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okiebob
04-17-2006, 09:04 AM
If ya'll remember last year about this time I bought a 50 Starlight Coupe in New York, flew up and drove it back to Dale, Okla., well this time it's a 60 Lark in Bangor, Pa. (item # 4629868762) It will need tires before the drive back. Does it have 14 or 15 inch wheels. I put 195-75-15s on the 50. The Lark is located near Allentown. It has a 259, automatic. What size tires should I put on it. I do want radials. Any opinions on the car would be welcome. We had a great time on the trip with the Starlight, and we are looking foward to this trip as well. Thanks, OkieBob

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lvanw
04-17-2006, 09:20 AM
Dale
I would put the 195x 15's on that car
it will drive & handle a lot better
John

Roscomacaw
04-17-2006, 09:38 AM
The trick will be FINDING 195s - outside of going with Coker for a gazillion bucks.[:0]

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JDP
04-17-2006, 09:56 AM
That car looked like a great deal, even for a 4 door. It looks like a cute car and I almost broke my own rule about buying a 4 door for resale.<g> It shows you can still find nice Studebakers on a budget that will be as much or more fun to drive and enjoy as the "flashy" examples.



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rusty nut garage
04-17-2006, 10:14 AM
OkieBob,
I have 205-75-R15s on my 60 2dr sedan. It steers very good, you can 1 hand it @ parking speeds. The front end has a fresh rebuild and that may have something to do with it. I'm running stock wheels (soon to upgrade to the ranger wheel)no problems with clearance either.
Do a extra good grease job on it escpecially king pins prior to your drive home Have FUN!!
Russ

quote:Originally posted by okiebob

If ya'll remember last year about this time I bought a 50 Starlight Coupe in New York, flew up and drove it back to Dale, Okla., well this time it's a 60 Lark in Bangor, Pa. (item # 4629868762) It will need tires before the drive back. Does it have 14 or 15 inch wheels. I put 195-75-15s on the 50. The Lark is located near Allentown. It has a 259, automatic. What size tires should I put on it. I do want radials. Any opinions on the car would be welcome. We had a great time on the trip with the Starlight, and we are looking foward to this trip as well. Thanks, OkieBob

I LOVE MY STUDEBAKER


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okiebob
04-17-2006, 10:14 AM
Your right Mr. Biggs! I paid about $650 for the ones on the 50 Starlight, 9 plus mounting and balance. I would like to spen a little less on the Lark. Is there another size that will work that might be more available? Are they 14 or 15's? Thanks OkieBob



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N8N
04-17-2006, 10:15 AM
The only cars that would have 14" wheels from the factory would be some 1958 models. I believe Scotsmen still had 15" wheels and I think they were optional on all models in 1958. So odds are you have 15" wheels but it probably wouldn't hurt to just ask the seller to make absolutely sure.

good luck,

nate

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65cruiser
04-17-2006, 10:48 AM
Those are 15's. It has standard full wheel covers.

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Roscomacaw
04-17-2006, 02:47 PM
As has been said here - 15" Go with the 205s.;)

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2R5
04-17-2006, 04:10 PM
This brings back memories:D We bought a 60 Lark on ebay out in Omaha area and we also drove it home a total of 1000 miles . On the way home we stopped off at a Zone meet in the Quad Citys and also a cruise night in South Bend ....what timing [^] That little car went all that way with out any trouble , what fun that was . My Lark came with a new set of tires on it when I bought it and they are 205 70r X 15 r , seem to work just fine.

okiebob
04-17-2006, 08:38 PM
I just ordered a set of 205/75/15's from tirerack.com, $185.80 delievered to my new Lark in Pa. Dennis will have them installed, oil changed and lubed and ready for the return trip to Okieland. I appreciate all the help you guys offer. My wife and I will be going up in late April, and are looking foward to another great adventure! Nothing puts a smile on your face like driving a Studebaker!! Again thanks for all the help. Later, OkieBob


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studeclunker
04-18-2006, 08:14 PM
Oi. Look guys, just go down to Les Schwabs (or probably any tire dealer) and ask for KingStars. Chineese made (unfortuneately) and will fit the car. It does'nt make the steering heavy and puts the car at the proper ride height. Side benefit, they're less than a hundred bucks each.

They're 205/75 R15 slightly larger than stock. They work very well with my Larks. If you have tired springs, the front wheels will grind the wells. Frankly, new springs are less than the cost of the more expensive tires. Unless one is setting up for show. I thought you were looking to just move the car... right?

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Studedude1961
04-19-2006, 02:15 PM
2R5 just curious: Was the 1960 Lark you bought in Omaha a dark blue 2-door with a 6 and three on the tree purchased after 2003?

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2R5
04-19-2006, 03:41 PM
John...it sure was . I actually bought it in Council Bluff just across the river from Omaha.

curt
04-19-2006, 04:13 PM
Okie Bob, way to go. My Daddy grew up in Bangor,PA. I know the area , but I'm sure it has changed, Last time there was 1980. Have a great trip, retirement is great. Now, what car are you taking to the National? Perhaps an He and a She car.

2R5
04-19-2006, 05:44 PM
...and I just bet you were the owner of the 60 Lark before the fella i bought it from ;), if so I'd sure like to ask you a few questions about it .....love that Lark :D

Studedude1961
04-19-2006, 11:23 PM
2R5 ask away! Your Lark is the "one I shouldn't have sold." I really miss the little fella!

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2R5
04-20-2006, 05:55 AM
Great to find an old owner of the lark , We really like it ! Well if you really miss it you'll be glad to know that its in good hands....hasn't been molested or anything , I have done a few things to it , like address the paint bubbles that were on the roof just up from the windshield , we removed all the weatherstripping and primed , replaced the weather stripping and repainted the roof . I was relieved that there wasn't any metal damage there , that could of been a nasty place to fix. Also pulled the engine and regasketed it and painted it the correct 1960 colors.
It probably is the best Studebaker ,condition wise ,that I've ever owned .
Couple of questions I have are.....how long did you own it ? Did you buy it off the original owner and if so when ? And anything else you may know about the car or the original owner would be great . If you'd like to see some pics of what we've done I'd be glad to send you some .

2R5
04-21-2006, 05:51 PM
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Studedude
04-21-2006, 06:30 PM
quote:Originally posted by 2R5

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2R5
04-21-2006, 07:18 PM
Thanks for the info John....hope we can meet up sometime ;)

Studedude1961
04-22-2006, 08:00 AM
You're welcome 2R5. I am prejudiced but I think the 1959-1960 Larks are some of the finest cars Studebaker ever built. Save for front fender rust (a Stude hallmark) these cars were built like little tanks but are the nicest riding compact cars around. I've driven friends Falcons, Corvairs and even, a long time ago, an original Plymouth Valiant and all were tin compared to the sturdy Lark.

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