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  1. The casting number you are looking for will be at the center of the three central cylinder head bolts, which are arranged in a' pyramid'.....(and NOT under the rocker arm cover!)
  2. I say cleverly adapt......as the rear edge of the Cadillac (?) 'V' no doubt needed to be re-worked to properly align with his Studebaker Avanti's nose panel contour. This gave R3422 a unique frontal 'look'....... Like NO OTHER Studebaker Avanti! If Mr. Loewy simply wanted to copy what General Motors did, he would have also installed a 'V' on the rear of R3422....and no doubt thrown in the Cadillac 'crests' for good measure! I believe you'll find it quite difficult convincing Avanti fans that Raymond Loewy was a copy-cat!
  3. I'd bet the original R2 heads were left on the engine.....not a bad thing as the 9-1 compression ratio afforded by those heads is just about 'right' for today's gasoline!..Ed
  4. Your assumption isn't true Gary!....the "piece in question" definitely IS the actual piece. Your Chrysler steering wheel center design example does not 'hold up'!
  5. mfg

    Avanti RQA-0042!

    Good thought, however that's not it!
  6. So what's so special about Avanti ll # RQA-0042?
  7. Come to think of it, using the exterior 'Pirates Buckles' on the inside of an Avanti almost HAD to be a Loewy idea that Studebaker liked and decided to copy. No doubt Loewy liked the 'look' of those 'buckles', and decided to use them to fill what he considered to be a 'void' found on the upper interior trim panel. I believe that Studebaker stylists would not have thought of re-using an exterior trim piece on the interior of their cars if they didn't see what Loewy did and liked it. Can anyone think of any other automobile exterior trim piece that was carried over to the interior? (Not just with Studebaker, but ANY domestic auto manufacturer)
  8. mfg

    Avanti PCV!

    Any other thoughts on this one?
  9. mfg

    Goodbye Sherwood!

    Your second answer, October, is CORRECT!
  10. mfg


    And #1 is CORRECT!
  11. mfg

    Avanti Flares!

    Bob Doehler is CORRECT!
  12. mfg

    Last "A"!

    And you are CORRECT!
  13. This same Studebaker Avanti was owned by Tommy and Bob Tompkins in the '70's.....It was in 'as new' condition back then, winner of several auto show trophies!
  14. mfg

    Last "A"!

    The last "A" series Avanti ll built was # RQA0 - - -. 1) 399......2) 400.....3) 423.....or 4) 449
  15. mfg

    Goodbye Sherwood!

    Sorry, ....November is not correct!
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