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  • Fuel System: Carburetor options

    Tore down the carb for my 62 Lark Daytona, found a bit of wire and solder instead of a metering rod retainer clip. This doesn't seem to be in the carb kit I've seen... how hard is it to find a new one? I don't really want to add yet another layer of wire+solder to improvise my own.

    Alternatively, what's it like to get a NOS or freshly-rebuilt compatible carburetor? I saw some rebuilt Carters of similar age on Ebay for the $40 range, which is cheaper than a rebuild kit! Are there a lot of compatible carburetors out there?

    I want to get this thing back on the road! It's too much fun to sit in the driveway...

  • #2
    There are a number of good folks out there catering to the carburetor needs of our Studebakers. Without ruling anyone else out, I always turn to Dave Thibeault. 13 Nick Lane, Maynard, MA 01754. Tel. 978-897-3158. Dave and Janet Thibeault.
    You can probably expect about $175 with core exchange for a 2bbl but what you get is a fully restored, re-chromated & cad-plated carb with Dave's reputation.
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
    '56 Sky Hawk

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    • #3
      Well, the price is higher than a kit but honestly $175 for a reliable restoration of my own carb is pretty decent. What's the turnaround time like?

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      • #4
        If he has one ready it's just transit time. Best to call him. Janet uses the computer. Dave uses screwdrivers.
        "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

        Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
        '33 Rockne 10,
        '51 Commander Starlight,
        '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
        '56 Sky Hawk

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        • #5
          Talked to Dave, sounds like $250 and two weeks to rebuild my 1-barrel Carter AS; he doesn't have any ready at this time.

          Are there any more common carburetors that would work? It would be cool if I could find something local here in the San Francisco area--I have no doubt Dave does good work, but two weeks + shipping time isn't as fun as "tomorrow".

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          • #6
            I have some rebuilt AS carburators in stock at $180.00 including shipping.
            I may have some N.O.S. also.
            Need the tag number on the carb you have.
            Robert Kapteyn 815 722 7262

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            • #7
              A couple of other possibilities in case you need to look elsewhere are Daytona Parts Company http://www.daytonaparts.com/
              I have been able to obtain rebuild kits from them for a reasonable price and they are quite knowledgeable.
              Also Carbs Only http://www.carbsonly.com/
              They do good rebuilds and are also reasonably priced.
              Ed Sallia
              Dundee, OR

              Sol Lucet Omnibus

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              • #8
                Check with Studebakers West. They are just down the road from you in Redwood City.

                http://www.studebakerswest.net/
                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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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Commander Eddie View Post
                  A couple of other possibilities in case you need to look elsewhere are Daytona Parts Company http://www.daytonaparts.com/
                  I have been able to obtain rebuild kits from them for a reasonable price and they are quite knowledgeable.
                  Also Carbs Only http://www.carbsonly.com/
                  They do good rebuilds and are also reasonably priced.
                  Do you know of anyone who has put a Daytona "universal" carburetor in a Lark? Seems interesting but the price is high for an experiment.

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