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drpreposterous
04-06-2013, 04:23 PM
Nearly two years ago, I was a Mopar-or-no-car nutcase. The only collectibles I had ever drive were from Mother Mopar. And I had just scored a super-solid Idaho beauty, a '64 Dodge Dart GT. My brother had actually helped me through the hunt this time, and I had really enjoyed his support and help. He was in a bad financial way, under-employed, and was just getting a vicarious thrill, so I felt kind of bad for him.

While looking for the Dart, he kept bringing up this '60 Lark VI, owned by SDC member Tom Noller. Ray actually remembered the red '53 Stude coupe my Dad had (I was too young), and thus had a nostalgic connection. By the pix, I could see Tom had taken fine care of a solid survivor from eastern Washington state. Tom put a rebuilt Hawk 8 in to go with a 3-speed with OD and a Dana 44 rear. It was rust-free, fine-running and I was charmed. On a sudden inspiration, I prevailed upon my slowly dying father to crack open his estate piggy bank early (out of my share of the estate) and get Ray the Lark. I had the Lark delivered to Ray's house, telling him it was more convenient for the shipper to drop it there.

Ray had the impression I had bought the Lark for myself. That day, my aging father handed the keys to my startled brother, who (at age 55) giggled uncontrollably for at least five minutes. What magic!

It was thus actually a letdown when, two months later, I found the Lark on my drive, keys inside with a note from my brother, telling me he couldn't take the car. He never really explained, but I think it had something to do with a war with his wife, who was mad my Dad hadn't gotten Ray a brand-new car. Ray didn't want to disappoint Dad, who I don't think ever knew Ray dropped the Lark on me. I do not have the space for two collector cars and was risking a strife with my own patient and lovely wife, so I set out to sell the Lark. But along the way, I drove it. I kept getting more and more charmed by the little bugger. In short course, I sold the Dart. Adding luster to the little birdie was the wonderful support I found on this forum. As my keeping that Lark actually seemed to increase bad feelings on the part of my brother and his wife, I regretfully (and stupidly) sold it shortly thereafter and returned the money to my Dad's estate, just before he passed. Families...

So, here I sit, Stude-less and utterly hooked on this make. Mopars don't even turn my head anymore! Mainly, I just wanted to thank you all for the wonderful things you do on this forum to help your fellow members. I am greatly looking forward to jumping in the Studebaker lake soon again and swimming a long, long time.

SN-60
04-06-2013, 04:37 PM
Great to have You on-board! I like Mopars Myself, and plenty of folks here in New England do also, but Studes are really special.....a 'step above' in My opinion! Good luck!

sweetolbob
04-06-2013, 04:54 PM
That was really nice thing you did. It's too bad it didn't workout but a lot of good deeds don't go unpunished.

But glad you found us and hope you get your Stude in short order.

Bob

Bob Andrews
04-06-2013, 05:08 PM
All I know is you have the coolest screen name in the club.

drpreposterous
04-06-2013, 05:11 PM
Thanks, Bob.
It's just an old nom de plume I never shed. In the early days of the WWW, I was editor of a teen science magazine and wrote a column on weird and unusual patents called "Patently Preposterous." Dr. Preposterous made snide and rude comments about a half dozen patents each month.

hausdok
04-06-2013, 05:50 PM
Thanks, Bob.
It's just an old nom de plume I never shed. In the early days of the WWW, I was editor of a teen science magazine and wrote a column on weird and unusual patents called "Patently Preposterous." Dr. Preposterous made snide and rude comments about a half dozen patents each month.Oh, so you're the guy that killed my dream of inventing the first widely accepted combination glovebox microwave and jewelry cleaner.

I'll get even one of these days Dr. Preposterous !!! Bwahahahahahahahaha! :mad:

P.S.

Welcome. I just joined myself after hanging around here for nearly two years. I'm one of those red-headed step children that owns one of the South Bend-built Packards but I've received nothing but positive input here whereas over on the Packard sites I felt like some guy that got caught peeing in the shrubbery (They're kind of snooty over there toward the South Bend-built Packards and some insist they aren't Packards at all - Tell it to the DMV.). Anyway, we get a better reception here. This is indeed a friendly, welcoming and helpful group of folks.

StudeRich
04-06-2013, 05:57 PM
Very glad to have you here Dr. I am sorry to hear that you live in Detroit though, I was born there 2-3 Miles from West Grand Blvd. GM Headquarters at St. Joseph Hosp. and lived on 15th. St.

My Dad, Mom and I never looked back after going to the West Coast, Calif. in 1952. :)

Lark Parker
04-06-2013, 06:18 PM
Speaking of inventions. I'm thinking of making plastic dog's heads that you can hang out the passenger side window.
It would be for those people that want to look like cool dog owners but don't have the situation to actually own a real dog.

hausdok
04-06-2013, 07:08 PM
Speaking of inventions. I'm thinking of making plastic dog's heads that you can hang out the passenger side window.
It would be for those people that want to look like cool dog owners but don't have the situation to actually own a real dog.It would have to be complete with some slobber dripping off a tongue hanging in the wind so that folks following could share the experience and test their windshield washing mechanisms.

They have dog rental places now for folks with exactly that situation. You pick up your rental escort and then hang with him/her all day and return Fido to the rental office that night.

JimC
04-06-2013, 10:35 PM
Somebody, get this man a Studebaker!!

Brian,

I have to tell ya, I can really relate to your story. Besides being a science geek, I grew up with a soft spot in my heart for Mopar. When I was 16, I couldn't afford a real muscle car, but I still wanted something Chrysler, so I subjected myself to the torment that was the 1983 Plymouth Reliant. It's amazing how different early 80's Chrysler was from early 70's Chrysler! Of course, Studebaker was in my blood, so it was always my first love. Let me tell you, the first memories I have of riding in a Studebaker as a toddler, in the front seat with no seatbelts and holes in the floor so big you could see the road passing under you, I couldn't help but think it was still the coolest experience of my life. When I got behind the wheel of my own Lark for the first time as an adult, it was an addiction. They're awesome little cars. I know I'll be behind the wheel of one till my last days.

Hope you find a great Stude to call your own soon. I have to say, I've really enjoyed my '63. It's driven me nuts that its been near 70 degrees out the last few days and it's down for repairs. With any luck I'll have the parts I need in a week or so and get myself back in the saddle again.

JBOYLE
04-06-2013, 10:43 PM
Dr P...thanks for the great story. You're obviously a good brother and son.
I hope you get a stude soon...you actions indicate you certainly deserve one.

Please let us know about your search...

Warren Webb
04-07-2013, 12:56 AM
I grew up with mopars. I still remember my dad taking me to the dealership where he worked one night & turning on the lights for the 2nd floor & there were the new 57's!!! Radical, startling, soooo different! Then a few months later giving me a ride in a 57 Dodge Custom Royal 2 door hardtop with the Super Red Ram engine. I was 10 wearing my cowboy hat when he took off & my hat flew back into the rear package shelf! Then when the 1960's were on the showroom floor at my classmates dad's dealership I was smitten by the LARK. Dad had gone there to pickup his parts order to fix a friends 55 President, so I too can relate to how you feel Dr. P. Welcome aboard. It's nice to know your not alone.

Nox
04-07-2013, 04:58 AM
I've had many US cars & MoPar beats the rest but Studebaker's are MAGIC!!!
We're kind in the same class I guess...

t walgamuth
04-07-2013, 05:25 AM
Your story about your brother and SIL is one of those that makes one smile and feel sad for you at the same time. Sorry for the loss of your father. Congratulations on having and nurturing your relationship with your brother. There are plenty of Studeys out there now but you need to get one asap since the're on fire as collectors now and the price of admission will only go up. Good luck!

Dale's post about the plastic dog head is just too funny! I just love it whenever I see someone tooling around with the dog hanging its head out the window....loving the view and the wind. I saw one yesterday and remarked to my wife it was like something you saw in a cartoon and real dogs didn't like it but it instead is true.

studegary
04-07-2013, 10:28 AM
Welcome and thanks for your story. What are looking for in a Studebaker?

My prime interest is in Studebakers, I have owned 50+. The close second is Mopars. The majority of new cars that I have purchased were Mopars. I sold new and used Chrysler-Plymouth for awhile.

I have owned cars close to your Dart. I had: '64 Signet hardtop slant six, '64.5 Signet hardtop with 273 V8 and '65 Dart convertible. Was your '64 Dart GT a six or V8?

warrlaw1
04-07-2013, 02:06 PM
Welcome, Dr. P. Some very knowledgeable and humble people frequent this forum. They've helped me alot. I also appreciate their love of dogs as co-pilots. My car is shiny, but what brings the most smiles at car meets is when people first see the dog snot on the passenger window, then the dog hair on the seat and then they look all around the car to find the dog. They're never disappointed.

Nox
04-07-2013, 03:08 PM
Sorry for the of-topic, but:
StudeGary; wasn't Dart & Valiant slant-6 cars up till -64 & got 273 V8's in -65?
Or was it only like that in Sweden?
(Had a bunch of those too...)

2R5
04-07-2013, 03:17 PM
Nice story "Doc" hope you find a Studebaker you like .....SOON !

drpreposterous
04-07-2013, 05:04 PM
Mine was a slant six, Gary, but it had the modern day equivalent of the HyperPak option, including headers, upgraded four-barrel and intake manifold and dual exhaust. Nice little rocket. But it wasn't a Stude. And that's all that matters, now!

drpreposterous
04-07-2013, 05:05 PM
Nox, they changed the firewall in the '64 A-bodies to accommodate the 273.

drpreposterous
04-07-2013, 05:06 PM
Thanks for all the warm words of welcome!

hawk58man
04-07-2013, 05:15 PM
Welcome to "Our Disease" .Being owners of Studebakers. My mopars were, a 62 Sport Fury 361 V8 Hi-Po that would Roast the tires "at command" Ran a 62'Plymouth 318 V8. was weekly H Stock class winner in 68' at Islip 1/8 mi. in Long Island. Welcome Aboard Dr. ..

Sdude
04-07-2013, 05:21 PM
I've got a suggestion for you. Get yourself a Champ pick-up with a wide box. It's easy to justify the need for a truck and the cab is made from a Lark. The too wide box in the back is actually the same bed you find on Dodge trucks from that era.

It's a nice transition vehicle from Mopar to Studebaker and if you keep your eyes forward, you will feel like you are in your Lark again. Plus you can haul things.

Welcome to the world of "off the deep end" Studebaker dudes......

John Brayton
04-07-2013, 07:05 PM
Good story and glad you kept the Lark! My brother and I have exchanged many cars when in our teens and twenties....now in our sixties we bought a fixer 50 Champ bullet nose together. Hope your brother ends up with a Stude of his own someday!

Regards,

studegary
04-08-2013, 12:50 PM
Sorry for the of-topic, but:
StudeGary; wasn't Dart & Valiant slant-6 cars up till -64 & got 273 V8's in -65?
Or was it only like that in Sweden?
(Had a bunch of those too...)

The 1964 models were introduced as six only. Mid-year the 273 V8 was introduced in them. It was 180 HP in that small body. Mine had TorqueFlite. The mid-year introduction is why I stated '64.5 for my Valiant Signet hardtop 273 V8. That was a fun car that we drove for years and then sold to our next door neighbor.

fargoguy
04-08-2013, 02:01 PM
The 1964 models were introduced as six only. Mid-year the 273 V8 was introduced in them. It was 180 HP in that small body. Mine had TorqueFlite. The mid-year introduction is why I stated '64.5 for my Valiant Signet hardtop 273 V8. That was a fun car that we drove for years and then sold to our next door neighbor.

I would bet that that mid-year introduction of the 273 coincided with the debut of the Barracuda. If i recall, about 3 weeks before the mustang debut?

Nox
04-08-2013, 02:06 PM
okidoki, I guess they thought Swedes didn't deserve V8's in -64 Valiants or Darts, pity since the -65 Darts aint as cool lookers.

Still: Studebaker is MAGIC!

studegary
04-08-2013, 02:53 PM
I would bet that that mid-year introduction of the 273 coincided with the debut of the Barracuda. If i recall, about 3 weeks before the mustang debut?

As I recall, the Barracuda was introduced on 4/2/64 as a 1964 model and the Mustang was introduced on 4/17/64 as a 1965 model.
I will leave it to someone else to research this and prove or disprove my memory.

Nox
04-08-2013, 04:25 PM
Gee, we've been behind in Sweden!
The first version Barracuda was only sold as -65 & -66 here, the -65 with the -65 Valiant grill exept for the extra lights in it.
Would be nice to see one with the -64 custom-style pipe-grill!

hausdok
04-08-2013, 04:26 PM
The 1964 models were introduced as six only. Mid-year the 273 V8 was introduced in them. It was 180 HP in that small body. Mine had TorqueFlite. The mid-year introduction is why I stated '64.5 for my Valiant Signet hardtop 273 V8. That was a fun car that we drove for years and then sold to our next door neighbor.Did Sweden tax vehicles based on displacement back then the way the German's tax based on displacement?