubber and upholestry, it has only one small problem--the engine is missing. She is sure I can fix that. Seems the previous owner took the engine to a rebuild shop that went into bankruptcy, and never recovered it.

Any of you Stude people in driving distance of Tucson happen to have a Metropolitan engine, or suggestions on something that will replace it without too much trouble. (I have already suggested a blown 392 hemi--she said no).

jj



Mets ARE cute little cars. They used a BMC "B" series engine, which is a 1.5 liter (92 cu. in.) overhead valve 4 banger. Same basic engine as the MGB, and as used in many Austin and Morris sedans. Needless to say, there are many variations in things like carbs, distributors, generators, and so forth.

As far as engine swaps go, I think a FUN swap would be to use the rotary engine out of a late model Mazda RX7, along with its transmission. Those rotaries are pretty compact, but there might be clearance issues with the exhaust manifold in the Met.

A PRACTICAL swap might be to use a Volvo B20 engine, as used in the Volvo 140 series cars. They have a 4-speed + overdrive available, and that should give great gas mileage. The Volvo engine is about the same size and shape as the original BMC power plant, so fit should not be a problem. I know of a guy in Washington who runs a Volvo engine in a "T" series MG.

Needless to say, any engine swap can run into unforeseen snags. Measure twice, cut once! :D

Hope this helps.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

rockne10
09-17-2006, 07:28 PM
Introduced to the market in 1954, early Mets used a 1200cc (73cid)Austin A-40 engine with 42hp. In mid 1956 upgraded to 1500cc (90cid) with 52hp. Production ceased in 1960, though leftover models were sold as 1961 and 1962. Engines used in Austins, Nash and Hudson Metropolitans. With some ingenuity any number of small powerplant/drivelines could be adapted.

If she wont go for the hemi, how about the more sedate Studebaker V-8?

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

rockne10
09-17-2006, 07:28 PM
Introduced to the market in 1954, early Mets used a 1200cc (73cid)Austin A-40 engine with 42hp. In mid 1956 upgraded to 1500cc (90cid) with 52hp. Production ceased in 1960, though leftover models were sold as 1961 and 1962. Engines used in Austins, Nash and Hudson Metropolitans. With some ingenuity any number of small powerplant/drivelines could be adapted.

If she wont go for the hemi, how about the more sedate Studebaker V-8?

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
33 Rockne 10
51 Commander Starlight
53 Commander Starlight
http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/51x2.jpg
previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser

JRoberts
09-17-2006, 07:31 PM
I believe the Metropolitin engine is like the ones in the Sprite/Midget series. Thus a later model 1275cc dual carb engine should be a drop in swap. I understand that there are engines like this out there. By-the-way and fellow in our chapter bought two Metropolitins not long ago, one of which is a Hudson! Not many of those made.
Joe Roberts

JRoberts
09-17-2006, 07:31 PM
I believe the Metropolitin engine is like the ones in the Sprite/Midget series. Thus a later model 1275cc dual carb engine should be a drop in swap. I understand that there are engines like this out there. By-the-way and fellow in our chapter bought two Metropolitins not long ago, one of which is a Hudson! Not many of those made.
Joe Roberts

Roscomacaw
09-17-2006, 07:43 PM
A friend of mine here locally, has a Met that he was planning on building for his wife and replacing the Met motor with a *** four-banger and tranny. If I can get him on the phone I'll ask. Of course, central California is no small drive![:I]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
09-17-2006, 07:43 PM
A friend of mine here locally, has a Met that he was planning on building for his wife and replacing the Met motor with a *** four-banger and tranny. If I can get him on the phone I'll ask. Of course, central California is no small drive![:I]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

curt
09-17-2006, 08:14 PM
My wife did the same thing. We went to an auction of Kaiser/Frazer parts and a few cars. They were auctioning a 1955 Desoto. I noticed someone was relaying phone bids to the auctioneer only to be out bid from someone in the crowd. It was my wife and she got the darn thing. Not a Bad car at all.

curt
09-17-2006, 08:14 PM
My wife did the same thing. We went to an auction of Kaiser/Frazer parts and a few cars. They were auctioning a 1955 Desoto. I noticed someone was relaying phone bids to the auctioneer only to be out bid from someone in the crowd. It was my wife and she got the darn thing. Not a Bad car at all.

sbca96
09-17-2006, 08:53 PM
Put in an LS1 with a 6 speed.[8D]

Tom

sbca96
09-17-2006, 08:53 PM
Put in an LS1 with a 6 speed.[8D]

Tom

bams50
09-17-2006, 09:02 PM
One of the things that brought me into Studes to the depth I am was the Met...

I was looking for a unique little car to go with my Lincolns; and was looking at Mets... I'm sold on the 59-61 Larks b/c they're cute, quirky, and different to look at, and whichever one you prefer, they all have a backseat... lots of parts and interchangability, and my favorite car club- and forum- to boot!

Plus, you oughta see my better half patting the Lark and saying, "Poor little Mabel, it's gonna be all right"...[:o)]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

bams50
09-17-2006, 09:02 PM
One of the things that brought me into Studes to the depth I am was the Met...

I was looking for a unique little car to go with my Lincolns; and was looking at Mets... I'm sold on the 59-61 Larks b/c they're cute, quirky, and different to look at, and whichever one you prefer, they all have a backseat... lots of parts and interchangability, and my favorite car club- and forum- to boot!

Plus, you oughta see my better half patting the Lark and saying, "Poor little Mabel, it's gonna be all right"...[:o)]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

keeffer
09-17-2006, 09:05 PM
i put a chevy 2 4 banger in one great fit and easy too get parts

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

keeffer
09-17-2006, 09:05 PM
i put a chevy 2 4 banger in one great fit and easy too get parts

keith kirchhoff
brockport ny 14420

railway
09-17-2006, 09:24 PM
This is a 54 we had for a while. 54 was also the only year Hudson sold them. Nash models had a large N in the grill, and on the hub caps, Hudson had a "H"
<center>http://jnautoair.com/54nash.JPG</center>[/img]

<center>http://jnautoair.com/Met02.gif</center>
We now have a 61


Ebon...
http://jnautoair.com/images/logo2-3.jpg

railway
09-17-2006, 09:24 PM
This is a 54 we had for a while. 54 was also the only year Hudson sold them. Nash models had a large N in the grill, and on the hub caps, Hudson had a "H"
<center>http://jnautoair.com/54nash.JPG</center>[/img]

<center>http://jnautoair.com/Met02.gif</center>
We now have a 61


Ebon...
http://jnautoair.com/images/logo2-3.jpg

kurtruk
09-17-2006, 10:15 PM
I believe I read some years back there is a popular Datsun/Nissan swap many people do. There are quite a few Datsun pickups from the Sixties and Seventies still running around these parts (with what would appear to be little maintance done on them), so they must have a pretty stout engine. Just like here (SDC), check with the Met Club owners.

KURTRUK
(read it backwards;))

kurtruk
09-17-2006, 10:15 PM
I believe I read some years back there is a popular Datsun/Nissan swap many people do. There are quite a few Datsun pickups from the Sixties and Seventies still running around these parts (with what would appear to be little maintance done on them), so they must have a pretty stout engine. Just like here (SDC), check with the Met Club owners.

KURTRUK
(read it backwards;))

Thomas63R2
09-17-2006, 11:32 PM
At a recent car show I was surprised to see a small V6 in a Metro. By the looks of it I would say it was a 2.6 Ford/Mercury Capri engine. It fit like it had always been there, with plenty of room for everything. Looked sharp and I'll bet the trans was an overdrive 5 speed for great highway driving.

Thomas

New Stude guy! Long time hot rodder
'63 Avanti R2 4 speed with interesting plans

Thomas63R2
09-17-2006, 11:32 PM
At a recent car show I was surprised to see a small V6 in a Metro. By the looks of it I would say it was a 2.6 Ford/Mercury Capri engine. It fit like it had always been there, with plenty of room for everything. Looked sharp and I'll bet the trans was an overdrive 5 speed for great highway driving.

Thomas

New Stude guy! Long time hot rodder
'63 Avanti R2 4 speed with interesting plans

8E45E
09-18-2006, 12:12 AM
[quote]Originally posted by kurtruk




I believe I read some years back there is a popular Datsun/Nissan swap many people do. There are quite a few Datsun pickups from the Sixties and Seventies still running around these parts (with what would appear to be little maintance done on them), so they must have a pretty stout engine. Just like here (SDC), check with the Met Club owners.

If its the the 'A' series Nissan/Datsun engine, they are a fantastic, utterly reliable powerplant. I had two Datsuns with that engine, a '74 B210 (A12) and an '81 310 (A15). Nissan actually built that engine under licence from BMC starting in 1956, when they made a Japanese version of the Austin Cambridge. (Hence the 'A' in the series designation.) Nissan improved the components over since that time, and it served in several models of cars and trucks until the 1980's. Nissan still makes that engine for gen sets, steam cleaning machines, etc. One would not go wrong substituting an A-series Nissan engine in a Met.

Craig

8E45E
09-18-2006, 12:12 AM
[quote]Originally posted by kurtruk




I believe I read some years back there is a popular Datsun/Nissan swap many people do. There are quite a few Datsun pickups from the Sixties and Seventies still running around these parts (with what would appear to be little maintance done on them), so they must have a pretty stout engine. Just like here (SDC), check with the Met Club owners.

If its the the 'A' series Nissan/Datsun engine, they are a fantastic, utterly reliable powerplant. I had two Datsuns with that engine, a '74 B210 (A12) and an '81 310 (A15). Nissan actually built that engine under licence from BMC starting in 1956, when they made a Japanese version of the Austin Cambridge. (Hence the 'A' in the series designation.) Nissan improved the components over since that time, and it served in several models of cars and trucks until the 1980's. Nissan still makes that engine for gen sets, steam cleaning machines, etc. One would not go wrong substituting an A-series Nissan engine in a Met.

Craig

Studebaker Wheel
09-18-2006, 01:24 AM
For possibilities check out these sites:

http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows/events/112_0608_2006_woodward_dream_cruise/photo_36.html

http://www.rasloto.com/gallery/gallery_strange.html

http://web.custom.fbsm.com/defaulttemplate.cfm?FACILITYID=ps2478800&PROJECTID=110&PAGENAME=RetroGallery4 (1/3 way down the page)

http://www.mninter.net/%7Ejrc/web1.html

rtq

R. Quinn

Studebaker Wheel
09-18-2006, 01:24 AM
For possibilities check out these sites:

http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows/events/112_0608_2006_woodward_dream_cruise/photo_36.html

http://www.rasloto.com/gallery/gallery_strange.html

http://web.custom.fbsm.com/defaulttemplate.cfm?FACILITYID=ps2478800&PROJECTID=110&PAGENAME=RetroGallery4 (1/3 way down the page)

http://www.mninter.net/%7Ejrc/web1.html

rtq

R. Quinn

Blue 15G
09-18-2006, 07:10 AM
Don't put a V-8 engine into a Met. The first time you hit the gas, the car will tip over and slide down the road on its side. [:0] Body work is too expensive nowadays. :D

Blue 15G
09-18-2006, 07:10 AM
Don't put a V-8 engine into a Met. The first time you hit the gas, the car will tip over and slide down the road on its side. [:0] Body work is too expensive nowadays. :D

MacMyers
09-18-2006, 09:37 AM
Nahhhh... you just put some of those 22" Rims on one side.

Proud dumper of:
The one and only 1963 BEND OVER POOP HAWK
And the 1966 Messtang!

MacMyers
09-18-2006, 09:37 AM
Nahhhh... you just put some of those 22" Rims on one side.

Proud dumper of:
The one and only 1963 BEND OVER POOP HAWK
And the 1966 Messtang!

r1lark
09-18-2006, 11:14 AM
quote:Originally posted by 8E45E

[quote]Originally posted by kurtruk




I believe I read some years back there is a popular Datsun/Nissan swap many people do. There are quite a few Datsun pickups from the Sixties and Seventies still running around these parts (with what would appear to be little maintance done on them), so they must have a pretty stout engine. Just like here (SDC), check with the Met Club owners.

If its the the 'A' series Nissan/Datsun engine, they are a fantastic, utterly reliable powerplant. I had two Datsuns with that engine, a '74 B210 (A12) and an '81 310 (A15). Nissan actually built that engine under licence from BMC starting in 1956, when they made a Japanese version of the Austin Cambridge. (Hence the 'A' in the series designation.) Nissan improved the components over since that time, and it served in several models of cars and trucks until the 1980's. Nissan still makes that engine for gen sets, steam cleaning machines, etc. One would not go wrong substituting an A-series Nissan engine in a Met.

Craig


Craig, did the 'A' series engine family include the mid to late '60s Datsun 1600 engine (non-overhead cam)? I was thinking about this engine as a good fit in that Met too. They were used in the Datsun 1600 sports cars, and in the rare '67 Datsun "SSS" sedans. My dad had one of the '67 SSS sedans, and with that 1600 engine and dual sidedrafts (Japanese knockoffs of the SU) it would really go! It was a pretty engine too, with a nice factory finned valve cover.

Paul

Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: http://hometown.aol.com/r1skytop/myhomepage/index.html

r1lark
09-18-2006, 11:14 AM
quote:Originally posted by 8E45E

[quote]Originally posted by kurtruk




I believe I read some years back there is a popular Datsun/Nissan swap many people do. There are quite a few Datsun pickups from the Sixties and Seventies still running around these parts (with what would appear to be little maintance done on them), so they must have a pretty stout engine. Just like here (SDC), check with the Met Club owners.

If its the the 'A' series Nissan/Datsun engine, they are a fantastic, utterly reliable powerplant. I had two Datsuns with that engine, a '74 B210 (A12) and an '81 310 (A15). Nissan actually built that engine under licence from BMC starting in 1956, when they made a Japanese version of the Austin Cambridge. (Hence the 'A' in the series designation.) Nissan improved the components over since that time, and it served in several models of cars and trucks until the 1980's. Nissan still makes that engine for gen sets, steam cleaning machines, etc. One would not go wrong substituting an A-series Nissan engine in a Met.

Craig


Craig, did the 'A' series engine family include the mid to late '60s Datsun 1600 engine (non-overhead cam)? I was thinking about this engine as a good fit in that Met too. They were used in the Datsun 1600 sports cars, and in the rare '67 Datsun "SSS" sedans. My dad had one of the '67 SSS sedans, and with that 1600 engine and dual sidedrafts (Japanese knockoffs of the SU) it would really go! It was a pretty engine too, with a nice factory finned valve cover.

Paul

Visit The Studebaker Skytop Registry website at: http://hometown.aol.com/r1skytop/myhomepage/index.html

kamzack
09-18-2006, 11:40 AM
quote:Originally posted by jjones

Took my wife to a car show/swap meet yesterday. Now, this is a woman who usually doesn't care about car shows or swap meets and, for the last 20 some-odd years has said "NO MORE CARS" as I left the house for one of these events. So, as I am looking through a pile of miscellaneous junk for parts for my M5 or my Model A, she spies a little Nash Metropolitan, exclaims "oh, its soooo cute," and goes to look at it. By the time I get there, that woman has bargained the price down a couple of hundred dollars and bought it! Now its a really nice little Arizona car--original paint in fair condition, no rust, no major dents, perfect glass, and every little hard-to-find part seems to be there. Other than the normal Arizona sun-rotted rubber and upholestry, it has only one small problem--the engine is missing. She is sure I can fix that. Seems the previous owner took the engine to a rebuild shop that went into bankruptcy, and never recovered it.

Any of you Stude people in driving distance of Tucson happen to have a Metropolitan engine, or suggestions on something that will replace it without too much trouble. (I have already suggested a blown 392 hemi--she said no).

jj

You might look up Al Safferin in Tucson. He's has a Hudson restoration and parts business and because Mets were marketed by Hudson for a bit, he might know where you could get what you want and not have to go very far to find a correct engine for it. Not having to make modifications is easier. Also Vern Edigar in Halstead, Kansas might know where one is. Vern is source Studebaker truck parts and cars. Hope this helps.
Kim

kamzack
09-18-2006, 11:40 AM
quote:Originally posted by jjones

Took my wife to a car show/swap meet yesterday. Now, this is a woman who usually doesn't care about car shows or swap meets and, for the last 20 some-odd years has said "NO MORE CARS" as I left the house for one of these events. So, as I am looking through a pile of miscellaneous junk for parts for my M5 or my Model A, she spies a little Nash Metropolitan, exclaims "oh, its soooo cute," and goes to look at it. By the time I get there, that woman has bargained the price down a couple of hundred dollars and bought it! Now its a really nice little Arizona car--original paint in fair condition, no rust, no major dents, perfect glass, and every little hard-to-find part seems to be there. Other than the normal Arizona sun-rotted rubber and upholestry, it has only one small problem--the engine is missing. She is sure I can fix that. Seems the previous owner took the engine to a rebuild shop that went into bankruptcy, and never recovered it.

Any of you Stude people in driving distance of Tucson happen to have a Metropolitan engine, or suggestions on something that will replace it without too much trouble. (I have already suggested a blown 392 hemi--she said no).

jj

You might look up Al Safferin in Tucson. He's has a Hudson restoration and parts business and because Mets were marketed by Hudson for a bit, he might know where you could get what you want and not have to go very far to find a correct engine for it. Not having to make modifications is easier. Also Vern Edigar in Halstead, Kansas might know where one is. Vern is source Studebaker truck parts and cars. Hope this helps.
Kim

Alan
09-18-2006, 11:50 AM
Check with your local MG Club. The 1800cc MGB 68-80 will drop right in and bolt to your Metro tranny. There are pleanty around and you can pick up a good running one for less than $1,000

Alan
09-18-2006, 11:50 AM
Check with your local MG Club. The 1800cc MGB 68-80 will drop right in and bolt to your Metro tranny. There are pleanty around and you can pick up a good running one for less than $1,000

jjones
09-18-2006, 06:54 PM
Thanks all! I will look into all suggestions (except the LS1-she has already said no to a "go fast")as soon as I get over the shock of her actually taking interest in a car without air conditioning and power everything. Wimmin--guess I will never understand them.

jj

jjones
09-18-2006, 06:54 PM
Thanks all! I will look into all suggestions (except the LS1-she has already said no to a "go fast")as soon as I get over the shock of her actually taking interest in a car without air conditioning and power everything. Wimmin--guess I will never understand them.

jj

sbca96
09-18-2006, 07:21 PM
LS1/6 speed combo will get you 30 mpg too.:D;)

Tom

sbca96
09-18-2006, 07:21 PM
LS1/6 speed combo will get you 30 mpg too.:D;)

Tom

StudeDave57
09-18-2006, 09:19 PM
30 MPG?? this too~~

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-Studebaker-Lark-VIII-running-NO-RESERVE_W0QQitemZ260030823353QQihZ016QQcategoryZ6466QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

(at least the ad says so...!) [:0] ;)


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser

StudeDave57
09-18-2006, 09:19 PM
30 MPG?? this too~~

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-Studebaker-Lark-VIII-running-NO-RESERVE_W0QQitemZ260030823353QQihZ016QQcategoryZ6466QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

(at least the ad says so...!) [:0] ;)


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander 2dr
'57 Champion 2dr
'58 Packard sedan
'65 Cruiser

sbca96
09-19-2006, 01:37 AM
Wow .. I hope the person buying that Lark doesnt expect it can get 30
mpg! Even if it did, it wont do a 0-60 in under 5 seconds (traction
permitting ofcourse;)) The LS1/6 speed combo would actually do both.
Especially in a superlight Nash Met. Go through the suspension and
make it a road race Corvette killer like RoadRaceLark's '64.:D

Ofcourse the wife might like it TOO much after. I know mine would.[:0]

Tom

sbca96
09-19-2006, 01:37 AM
Wow .. I hope the person buying that Lark doesnt expect it can get 30
mpg! Even if it did, it wont do a 0-60 in under 5 seconds (traction
permitting ofcourse;)) The LS1/6 speed combo would actually do both.
Especially in a superlight Nash Met. Go through the suspension and
make it a road race Corvette killer like RoadRaceLark's '64.:D

Ofcourse the wife might like it TOO much after. I know mine would.[:0]

Tom

Daan
09-19-2006, 09:29 PM
Somebody on Miata.net was telling everybody about grafting the suspension/running gear of an early MIata into a Metro. That woudl be fun to drive, now.

http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i44/DansStudes/

Daan
09-19-2006, 09:29 PM
Somebody on Miata.net was telling everybody about grafting the suspension/running gear of an early MIata into a Metro. That woudl be fun to drive, now.

http://s69.photobucket.com/albums/i44/DansStudes/