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  • Update, my '62 lark project.

    Hi all,

    I decided to start a new thread about my current and first big car project. Here is the original thread:http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...TOPIC_ID=29058 So far it has been a blast being able to finally do this.

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    The reason the front clip is a different shade is because it got in a fender bender about 5 years ago, and the rest of the car wasn't done at the time, darn it. As you can see in the pics, it gots some rust issues, but it is mainly in the floor. Sure is going to be nice when it is done though.[]

    Dylan Wills

    '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
    Dylan Wills
    Everett, Wa.


    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
    1914 Ford Model T

  • #2
    Go for it, my friend, looks like it's gonna be a goody!!

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    • #3
      Looks like you are using por-15 on the rust. That stuff works great. Best of luck, looking good.

      57 & 58 Packards and Larks

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      • #4
        Thanks guys. Actually, the stuff that is black it brush on rustolium. I was thinking if I wire wheeled the spots, and if it was as good as it claimed, it should work good. What do you guys think?

        Dylan Wills

        '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
        Dylan Wills
        Everett, Wa.


        1961 Lark 4 door wagon
        1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
        1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
        1914 Ford Model T

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        • #5
          Oh yea, its awesome!

          Dylan Wills

          '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
          Dylan Wills
          Everett, Wa.


          1961 Lark 4 door wagon
          1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
          1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
          1914 Ford Model T

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          • #6
            Hi all,

            Sorry I haven't updated this for awhile, actually, 2 months on the day. But here it is right now, except now the windshield and radiator are out. I now have welding tanks for my new oxy-acedalene welder, just need to fill them, and am waiting for a abrasive blaster. I decided to blast everything from the roof down, instead of a spot blast for some deeper rust, and also for the reason that way back someone repainted it with a laquer, and it is really brittle. So, with blasting it off, I would "tone" down the paint problems if it gets some paint damage. With that laquer on it now, I would have "spiderwebs" from paint cracking. Through the last few months, I have got clearance from my Dad to do a few custom asthetic touches, as it is his car. What I will do is, paint the wheels red, following the '50-60's fad, should look good against the white, put white inserts in the red dash, where the glove box is, and where the gauge's are, and possibly put in a trunk release lever, just for we don't have to keep unlocking it to get in. I'd do that with a 2nd hood release lever, that would either be void of script, or flip it over and engrave "trunk" or something. I am also trying to talk him into a engine mod, crafting a cold air iduction for the OHV 6, using his as a test bed. It would be pretty uniqe, and its already slightly modified with dual headers and a mechanical choke, coming from a single barrel Holley carb.


            Dylan Wills

            '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
            Dylan Wills
            Everett, Wa.


            1961 Lark 4 door wagon
            1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
            1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
            1914 Ford Model T

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            • #7
              I believe white inserts in the dash are correct, are they not?

              nate

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              • #8
                Dylan

                A great start. The lark is a nice choice to start with.

                A pretty solid car with enough issues to provide a learning experience.

                You will experience the pride of saying, "I did that Myself"

                This is exactly how most of us got started in the hobby.

                Keep at it.

                Bob

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                • #9
                  nothing like progress in a project.

                  Keep the pics coming. And enjoy/learn, and vision what you want during the whole process.
                  Most of all, have fun and learn from mistakes.

                  ChopStu

                  61 Lark

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                  • #10
                    Thanks guys, this indeed is a learning experiance. I've wanted to do this for years, and did enough homework to know kinda what to do, but that isn't even close to actually doing it, and I wouldn't trade it for the world. N8N, I don't know if it was available in '62, but it was in '61, like my wagon. This dash was a solid color, as is every other '62 I see. I hope they did it, cause I love the look of the contrasting color.

                    Dylan Wills

                    '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
                    Dylan Wills
                    Everett, Wa.


                    1961 Lark 4 door wagon
                    1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
                    1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
                    1914 Ford Model T

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                    • #11
                      Nice work Dylan! If I may put in my two cents worth in regards to using POR 15. That stuff is bulletproof, as long as its not exposed to the sun. I strongly advise using it in areas such as the rear fenders where they contact the body & likewise on the same areas of the fenders too. When you remount the fenders prior to painting, use a liberal amount of body seam sealer, letting it "oooze" out, then wipe it level to have a nice factory type seam. I use either 3M or Auveco (not sure of the spelling there)with good results. Keep up the good work! I bet your Dad is proud now & can only imagine his feeling of pride when your done!

                      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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                      • #12
                        Thanks Mr.Webb, also thanks for the tip, I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do there.

                        Dylan Wills

                        '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
                        Dylan Wills
                        Everett, Wa.


                        1961 Lark 4 door wagon
                        1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
                        1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
                        1914 Ford Model T

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by N8N

                          I believe white inserts in the dash are correct, are they not?
                          Actually NO, they are not. Only the 1961 Lark as Dylan later said, have the White glove box and Instrument panel which does look very sharp! [^]

                          I would modify it in a heartbeat, because of the huge improvement. This was just another of Studebaker's "change it to make it look new" things, like the other makes did. Usually for the better, but not always.

                          This change was not so noticeable because the "popular" models; Daytona and Cruiser did not have it. They had Walnut simulated woodgrain finish lacquer that rusted from beneath very easily.

                          StudeRich
                          StudeRich
                          Second Generation Stude Driver,
                          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                          • #14
                            quote:Originally posted by silverhawk

                            /Cut/and possibly put in a trunk release lever, just for we don't have to keep unlocking it to get in. I'd do that with a 2nd hood release lever, that would either be void of script, or flip it over and engrave "trunk" or something./Cut/
                            OR, you could buy the '62 Lark Taxi Trunk handle that lots of people bought from ebay thinking they were getting a rare C & K Trunk Handle Assy. and you might get one cheap or from SASCO. It has the same twist knob as a '54-'55 instead of just a lock cyl. so the trunk can be latched in the locked OR unlocked position. in the '59-'64 Body Parts Catalog, it's the "Y1 model". [:0] []

                            StudeRich
                            StudeRich
                            Second Generation Stude Driver,
                            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the tip, I'll look into possibly doing that.

                              Dylan Wills

                              '61 lark deluxe 4 door wagon
                              Dylan Wills
                              Everett, Wa.


                              1961 Lark 4 door wagon
                              1961 Lark 4 door wagon #2 (Wife's car!)
                              1955 VW Beetle (Went to the dark side)
                              1914 Ford Model T

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