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  • Eugene
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    Hi Gordon Cool burnout video. I was waiting for your tire to blow that was a longgggg burnout L.O.F.

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  • laughinlark
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    Hey Eugene'
    I'm running a Stude 289 in my Lark with a stock FOM auto and 3:31 in the rear. It runs consistent in the low 15's. My best ET to date is a 15.07 @ 89mph. If it wasn't my daily driver & long distance vacationing car it would have lower gears. There is still more there, untapped with lower gears. Before you go with a different power plant. Check out the Stude V/8 that is a bolt in with a lot of potential and always a conversation piece! Here is a link to a video that my daughter took when I won the burnout contest after a local car show.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYQp-68VI-Y

    Enjoy,
    Gordon


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  • ChampTrucking
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    My Lark started its life as a 6 cylinder car.It has lived for over 5 years with the supercharged 400 CI mouse motor with no issues.It was a California black plate car,so the frame was solid as new.I am running a Model 44 TT flanged rear axle.The chassis dyno put my horsepower @ 365 @ the flywheel. I did weld the cross member under the motor solid to the frame rails since it had cracks @ the rivet holes like most Stude frames do.I also stiffened it up a bit with a 4 point roll bar. As long as it is solid and not tweaked before installation it should work fine IMHO.

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  • Eugene
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    Hi Gordon that puts me at ease. Whats your times at the drag strip? Did you use a 350 cid. chevy or the 289 ford in your 63? Thanks for the test info... Gene..

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  • laughinlark
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    My 63 Lark started life with a 6. I haven't had any problem with the thinner frame. But I've only been testing it for 7yrs as a daily driver and a regular at the drag strip. It does have factory disc brakes and a TT 44 from a Cruiser.

    Gordon

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  • Eugene
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    You all are right the brakes are not up to snuf for the 350 and I Will take care of that on my 62 daytona I Have had to replace the front steering with a rack type and the steering column with a GM. type and Iam going with rotors in the front. And I mite have a lead on the dana 44 for the rear. I know it's alot of work and money I do some dumb things at times. I Guss after 35+ years working on other peoples car I want to build a rod for me..I have been thinking about the fram this car is out of cal. and is rust free. I do ...{THANK}... all of you for your input it gives me something to think about with this project. Thanks Gene.

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  • barnlark
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    Along the lines of 6 cyl. to 8 cyl. swapping, has anyone actually found that the six cylinder Lark's thinner gauge frame couldn't handle the weight and torque of the V/8? As Ron mentions, the 6's brakes were the smaller type and the biggest problem, but we have often visited the frame's steel gauge discussion and I've never heard of the frame twisting, or failing in any of those.

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  • studeclunker
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    Well, it's your car. If you think using that engine that's just gathering dust in the garage, then perhaps that's what's best.

    However, here's a wrinkle for you:
    There have been any number of people who 'improve' Studebakers with Chevy and Ford motors. They get tired of them or go broke, and then they want to get top-dollar for the car. Come to find out, Stude people largely won't pay top-dollar for a hybrid unless it's exceptional.

    There's a few other considerations as well; things like manifolds (stock Chevy's won't work), exhaust systems, clearance for steering components, etc... Putting that 350 in your Lark can be done. There are even several people here who are ready and willing to help. It's not just a plug and play option though.

    So consider carefully what you are undertaking. It might be a better choice to put that 350 on Craig's List and buy a Studebaker 289 or 259 with the proceeds. THAT will be plug-and-play!

    One last thing to consider: If the car originally came with a six, then the brakes will reflect that. They'll be somewhat... inadequate for a V8. I did this switch with a '62 sedan. Sitting at an intersection whilst standing on the brake pedal, that V8 was just relentlessly inching forward.[:0][}] I had to take it out of drive at lights. Replaced the brakes as soon as the opportunity allowed (a few days later).


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

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  • Eugene
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    It reads 60s. But it has the VIII on the front fenders I think only on the left front fender.Iwill have to look in the morning and see if it has the script on the right side also.. Gene.

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  • barnlark
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    Sorry, I thought it looked like the front fenders had the VIII script on them. The blow up was a little fuzzy. [B)] Does the body tag & serial plate read 60S, or did someone drop a 6 in it later?

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  • Eugene
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    No its a VI. It had the flathead VI I did get the head and some miscellaneus parts the last owner told me the block was froze up. I know that a 350 is not right but I do have one with 4 bolt main with low miles on it. If i had an R/2 I would use it but I do'nt. Or an R/2 with an Avanti supercharger. Make it a SUPER LARK CLONE.. I wish I had one. Well I have some time to think on it.. I hope to get my 62 Daytona reddy for spring.

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  • barnlark
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    It looks like it started life with a VIII. I hope you keep it that way. [^] This 289 will be available soon. It would look good in there.

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  • Eugene
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    Well I do have a 62 lark straight 6 ohv with an automatic trans the 6 needs an overhaul the cam is bad it did not come with the optional oil filter on it. But that is a possibility just not sure yet.. Gene..

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  • raprice
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    What's wrong with using a Studebaker engine?
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
    Smithtown,NY
    Long Island Studebaker Club

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  • raprice
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    What's wrong with using a Studebaker engine?
    Rog

    '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
    Smithtown,NY
    Long Island Studebaker Club

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