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jcarmichael
04-10-2006, 01:48 PM
I could use a new set of tail light lenses for my 1961 Lark but when I found one on ebay and bid $126.07 for it someone out bid me. If anyone knows where I can find a good pair please let me know.

1961 Lark

rocinante
04-10-2006, 03:51 PM
Try SASCO or Studebaker International. I'm pretty sure I've seen these at SASCO, but I'm not 100% sure.

'53 Champion Starlight Coupe
'60 Lark VIII
'50 2R5

studegary
04-10-2006, 04:01 PM
Try Bill Cathcart. I sold him many NOS, NORS and good used 1961 Lark tail light lenses. Its been awhile, but these are outside the realm of what he normally sells.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

Roscomacaw
04-10-2006, 05:42 PM
The truth is, that one on ebay was probably a good deal. These are getting to be rarer than the proverbial Hen's teeth. All the easy one's are LONG gone! NONE of the usual Stude vendors carry them and no one wants to lay out the big bucks to have them reproduced.[V]

Miscreant at large.

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe
1957 President 2-dr
1955 President State
1951 Champion Biz cpe
1963 Daytona project FS

2R5
04-10-2006, 07:11 PM
I know a guy near South Bend that has a new set and he's going to sell his '61 Lark I think so if he does there will probably be a set forsale . He does though know what they are worth.

imported_n/a
04-10-2006, 08:25 PM
I need the right tail light lense for a 1960 Lark.
If anyone knows, or has any for sale
Please let me know.
P.S. I have 2 1970 matching Schwinn Stringrays for sale. They were bought new in Nashville and stored away. Never been ridden. $60 ea. anyone interested

Mr. Dan0
04-11-2006, 06:20 AM
WHAT THE HECK IS A STINGRAY??....LOL and is it true that once you learn how to ride you never loose it?
I think I would look like Mr. Magoo...climbing on it......>> remember him?

I have 4 taillights (just the glass part) that I am not gonna use.

will trade for books-posters-or a new Harley!!

Skip Lackie
04-11-2006, 07:40 AM
quote:Originally posted by 1960lark6

I need the right tail light lense for a 1960 Lark.
If anyone knows, or has any for sale
Please let me know.
P.S. I have 2 1970 matching Schwinn Stringrays for sale. They were bought new in Nashville and stored away. Never been ridden. $60 ea. anyone interested


I've got a couple of 60 Lark tail light lenses buried around around here somewhere. If you still need one, lemme know.
Skip Lackie

2R5
04-11-2006, 07:58 AM
SASCO still have NOS 1960 ones

jimmijim8
04-11-2006, 08:03 AM
1959's and 61's are somewhat rare. jimmijim8

rocinante
04-11-2006, 11:57 AM
Oops, I stand corrected I guess. What I saw at SASCO must have been the 1960 lenses!

I apologize to everyone for my apparent posting of mis-information!

Charles Schneider

'53 Champion Starlight Coupe
'60 Lark VIII
'50 2R5

studeclunker
04-12-2006, 05:15 PM
You think you have problems. Try a '62 or '63!

Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

mbstude
04-12-2006, 05:44 PM
What, you can't get 62-63 taillights??? We have a few at our shop. I have a stack of the 63 'spiders' that go on the lenses. I find them all the time at swap meets for just a few bucks. I paid $5.00 for a whole tail light assembly not too long ago.
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Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut. South Georgia Chapter
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63 Daytona HT (project)
51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
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rockne10
04-12-2006, 06:57 PM
Matthew,
What you bought cheap has become very precious!;)

mbstude
04-12-2006, 07:07 PM
I'll remember that... ;)

Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut. South Georgia Chapter
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63 Daytona HT (project)
51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo

studegary
04-13-2006, 01:35 PM
quote:Originally posted by mbstude

What, you can't get 62-63 taillights??? We have a few at our shop. I have a stack of the 63 'spiders' that go on the lenses. I find them all the time at swap meets for just a few bucks. I paid $5.00 for a whole tail light assembly not too long ago.
[8D]





I paid more than $30 for a good used '63 assembly, not too long ago. I just wish that I kept the box of NOS, NORS and good used '61 Lark lenses that I had. I now find myself buying things that I gave away or let go cheap with my bulk stock sale.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

studegary
04-13-2006, 01:38 PM
On this topic, especially for those new to this. Many years ago, reproduction '61 Lark tail light lenses were made and offered by the major vendors. These lenses were not quite the same as original. One easy way to tell the difference is the repros do not have the metal grommet at the screw hole. It is very easy to split the plastic on these lenses. Many now represent these repros as NOS - they probably don't know better.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

65cruiser
04-13-2006, 03:25 PM
I seem to remember many years ago when you could walk into Western Auto and they had an entire wall of tail light lenses for all makes. I'm assuming they were aftermarket knockoffs. Have any of those ever surfaced for 61 Larks?

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studegary
04-14-2006, 03:46 PM
quote:Originally posted by 65cruiser

I seem to remember many years ago when you could walk into Western Auto and they had an entire wall of tail light lenses for all makes. I'm assuming they were aftermarket knockoffs. Have any of those ever surfaced for 61 Larks?

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IIRC, they were all just red plastic lenses, nothing complex like the '61 Lark items. I still have a pair of Western Auto '59 Ford tail light lenses that I was going to mould into the rear of my customized '49 Mercury coupe. I changed my mind and never used them. That was about a half century ago.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

tstclr
04-14-2006, 04:42 PM
I can't remember which one it is, but there is a custom car magazine out this month that shows you how to create your own taillight lenses. Might be worth reading.
Todd


63 Lark 2dr Sedan

JBOYLE
04-14-2006, 04:51 PM
Speaking of custom tail lights....

In the "old" days, didn't tail lights have to have some sort of built-in refectivity?

I was reading a book about George Barris which said that's why rodders and customizers (or Kustomizers...in the case of Barris) had to adapt lens from other production cars rather than make their own.

63 Avanti R1 2788
1914 Stutz Bearcat
(George Barris replica)

Washington State

studegary
04-14-2006, 05:03 PM
quote:Originally posted by JBOYLE

Speaking of custom tail lights....

[b]In the "old" days, didn't tail lights have to have some sort of built-in refectivity?

I was reading a book about George Barris which said that's why rodders and customizers (or Kustomizers...in the case of Barris) had to adapt lens from other production cars rather than make their own. State


As I remember it, yes.

Gary L.
1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)