View Full Version : Buying a sight-unseen Stude

09-18-2008, 01:18 PM
I know some of you guys'll yawn, having done this lots, but I'm waiting for delivery of my first Studebaker bought without actually laying eyes on it. I saw three Craigslist pics and believe the owner's description. It happens I know the owner, but still...
It's a 63 Lark 4-door and comes with an extra OHV-6 and OD-T96.
A spun bearing on one rod shortly after a rebuild job several years ago and it's been literally sitting in a barn since then.
Will post pics when it comes.

Western Washington, USA

09-18-2008, 01:56 PM
LOL-I just did the same thing! Just bought a car from a frequent poster on this forum.
It was kinda strange to pull the trigger without actually crawling over,under and around it,but I trust his description.And the pictures he sent helped.
There has only been one instance where a Studebaker guy has sheet on me,so either I have been lucky,or cautious enough. We are all kind of like a family here. And if someone whizzes in someone else's Wheaties, word gets around quite rapidly ! Honest mistakes can be forgiven,but outright lies and B.S. won't last long with in our family.

09-18-2008, 02:27 PM
A spare TAXICAB Trans.? That should be a good hard to find score Tom! You must think at lot like Kent does...always going for the poor under-appreciated UNDERDOG 4 Dr. 6's! [:0] :D But hopefully you won't get burned quite as bad as he does! Lol!

quote:Originally posted by tomnoller

It's a 63 Lark 4-door and comes with an extra OHV-6 and OD-T96.

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

09-18-2008, 02:45 PM
Oh boy! I know where I'll be this fall & winter. In the garage!


Western Washington, USA

09-18-2008, 03:08 PM
Decent looking 4 dr.

I've yet to be gyped by a "sight unseen car from one of our own!

Just bought Jim Ferners Cruiser, never seen it in person - but going by reputation was a very good buy.

Time will tell but as said in a previous post if you get "done in" here word will get around.

Good winter project!

Louis Moore
289 Cruiser

09-18-2008, 03:51 PM
That's a very complete-looking car! Should make a nice tool-around once you get the engine up and running!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

09-18-2008, 05:05 PM
Tom; if you don't have any use for what looks TWO long ago extinct since the mid '60's '59 Lark Regal Grille meshes, you'll have a couple good ebay items! [^]

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

09-18-2008, 05:27 PM
Tom, I have 2 '63 Lark four-doors here, both with OHV six, and both run, both within the last 2 weeks, too.

The standard-shift car has a fairly solid body, barring the usual front-fender rust, and its engine seems to run pretty well. It came to me with a seized clutch, and I've replaced that. Brakes work, too.

The auto-shift car has a tired engine that needs to be rebuilt, but it has no knocks or other signs of actual internal damage. This car also has a super-rusty body and frame, and qualifies as a donor car. It should give up its interior and front end components to the stickshift car.

The body on the stick-shift car does not appear to be as nice that on the Lark you just bought, so if you wanted to use it as a donor car for the sake of its engine, it wouldn't be terribly out of line.

Or if you wanted the engine alone out of the auto-shift car, I could make you a deal on that, so you could rebuild it on the engine stand and then swap it into your Lark.

I'm planning to make a trip down to Bellingham to see Dick Steinkamp, so I could bring either an engine or complete car with me.

Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

09-18-2008, 05:53 PM
Gord; you are going to be in serious trouble if you go to Bellingham, 10 miles from here and don't stop in, you are welcome any time! :D

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

09-18-2008, 07:27 PM
Gordon, thanks much for the offers! I bought this from the real Mr. Gasket, Sandy Olson of olsonsgaskets.com and he told me several years ago that bearing became loose because of a cracked used star washer under a rod bolt. Ever heard of that happening?
I hope to pull the engine, mic things, plastigauge things and if I have to, remove the crank if the journal is buggered up too badly. I'm cheap labor!
I haven't been under the car yet and tend to be compulsive about cleaning, scraping and painting the works. My garage is jammed and I stand there and wonder what the heck I got another project for. That 259 I'm working on 'for something to do' just might go in this 63 eventually.
Yeah, Rich, I found two early Lark meshes and an NOS 63 mesh & surround under them! Those I can store easily.

Western Washington, USA

09-18-2008, 08:58 PM
Man I would not be ashamed to be seen driving that 4 door! I LIKE IT!
And what about those grill mesh's? Anyone have a good picture and a good guess what a decent one is worth? I got a pair with some parts and I am curious if what I have is the good stuff! Thanks.

09-18-2008, 09:43 PM
Champ, if you see those vertical bars that are concave, that is a '59, it was replaced (superceeded) by the very common 1960 mesh in the mid 1960's when Plant 8 (South Bend Main Depot) ran out of '59's! [:0]

The 1960 has horizontal bars slanted 30 degrees up and is a totally different design, it's the one that matches the 1960 parking light/air vent grilles. These and the Regal '59-'60 surround Mouldings are still available at SASCO.

If you have a NOS '59 Mesh (screen) it has to be worth $50.00 up.

quote:Originally posted by ChampTrucking

And what about those grill mesh's? Anyone have a good picture and a good guess what a decent one is worth? I got a pair with some parts and I am curious if what I have is the good stuff! Thanks.

Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

09-18-2008, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the info!

09-19-2008, 01:35 PM
It looks like someone made that poor little six pull a trailer.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer