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    Well...she's finally almost done! Here's a couple pics of the Rumble Seat '61 Lark that I've been tinkering with for nearly 25 years. She went on her maiden voyage a couple weeks ago and yesterday I drove her into town to get a wheeel alignment and new exhaust. All I have left to do is put in the side glass and work out a few little bugs. I can't turn off the windshield wipers and the interior lights don't work. Also here are a couple of pics of when I found her in the barn in the summer of 1989. I think she feels better now! Hopefully I get her back from the shop in a few days and can finish the details and still have some summer left to enjoy driving her. I'm happy with how she turned out. Not a professional restoration but it sure will be a great driver...I hope.Click image for larger version

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  • #2
    Way to go!
    Rob in ND
    \'53 Commander resto-mod (work in process)

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    • #3
      That will cause a lot of double takes when you are cruising town with some folks in the back. Great for parades too.
      sigpic

      "In the heart of Arkansas."
      Searcy, Arkansas
      1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
      1952 2R pickup

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      • #4
        I love it. Thanks for beautifying the roads.
        Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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        • #5
          Alreary have had a local politician ask if he could use it in a parade. I should have told him I didn't want a load of BS in the rumble seat.

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          • #6
            any legal issues ? Insurance ??

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            • #7
              That's a beautiful car. Drive it like you stole it!!!
              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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              • #8
                Originally posted by jackb View Post
                any legal issues ? Insurance ??
                I don't think so. The insurance company knows what it is. I talked with their underwriters to come up with an insurance value because of its oddity and they didn't seem to have any problems with it. They said it can be used for shows, parades and civic events and limited personal use.

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                • #9
                  Most interesting custom touch to an already distinctive car. Nice job, I love it!!
                  Bob
                  Bob
                  Welland Ontario
                  60 Lark Convertible
                  64 Daytona
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                  "They were meant to be driven ... so keep on cruizin"

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                  • #10
                    That's awesome she's beautiful.
                    Congrats!

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                    • #11
                      Classy! Love the color.

                      Do you have any history on the original conversion?
                      Dick Steinkamp
                      Bellingham, WA

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                      • #12
                        What a sweet car, I love the little devil and glad you made it a driver so it can be seen out-and-about

                        Bob
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                        • #13
                          Just a precaution, put seat belts in the Rumble Seat.

                          I had a relative who worked in ER in the thirties. She said their worse cases came from people thrown from Rumble Seats.

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                          • #14
                            Very cool, I love things that are different.
                            Pat Dilling
                            Olivehurst, CA
                            Custom '53 Starlight aka STU COOL


                            LS1 Engine Swap Journal: http://www.hotrodders.com/forum/jour...ournalid=33611

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dick Steinkamp View Post
                              Classy! Love the color.

                              Do you have any history on the original conversion?
                              I actually met the two guys that did the rumble seat conversion on all 4 cars in '61. I have some copies of photos that they had from back then and I took a lot of notes as we talked.

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