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  • Porsche Lark - suspension pictures

    A couple of you asked for some detailed pictures of the suspension and driveline under the Porsche-powered '59 Lark which is headed for the Studebaker National Museum. The car will be picked up in the next few days, so I have been trying to get a complete set of photos.


    Here's the car from the side showing how the previous owner raised the trunk lid for better cooling.


    Right rear wheel removed to show ~3/4" thick plate to adapt Stude wheels to Porsche/VW bus drums. The flat bar locates the rear wheel for the swing axle system, just like the old VW bugs, and links to the torsion bar suspension. There are a couple of stops to limit travel.


    Looking down on right rear axle and drum. The half-shaft comes from the transaxle, links to the gear reduction box. I think the "underdrive" ratio is 1.39, so top speed is only 55-60 mph.


    Just in front of the engine/transaxle assembly, a tube about 4" diameter was welded between the frame rails. I think this houses the torsion bars, but you old VW/Porsche people will have to fill in the blanks here. A steel tube assembly serves as the mount for the engine and transaxle.


    A speedometer gear drive was added to the right front wheel, though the cable must have broken off long ago. The speedometer only shows 2375 miles, though this can't be correct. I think the bends were too tight and there was too much wheel travel to let this set-up survive too long.

    I did find that there is a parking brake set-up on the rear wheels and it does work. On the other hand, the exhaust-heated boxes for heat in the car aren't connected to anything, so this would not be a car for winter.



    [img=left]http://www.studegarage.com/images/gary_ash_m5_sm.jpg[/img=left] Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
    '63 Wagonaire Standard
    web site at http://www.studegarage.com
    Gary Ash
    Dartmouth, Mass.

    '32 Indy car replica (in progress)
    ’41 Commander Land Cruiser
    '48 M5
    '65 Wagonaire Commander
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    web site at http://www.studegarage.com

  • #2
    Thanks Gary!!!

    Miscreant adrift in
    the BerStuda Triangle!!

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe

    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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    • #3
      Thanks Gary!!!

      Miscreant adrift in
      the BerStuda Triangle!!

      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
      1960 Larkvertible V8
      1958 Provincial wagon
      1953 Commander coupe

      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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      • #4
        Thanks Gary I have enjoyed this very much! Great photos!

        Randy_G
        1959 Lark (project)
        www.automotivehistoryonline.com

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        • #5
          Thanks Gary I have enjoyed this very much! Great photos!

          Randy_G
          1959 Lark (project)
          www.automotivehistoryonline.com

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          • #6
            Thanks for the photos and description, Gary. We are very lucky here on the forum to get a "sneak preview" of this special car. The other 12,000 SDC members will have to wait for it to appear in the pages or TW and/or to see it at the Museum some time in the future. Thanks for sharing [^][8D]


            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA
            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              Thanks for the photos and description, Gary. We are very lucky here on the forum to get a "sneak preview" of this special car. The other 12,000 SDC members will have to wait for it to appear in the pages or TW and/or to see it at the Museum some time in the future. Thanks for sharing [^][8D]


              Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA
              Dick Steinkamp
              Bellingham, WA

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              • #8
                Gary,

                Thanks for sharing this bit of history. As Dick say, membership has it priviledges.

                Gary


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                • #9
                  Gary,

                  Thanks for sharing this bit of history. As Dick say, membership has it priviledges.

                  Gary


                  Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

                  Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

                  Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.
                  Join me in removing narcissists, trolls, self annoited "experts" and general idiots via the Ignore button.

                  The official SDC Forum heel nipper ���

                  �Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.� E. Joseph Cossman

                  For every mile of road, there are 2 miles of ditch. ���

                  "All lies matter - fight the kleptocracy"

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                  • #10
                    Yeah Gary - thanks for sharing with us. It looks less complicated than I would have guessed. Sure would like to see something like that done using a turbo-charged Corvair engine. I know - I know... not as intriguing as a Porsche motor but I'm thinking AMERICAN. Besides, I happen to have a warm spot of Corvairs, having owned a couple some time ago.[^]

                    Miscreant adrift in
                    the BerStuda Triangle!!

                    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                    1960 Larkvertible V8
                    1958 Provincial wagon
                    1953 Commander coupe

                    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                    • #11
                      Yeah Gary - thanks for sharing with us. It looks less complicated than I would have guessed. Sure would like to see something like that done using a turbo-charged Corvair engine. I know - I know... not as intriguing as a Porsche motor but I'm thinking AMERICAN. Besides, I happen to have a warm spot of Corvairs, having owned a couple some time ago.[^]

                      Miscreant adrift in
                      the BerStuda Triangle!!

                      1957 Transtar 1/2ton
                      1960 Larkvertible V8
                      1958 Provincial wagon
                      1953 Commander coupe

                      No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

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                      • #12
                        quote:http://billstudepage.homestead.com/files/studpg.htm
                        Mr. Biggs, You should have been at our last Studebaker Meet. We had a couple of Corvairs show up, not to mention an old Chrysler. Having owned a 73 VW bus and a 73 VW Squareback in the 70s, I think the Lark would have needed a more powerful powerplant, also.




                        Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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                        • #13
                          quote:http://billstudepage.homestead.com/files/studpg.htm
                          Mr. Biggs, You should have been at our last Studebaker Meet. We had a couple of Corvairs show up, not to mention an old Chrysler. Having owned a 73 VW bus and a 73 VW Squareback in the 70s, I think the Lark would have needed a more powerful powerplant, also.




                          Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/

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                          • #14
                            Man, I sure like those little Corvair 4-door hardtops. What a sweet body design.


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

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

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                            • #15
                              Man, I sure like those little Corvair 4-door hardtops. What a sweet body design.


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

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

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