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front suspension for a 59 Lark?

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    Time to rebuild front suspension on my 59 Lark. Wondering if its worth it to re build and do they drive nice when done, or cut out and put in like a mustang IIor custom mod? Is there a Studebaker front suspension kit out there or do I just have to buy piece by piece? Thanks

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    Originally posted by The Leak View Post
    Time to rebuild front suspension on my 59 Lark. Wondering if its worth it to re build and do they drive nice when done, or cut out and put in like a mustang IIor custom mod? Is there a Studebaker front suspension kit out there or do I just have to buy piece by piece? Thanks
    I don't believe that there is a full kit, but I may be mistaken. You're probably better served by going ahead and disassembling it first before you order and assessing the condition of all the parts, because you may not need everything. Could be as simple as replacing the rubber bushings and rebuilding the center pivot, or you could possibly also need trunnions, kingpin bushings, thrust bearings, tie rod ends...

    They don't drive like modern cars, but they do pretty well once everything is tight and most importantly well greased.

    nate
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    55 Commander Starlight
    http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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    • #3
      Thanks Nate for the feedback. I'm going to go ahead and tare it down and see what I need. I just want it nice and tight and driving straight! Thanks

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        The Studebaker kingpin system may be archaic, but it is sturdy. You will never see a Studebaker alongside the road with a wheel cocked out 45 degrees due to a broken ball joint.
        Phantom does sell a complete supposedly bolt-in kit with rack and pinion, etc. Ask Pat Drnec how easy his was to install (not).
        Last edited by 53k; 06-10-2010, 01:39 PM.
        Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
        '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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        • #5
          I can't remember what years used needle bearings in the kingpin and center pivot, but be aware when disassembling that they may be there - they have loose needles like a U-joint.

          nate
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          55 Commander Starlight
          http://members.cox.net/njnagel

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          • #6
            FWIW, the Studebaker front suspension with all new wear parts will ride and drive better than most of the hot rod front clip jobs I've seen over the years. This is from a guy who has built many hot rods. I kept the Stude front suspension in my personal hot rod Hawk. It will also cost less to rebuild and will be worth more on resale than a modified car.

            thnx, jack vines
            PackardV8

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            • #7
              Go for the rebuild of the Stude front end! It's not cheap, but cheaper that an aftermarket kit or stub,and certainly easier. A machine shop can help press in new kingpin bushings, and ream them for a perfect fit, too. If you follow the shop manual it is not too bad, and all the parts are available from Stude Vendors.

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              • #8
                Thanks for all the replies, started taking the clip off today to tear the suspension down. I'm going with the Studebaker way and it will be great! Thanks again.

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                • #9
                  Here is where i'm at right now. http://www.flickr.com/photos/korbacustoms/4690106804/

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                  • #10
                    You can get the delrin bushings it a kit.
                    If you car is ugly then it better be fast.....

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