View Full Version : Not even a rookie, but I know what I like!

05-13-2008, 05:39 PM
My boss' dad parked a 1962 Lark outside of our business, three years ago. I offered to buy it the day he brought it here, but he said he wanted to work on it. Three long years go by, poor thing abandoned...and I finally hear (through the grapevine!) that he's going to sell it.

He didn't want to sell it to a girl, particularly one that didn't know a valve stem from a spark plug, but I nagged him and promised him I'd take care of it and love it and learn everything I could! He finally gave in, and today we signed the bill of sale.

So I'm totally psyched that for $600, I own a 1962 Lark, Studebaker engine, 34k original miles, parked indoors for 30 years, original everything. It's got minute specks of rust, but other than that the body is fantastic. I'm so excited, I might just pee.

I know nothing about cars. Matter of fact, I'm gonna come clean here - I have never in my life even pumped gas, and I'm 37. How's that for Princess? But I'll get dirty with this baby!

Once I get started, I'll probably be posting questions on an hourly basis, so just thought I'd say hi! [8D]


05-13-2008, 05:44 PM
You should be so jazzed to have a cute Stude to play with!
Welcome to the fray!
Before you go all crazy, start with a good plan of action.
You are off to a great start.
Decide what exactly what your goal is.
Then make a step by step plan.
There's always excitement with a new project.
Thanks for sharing your excitement.
It IS contageous![:p]

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Mike Van Veghten
05-13-2008, 05:58 PM
And don't get discouraged enough to stop working.

It WILL try to get to you...but don't let it get to you, things WILL smooth out and return back to normal...what ever "that" may be!
If you need to step back for a day or week or even 3 or four weeks...take the time to recharge and hit it full speed again.

I commend you on your endevor.

Most important...keep it fun!


05-13-2008, 06:00 PM
Lori; are we talkin 2 Door Sedan, 4 Door Sedan, 2 Dr. Hardtop, 4 Dr. Station Wagon, Cruiser 4 dr. or Convertible here?

Is it a in line "6" Cyl. or a V-8 engine '62 Lark?

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

05-13-2008, 06:11 PM
Yeah, lets see some pictures, eh? sorry, I couldn't resist.


Anne F. Goodman
05-13-2008, 06:27 PM
Welcome Lori. Post pictures we gotta know 2 door 4door 6 cylinder or V 8 (V shaped engine 4 spark plug wires on each side) probably yellow valve covers. Thanks Anne

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State

vegas paul
05-13-2008, 07:42 PM
probably an R2 convertible...

Las Vegas, NV - Stop by, coffee's on!
'51 Champion Business Coupe G899965 10G-Q4-1434

05-13-2008, 07:46 PM

Here's a really good read for the new Studebaker owner, from the SDC Home page Tech Tips.

Welcome to the Forum and, if you haven't yet invested $19.95 for all the resources available as a member of the Studebaker Drivers Club--one issue of the monthly magazine TURNING WHEELS is worth it--please consider doing so.


Let us know how we can help.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight

05-13-2008, 07:47 PM
Welome Lori,
Are you familiar with how to post pics? We would sure love to see a couple pics of the exterior and one of the engine compartment.
Welcome to the addiction and take it one day at a time.
Enjoy your new purchase.

57 Transtar
Lancaster, PA

05-13-2008, 07:48 PM
Way to hang in there and get what you want Lori! [^] Welcome to the Forum. :)

'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>

05-13-2008, 08:17 PM
Not only is it a great idea to join the SDC, but find your local chapter and join that as well. Members of your local chapter will probably be close enough by to help you when you need it.

Congratulations on your first Studebaker!:)

Joe Roberts
'61 R1 Champ
'65 Cruiser
Editor of "The Down Easterner"
Eastern North Carolina Chapter

05-13-2008, 08:40 PM

Do join a local chapter. You should use them for questions, as a sounding board, and they may be able to help with parts and service.

The good news is that Studebakers are easy to fix, go forever, and parts are still available.

There are many mechanics/persons out there that will charge ridiculous prices for parts and services for a Studebaker newbie.

Enjoy. Paul

If you are in Ontario, try




05-13-2008, 08:52 PM
Congrats Lori,
Got to love the Larks. What a fun car. And don't let people charge to much for repairs. They are a back to basic car that like has been said run forever. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The smile on your face while driving your Lark, Priceless. :D



05-13-2008, 09:34 PM
It's been a while since I had my '63 but, I'll always remember getting on the beltway around D.C. and getting the "thumbs up" from the Lexus drivers. I got more response from that Studebaker than I ever did with the '57 Cadillac.

05-13-2008, 10:01 PM
Lori - WELCOME!!

"Studebakering" is strong and alive in Ontario. And there are Studebaker Driver club chapters with lots of enthusiasts willing to help with your questions all across Canada and the U.S.A. - and for that matter, about 28 more countries. SDC has a total membership of about 12,500. There is a large Avanti club and a club which specailizes in Pre-war(WWII) Studes as well.

You're not alone. We'd all be glad to be of assistance. Congrats on your first Studebaker.

Roger "153624" Hill

55 Champion
47 M-5
Izzer Buggy
Junior Wagon

05-13-2008, 11:31 PM
Congratulations and welcome!

Spence Gaskin

05-14-2008, 12:49 AM
Welcome to the club! There's a wealth of knowledge here, and there's no such thing as a dumb question (I should know, I've asked a few)! Happy Studebakering!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

05-14-2008, 01:49 AM
This is my favorite kind of topic/post - I love it when some old car gets to someone to the point that they make it a part of their life.

I particulary like the fact that Lori, with absolutely not one stitch of mechanical background, decides that this Lark needs her.

All the advice given for how you can get all the help you need is sound, your enthusiasm will take you the rest of the way.

Pics for sure.


Long time hot rodder
Packrat junk collector
'63 Avanti R2 4 speed

Dads Baby
05-14-2008, 01:56 AM

Welcome to the Madness! It is wonderful!

Now, if you are so excited that you "might pee," please step away from the vehicle!:D

Packard Hawk
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05-14-2008, 05:51 AM
Glad to see you found first Studebaker, but watch out, they tend to follow you home after you get infected with the disease.:) Feel free to post as often as you like, you'll find all the help you need here.


05-14-2008, 11:31 AM
Thanks everyone, what a great welcome!

To answer a few questions, it's a 4dr hardtop V8. : )

And I'll post some pics this weekend! :D

05-14-2008, 11:46 AM
WELCOME, and congradulations on your buy. Sounds like a great deal.
get you a service and shop manual, and any other literature you can find, and read, read, read. There's a wealth of knowledge on this forum and a lot of these people can help you. Watin' on pictures.

Tex in Alabama
53 C coupe

Tex E. Grier

05-14-2008, 12:50 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

It's a sedan, not a hardtop. The hardtop was made only as a 2 door and did not have a door post behind the side window. Here's a Hardtop:

and a 4 door sedan





05-14-2008, 03:01 PM
Ya know, JP - I just thought about that car the other day. The scrap guys were taking a load of metal away and I found the mangled left fender from that blue Daytona you show here. Wonder what's become of that car. It had a fresh engine with an R1 cam and a four-speed. It went to the midwest as I recall.:D

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

05-14-2008, 03:33 PM
I lost track of that car Bob, we got great feedback, but never heard anymore after that.


05-14-2008, 03:50 PM
*Sedan, not hardtop. Sedan, not hardtop.*

First lesson learned, the public way. [:p]

05-14-2008, 04:12 PM
Don't worry, you'll learn more useless trivia as you proceed on your journey to become a Studebaker Jedi master.:)


05-14-2008, 06:33 PM
Lori; you Gals are on the rise! Maybe someday we'll have a "fair and balanced Forum"! ha, ha! :D :D

There is you: Lori, (Boogs) Somewhere in Canada

Anne, (Anne F.Goodman) Fresno, Calif.

Sharon, (pitbulllady) South Carolina

Rose, (OzarkPetunia) Fayetteville, Ark.

Judy, (tyaughton) B.C. Canada

Tracy, (shewolf) Easley, SC

And I think, a few more! Very glad to have you all with us! [^]

StudeRich -Studebakers Northwest Ferndale, WA

05-14-2008, 07:23 PM
Welcome to the madness! [^]

My daily driver, until I get my truck done, is a '62 Lark four door. '62 was a good year for the Larks, you'll love yours. [8D]

If there's anything you need, don't hesitate to ask. These Studebaker folks are among the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and helpful you'll find. :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA

05-14-2008, 10:15 PM
Hi Lori,
It's great to meet you!:) I have had my '63 (also 4dr V-8) Lark only 10 days now and wouldn't trade it for anything, except maybe another Studebaker in a year or two. I am thrilled for you that yours is in such great shape.
Welcome to this wonderful place full of Wonderful, Helpful and FRIENDLY folks:D!
BTW My Lark is Stude-a-lu[:X], does yours have a name yet?

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

05-15-2008, 05:32 PM
Why is that whenever a newbie with a "Female name" posts something ...anything ...it is assured to become a "Hot Topic[?]" (take a look and see for yourself) Why do us old Stud-ie guys trip all over each to get in a reply ...or two ...or three[?];)

Oh, never mind ...the wife just answered my questions![:o)]

<h4>Last Man Standing in Studebaker Indiana</h4>

05-15-2008, 05:53 PM
Well, the PC-ish answer would be that a female poster is likely to be something of a noob and post questions that we know the answer to! If, say, JDP posts something like "I'm trying to show prep my Avanti and I need to know the factory finish of the seat mounting hardware" I'm gonna be worthless :)


55 Commander Starlight

05-15-2008, 09:01 PM
All right, all right, you got me N8N. I don't know what a Stoodebacher is, I just figured this would be a great place to meet men who have far too much money on their hands. ;)

Uh...I hadn't actually considered naming him (no way this car's a girl [:p] ) ... is that something only a woman would consider doing? 'Fess up guys, have you named yours? (Your car...have you named your car...)

05-15-2008, 11:08 PM
I don't name mine, but there are plenty of guys here who do. That thread can and has gone on forever, like "how old arya" threads! My neighbor calls mine Christine from the movie because it has fought me at every turn getting it back on the road, but every car I've owned does that. I accept the age of my car for what it is and keep trying to get it straight. It responds the more I do, but it will never be like a new car. Get used to that asap. Get good front brake conversions first thing and you'll be happy.
At the risk of being a male foregone conclusion responding to the female newbie postings, sincerely, welcome! We "hot topic" lots of stuff. Some of us aren't married right now and can actually still stop and help a lady motorist without our wife shaking her head "no way.." :)))

05-16-2008, 07:22 AM
quote:Originally posted by Boogs

I just figured this would be a great place to meet men who have far too much money on their hands. ;)

Well, it's a good place to meet men... as for the rest... let's just say, I don't keep my receipts for fear of depressing myself. :)

I think you may wish to rethink your cunning plan, and perhaps check out a Ferrari or Lamborghini owner's group &lt;G&gt;

Uh...I hadn't actually considered naming him (no way this car's a girl [:p] ) ... is that something only a woman would consider doing? 'Fess up guys, have you named yours? (Your car...have you named your car...)

Most of my cars tend to eventually find their own names, although there have been a few that didn't last long enough to get them.


55 Commander Starlight

Steve T
05-16-2008, 07:58 PM

Welcome to the dark side, from another recent "convert"...and congrats on choosing the best of all possible modes of entry to Studedom...a '62 Lark!:D I think you and I are on parallel paths, sorta: both *Canadian; *Not one bit afraid to admit a dearth of mechanical knowhow; *Beguiled by '62 Larks; *Particularly keen to learn about paintwork; *Also willing to give the car a nickname...and then actually tell people about it! My Lark, as I think I answered on another thread a while ago, is named "Betty" (curiously there have been at least two other forumites whose Larks bore that name too). Sometime maybe I'll explain why the name. There is a particular, rather silly, reason for it!

Cheers from Hamilton, Ontario (erstwhile Home of Studebaker)...

Steve T

05-17-2008, 12:01 AM
WOW! Welcome Lori! What a great start!

You'll find-out that this is a great group of people, involved in a great club! We Drive'em!

Fuel, air, and spark (at the right time) is all the advice that I'm going to toss out there, at this time. It will all make sense to you, soon.

It's obviouse that you have patience and determination... never ever give those gifts up!

I will look forward to seeing you "crusin'" your car, somewhere, soon. I hope.

Most of all: When you're dirty, greasy, and pissed-off, remember...

It's the journey to the final car that you want, that will give you the fun part!

Go for it! You hav a very cool car,


05-17-2008, 12:19 PM
Monday thru Friday, I start work at 9. I usually get up at about 8:17....as late as possible to make it to work on time...perhaps a bit late. [:p]

Today, Saturday, without the aid of alarm, I was up at 7:45 and out the door at 8:10 to go to work....'cause that's where my Lark is parked. I'm not telling anyone at work about that. :D

I went to Canadian Tire, picked up some "I have a new Studebaker" goods, called AMA to let me into my car, and smelled and sat in him for the first time. darn, he's fine!

Anyhoo, I'm going to try to post pics now....comments from those in the know about anything they see would be most appreciated.

BTW, I had posted somewhere else I think, about the radio and someone mentioned that there might have been a plate - found that in the back seat, so all is good on that front.

And a bit of a "Christine" moment, my friend and I were rooting about, looking at and trying everything, but since we didn't have a key, we couldn't get in the glovebox. He tried rooting atound underneath it to no avail. So we started cleaning up. I'm cleaning a window and he's in the back seat, and all of a sudden the glovebox pops open. Was very funny. (Might have been not so funny if it was dark....) [:0]

(I just previewed this post, and it changed "d.a.m.n." above to darn - funny!

05-17-2008, 12:40 PM
Silver/gray exterior with a red interior is one of my favorite combos.

That is a nice Lark that should clean up easy.

One of the upgrades you should consider is the brake system to modern disc front brakes. Your Lark's all drum brakes were fine back in the day, but virtually every modern car can stop quicker than you - which means that in a panic stop you could rear end the car in front of you.


Long time hot rodder
Packrat junk collector
'63 Avanti R2 4 speed

05-17-2008, 12:45 PM
Lori, that is one fine-looking Lark. I'm willing to bet that those 34,000 miles are honest, and that it hasn't turned over the 100,000 mark. The car is simply too clean and original for that. Looks like it still has its original heater and radiator hoses, with the factory Corbin clamps on them.

I believe that paint would take a pretty nice shine if you went over it with a power buffer and some mildly abrasive rubbing compound. Maybe Dick would give some secrets of the Lark Shine if you ask him nicely.

This car, I think, would bid fair to be called a "survivor". Please treat it kindly. It's earned it.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

05-17-2008, 12:46 PM
Nice Lark you have Lori.
Looks like everything is there. Body is nice, interior looks great. You'll be be driving it in no time.[8D] Thank for the pics.



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05-17-2008, 12:53 PM
Wait till you get it to its first cruise and people come up and ask questions, or you are driving down the street and suddenly realize people are pointing at you! LOL
Studebakers are about the best conversation pieces there are.


05-17-2008, 12:54 PM
Okay, this is ticking me off now. Can't figure out the photos thing, following directions. erggggggg I'm using Flickr, anybody else have problems with it? The pics are resized to under 100k each.

05-17-2008, 12:58 PM
I say welcome also... as time goes on you'll see I'm one of the biggest Lark lovers here.

Sorry, your pictures didn't work:(

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!"

05-17-2008, 01:12 PM
Switched to Photobucket. Sorry for all the non-picture posts. Here he is!!











05-17-2008, 01:14 PM
wow, great find. I wouldn't even change the color, but that's just me. A tuneup/brake job, fresh fluids, some fresh chrome on the bumpers, and a little "lark shine" and you have you a driver, hopefully. I might consider swapping to a dual circuit master cylinder (not hard) for a little help with the stopping.

There's lots of '62 owners and former owners (myself included) reading these forums, so don't be afraid to ask questions as you dig into it.


55 Commander Starlight

05-17-2008, 01:36 PM
Hi Lori
Welcome to this forum, Lori. Since your car has Alberta plates on it, I'm presuming that is where you are. Calgary? Edmonton? SDC member Gord Richmond can often be found on this forum(gordr). He lives in the bustling metropolis of Trochu, Alberta(wherever that is:D). There isn't much he doesn't know about Studes,so look him up. Nice car, by the way. I had a 62 that was the reverse colour of yours, red outside and grey inside.

Terry Godkin
Surrey BC

05-17-2008, 02:54 PM
forgot to mention, I ought to have a '62 radio plate kicking around somewhere if you want to put a radio in the car.


55 Commander Starlight

05-17-2008, 11:07 PM
Great purchase and I like the color combo too. I would "lark shine" that thing for the time being and work on other things. Great original condition. Someone cared for a long time, so good eye and catch. There is a clock on ebay right now that will fit right in that dash where the round delete plate is. If you need a working clock connection I found a great contact. I like a good radio when I am not just listening to my engine and I hid mine and installed an original radio in the dash, too. I chose the cheaper stock version because it has the Studebaker name on it, so it serves my needs. I have a delete plate, but a Delco radio looks like it belongs there. Careful with dog claws on that original interior!

Steve T
05-19-2008, 07:55 PM

"Love That Lark"! Looks like a near-twin to one of the Larks in our local chapter--if the paint's the same shade, absolutely, get it polished. That colour is gorgeous with a shine on it. The silver-grey 62 around here has an amazing history: stored indoors for 40 years in Michigan, never licenced, until bought by an Ontarian in 2002. The next/current owner is a gent in our local chapter, and basically was smitten with the car just as you were with yours. Excepting tires and a seal or two, this car is exactly as it came off the line, and absolutely pristine. Main difference vis-a-vis yours is that the local one has a grey interior rather than the red in yours.

Oh, and the matter of a name. May I suggest "Harry"? Two reasons: (1) Harold Churchill (theoretically "Harry", though I've never heard his name "diminutized" that way) was the Studebaker prez who fostered the original Lark; (2) Sherwood Egbert, middle name "Harry", the next prez along, brought in Brooks Stevens to redesign the Lark (and create the GT Hawk) for 1962...



Steve T

05-19-2008, 09:53 PM

He IS a very, very cool car!

I wish I had-of, had a car that complete, and original, when I started mine... Oh well.

It just cost me some "Green Oil" to get to where you're starting from.

Great Buy,


05-19-2008, 10:10 PM
Steve T: My middle name is Harry and hadn't any idea anyone thought it was cool, or had a Stude connection with Egbert. Long British family tradition, so I inherited it as a junior. What do you think Boogsie?