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Dick Steinkamp
05-10-2008, 10:47 AM
I arrived home from California last night.

I picked up the '62 Lark I had bought a couple of months earlier. This is really a sweet little car. Absolutely no rust (shiny floors), almost no dents even. 259, auto, PS, PB, reclining seats, new dual exhaust, new shocks, new tires. It was a daily driver until January when it discovered a mysterious knock (rod bearing or flex plate I think). I was going to fix the knock and "flip it", but now I don't know. A quick paint job, JP's seat covers, and it would make a nifty and unique grocery getter for me (the grocery store is only a block away :D).

Here it is this morning still on the trailer...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/62%20hardtop/62hardtop006.jpg

Still has the original $500 ( ;) ) black California plates and the Frost and French license frame...

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/62%20hardtop/62hardtop007.jpg

I left Chico, CA yesterday AM (early). Stops in Redding, Grants Pass, Vancouver, WA, and Olympia to deliver parts. 15 hours later ( [xx(] ) I was home.


http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

Guido
05-10-2008, 11:10 AM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp
A quick paint job .....
[?][?][?][?] Lark Shine®©, Lark Shine®©, Lark Shine®© .....

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/63/663/9/36/86/2567936860097493054TXiheL_th.jpgGuido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful" and real Studebaker horsepower lives

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Roscomacaw
05-10-2008, 11:19 AM
darn! That's one heck of a driving marathon! Cool car tho! Even has a Dept of Defense license plate as well. Agent double Oh Nine's plate![:0]

Miscreant Studebaker nut in California's central valley.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

lstude
05-10-2008, 11:24 AM
Real nice! Sort of rare not being a Daytona.

Leonard Shepherd
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raprice
05-10-2008, 11:30 AM
Looks good from here.
Rog

'59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop

gordr
05-10-2008, 11:36 AM
Doggone! Another nice rust-free Daytona. They are coming out of the woodwork.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

Dick Steinkamp
05-10-2008, 11:52 AM
quote:Originally posted by Guido

[?][?][?][?] Lark Shine®©, Lark Shine®©, Lark Shine®© .....




Lark Shine (pat. pend.) seems to only work on original Studebaker paint.

This car has had one repaint. I'm getting pretty good at prepping a car for paint (with coaching from my young Wyo Tech grad friend) and have a standing deal with a pro with an expensive down draft paint booth to shoot it reasonably.

Of course then I'd HAVE to restore the wheel covers, have some of the chrome redone, detail the engine compartment, etc...etc...... It's a slippery slope [^]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

bams50
05-10-2008, 12:04 PM
You KNOW I'd have to look[^] Good thing it's not a 3 O/D, or I'd be after it[8D]

You are livin the dream, Dick! It's gota be a blast being in such (relatively) close proximity to all these clean Studes! Find me a nice 4 dr with O/D[8D]



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

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

N8N
05-10-2008, 12:25 PM
you know, I think I like the Regal side trim better than the Daytona. That would be a great car for a 5-speed swap :)

nate

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Dick Steinkamp
05-10-2008, 12:31 PM
quote:Originally posted by N8N

you know, I think I like the Regal side trim better than the Daytona.


I was thinking the same thing...and I REALLY like the Daytona butterknife trim :)

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

N8N
05-10-2008, 12:34 PM
eh... I like the '62 Daytona trim fine, but I'm not nuts about the '63 - too much. But the '62 Regal, I really like. Plus the '62 Regal dash is probably the nicest looking dash of a non-CK Stude as well.

nate

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barnlark
05-10-2008, 01:20 PM
Nice to see someone kept it running all these years and didn't mangle the body. What a solid looking car. Great pick up, Dick. Waiting to see the magic touch work it's way on this one. Great plates, too..

sals54
05-10-2008, 08:52 PM
I agree with those above about the Daytona trim. I like the way it enhances the lines down the side of the car. Go with the Daytona trim fer sher.

sals54
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Orestudeguy
05-11-2008, 12:12 PM
I've seen this car when Dick stopped in Grants Pass to deliver a luggage rack to me.
It is really as nice as Dick describes it. Nice car, nice find!
Once again Dick, many thanks, and the next time you are southbound on I-5 in my area, I owe ya b/fast or lunch!!


George
Grants Pass, Oregon
65 Commander 2door
64 Wagonaire's (1 parts car, 1 Canadian fixed roof disc brake car, the other sliding roof South Bend car.)
63 Champ
63 GT Hawk
51 Champion Starlight Coupe
http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh183/orestudeguy/58Commander.jpg

Steve T
05-11-2008, 09:11 PM
Love it, love it, love it!

S.

Dick Steinkamp
05-12-2008, 01:21 PM
I took it off the trailer today and washed it and put it in "inventory".

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/63%20hardtop%20II/62hardtopII004.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/63%20hardtop%20II/62hardtopII008.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/63%20hardtop%20II/62hardtopII030.jpg

More pictures here...

http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/63%20hardtop%20II/

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

bams50
05-12-2008, 03:34 PM
Looks great, Dick! Thanks for the pics[^]



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

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

Mark57
05-12-2008, 04:09 PM
Oh Man! Now you're making me really sad I sold my '62 Daytona Hardtop back in 1985. :(
But you've got a good one there. [^]

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
http://i186.photobucket.com/albums/x153/MarkH57/IMG_0099A.jpg

satdoc2
05-12-2008, 04:42 PM
Does anyone remember the First Name of the "FRENCH" that had the dealership, Frost & French? I may still have a lean on this car.
Allen French

N8N
05-12-2008, 05:00 PM
Dick, I'm just curious, it looks from your pics like your new baby has the same issues with door fit that did my '62 Daytona, which was a genuine low mileage barn car. Is this so? (the issue with my car was that the rear bottom corners of the doors stuck out while everything else fit properly - like the doors were "twisted" from the factory.)

nate

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Dick Steinkamp
05-12-2008, 05:33 PM
quote:Originally posted by N8N

Dick, I'm just curious, it looks from your pics like your new baby has the same issues with door fit that did my '62 Daytona, which was a genuine low mileage barn car. Is this so? (the issue with my car was that the rear bottom corners of the doors stuck out while everything else fit properly - like the doors were "twisted" from the factory.)



Quite frankly, I haven't looked at it that close. The car shows 08,000 miles and I'd suspect 108,000 which would actually be relatively low miles. I had my body guy go over it today and he said it is in better shape even than that Impala I just did. Never been hit, no bondo, minor metal work needed. My guess is the doors may have always fit a little off.



http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

mbstude
05-12-2008, 05:35 PM
Dick, if you don't want to fix that dent, SASCO still has NOS front panels for those cars. ;)

Looks like a nice little car. '62 was a good year for Larks. [^]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j209/mbstude/avatar-9.jpg

N8N
05-12-2008, 06:02 PM
quote:Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp


Quite frankly, I haven't looked at it that close. The car shows 08,000 miles and I'd suspect 108,000 which would actually be relatively low miles. I had my body guy go over it today and he said it is in better shape even than that Impala I just did. Never been hit, no bondo, minor metal work needed. My guess is the doors may have always fit a little off.

I suspect that you are correct, I wasn't implying that the car was beat on, more remarking that the panel fit was not quite up to modern standards.

nate

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showbizkid
05-12-2008, 11:18 PM
Gol dang, Dick! Another score! Just giving her a bath, she looks 110% better already. Can't wait to see more.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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StudeDave57
05-13-2008, 12:03 AM
quote:Originally posted by satdoc2

Does anyone remember the First Name of the "FRENCH" that had the dealership, Frost & French? I may still have a lean on this car.
Allen French
Ask my Dad (StudeRich)~ if anyone would know- it'd be him!!!
He worked at Frost & French back in the day...


StudeDave [8D]
San Diego, Ca.
San Diego County SDC
www.studebakersandiego.com

'54 Commander Regal 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview 'Betsy' (she's a 2dr wagon...)
'57 Commander DeLuxe 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion Custom 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

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'55 PROTOTYPE panel van

Warren Webb
05-13-2008, 12:24 AM
That is a fine ride you got. Minor body work & new paint, a few things here & there & sit back & enjoy! Wish my 62 was that rust free!!

StudeRich
05-13-2008, 01:59 AM
Mr. French's first name was Frank if my memory serves, he really had not been running the business for quite a few years though, and that was 1970!


quote:Originally posted by satdoc2

Does anyone remember the First Name of the "FRENCH" that had the dealership, Frost & French? I may still have a lean on this car.
Allen French

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

bams50
05-13-2008, 04:41 AM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

Dick, if you don't want to fix that dent, SASCO still has NOS front panels for those cars. ;)



I wouldn't change that whole panel for that little ding[:0]





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

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

bams50
05-13-2008, 04:44 AM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

Looks like a nice little car. '62 was a good year for Larks. [^]



I like the 63s, but I find I prefer the 62s. I prefer the dash, and I like the roof and windows a little better.



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

"Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"

avantilover
05-13-2008, 04:54 AM
What a lovely car, Dick will good in it getting the groceries.

John Clements
Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!
Secretary Studebaker Car Club of SA (as of 3/19/08)
Lockleys South Australia

shewolf
05-13-2008, 08:21 AM
What a great find.:D I think mine may have been that color [?] I am pleased that another lark has found a good nesting spot.
Tracy

Can't wait to drive my V-8!
'63 Lark

Steve T
05-13-2008, 10:59 AM
Dick--

Surely your 62 wasn't a Hamilton car, having been sold in California...but that colo(u)r looks very like the elusive, supposedly Canada-only P6218 Metallic Blue my 62 originally wore (and which is still visible on the firewall). Is the paint on yours its original coat?

As the ad said, Love That Lark!

Steve

Dick Steinkamp
05-13-2008, 02:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by Steve T

Dick--

Surely your 62 wasn't a Hamilton car, having been sold in California...but that colo(u)r looks very like the elusive, supposedly Canada-only P6218 Metallic Blue my 62 originally wore (and which is still visible on the firewall). Is the paint on yours its original coat?


SN is 62V5497, so not a Hamilton car. It has been repainted once, but appears to be in the original color (or close to it). The door jams, floors, etc. were not repainted.

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/63%20hardtop%20II/62hardtopII032.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/63%20hardtop%20II/62hardtopII037.jpg

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

mbstude
05-13-2008, 06:44 PM
FWIW, SASCO also has piles of NOS '62 Lark door panels.

Not a lot of '63 stuff, however. (Ask me how I know.)

One good thing about Larks and Sedans. There's SO much that can still be bought new. [^]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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Dick Steinkamp
05-13-2008, 06:50 PM
Thanks for the tips, Matt. My body guy says "piece of cake" to take that dent out of the left corner of the front panel, so I'll probably pass on that. I did buy a new one ($50 I think) for a '62 wagon I had.

On the door panels, will they go through the stack and find the right color and model?



http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

mbstude
05-13-2008, 06:53 PM
quote:
On the door panels, will they go through the stack and find the right color and model?

I really don't know, but a call to Dennis wouldn't hurt. I know I spent a couple of hours last year looking for a complete set of '63 two door panels, to no avail. I lost count of the '62 two door panels tho! [xx(]

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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lstude
05-13-2008, 07:09 PM
The 62 Lark convertible that I bought in the 80s had the same door panels, and I bought new ones from SASCO, but that was decades ago. I also painted the car a similar color as yours.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/My62Larkconvertible1984.jpg

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/My62Larkconvertiblesm.jpg

Leonard Shepherd
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http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q8/LHSJR/52Commander41108sm3.jpg

62champ
05-13-2008, 07:25 PM
Here is a photo from the Straustown Lions Club meet year before last. Car is one of the Keystone Chapter members. I think it is mostly original - down to the seat covers.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/DSC01985.jpg

Cannot be too many of these Regal hardtops floating around...

<div align="left">1960 Lark VI</div id="left"> <div align="right">1962 7E7-122</div id="right">
[img=left]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/8b0ac4c6.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l163/62champ/car/DSC02237.jpg[/img=right]

Dick Steinkamp
05-13-2008, 07:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by 62champ

Here is a photo from the Straustown Lions Club meet year before last. Car is one of the Keystone Chapter members. I think it is mostly original - down to the seat covers.


Beautiful! [:p] Now THERE'S some motivation for me [^]

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/54%20starlight/HiResS2Dsig2.jpg

52-fan
05-13-2008, 10:18 PM
Regarding the 62 door panels. My brother picked some up for me at SASCO . They are not my color, but will dye just fine. If I remember the front and rear set was about $85.00.

1952 Champion Starlight, 1962 Daytona. Searcy,Arkansas