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    I just wanted to say hello. I have just purchased my first Studebaker ever and have joined the SDC. It's a 1961 Lark Cruiser which seems rust free due to most of it's existence spent in the San Diego area. It does have a 289 V-8 out of a 1963 Hawk and runs out well. I am going to do some interior work and possibly some paint work eventually but I bought it from a lifelong mechanic who is also a Studebaker aficionado so mechanically it should be sound. I will follow this forum and I'm sure will have all kinds of questions so please be patient. Thanks in advance

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    Congrats on the purchase. That car will be an eye catcher fer sher. A 289 in a Lark is a fun car to drive. Don't be afraid to step on it once in a while and feel the torque of that engine. Its quite exhilarating if you're accustomed to 4 cylinder imports.
    sals54

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    • #3
      Welcome to the club Rex. We are happy to have another new member. We have a very active club and forum. Be sure to seek out and join your local chapter there in Indiana.
      There are plenty of parts available for your peppy little Lark.
      Take some time to explore the SDC website and check out all the vendors. If your membership included Turning Wheels Magazine you will be very pleased with the look and content of this award winning publication.
      Know that you are surrounded by friends and lots of expertise. Enjoy the ride!
      Ed Sallia
      Dundee, OR

      Sol Lucet Omnibus

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      • #4
        Welcome, Rex! Congrats on the purchase. Who did you buy it from? Us inquiring San Diegans want to know

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

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        • #5
          Welcome to the flock, but be very cautious. It becomes habit forming and one just isn't enough, 2's only a pair, and then the collection process goes totally out of control.
          sigpic1966 Daytona (The First One)
          1950 Champion Convertible
          1950 Champion 4Dr
          1955 President 2 Dr Hardtop
          1957 Thunderbird

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          • #6
            I didn't buy it from someone there. It was brought to this part of the country a few years ago by someone in Wisconsin and was sold to me by a Studebaker addict who is now moving to the Arizona desert and can only take one hobby car with him. He's taking his Daytona HT so this one had to find a new home.

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            • #7
              Thank you for the warning thunderations! I also own and show an original 1938 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan. So I understand about the addiction. I love cars that you don't see rows of when you go to a show or cruise night.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by rcclark99 View Post
                I didn't buy it from someone there. It was brought to this part of the country a few years ago by someone in Wisconsin and was sold to me by a Studebaker addict who is now moving to the Arizona desert and can only take one hobby car with him. He's taking his Daytona HT so this one had to find a new home.
                Have the previous owner when he gets to Arizona look me up. I am in the roster.

                Bob Miles
                Pacific Southwest Zone Coordinator 2018-2020

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                • #9
                  By The Way, your car would not happen to be white with a green interior and factory correct 1961 AC? If so, I can fill you in on the history of the car before it went to the your area.

                  Bob Miles

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                  • #10
                    Welcome. You’ll find yourself in good company here.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 6hk71400 View Post
                      By The Way, your car would not happen to be white with a green interior and factory correct 1961 AC? If so, I can fill you in on the history of the car before it went to the your area.

                      Bob Miles
                      No Bob, It is not. I'm not up on my Studebaker colors yet but I believe this car was originally a light brown or tan color and the interior seems to be similar. As I study more I will be able to tell you exactly what color it was.

                      The interior is not what something my better half can live with for long so that is where we'll concentrate our efforts and resources first.

                      I'll do as much of the work as I can but a 71 years of age, I'm not as nimble as I used to be. New headliner will be first and that definitely is not something I'll attempt myself. We're going to meet with an interior guy today to set up a game plan and go from there.

                      And it does not have AC. Thanks for your question and your thoughts.
                      Last edited by rcclark99; 08-08-2018, 08:10 AM. Reason: corrected wording

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Pancho View Post
                        Welcome. You’ll find yourself in good company here.
                        Thank you for the welcome Pancho! I've always found car guys to be good company for the most part.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by thunderations View Post
                          Welcome to the flock, but be very cautious. It becomes habit forming and one just isn't enough, 2's only a pair, and then the collection process goes totally out of control.
                          Thank you for the welcome. I know this hobby can be addictive. I have a 1938 Dodge Brothers Touring Sedan that I drive and show. Car is original and I've done about all I can do to it while still keeping it original so I needed a new project. This one will not be original but instead will be a little hot rod of sorts which I plan to drive much more. It'll see it's share of cruise nights and a show or two but going to finish it as I like without worrying about originality.

                          Mechanically it is all Studebaker ('63-289 V-8 and automatic) and seems to be rust-free. My changes will be pretty much cosmetic without changing the overall look or personality of the previous owner.

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                            Here's a picture of my new-to-me Lark. First time I've tried to post a pic so don't know if this will work or not.
                            Last edited by rcclark99; 08-08-2018, 07:18 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Nice car! Love the skirts and pinstriping. When was that B/W photo taken? Was this car a period custom?

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