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  • My Avanti
    1963 R2 r3803

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  1. One of the Bonneville Avantis had a silver paint effect along the flat portion of the front fenders running from the bumper up the raised edge and flaring out towards the windscreen.
  2. What studegary said. There are areas of the steering linkage that can wear but if it is so severe that it can't be set up for basic alignment you would find the problems post haste. I had a Lark with worn upper and lower pins on one side. They were SO worn that the outer shells were cracked and the pin was oval. This was found about 3 minutes after I got the car up on my hoist. It was still mostly aligned even with this problem, but it was really sloppy to drive. You need a second opinion.
  3. I got my info from Bob Johnstone's Studebaker site. When I bought the alternator I went to an auto electrical store and simply asked for a 1985 Toyota single wire style and put my old alternator on the bench. The fellow took one look at it and said "don't go anywhere". He came back 2 minutes later and put the Toyota alternator on the bench beside my old one. The pulley was a bit different but otherwise they were pretty much identical. I paid about $85, took them both home, swapped pulleys and fitted it on the car. A very small amount of grinding was needed. Bob's instructions gave me a good idea of wiring and after studying the old wires I was able to make it operational using only one very short jumper and some creative splicing. See pics... I am up in Canada's arctic right now or I would see if I could find any numbers on it for you. I return late Friday so if you can wait... later
  4. Excellent news. When I brought my car home 5 years ago I got caught in a torrential rainstorm beside Mt. Robson, BC. It seemed to me that there was as much water coming in the rear wing windows as around the fronts. I have since got the fronts adjusted but still try to avoid ANY chance of driving in the rain. Now I keep two large terry towels in the car, just in case... Count me in for a set as soon as they are available.
  5. Ok. Thanks. I somehow remember reading they are now available but that may have been in a dream. Hahaha...
  6. I read recently about repo rear quarter seals now being available but I have lost my source... Can someone direct me to the vendor? Thanks.
  7. I will venture 'false' as the R3 type (factory cast) headers probably were not in production until the R3 engine development was completed.
  8. My '63 Avanti had a "loose" feeling steering system when I got it and I was concerned about what it would take to fix. I shouldn't have been... If your bushings and kingpins are worn, replace them. Mine weren't so I gave them a good shot of grease. If your P/S pump is weak, fix it. Mine was so I did. If your steering box is loose, rebuild it or adjust it. Mine only needed PROPER adjustment, which is a critical part of a tight steering system. If your bell crank is sloppy, fix it. Mine was but it wasn't worn at the bushings so I installed the proper shims and tightened down the cinch bolt. If it seems to want to wander, align it. Mine did so getting this done right was critical! I started with a basic machine alignment at a good garage and tweaked it from there. Remember that it does NOT align the same when radial tires are fitted. The end result of all this is that it is now one of the tightest handling Studes I have owned (30+) over the years, and this is with a heavy supercharged Stude V8 up front.
  9. I seem to remember seeing it closer to the rear of the car, at least compared to mine... so false.
  10. StudeNorm

    Avanti R5168!

    They stopped regular production?
  11. StudeNorm


    Over the years I have owned and dismantled a number of Larks from '63 to '66 and all the a-arms I removed came equiped with the shafts with the eyes. I always thought that was normal on a Stude and even used that point for attaching tow chains when required (too often back in the day but I could never resist back country trails, even in a Lark). I'm not sure if I would recognize a pre-63 shaft and where else do you hook up your chains?...?
  12. StudeNorm

    R3 Gears!

    When I listen to that video I hear a cold engine and no attempt to keep it running using the throttle. It also sounded like it hadn't been set up for proper idle and maybe wasn't jetted for the elevation. Normal idle speed for most hot cam engines can be over 1000 rpm and this one WAS NOT THERE... Perhaps 'just coming off the trailer' wasn't the best time to get a video of that car! I will allow it to be parked in my driveway beside my R2 Avanti and I will even setup the idle, gratis...
  13. StudeNorm

    Avanti Fans!

    I had a non-viscous fan on mine when I got it but am not sure if that was correct for the car or done during its rebuild back in the 80's. I have since installed the viscous clutch but the fan I was sent did not fit so I went aftermarket for now. I do know you can't use a non-viscous fan on a viscous clutch so I am not sure how that might affect this question... Over the 2 years it could be 4 different types.
  14. One thing to note is the heat sink used for the LED bulbs. Make sure it will fit in the headlight bucket or behind it and not stick out too far to the rear and interfere with the body panel. There are very specific instructions with some of these lights requiring air flow, clearances, etc. I have found that there are a number of different configurations to consider.
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