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    Well, after a week on vacation, I was able to get back to work on my Lark today. Here is a shot of some of the changes: turn signal lenses thanks to the SB meet, grille thanks to ebay (painted by me), dual reservoir master cylinder thanks to my FLAPS. I redid the brake lines to the back, bled them all (and the MC) and fired the trusty 289 for the first time in about 3 weeks.



    I now have more brakes than before, but I may be on just the backs or even just one back brake. I am fearing the front calipers are frozen.

    I took the car on the road for the first time. My kids were just as anxious as me! Given the poor braking (and tail lights removed), I only went about half a mile on our country road. The stock shifter is practically worthless - it is very sloppy and sometimes locks the tranny in reverse. Hurst will be getting some of my money.

    Anyway, I turned slowly onto the road and just touched the gas in first and we all heard a loud chirp! That was a surprise as I had not gunned it. I managed to slowly get it into 2nd (due to caution and the shifter) and touched the gas again. It chirps the tires in second, too - but I confess, I tried to do that one, but still not full gas. On the return half mile, I did get it into 3rd gear - without issue (other than wheel hop in first).

    Anyway, I am impressed with the engine. I don't know why it is so eager to go, but I'm certainly not disappointed!

    I have some things to ask about and for, but that will take a little thinking. oh, the first two are:

    1. does anyone have a 63 secondary hood latch? The one you stick your fingers in to unlatch. Mine is gone and SASCO has none

    2. Is the cabin air filter still available? I didn't know what it was but tugged on the rubber seal and found it pulls out. Mine was tearing and full of crud and is worthless now. This is the pull-out filter above the heater core.

    More questions later.

    --george

    1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175

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    Way to go on the first drive. [8D]

    I LOVE the bumperless look and the painted grille. I have the same 'look' planned for mine. I've got a couple extra grilles, and I thought about making a grille for the hole the bumper brackets come through.

    Matthew Burnette
    Hazlehurst, GA


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    • #3
      George,
      Which style do you have on the safety catch? I had 2 different kinds on 2 different hoods on my 62 ragtop, I think I have one.

      Jim
      "We can't all be Heroes, Some us just need to stand on the curb and clap as they go by" Will Rogers

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      • #4
        I thought Dennis had a box full of those latches at York. Maybe they weren't Lark specific.

        SI has the heater filter #1552094 for $22.50. Dennis should have them also.
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        sigpic'33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight, '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée"

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        • #5
          the latch is on the passenger's side of the main latch. It operates what I would call "sideways" - it will pivot to the side - not fore and aft. It has two screws on the hood - these run fore and aft. Pressing the lever would make the latch swing to the side - toward the driver's side and disengage the catch that is on the passenger's side. I can take pics tomorrow - 11pm is a little late thanks for helping!

          --george

          1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175

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          • #6
            Really love the look of the painted grille mesh! That's very small change that makes a really huge perceptual difference. Me like!


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            • #7
              Count me in as a big fan of the grille, man! I'm liking that a lot. When I personalize a car for myself, the grille is usually where I start.

              Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

              KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!
              Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY

              KEEP AMERICA BEAUTIFUL! Drive a Studebaker!

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              • #8
                here is a composite photo of the hood latch on my Lark. As you can see it swings side-to-side, not front-to-back. Any ideas? beneath the pic is a link to a larger version if you need more detail.



                http://www.teamwetworks.com/claymore.../hoodlatch.jpg

                Thanks - and thanks for the comments on the grille - I appreciate them!

                --george

                1963 Lark Daytona HT - 63V J8 175

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by mbstude

                  Way to go on the first drive. [8D]

                  I LOVE the bumperless look and the painted grille. I have the same 'look' planned for mine. I've got a couple extra grilles, and I thought about making a grille for the hole the bumper brackets come through.

                  [b]Matthew Burnette
                  Matthew - I think that you have proven that you need, or at least should have, bumpers <G>.

                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                  Gary L.
                  Wappinger, NY

                  SDC member since 1968
                  Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                  • #10
                    I knew that SOMEBODY would say that.

                    quote:Matthew - I think that you have proven that you need, or at least should have, bumpers <G>.
                    Matthew Burnette
                    Hazlehurst, GA


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