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  • 63 Lark Idea

    I had been looking at the 63 Lark on Ebay that has the 6 in it and needs some work. In looking at it, I got an idea of buying one like it and putting a V-8 in it as my dad did with our old Lark we had and trying to find some bucket seats and such. Mainly, I really liked our Lark and would like to make another one fairly similar. Then I saw a Lark with a Supercharged engine in it and of course my dumb brain started turning. So there is the question.. If I took a Lark, Built it with one of Nemish's engines mated it to a 3 spd with overdrive or a 4speed, put buckets in it and such, would I ever have a prayer of getting anything close to the money I would spend on the engine and redoing the interior?

    Former owner/owner with Dad:
    58 Packard Golden Hawk
    62 Hawk
    62 Lark
    63 Lark
    64 Lark
    63 Champ
    Currently I own:
    84 Mercedes 380SL
    92 Range Rover (for sale)
    99 BMW 323I
    and helping a 16 year old rebuild an 86 Saab 900

    Lakeland, FL

  • #2
    Sounds like a plan to me. [8D]

    But consider that a Phantom interior would be around $2.5K or so, though you could have it for a lot cheaper from other recources (I got covers from Historic Auto and I'm very pleased with them.) And a Nimesh engine would run $20K or so. But his engines are WELL worth it IMO.

    If you build it like that, and you decide to sell it, swap the R3 for a regular 289 and keep that R3 for the next project.

    Matthew Burnette
    '59 Scotsman
    '63 Daytona
    Hazlehurst, GA

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    • #3
      Sounds like a plan to me. [8D]

      But consider that a Phantom interior would be around $2.5K or so, though you could have it for a lot cheaper from other recources (I got covers from Historic Auto and I'm very pleased with them.) And a Nimesh engine would run $20K or so. But his engines are WELL worth it IMO.

      If you build it like that, and you decide to sell it, swap the R3 for a regular 289 and keep that R3 for the next project.

      Matthew Burnette
      '59 Scotsman
      '63 Daytona
      Hazlehurst, GA

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      • #4
        Depends on how long you keep it. If you build it for 40K, and drive it 40 years, you would only have $1000 per year in it. That sounds like a deal to me. But then I,m still driving the Silver Hawk that I bought for $600. 29 years ago. The only thing been done to the drive train is 1 Clutch, lastyear. NT


        Neil Thornton
        Hazlehurst, GA
        '57 Silver Hawk
        '56 Sky Hawk
        '51 2R16 dump truck
        Many others.

        Neil Thornton

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        • #5
          Depends on how long you keep it. If you build it for 40K, and drive it 40 years, you would only have $1000 per year in it. That sounds like a deal to me. But then I,m still driving the Silver Hawk that I bought for $600. 29 years ago. The only thing been done to the drive train is 1 Clutch, lastyear. NT


          Neil Thornton
          Hazlehurst, GA
          '57 Silver Hawk
          '56 Sky Hawk
          '51 2R16 dump truck
          Many others.

          Neil Thornton

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          • #6
            Shawn, welcome to the hot rod crowd. There are quite a few guys modifying the Lark with V8's, Stude and otherwise. I've said the Studebaker National Meeting race at the drag strip might be very interesting and extremely fun.

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            Tom - Valrico, FL

            1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

            Tom - Bradenton, FL

            1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
            1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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            • #7
              Shawn, welcome to the hot rod crowd. There are quite a few guys modifying the Lark with V8's, Stude and otherwise. I've said the Studebaker National Meeting race at the drag strip might be very interesting and extremely fun.

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              Tom - Valrico, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1755.45)

              Tom - Bradenton, FL

              1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
              1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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              • #8
                Jump in with both feet, brother!


                [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

                Clark in San Diego
                '63 F2/Lark Standard
                http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
                www.studebakersandiego.com

                Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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                • #9
                  Jump in with both feet, brother!


                  [img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

                  Clark in San Diego
                  '63 F2/Lark Standard
                  http://studeblogger.blogspot.com
                  www.studebakersandiego.com

                  Clark in San Diego | '63 Standard (F2) "Barney" | http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

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