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  • Fun w/ Ted @ Muncie Dragway (now w/ videos!)

    Wednesday Evening, August 10th. 'Just got back from an evening at Muncie Dragway with Ted Harbit practicing in The Tomato for the 2011 Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race coming up next month.

    (Tomato = Ted Harbit's 1963 R2/4-speed Lark Custom 2-door, for folks new to the forum.)

    SDC friend Howe Clark (left) accompanied yours truly for the trip. Ted on the right:



    The Tomato was running well, shown here launching on Run #3 of 4 runs, what would be the fastest run of the evening:



    In all, Ted made four runs. Here are the results. Numbers are

    First: 60-foot Time
    Second: 1/8-mile ET
    Third: 1/4-mile ET
    Fourth: 1/4-mile Terminal Speed

    Run #1: 2.380, 9.461, 14.307, 103.15 (Bad spin at launch accounts for low ET and 60-foot)

    Run #2: 2.187, 8.854, 13.467, 107.86 (Slight bog at launch; not too bad)

    Run #3: 2.169, 8.699, 13.230, 109.46 (Best run of the evening; pictured above)

    Run #4: 2.180, 8.874, 13.431, 109.09 (Got a little sideways at launch; had to back off!)

    The heat of the last two Wednesdays finally abated, so many cars came out. It was a pleasant evening; maybe in the 70s most of the time we were there.

    Ted decided he'd not hang around for the eliminations, as they would probably not start until 9:30 and he had had a good evening, so he loaded up:



    Letting the bed down to level:



    Treat for the Studebaker Truck Farmers; the business end of Ted's hauler:



    Overall, a great evening. Ted is feeling well and rarin' to go for The Pure Stock Drags!

    (Update 8/12: See video links in Posts #12 and #16, below.) BP
    Last edited by BobPalma; 08-12-2011, 06:45 AM. Reason: add video links
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

  • #2
    Fun w/ Ted @ Muncie Dragway 8/10 (dup)

    'Phooey. Accidentally put this in Stove Huggers.

    (Moderators, if you can move this to Studebaker-Specific discussion, please do so. Thanks. BP)

    http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...e-Dragway-8-10
    Last edited by BobPalma; 08-10-2011, 08:49 PM.
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    • #3
      Whats with the 62 wheel covers?? not stock for 63.
      Candbstudebakers
      Castro Valley,
      California


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      • #4
        ^^Really? Those are the same wheel covers on both mine and my dads 63s
        Travis..

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        • #5
          Ted likes the '62 Lark Wheel Covers better than those (IMHO) ugly, all off-white '63 stock wheel covers, so he has always had a nice set of them on the Tomato, and I think the Red & White do compliment the Super Red Paint very well, I would do the same.

          Notice how the White "S" is actually visable on the Red center circle.
          Last edited by StudeRich; 08-10-2011, 10:27 PM.
          StudeRich
          Second Generation Stude Driver,
          Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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          • #6
            Very cool Pics Bob, AND Great 1/4 Mile times Ted!
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              Ted looks great, racing Studebakers, a new elixir for youth and vigor. Thanks for the pictures Bob.

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              • #8
                Not to get completely off topic, but what's the difference between the 62 and 63 covers? Just the accent paint?
                Travis..

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                • #9
                  Stock '63 Lark full wheel disc:



                  Stock '62 Lark full wheel disc (Hawks different)



                  I did a simple google image search for both these photos and do not know when/where/owner information. That being said, I did not realize how nice the '63 hardtop looked until it was posted. WOW. You can love radials till the end of days, but there is just something about the way these cars/trucks look with a nice set of bias ply tires on them...
                  Last edited by 62champ; 08-11-2011, 05:49 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by crashnzuk View Post
                    Not to get completely off topic, but what's the difference between the 62 and 63 covers? Just the accent paint? Travis..
                    Yep, Travis; as 62champ posted.

                    They used that cover with different paint variations over several years.

                    Ted simply likes the '62 better because the red accent color matches the car...and I don't think he has a set of '63s, either! <GGG> BP

                    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                    Ayn Rand:
                    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                    • #11
                      Well, I guess my car has 62 covers on it (at least 3 of em). They have the white in between the slots and red (remnants) in the center. The forth has silver in between the slots and no red in the center.
                      Travis..

                      EDIT; just wanted to say that's a great looking Stude and it's nice to see guys out using their cars instead of just looking at them. Any videos of the car in action?
                      Travis..

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by crashnzuk View Post
                        'Just wanted to say that's a great looking Stude and it's nice to see guys out using their cars instead of just looking at them. Any videos of the car in action? Travis..
                        Sure:

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRUvG...ent=FeedBurner

                        and

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN5WjajQZ2o

                        and

                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00nC7...eature=related
                        Last edited by BobPalma; 08-11-2011, 08:29 PM. Reason: added more links to videos
                        We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                        Ayn Rand:
                        "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                        G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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                        • #13
                          A day at the races in a Studebaker. Can life get any better than that? Must have been a blast. Great videos too.

                          Gordon

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
                            I think the Red & White do compliment the Super Red Paint very well, I would do the same.
                            Pretty sure that isn't Super Red, Rich.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mbstude View Post
                              Pretty sure that isn't Super Red, Rich.
                              Correct, Matthew. The Stude Tomato was Ermine White when manufactured. When restored in the 1980s (not by Ted), it was thoroughly changed to 1963 Studebaker Regal Red. The car was completely dismantled and you have to look hard, very hard, to figure out it was not built Regal Red. The interior was taken out, so the floors and everything are Regal Red. A complete color change, done right...and I'm not too keen on color changes.

                              Too, the car was built much too early to have been Super Red or to be a full-package car or to have had factory-installed fender tags. It is body #150, which means it was only the 50th 1963 Lark Custom F-body made.

                              However, the car was built as an R2/4-speed. After the clone R3 blew up last year, The Tomato's original R2 was put back in it. So it is running with its (not it's) original engine block right now. BP
                              Last edited by BobPalma; 08-12-2011, 05:18 AM. Reason: added notes on production realities
                              We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

                              Ayn Rand:
                              "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

                              G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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