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  1. Just saw this...... The width of the trunk opening on my '83 avanti is 41 inches......the 'depth' of the trunk, front to rear, is 30 inches.
  2. Well, due to the pandemic the regulators took ONE MONTH to reach New Zealand (via Japan!)...but I just heard they arrived safely...all's well that ends well!
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    Avanti Omission!

    Afterthought.....Could the earliest production Studebaker Avantis have been built without the normal door weatherseals?
  4. After watching the YouTube video of 63R1001, the first production Studebaker Avanti, being delivered to the Lemay Museum after its detailed restoration, I noticed there did not seem to be any door weatherstripping (seals) on the inside of the passenger door....there is also a good view of this odd omission on page 34 of AVANTI MAGAZINE Issue 183. I doubt if Jimmy Bell's shop could have forgotten these seals....Could the seals possibly been NLA at the time of this Avanti's restoration? They did, in my humble opinion, a first class job restoring this historic Studebaker Avanti!
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    Hiding Avanti!

    Could be!...because Ford is CORRECT!
  6. After much sole searching, I've decided to leave well enough alone and keep my 1963 Studebaker Avanti "automatic equipped"!....The Avanti Powershift is, in my opinion, a very solid, reliable transmission that I really can't fault...other than 4 speed equipped Avantis are a bit more fun to drive....especially since my Avanti is a "weekender"! To get to the point, I've decided to part company with a used Borg Warner T-10 four speed transmission, clutch housing, flywheel, good used pressure plate & disc, correct four speed starting motor, clutch linkage & bracket between frame rail
  7. That's quite interesting!...I would have guessed it would be the other way round!
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    Avanti locks!

    1977 is CORRECT!...Thanks for listing serial number.
  9. mfg

    Avanti Quote!

    You guys are both CORRECT!
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    Avanti "TT"!

    True is CORRECT!...However, there was one 1963 Avanti that indeed did have that emblem affixed to the deck lid shortly after it was built....Ian Fleming's!!
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    Avanti Lube!

    That's CORRECT Gary!
  12. I rebuilt the R2 fuel pump from my Avanti a few years ago using a kit from SI..(diaphragm bellows, new in and out valves, lower gasket)..don't remember having any issues, and it's still working well.
  13. What owner of a (then) new Studebaker Avanti was quoted as saying....." I like a car I can leave out in the street all night and which will start at once in the morning and still go one hundred miles an hour when you want it to"? 1) Ricky Nelson.....2) Ian Fleming......3) Roger Ward.....or....4) Vince Granatelli
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    Avanti "TT"!

    Studebaker Avantis equipped with the twin Traction rear axle option were never shipped with the Studebaker "TT" diecast emblem on the decklid.....True?
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    Avanti Lube!

    STP Oil Treatment was first developed in........? 1) USA.....2) England.....3) Sweden....or.....4) Germany
  16. Original Studebaker Avanti 'Mercedes type' dove cone door locks, also used on early Avanti ll's, were changed to GM 'bear claw' style in model year..........? 1) 1974........2) 1975......3) 1976....or....4) 1977
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    Avanti HELP needed!

    Once a caso always a caso I guess!!....A friend of mine with a '70's Vette GAVE me a small block Chevy distributor he knew was OK....I replaced the ignition module, which was only about one year old, (from the worn out distributor) and installed the 'good used' distributor...Problem solved!
  18. I have the same issue with my '63 R2....Not wanting to add an electric pump, I keep a squirt bottle of gas tucked away in the garage, so if my Avanti sits for several days I'll just give it a squirt of gas down through the vent hole in the carb bonnet....That always gets the car started instantly, and usually keeps it going till the fuel pump delivers more gas to the carb. Really not much trouble!
  19. If I remember correctly, the weight of a stripped Studebaker Avanti body is something like 500--550 lbs.
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    Avanti HELP needed!

    UPDATE.......I installed a replacement distributor yesterday and the noise is gone. The only difference i noticed about the one I removed compared to the replacement is the replacement has very little up and down movement of the distributor shaft. (In the body) The distributor i removed has about 1/4" up and down play of the shaft in the distributor body.
  21. I like the new AOAI Forum format, however, I must admit it took me awhile to figure out how to edit my text....Got it now!
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    Paxton 'GSS'!

    It's too bad the planetary gear setup in the original case did not work out....would sure have been a nice update to replace the very sensitive ball drive element we deal with.
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    Avanti HELP needed!

    Gary, Bob..thanks for your input...yes, something has to be up with the HEI distributor, as the noise (checked again) is definitely originating from it. (quite loud, I can hear it inside the car!) Actually, I installed a new distributor when I purchased the Goodwrench 305 replacement engine.....but that was ten years and MANY miles ago. I will purchase a new distributor....either locally (Advance Auto has them in stock) or perhaps through Summit.....I have a used one from another engine I could install to see what happens, but as Bob says why tear into things twice!....thanks again..
  24. Okay Avanti comrades...mfg needs some help here!........An engine noise has developed in my '83 Avanti, (stock 305 V8), over the last few weeks that has me 'stumped'! To cut to the chase....the noise sounds EXACTLY like the clicking sound a hydraulic valve lifter makes if it's defective or simply needs adjustment. (yes, I know 305's are notorious for soft camshafts!) HOWEVER, after isolating that sound with a length of hose held to my ear, moving the hose around a running engine, I find the noise is coming from inside the stock GM HEI DISTRIBUTOR! As I had a good used cap and ro
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