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SScopelli
06-12-2014, 09:24 AM
Welocome:

DAY 1:

Yesterday I picked up this 61 Lark Convertible from Tucson:

There was a car show coming up next week and I wanted to bring this Lucky find to it. A little TLC was all she needed to be the bell of the ball.

John said I was crazy for trying, but I had five great guys helping me with this build so it should be a snap.

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I brought it home and started to disassemble it:
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Since I was taking the body off the frame, I built in support to keep the body from warping while being worked on.

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Mark thoes special shims, pads and bolt placements:
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800 puonds of glory
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Body is up and frame is out
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Body is off to the media blast
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Frame is off to get the powdercoat..
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Good thing the sun does not go down in Phoenix until 8PM!

Now it is time to tear the engine down.

swvalcon
06-12-2014, 09:34 AM
Ok Chip Fooze. Man is that body ever clean compaired to Mn standards. I just bought two 62 hawk bodys from a guy in AZ. Az muscle cars. Ever hear or him? Hope their that nice. Keep posting pictures.

warrlaw1
06-12-2014, 09:59 AM
It took my good ol boy two years to get that far. Nice work.

Roscomacaw
06-12-2014, 10:39 AM
Wow! Way to go!

SScopelli
06-12-2014, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the compliments.

Here is the block. A nice replacement full flow block.

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And the heads.
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Off to the machine shop for +0.030 bore.

SweetSixtyn
06-12-2014, 11:35 AM
I love it!!! I'm going to stay up for the next five days straight and watch every post. Hmmm, maybe just check it out every day. I think my wife would like a five day build like this this for my daughters car rather the five YEARS I have planned.

StudeRich
06-12-2014, 11:48 AM
That is a great looking Car, and some amazingly Fast work, good job! :!:

I do have to wonder if that original 259 was a lot better engine though, it appears to have had a recent Valve Grind at least, if not more. The Replacement full flow looks to be in terrible shape.

SScopelli
06-13-2014, 06:28 PM
Sorry, I'm running a day behind on posting.

Got the body back from the media strip place.

That is raw metal, its not primed yet!
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Can you believe you can fit the whole body inside the car? He bloted the 1/4 panels on but they will fit in there as well..
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.Got it home and found some terrible rust issues.. Didn't know I got a rust bucket..
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Well, I guess its time for some major surgery!
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Bottom primed and seam sealed
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Bottom painted with tintable bed liner
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Since I had the welder out, I also welded up any 6cyl holes in the firewall and any other holes not needed for a V8 Automatic
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Firewall painted with single stage paint, as will the rockers, door jams and inside.
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On the Rotisserie it was easy to get inside the cowl vent area
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Using the same spray gun as the bed liner, POR15 was sprayed inside the rocker panels
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Rockers all painted
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Had to make lunch for the children, but after that, It was time for the inside floor.
Sanded and primed!
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Inside seams sealed as well
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Had the left over paint from the firewall this morning, so the inside firewall painted as well and the trunk hinges..
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While all that dries, Its time to work on the engine!

Roscomacaw
06-13-2014, 07:22 PM
Amazing! I'd feel good to have gotten the doors and fenders off in one day. Hope this is going to be an article in Hemmings!

SScopelli
06-13-2014, 07:28 PM
Block is ready for painting:

First get the guptal on the inside:
With the help from my younger son we got the block all painted;
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The engine will be built as an R1, but since it is 61, The block will be silver
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The pistons are 0.030 over. The wrist pins are over-sized to be a pinch fit in the rod. Both piston and rod had to be re-sized to achieve this
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All the pistons are in and torqued
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A little bit of valve and chamber work..With old valves next to the new valves
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Setting up the cam Gear and Thrust spacing.

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Pan all painted.. and installed with the timing cover are on.

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Head gaskets installed and the heads..
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I'll post more, but I Have to go and make diner..
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Dick Steinkamp
06-13-2014, 07:39 PM
Sebastian does beautiful work, but keep in mind it IS a "7 day (un) reality build off" ;)

Keep them coming Sebastian! :!:

2R2
06-13-2014, 09:01 PM
Seb, what can I say, other than amazing.... You are going to rebuild a whole car in less time then it takes me to do a tune up! You are really making me feel lazy...

jlmccuan
06-14-2014, 04:13 PM
Pretty fast to find out you need floor panels, order, receive them and then install them in one day.

stude1964
06-14-2014, 04:25 PM
SScopelli
Great work! I became dizzy just looking at the pics. Can I get first dibs on the door braces when you're done as I will need those and more when I get time to do my '64 conv.? Keep us posted with more pics.
Rob in PA.

Jerry Forrester
06-14-2014, 08:04 PM
Maybe he made his own floor patch panels. I know I do, with all the correct stiffening beads.

BTW Jim, do you have my valve covers that Kent Fedor placed in Jim Turner's booth at York?


Pretty fast to find out you need floor panels, order, receive them and then install them in one day.

SScopelli
06-14-2014, 08:27 PM
Pretty fast to find out you need floor panels, order, receive them and then install them in one day.

I know, It is amazing how special our Studebaker vendors are to have parts ready for the "Just In Time" work..

I started to figure, I'm putting an R1 in this car, I may as well make it a "1961 Full Package Super Lark"

Here is the lowly frame, with the production mark still viable. 3-L-6-A
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The miscellaneous suspension parts.
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Like Mr. Rogers I'm off to the to my local Studebaker Performance Shop (aka: The Magic Kingdom) for some traction bars.
Welded in place.. And off to get powder coating.

Since this was an original 6Cyl car, the Dana 27 was replaced with the Dana 44. Easy Swap Right?
Q: What could possibly go wrong?
A: ( Lets see some guesses)
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Fast forward to today as I pick up the frame and miscellaneous parts that were powder coated.
The big tube in the background is the SS Tubing for the brake lines and fuel lines
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I also picked up the rear axle from the local gear shop. They specialize in Jeep Rock Crawlers and did a great job dialing in the lash on the gears.
Yes, 3:31 gears with TwinTrac. Thanks to John.
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Lets get the bushings and the pivots in the A Frames!
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And On the frame!
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Center Pivot and test fit of PS Ram.
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Off to the rear side of the frame.
All metal parts were zinc plated. Not original but no ruty parts here for a long while.
New Bushings as well
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Cant forget the Bling!
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Traction Bars and Sway bars
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A few snags here and there and My boss called and asked when I was coming into work, so I'm worried I'm not going to get this to paint on time..
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SScopelli
06-15-2014, 07:14 AM
On to more of the Engine..

Roadrunner Converters rebuilt this V8 torque converter with a stall speed of 2200 RPM.. Lower right corner says Studebaker!
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Bell housing on and dialed in.. Rear pump to the transmission slid right in..
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looks good on the frame.. I'm thinking if it had Wings, It would fly..
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Some Tranny Work..
I was told that i have the last front shaft carrier bearing for the BW transmission.. Also the Planetary rear baring as well.
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Transmission in, with new SS Lines for the cooler.
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Fitting the 2-1/4" exhaust for a X-Frame Convertible is a bit puzzeling..
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Trying to get all that I can before the body goes back on..
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Its ready for the Body Drop..
As an UNINTENDED benifit of the Body cage I built, It makes it very nice to lower and adjust placement!
WOW! What luck!
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Some pictures from the bottom..
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As you can see the Daylight has gone away for the day.. Ordered Pizza..
Good night!

evilhawk
06-15-2014, 09:46 AM
Wow great work!! I love threads like this!

Deaf Mute
06-15-2014, 10:28 AM
WOW... What a project... my '53 coupe took several years & I don't know when I will get the pickup project running.
Keep the postings going & I am sure Ann Turner would love to get these photos and a story for TURNING WHEELS.

SweetSixtyn
06-15-2014, 11:31 AM
What brand truckliner spray did you use? This whole rebuild is a marvel of money, time, timing, enthusiasm, planning, friendship, skill, equipment and a wonderful goal!

SScopelli
06-15-2014, 02:48 PM
What brand truckliner spray did you use? This whole rebuild is a marvel of money, time, timing, enthusiasm, planning, friendship, skill, equipment and a wonderful goal!
Happy Father's Day!
Bummer, I'm forced to rest..
But here is the Bed Liner I used

It is there Finish 1 Tintable Bed Liner

http://www.sherwin-automotive.com/products-reference/paint-products-systems/finish-1/swaf-art-finish1bedliner.html

Hope you enjoy the posting.

SScopelli
06-16-2014, 11:25 AM
After a restful Father's Day and a 16oz Steak, time to get busy..

Here are a few "before" picture of the body panels after media blast.
The last photo is rust found on the rear of the right fender.
With all this rust to contend to, how will this get done.
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While that is being taken care of, its time to get the inside of the car with all the door jams and trunk..
Media blast does not get everywhere or clean enough to paint so touch-up is required.
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Most Trunk's on larks are really over looked. Since this is a complete color transformation, I added a few touches to it.
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I masked up around 2" from the bottom following the contour of the trunk floor
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I then hit it with 3 coats of the bed liner.
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Some more single stage paint and....
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I think that is a :woot:

I have to check on the Body panels..

jackb
06-16-2014, 01:27 PM
How about a dollar receipt trail ???

SweetSixtyn
06-16-2014, 05:03 PM
I don't think his local police or his insurance would appreciate advertising the build cost. At least not according to my wife who has ten years experience in insurance. I do know media blasting and powder priming alone on my wife's '51 Chevy Suburban was $1600. I expect the build cost on this car could far outweigh the restored value. What will keep the cost under control is the considerable skills of the owner-builder and the availability of friends to help. As long as the ratio of beer and food doesn't outweigh the build progress!

SScopelli
06-16-2014, 06:44 PM
How about a dollar receipt trail ???


I don't think his local police or his insurance would appreciate advertising the build cost. At least not according to my wife who has ten years experience in insurance. I do know media blasting and powder priming alone on my wife's '51 Chevy Suburban was $1600. I expect the build cost on this car could far outweigh the restored value. What will keep the cost under control is the considerable skills of the owner-builder and the availability of friends to help. As long as the ratio of beer and food doesn't outweigh the build progress!

I'll post some of the totals lastly. There are alternatives in cost when doing a project like this.
As you noted, using the help of ones skills, or friend, as opposed to a shop.

Even when using a shop there are big price differences in getting work done, so shop around.

One rule of thumb.. If the shop you take it to starts bragging they are the best in town, Run!

To the Body..

The holes for the trim have been welded up.
I'm going with the no trim look other that the belt molding and front and rear chrome.
I may get override by this decision, so the trim will be polished anyway.
All of the insides painted single stage.

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Under the Hood and trunk
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I had many parts Gold Zinc plated.. this is one part you should never have plated. It is a body J-nut. Its made out of a spring steal.
When you plate spring steal, it becomes brittle..
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To reattach the rear quarter panels I used this 3M product.
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According to the product sheet, it says working time is 15 min! When 3M says 15 min, its more like 12 min when in Phoenix on a cool afternoon (102F).

I had my son start a countdown timer on my cell phone for 7min 30Sec. and another for 7min 30sec.

The first time will tell me when I have to have all the sealer on the body. The second is my work time end time.

I wished I had my son taken video of it because it was like a choreographed dance move.
I actually practiced how to slide the lower part of the quarter panel in its slot and which bolts to screw in and what order.

If you look at the right side of this picture, there is the seal gap between the inside wheel tub and the car. In the picture it is covered in green and blue tape.

It is about a 1/2 inch wide track I have to fill enough to seal the inside to the out side of the car.
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Sorry for the lack of pictures during the assembly, as the limited dry time kept from actively taking photos..
Here it sits with Front fenders and rear quarter panels and remembrance of its old Flamingo Color..
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Time for children's piano lessons..

jlmccuan
06-16-2014, 10:22 PM
Maybe he made his own floor patch panels. I know I do, with all the correct stiffening beads.

BTW Jim, do you have my valve covers that Kent Fedor placed in Jim Turner's booth at York?

Yes, Jerry, I have them.

mmagic
06-17-2014, 07:44 AM
Wow to a straight clean vehicle to start with ... SW car !!!
Wow to neighbors and an HOA who let such a build happen [ bet that cost a Dr. Pepper or two] !!!
Wow to a home shop with tools I dream of !!!
Wow to a guy who obviously knows Studes, tools and how to use them !!!
Wow to the helpers and suppliers who came through with parts !!!
Wow to a great job and the photo's to back it up !!!

SScopelli
06-17-2014, 10:26 AM
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Wow to neighbors and an HOA who let such a build happen [ bet that cost a Dr. Pepper or two] !!!


Well let's just say the HOA and I have had words..Lucky in AZ, if the HOA is not gated, then many of the strict rules are not enforceable.
But as you said...
Wow, Neighbors that put up with your hobby..

To that here is a funny story.

A buddy of mine, Scott, stops by with his 70's Bronco, lifted, headers, pipes..
We were swapping out his power steering pump. Scott sees one of my neighbors walking over. Scott say, "UhOh, here comes a neighbor."
I reply, "he's probably is going to wonder how you got in line before him.."
Sure enough, Dave, my neighbor said, "I thought my truck was next.." :cool:
Then another neighbor came over, John.. not StudeJohn, and said basically the same thing, only about his BMW.
When the neighbors left, Scott stood there sort of speechless and said, "is this an episode of Twilight Zone or something..

Don't worry, Dave and john's vehicles are running just fine.

Rims painted..

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Hood and trunk on, Body being aligned, primed and blocked

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Tires on.. And she is off to paint
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Michidan
06-17-2014, 12:16 PM
Please tell me that this was a 3 year restoration, and you saved up all the pictures to roll out to us over 1 week.
I spent 13 years redoing one Studebaker - having huge feelings of inadequacy here....

SScopelli
06-17-2014, 04:29 PM
Took these picture from the Paint Shop after lunch..

They will start to do the final block out and then seal coat it. Wow these guys are awesome to work through the night to get it done..
For that Mad Max Look, i was thinking of just taking home like this...
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Short one. NOW I know what it feels like to watch paint dry..
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No resting..
The top mechanism needed some attention. As noted the bushings were worn as well as cracked up!
Disassembled while numbering the bushings and taking pictures..
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Some pivots were bolted in, others Riveted and had to be ground off to remove..
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Since SI does not have the nylon bushings or the Rivets, I had them custom made, The shoulder rivets are now shoulder bolts.
The nylon bushings are now Duralon, which is a carbon fiber impregnated plastic..
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Top Assembled..
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SScopelli
06-18-2014, 04:41 PM
Wow, what is worse that watching paint dry? Getting root canal!

The shope sent me some pictures of the sealer and them painting the car.
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Buffing it out..
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And Back Home..
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Getting the top, windows and parts on it
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Getting rid of the split bench for the Bucket seats..
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Now I just need to get the Interior Done!
Hope I do not get some crazy woman with a Katana..
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dean pearson
06-18-2014, 09:36 PM
Ok Now Come Do Mine!!!

That IS Simply Amazing!

Dean.

mmagic
06-19-2014, 07:50 AM
Kudos for a great build. If anyone believes this was accomplished without a lot of planning and a pretty good idea of what was needed before the "Car was brought home", I have this bridge.... This goes to the point that before executing every project it needs to be built on paper first.

If you don't know where you are going, you're not likely to get there. Whether 7 days, 7 months or 7 years this is a well executed project.

SScopelli
06-19-2014, 12:04 PM
Ok Now Come Do Mine!!!

That IS Simply Amazing!

Dean.


Kudos for a great build. If anyone believes this was accomplished without a lot of planning and a pretty good idea of what was needed before the "Car was brought home", I have this bridge.... This goes to the point that before executing every project it needs to be built on paper first.

If you don't know where you are going, you're not likely to get there. Whether 7 days, 7 months or 7 years this is a well executed project.

Thanks guys again for the compliments and the reality checks. They make it look real easy on TV and that is a crime in itself..
Undertaking a RestoMod car to this extent made me realize a couple of things:
1) That car may look like a lot of big pieces, but in reality, they are a million little pieces, and the big parts are easy..;)
2) Inventory the car you have and don't start working on it until you have all of the pieces in your hand.:o

My last post I mentioned Root Canal.. I wasn't joking.. I was not able to post the second half of Day 6!
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From the Interior Shop, The "Top Goes On"
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Console and Carpet
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Door and Side Panels..
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We are down to the wire ( what ever that means) on getting this done and the Show is tomorrow!
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mmagic
06-19-2014, 12:57 PM
Undertaking a RestoMod car to this extent made me realize a couple of things:
1) That car may look like a lot of big pieces, but in reality, they are a million little pieces, and the big parts are easy..;)
2) Inventory the car you have and don't start working on it until you have all of the pieces in your hand.:o


There is one large advantage in doing the project in a short time frame. .... You might actually remember where that funny little part goes and which side goes against what. The disadvantage is you might not have unidentified parts left over to sell on e-bay.

studegary
06-19-2014, 01:34 PM
I can see that the car will not be all stock, but are you going with that 1962 grille on this 1961?

SScopelli
06-19-2014, 01:58 PM
I can see that the car will not be all stock, but are you going with that 1962 grille on this 1961?

Great Eye..
Yes a 62 Grill on a 61. I can smell the kerosene torches as they are being lit..:eek:

My description of the car is RestoMod , but the caveat is, it will be "All Studebaker!"

The body is a 61 6cy 3-speed auto. In removing the side trim, the front just did not fit. So I went with the 62 nose and grill. I did however, keep the 61 headlight frames and clear lenses with amber bulbs. "Sweet."
The Engine is a 63 R1+
Trans is 63 HD with cooler lines
Suspension upgrade, Traction bars, Sway bars, Dana 44 TT 3:31, all 63
Interior: Dash, has the 62 Daytona trim and wood grain.. My version.. Door moldings shaped and wood grained to match dash. The style of the lines in the material is 64/63

So please bear with me to see the end result.
And I assure you,
No Chevy's were harmed while making this 61 Super Lark!:yeahright:

A look at the back seat:
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300032_zps510e48f5.jpg

studegary
06-19-2014, 02:08 PM
I was just curious. I didn't say that I didn't like it - I do like the car and what you are doing to it. My last three Studebakers were resto-mods. I like completely stock and well done customs/modifieds (the in between - not so much).

Doug M
06-19-2014, 03:51 PM
I LOVE the interior

SScopelli
06-19-2014, 10:42 PM
I was just curious. I didn't say that I didn't like it - I do like the car and what you are doing to it. My last three Studebakers were resto-mods. I like completely stock and well done customs/modifieds (the in between - not so much).


I LOVE the interior

StudeGary, I apologize if it sounded like you were lighting the torches, it was a general comment..

Some more enjoyment.. I will get a Video of it driving and on the road shots..


From the Shop..
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300031_zpsba374282.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300033_zps5951618d.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300029_zps50aa5c25.jpg
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http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300049_zps2a815f96.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300048_zps20a4d73d.jpg

Getting her home..
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300059_zps7b3d6ab6.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300060_zpsb1dbc86f.jpg
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http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300076_zps9699eb72.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300078_zpsf0e84de0.jpg
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http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/100%20Missc/10070310023_zps8717902a.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/100%20Missc/10070310027_zps2a6ede6f.jpg
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Hope you enjoyed it.
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Warren Webb
06-20-2014, 02:12 AM
The wood on the dash & the side trim look superb! I personally like the contrasting color of the piping on the seats. The carpet looks very rich like what you would find on a Rolls, so elegant.

SweetSixtyn
06-20-2014, 10:29 AM
Hope you enjoyed it.

What!?! You can't be done. Barely a second page! How about you start over and fill us in on all the little things. Maybe a blooper reel? How about a big burnout - uh, maybe not. I'll refer to this thread forever while building my daughters car. Thank you so much for bringing it to us. And so fast, I think I need a cigarette!

sweetolbob
06-20-2014, 11:14 AM
Some more enjoyment.. I will get a Video of it driving and on the road shots..
Hope you enjoyed it.
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Absolutely, When can we do it again HUH!! HUH!!

All kidding aside, loved the posts and build. A really nice car with a ton of well done pictures. Thanks, Bob

Lanny Bertram
06-20-2014, 12:43 PM
Stunning! Just Beautiful! And a Masterpiece of planning and execution!

SScopelli
06-20-2014, 01:38 PM
The wood on the dash & the side trim look superb! I personally like the contrasting color of the piping on the seats. The carpet looks very rich like what you would find on a Rolls, so elegant.

A little about the Interior.

The interior is all LEATHER, including the side panels! As I noted before, we looked at many Studebaker interiors and picked out the things that looked right and went together

As for the carpet, the material is from Mercedes. Since there are panels under the carpet for the Transmission band adjust and the transmission access panel, the carpert can be removed in panels as well. I like the sectioning of it so it can lay real flat

The Wood graining is the water transfer type. I had started to use the Ink transfer type but this just came out better looking.
Notice the slight difference in tone of the instrument insert and glove box. The window pillars and the bottom of the arm rest are wood grained as well

This is Frank of Ceballos Customs. I gave his a general Idea and he ran with it. Cool part is, he likes cars, so it is not just a paycheck to him.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300050_zps83309a23.jpg


What!?! You can't be done. Barely a second page! How about you start over and fill us in on all the little things. Maybe a blooper reel? How about a big burnout - uh, maybe not. I'll refer to this thread forever while building my daughters car. Thank you so much for bringing it to us. And so fast, I think I need a cigarette!
Yeah, that was quick.
If you want to see the entire madness.. here is a link
http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/R2Whistler/library/R1%20Lark


Absolutely, When can we do it again HUH!! HUH!!

All kidding aside, loved the posts and build. A really nice car with a ton of well done pictures. Thanks, Bob

Thanks Bob. A little touch up on the car and it is off to my sister. Once this is done and I catch my wind, on to the next.
As for the next car. There was another post stated by Bob Palma, "The Whistler" I have contributed to. I will be working with StudeJohn on it and a 63 Daytona that will be My son's car


Stunning! Just Beautiful! And a Masterpiece of planning and execution!
Thanks.

This is her at her first SDC Meet.

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57hawk
06-20-2014, 02:44 PM
Great job on the car AND the posts. Wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it...... just Awesome.....

Dick Steinkamp
06-20-2014, 06:35 PM
Once this is done and I catch my wind, on to the next.


I do the same. I'd be bored to death if I could only do and own one car...

http://recklesshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/boredbaby.jpg

I've recently heard a term for the serial ownership of all the cars you've ever lusted after. "Catch and release" Works for fish AND cars. :) My new motto.

Beautiful car and nicely documented. :!!:

BobPalma
06-20-2014, 07:58 PM
:!: Gorgeous, Seb; words and photos aren't enough. Cool beans.

:cool: Are you going to spill the beans about your expected exposure or ???? ;);) BP

52 Ragtop
06-20-2014, 08:11 PM
NICE JOB!, I'll be sending you my 64 Daytona convertible right after I get beck from Dover! I will however, not expect it back for a couple of months! <G>

Jim

Deaf Mute
06-20-2014, 08:13 PM
Is she going to be in Dover???? I sure hope so!

SweetSixtyn
06-20-2014, 10:13 PM
I really like factory body side trim. I was wondering if the car would like right without it. WoW! It looks really cool. Kinda streamlined. I like it. Now the fact that the car is yellow adds 1000 points to it. I am known around here for LOOOOOVING yellow. Not that my house, garage, motorcycle, race bike, horse trailer, race trailer and a few past projects are all yellow; 1971 Chevy Vega Wagon, 1954 Chevy 100 4-dr Sedan, 1954 GMC Pickup, 2005 GMC Yukon, 2007 Chevy Tahoe.

JoeHall
06-20-2014, 10:38 PM
I see at least 1500 labor hours there, though a lot of it was outsourced.

SScopelli
06-21-2014, 12:24 AM
Thank you all for your support and comments..

She will be a head turner at shows to come, that is for sure.
I've recently brought her to a local gathering and the most popular comment was..
"Thank God, not another &*#! Chevy!"
What was also cool was the "Kids" with their tuners came by to drool on it as well.

As for Dover, unfortunately I will not be able to make it


:!: Gorgeous, Seb; words and photos aren't enough. Cool beans.

:cool: Are you going to spill the beans about your expected exposure or ???? ;);) BP


Nice choice of words Bob, "exposure!" ?;):cool:

Yeah, I'm just opening the can now..

It might be worthy of its own thread, don't you think?

studefan
06-21-2014, 07:39 AM
That's a stunning car. Great job. Also, this was one of the most enjoyable threads ever. That's for sharing.

JoeHall
06-21-2014, 07:57 AM
That is a beautiful car, but are you serious in saying it was completed in a week ? If there is a minimum of 1500 labor hours in the pix, and you had five guys helping you, and all six of you worked 24 hours per day, for 7 days straight, you would collectively have worked 1008 hours.

More realistically, 6 people working 8-10 hours per day would have completed 1500 hours in 25-30 days. That is assuming all parts needed were instantly on hand, nothing went wrong, and all taskings were properly sequenced, went in perfect harmony, and nobody had to wait on anybody else for anything.

Like I said, the final product is a beautiful car, but do you seriously expect anyone to believe you did it in a week?

Dick Steinkamp
06-21-2014, 08:40 AM
Joe,
Check the title of the thread. Notice the (UN)Reality?

It was a great way to take us through the build of a beautiful Studebaker. :!:

SScopelli
06-21-2014, 10:24 AM
That is a beautiful car, but are you serious in saying it was completed in a week ? If there is a minimum of 1500 labor hours in the pix, and you had five guys helping you, and all six of you worked 24 hours per day, for 7 days straight, you would collectively have worked 1008 hours.

More realistically, 6 people working 8-10 hours per day would have completed 1500 hours in 25-30 days. That is assuming all parts needed were instantly on hand, nothing went wrong, and all taskings were properly sequenced, went in perfect harmony, and nobody had to wait on anybody else for anything.

Like I said, the final product is a beautiful car, but do you seriously expect anyone to believe you did it in a week?

Absolutely.. Not!

Paint took 3 weeks
The interior 6 weeks.

As Dick said.. (Un)Reality.. The TV shows that portray a car going into paint and out 2 days later is absurd!

I do project estimation and a single man year is 2,080 hrs. I would estimate that there is around 8,000 hrs in to doing a car to this magnitude.
Reality is, it was a nut and bolt restoration. Every bolt was marked where it came from, cleaned, tumbled in abrasive, and gold zinc plated.

Finding all the parts to put an R1 engine together took a while as well.
I had to construct my own R1 pan which took around 12 hrs to do.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005250023_zpsdcd5e2f3.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005250028_zps1096e32e.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005250029_zpse4090006.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005250031_zpsec2a2fc6.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005250073_zps1e6fb4ce.jpg
You can brows the complete engine build here..
http://s1286.photobucket.com/user/R2Whistler/library/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine

JoeHall
06-21-2014, 10:44 AM
Duh, I missed that part of the title, but got it now thanks to your and Dick's patient explanations. Again, it is a beautiful car :)

SScopelli
06-21-2014, 10:49 AM
:!: Gorgeous, Seb; words and photos aren't enough. Cool beans.

:cool: Are you going to spill the beans about your expected exposure or ???? ;);) BP

Ok.. I'll spill now..

Today I did a photo shoot with Hemming's Muscle Machine..

We are working the article and I can't say much more than that right now..

But! It does involves a know Studebaker enthusiast who kept a lot of document and was sort of an inspiration to doing this car as a "61 Package Car.";)


http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/100%20Missc/DSCF4961_zps17ea5fe3.jpg

Recap
R1 engine:
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005250087_zps3afd710d.jpg
HD 3 speed trans and Hig stall speed torque converter
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/11a%20Frame/1005350018_zps425615a9.jpg
Traction Bars (Lark)
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/11%20Frame/1005300037_zps55ac6845.jpg
TwinTrac 3:31 gears
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/11%20Frame/1005300014_zps114bcf9e.jpg
Disc Brakes
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/03%20Brake/DSCF4080_zps65f1ae6b.jpg
Bucket seats
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/10070300071_zps9fff201f.jpg
160 mph Speedometer
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/06%20Interior/Speedo010007_zpsb50aecc1.jpg

Feature care in Muscle Machines Nov 2014
https://assets.hemmings.com/uimage/29697532-170-0@2x.jpg

Link to the Nov 2014 article:
https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/mus/2014/11/VIII-Ain-t-Enough---1961-Studebaker-Lark-VIII/3743981.html

Cover May 2017 Hemming Motor News.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/579/32984243713_de91930347_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/SfGSv8)

BobPalma
06-21-2014, 10:59 AM
:D Not that I have anything but a modest financial interest in the success of Hemmings publications ;), you understand, but I'll say this:

Any forum members who do not subscribe to Hemmings Classic Car AND Hemmings Muscle Machines are going to miss out on some up-coming, dy-no-mite Studebaker feature restoration articles (Matthew Wendt's 1964 Super Hawk) and resto-mod (Seb's clone 1961 "R1 Package" Lark) build articles this fall. :woot: :!:
Forewarned is forearmed: Get your subscriptions in now and you'll not miss a thing. :!: BP

dtracy
06-21-2014, 12:11 PM
Wow! Nicely done. I wouldn't have used the white in the seats but that's just me, and I understand convertible/Phoenix in the summer. My sister and my daughter live in Phoenix, I do not but summer visits are shocking to the system. Anyway, beautifull job, share the total cost if you can, it would be interesting to see.

Thanks and again, nice work.
Dave.

SweetSixtyn
06-21-2014, 04:45 PM
I don't want to know how much it cost. I want to stay in my fantasy world that I can build a car just as nice for eight grand.
:yeahright::ohmy::D:eek::woot::lol::!!:

Corvanti
06-21-2014, 06:39 PM
This has been the most inspirational "car" thread i've ever seen!:!!:

with the piddly (in comparison) repairs needed on my '51, you have given me the motivation to get back on her asap, despite "life events" getting in the way...

thank you!!! :)

mmagic
06-21-2014, 09:30 PM
You've totally shattered any imagination that my now 12 month Speedster project is anything more than a driver. This leaves me somewhere between inspired to get mine finished and demoralized because the quality of your work is so over the top. Again, kudos and thanks for the post.

hausdok
06-21-2014, 09:35 PM
Gold zinc plated?

I'd thought they were cadmium plated. Which brings up a question I've asked before but never got any clear answer to; has anyone developed a Stude restoration guide or chart that says which bolts and other components are plated/painted with what and where? Looking at these various restoration albums I seem to see a lot of variety. For instance I've seen full restorations where the hydrovac is cadmium plated, flat black, gloss black and a combination of the cast parts all blasted clean and clear coated and the rest painted semi-gloss black.

Though I like seeing what looks good, I'd prefer to stay with what's correct but figuring out what's "correct" has been a chore sometimes. With a car that's nearly 60 years old it's hard in some cases to make out what those very rusted bolts originally were supposed to be.

packardHawk58
06-22-2014, 02:37 AM
Beautiful job Seb, tastefully done, did you paint the car close to Jonquil Yellow or did you select another colour? The interior looks very effective in that colour combination and the wood grain looks great on the dash and door panels. The car could almost pass for a factory colour combination.
Hey Bob, is Matt Wendt's Super Hawk an R1 or R2, just curious? I will receive the article since I subscribe to both editions.

Brian

BobPalma
06-22-2014, 06:56 AM
Hey Bob, is Matt Wendt's Super Hawk an R1 or R2, just curious? I will receive the article since I subscribe to both editions. Brian

Good question, Brian.

I'm fairly certain it is an R2, but cannot confirm it right now. :) BP

SScopelli
06-22-2014, 03:16 PM
Gold zinc plated?

I'd thought they were cadmium plated... Which brings up a question I've asked before but never got any clear answer to; has anyone developed a Stude restoration guide or chart that says which bolts and other components are plated/painted with what and where? ...

The Gold Zinc was a choice.. I wanted the car to have a modern look, as if it were a 2014 model, as most new cars parts are gold zinc. And gold Zinc holds up better than clear.

But look at the E-Brak pivot.. I see hints of gold zinc plating.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/11%20Frame/1005040039_zpsbf6563c5.jpg

So..
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/11%20Frame/1005300050_zps0d7990d0.jpg

And that gold zinc against the black frame.
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/11%20Frame/1005300076_zps783ffe90.jpg


Beautiful job Seb, tastefully done, did you paint the car close to Jonquil Yellow or did you select another colour? The interior looks very effective in that colour combination and the wood grain looks great on the dash and door panels. The car could almost pass for a factory colour combination.
Hey Bob, is Matt Wendt's Super Hawk an R1 or R2, just curious? I will receive the article since I subscribe to both editions.

Brian
Thanks..
I see you are a Lark man yourself..:cool:

Yes that is Jonquil as close as I could get it.

I'm glad that as a general comment from folks is that it looks factory. The story line on the car will include that concept of a "Phantom" car idea.

Funny story.. My sister said she would never drive it "Flamingo" and she wanted yellow..

I panted 15, 5X7 pieces of metal different yellows. Ferrari, Lambo, Mini, Corvette Velocity Yellow, Mustang Yellow, GTO Judge Yellow, Jonquil, etc.. And sent them to her
She picked the Jonquil without ever knowing that it was a Studebaker color.
Go figure that..

Just to let you know, there were weeks that went buy just in choosing the color and pattern and layout of the interior with the intent of looking like a Studebaker and not a Mustang, Vette or Bentley. Rod'rs are choosing that Bentley look which looks hideous in a 36 Chevy coupe.:p

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53Baker
10-19-2014, 09:05 PM
Block is ready for painting:

First get the guptal on the inside:
With the help from my younger son we got the block all painted;
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The engine will be built as an R1, but since it is 61, The block will be silver
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005210001_zps03dd122d.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005210003_zpsef6ad4a4.jpg
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The pistons are 0.030 over. The wrist pins are over-sized to be a pinch fit in the rod. Both piston and rod had to be re-sized to achieve this
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All the pistons are in and torqued
http://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005220005_zps2a75067e.jpghttp://i1286.photobucket.com/albums/a609/R2Whistler/R1%20Lark/02a%20Engine/1005220007_zps6efe4203.jpg
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A little bit of valve and chamber work..With old valves next to the new valves
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Setting up the cam Gear and Thrust spacing.

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Pan all painted.. and installed with the timing cover are on.

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Head gaskets installed and the heads..
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I'll post more, but I Have to go and make diner..
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Beautiful work ! I'm currently putting my 289 back together and I don't like the Fel Pro metal head gaskets nor the stock harmonic balancer, I noticed yours and I was wondering who are they made by and where can I get them. Thanks for your time, Don Davis

bezhawk
10-19-2014, 09:33 PM
The cam thrust plate is supposed to have the grooves facing the gear.

swvalcon
10-20-2014, 12:52 PM
I disagree that a car can go though paint complete in two or three days. It can be done but not in the normal shop time. You have to have a guy on each panel and then work 10-12 hr days and when one guy goes home the next one takes over. It still comes down to man hours worked and everything is heat baked to cut dry time which can lead to problems but it is do able. In a around the clock type system. Not the way I would want my car done.