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  • vespa4
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    hey gary, its a beautiful sounding 259. "V513903"

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  • vespa4
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    hey gary, its a beautiful sounding 259. "V513903"

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  • 8E45E
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    Rather odd though. The original owner bought a top of the line car and was too cheap to get the radio and upgraded seats. Go figure

    Many years ago, I had a '61 Cruiser that was rather plain for what it was, no radio, reclining seats, etc. It only had a 259 with an automatic. I parted the car out as it rusted quite bad, though I perhaps shouldn't have been so hasty in doing so once I realized just how rare '61 Cruisers actually are.[B)]

    Craig.

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  • 8E45E
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    Rather odd though. The original owner bought a top of the line car and was too cheap to get the radio and upgraded seats. Go figure

    Many years ago, I had a '61 Cruiser that was rather plain for what it was, no radio, reclining seats, etc. It only had a 259 with an automatic. I parted the car out as it rusted quite bad, though I perhaps shouldn't have been so hasty in doing so once I realized just how rare '61 Cruisers actually are.[B)]

    Craig.

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  • studegary
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    Your '61 Cruiser appears to be Jade Green. If you look for the engine number, you will know if you have the standard 259 or the optional 289. A V is for 259 and a P for 289 (in 1961). The engine number is STAMPED on the top, left, front of the block.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

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  • studegary
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    Your '61 Cruiser appears to be Jade Green. If you look for the engine number, you will know if you have the standard 259 or the optional 289. A V is for 259 and a P for 289 (in 1961). The engine number is STAMPED on the top, left, front of the block.

    Gary L.
    Wappinger, NY

    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

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  • 53k
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    quote:Originally posted by vespa4

    So we picked up a 4-door 1961 Lark Cruiser in original condition recently and since I am new to old cars, I am sure to have a lot of questions so bear with me.

    fuel tank has been flushed, new fuel pump, radiator is flushed but had a hole in it, oil pump is cleaned, transmission is clean and the carb has been rebuilt. it runs well and yard drives, so next on my list is check brakes and bearings. replace brake lines, replace the tires and add a new exhaust.

    i am still poking around here looking for resources and best replacement parts so any advice or things i overlooked would be appreciated. i could also use one uber-hard-to-get tail light lens and chrome ring for this car. thanks much and i'm glad i found this forum!
    A '61 Cruiser is a great car- comfortable, well-built, reasonably economical. Personally I think Lark quality was at its highest point in '61 and '62. Of course, I'm biased. My first new car and first Studebaker was a '61 Cruiser.



    [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine

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  • 53k
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    quote:Originally posted by vespa4

    So we picked up a 4-door 1961 Lark Cruiser in original condition recently and since I am new to old cars, I am sure to have a lot of questions so bear with me.

    fuel tank has been flushed, new fuel pump, radiator is flushed but had a hole in it, oil pump is cleaned, transmission is clean and the carb has been rebuilt. it runs well and yard drives, so next on my list is check brakes and bearings. replace brake lines, replace the tires and add a new exhaust.

    i am still poking around here looking for resources and best replacement parts so any advice or things i overlooked would be appreciated. i could also use one uber-hard-to-get tail light lens and chrome ring for this car. thanks much and i'm glad i found this forum!
    A '61 Cruiser is a great car- comfortable, well-built, reasonably economical. Personally I think Lark quality was at its highest point in '61 and '62. Of course, I'm biased. My first new car and first Studebaker was a '61 Cruiser.



    [img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/R-4.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64L.JPG[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/64P.jpg[/img=right][img=right]http://www.frontiernet.net/~thejohnsons/Forum%20signature%20pix/53K.jpg[/img=right]Paul Johnson
    '53 Commander Starliner (since 1966)
    '64 Daytona Wagonaire (original owner)
    '64 Daytona Convertible (2006)
    Museum R-4 engine

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  • studeclunker
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    Geoff, that's no beast. She's a lady.[:X] Perhaps an old lady, but a sweet old lady all the same. Be good to her and you'll reap ten times what you put into her (figuratively speaking). For a forty-six year old survivor, she looks pretty good.[:X] Rather odd though. The original owner bought a top of the line car and was too cheap to get the radio and upgraded seats. Go figure...[)]


    Lotsa Larks!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

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  • studeclunker
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    Geoff, that's no beast. She's a lady.[:X] Perhaps an old lady, but a sweet old lady all the same. Be good to her and you'll reap ten times what you put into her (figuratively speaking). For a forty-six year old survivor, she looks pretty good.[:X] Rather odd though. The original owner bought a top of the line car and was too cheap to get the radio and upgraded seats. Go figure...[)]


    Lotsa Larks!
    K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
    Ron Smith
    Where the heck is Lewiston, CA?

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Welcome, geoff! I like the Cruisers (they were all 4-doors, by the way[^])and '61 was the first year of that name. They'd had a "Land Cruiser" model from after WWII until 1954. Then, 55 thru 58, the upscale, long wheelbase cars were called President State. But in '61 (after a 2-year hiatus) they re-intro'd the long wheelbase, top-of-the-line offering as the Crusier.

    Miscreant adrift in
    the BerStuda Triangle


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

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Welcome, geoff! I like the Cruisers (they were all 4-doors, by the way[^])and '61 was the first year of that name. They'd had a "Land Cruiser" model from after WWII until 1954. Then, 55 thru 58, the upscale, long wheelbase cars were called President State. But in '61 (after a 2-year hiatus) they re-intro'd the long wheelbase, top-of-the-line offering as the Crusier.

    Miscreant adrift in
    the BerStuda Triangle


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

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  • lstude
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    quote:the numbers are 61V-y6 1785 if anyone can decipher that.
    61V means that it is a 1961 with a V8 engine. Y6 means it is a Cruiser with the long wheelbase. 1785 is thge body number.

    It looks like a great car. I have a soft spot for 61 Larks since I had one in College.

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

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  • lstude
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    quote:the numbers are 61V-y6 1785 if anyone can decipher that.
    61V means that it is a 1961 with a V8 engine. Y6 means it is a Cruiser with the long wheelbase. 1785 is thge body number.

    It looks like a great car. I have a soft spot for 61 Larks since I had one in College.

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

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  • vespa4
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    thanks all, i'll joined first thing. i've atached a pic of the beast. there is really nothing in it, no radio, no air, no split seats, no nothin' the numbers are 61V-y6 1785 if anyone can decipher that.

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