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  • What weighs less ?

    I have a 63 Lark 2Dr that was a 6cyl car originaly. I think it is considered a custom model. Body tag is 63S F6 891. Looks likes the Red Tomato. I haven't weighed it but my guess would be 3200-3300 lbs. It has a 289 .40 over with flat top pistons and the thick head gaskets. I put a Isky cam in it and an Edelbrok 600 carb. The heads and everything else is stock down to the 3.31 rear end gears. Best ET to date is 15.07 @ 89 mph. I was wanting to build another engine about the same specs for an 47 M Series 1/2 ton short bed truck that is in pretty sad shape (rusting)in the back yard. I've seen a couple M Series trucks with Stude V/8s. There was one in Spokane. Is the 63 Lark lighter than an M Series with a V/8 ? [8D]
    Thanks, Gordon

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    My swag would be the pickup being lighter.
    Jeff


    quote:Originally posted by laughinlark

    I have a 63 Lark 2Dr that was a 6cyl car originaly. I think it is considered a custom model. Body tag is 63S F6 891. Looks likes the Red Tomato. I haven't weighed it but my guess would be 3200-3300 lbs. It has a 289 .40 over with flat top pistons and the thick head gaskets. I put a Isky cam in it and an Edelbrok 600 carb. The heads and everything else is stock down to the 3.31 rear end gears. Best ET to date is 15.07 @ 89 mph. I was wanting to build another engine about the same specs for an 47 M Series 1/2 ton short bed truck that is in pretty sad shape (rusting)in the back yard. I've seen a couple M Series trucks with Stude V/8s. There was one in Spokane. Is the 63 Lark lighter than an M Series with a V/8 ? [8D]
    Thanks, Gordon
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    • #3
      The base weight of a 1963 Custom two door six is 2680 pounds. An equivalent model V8 would be 2940 pounds, but there is more difference than just the engine. I think that the truck would weigh more, due to the frame, but I don't have the weights here.
      Gary L.
      Wappinger, NY

      SDC member since 1968
      Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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      • #4
        You are probably pretty close on the weight of your Lark. The Tomato weighs about 3350 depending on how much gas is in the tank. I have no idea about the truck weight but my guess would be it is lighter.

        Ted

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        • #5
          The reason why I'm asking about weight is because its the cheapest way to go faster. There are a couple of trucks that run at our local drag strip that make you think WOW trucks arent supposed to run like that! One is a really cool 46 Chevy 1/2 ton that runs 11's. I was thinking it would be cool to see my 47 short bed Stude truck rolling down the strip with a Stude V/8. My truck is whole but rusty in spots. Its not like I would be gutting a cherry M Series truck. I think it would cut the wind as good as a Lark. Everything is in the thought process. My 12 year old is wanting a junior dragster also.[:0] She has a few years to go before she can run the Lark.[8D]
          My daughter goes to every event that I run the Lark. She started chosing my ET's for eliminations based on my time trial. Can't start them to young about racing Studebakers.
          Gordon

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