I have a 62' Studebaker lark that my dad, brother and I have been working on for awhile. We are currently putting a 3.8l v6 in it. I just want to know what to do about the suspension. The car has a lot of body role in corners. The car rides really smooth but I want it to take corners a little better. Any suggestions would be great. thanks.
03-07-2002 10:58 AM
Well you could add a larger dia. sway bar up front and add one in the rear. Better shocks would help considerably. Switch the old skinny white side wall tires out for a set of low profile 16" or 17" or bigger. All of these will do alot to help the cars ability to corner.
That car would look real neat as a pro tour car.
03-08-2002 05:21 AM
I agree, a different spring and shock set up may also help. Depends on what you want to spend.Cool ride!
03-08-2002 07:59 AM
Thanks for the help guys.
03-08-2002 02:06 PM
Cody good advise.Sway bars are important. Maybe pull the springs and have a race shop rate them for you.If you go up 100-150lbs in front spring rate it will help a lot.The shocks will control the rate of roll(how fast or slow it rolls )but not the roll it self.The sway bar does that for you. The rear swaybar would be the last to try.Most times we are finding if we take the rear ones off the cars feel looser in the corners(thats good,tight is when it dont steer but plows) Have you driven it with the lighter 3.8 in it yet. That may help in it self if you have not tried it yet.
03-08-2002 02:34 PM
one other thing you may want to do is install new polyurethane bushings instead of rubber. they are a lot stiffer and should help make the car feel tighter.