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    Hello again,

    Another question for , you guessed it, the 61 Lark 4-dr. I have the split front seat that are individually adjustable. I recently aquired a set of reclining parts for both seats. My question is: How hard is it to aquire the seat back cushions so that the components will work. It seams that the bottom cushion is already setup so that a person can install the reclining parts. However the back cushions seam to have a different arm on them that prevents the seat from falling back.

    Has anyone converted their lark seats into reclining ones?

    Thank you
    1947 Studebaker M-5
    1946 Studebaker M-5
    1948 Studebaker Land Cruiser
    1961 Studebaker Lark 4-dr. Sedan
    1951 Studebaker Land Cruiser

  • #2
    How much do you weigh?
    Right after I moved to San Francosco, I was third in line for a stop sign going up one of the steepest hills.
    The car was from Massachusetts, where the salt had just about ruined the parking brake system.
    The seat hinge area broke and the back-rest flopped down, leaving me with one hand for the wheel to keep me from falling backwards and for what I could accomlish with the hand brake, one foot for the brake pedal, one foot for the gas, one foot for the clutch.

    Damn glad I had put the HD clutch in it. Boy, did that area stink of slipping clutch.

    Karl

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    • #3
      How much do you weigh?
      Right after I moved to San Francosco, I was third in line for a stop sign going up one of the steepest hills.
      The car was from Massachusetts, where the salt had just about ruined the parking brake system.
      The seat hinge area broke and the back-rest flopped down, leaving me with one hand for the wheel to keep me from falling backwards and for what I could accomlish with the hand brake, one foot for the brake pedal, one foot for the gas, one foot for the clutch.

      Damn glad I had put the HD clutch in it. Boy, did that area stink of slipping clutch.

      Karl

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      • #4
        quote:Originally posted by sumf

        Boy, did that area stink of slipping clutch.
        Just clutch?

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        Tom - Valrico, FL

        1964 Studebaker Daytona

        Tom - Bradenton, FL

        1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
        1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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        • #5
          quote:Originally posted by sumf

          Boy, did that area stink of slipping clutch.
          Just clutch?

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          Tom - Valrico, FL

          1964 Studebaker Daytona

          Tom - Bradenton, FL

          1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $2514.10)
          1964 Studebaker Commander - 170 1V, 3-Speed w/OD

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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by 61LaRk4dr

            Hello again,

            Another question for , you guessed it, the 61 Lark 4-dr. I have the split front seat that are individually adjustable. I recently aquired a set of reclining parts for both seats. My question is: How hard is it to aquire the seat back cushions so that the components will work. It seams that the bottom cushion is already setup so that a person can install the reclining parts. However the back cushions seam to have a different arm on them that prevents the seat from falling back.
            Has anyone converted their lark seats into reclining ones?
            Thank you
            That may be hard. It would be a lot easier to find a ragged out set of reclining seats and put your new recliner parts and upholstery on them. Part of the recliner mechanism bolts to the the seat back and it would have to be exactly right or your recliner isn't going to work (or hold). To be honest, the reclining seats aren't that great (and I have two cars with them). The range of adjustments make them pretty much useless for the driver (go back too far on the first notch) and uncomfortable for a passenger. They are good for making a flat surface (on long wheelbase models) on which to sleep.



            [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
            Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
            '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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            • #7
              quote:Originally posted by 61LaRk4dr

              Hello again,

              Another question for , you guessed it, the 61 Lark 4-dr. I have the split front seat that are individually adjustable. I recently aquired a set of reclining parts for both seats. My question is: How hard is it to aquire the seat back cushions so that the components will work. It seams that the bottom cushion is already setup so that a person can install the reclining parts. However the back cushions seam to have a different arm on them that prevents the seat from falling back.
              Has anyone converted their lark seats into reclining ones?
              Thank you
              That may be hard. It would be a lot easier to find a ragged out set of reclining seats and put your new recliner parts and upholstery on them. Part of the recliner mechanism bolts to the the seat back and it would have to be exactly right or your recliner isn't going to work (or hold). To be honest, the reclining seats aren't that great (and I have two cars with them). The range of adjustments make them pretty much useless for the driver (go back too far on the first notch) and uncomfortable for a passenger. They are good for making a flat surface (on long wheelbase models) on which to sleep.



              [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
              Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
              '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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              • #8
                [quote]quote:Originally posted by Swifster

                Originally posted by sumf

                Boy, did that area stink of slipping clutch.
                Just clutch?

                If I had the same broken left-side motor mount that I had a few years before, things would have been VERY interesting with the R1, under those circumstances!!!
                (I almost certain that I had a chain back-up, though.)

                Karl

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                • #9
                  [quote]quote:Originally posted by Swifster

                  Originally posted by sumf

                  Boy, did that area stink of slipping clutch.
                  Just clutch?

                  If I had the same broken left-side motor mount that I had a few years before, things would have been VERY interesting with the R1, under those circumstances!!!
                  (I almost certain that I had a chain back-up, though.)

                  Karl

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