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  • #2
    Thanks for posting the photos, very interesting. Is it still running or drivable?

    Chris.

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    • #3
      Were these Perkins Larks prototypes or a pilot run that didn't go anywhere after that?

      BTW, I'll daydream that Perkins Champs would have been pretty cool.
      1963 Champ "Stu Bludebaker"- sometimes driver
      1957 Silver Hawk "Josie"- picking up the pieces after an unreliable body man let it rot for 11 years from an almost driver to a basket case
      1951 Land Cruiser "Bunnie Ketcher" only 47M miles!
      1951 Commander Starlight "Dale"- basket case
      1947 Champion "Sally"- basket case
      1941 Commander Land Cruiser "Ursula"- basket case

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      • #4
        They said it hasn't been started in 3 years, but it looks to be in perfect shape. How rare are these cars?

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        • #5
          Do you know if this car is one that belonged to Torrey Kirby in the past ?
          Mike Auldridge
          Gaithersburg, MD
          301-651-4346
          SDC Life Member since 1976
          1948 M16
          1961 Lark VIII convertible (with minor mods)

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          • #6
            It's a '63 Lark (F3) Heavy Duty 2 Door Sedan, also known as a Fleet/Police/Taxi version of the Studebaker Standard 2 Door Sedan.

            Pretty cool to see the Diesel version, complete with the Transtar Truck Diesel nameplate!
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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            • #7
              This is the zone meet in Gettysburg, PA - 2011.

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              • #8
                Yes, that belonged to Torrey Kirby (RIP)
                64 GT Hawk (K7)
                1970 Avanti (R3)

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                • #9
                  That Car looks like it's condition sure went a lot downhill for only 4 years.
                  StudeRich
                  Second Generation Stude Driver,
                  Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DougHolverson View Post
                    Were these Perkins Larks prototypes or a pilot run that didn't go anywhere after that?

                    BTW, I'll daydream that Perkins Champs would have been pretty cool.
                    Its a funny world we live in.... less then a week ago I was researching Perkins engines in the automotive industry in hopes of putting it in a stude truck.

                    Reason I started down that line of research is that I work in the commercial fishing industry, I was walking the "yard" last week and a perkins diesel engine caught my eye.... first thing I thought of was a studebaker build
                    Charles

                    1961 Lark Regal VIII 259/auto -- Lucy

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                    • #11
                      Probably sitting due to the lack of a battery hold-down !
                      59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                      60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                      61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                      62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                      62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                      62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                      63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                      63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                      64 Zip Van
                      66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                      66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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                      • #12
                        So Mark, what plan do the current owners have for the Lark? Are they trying to bring it back to life, find a new home or haven't got an idea what to do?

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                        • #13
                          More photos here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...by-diesel-Lark

                          And here: http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...al-Lark-Diesel

                          Craig

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                          • #14
                            This topic just got me to thinking...many people have updated/retrofitted their Studebaker cars with 350 GM engines, but has anyone updated their Studebaker car with a diesel engine? Aside from the factory tested Perkins, there are many other diesel engines to choose from.
                            sigpic
                            In the middle of MinneSTUDEa.

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                            • #15
                              Yes, Torrey displayed this at the Atlantic Zone/AOAI meet in Gettysburg four years ago.






                              While Torrey's was a factory build, this '56 Transtar body was dropped on a modified Dodge Cummins 5.9 chassis.

                              http://vid57.photobucket.com/albums/...0/P9040014.mp4
                              Brad Johnson,
                              SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                              Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                              '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
                              '56 Sky Hawk in process

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