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    Lumpy's Lark build

    Not quite sure if this is the right place... but figured I would do a build thread.
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    Is what I hauled home, my wife said I can't shop on Craig's List when drinking beer anymore.
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    The 327 I had from my race car years ago.
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    Hedman headers I modified to fit.
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    Part 2 from original post
    These are shots from the home made traction bars and the fender well headers.
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    Part 3
    Narrowed 9" posi and shots of the wheel vintiques 15 x 8 wheels and faux Stud hub caps. That's all for now, it is the end of my break.
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    Looks like top notch work.

    Like the color.

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    interesting i have the same thing in mind for the headers. what is th e original application for the headers? 55 57 chevy

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    The headers are hedman hustler fenderwell units meant for chevy s10 with v8 swap

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    Cool...me like! A few years back there was a guy producing Cal-Trac style bars for Studebakers until Cal-Trac contacted him and told him he had to stop production. Somewhere on this forum there is a thread on the topic. Anyways, your bars look sweet. What trans will you be using, and how high-strung is the sbc? intake, rocker stud girdle and deep pan indicate some hp indeed. cheers, junior

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    Part 4
    Here are some shots of the cold air intake system and the header collectors, I had to turn the collectors inward in front of the bat wing and then route the exhaust through the factory cut outs in the bat wing for ground clearance. Exhaust was all done with 3" tubing, man it was a tight fit!

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    Part 5
    Here is some engine stuff. The engine is a 68 Chevy LG journal 327. Has forged crank, forged 11.1 pistons Edelbrock heads I am running the Chevy off road #1 mechanical cam the same one that was dealer installed in the 69 Z28's. You can see I was able to fit the scatter shield without cutting the bat wing because I mounted the engine at 3 degrees instead of the broke back angle. This required modifications to the drive shaft tunnel but I think it worked out much better this way.

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    Part 6
    Here are some shots of the front end with the springs that were in the car when I got it. It sat way too high After some bone yard scrounging I came up with some 90 GM B body rear springs that worked perfectly. The picture of the front facia that I attempted to match the patina as the previous owner had sanded all the paint off of it The last picture is the fuel tank. Which I had to search high and low for as the original was wasted. You will see I added a fuel sump to the back and the fuel lines are all 1/2" with a Holly pump. That is it for now it is the end of my break!

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    Hey Junior the engine is actually detuned a little from its racing days, it used to have a Sig Erson sb990 cam and iron sportsman heads . It now has ported edelbrock performer heads milled down to 68cc , for 10.8 to 1 ratio. cam is chevy 7140 mechanical grind and i'm running a holley 800 dbl pumper. trans is a rebuilt m20 muncie wide ratio. Very happy with performance so far

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    Part 7
    Here are some interior shots showing gauge setup floor modifications to the drive shaft tunnel and the reupholstered seat and shifter location.
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    Part 8
    Here is a finished engine shot and some pictures of the Jeep CJ radiator that fit like a glove. Last shot is the rebuilt M20 Muncie.

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    Part 9
    The first shot is the inspiration for the build. From a 1960 hot rod article where a guy took a new Lark and stuffed a Hemi in it.
    I saw this as a young boy and stuck with me ever since. Her are some finished shots of the car with the all important grill emblem.
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    Love sleepers! Nice job!
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    Nice work indeed Colin. A true sleeper she is. This is a little similar to my '70 Avanti project car (basically same frame). I also used a Lakewood scatter-shield, McLeod HD 11" clutch and a Doug Nash 5 Speed. I used a complete Lark suspended pedal assembly and it fit so sweetly that I even used the factory transmission mounting holes!
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    I'm lovin it...if I were to build a Lark it would be something very close to what you have created. What's not to like here?...tons of patina, cool old-skool SW instruments, honest-to-God chevy orange sbc backed by a stick, fenderwell headers, steelies and dog-dishes, bench seat...yum yum! Only problem is that its not in my garage. cheers, junior

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    In post #9...is that a Bantam in the background...what's the story on it? cheers, junior

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    I'm totally with Junior #17 on this!
    The only thing I would do different is the headers as I'm doing on Josephine now, cut-outs & the pipes ending behind the front wheels, like on this Dodge:
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    Quote Originally Posted by junior View Post
    In post #9...is that a Bantam in the background...what's the story on it? cheers, junior
    Hey Junior , The Bantam belongs to the owner of the restoration shop where I work on the weekends.Its kind of a filler between other projects. If it were mine it would have A LOT more power, think it has about 25hp now

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    [QUOTE=Noxnabaker;1084804]I'm totally with Junior on this!
    The only thing I would do different is the headers as I'm doing on Josephine now, cut-outs & the pipes ending behind the front wheels, like on this Dodge: Yes I considered that idea..If you look closely at the black Lark in my earlier post you will see cut outs behind the front tire
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    Yep, I also know that pic from the past & there was a discusion about it in the roadside side.
    There's a lid behind the front one too...


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    Colin,

    I haven't looked at the Stude forum for a while - great to see your progress!

    For the other members of the forum, I acquired the original 170cu 6 with 3 speed from Colin's '59 Lark.

    My intention was to put everything into a late 20's Studebaker hot rod. All I had when I picked up the pieces from Colin was a '29 President frame, front fenders and a custom Jaguar from end. Since then, I've picked up a '24 Light Six touring car front half, a '27 radiator and shell, and '29 President headlights and rear fenders. I intend to use all sorts of various Studebaker parts I've acquired through the years, include speed parts like an Edelbrock intake, split exhaust manifolds and a finned aluminum head I had from an earlier aborted project. I've already installed some '63 Lark gauges in the dash.

    I will post more in the future under its own separate entry, but here's the progress so far:
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    Nice Scott! Can't wait to see more pics , Glad the old Lark drivetrain didn't go to waste

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    I remember the hot rod mag about the hemi into Lark seem to remember picture from bottom of car and stating it was all bolted in picture of many bolts . Thought I had the mag but can"t find it. Glad you are using the 327 was and is a great period correct performance engine even though I'm not a big Chevy man unless it a 348-409 loved the look of valve covers. Guess that makes me a late 50s and 60s guy at heart

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    Part 9
    The first shot is the inspiration for the build. From a 1960 hot rod article where a guy took a new Lark and stuffed a Hemi in it.
    I saw this as a young boy and stuck with me ever since. Her are some finished shots of the car with the all important grill emblem.
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    Oh, such a great build. Wonderful stance I have learned my lesson with fancy paint. While I love it, I'm too nervous about paint chips & scratches.
    You can just floor it & go. '59 '60 Larks were plentiful (for Studebaker) so it is nice to see them being modified & saved today.

    I restored my 1976 car purchase from High School. Always kept it. 1960 Lark VI now R2 style 289 with power shift. Avanti chassis enhancements.
    I also had fun coming up with my vanity plate. FASTUDE. I like your half baked plate selection too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stude-Preferred View Post
    Oh, such a great build. Wonderful stance I have learned my lesson with fancy paint. While I love it, I'm too nervous about paint chips & scratches.
    You can just floor it & go. '59 '60 Larks were plentiful (for Studebaker) so it is nice to see them being modified & saved today.
    I totally agree with that idea. With Studebakers, the '59-'61 Larks are second only to the Scotsman series when it comes to the possible scope of customization. If I were to find a suitable project car, I would be sorely tempted to get creative with the design. Of course, it goes without saying that I would never chop up a clean survivor.
    Jake Kaywell: Shoo-wops and doo-wops galore to the background of some fine Studes. I'm eager and ready to go!

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    Thanks Guys Any progress with your rat rod build Stude Preferred?

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    I don't know about progress , I think I'm loosing my mind. But I have gained a little on mine

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