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    Barn find, 63 Lark Dayton, 4-speed, 4bbl, bucket seats

    I bought this car, it was stored for 28 years, one family owned vehicle. 63 Lark, Daytona, 4 speed, 4bbl, bucket seats. I had to redo all the upholstery, I have done nothing to the exterior body. The engine was rebuilt and the car painted before it was stored. The owner only ran the engine about an hour after it was rebuilt. I have not even waxed this car, I only washed the out side. Yes I had to do a lot of little things to it, but other then the upholstery nothing major.
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    Congratulations, great find. Nice job on the interior.
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    Nice! Enjoy!
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    I'm jealous, I love your car!

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    Nice car; nice combination. Congratulations. Enjoy! BP
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    That is an excellent and desirable car with only a few non-stock items.
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    Lovely automobile. Is the air cleaner correct for a 4 barrel? I'm envious of such a great find. Drive it and enjoy trying to keep the grin off your face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    That is an excellent and desirable car with only a few non-stock items.
    I'm curious, even though it is not my car. What are the non-stock items?


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    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    I'm curious, even though it is not my car. What are the non-stock items?
    Compared to mine I would guess wheel trims???
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    I only spot wheel covers, and interior door and quarter panel upholstery.

    Beautiful car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 52-fan View Post
    I'm curious, even though it is not my car. What are the non-stock items?
    I do not want to pick this nice car apart, so I will name a few items that come to mind; color, wheelcovers, body number plate, battery, master cylinder, "something" at the end of the heater hose, door and side panel "cards", exterior mirrors (placement), dual exhaust (?).
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    Dual exhaust looks OK, Gary. Not only was it available separately, but the car appears to have a 4-bbl carburetor as well; all kosher. BP
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    Very close to the car i grew up with - nice, I would have to say I am jealous.

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    Thanks for all the input, I enjoyed reading everyone of them. I have the original master cylinder and Alternator. The owner said the hub caps and air-cleaner are original and that the car did come with dual exhaust. I took the body number plate off and painted it. It is the original one that belongs on the car. The side exterior mirrors were an option that year but I do not believe they are located in the correct place and I believe there should be only one on the drivers' side. (I have the original hand book that came with the car that shows all the options that was available that year and it shows that exact side mirror as one of the options.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by studegary View Post
    I do not want to pick this nice car apart, so I will name a few items that come to mind; color, wheelcovers, body number plate, battery, master cylinder, "something" at the end of the heater hose, door and side panel "cards", exterior mirrors (placement), dual exhaust (?).
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    1963 Lark wheelcovers were this pressing/shape, but a large portion of them was painted (unless perhaps this was not initially a USA car).
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    It's a fantastic car, nit-pickers notwithstanding. They're jealous.

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