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Skinnys Garage
10-06-2011, 10:33 PM
As with my other projects, I thought a thread dedicated to my latest would keep me motivated. This time I'll update progress on my '59 Lark.

Most have read this before, but I'll do a quick recap. It was given to me by my Uncle on my 15th birthday back in 1980. It's a V8 Regal with an automatic, power brakes, twin traction, recliners and a radio. Originally an Alaskan Blue car with a poorly matched repaint in the '70's. My avatar picture is 3 year old me in front of this very car in '68. My goal is to recreate that picture with the car looking as good as it did back then, just need to find a matching trike.......:rolleyes:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/mein68-1.jpg

Next pic was how it looked in the '80's a few years before I parked it, just didn't think it would be over 20 years before I started working on it again.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/60fc0027.jpg

This is how it looks today. I've removed a rear clip from a parts car to replace all the structure from the c-pillar back, everything should be easy after that.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/87979c26.jpg

Milaca
10-06-2011, 10:50 PM
Have you held a modeling audition for a 3-year-old Skinny yet? ;)

Bob Andrews
10-07-2011, 04:33 AM
Hey Skinny, what became of the '62? Finished? Sold?

I went and found that thread and it kinda leaves us hangin'.....

Skinnys Garage
10-07-2011, 04:19 PM
Have you held a modeling audition for a 3-year-old Skinny yet? ;)Are you saying I can't fit on the trike anymore?!?!?!?!?!?;)

I was thinking about just kneeling down in the same spot (with or without the trike) and taking a few pics. The background still looks about the same and I still have the Rambler hubcaps from the original pic, so I can pop them on for a couple shots.:o:cool:

Skinnys Garage
10-07-2011, 05:52 PM
Hey Skinny, what became of the '62? Finished? Sold?
I went and found that thread and it kinda leaves us hangin'.....After getting it roadworthy enough to use this summer, not much has changed. I've put about 350 miles on it this summer and was really happy to have it at our annual rod run in September. Earlier plans to use the drivetrain in my '59 have changed, so I'll keep updating that thread as I get stuff done.

Skinnys Garage
11-11-2011, 05:48 PM
Nice day today, so I finished pulling the rear clip from my parts car. It's not perfect and will need some small repairs, but is a nice solid base to work with anyway. Plan is to use the whole piece as removed, so I took it apart at the spot welds on the c-pillar. I have an NOS rear tail panel, but will wait until everything is installed before changing it. The undercoating isn't putting up too much of a fight, so the next step is to clean the rest of it off. It wasn't to bad a job removing the clip, but I'm guessing it will be a little harder to start cutting up my car........

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/b639227d.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/9c64e51d.jpg

Skinnys Garage
12-22-2011, 06:46 PM
Started on the rear clip project today. Removed the bumper, gas tank, seats, deck lid, trim items, rear fenders and glass. I'll leave the rear packing tray/trunk hinge area alone and cut in the centers of the two upper, forward fender attaching holes. I'll finish the cut at a 45 in the forward corners of the deck lid seal/drain area. I won't need to replace the rear under seat floor area, so I'll just separate the trunk floor at the factory seam behind the shelf braces. Should make some progress now that I've actually got started......:rolleyes::cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/7c4d1477.jpg

Skinnys Garage
01-19-2012, 06:14 PM
Found some time to get a little more done on the rear clip. Cleaned off all the undercoat and gave it a quick once over with the DA. Found it was in about the condition I expected, so no surprises. Removed the under seat floor section at the factory seam because mine looks good. Also trimmed the rear panel to make more room for repairs as I have an NOS one to install after the whole section is in place.

Finding a cleaner rear section probably would have saved me a little time fabricating repair panels, but what fun is that? Besides, better parts are usually on better cars and I don't normally cut up good cars......and California is so far away to find one.....:rolleyes:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/19901975.jpg

Skinnys Garage
02-02-2012, 08:38 PM
Started cutting my car up today, now comes the fun part. I'm only eight bolts and a steering column away from lifting the body off, but not sure if that's in the plan.....yet.:rolleyes:
The second pic shows the floors I repaired some 25 years ago, still holding up well. I'll probably just clean them up a bit, rework some things and coat them with POR.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/a4ed719d.jpg
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SN-60
02-02-2012, 09:05 PM
To: Skinnys Garage,----------------- This Bud's for You!!

kamzack
02-03-2012, 01:53 AM
You is one brave dude, ain't scareda nutin, huh. Can't wait til the next update.
Kim

Studeous
02-03-2012, 03:06 AM
WOW ! You've taken "Look and You'll Love that Lark" to the next level. When Your done I know where the front half of a Golden Hawk is.

Bordeaux Daytona
02-07-2012, 10:21 PM
Very nice! I have to do the same thing to my 64 Daytona so it's nice to see someone doing the same repair.

Skinnys Garage
02-08-2012, 10:12 AM
Thanks for the encouragement everyone - I'm gonna need it!;)

I'm sure it's been done before and will be done again, but it's good to hear I'm not the only one out there doing this operation.:cool:

Actually the "wheels" have been turning lately and thoughts of taking this project even further are in the works. Plans for a skytop have been in play for a while, so I've been thinking about frame strength. While my 13 gauge V8 frame is in good shape, it's still fairly thin compared to the 11 gauge frame under my '62 Cruiser.

After crawling around with a tape measure and checking over part numbers in the manuals, I think it may happen. Added benefits will be using the later caster angle, Saginaw box and getting the updated A-frame supports. I'll pull the Cruiser apart first and see how the frame shortening goes before tearing my car down further.....how hard can it be?:rolleyes:

Skinnys Garage
02-16-2012, 08:36 PM
Started my frame experiment today by removing the Cruiser body. Shelved a few parts along with the complete left side floor pan for my '62-Y4 while I was at it. The 289 will come apart and out next, then I'll work on cleaning up and shortening the frame. The second pic shows the carnage......

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/fe5f326d.jpg
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Milaca
02-16-2012, 11:26 PM
When you get all that done, can I hire you to work on a '64 Daytona? :)
Nice to see somebody making progress on a project. I'll just live vicariously through you. ;)

Skinnys Garage
02-16-2012, 11:40 PM
Sure, bring that '64 over! The only problem I can see is....... you getting it back.:rolleyes:;):cool:

Skinnys Garage
03-01-2012, 09:51 PM
Built a frame table to keep everything on the same plane for shortening. The shop manual uses a line extending out from the top of the frame rails (at the center body mount locations) to measure front and rear kick-ups. I needed a way to extend that imaginary line out the back for measurements when welding the frame back together. By building a level table and using cross braces bolted to the top body mounts, it gives me that line from front to back. Now, I just need to build a support from the rear kick-up down to the table, so the frame can be cut and slid forward while keeping everything in spec.

In true CASO form, I spent about 30 bucks in materials and will still have 4 full 2X4's to use in my remodeling projects after I take it apart.:rolleyes: I admit to using a little duct tape also, but only on the floor to mark the leg locations for level in case it gets moved for some reason.

The pics don't do this frame justice, with no weak spots and little to no pitting, it will clean up great and should be more than strong enough to handle future plans. Besides the skytop, a warmed over R1 style 289 with a 4-speed may put a little more stress on things also.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/8d281956.jpg

52-fan
03-02-2012, 10:19 AM
This is a VERY interesting build. I hope you succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

ozarkman
03-02-2012, 03:15 PM
Hey Skinny! Let me know if you end up with a left over 62 rear clip.

Skinnys Garage
03-02-2012, 07:09 PM
Hey Skinny! Let me know if you end up with a left over 62 rear clip.Sorry Fred, not much left of the extra '62 rear clip. I used the fenders on my 62V-Y4 project along with a rear corner section cut out of the inner structure. I'm using a section of the forward wheel well on the Y4 also. The trunk floor is rotten and the deck lid has rust starting across the back. I could sell you the nice rear clip off my Y4 driver, but you'll have to take the rest of the car with it.;):cool:

StudeRich
03-02-2012, 09:20 PM
Nice project Skinny, are you planning on a fishplate (splice) to go over the join on 1 or more of the 3 flat surfaces after the weld to strenghten it, or do you think it will not be needed?

DEEPNHOCK
03-02-2012, 09:41 PM
That is way cool!!
Jeff


Built a frame table to keep everything on the same plane for shortening. The shop manual uses a line extending out from the top of the frame rails (at the center body mount locations) to measure front and rear kick-ups. I needed a way to extend that imaginary line out the back for measurements when welding the frame back together. By building a level table and using cross braces bolted to the top body mounts, it gives me that line from front to back. Now, I just need to build a support from the rear kick-up down to the table, so the frame can be cut and slid forward while keeping everything in spec.

In true CASO form, I spent about 30 bucks in materials and will still have 4 full 2X4's to use in my remodeling projects after I take it apart.:rolleyes: I admit to using a little duct tape also, but only on the floor to mark the leg locations for level in case it gets moved for some reason.

The pics don't do this frame justice, with no weak spots and little to no pitting, it will clean up great and should be more than strong enough to handle future plans. Besides the skytop, a warmed over R1 style 289 should put a little more stress on things also. I'll finish up rebuilding the Marshals 289 to install for now, along with it's HD FOM (needs to be broke in anyway;)).

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/8d281956.jpg

Skinnys Garage
03-02-2012, 11:04 PM
Nice project Skinny, are you planning on a fishplate (splice) to go over the join on 1 or more of the 3 flat surfaces after the weld to strengthen it, or do you think it will not be needed?I'd like to step cut the frame, but there's only a small area straight and parallel enough to remove the material leaving me with a slight angle cut at best. Plans are to build a 'slug' (piece of heavier rectangle tubing that will fit inside the rails) and plug weld it on both sides of the cut area. Also, take a larger section out of the bottom plate and replace it with the splice a few inches away from the angle cut on the main channel. Depending on how all that goes, external fish plating may not be needed. I'm open to all ideas, but that's the plan for now.

Skinnys Garage
03-02-2012, 11:25 PM
That is way cool!!
JeffThanks Jeff!:cool:

Here's another pic of the table showing how the frame is suspended from the body bolts attached to the cross braces. I've been trading labor with a friend of mine for a day every other week and this was my project for the day. He couldn't see my 'vision' on how this would work until we sat the frame in place, measured the rear kick-up to the table and it matched the factory print.;)

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/6eec99ca.jpg

COMMANDERPINK1
03-03-2012, 07:03 AM
I'd like to step cut the frame, but there's only a small area straight and parallel enough to remove the material leaving me with a slight angle cut at best. Plans are to build a 'slug' (piece of heavier rectangle tubing that will fit inside the rails) and plug weld it on both sides of the cut area. Also, take a larger section out of the bottom plate and replace it with the splice a few inches away from the angle cut on the main channel. Depending on how all that goes, external fish plating may not be needed. I'm open to all ideas, but that's the plan for now.

Glad to hear of this kinda splice in the frame. :)
Tom

ozarkman
03-06-2012, 02:47 PM
Sorry Fred, not much left of the extra '62 rear clip. I used the fenders on my 62V-Y4 project along with a rear corner section cut out of the inner structure. I'm using a section of the forward wheel well on the Y4 also. The trunk floor is rotten and the deck lid has rust starting across the back. I could sell you the nice rear clip off my Y4 driver, but you'll have to take the rest of the car with it.;):cool:
:D No, I don't think I can bring another one home at this time. I scored a nos rear fender and the trunk lid and other fender are good, so I think I just need the tail panel. I might try a big hammer first.:cool:

Skinnys Garage
03-08-2012, 06:31 PM
Cut the frame today and all went as planned. I was able to get a pretty good angle on the cuts and with a little fine tuning, things should line up nicely. The table did it's job keeping everything in spec with the rear section slid forward. The slugs and bottom plate mod are next, so things can get put back together. The pic shows it slid together and the cut out chunks on the table. Can't wait to clean it up for paint and start assembly.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/be9cb9e6.jpg

dpson
03-08-2012, 06:45 PM
Perhaps a tricycle like this would be more age appropriate in your re-creation:


14196

Skinnys Garage
03-15-2012, 06:29 PM
Welded the frame back into one piece again today. Still need to smooth things up a bit, but the hard work is done. Next on the list is to cut off the extra rail behind the rear cross member, drill for the back bumper brackets and add the holes etc for the master cylinder/pedal setup.

Here's the new section of bottom plate in place after installing the inner support sections.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/ad5691a1.jpg

After smoothing out the bottom plates, ready to flip back over.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/35cb8d4a.jpg

This shows the angle cuts and plug welds without much clean up yet. The inner support is also welded to the top of the rails from the inside.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/6d873e6d.jpg

Finally, on stands ready for finishing, my very own 11 gauge short wheel base frame. Didn't even have to part out a late Lark type hardtop to get it!:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/6ca3e9ce.jpg

Ron Dame
03-16-2012, 06:41 AM
Man that's one crusty 1800 next to the chassis, have fun getting that one sound again!

Skinnys Garage
03-16-2012, 09:54 AM
Man that's one crusty 1800 next to the chassis, have fun getting that one sound again!Unfortunately, that's the good side! It's an example of the cars I part out for a living (pays for my Studebaker habit). I find cars beyond any reasonable hope and send what's left around the world keeping others going. The more offbeat the better for me, because they lack the aftermarket support. Studebakers are a little tough with all the NOS parts available, but I've still had good luck with the stuff I'm willing to part with.

Both of these 1800's are on deck in the garage ready to come apart. The yellow one is a '67, the blue a '66. I usually only do one at a time (so my place doesn't look like a salvage yard), but these were a package deal, east coast rust and all!:rolleyes:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/7a2bb34d.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/f1d70cb8.jpg

r1lark
03-16-2012, 05:10 PM
Skinny, is that a '53 Land Cruiser in the first picture? You been holding out on us?? I don't remember hearing about that one....... <G>

63t-cab
03-16-2012, 05:26 PM
Scott, that is truely a high end job you have done to this point !keep up the good work.

Skinnys Garage
03-16-2012, 07:11 PM
Skinny, is that a '53 Land Cruiser in the first picture? You been holding out on us?? I don't remember hearing about that one....... <G>I'm afraid that was one of my part out 'victims' from last year.:( Bought it as shown missing the bumpers, broken out rear glass, stuck engine, lot's of rust etc. Removed about everything I could before hauling it away. Most of the parts have been sold, but still have a few things. Don't let the pics fool you, it sat in a wet area and the floors, door bottoms, frame etc were paper thin.

To keep this related to my '59 project, the rear sway bar from the L/C will find its way under the Lark.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/cc5f9c58.jpg
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Skinnys Garage
03-16-2012, 07:26 PM
Scott, that is truely a high end job you have done to this point !keep up the good work.Thanks, Joe. None of this grunt work will really be seen, but it could make for some interesting conversations at future car gatherings......"You did what????":rolleyes::cool:

Skinnys Garage
03-29-2012, 09:45 PM
Made a scrap run with the remains of my '62 Cruiser and '60 Lark VI 4dr donor cars, but kept the '60 frame for a little project. Needed a way to easily move the '59 body around in the garage, so I thought a body cart was in order. Using the cut down '60 frame gives me all the right body mount locations and I can use it to graft on the rear clip. I just sat the clip in place to try it out, but will clean it up a bit and give it a shot of chassis black just for the fun of it.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/f26e49df.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/a1081564.jpg

doug
03-29-2012, 11:16 PM
Nice gadget. I always like taking something of little use and finding a use for it.

289stude
03-30-2012, 12:20 AM
Just seen an 1800 today out in a field. Always liked those cars and it look pretty solid. Might go check on it soon. Anything specific I should look for.

Ron Dame
03-30-2012, 06:31 AM
Field cars will be tough, the 1800 is a semi monocoque design. The rockers are 3 layers of steel, and integral to the structure. Quite spendy to repair...about $4,000 to have both sides done. If they are gone be sure to check the front frame rails and cross-member..both susceptable to rust damage as well


Just seen an 1800 today out in a field. Always liked those cars and it look pretty solid. Might go check on it soon. Anything specific I should look for.

Skinnys Garage
04-17-2012, 09:13 PM
Modified the frame to use the '59 style floor pedals today. The factory was kind enough to leave the correct master cylinder holes in place, but I needed to add the pivot setup removed from my '60 parts frame. Not rocket science, just some measuring, cutting and drilling, but when fabricating brake parts I'm careful to check and recheck everything. I'll get the outside of the washers welded to the frame when it's cleaned up and back in the garage.

Decided to try fitting my '64 Ford T-10 in place of the Fliteomatic. It's a wide ratio with a 2.73 first and pretty even gear spacing. If I stick with 3.31's out back, first and second calculate out the same as a Stude 2.20 1st close ratio with 4.10's, so it should be fun at stop lights and out on the road. Need to get a bell in hand to see what needs to be done with the pilot, bearing retainer etc. It's a V8 Falcon/Comet unit with the forward shifter location, so it sits far enough ahead to clear my reclining bench easily. Got a Hurst Comp Plus, so I've got a few different handles to choose from for reach. I'll have pic updates of that when I get started. For now here's some from todays project.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/3fd0555e.jpg

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Skinnys Garage
04-19-2012, 08:33 PM
Removed three inches of 'extra' overhang from the rear rails today. Need to thank the factory again, this time for leaving the rear cross member in the same position, just adding extra rail behind it from '62-up. I'll add a small piece of strap across the bottom/back edge like the factory piece before paint. The only other mod needed was to add '59 bumper brace mounting holes (the extra hole in the middle was the '62s forward hole).

We spent some time giving an initial cleaning to the frame also, so now it's back in the garage with bear metal showing. I'll continue sanding the flat areas before blasting the parts I can't get to. Pushed out the rear shackle bushings, so I need to get a set of those on the order list, too. Hopefully painted frame pictures won't be too many weeks in the future.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/692cb13d.jpg

Milaca
04-20-2012, 10:21 PM
Have you decided what to use for refinishing this frame? Black implement enamel or something pricier like Eastwood chassis black? By the way, what have others used with lasting success?

Skinnys Garage
04-21-2012, 10:15 AM
Have you decided what to use for refinishing this frame?Planning on an epoxy primer with single stage, two part acrylic urethane gloss black, all from PPG's Shop Line. I've used other products for different situations, but this should be good enough for my old Lark. I've only read about Eastwood's ceramic chassis paint, sounds like it's tricky to spray correctly and hard to clean up, but is probably the way to go for durability.

Skinnys Garage
11-01-2012, 10:19 PM
With the '62 selling, had some space to move things around in the garage and get back on the '59. Removed the windshield, doors and unbolted what's left of the body from the frame. Just need to pull the steering column/box, slide the frame out and set it back on my custom 'body cart'. Going to remove the dash and all the remaining bits like wiring, cables, wiper parts etc making a clean slate to start over with. Once that's done, there won't be anything left to take apart and it'll have to start going back together.:cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/drsof_zps674567a4.jpg

Skinnys Garage
02-07-2013, 11:10 PM
Been lazy with the updates, but haven't really got much done.....on the '59 anyway. Took everything that could be removed off, including the frame and got the car slid into the corner before Thanksgiving.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/IMG_8313_zps5132924d.jpg

Got side tracked in December with my tri-fold door/wall project, but I'll get to that after showing some Stude progress first. Finally got around to installing the rear clip and making it look more like a car again. Not welded in place yet, but did get it trimmed, fit and weld primered between the panels. First pic is before the final cuts and the next is the end of the day progress. Just noticed a 'bonus' project is in both pics, my Torino hood scoop I was working on last month. It's from a one year only '72 Sport hood grafted on a '73 hood for my car. I have it fit and the inner structure in place, just need to finish weld and prep for paint.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/IMG_9333_zps94318adc.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/IMG_9346_zpsc44500b2.jpg

Now for my little 'off the wall' project. The North third of my garage has a small office and an area I store my 'good junk' in (including my '59). After doing the metal/body/paint work on the '62, everything in my 'good junk' area was covered in dust/overspray. Came up with a plan to help control that a bit better with a partition wall and enough open door space to slide cars in and out as needed. I decided to make my own tri-fold set up out of cheap core doors (read CADO) and some flush mount hinges. Sliding closet door tracks were used to store the folded doors out of the way and support in the center. Need to finish boxing in the rafter supports and mud/tape, but it already makes the work area much easier to heat. Can't see it in the pics very well, but there's a walk through door in the 'hallway' by my office door. That's enough carpentry and Torino talk........I'll try and stay on track with more Studebaker updates.......;):cool:

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StudeRich
02-08-2013, 12:56 AM
Good work Skinny! Baby steps, that's sometimes the best you can do, but progress is progress! :!:

I am glad to see someone passionate enough to save a Family heirloom destined for scrap, especially when it is not a valuable C or K. :!:

Skinnys Garage
02-08-2013, 11:15 PM
Thanks Rich. You're right, it's certainly not monetary gain or even good common sense that drives me, just a lifetime of memories. From riding in this car as a little kid, getting the keys in a birthday card at 15 and the last 30+ years of hanging on to it has been quite an experience. Here's a memory I won't forget. When my uncle quit driving it, he stored it away in the barn instead of just selling it. This snap shot is of the unveiling right after I got the keys. Guess my old Stude was ahead of the now popular 'barn find' trend.;):cool:

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/studebarn.jpg

Milaca
02-09-2013, 08:37 PM
I like your walk-in closet. Women everywhere are envious of it's size. ;)

Skinnys Garage
02-21-2013, 10:35 PM
I like your walk-in closet. Women everywhere are envious of it's size. ;)Come on Brent, the correct term would be a drive-in closet.:cool:

Installed all the body bolts and tacked the structure in place today. After some final fitting and cross measuring, we slipped on the NOS rear fenders to check deck lid fitment. The gaps are nice and straight, so it's on to the doors next. The tape shows they should fit nice too, but I'll still hang them first before final welding. Then the tidious task of templates and patches to tidy up some rusty areas before installing the new rear panel. Plan is to get the tub ready to go, then fit an aftermarket 'skytop'. Probably will go with one close to the factory Stude size, but may make some templates of other options just to compare. As usual, here's a progress pic for now.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/59%20Lark%20Projects/IMG_9587_zpsce3c4194.jpg

Skinnys Garage
05-13-2014, 09:27 PM
Over a year without a progress report for good reason.....no progress.:o Last summer I did the frame for the Marshal in my spare time and was kept busy with a bunch of work stuff the rest of the time. Thought I might get something done last Winter, but the nasty cold weather really slowed that effort also.

The down time has given me some time to think about things though, and have a little different game plan than before. Decided to skip all the extra changes like the big engine mods, 4-speed, skytop, 9" rear etc. Just going to do a build similar to my '62 project from a couple years ago. Will probably have some "too good for this car" NOS parts, vintage Offy intake/valve covers along with a few extra used parts ready to E-Bay at the same time the Marshal is listed for better exposure.

Did manage to get one project done for a customer that could help out my goal from post number one. I needed a trike to recreate the old photo of me with the '59 in the background and now have one to use. I restored a '46 Colson for my friend with the bike shop that he actually had as a kid. It's about 20 years older than my old trike, but is similar in size and with all the hours I put into it, will add a good back story to the updated photo.

Here's a reminder of the photo in question and a before and after of the Colson. I used single stage enamel with hardener and hand pinstriped with one shot. Just need to find or fabricate some rear hubcaps, add a period bell and replace the grips with the correct style when they're back in stock.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/mytrikeLark.jpg (http://s631.photobucket.com/user/mytoygarage/media/mytrikeLark.jpg.html)
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/46clsnbfr_zpsbc32dbb0.jpg (http://s631.photobucket.com/user/mytoygarage/media/46clsnbfr_zpsbc32dbb0.jpg.html)
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/mytoygarage/46clsnaft_zps08bb709f.jpg (http://s631.photobucket.com/user/mytoygarage/media/46clsnaft_zps08bb709f.jpg.html)

skyway
05-14-2014, 12:22 PM
VERY nice!
My first real bicycle in about 1962 was a used (and even then old) 26 incher in almost those same colors and pattern; green separating maroon and creme, and with pinstriped wheels too.

COMMANDERPINK1
03-13-2015, 12:23 PM
Just a bump to see where this project is at.
Tom

studeclunker
03-13-2015, 01:32 PM
Skinny, that trike is gorgeous! I used to have one like your original too (red and white?). I believe it was a hand-me-down from my older brother. Used to love going around corners on two wheels with it. Mum said our neighbors called me the 'Sidewalk Terror,' LOL! Can't wait to see the car finished.:D

Skinnys Garage
03-13-2015, 11:20 PM
Going on a second year without any real progress. Got side tracked with a 4-speed Granada and my '58 Ford Gasser project. Those should be ready for market soon, so I can get my garage space back for the Lark. Of course the Marshal needs some more attention also, along with my Torino, the daily drivers, the house, the yard, the business, the honey do list.............:eek:

COMMANDERPINK1
03-14-2015, 01:02 PM
We all know what youre talking about. We all been there or still there. Have a 64 Commander 4dr I haven't been back on in maybe three years now. It seems that paying projects of friends keep getting in the way. Then family, home, property and the daily grind.
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