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    Again for my 61 Lark, the hood release cable seems hard to pull. Is there a correct under the hood position where it clamps?
    It is lubricated, but moved a bit. Now it is hard to open.
    PS what should the MPG be on a 61 six, with automatic??

    David G. Nittler
    David G. Nittler

  • #2
    There should be at least one attachment point on the inner fender. If there isn't, the cable is very hard to pull. I had that problem on my 60 Lark when I first bought it - I had to open the hood from underneath. I attached a clip to a hole that was originally for that purpose. Worked like a charm after.

    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    '60 Lark HT
    '63 Wagonaire
    Scott Rodgers
    Los Angeles
    SDC Member since 1989
    \'60 Lark HT
    \'63 Wagonaire
    \'66 Frankenbaker

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    • #3
      quote:Originally posted by drnittler

      what should the MPG be on a 61 six, with automatic??
      Personal experience says low 20s in normal driving. Long trips on flat highways may get you high 20s but mashing the loud pedal (always tempting in a 6/FOM) will pull you down fast.

      Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
      In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
      If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

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      • #4
        Best I've gotten is 15

        David G. Nittler
        David G. Nittler

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        • #5
          What part of the country are you in. Then city driving, country, or highway? I am in SW Pennsylvania (lots of hills and twisty roads) I have a 62 six with 3sp OD and 4:10 rear. I manage 16-17 in the city 14-17 in the country and the best I have done on the open road is 25mpg. I will note: I have a heavy right foot. The car used to be non OD and 3:73 gears. I could squeeze 20mpg out of it in mixed city country driving but man it was a slow ride and it took a ton of patience and determination.

          Jon Krimm
          1962 Lark Sedan

          1961 Champ

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          • #6
            the trick with the Lark hoods is to get a good snug fit around the front hood opening without rattles, then to adjust the dovetail catch so it just catches with a bit more than the weight of the hood falling on it's own weight. Tough to do after 50 years....On the mileage, I wouldn't hold my breath on anything above 17-19 mpg. Anything above that is gravy....

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            • #7
              'course, my "low 20s" was back in the day when all gasoline was leaded petroleum distillates. With today's ethanol blends, Your Mileage Will Vary.

              Keoni Dibelka / HiloFoto
              In Hawai'i; on Hawai'i; on the Windward Side
              If da salt air never chew 'em up bumbye da lava will...

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