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ISpy
09-06-2008, 07:15 PM
Saw this on eBay on thought it was pretty sweet, I like the moonroof, tailights and lowering..not in love with the grill treatment.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-STUDEBAKER-LARK-KUSTOM-RAT-ROD-RATROD_W0QQitemZ230288647477QQihZ013QQcategoryZ6466QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZ ViewItem

DEEPNHOCK
09-06-2008, 07:22 PM
I wonder if it is a 'real' Skytop, and if it is in the Skytop registry....
Jeff[8D]


quote:Originally posted by ISpy

Saw this on eBay on thought it was pretty sweet, I like the moonroof, tailights and lowering..not in love with the grill treatment.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1959-STUDEBAKER-LARK-KUSTOM-RAT-ROD-RATROD_W0QQitemZ230288647477QQihZ013QQcategoryZ6466QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZ ViewItem

Guido
09-06-2008, 07:39 PM
quote:Originally posted by DEEPNHOCK

I wonder if it is a 'real' Skytop, and if it is in the Skytop registry.... Jeff[8D] The Skytop was only an option in '61-'63, so this is not a factory car.

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ISpy
09-06-2008, 07:58 PM
I am going to email him and see what he used but it looks to me to be one of those that slides back and up that he has grafted on.

studegary
09-06-2008, 08:26 PM
The front wheel appears to be at a very weird angle. I guess that is a result of the air bag suspension, but at a driveable height, the wheels should be properly aligned.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

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mbstude
09-06-2008, 08:32 PM
I'm not too crazy about the Chevy engine, but I do really like the car... :)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
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hi-peral
09-06-2008, 08:57 PM
Wow.... I like altered Stude stuff in general as I have a couple that are, but this unit in MY eyes puts the yoU in Ugly! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! Al

Live your dreams!

barnlark
09-06-2008, 09:52 PM
We've seen this car on here before. It was on with a YouTube link going up and down lowrider style and burning the tires. We just didn't notice the sunroof then.

buddymander
09-06-2008, 10:17 PM
I always liked the early Lark taillights. They're unique and I think they fit the body shape very well. I would have to think somebody couldn't find original lights so just went caddy thinking they couldn't lose.

ISpy
09-06-2008, 10:38 PM
I was wondering about that wheel also, I thought it must have just been the way it was photographed. What is the deal with airbags ? If anyone can point me to the thread with you tube video that would be great.

PlainBrownR2
09-07-2008, 01:22 AM
To answer in the best way that I know how, yeah that wheel is sitting in an odd angle. In most airbag systems, there may not be coil or leaf springs. If it's fully bagged those will replace the former factory springs. So what he probably did is put it down as far as it will go(wondering if he used bumpstops) and the suspension is at its maximum travel in that particular direction in the lowered position. Yeah if you're gonna bag a vehicle, you may need to alignment the front end with the setting you will be normally at, or else it may get a little wallowy going down the road.
As far as application, depends on what you want 'em for. I've seen them used for towing, for basic show, and for improvement of ride quality. Our Town Cars had them and those vehicles really rode like a cloud :). In this instance I think they're pretty much for show. Honestly I love the guys that work on these that can engineer them so they drop the entire frame to the ground.... [}:)]

http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000145-1.jpg
[img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
[img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
[IMG=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/Ex%20Studebaker%20Plant%20Locomotive/P1000578-1.jpg[/IMG=left]

4961Studebaker
09-07-2008, 09:45 AM
quote:Originally posted by ISpy

What is the deal with airbags ?

Here's the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyFOFEBPYZg I'm guessing he's still using the stock suspension, TRAVEL IN REAR IS LIMITED
To add to what plainbrown added.

The deal with air bags, many. One there easily adjustible for multiple ride and cruising heights, as well as adjustible rebound and compresion. Somewhat easier in construction, the old day's (and now) you'd have to cut a spring place back in, analyze and may cut again. Ride quality is really good, especially if you pony up for the "Shockwaves", air bag/shock combo in one unit.
Instant adjustibility on all four corners if you build it that way.
Theres a nice management system that works with sensors that measure ride height to a set position, say your driving, at road height and pick up 3 friends the car obviously picks up weight, hit the button and the system brings the car back to the drive height by increasing the bags pressure to preset level, without the driver having to guess. (Ride pro e)
And last, there cool.[8D]
Over all it boils down to adjustibility, diffrent looks, and ride, one day you can CRUISE "laying frame" nose up, rear up, diagonal etc.


I'm 5 1/2 from the ground at the leading edge of rear tire, and can go up to 10 1/2. The front doesn't have that amount of travel.



ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg

ISpy
09-07-2008, 07:16 PM
Thanks for all the info, I get it now. I know there have been similar systems on production cars,had a friend with a Pontiac 6000 STE (if I recall correctly) that was self leveling.

Chop Stu-I like the car at the bottom of your post,very cool.

lstude
09-08-2008, 03:37 PM
He has posted better pictures on Cardomain.com

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3117750



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http://leonardshepherd.com/

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

Andy R.
09-08-2008, 04:42 PM
Here's a video of that car "doing its thing."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyFOFEBPYZg

BTW, you might turn the sound down, cause there's a whole lotta squeaking goin' on![:0]

Andy
62 GT
http://a6.vox.com/6a00cdf7ec2443094f00e398c6501e0004-pi

ISpy
09-08-2008, 06:00 PM
On the cardomain pics it doesnt appear the sunroof has been installed

4961Studebaker
09-09-2008, 07:35 AM
Maybe, just Maybe, he was wanting the airbags to get his car this low.[8D]:D
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/61dropchop.jpg

ChopStu
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q14/kkad0711/IMG_5406-1.jpg