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    1oldtimer, 1960 Lark Regal 4dr Wagon

    I just bought my first Studebaker, it's a 1960 Lark Regal 4dr wagon with what looks like to be it's second paint job. Interior looks like it might be original and in very good condition, somewhere along the line somebody put in shoulder harness seat belts . The front sheetmetal was replaced at one time with Deluxe trim, but that can go back. It's a 259, Flight o matic, power steering car with a 3.07 rear diff. Runs good, drives good just needs a little work. I bought it off Ebay and picked it up in Arizona.


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    Dan, congrats on your first Studebaker!!

    Now, we need pictures. We realty like pictures here.
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    I'm parting out a '60 Lark wagon, if I can help with parts call me. 310-645-3438 at LAX.

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    I was reading the rules and didn't want to get to picture heavy.

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    Great looking car. I don't understand the () sad face about the shoulder harness belts. Years ago, our club made a rule that no judging points are to be deducted from anything added to our cars for safety.

    The only downside to adding belts, in most states, if they are there, you can get a ticket for NOT using them.

    Enjoy your wagon, it should be fun hauling groceries, attending car events, or a Sunday drive!
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    Oh yeah, really nice car Dan! Where was it shipped to originally? Should be on your production order.
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    Dan, looks like You found a nice solid "well intact" Lark Wagon. good chance it spent all or most of it's life out West
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    It was shipped to Reno NV originally. wound up in Northern Cal where the person I got it from bought it and he took it to Arizona. The Sad face is that I don't like the look of the shoulder belts and they had to cut holes in the interior to do it. The car is mainly for the Girlfriend but some parts hauling might be in it's future. Had to borrow my moms truck to pick it up in, I still haven't finished the trailer hitch on my panel truck.......I guess it's a good thing as the panel has no A/C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1oldtimer View Post
    The Sad face is that I don't like the look of the shoulder belts and they had to cut holes in the interior to do it.
    Sometimes you have to make small concessions for the sake of safety. In the pictures, the shoulder harnesses don't seem to jump out at you - they look pretty unobtrusive.
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    'Nice wagon; congratulations and welcome to the SDC Wagon World. BP
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    I will, I do need a few parts.

    Thanks Doug.

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    Welcome 1oldtimer and congrats on a really nice original car. You can even boast that it has the BP battery hold down! Stick around and you'll see what I mean.
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    Thats a well optioned wagon! Although no mention of the headrests on the production sheet so they may well have been fitted by the dealer which would not have been unusual. An attractive vehicle in well preserved condition, have fun!

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    Where do you find the option numbers with descriptions?.

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    What is the narrow and long Black gadget someone added on the Firewall over the Voltage Regulator?

    UPDATE: OK, I zoomed it in more, now I can tell it's a Studebaker Accessory Windshield Washer Bag Bracket.
    It also has some W/S Washer Parts there, but not the S/P Fluid Bag, Cap and Hose Fittings.

    The P.O. says "Electric Winds." so it came from the Factory with the "Deluxe" washer that starts the Wipers for you when you press the Manual bellows squirter under the Pedal.

    An EXTREMLY Well Equipped Wagon!
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    It does have squirters on the cowl, then what's that bracket next to the battery. Also I've replace the control arm bushings, rear leaf bushings, putting the Turner front disc and dual master kits on and also swappping the rear to an 8" (keeping the Dana 44 just in case). For a daily driver it's too hard and $$$ to get drums and other brake parts. The front panel has undercoating on it that matches the fenders, so I doubt the front panel has been replaced. The headlight rings didn't have the factory white under the repaint white like the rest of the car, so I'm thinking that the chrome headlight rings were removed at the second paintjob and so was the chrome around the grille (rusted or not liked?). I found some chrome rings and put them on, looks better, now to find the chrome trim around the grille and a rear bumper/panel under rear bumper.Attachment 47634Attachment 57091Attachment 57092engine-1.jpg
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    Note this in Post # 16:

    "I zoomed it in more, now I can tell it's a Studebaker Accessory Windshield Washer Bag Bracket."

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    So the bracket over the voltage regulator is the wiper washer fluid bag?, the bracket next to the battery looks like a washer bottle holder also. The u joints both had the straps on them (and no zerk fittings), so maybe the 83k on the odometer is the real miles.
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    Your bracket next to the battery appears to be for an aftermarket coolant recovery jar.
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    I certainly appreciate your choice in wagons! We lucked into ours 3 years ago after starting to look for a 60s sedan. Since my wife and I both learned to drive in a 60 Lark VI sedan, it was kismet this car came up while we were shopping around.

    I have to warn you though, I was glad we got a wagon as I expected to be using mine as a nearly daily driver and wanted to use the wagon part, but now, I use it too much so I'm in the process of getting a '53 truck resurrected so I use THAT for hauling things instead. You have been forewarned about the start of a collection you didn't realize would happen.

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    New ones, still waiting to finish the hubcaps. I wonder if the bracket next to the battery is for the washer fill glass bottle. BTW I found the correct '60 horn button.
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    Nice wagon! I have a '61 four door regal wagon, but it has dual headlights. Maybe '60-'61 was a transition year for that?
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    The 61 Lark was the first year dual headlights were available and they were an option. The 59 and 60's were nearly identical except for the grille pattern and the turn signal surround and the taillights. The parts will all interchange between 59 and 60, just slightly different designs. The 61 had many differences in the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BILT4ME View Post
    The 61 Lark was the first year dual headlights were available and they were an option. The 59 and 60's were nearly identical except for the grille pattern and the turn signal surround and the taillights. The parts will all interchange between 59 and 60, just slightly different designs. The 61 had many differences in the body.
    Dual headlights were standard, not optional, on all 1961 Lark Regal models. On 1961 Lark Deluxe models, single headlights were standard and dual headlights were optional.
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    One more with the new hubcaps......to us it's a Studebaker logo to some others it's a Pepsi logo .
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    The Square bracket behind the battery is as Warren said, for an aftermarket Coolant overflow system.

    The Bracket on the Firewall is the Windshield washer Bag Bracket.

    What did the unusual Wheelcovers used to belong to, if anything?

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    The hubcaps are from a '71-'72 Chevy Impala, they were the only ones I could find that I liked and were flat (major offset rear wheels). Found a place online that makes center cap stickers covered in resin and sent them a Studebaker logo. I didn't realize I posted the washer bottle comment twice, sorry.
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    I forgot to add the new heater control valve set-up.
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    This is the Studebaker Vendor universal 3/4 Inch Hose, Ball Valve replacement, that should last basically forever.

    That is a neat installation with a very special replacement "U" Turn hose to fit nicely.

    Just remember "Out" on the "Heat" Knob is OFF and "IN" is ON, just backwards of the original.
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    This set up keeps the cable in the stock position, pushed in is off and pulled out is on. There are two types of heater control valves that look the same (3/4 both sides and straight through with bracket). 74678 (pull closed) this is the one I think they sell at SI and 74764 (pull open) is the one I used....both numbers are 4 seasons parts. I couldn't find a 180 u bend hose long enough, so I got a brass 3/4 to 3/4 nipple from the hardware store and added another piece of hose (now it's easy to by pass the core in case of leaking).

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    A couple of new pics. Found a grille surround on the Studebaker swap page and I'm trying out a phenolic carb spacer for some boil over issues. New spark plug wires, battery cables, correct group 24 battery (other car needed a battery so I swapped), valve adjustment and put a ford dipstick lid for the p/s pump.



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    Runs great and no fuel boil over issues now......just pure driving fun.

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    Hmm, pictures are gone.

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    Here's more reading if anyone wants:

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...-wagon.991847/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1oldtimer View Post
    Here's more reading if anyone wants:

    https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...-wagon.991847/
    Went to the HAMB and read thru your whole thread. Good job with the well thought out mechanical updates!
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    Quote Originally Posted by r1lark View Post
    Went to the HAMB and read thru your whole thread. Good job with the well thought out mechanical updates!
    Yes, an interesting read indeed; thanks for the details. BP
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    Lovely wagon!
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    Does the green dash indicate a green car originally?
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    I'm surprised no one has mention the reclining front seat. Very rare option. Have never seen this option on a bench seat.

    Would be nice to see the production order.

    Keep up the good work.

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