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Roscomacaw
10-05-2008, 08:21 PM
I've been busy most of the past week - tryin' to get my porch roof fixed and roofed before the rains come. I was successful by one day, thank you![^]

Today I thought I'd see if I could make the auction Cruiser run smoother than what it does. It does run and drive, but there's a lope to it like it's missing on one cylinder. A compression check shows all cylinders between 125 and 145. Good enough for me!:D Already has new wires that the PO put on to see if it would run - rats had eaten up the old wires. I checked and found that the firing order was right too.
What looked suspect was the mix of sparking pins - Champion, AC and one oddball brand. Half of them looked good and half looked oily.

Anyway, I didn't happen to have a new set of plugs lyin' about so I took off for Kragan with a bunch of plug numbers in hand. After twisting the clerk's arm (notice I said "clerk" and not parts guy), he checked each number and said "special order". SIX different (and current) numbers and they had none in stock. Only other "parts store" open on sunday here is Auto Zoned. I could have just saved the extra mileage.[V]

We had a NAPA store here until the cheap-ass owners opted to move their store to the most OUT-OF-THE-WAY spot they could find. Predictably, they've folded.
There really only one other parts house in town that has anyone that can tell a filter from a wiper blade. I'll be going there tomorrow AM, I guess.:(

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Roscomacaw
10-06-2008, 07:18 PM
Well, the REAL parts store had three different plugs to choose from AND several brands of oil filters.

Was driving home from the parts store when I happened upon a business shop that had folded a couple of months ago. There were all sorts of workbenches and shelves jumbled up in their parking lot - stuff left over from when they auctioned off all the "stuff". I stopped and asked one person what was gonna become of the benches and he said: "If no one takes them, they'll go to landfill."
I brought home two benches and a set of shelves.[^]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

mbstude
10-06-2008, 07:36 PM
Biggsie, you should stop by the parts store I work at. We have at least 5 brands of spark plugs. And there's even some kid that knows what a Studebaker is. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

ClaymoreWW
10-06-2008, 08:11 PM
he said "...that knows what a Studebaker is."

When I took my Cali title in to get a MI title, the mid-50s lady behind the counter read "1963 Stude" properly as Studebaker and didn't bat an eye. She did have to go to the back to get some book that shows cars and their original sale price. She searches and searches several books and came back with one and said "none of our books have Studebakers anymore, but...is it like a Mustang?" I looked down at the book and it stated "Falcon-Mustang" and said "it's more like a Falcon, but yeah." It's kind of disappointing that Studebaker has disappeared from the Secretary of State's roster of cars.

Strangely, no where did the title say "Lark" - and yet it a Hawk wouldn't be like a Falcon (has the Hawk been forgotten completely?)

--george



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

Roscomacaw
10-06-2008, 10:59 PM
I put the new plugs in this afternoon. Decided I ought to check under the distributor cap while I's at it.

Hmmmmmmmm.... I can barely detect movement of the points when the rotor spins. Think THAT might have something to do with it's lope???

Eyeball adjustment of the points and Hoe BABY! I'm in love.[:X] The WW needs a new accel pump, but even at that I was able to take the ol' gal for a spin.

And while the upper A-arm bushings are completely gone, she still rides pretty decent.
Tomorrow the brakes!;)

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

mbstude
10-06-2008, 11:05 PM
Your taillight body will be in the mail tomorrow. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

Roscomacaw
10-07-2008, 11:12 AM
Thanks Matthew!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

StudeRich
10-07-2008, 11:39 AM
Wow Matt, that's quite a Parts Store you work for! '63 Lark Tail light Body huh! :D [:o)]

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

studeclunker
10-07-2008, 12:58 PM
Looks like that ol' Cruiser turned out to be a really sweet deal after all, huh Biggsie?[:X] Glad to hear it.:D

Doubtless so, Rich, and if it isn't in the parts store that Matt works for, then it's at the parts store that Matt's family lives at.

Nice tail shot, Matt. Looks a lot like a sweet lil' '62 that I sent to Michigan.[:X] I kinda miss her.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/december%2006/HPIM0234.jpg http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/56%20Parkview%20Wagon/56wagonleftfrontclipped-1.jpg
Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Roscomacaw
10-07-2008, 02:37 PM
I hadn't thought about that Matthew! Do I pay retail (as in re-taillight[:o)]) or do I get a dealer discount???[:0]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

Roscomacaw
10-07-2008, 03:52 PM
Diggin' under the seats of this car has yielded some cigarette wrappers, a matchbook from a CircleK store, a laundry reciept from a place in Arizona and a Texaco credit card reciept for 5.7 gallons of gas at $.38cents and a quart of oil.

The paint code sticker is still behind the vanity. Blue Mist Metallic.[^]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

mbstude
10-07-2008, 07:47 PM
The store I work at is fresh out of Lark taillight bodies. The one heading Biggsie's way is an original off my Daytona. ;)

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

Dick Steinkamp
10-07-2008, 07:57 PM
Congrats, Bob on that Cruiser. Neat car! I think it should be your new daily driver.

Dick Steinkamp
Bellingham, WA

http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s66/ddstnkmp/Stude-a-mino%20old%20pics/oldpics6asmall.jpg

bams50
10-07-2008, 09:55 PM
Do you have any pictures online of it, like in an album where we can see it? For that matter, I would love to see the pictures of the Wagonaire; somehow the ones you sent disappeared:(

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

"Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"

Roscomacaw
10-07-2008, 10:47 PM
I'll see if I can address both car's pictures tomorrow.;)

I spent an hour or so prior to twilight - taking some steel wool and rags - in concert with some 409 cleaner - and trying to win back some of this Cruiser's dignity. It's working! Her paint's too far gone for a "Lark Shine", but it's almost flattering in a way.
Like I say - some elbow grease behind some 4-ought steel wool and a toothbrush to the decent door panels as well as cleaned and reinstalled wheelcovers are bringing back her dignity.[:X]

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

65cruiser
10-08-2008, 07:06 AM
Biggs, if you will send me the info on the Cruiser and I'll list her in the registry!

Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
www.65cruiser.com


http://www.65cruiser.com/images/studewordy.jpg

cabrina
10-09-2008, 06:46 PM
Mark,

Here is my info, too.

Cabrina Dieters
1204 Harvest Grove Blvd.
Murfreesboro TN 37129
cabrinadieters@bellsouth.net
1961
61V12875
VY-62226
289 V8
Auto
Black
Older Restoration

I tried sending it through the e-mail link. It came back undeliverable.

Thanks,
Cabrina

StudeRich
10-09-2008, 07:00 PM
I believe that Body number would be: 61V-Y6 2226


quote:Originally posted by cabrina


1961
61V12875
VY-62226
289 V8

StudeRich
Studebakers Northwest
Ferndale, WA

Roscomacaw
10-16-2008, 12:38 PM
Well, I've been putting some time (and money) into the auction Cruiser. I found that someone had put new wheel cylinders on the car and got the system bled, but then left it set like that for who knows how many years. Sadly, while not horrible, there was pitting to some degree in the cylinders and the pistons were stuck pretty firm. Since I had a set of new cylinders and hoses, I opted to put them on and put the brakes back together.
Went to bleed them and came to realize that while the master cylinder LOOKS new, it's pump as much air as it is fluid. So I'll address that next.

I went thru the WW carb and that, as well as the ignition freshening has made it run really smooth. It still smokes a little, but I think the total run time's been less than 20 minutes since I've had the thing.

The brand, spanking new radials that were on it show a date code of 1989, so I borrowed the tires and mopar wheels off of the Commander coupe that awaits attention in the shop. These tires are only 2 years old, so they should last me a few years. I'm going to put some trim rings and baby moons on the Mopar wheels as Stude wheelcovers do not want to fit on them properly.

I had SASCO lookin' for seat covers for the Cruiser and then yesterday I was in the rafters of the garage lookin' for parts of the biz coupe when I came across a box of original NOS blue upholstery pieces I'd bought on one of my trips to SB - put away when I got home and then completely forgot about![:0][B)][:I]
While They're not Cruiser-specific, my upholstery guy will be able to make them fit and unless you're a Cruiser expert, you'll not know they aren't authentic. They are, after all, TRUE Stude covers!
Door panels are pretty good and I'm gonna make my own carpets. That - a couple of minor dents addressed and a Macco paint job and I'll be cruizin![^]

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/63CruiserintOct2008.jpg

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/Crusierrearint.jpg

http://imagehost.vendio.com/a/30906179/aview/cruiserrear2008.jpg

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

65cruiser
10-16-2008, 02:23 PM
Thanks Cabrina! Got it and added it to the registry.


quote:Originally posted by cabrina



Mark,

Here is my info, too.

Cabrina Dieters
1204 Harvest Grove Blvd.
Murfreesboro TN 37129
cabrinadieters@bellsouth.net
1961
61V12875
VY-62226
289 V8
Auto
Black
Older Restoration

I tried sending it through the e-mail link. It came back undeliverable.

Thanks,
Cabrina





Mark Anderson
Member SDC and FMCA
Keeper of the Studebaker Cruiser Registry
www.65cruiser.com


http://www.65cruiser.com/images/studewordy.jpg

mbstude
10-16-2008, 03:14 PM
Cool deal Biggsie! You lucky fella. :D

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

Roscomacaw
10-16-2008, 03:59 PM
Thanks for the TL Matt!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President two door

mbstude
10-16-2008, 04:08 PM
Glad to help Bob. Just let me know if there's anything else you need.

Matthew Burnette
Hazlehurst, GA
http://i280.photobucket.com/albums/kk179/1959S2D/quadraportle005.jpg

cabrina
10-17-2008, 08:44 PM
Thanks, Mark!