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  • Looking at a Lark for a "new" racecar

    I am looking for another Lark to build into a 4-spd SBC Gasser. The 60 we ran at Drag Week is about to get back on the track and still sports the BBC/T400 we've had in it for the last 4 years. It is going to be raced at nostagic meets that allow automatics. The 60 I bought earlier this year is in really bad shape. To the point of not wanting to build as a gasser, but likely an all out tube chassis racecar.

    So, yesterday I drive a few hours to check out a 61 that is "almost no rust". Not true. But the $1500 bottom line has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and buy the car and replace the rusty frame? Or look for another 2 door Lark at a lower price? Are poor condition cars really selling for $1500? Or, is there any engineless or 6 banger Larks out there that can be bought that don't need 100-150 hours to fix the rust first?

    Anyone have something stashed or unloved? I don't mind fixing rust on a cheap car? But I am struggling with the thought of spending $1500 on one that needs a frame, part of the right firewall, cowl section, trunk floor repair, roll bar cut out and replaced correctly...etc.
    54 C Land Speed - 179.644 mph
    59 Lark Cruiser - 14.58 @ 99.30
    60 Lark Gasser 1 - 10.82 @ 122.83
    60 Lark
    63 Lark Slammed - 11.62 @ 116.3

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    Still some solid bodies at Chuck Naugle place in Tucson. They were selling them. Buy one for $300.00 and get the second one free.

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    • #3
      A racy 66 could be cool. Chevy motor.
      https://rmn.craigslist.org/cto/d/196...226240576.html
      54 Champion coupe
      48 Champion Convert

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 54stude View Post
        A racy 66 could be cool. Chevy motor.
        https://rmn.craigslist.org/cto/d/196...226240576.html
        True. Hoping there's something a little closer....Hoping....
        54 C Land Speed - 179.644 mph
        59 Lark Cruiser - 14.58 @ 99.30
        60 Lark Gasser 1 - 10.82 @ 122.83
        60 Lark
        63 Lark Slammed - 11.62 @ 116.3

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        • #5
          https://www.flickr.com/photos/vintag...7607658643415/
          54 Champion coupe
          48 Champion Convert

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          • #6
            My experience has been that the right car will show up if you are patient. If you rush into a deal, a better car will appear next week after your money is spent.
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            "In the heart of Arkansas."
            Searcy, Arkansas
            1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
            1952 2R pickup

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            • #7
              Originally posted by 52-fan View Post
              My experience has been that the right car will show up if you are patient. If you rush into a deal, a better car will appear next week after your money is spent.
              So true....that's why I walked away from the 61.
              54 C Land Speed - 179.644 mph
              59 Lark Cruiser - 14.58 @ 99.30
              60 Lark Gasser 1 - 10.82 @ 122.83
              60 Lark
              63 Lark Slammed - 11.62 @ 116.3

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              • #8
                https://easttexas.craigslist.org/cto...216802851.html

                Listed as a 64, but a 62..


                https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/c...230896588.html
                Last edited by SScopelli; 08-03-2017, 10:19 AM.

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                • #9
                  Here's one in Colorado Springs that looks to be really straight and solid for $1k. If the car has spent it's life in CO it will have minimal rust.

                  https://cosprings.craigslist.org/cto...173403288.html

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                  • #10
                    Andrew, i think i have what you are looking for i sending you a pm dannyo.

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                    • #11
                      PM and email sent.
                      54 C Land Speed - 179.644 mph
                      59 Lark Cruiser - 14.58 @ 99.30
                      60 Lark Gasser 1 - 10.82 @ 122.83
                      60 Lark
                      63 Lark Slammed - 11.62 @ 116.3

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                      • #12
                        I haven't seen anything like what you are looking for around here for some time. Good luck on your search. I can't wait to see your gasser project come to fruition.
                        Joe Roberts
                        '61 R1 Champ
                        '65 Cruiser
                        Eastern North Carolina Chapter

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by JRoberts View Post
                          I haven't seen anything like what you are looking for around here for some time. Good luck on your search. I can't wait to see your gasser project come to fruition.
                          I am pretty excited too. The 60 runs good at 10.91 at 122+, but it is for driving and only accepted in the north east gasser classes.

                          I want to build a purpose built competition car, legal in a bunch of the associations that are formed/forming. The parts that are accumulating are really cool. I picked up (3) 4-jets for $20 each, a tunnel ram for $75, a 296 SBC made from a real DZ 302 that was destroked for $600, fuellie heads for $80, a .655" lift roller cam for $5, a whole roadster chassis with a straight axle for $100 - I'l use the front end parts on the gasser and the rear 4-link on the chassis car, blow proof bell for $20, high-end flywheel and clutch package for $300, 9" rear for $10, 5.14:1 gears (2) sets for free, spool was $20, $50 Verti-gate, and the list goes on. I have a M22 with the big shafts and aftermarket case that will be used. I still need gages and front aluminum slots (GM pattern). It's going to be fun....
                          54 C Land Speed - 179.644 mph
                          59 Lark Cruiser - 14.58 @ 99.30
                          60 Lark Gasser 1 - 10.82 @ 122.83
                          60 Lark
                          63 Lark Slammed - 11.62 @ 116.3

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                          • #14
                            Hey I have a 60 2dr with no motor where are you located ? Am in Manitoba 75 miles north of US border . want couple hundred for it can send picks if interested .Not4u@nlis.ca .

                            Old Fart

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                            • #15
                              I really enjoy the old school gasser theme cars , But in MHO the rules they make seem to change at a whim.. No automatics? there was more guys running gassers with hydro's etc. in the day. Very few stick cars. Ken Dondero was one of the few exeptions. My bud Butch called out a few of em at bakersfield...No takers.. I think they didn't want to see the tail lights of a 41 willy's with a license plate on the back of it

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