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  • A Really Hard Decision -Taking Lark to the Crusher

    Most of the people who know me know that I am not in the habit of destroying Studebakers if I can figure out a way to make one whole. Several months ago I bought a 4-Door Lark DeLux to make a daily driver out of. My intent was to fix what needed to be repaired and drive it regarless of how it looked.

    The Lark I bought I bought right but soon discovered that the motor was frozen. Not a big deal but after playing with it for over 60 days it is still frozen and probably needs to be replaced or torn down and rebuilt. Quite frankly right now and for the forseeable future I do not have the time or the energy to devote to that task.

    Therefore before I tow the car to the junk yard, I'd like to see if anyone would like to take it off of my hands for a parts car. I do have a good title for the car if one was interested in making it run. The car is highly restorable but as a 4-door base model Lark the issue is is it worth it?

    The frame is solid and so are most of the body panels. The doors are rusted at the bottom and need to be repaired. Only one floor pan (drivers side) is questionable. The glass (all of it) is in excellent condition as is the front and rear window moldings. Hood and trunk deck including the hinges and springs are very salvagable and straight. The interior needs a little help. I was surprised also by how solid the trunk is with only one minor problem in one corner. The car is equipped with a three-speed manual tranny that shifts into all gears. Clutch seems to be OK also. The car has a 259 V-8 which is frozen. Fuel pump is relatively new and a visual check of the radiator shows no leads or sign of leaking and is full of antifreeze.

    Before taking it to the grave yard I want to see if there is interest in the car as I hate to crush Studebakers.

    The real issue is price. I have $650.00 in the car and will let it go for $400.00 as is where is. If there is no interest I will take it to its grave by 04/01/09. So now is the chance to save it.

    If someone wants the parts that I have already removed from the car, we can discuss that as I have all of the parts and a few more that were in the car when I bought it. Included in that was one rare Lark Radio delete plate as the car has an after-market radio in it but someone had the sense to save the delete plate.

    I have over 40 pictures of the car on my Photobucket site and here is the link:

    http://s280.photobucket.com/albums/k...0Lark%20DeLux/


    Please take a look at the pictures and if you have questions please contact me out of here as right now I do not check here daily has I have done in the past.

    Hopefully someone will save this very salvagable little Lark.

    Thanks for reading this post.

    See you in the future as I write about our past
    sigpicSee you in the future as I write about our past

  • #2
    quote:Originally posted by Avantidon
    will let it go for $400.00 as is where is. If there is no interest I will take it to its grave by 04/01/09. So now is the chance to save it.

    I've never been crazy about the "buy it or I'll scrap it" threat.

    Whole prepared car bodies (gas tank, tires, battery and radiator removed) here are bringing $33.75 a ton. I know prices around the country vary, but even at $50/ton, the car will bring about $75. If you have your own trailer, and the yard is close, you might net $50 when you scrap it.

    Why $400 to someone that wants to save it or part it out and will come and get it?




    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

    Dick Steinkamp
    Bellingham, WA

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    • #3
      Cuz if he junks it, he's going to remove all the parts worth saving. For the $400, you get it complete.

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      • #4
        Well, you can't blame Don for wanting to recoup some of his bad investment. But, some things do come down to taking your lumps. I only got a fraction of what I had in that Daytona when I sold it to you. I'd been asking twice the amount you paid for it - even tho the little voice inside of me was telling me I wouldn't ever get that amount.
        It took someone WITH the talent AND the vision to come along and be it's savior - and to a degree - mine.

        I'd like to be savior the little '59 Lark 4dr that's currently being stripped here. It's a good, solid body with a frozen engine. But it's mission is to provide parts for a friend's 60 Lark 2-dr. What's left will go to the scrap yard. Of course, it's easier with this one as I don't really have any money in it.

        1957 Transtar 1/2ton
        1963 Cruiser
        1960 Larkvertible V8
        1958 Provincial wagon
        1953 Commander coupe
        1957 President two door

        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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        • #5

          AVD,

          I can sense that much talk and encouragement won't change your mind about scrapping your Lark. My opinion says it's worth saving as a driver. From where I sit and what I see, it's a very buildable Lark. Wouldn't have to have a full body off resto, but a few bucks spent on engine, suspension would yeild a fun, dependable driver. Having rebuilt a few Studebaker engines, I'm aware of money that can be spent on a rebuild, so maybe someone will take it and at least drop the pan, pull the heads and have a look see.
          Driving a Studebaker as a daily driver has the luxury of not meeting yourself about every 4th or 5th car. It will also be a car that can be worked on at home, since it doesn't have a computer, and doesn't require a technician to hook his diagnostic stuff to and tell you must spend a grand or more to have it going again. Distributor, points, condensor, mechanical fuel pump, carb and all the simple stuff that makes our cars and trucks so much fun to own.
          All this to say, I hope someone will take your offer to sell for $400.00. It's worth every bit of it. Afterall they ain't makin em no mo.
          I love drivin rusty old Studebakers
          Kim
          don't hit me too hard

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs
            I only got a fraction of what I had in that Daytona when I sold it to you. I'd been asking twice the amount you paid for it - even tho the little voice inside of me was telling me I wouldn't ever get that amount.
            It took someone WITH the talent AND the vision to come along and be it's savior - and to a degree - mine.

            I don't know if I have any talent OR vision, but I do appreciate the deal you gave me on that Daytona. It will be a sweet Stude soon thanks to the head start you gave it.

            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

            Dick Steinkamp
            Bellingham, WA

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            • #7
              Don, Are you not in Pennsylvania? Surely as active as the Keystone SDC chapter is, you can find someone to rescue the car!

              Looking at the paint scheme on that car, was it some kind of "Fleet" vehicle?

              John Clary
              Greer, SC

              I have only two limitations ...BRAINS & ENERGY
              SDC member since 1975
              John Clary
              Greer, SC

              SDC member since 1975

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              • #8
                Being the self-proclaimed Lark rescuer of the Northeast, I e-mailed Don. Sadly, as stated, there's no way I could pay that price for it. If no one else steps up, maybe Don and I can make a deal. Time will tell.

                Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                Parish, central NY 13131

                "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

                "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"



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                • #9
                  OK, what has NOT been said here is: it is NOT a '59-'60 type Lark, the pics show it's a 1962 Deluxe, with improvements like suspended manual shift Pedals etc. but with those Loooong looking rear doors! That puts a whole new twist on what is being said! [:0]
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    quote:Originally posted by StudeRich

                    That puts a whole new twist on what is being said! [:0]
                    How so, Rich? She's still pretty tired...

                    Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                    Parish, central NY 13131

                    "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

                    "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"



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                    • #11
                      Don, I don't view your "sell or scrap" decision as a threat. Rather more that you've come to the decision that you don't want to expend further time or money on this car, and that you have to set yourself a deadline, by which time you have to have made a move of some sort.

                      If I lived anywhere near you, I'd certainly make you an offer on it, but I'm 2000 miles away, and tied up at work until well past the first, so it's not going to happen. And '62s are not exactly my favorite model, so I'd be seeing it strictly as a parts car, and with a stuck engine, and no overdrive, not a particularly desirable parts car at that.

                      All I can really add is that if it were me selling a car under these circumstances, yes, I initially ask a for a sum that would at least partially recoup my initial expenditure, but if it came down to the weekend before C day, the guy who showed up with a trailer and a C-note would get it. Less work for me, more money in my jeans. What's not to like?

                      Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
                      Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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                      • #12
                        ...and if it comes to that, I will be the guy. E-mail sent.

                        Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                        Parish, central NY 13131

                        "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

                        "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"



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                        • #13
                          If you still have the back up lens bases I'd be interested in getting those from you.


                          ChopStu
                          61 Lark

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by bams50

                            How so, Rich? She's still pretty tired...
                            It changes the whole desirability thing from a totally well shaped, well liked design, by MOST, to about the UGLY in some eyes, one off '62 4 Dr. look, not so well liked.

                            There are WAY fewer Studebaker collectors out there who knowing all the models well, obviously can save any style that appeals to them, who actually appreciate this style of 4 dr. This also applies to the wagon, but not so much the 2 Dr's., Hardtops, and Convertibles. [^]

                            The plus side of the coin, as I said: as a parts car, there are way more interchangeable parts from a '62, to the more popular '63-'66 models.


                            StudeRich at Studebakers Northwest -Ferndale,WA
                            StudeRich
                            Second Generation Stude Driver,
                            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the explanation, Rich. You make good points. Still, I admit to being one of the few that likes the 62 look. But then, I prefer the 52 front end over the 53-54, so what do I know[:I]

                              Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                              Parish, central NY 13131

                              "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

                              "Do they all not, by mere virtue of having survived as relics of a bygone era, amass a level of respect perhaps not accorded to them when they were new?"



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