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Hawk5619
05-05-2013, 08:55 PM
I was offered a 1963 Lark today for the price of moving it before it went to the crusher. It is a 63 4dr, V8, and no other options. It has no radio or clock. This Lark has been in this garage since 1979 and has not run since. Not sure what I am going to do with it but I have some space so I thought I would save it. I am not a Lark expert and do not know why this car has no trim moulding. Don't all 63 Larks have STUDEBAKER written across the back of the trunk lid? Why is there no moldings along the side? It has a studebaker emblem on the front fender instead of a Lark emblem? I am thinking that this is the very base model that has no trim. It is a standard shift. I once had a 65 Chevelle back in the 70's that some one removed all the trim and then filled the holes. That was considered "cool" back then. Wondering if this Lark got the same treatment?235872358823589

BobPalma
05-05-2013, 09:14 PM
Cool, Rick. That is a 1963 Studebaker Standard, a mid-year plain-jane price leader. Interesting that it is a V8; most were sixes, but a V8 was certainly available.

'Glad you were able to save it. With so little visible rust, it might be worth getting it to run and then play with it some.

Here's the factory brochure. (BTW: It never had letters on the deck lid; that was part of saving money!)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss155/BobPalma/63standardbrochure_zps095ac912.jpg (http://s571.photobucket.com/user/BobPalma/media/63standardbrochure_zps095ac912.jpg.html)
Assuming it is a factory V8, it will be a peppy car. Cool beans. :!: BP

GThawkwind
05-05-2013, 09:19 PM
Looks like a really solid car for the price:D In alls seriousness good for you man, it's the little things that keep our hobby alive.

Hawk5619
05-05-2013, 10:09 PM
Thanks Bob,
I am liking the Lark more now. I have not even seen the car. A member of my local chapter gave the owner my name and he called to see if I wanted it. The story on the Lark is that the owner pulled the radiator back in 1979 because it leaked. He sent it to a radiator shop to get fixed. I quess it was a low priority for him to get the Lark fixed and waited 3 months to go pick it up. When he went to the shop to pick it up they thought he was not coming back and sold it. So it has just sat in the garage since. This owner is now close to ninety and is in a retirment home. His son is now cleaning out the house and garage and the Lark has to go. Whoever ordered this new wanted no options except for the V8. I will get her on the road again!

studegary
05-05-2013, 10:37 PM
Is it possible that this car is not a Standard (possible, but highly unusual, with V8) but rather a Heavy Duty or Taxi model? The body plate ID will tell the story. When you can, check to see if it is a Y2, Y1 or Y3 (like a Marshal or Rural Route).

showbizkid
05-05-2013, 10:47 PM
My Standard is a factory V8, with FOM the only option. It was delivered to San Francisco, which explains the powertrain choice :) No reason the buyer of this car couldn't have made the same choice. I believe that even the fleet cars got the LARK letters on the fenders - the Standard was the only one with only the Studebaker script.

Good find!

Hawk5619
05-05-2013, 10:58 PM
Thanks for all the good info here! When I have the car in our shop I will post the body tag number.

Milaca
05-05-2013, 11:35 PM
Check the right-side front fender for Sherwood Egbert's finger prints, as it may be the one pictured in the above advertisement. ;)
Glad to hear that you are saving it. If nothing else, you could bring it to the big Stude meet this summer in Colorado and put a for sale sign on it.

warrlaw1
05-06-2013, 02:25 PM
LOL, Brent. Those prints could tell a story. Like the accused said when he pled "guilty" at the first opportunity "Someday my Prints will come". Good to meet you at South Bend.

Bill Pressler
05-06-2013, 02:41 PM
LOL, Brent. Those prints could tell a story. Like the accused said when he pled "guilty" at the first opportunity "Someday my Prints will come". Good to meet you at South Bend.

That's not Egbert in the brochure. I have that brpcjire. He's supposed to look like a successful businessman, and elsewhere in the brochure he's sitting with a pondering, far-away look on his face, and the text says, "Is the compact I'm considering the best one...for price? for styling? for quality"... or something pretty close to that. That brochure is aimed at fleet buyers.

BobPalma
05-06-2013, 02:53 PM
That's not Egbert in the brochure. I have that brpcjire. He's supposed to look like a successful businessman, and elsewhere in the brochure he's sitting with a pondering, far-away look on his face, and the text says, "Is the compact I'm considering the best one...for price? for styling? for quality"... or something pretty close to that. That brochure is aimed at fleet buyers.

Bill is correct, even though I am not sure what a brpcjire is. 'Never had one myself!

It probably is a Studebaker executive type; there would have been no need to hire a professional model to pose for those shots, and if they had done so, the picture of the car probably wouldn't have been taken with the poor guy squinting in the sun!

I've been rummaging through some period materials trying to find a good photo of the man, identified. No luck so far. Perhaps Bill will locate the subject personality in one of his brpcjires. (Sorry, Bill; I couldn't resist. ;) Tell Ted Hurd I mailed his Snider emblem first class this morning, so it should arrive in a few days.:)) BP

57pack
05-06-2013, 08:28 PM
Nice plain Jane Lark, or should I just say, Studebaker?
Should be saved and restored, would be a standout at a meet or car show.
So few of these survived, usually were fleet cars driven by employees who beat the snot out of them.

1962larksedan
05-11-2013, 02:47 PM
Radiator: the 1972-86 Jeep CJ Chevy V8 conversion radiators are almost 100% plug 'n' play on a 1959-66 Lark type V8, possibly the Sixes too (same dimensions and hose locations) and for an aluminum one, quite inexpensive. :)

Hawk5619
05-18-2013, 10:45 AM
Radiator: the 1972-86 Jeep CJ Chevy V8 conversion radiators are almost 100% plug 'n' play on a 1959-66 Lark type V8, possibly the Sixes too (same dimensions and hose locations) and for an aluminum one, quite inexpensive. :)

Thanks for the info. Do you think this will fit?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1972-1986-JEEP-CJ-ALL-ALUMINUM-RADIATOR-3-ROW-CHEVY-V8-CONVERSION-/271206574362?pt=Motors_Car_Truck_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item3f252be91a#ht_4487wt_1223

candbstudebakers
05-18-2013, 08:45 PM
My 63 standard came with a 259 and 3 speed and no overdrive and a 307 rear end try and figure it out since he the original owner lived in the hills of Oakland, Ca. I am the 2nd owner and got it in 1989 owner had wore out the 259 by 1974 and ordered a NOS 289 short block from standard surplus through the dealer he bought the car from Milton motors of Oakland, and paid $375.00 for it when he got it he put it together using his 70 heads , single exhaust , and 2 bld. carb. and then put about 20,000 miles on it before parking it for a number of years, that's when I saw it and told him that was one ugly car, faded blue exterior, ratty seats and door panels, and oh ya the piece of junk they called a dash board for the standards, but when he told me it had a V-8 in it I then asked him how much, to my surprise he said $200.00 I said sold but it still is one ugly car. After hauling it home and letting it sit for a couple of years I figured I would get it running so with a full tune up and oil change it ran , and ran good, and ran strong, stronger than I figured it would so I put duel exhaust, a 64 AFB and manifold, figuring it would be a lot better and faster and yes it was all of that and more, even with the 307 rear end it would smoke the tires and could run to around 120 in 2nd gear, that's when I checked it out further and found that standard surplus had sent him an R-1 short block so the car was worth keeping . It got body work and painted in 1993 and was taken to the international meet in Minnesota in 94 at that time it had a nice 65 black dash to go with the interior of a 64 Daytona in black with a bench seat, as of today it sits in my garage with black and white buckets, 4 speed, 373 TT rear end with rear sway bar and radius rods. Now this car has been one of my best like for a long time....take a look it says Studebaker on the front fenders and no chrome or stainless except the grille and bumpers, no hood ornament or trunk ornament.

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Jett289
05-18-2013, 09:44 PM
That is a cool and rare car ..
Just never see Standards at the Studebaker meets ..
Looks not to bad as well .

Jessie J.
05-19-2013, 09:51 PM
I like it! ...'cept them rims.