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arkiejazz
05-23-2008, 05:52 PM
[:o)]The '61 Lark Wagon I bought on Ebay finally arrived from California yesterday. The guy I bought it from moved to Texas and sold a total of 6 Studebakers that week on Ebay. Five of them went to one buyer in Wisconsin and one went to me. The white Lark on the back of the trailer is the one I bought. The other 2 are the ones that he kept and they were on their way to his new home in Brownwood,Texas.[:o)]
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steve blake
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Mark57
05-23-2008, 06:06 PM
I'll be interested to see if Steve develops into a Lark "fanatic" the same as with his Champs! [:0][}:)]:D

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island </h5>
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arkiejazz
05-23-2008, 07:08 PM
[:o)]Not likely,Mark. I don't have the room for that to happen. And I should "air my laundry" here a little bit, I guess. I used to have a chip on my shoulder against Larks for using up all the Champ sheet metal..&lt;g&gt;...until I realized that if it weren't for Larks, there could have never been Champs![:o)]

steve blake
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4961Studebaker
05-23-2008, 08:29 PM
Welcome to the 61 club:D

Looks from the picture it's a nice solid car. Doubt I have too much in way of spare parts you may need, but if you need anything drop me a line here or on STTalk. Now you will know what us Lark guy's knew all along, champ driver. ;)

I wouldn't mind having the 61 2 dr version. Know there hard to find.

Enjoy the wagon,

Chop Stu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/resizeChopStu-1.jpg

Roscomacaw
05-23-2008, 08:34 PM
I jus wanna see Steve in a Studebaker CAR of any sort![: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

bams50
05-23-2008, 08:39 PM
Wow, really love that group shot of Larks! I really love those silly things[:X]

Thanks for the pictures!



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!"

Lark289
05-23-2008, 09:14 PM
That is a great picture with the 3 Larks on the trailer and your Champ in the foreground. Your wagon looks great. Enjoy it!



Ready for a trip to the beach!

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mbstude
05-23-2008, 09:15 PM
I'm trying to envision that thing in White over Orange...

Hey, it'll match my truck! :D

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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arkiejazz
05-23-2008, 11:08 PM
[:o)]Matthew, I'm thinking solid Omaha Orange. By the way, how was graduation, young man?[:o)]

steve blake
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arkiejazz
05-23-2008, 11:16 PM
[:o)]I have a question of you Lark afficianados. This little Lark sits really low in the front. I'm supposing that I'll need to rebuild the front end? I'm sure it isn't supposed to sit so "nose low". What have you guys run into in cases like this?[:o)]

steve blake
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sals54
05-24-2008, 12:17 AM
arkie,
What the heck are you talking abouut? The problem is the rear end sitting too high. You need some lowering blocks in the back of that wagon to give it the "right" stance.

sals54
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bams50
05-24-2008, 05:14 AM
I can't tell till I see a picture of it on level ground.



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!"

showbizkid
05-24-2008, 06:02 AM
Steve, nice score! Looks like a nice, complete wagon. My favorite year of the 1st-gen Larks!

Wouldn't be surprised if the front springs were a little tired after all this time, but like Bams says, it's tough to tell without seeing it flat on the ground. It seems to me that sedans usually sit a little nose-up, but perhaps wagons, with the heavy-duty rear springs, sit a bit more level?


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

jackb
05-24-2008, 12:24 PM
Steve: If its a V8 the front springs have settled....if its a 6...the springs have settled. Since there is no weight out back the rear springs stay up...

arkiejazz
05-24-2008, 02:10 PM
quote:Originally posted by 4961Studebaker

Welcome to the 61 club:D

Looks from the picture it's a nice solid car. Doubt I have too much in way of spare parts you may need, but if you need anything drop me a line here or on STTalk. Now you will know what us Lark guy's knew all along, champ driver. ;)

I wouldn't mind having the 61 2 dr version. Know there hard to find.

Enjoy the wagon,

Chop Stu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/resizeChopStu-1.jpg

[:o)]I happen to know the whereabouts of a straight, rust free '61 2-door Lark Wagon in Arizona. It's a V8, but I don't remember which transmission it has. I think $900 would buy it. It needs a total restoration, but it is rust free. I don't suppose you'd have a nice left rear door molding for my wagon? I am also going to be looking for some other pieces.[:o)]

steve blake
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61LaRk4dr
05-24-2008, 04:11 PM
Good to see another 61' lark owner. Look forward to seeing the progress on that one!:D

1947 Studebaker M-5
1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
http://images1.filecloud.com/690439/untitled.JPG

arkiejazz
05-24-2008, 08:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

I jus wanna see Steve in a Studebaker CAR of any sort![: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



[:o)]Ok, Bob, these pictures are for you. I cleaned the road grime off of it today, juiced up the brakes and drove it around the block TWICE!&lt;g&gt; I never knew a guy could be so happy driving a car with a rod knocking to beat the band.[:o)]
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[:o)]These shots are for the guys who wanted to see it on level ground.[:o)]
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steve blake
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bams50
05-24-2008, 08:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by arkiejazz

I'm sure it isn't supposed to sit so "nose low". What have you guys run into in cases like this?[:o)][/i][/b]


I don't get it- it looks just right to me! I wouldn't change the height a bit[8D]

Love 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!"

showbizkid
05-24-2008, 10:55 PM
Yeah, it's probably settled a little. But unless you can't align the front end, I sure wouldn't worry about it! Most folks today think the factory rake was a little too nose-up anyhow.

You sure it's a rod and not the flex plate?


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

sals54
05-24-2008, 11:41 PM
That car looks absolutely fabulous. I would not change anything. I love it at that height.
And just a side note... the neighborhood is stunning. That car could not look more "at home" in any other place in the world. The whole picture is a slice of nostalgia. MMMMMmmmmm good.

sals54
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arkiejazz
05-24-2008, 11:57 PM
quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

Yeah, it's probably settled a little. But unless you can't align the front end, I sure wouldn't worry about it! Most folks today think the factory rake was a little too nose-up anyhow.

You sure it's a rod and not the flex plate?


http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
www.studebakersandiego.com

[i][:o)]No, sir, at this point I haven't had it long enough to rule anything out. All I know so far is that it starts very easily and then starts banging.[:o)]

steve blake
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arkiejazz
05-25-2008, 12:01 AM
quote:Originally posted by sals54

That car looks absolutely fabulous. I would not change anything. I love it at that height.
And just a side note... the neighborhood is stunning. That car could not look more "at home" in any other place in the world. The whole picture is a slice of nostalgia. MMMMMmmmmm good.

sals54
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/mm197/sals54/NewSignature.jpg

[:o)]Thanks,Sal. We moved to this house 34 years ago. At that time we were the "new kids" on the block. Now, I'm "that old codger with all the Studebaker trucks".[:o)]

steve blake
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BobGlasscock
05-25-2008, 08:52 AM
I agree with sals54, great neighborhood! I actually caught myself looking at the houses after looking at the car. And I also think the rake of the car is perfect. As for the knocking happening after it starts, just leave it in gear and drive it with the starter -- no knock.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

arkiejazz
05-25-2008, 09:59 AM
quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock

I agree with sals54, great neighborhood! I actually caught myself looking at the houses after looking at the car. And I also think the rake of the car is perfect. As for the knocking happening after it starts, just leave it in gear and drive it with the starter -- no knock.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner

[:o)]Doesn't work that way with an automatic.[|)]

steve blake
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Roscomacaw
05-25-2008, 10:12 AM
Geez! That thing sits NICE! You know what the problem is, Steve???[B)] You're too used to seein' that front wheel well with respect to the tires on a CHAMP![:0][:I] Fix that MOTOR and drive it.[^]

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

ROADRACELARK
05-25-2008, 10:23 AM
With the engine idling, disconnect the plug wires one at a time. If the noise changes or goes away, yes it's probably a rod bearing. If not, check areas of the block toward the rear using a stethoscope or an alternate listening device. This should confirm your suspicion. Hope this helps.:)

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA

[img=left]http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
Road Racers turn left AND right.

arkiejazz
05-25-2008, 12:43 PM
quote:Originally posted by ROADRACELARK

With the engine idling, disconnect the plug wires one at a time. If the noise changes or goes away, yes it's probably a rod bearing. If not, check areas of the block toward the rear using a stethoscope or an alternate listening device. This should confirm your suspicion. Hope this helps.:)

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA

http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
Road Racers turn left AND right.

[i][:o)]Thanks! I'll try the first half of that test after the race![:o)]

steve blake
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studegary
05-26-2008, 09:18 PM
That looks to be an excellent body on that V-8 1961 Lark Regal. The front may be slightly sagged, or the rear may have heavier or helper springs on it. Especially being a wagon, I wold leave it the way that it is unless you have front end problems. I would change those 1963 parking lights to 1961 units.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

arkiejazz
05-26-2008, 10:13 PM
quote:Originally posted by studegary

That looks to be an excellent body on that V-8 1961 Lark Regal. The front may be slightly sagged, or the rear may have heavier or helper springs on it. Especially being a wagon, I wold leave it the way that it is unless you have front end problems. I would change those 1963 parking lights to 1961 units.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Hi Gary. Thanks for the heads up on the parking light lenses. I had no idea that they were incorrect. My Studebaker experience is in trucks, mostly Champs. By the way, what is the tip-off that this wagon is a Regal?[:o)]

steve blake
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barnlark
05-26-2008, 10:35 PM
Sits just fine. Very solid. Has both '61 tail lights. Except for that mysterious knock, that smile on your face says it's all good today. Great buy..

Warren Webb
05-26-2008, 10:56 PM
Regal's had dual headlamps, chrome band around grille, amoungst other things

60 Lark convertible
61 Champ
62 Daytona convertible
63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
63 Avanti (2)
66 Daytona Sport Sedan

StudeDave57
05-26-2008, 11:06 PM
What size are those tires? One thing I learned with the '61 wagon Dad had many years ago is this-

the wrong size tire (too big) will make your front end look worse (lower/more worn out) then it really is...

and your tires look pretty darn big sitting in those wheelwells!!!

It seems that later (Lark) wagons usually looked this way after awhile- see JackB's post above. Nothing that new (and the right) springs can't fix.



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'

Part owner of the one and only
'55 PROTOTYPE panel van

arkiejazz
05-26-2008, 11:28 PM
[:o)]I know the tires are suspect. They're just throw-aways anyhow. I just got the car home last week, so haven't addressed tires yet....I'll probably not buy tires until I get the engine and brakes up to snuff, but what is the largest correct size tire for this wagon?[:o)]

steve blake
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Mark57
05-26-2008, 11:35 PM
Hi Steve - Looks like you're having fun with that Lark and that's the most important thing. :) My reference book shows a maximum tire size for '61 wagons as a 6.70 x 15. I have also read that with stock wheels, you should not exceed a 195/75R15 for radials.

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

arkiejazz
05-27-2008, 08:00 AM
quote:Originally posted by Mark57

Hi Steve - Looks like you're having fun with that Lark and that's the most important thing. :) My reference book shows a maximum tire size for '61 wagons as a 6.70 x 15. I have also read that with stock wheels, you should not exceed a 195/75R15 for radials.

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

[:o)]Thanks, Mark! That's what I needed to know because I'll definitely use radials. Those sizes sound a bit small, but then again, I'm used to sizing tires for pickups.[:o)]

steve blake
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4961Studebaker
05-27-2008, 10:11 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Warren Webb

Regal's had dual headlamps, chrome band around grille, amoungst other things [quote]

That dual headlight/center grill trim piece was an option on the deluxe also.

Steve if your into authenticity, clear front turnsignal lenses with orange bulbs are what you'd be after. Your headlight trim is dead on don't change those. ;)
Here's p205's with Heavy Duty springs, I like the lower look though.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_2697-1.jpg

arkiejazz
05-27-2008, 11:35 AM
quote:Originally posted by 4961Studebaker

[quote]Originally posted by Warren Webb

Regal's had dual headlamps, chrome band around grille, amoungst other things [quote]

That dual headlight/center grill trim piece was an option on the deluxe also.

Steve if your into authenticity, clear front turnsignal lenses with orange bulbs are what you'd be after. Your headlight trim is dead on don't change those. ;)
Here's p205's with Heavy Duty springs, I like the lower look though.

http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_2697-1.jpg


[:o)]Now, see? I prefer the way your sits! Cute car, by the way.[:o)]

steve blake
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studegary
05-27-2008, 02:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by arkiejazz


quote:Originally posted by studegary

That looks to be an excellent body on that V-8 1961 Lark Regal. The front may be slightly sagged, or the rear may have heavier or helper springs on it. Especially being a wagon, I wold leave it the way that it is unless you have front end problems. I would change those 1963 parking lights to 1961 units.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

Hi Gary. Thanks for the heads up on the parking light lenses. I had no idea that they were incorrect. My Studebaker experience is in trucks, mostly Champs. By the way, what is the tip-off that this wagon is a Regal?[:o)]

steve blake


The trim ring aound the grille is the main tip off. Regals came standard with dual headlights, but Deluxe models could have been ordered with optional dual headlights. Regals had a much nicer interior than Deluxe models, but I can't see the interior.Look at the body number plate for the real scoop on the model.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

studegary
05-27-2008, 02:29 PM
quote:Originally posted by 4961Studebaker

[quote]Originally posted by Warren Webb

Regal's had dual headlamps, chrome band around grille, amoungst other things [quote]

That dual headlight/center grill trim piece was an option on the deluxe also.

Steve if your into authenticity, clear front turnsignal lenses with orange bulbs are what you'd be after. Your headlight trim is dead on don't change those. ;)



Dual headlights were a RARE option on 1961 Larks, but I do not believe that the outer grille trim ring was an option for the Deluxe model. Of course, many Deluxe models have had this trim ring added later.

You are incorrect on the what you declare to be authentic front parking lights. For 1961, both the lenses and bulbs should be near clear, definitely not "orange"/amber. Amber parking lights started with the 1963 models (for US Studebakers).

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer

arkiejazz
05-27-2008, 04:58 PM
[:o)]Body Tag reads 61V-P6 632[:o)]

steve blake
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arkiejazz
05-27-2008, 05:00 PM
quote:Originally posted by ROADRACELARK

With the engine idling, disconnect the plug wires one at a time. If the noise changes or goes away, yes it's probably a rod bearing. If not, check areas of the block toward the rear using a stethoscope or an alternate listening device. This should confirm your suspicion. Hope this helps.:)

Dan Miller
Atlanta, GA

http://static.flickr.com/57/228744729_7aff5f0118_m.jpg[/img=left]
Road Racers turn left AND right.

[i][:o)]Ok, I disconnected each plug one at a time. The noise didn't change a bit.[:o)]

steve blake
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4961Studebaker
05-28-2008, 08:38 AM
[/quote]

Dual headlights were a RARE option on 1961 Larks, but I do not believe that the outer grille trim ring was an option for the Deluxe model. Of course, many Deluxe models have had this trim ring added later.

You are incorrect on the what you declare to be authentic front parking lights. For 1961, both the lenses and bulbs should be near clear, definitely not "orange"/amber. Amber parking lights started with the 1963 models (for US Studebakers).
Gary L.
Wappinger, NY
[/quote]

I obviously made an error (sorry :()with reguards to the orange bulb element. I too had orange lenses at one time, had one clear but the other was broke so I just used two of what I had (orange).
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_2672.jpg
Now I don't have to worry about it cause I'm going to the 61 option of single headlight.
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Chop Stu
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arkiejazz
06-02-2008, 04:28 PM
[:o)]Stu, I think I like the single headlight version better![:o)]

steve blake
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62champ
06-02-2008, 08:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by arkiejazz

[:o)]Stu, I think I like the single headlight version better![:o)]

steve blake
http://tinyurl.com/kr3gt
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Think you must be showing your "Champ" side again...

Nice wagon - one of the few Studebakers my wife feels is "cute" which is about the only thing needed for buying a car/truck.

<div align="left">1960 Lark VI</div id="left"> <div align="right">1962 7E7-122</div id="right">
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jackb
06-03-2008, 07:13 AM
Steve: If pulling the plugs one at a time did not help with the noise, you likely don't have a rod knock. On the ride height.....if I were going to replace the front bushings with new, I'd scare up a pair of new springs while you're apart and install them now(of course, that's my $$).
On tires.....I found the longer wheelbase wagons don't need PS at least with the 6 cylinder, never had an 8 in a wagon. Despite your beautiful neighborhood, recall you're in Texas...If mostly open country, PS is rarely needed. Here in the Northeast its mandatory unless you go with the 6.70 bias repops.....GL

arkiejazz
06-03-2008, 04:47 PM
quote:Originally posted by jackb

Steve: If pulling the plugs one at a time did not help with the noise, you likely don't have a rod knock. On the ride height.....if I were going to replace the front bushings with new, I'd scare up a pair of new springs while you're apart and install them now(of course, that's my $$).
On tires.....I found the longer wheelbase wagons don't need PS at least with the 6 cylinder, never had an 8 in a wagon. Despite your beautiful neighborhood, recall you're in Texas...If mostly open country, PS is rarely needed. Here in the Northeast its mandatory unless you go with the 6.70 bias repops.....GL

[:o)]Thanks for the input. That is exactly what I'm going to do with the front end. I know some of the guys have commented that the height looks ok, but in person you can really tell that it has sagged. It doesn't have power steering, but in the brief "around the block" drives I've had it on, it really doesn't need it. And that's with mismatched-underinflated tires. I'm also going to install air conditioning to cope with these hot Texas summers. My thought on tires is to go with the largest size radial that the stock wheels will tolerate.[:o)]

steve blake
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arkiejazz
06-03-2008, 04:59 PM
[:o)]I bought this Lark from an SDC member in California by the name of Jeff Paul. He sold this and 5 other Studebakers because he was relocating to Texas. He subsequently moved to May,Texas. I'm wondering if anyone here on the forum knows this guy or how to get in touch with him. Since he moved to Texas, I have lost touch with him and I have yet to receive the title for the wagon. I'm sure he's just forgotten with his move and all as he seems to be a real straight up guy. So, anyway, just a shot in the dark trying to locate him.[:o)]

steve blake
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BobGlasscock
06-03-2008, 05:48 PM
Arkiejazz, I was doing some google searching (cuz it's my friend!) to learn about May and see if maybe there would be a link to copy for you. Then I noticed where you live. Assumptions are always trouble, so I'll ask, you DO know where May is, don't you? Just south of Cisco off I-20, maybe you could spend a beautiful summer day to drive down there and find a county appraiser's office to tell you where Paul lives.

BTW, although I had looked at your first photo posting, I didn't know till just now where you live. Without divulging anything you don't want known, are you close to Elwood Park? Houses look like it. Maybe east a few blocks? I live in Lubbock, but most of my family has lived in Amarillo longer than all of my life.

Are you a member of the HPSDC?

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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Bill Elbert
06-03-2008, 06:35 PM
Steve, May is just down the road (in Texas terms) from where we live. It is also about the same size as Strawn. I drove down there last fall on a wild goose chase to look a M Series Truck. Email me off line with the details and I will see what I can do.
Bill Elbert

Bill Elbert
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/160/337006150_f69e452789_m.jpg
59 4E11
58 Champion
57 3E11
48 M16
46 M15
41 M5

arkiejazz
06-03-2008, 06:41 PM
quote:Originally posted by BobGlasscock

Arkiejazz, I was doing some google searching (cuz it's my friend!) to learn about May and see if maybe there would be a link to copy for you. Then I noticed where you live. Assumptions are always trouble, so I'll ask, you DO know where May is, don't you? Just south of Cisco off I-20, maybe you could spend a beautiful summer day to drive down there and find a county appraiser's office to tell you where Paul lives.

BTW, although I had looked at your first photo posting, I didn't know till just now where you live. Without divulging anything you don't want known, are you close to Elwood Park? Houses look like it. Maybe east a few blocks? I live in Lubbock, but most of my family has lived in Amarillo longer than all of my life.

Are you a member of the HPSDC?

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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[:o)]Hi Bob, I live near Amarillo College which puts me closer to Memorial Park than Elwood. Don't mind at all for folks aknowin where I hang my hat. Drop by and sit a spell if you're up this way.[:o)]

steve blake
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arkiejazz
06-03-2008, 06:42 PM
quote:Originally posted by Bill Elbert

Steve, May is just down the road (in Texas terms) from where we live. It is also about the same size as Strawn. I drove down there last fall on a wild goose chase to look a M Series Truck. Email me off line with the details and I will see what I can do.
Bill Elbert

Bill Elbert
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/160/337006150_f69e452789_m.jpg
59 4E11
58 Champion
57 3E11
48 M16
46 M15
41 M5


[:o)]Thanks Bill! Check your email...well, in 10 minutes or so. I do have an address out on a county road for him.[:o)]

steve blake
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