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KentT
11-11-2009, 07:34 PM
Hi all Studebaker lovers,

At my work there was an old garage. For the last 2 months we wondered what was parked inside, Problem was no keys, we got a locksmith over to get it open. Inside was a 1962 Lark and a 1960 Hawk. Both have automatic transmission and have "Buell Gray Motors" on the back. I live in Athens, TN and from reading here he was the Stude dealer in McMinn county. I will be driving them as soon as they're safe to drive and we can get hand controls installed (I have spina bifida and had bad club feet). Would like more information on these fine cars!

I arrived into this world in a Lark, might as well drive one!

barnlark
11-11-2009, 07:47 PM
Welcome! What a find. If you can figure out how to post pictures of them through Photobucket, please do, we'd like to see them. How long have they been there and how many miles on them? Did they just come with the building?

rockne10
11-11-2009, 07:47 PM
Kent,
WELCOME TO THE FORUM !
What can we tell you in a few terse forum entries?

Once you drive them you will be infected with our disease.

Best to join the Studebaker Drivers Club and receive more than we can impart here. The monthly magazine TURNING WHEELS will open the Studebaker world. Also explore the "Home" page of this forum web site.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g233/rockne10/Rockne/th_Rocknegauges.jpg'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

billmdonn
11-11-2009, 07:49 PM
Just curious, how were you able to gain possession of these vehicles? Do they have titles? Who was the owner? Also I know everyone on the Forum would love to see some photos.

studeclunker
11-11-2009, 08:30 PM
Welcome Kent and congrats on an incredible find!:D

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Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith
Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

Chris_Dresbach
11-11-2009, 09:00 PM
Welcome!:) Thats amazing.

Chris Dresbach

KentT
11-11-2009, 09:19 PM
The radio station we recently bought owned them. They were titled to the station. The Lark has 88,000 original miles on it. It was last titled 11 years ago. Didn't see enough of the Hawk to get more information on it. Will have to dig out some manuals. I am very flattered to now be a Studebaker caretaker. My mom used to own a '62 Lark, ironic that maybe soon I might be driving one some nearly 46 years after I was born preemie in '64. She kept that Lark until I was 2 years old. Anyone here drive an adapted Studebaker? Would be interesting to see some period correct hand controls installed on one. Thanks for you folks being so friendly and welcoming. Neither car appears to have significant rust!

I arrived into this world in a Lark, might as well drive one!

BobGlasscock
11-11-2009, 09:35 PM
Welcome, Kent! What a neat story you have.

'50 Champion, 1 family owner
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maxpower1954
11-11-2009, 09:41 PM
That's great Kent! I'm not too terribly far away, over the hills in Charlotte.

I'm curious, do you need to have power steering? Larks do pretty well without it. Is it a Six or V-8? What are you driving now? See you, Russ Farris

"All glory is fleeting"
George C. Scott as "Patton"

silverhawk
11-12-2009, 12:59 AM
Way cool! Congrats and welcome to the madness!

Dylan Wills
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr200/1961lark/My%201961%20studebaker%20lark/Watcomcountyminimeet09andJamesBells.jpg
'61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon

55champion
11-12-2009, 03:45 AM
Wow,the only thing better than finding a Studebaker that has been hidden away is finding TWO. Welcome

Avantidon
11-12-2009, 07:27 AM
Welcome Kent to the greatest group in the automotive world - The Studebaker Family. has Mr. Rockne has said please join the national Studebaker Drivers Club. You can do that on this site (not the forum) but the Drivers Club site. First year membership is only $19.95. I also suggest that you join a local chapter near you and there are two near you. The yare the Middle Tennessee Chapter and the Smokey Mountain Chapter. If you need contact info please e-mail me outside of here and I'll provide it to you.

KentT
11-12-2009, 07:48 AM
Power steering's required for me (license states so) and a knob on the wheel. Hand controls to boot. Yes, I plan on joining SDC and meeting you folks at the next Smoky Mountain Chapter meeting. Present car I mainly drive is a 1996 Nissan Sentra (I also drive occasionally an old 1974 Mercedes 240D and drive Volvos at work mainly). I have visited the Smoky Mountain Chapter web site. Your future gimp footed Studebaker driver and South Bend loyalist.

I arrived into this world in a Lark, might as well drive one!

61Lark
11-12-2009, 09:02 AM
I remember reading in Turning Wheels about 10 years ago that Barry Holly's 64 Daytona had hand controls in it when he purchased it. He might have a picture of the set up or even the controls. Someone on here might know him or have his contact info.

Nick

ozarkman
11-12-2009, 10:45 AM
I love that these cars are still being found! Have fun with getting them road worthy. We really enjoyed that part...driving is fun too!

Welcome to the madness!

From deep in the Ozarks...

Fred

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50Champ
11-12-2009, 11:06 AM
Welcome to the Club, Kent. I bought my first Stude last year and have met a lot of great people here. If you can't figure out how to post your pics feel free to email them to me at studebaker50champ@bellsouth.net....:)

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1950 Champion 2 Dr. Sedan

showbizkid
11-12-2009, 12:03 PM
Kent, I think that you've described every old car guy's dream - opening up an old garage to find a really cool vehicle stored inside, forgotten for years :) (At least I used to have that dream when I was a teenager!)

As an ex-radio guy as well, the story is even better with that tie-in. Where was the garage, at the studio or the xmtr shack?


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

KentT
11-12-2009, 06:30 PM
Clark,

Behind the transmitter shack. And there was some older broadcast gear. I love being able to mix Studebakers, Gates Radio, Collins and RCA in one find.

I arrived into this world in a Lark, might as well drive one!

studegary
11-13-2009, 12:48 PM
quote:Originally posted by KentT

The radio station we recently bought owned them. They were titled to the station. The Lark has 88,000 original miles on it. It was last titled 11 years ago. Didn't see enough of the Hawk to get more information on it. Will have to dig out some manuals. I am very flattered to now be a Studebaker caretaker. My mom used to own a '62 Lark, ironic that maybe soon I might be driving one some nearly 46 years after I was born preemie in '64. She kept that Lark until I was 2 years old. Anyone here drive an adapted Studebaker? Would be interesting to see some period correct hand controls installed on one. Thanks for you folks being so friendly and welcoming. Neither car appears to have significant rust!

I arrived into this world in a Lark, might as well drive one!


Welcome to the wonderful world of Studebakers.

I had a friend that owned and drove many Studebakers with hand controls, including 1953 Starliner, 1955 Speedster, 1958 Packard Hawk and 1963 Avanti. When I drove his cars, I always used the hand controls, except one night when he wanted me to get his Packard Hawk into passing gear, which you couldn't do with the hand controls. When I did this, the hand control stuck the throttle to the floor. It was an exciting ride for a little while. He got some hand controls from companies that still made them up for Studebakers and others he modified from units made for other cars with similar size spacings (column to pedals) and pedal configuration. New York State required that the hand controls be commercially made, otherwise he would have made his own. I have lost touch with that guy after he moved to Florida and I have no pictures, other than in my mind <G>.

Gary L.
Wappinger, NY

SDC member since 1968
Studebaker enthusiast much longer