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Bedrock Bandit Too
01-08-2008, 07:02 PM
Now Im really confused. Back on December 28-29 the question was posed here concerning the front fenders from a 61 Lark fitting a 59 or 60. Rumor was that they wont interchange exactly. A week ago a friend called me to tell me of a Lark that had been parked 20+ years ago, and it had excellent front fenders. I went to look and was shocked to discover a nice black 4 door. Single headlight each side but round turn signals. Checking my Tad Burness American Car Spotters guide I discovered it was a 61. I thought all 61 Larks were double headlight cars???? Obviously not.
So, now that I know that much, will the single headlight 61 fenders fit CORRECTLY on a 59-60?
p.s. 61 was not for sale, owner a real Elm Street Freddie too!
mytruck@cfu.net

JDP
01-08-2008, 07:15 PM
The headlights mount on the front panel, not the fender, so it's not a issue.

JDP/Maryland
63 R2 SuperHawk (Caesar)
spent to date $54664,75
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Lark 2 door
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

JDP
01-08-2008, 07:15 PM
The headlights mount on the front panel, not the fender, so it's not a issue.

JDP/Maryland
63 R2 SuperHawk (Caesar)
spent to date $54664,75
64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Lark 2 door
51 Commander
39 Coupe express
39 Coupe express (rod)

rockne10
01-08-2008, 07:35 PM
The outer fender will fit and that is the part that is usually rusted out. The issue is in the remainder of the fender assembly (inner fender and air deflector behind the headlight(s). In 1959-60 the air to the heater core was channeled through the inner fender. The core was in the inner fender. (It was much too easy changing the heater core. I wonder who ever thought that was a good idea?) In 1961 the heater was moved behind the cowl and the inner fender is very much different.

You can use the '61 outer fender by separating the spot welds from the remainder of the assembly, hold out for the rare complete correct assembly or obtain a new outer fender in fiberglass.

rockne10
01-08-2008, 07:35 PM
The outer fender will fit and that is the part that is usually rusted out. The issue is in the remainder of the fender assembly (inner fender and air deflector behind the headlight(s). In 1959-60 the air to the heater core was channeled through the inner fender. The core was in the inner fender. (It was much too easy changing the heater core. I wonder who ever thought that was a good idea?) In 1961 the heater was moved behind the cowl and the inner fender is very much different.

You can use the '61 outer fender by separating the spot welds from the remainder of the assembly, hold out for the rare complete correct assembly or obtain a new outer fender in fiberglass.

Randy_G
01-08-2008, 09:49 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10
obtain a new outer fender in fiberglass.


I would like to know who sells these and how would anyone contact them. I have a pair of slightly rusted ones and have thought about the benefits of fiberglass.

Randy_G
1959 Lark Sedan
www.AutomotiveHistoryOnline.com
http://www.automotivehistoryonline.com/emtr.jpg

Randy_G
01-08-2008, 09:49 PM
quote:Originally posted by rockne10
obtain a new outer fender in fiberglass.


I would like to know who sells these and how would anyone contact them. I have a pair of slightly rusted ones and have thought about the benefits of fiberglass.

Randy_G
1959 Lark Sedan
www.AutomotiveHistoryOnline.com
http://www.automotivehistoryonline.com/emtr.jpg

doughboywoodmike
01-08-2008, 11:59 PM
there was a place in the turning wheels mag that did reproduction fenders for sale

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc115/doughboywoodmike/HPIM0572.jpg

doughboywoodmike
01-08-2008, 11:59 PM
there was a place in the turning wheels mag that did reproduction fenders for sale

http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc115/doughboywoodmike/HPIM0572.jpg

bams50
01-09-2008, 05:27 AM
Randy, and anyone with a Lark:

If your fenders are only rusted along the back edge, they are a relatively easy repair! There are even repair panels made for them (I'm not sure who it is, as I've always just hand-made patches).

The vast majority of Lark fenders are just rusted along the back edge. You can trim and grind the rusted metal out of the outer skin- the inner brace rarely has any rust- and clean out the gap between the inner brace and outer skin; weld in the repair; and thoroughly coat with POR-15 from the inside.

If you decide not to fix the originals, don't throw them away! Someone like me would love to save 'em!;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

bams50
01-09-2008, 05:27 AM
Randy, and anyone with a Lark:

If your fenders are only rusted along the back edge, they are a relatively easy repair! There are even repair panels made for them (I'm not sure who it is, as I've always just hand-made patches).

The vast majority of Lark fenders are just rusted along the back edge. You can trim and grind the rusted metal out of the outer skin- the inner brace rarely has any rust- and clean out the gap between the inner brace and outer skin; weld in the repair; and thoroughly coat with POR-15 from the inside.

If you decide not to fix the originals, don't throw them away! Someone like me would love to save 'em!;)

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

studegary
01-09-2008, 05:03 PM
1961 Lark Regal and Cruiser models had dual headlights. 1961 Lark Deluxe models had single headlights standard with dual headlights as an option.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
01-09-2008, 05:03 PM
1961 Lark Regal and Cruiser models had dual headlights. 1961 Lark Deluxe models had single headlights standard with dual headlights as an option.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer