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  • #16
    quote:Originally posted by Skinnys Garage
    The 289 is only part of the story on this car. It has a 2 page production order with about every heavy duty part available. The other cool thing is the special P 6001 paint code. It was special ordered in Hawaiian Green (a '59 color) with velvet black wheels, not body color. It was tagged for the city of Milwaukee, so all I can figure is that they had a bunch of Hawaiian Green '59's in service and wanted it to match. Any thoughts?
    First of all, welcome to SDC and the Forum!![^] You have an extremely interesting '60 Lark!! I, for one would also like to see the production order on it, since I like the 'odd & unusual'. Here I thought it was only Cadillac that offered a buyer the option of ordering a brand new one in a previous year,s color.

    Craig.

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    • #17
      I scanned the production order exactly as it came from the museum except for whiting out the VIN#. Any X-ing out or typed in print was all done at the factory. I wasn't completely surprised when I first saw the PO because nearly all of the things on the list are still on the car, but don't get me wrong, I was very happy! I could use a little help figuring out the "refer to deviation 4664 on special equipment" at the bottom of the second page. Also, why do most of the special options have the same code 90? Any help would be great.




      Skinny
      Watertown, SD
      Skinny___'59 Lark VIII Regal____'60 Lark Marshal___

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      • #18
        Welcome to SDC! Love your Larks....that's a cool '60 289 2-door. I was with my dad in a Studebaker showroom on February 27, 1960, when he special-ordered a Colonial Red 1960 Lark Deluxe 2-door sedan. Only a few options: 259 V8, Power Kit (dual exhaust & 4-barrel), heater and HD springs. I still have all the original paperwork. If we had waited one month we could have ordered the newly-available 289. Darn.

        Good luck, & hope to meet you sometime.

        George

        george krem
        george krem

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        • #19
          quote:Originally posted by Skinnys Garage

          I scanned the production order exactly as it came from the museum except for whiting out the VIN#. Any X-ing out or typed in print was all done at the factory. I wasn't completely surprised when I first saw the PO because nearly all of the things on the list are still on the car, but don't get me wrong, I was very happy!
          Thanks for posting that! Indeed, most interesting car! Can you reach the pedals with that seat mounted in the 'rearmost position'??[:0]

          Craig

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          • #20
            Hello from Sioux City, if you are ever in town, look me up!

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            • #21
              Welcome! I am envious of that clean garage. [^][8D]

              <h5>Mark
              '57 Transtar Deluxe
              Vancouver Island Chapter
              http://sdcvi.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


              Mark Hayden
              '66 Commander
              Zone Coordinator
              Pacific Can-Am Zone

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              • #22
                Neat! I wanna play Studebakers in your garage!!

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                • #23
                  That is one interesting PO! Your codes are interesting, too. I have a 289 in my '60, too, but it is an early '62 version from a GT Hawk.
                  I am fascinated by how they listed the 289 with the dual exhaust. Mine came with the power kit (dual exhaust w/4 barrell carb) and was simply listed as code 26: Power Kit. My dealer ordering chart only lists codes 17 through 80 for passenger cars only. Can't help with code 90. Studebaker Wheel will be able to, however, if he spots this. That's the first that I've seen an alternator on a 1960 PO. I bet your 4664 is a fleet deviation. I couldn't find it in any of my literature, though. I would love to have all those 1960 special code and number charts.
                  Thanks for posting that historical purchase order. [^]
                  Like BP said, we've been waiting 50 years to not just say, "could have been ordered with a 289 engine." We now have proof.
                  Also proof of never say never with a Studebaker. [8D]

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                  • #24
                    "Neat" Production Order indeed.

                    While there are many interesting curiosities, I note four:

                    1. The car was tagged for a snowy climate (Milwaukee; we assume Wisconsin), but Twin Traction was not specified. That's odd.

                    2. The 3.07:1 axle would indicate high-speed road intentions, not necessarily city patrol. You do become curious as to the intended use!

                    3. It sure took them long enough to build it; it was specified almost three months before the final assembly day! Sales weren't that good in late spring 1960, so you wonder if the 289 engine held things up until they got some 289s on their way to the Lark line for the 1961 Cruiser? I wouldn't think so, but I'm trying to speculate as to why the long production delay.

                    4. In all honesty, I believe that is the first postwar, two-page Production Order I've seen. The P.O. for the Cambridge Grey / Red Leather-trimmed 1956 Golden Hawk my Dad sold new (S/N 6032356) is crammed all around the margins with notes it was so complicated, but they did fit it all on one page. By 1960, perhaps they figured they were making enough money they could afford a second sheet of paper for a given car, if necessary!

                    It is really great (and miraculous) that this car survives. A fleet order for such a car going to salty Milwaukee would seem to be a sure kiss of death, but this one dodged the bullet...er, salt truck...good!

                    Again, Scott; congrats on an interesting car and welcome aboard. BP
                    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                    Ayn Rand:
                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                    • #25
                      welcome to the forum and the club.

                      Were a different breed, especially us Lark lovers. [][:0][8D]

                      ChopStu

                      http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1927...253197,00.html ChopStu Stew
                      61 Lark

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                      • #26
                        quote:Originally posted by Mark57

                        Welcome! I am envious of that clean garage. [^][8D]

                        <h5>Mark
                        '57 Transtar Deluxe
                        Vancouver Island Chapter
                        http://sdcvi.shawwebspace.ca/ </h5>


                        Clean[?] Hell, I'd be ecstatic just to have a garage!

                        Oh yeah, and welcome! Is that dapper young fella on the trike you? I used to have one of those too! Wore it out completely!


                        Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                        K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                        Ron Smith
                        Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?
                        Home of the famous Mr. Ed!
                        K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
                        Ron Smith
                        Where the heck is Fawn Lodge, CA?

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                        • #27
                          Thanks again to everyone that's commented on my cars and garage. The pic with the '60s was taken a few years ago before I started "filling" in the spaces with "stuff" The pic with my '59 buried is that same part of the garage now. The other side out of frame has a bunch of cool stuff in it also including my brand X (second car I ever owned), a second TV and AC! I've got to go for now, but I'll try and post some more this evening.


                          Skinny
                          Watertown, SD
                          Skinny___'59 Lark VIII Regal____'60 Lark Marshal___

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                          • #28
                            What a neat 60, Love that Lark

                            101st Airborne Div. 326 Engineers Ft Campbell Ky.

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                            • #29
                              Scott, I know it's a pain to look, but even though your production order doesn't specify a Twin Traction, what does your differential tag look like on that 44?

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                              • #30
                                Interesting too that the front seat cushion is listed twice-items # 58 & 90! Great info & may I add my welcome also! Thanks so much for sharing & adding to our knowledge. Makes me need to find the picture of my first car, also a 59 Lark.

                                60 Lark convertible
                                61 Champ
                                62 Daytona convertible
                                63 G.T. R-2,4 speed
                                63 Avanti (2)
                                66 Daytona Sport Sedan
                                59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                                60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                                61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                                62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                                62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                                62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                                63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                                63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                                64 Zip Van
                                66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                                66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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