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1960 Lark VIII 2 door sedan available in Maple Falls, WA

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  • 1960 Lark VIII 2 door sedan available in Maple Falls, WA

    Today I went to take a look at this Lark VIII 2 door sedan in Maple Falls, WA (far northwest near Bellingham).

    http://bellingham.craigslist.org/cto/5860204535.html

    s/n 60V-13530, body 60V-F4 6603. I forgot to get the engine s/n.

    The current owner, Jeff, bought it 6 years ago at an auction. He and his father drove it home, but haven't driven it in the last 5 years. He said the last time they took a longer drive, the brakes failed. They repaired them, but I forgot to ask what specifically was repaired. After they fixed the brakes it developed a problem in the fuel system. He thinks it's the carburetor. He was planning to fix it up and re-sell it, but he has too many other projects with higher priority. It appears to have been sitting outside most of the time.

    The engine does crank with the battery, but doesn’t start. We didn't try to use any starting fluid or dribble gas down the carburetor before we cranked it. Despite being recently covered, the interior is saturated and starting to mold. There’s a leak somewhere around the rear window, and the driver's window won't crank up all the way (3/4" open). The frame is excellent, and the floors and trunk seem good. There were no holes and only light surface rust in the trunk. I couldn't see the underside of the floor pans very well, but I didn't see any holes. The only blistering I saw was at the lower front of the passenger door and along the edge of the trunk lid just above the trim. The locks are missing from the driver's door and the trunk. The wiring’s been replaced, but it looks sloppy. There are a lot of places of chipped paint that have been touched up. The hood has an area about the size of a hand palm that is chipped on the driver's side.

    The seats were recovered and were real plush, with matching door liners, and the carpet looked like it had been replaced. My guess is that it's an older restoration. Jeff was in contact with some of the previous owners, and it may have been owned at one time by someone in the SDC.

    The car has air conditioning, but he thinks it is not factory-installed.

    Basically, the bones seem good (for now), but it needs a lot of work.
    Last edited by Mark L; 05-19-2018, 04:47 PM.
    Mark L

  • #2
    Great report Mark. But I have to wonder what the roof looked like?
    When my brother sold it a few years ago we went to great lengths to include a replacement as the one on it was rusted clean through in a few spots.

    Has it really been six years since Mike sold it after he got it from the Bells?
    I dunno....
    StudeDave '57
    US Navy (retired)

    3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
    SDC Member since 1985

    past President
    Whatcom County Chapter SDC
    San Diego Chapter SDC

    past Vice President
    San Diego Chapter SDC
    North Florida Chapter SDC

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    • #3
      The roof is painted flat black. Not a smooth paint, it looks almost like non-skid paint, a rubberized coating, or even undercoating. I didn't notice any holes in it. My guess is that the leaks are behind the edges of the window seals. It's too bad about the current condition. It looks like it was a nice car in the recent past.
      Mark L

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mark L View Post
        The roof is painted flat black. Not a smooth paint, it looks almost like non-skid paint, a rubberized coating, or even undercoating. I didn't notice any holes in it. My guess is that the leaks are behind the edges of the window seals. It's too bad about the current condition. It looks like it was a nice car in the recent past.
        Sounds just like I remember it.
        That being the case-- it's got holes there somewhere!!!!
        We would NOT have gone to all the trouble we did to include a nice top to the buyer had it been okay.

        And yes-- it was a nice car not too many years ago.
        I can't be certain, but I think the buyer drove it outta here.
        It's sad to hear it's gotten that bad this fast.




        StudeDave '57
        StudeDave '57
        US Navy (retired)

        3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
        SDC Member since 1985

        past President
        Whatcom County Chapter SDC
        San Diego Chapter SDC

        past Vice President
        San Diego Chapter SDC
        North Florida Chapter SDC

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        • #5
          This one has come up for sale again by a different owner. It's listed in the Portland OR CL, but the ad states it's near Spokane.

          https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/...582360502.html
          Mark L

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          • #6
            Interesting. This looks like on that has been off and on for sale for the past year on Craigslist. Nice little Lark!
            1960 Lark VIII Regal Wagon

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            • #7
              Well, if the interior hadn't been totally saturated with water/mold/mildew when I saw it 18 months ago in post 1 above, I'd have a higher opinion of it.
              Mark L

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