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'57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

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  • '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

    It's been a long time since I updated any progress on my Lark restoration. I have been slowly working on it over the months, and I am in the process of assembly after painting in August. It's starting to look like a motor again and not just a million parts here and there that I've ben tripping over for two years. For those who remember, this Lark has a NOS powerhead that I managed to piece together from a variety of vintage part sources selling new old stock...including block, crank, pistons, rods, bearing etc.

    Here are some pics...what do you think?

    Mas









    "New" '57 Lark Chapter One...the Find:
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370037

    "New" '57 Lark Chapter Two...the Initial Breakdown:
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370666

    "New" '57 Lark Chapter Three...the Gearcase:
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370904

    "New" '57 Lark Chapter Four...the NOS Powerhead:
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=456868

    "New" '57 Lark Chapter Five...Repainting:
    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=523546


  • #2
    Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

    Really nice work. My favorite year of Lark too....eventhough I like my latest trio. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see it finished.
    sigpicVice Admiral Zephyr

    1941 Johnson HD-20 (in restoration)
    1947 Sea King 5hp
    1948 Evinrude Sportsman
    1949 Martin "40"
    1951 Evinrude Fastwin
    1954 Evinrude Fleetwin
    1955 Evinrude Fleetwin
    1955 Johnson JW-11
    1955 Johnson CD-12 (2)
    1955 Johnson QD-16
    1955 Johnson RD-17
    1957 Jhnson CD-14
    1957 Evinrude Big Twin
    1958 Evinrude Fisherman
    1958 Johnson FDE-12
    1959 Johnson RDSL-21B
    1974 Tanaka 1hp (screamin' drink mixer )

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    • #3
      Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

      Man, that looks like a lotta work! Nice job!
      Steve.

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      • #4
        Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

        Originally posted by samo_ott View Post
        Man, that looks like a lotta work! Nice job!
        Thanks!

        Work??? No...fun! I just wish I had more time to have "fun!"

        Mas
        "New" '57 Lark Chapter One...the Find:
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370037

        "New" '57 Lark Chapter Two...the Initial Breakdown:
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370666

        "New" '57 Lark Chapter Three...the Gearcase:
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370904

        "New" '57 Lark Chapter Four...the NOS Powerhead:
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=456868

        "New" '57 Lark Chapter Five...Repainting:
        http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=523546

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        • #5
          Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

          Wow...Super Nice work. Wanna do my new project? 1960 Lark....LOL

          I hope mine turns out as nice as yours. Keep us posted with progress

          Mark
          1992 204 Angler, 140hp Johnson VRO
          65 13' Boston Whaler, 62 40hp Evinrude

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          • #6
            Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

            That color matches what's on my '58.
            sigpicVice Admiral Zephyr

            1941 Johnson HD-20 (in restoration)
            1947 Sea King 5hp
            1948 Evinrude Sportsman
            1949 Martin "40"
            1951 Evinrude Fastwin
            1954 Evinrude Fleetwin
            1955 Evinrude Fleetwin
            1955 Johnson JW-11
            1955 Johnson CD-12 (2)
            1955 Johnson QD-16
            1955 Johnson RD-17
            1957 Jhnson CD-14
            1957 Evinrude Big Twin
            1958 Evinrude Fisherman
            1958 Johnson FDE-12
            1959 Johnson RDSL-21B
            1974 Tanaka 1hp (screamin' drink mixer )

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            • #7
              Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

              Originally posted by 1946Zephyr View Post
              That color matches what's on my '58.
              The gray is probably the same on the '57 & '58. I got a really good match too. I took an unfaded part to my local auto paint shop and matched with a color sample. I took both part and paint samples outside to see the "natural light" on the colors...they're very close!

              Personally, I the gray is not my favorite...but I'm going with near stock as possible. I'm really happy with the pan's charcoal color. I've yet to paint the hood...I'll wait until spring when it warms back up. I've got enough to keep me going over the winter, so no big deal.

              Mas
              "New" '57 Lark Chapter One...the Find:
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370037

              "New" '57 Lark Chapter Two...the Initial Breakdown:
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370666

              "New" '57 Lark Chapter Three...the Gearcase:
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370904

              "New" '57 Lark Chapter Four...the NOS Powerhead:
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=456868

              "New" '57 Lark Chapter Five...Repainting:
              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=523546

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              • #8
                Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                Right on. Keep up the good work. We're cheerin' for ya.
                sigpicVice Admiral Zephyr

                1941 Johnson HD-20 (in restoration)
                1947 Sea King 5hp
                1948 Evinrude Sportsman
                1949 Martin "40"
                1951 Evinrude Fastwin
                1954 Evinrude Fleetwin
                1955 Evinrude Fleetwin
                1955 Johnson JW-11
                1955 Johnson CD-12 (2)
                1955 Johnson QD-16
                1955 Johnson RD-17
                1957 Jhnson CD-14
                1957 Evinrude Big Twin
                1958 Evinrude Fisherman
                1958 Johnson FDE-12
                1959 Johnson RDSL-21B
                1974 Tanaka 1hp (screamin' drink mixer )

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                • #9
                  Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                  Originally posted by Mas View Post
                  Personally, I the gray is not my favorite...but I'm going with near stock as possible. I'm really happy with the pan's charcoal color. I've yet to paint the hood...I'll wait until spring when it warms back up. I've got enough to keep me going over the winter, so no big deal.

                  Mas
                  I don't know why they used that light gray on the lower and the charcoal on the cowl/hood. I ended up painting the lower on mine the same charcoal as the hood, and I like it better. Not original, but, hey, it's my motor and I like the all-charcoal look. If I were painting it for re-sale, I'd keep it original. By the way, Nice Job!

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                  • #10
                    Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                    Coming along nicely. I should start assembling a few that I have on the go...but whenever I get a "new" motor I move on to it. I dont know why I do that. I have about 10 projects on the go at all times. Makes remembering what mag plate and what gearcase goes where! lol
                    Chris

                    Top Secret Files:

                    http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=299680

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                    • #11
                      Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                      Cool - The Lake N Sea I learned to ski behind was powered by a Lark. Can't wait to see a restored hood, it had such a neat style.
                      ---------

                      Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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                      • #12
                        Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                        awesome work! any tips on cleaning up the parts before paint, im just getting set up to do a cd 13, and it looks like a nightmare to prep for paint! so many nooks and crannys to get into to sand.
                        give a man a fish, and he will eat all day. teach a man how to fish, and he will sit in a boat all day and drink beer.

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                        • #13
                          Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                          Originally posted by southkogs View Post
                          Can't wait to see a restored hood, it had such a neat style.
                          Yes...the hood is the best part of the motor...with all the chrome and metal script. Unfortunately, the hood will be the last thing I do in the spring. Like I said, I'm real happy with the charcoal color. I chose one that has an ever so slight metal flake to it. I know the original didn't use metal flake, but this only visible from very close inspection...really cool!
                          "New" '57 Lark Chapter One...the Find:
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370037

                          "New" '57 Lark Chapter Two...the Initial Breakdown:
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370666

                          "New" '57 Lark Chapter Three...the Gearcase:
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370904

                          "New" '57 Lark Chapter Four...the NOS Powerhead:
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=456868

                          "New" '57 Lark Chapter Five...Repainting:
                          http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=523546

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                          • #14
                            Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                            Originally posted by nwcove View Post
                            awesome work! any tips on cleaning up the parts before paint, im just getting set up to do a cd 13, and it looks like a nightmare to prep for paint! so many nooks and crannys to get into to sand.
                            I sand blasted all the parts prior to painting...really good adhesion. All parts were degreased using a marine bilge cleaner that was recommended by the auto paint store...worked well.

                            Mas
                            "New" '57 Lark Chapter One...the Find:
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370037

                            "New" '57 Lark Chapter Two...the Initial Breakdown:
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370666

                            "New" '57 Lark Chapter Three...the Gearcase:
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=370904

                            "New" '57 Lark Chapter Four...the NOS Powerhead:
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=456868

                            "New" '57 Lark Chapter Five...Repainting:
                            http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=523546

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                            • #15
                              Re: '57 Lark Restoration Update w/pics

                              The best advice ever given to me was to get the parts SODA blasted.

                              Soda blasting is less abrasive and damaging than sand, and does a fantastic job. I have stood there sanding nooks and crannies before, but I will never do it again. Soda blasting is well worth the money.
                              Chris

                              Top Secret Files:

                              http://forums.iboats.com/showthread.php?t=299680

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