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  • mbstude
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    I wish my 63 was set up exactly like yours... I gots a OHV six with auto trans and a 3:73 rear. Lucky... (But my 51 has a four speed! <g&gt

    Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
    South Georgia Chapter
    63 Daytona HT (project)
    51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
    52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

    MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
    http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
    And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
    And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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  • showbizkid
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    quote:Originally posted by N8N

    now that you have it home I would pull the starter and dust shield and see if you can shine a bright light up in there to see the condition of the flex plate... hope you are correct...
    Me too I've been walking around it (and under it) totalling up in my head the stuff I want to do to it... don't think the wife'll let me do it all at once!

    I confirmed that the rear end is a Twin-Trac. Tags are still on it - it's a 3.31.

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    Clark in San Diego:

    Proud new owner of a '63 Lark!

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  • N8N
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    wow, a V-8 Standard, can't have been too many of those made! neat car...

    now that you have it home I would pull the starter and dust shield and see if you can shine a bright light up in there to see the condition of the flex plate... hope you are correct...

    good luck,

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
    62 Daytona hardtop
    http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

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  • avantilover
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    quote:Originally posted by BobPalma

    "F" is the body style; 2-door sedan. ("J" is a 2-door harrdtop with no center post)
    The numbers 2,4,6 denote trim level:
    F2 is the cheapest trim level in 1963: 2-door Standard
    F3 is reserved for heavy-duty commercial and fleet vehicles; not generally sold to the public.
    F4 is Lark Regal trim (1963 we are talking about)
    F3 is Lark Custom trim; again, 1963. BP
    Thanks for the information Bob, much appreciated

    John Clements
    Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!

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  • mbstude
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    We just drug one of those in a few weeks back. http://community.webshots.com/photo/...86929432JuplgR
    Nothing left if it though.

    Matthew Burnette, the 16 year old Stude nut.
    South Georgia Chapter
    63 Daytona HT (project)
    51 Stude dump truck (yes, I won the raffle)
    52 Commander Starliner (basket case)

    MANY more Studes in the family and a few parts cars
    http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstude101
    And here: http://community.webshots.com/user/mbstudepagetwo
    And here too: http://photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos

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  • showbizkid
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    Well, it does indeed appear to be a Standard!

    Cowl tag reads:

    63V-F2
    204

    VIN tag reads:

    63V24795

    I just brought it home. The 5-mile drive was quite an adventure! Lots of squeaks and rattles from the front and rear suspension, but the trans shifted well even up some steep hills, and I found that if I kept the revs up at stoplights, the knock disappeared - seems co-incident with loading the torque converter, so I'm sticking with the cracked flex-plate theory.

    The "stainless" trim around the windshield and backlight is actually plain rubber - just looks shiny in the photos. And the dashboard looks flat because someone installed pleated vinyl across the entire dash - even across the glove box door! I gues I'll get to that soon enough.

    Oh boy... here we go!



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    Clark in San Diego:

    Proud new owner of a '63 Lark!

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  • BobPalma
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    "F" is the body style; 2-door sedan. ("J" is a 2-door harrdtop with no center post)
    The numbers 2,4,6 denote trim level:
    F2 is the cheapest trim level in 1963: 2-door Standard
    F3 is reserved for heavy-duty commercial and fleet vehicles; not generally sold to the public.
    F4 is Lark Regal trim (1963 we are talking about)
    F3 is Lark Custom trim; again, 1963. BP

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  • avantilover
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    quote:Originally posted by BobPalma

    Clark: Nice car indeed! [}]
    StudeBob: I'm betting it is a neutered Regal and not a Standard, but we'll see. Reasons: Stainless-steel around windshield and backlight; it would have been highly unusual for anyone to have gone to the trouble of adding those to a Standard. Also, original-type engine logo on lower left side of grille, not used on Standards. 'Hard to see the interior for sure, but it LOOKS like the dash might be straight all the way across; no "hump" for the Standard's drop-in glove box/bin. And, of course, no Studebaker logos on front fenders.
    Admittedly, the car has been subject to some "interpretation," but I'll still bet it's an F4...or even an F6...and not an F2 (originally).
    Cute car, and a mover with a V-8. BP
    Excuse my ignorance, but what is the significance of the F4; F2; F6 identification?

    John Clements
    Avantilover, your South Australian Studebaker lover!!!

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  • BobPalma
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    Clark: Nice car indeed! [}]
    StudeBob: I'm betting it is a neutered Regal and not a Standard, but we'll see. Reasons: Stainless-steel around windshield and backlight; it would have been highly unusual for anyone to have gone to the trouble of adding those to a Standard. Also, original-type engine logo on lower left side of grille, not used on Standards. 'Hard to see the interior for sure, but it LOOKS like the dash might be straight all the way across; no "hump" for the Standard's drop-in glove box/bin. And, of course, no Studebaker logos on front fenders.
    Admittedly, the car has been subject to some "interpretation," but I'll still bet it's an F4...or even an F6...and not an F2 (originally).
    Cute car, and a mover with a V-8. BP

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Looks good![:0] As Gary said, read us that body tag from the firewall. Would be interesting if this was a "Standard" to start with. There's not many of those still around.

    Miscreant at large.

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President 2-dr
    1955 President State
    1951 Champion Biz cpe
    1963 Daytona project FS

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  • showbizkid
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    I'll be bringing the car home tomorrow and will post VIN and tag then. Thanks for all the nice comments - makes me feel even better about the deal

    Clark

    Proud new owner of a '63 Lark!

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  • rockne10
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    I guess now we want to know the VIN and body tag numbers.

    You should probably get a build sheet from the Studebaker National Museum to see if the car has been altered; nothing wrong with that if properly done.

    As Gary indicated, if the car has Twin Traction, the emblem should be on the trunk and the 63 tailights had a plastic chrome spoked web attached.



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  • studegary
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    That looks like quite a buy and a nice car to start with. Since you asked; the "V8" on the C-pillar is incorrect, the "TT" on the grille is incorrect and the tail lights are incorrect. What does the body tag state? It may have been a Standard model that had very little chrome originally.

    Gary L.
    1954 Commander Starliner (restomod)
    1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)

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  • JDP
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    Great car, and a better price. evan if it needs engine work, you won't get hurt.

    Studebaker On The Net http://stude.com
    Studebaker News Group
    http://groups.google.com/group/alt.autos.studebaker
    64 Daytona HT
    64 R2 4 speed Challenger
    63 R2 4 speed GT Black
    63 R2 4 speed GT White
    63 GT Hawk
    63 Avanti
    62 Daytona HT
    53 Coupe


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  • N8N
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    that is a sweet looking car! Hope that it is the flexplate but honestly, even if I had to throw a new crank in it i wouldn't feel shafted. If it is the flexplate don't stand on it too many times otherwise it could shear completely (less of an issue with a round flexplate like Stude uses rather than an "eared" one like a MoPar but still...) and then you will be walking. Also check the crank endplay just to be safe. good luck and enjoy it!

    BTW, pretty much ALL tires are too big for a Lark; even the stock ones will rub Solution seems to be not to use full lock...

    nate

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    55 Commander Starlight
    62 Daytona hardtop
    http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel

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