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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 09, 1:42 PM Thread Starter
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BBC/Studebaker Lark engine swap?

I know this isn't a Chevelle question but I've run out of options.....I found a nice little 1962 Lark V8 wagon and would like to know something about an engine swap before buying it.

Does anyone know if a Chevy V8 will bolt directly into a 1962 Studebaker Lark. I know Stude used Chevy engines around 65-66 but will they bolt into an earlier Larks with no motor mount hassel?

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Expect to find that nothing ever goes smoothly in an engine swap. Assume that Murphy's law will be guiding you every inch of the way. Whenever a swap is done, it is always a good idea to start with a complete donor car.
I remember a chev powered Studebaker Lark gasser built by Dave Koffel (later a Chrysler exec). It looked pretty good. Might be some pictures of it somewhere on the web. The car was called "the Flintstone Flyer". It was preceded by an E-gas Packard of the same name.
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There was one (a 62 or 63) when I was in HS. I was a freshman the guy was a senior.
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I know this isn't a Chevelle question but I've run out of options.....I found a nice little 1962 Lark V8 wagon and would like to know something about an engine swap before buying it.

Does anyone know if a Chevy V8 will bolt directly into a 1962 Studebaker Lark. I know Stude used Chevy engines around 65-66 but will they bolt into an earlier Larks with no motor mount hassel?


Didn't Studebaker use Chevy 283 engines at some point? It seems to me they did but I am getting old a feeble. What kind of forum is this?
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Wow, neet story Johnny.

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I am fairly certain locally we have a Lark with a BBC in it running around. I know it made one of the car mags a few years back. I have never talked to the guy only seen it at shows, so I have no idea how hard it was to do or what was involved.

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It could look like this when done:

http://image.hotrod.com/f/eventcover..._0411_44_z.jpg
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Wow, neet story Johnny.

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Just a play on the "feeble old mind statement" I made. Take it easy.
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Well......I looked at it again today. It's a 1960 Lark VIII wagon with TT. I think TT stands for limited slip or posi, whatever. It does have some rust and is missing only the headlight rings. The engine compartment is pretty tight for a BB. I don't think an engine swap to a Chevy would be a bolt in deal. Here are a couple of pictures........





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Well......I looked at it again today. It's a 1960 Lark VIII wagon with TT. I think TT stands for limited slip or posi, whatever. It does have some rust and is missing only the headlight rings. The engine compartment is pretty tight for a BB. I don't think an engine swap to a Chevy would be a bolt in deal. Here are a couple of pictures........





Very cool ride, a perfect candidate for an LS swap in my opinion

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Not sure of the year but a man had a BBC Lark in my area back in the mid 90's. It was a race car but I don't think he made major chassis changes.

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Wow, neet story Johnny.

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If you really think about it there probably isn't many cars out there that someone hasn't tried these kinds of swaps with!

I still have visions of the first BBC Gremlin I ever saw!
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Nice thing about doing a BBC swap into a V8 Lark is that the car would actually weigh about the same after the swap as it did before. Stude V8's are real anchors.....

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Very cool ride, a perfect candidate for an LS swap in my opinion

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That's what I was thinking. That would make a fun parts chaser.
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Try thinking outside the box, put the Stude motor in your Chevelle. Be the first one on your block.

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