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ClaymoreWW
05-17-2008, 06:40 PM
Well, after a week on vacation, I was able to get back to work on my Lark today. Here is a shot of some of the changes: turn signal lenses thanks to the SB meet, grille thanks to ebay (painted by me), dual reservoir master cylinder thanks to my FLAPS. I redid the brake lines to the back, bled them all (and the MC) and fired the trusty 289 for the first time in about 3 weeks.

http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/gallery/main.php/d/730-1/newgrille.jpg

I now have more brakes than before, but I may be on just the backs or even just one back brake. I am fearing the front calipers are frozen.

I took the car on the road for the first time. My kids were just as anxious as me! Given the poor braking (and tail lights removed), I only went about half a mile on our country road. The stock shifter is practically worthless - it is very sloppy and sometimes locks the tranny in reverse. Hurst will be getting some of my money.

Anyway, I turned slowly onto the road and just touched the gas in first and we all heard a loud chirp! That was a surprise as I had not gunned it. I managed to slowly get it into 2nd (due to caution and the shifter) and touched the gas again. It chirps the tires in second, too - but I confess, I tried to do that one, but still not full gas. On the return half mile, I did get it into 3rd gear - without issue (other than wheel hop in first).

Anyway, I am impressed with the engine. I don't know why it is so eager to go, but I'm certainly not disappointed!

I have some things to ask about and for, but that will take a little thinking. oh, the first two are:

1. does anyone have a 63 secondary hood latch? The one you stick your fingers in to unlatch. Mine is gone and SASCO has none :(

2. Is the cabin air filter still available? I didn't know what it was but tugged on the rubber seal and found it pulls out. Mine was tearing and full of crud and is worthless now. This is the pull-out filter above the heater core.

More questions later.

--george

1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/larkkey.jpg

mbstude
05-17-2008, 07:02 PM
Way to go on the first drive. [8D]

I LOVE the bumperless look and the painted grille. I have the same 'look' planned for mine. ;) I've got a couple extra grilles, and I thought about making a grille for the hole the bumper brackets come through.

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

52 Ragtop
05-17-2008, 09:32 PM
George,
Which style do you have on the safety catch? I had 2 different kinds on 2 different hoods on my 62 ragtop, I think I have one.

Jim

rockne10
05-17-2008, 10:06 PM
I thought Dennis had a box full of those latches at York. Maybe they weren't Lark specific.

SI has the heater filter #1552094 for $22.50. Dennis should have them also.

ClaymoreWW
05-17-2008, 10:07 PM
the latch is on the passenger's side of the main latch. It operates what I would call "sideways" - it will pivot to the side - not fore and aft. It has two screws on the hood - these run fore and aft. Pressing the lever would make the latch swing to the side - toward the driver's side and disengage the catch that is on the passenger's side. I can take pics tomorrow - 11pm is a little late ;) thanks for helping!

--george

1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/larkkey.jpg

showbizkid
05-17-2008, 11:44 PM
Really love the look of the painted grille mesh! That's very small change that makes a really huge perceptual difference. Me like!


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
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www.studebakersandiego.com

jnewkirk77
05-18-2008, 02:51 AM
Count me in as a big fan of the grille, man! I'm liking that a lot. When I personalize a car for myself, the grille is usually where I start.

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

ClaymoreWW
05-18-2008, 12:33 PM
here is a composite photo of the hood latch on my Lark. As you can see it swings side-to-side, not front-to-back. Any ideas? beneath the pic is a link to a larger version if you need more detail.

http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/gallery/main.php/d/733-1/hoodlatch.jpg

http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/gallery/main.php/d/731-1/hoodlatch.jpg

Thanks - and thanks for the comments on the grille - I appreciate them!

--george

1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175
http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore/larkkey.jpg

studegary
05-18-2008, 01:38 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

Way to go on the first drive. [8D]

I LOVE the bumperless look and the painted grille. I have the same 'look' planned for mine. ;) I've got a couple extra grilles, and I thought about making a grille for the hole the bumper brackets come through.

[b]Matthew Burnette



Matthew - I think that you have proven that you need, or at least should have, bumpers <G>.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

mbstude
05-18-2008, 01:42 PM
I knew that SOMEBODY would say that. ;)


quote:Matthew - I think that you have proven that you need, or at least should have, bumpers <G>.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/trucks_SNM3.jpg