View Full Version : What is under the hood on this Lark?

06-15-2010, 07:46 AM

06-15-2010, 08:11 AM
I don't know what he has shoe horned in that dog house. However, I bet it was a fun "day-dream" that has turned into a real "nightmare!" It looks like the hood won't close, there is no radiator clearance (insufficient cooling) and who knows what cobbled up suspension is under there! It might be the start of something good or a pile of potentially valuable parts cobbled into an unusable pile. If the latter is true it confirms the saying..."Just because you can, does not mean you should." I would need a close up inspection and much more information before even considering buying this thing.

Mike Van Veghten
06-15-2010, 09:00 AM
I don't know about the..."cobbled up suspension" comment, but it's true the guy didn't leave much room for a normal placement of the radiator (or much else!).
It has an interesting set of pulleys. They look like an OEM type pulley. Definatly not aftermarket-race design. Old (50's thru early 70's) square tooth belt design.

But that's exactly why I moved the firewall back in my 60 Lark 2dr. wagon just over three inches....room for a blower belt...!

Anyway, it is somewhat interesting. Would like to see it in person.


Skinnys Garage
06-15-2010, 09:20 AM
When I look at the pics, I see a V8 Stude valve cover, water housing and correct generator position. I can't tell from the pics what kind of blower-injection system that is (propane maybe?), but it looks pretty interesting anyway.

06-15-2010, 09:31 AM
That does look like a Studebaker engine under that huge blower. It would be very interesting to check out if it was close.

06-15-2010, 10:15 AM
I will give him a call and go look if it is still for sale...Bob

06-15-2010, 10:25 AM
If the car was only driven a quarter mile at a time, there might not have been a radiator... or just a small Scirocco rad or similar...


Pat Dilling
06-15-2010, 10:27 AM
Hmmm, I wonder if that motor would fit under the hood of a Conestoga....

06-15-2010, 10:38 AM
If the car was only driven a quarter mile at a time, there might not have been a radiator... or just a small Scirocco rad or similar...


You might be right. Take a close look at what little you can see below the bumper where the air valence used to be.

06-15-2010, 10:38 AM
Maybe it was something left out of the Mad Max series


06-15-2010, 10:47 AM
Isn't that the supercharger off a T-bird Supercoupe? Unless the whole engine, blower included, has been wrecked internally, it's got be worth way more than that. I'd say either it's some kind of scam, or else the car is being sold for unpaid storage. If it were being sold by its builder, you'd think he'd be promoting the work he did. Wonder if the seller has a title?

06-15-2010, 10:50 AM
Looks like an ol' 4-71 blower with a low profile side inlet carb.
(Like they used to use on the front drives when the blower was mounted sideways...)
I'd like to see more pic's of the setup...
Pretty interesting looking, fer sure...

Collection Doctor
06-15-2010, 12:43 PM
On my monitor it appears that it still has a generator hanging to the side. Any newer engine would have been installed with an alternator. Wonder where the battery has been moved to?

Pat Dilling
06-15-2010, 01:00 PM
OK, I called the guy. It is a Studebaker motor with a roots type blower on it. It is converted to run on natural gas or propane. The guy selling it says as far as he know it has not been fired, though it does turn over. It was rebuilt and a bunch of machine work was done to mount the blower. He is not the one who did the work and states it has been sitting around the yard for about 10 years. He does not have a title and it is out of the DMV system. So it seems it is an abandoned project begging to be adopted and continued. He says the suspension has also been completely redone so not a bad deal for $800 if one has time to mess with it or needs the pieces.

06-15-2010, 01:25 PM
Did you find out if that thing is a 4 Dr. Sedan, 2 Dr. Sedan or 2 dr. Hardtop?

Looks like a CAT Diesel to me! :D

06-15-2010, 03:29 PM
Yeah from the photos I could see a Roots blower up there. At first I thought it was a diesel underneath, until I recalled just how many V8 diesels are running around. So I thought it was a Ford motor until I saw the telltale valve covers. It's looks to be an impressive amount of work, and it actually looks like it belongs in there. Plus if it was installed correctly, the design and function of the Roots blower should be a 1-UP on the Paxton superchargers. As far as the battery, in cases like these, I can presume it was moved to the trunk, or out of the engine compartment to facilitate for more room(unless that rounded box by the driver's headlight is the battery).

Pat Dilling
06-17-2010, 10:34 AM
Bob, Did you ever go look at this? Just curious.

06-19-2010, 08:56 AM
Interesting what catches your eye....

Here's that Lark Stude engine with the 4-71 on it...



And lo' and behold, look what I saw yesterday...


Still interesting, but it just got a lot heavier:eek:

Wonder if/what that Lark sold for?
I noticed the listing is gone....

07-04-2010, 05:52 AM
It must not have sold on Craigslist, because it it up on Ebay now...

http://tinyurl.com/4-71-Supercharged-Propane-Lark (http://tinyurl.com/4-71-Supercharged-Propane-Lark)

More, and better, pictures.....and a writeup in Jalopnic...

http://jalopnik.com/5573568/most-sensible-daily-driver-ever-propane+burning-supercharged-studebaker-lark (http://jalopnik.com/5573568/most-sensible-daily-driver-ever-propane+burning-supercharged-studebaker-lark)

From the looks of the quality of the work that has been done, this could be a neat project for someone...

07-04-2010, 06:20 AM
I am slightly embarasssed to admit I am intrigued by this thing:o This is one time I'm glad it's so far away- I don't have to seriously consider practicality, viability, quality of workmanship;)

I would like to see it with all the included trim installed...

Nelsen Motorsports
07-04-2010, 01:00 PM
What a sleeper!