: BBC/Studebaker Lark engine swap?


Mr Chevelle
Nov 13th, 09, 12:42 PM
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?

:clonk:

JWagner
Nov 13th, 09, 2:11 PM
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.

PaPa Johns 77
Nov 13th, 09, 2:20 PM
There was one (a 62 or 63) when I was in HS. I was a freshman the guy was a senior.
Had a healthy 327 with a tunnel ram with a 4speed! That little sucker was quick when he got it to hook!
A years or so later he had a SilverHawk with a 427 in it!:)

oman
Nov 13th, 09, 3:30 PM
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?

:clonk:


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?

Rob G
Nov 13th, 09, 4:43 PM
Wow, neet story Johnny.

Oman - a FINE good forum, and a fine question asked by Mr. CHEVELLE ;)

quikss
Nov 13th, 09, 4:47 PM
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.

Jeff

JWagner
Nov 13th, 09, 4:47 PM
It could look like this when done:

http://image.hotrod.com/f/eventcoverage/9039379+w200/113_0411_44_z.jpg

oman
Nov 13th, 09, 4:54 PM
Wow, neet story Johnny.

Oman - a FINE good forum, and a fine question asked by Mr. CHEVELLE ;)

Just a play on the "feeble old mind statement" I made. Take it easy.

Mr Chevelle
Nov 13th, 09, 5:19 PM
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........

http://bis.midco.net/2drpost/DSCF1933%20resampled.jpg

http://bis.midco.net/2drpost/DSCF1904%20resampled.jpg

http://bis.midco.net/2drpost/DSCF1915%20resampled.jpg

quikss
Nov 13th, 09, 5:29 PM
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........

http://bis.midco.net/2drpost/DSCF1933%20resampled.jpg

http://bis.midco.net/2drpost/DSCF1904%20resampled.jpg

http://bis.midco.net/2drpost/DSCF1915%20resampled.jpg

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

Jeff

Dragn70
Nov 13th, 09, 5:33 PM
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.

PaPa Johns 77
Nov 13th, 09, 5:47 PM
Wow, neet story Johnny.

Oman - a FINE good forum, and a fine question asked by Mr. CHEVELLE ;)

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!:D

dyno jonn
Nov 13th, 09, 8:43 PM
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.....

Sedanman
Nov 13th, 09, 8:56 PM
Very cool ride, a perfect candidate for an LS swap in my opinion

Jeff

That's what I was thinking. That would make a fun parts chaser.

pnugene
Nov 13th, 09, 11:49 PM
Try thinking outside the box, put the Stude motor in your Chevelle. Be the first one on your block.:D

Astro Vent
Nov 14th, 09, 8:45 AM
What about a 572 fuel injected small block?:confused:
:p:p