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R3 Forward

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    Avanti and Volvo P1800 restoration, Ford F150 Raptor

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  • My Avanti
    1963 - don't have vin on me, also have a 2007

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  1. Thanks for the info re. the mustang. I looked at them and they are close but the one we need does not have that ridge on the top so don't think I want to temp fate and buy one to try. I'm not that desperate (yet)... BTW, I found a lot of mustang latches for sale on eBay as well. Jim
  2. I need a pair of the aluminum end plates for the dash as well as the center console plate where the heater and air vent adjustments are. Also looking for a functioning lock mechanism for the glove box. If anybody has these part and is willing to sell them please contact me at r3forward@gmail.com or call Jim at 480-544-5025. Thanks,
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    Dash Pad

    I have purchased and installed Nastalgics new dash with no issues, it fit perfect. I have another one I would sell for $300 plus shipping. I do not know the source of this older dash pad as I purchased it on eBay years ago. I had one small crack at the glove box that has been repaired and it has been died a lighter beige color than original fawn color. I had problems making it fit on my restoration so just gave up and bought a newer one from Nostalgic. It is still relatively soft and flexible and would be good for somebody willing to take the time to make if fit right. Send me a note at r3forward@gmail.com if you are interested.
  4. On my '63 I also added a jump wire on the switch so the parking lights would remain on when headlights are on. But, I ran the wires for this jumper to a small secondary switch under the dash so I could switch back and forth if desired.
  5. Thank you, this is great information to know, so my Avanti is about in the middle of the 30 Ford based cars built. My 2007 Avanti has a VIN sticker on the door, which states the frame was built by Ford in 2006, and the Ford VIN indicates it was sold as a 2007 as the 10th digit is a 7. BTW, I found a great web site to decode your Ford VIN number (https://www.vindecoderz.com/EN/Ford) Also, to get back to my original question. I finally did a CarFax report on this car to see if it had been in an accident to determine why the passenger airbag is glued shut. There was no report so all I can figure is that somebody along the way did some work on the car and messed with the airbag for some reason.
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    Odd Avanti!

    I am building a 63 and have installed an R3 engine All I had to do to make it fit with the air box and standard body shims is use smaller/shorter front motor mounts, but I also had to shave almost 1/4 inch off of the sealing edge of the top side of the air box.
  7. Randy, I started this post over a year ago and am looking at it again after all this time. My 2007 VIN number ends in 19 so I have assumed it was the second to last car made during full production runs. I do know a number were also assembled and sold after the factory was shut down and I don't know if they had Avanti VIN numbers.
  8. I own a 2007 Avanti built on the Ford Mustang platform. It was involved in the recent airbag recall. I had the driver side airbag changed out two years ago, but they did not have parts for the passenger side at the time. Took the car in today to replace the passenger side and learned that the removable panels on my dash where the airbag is stored were glued in place and could not be removed. Has anybody had this problem? I am wondering if they glued them on in the factory or if some previous owner glued them down. Hard to tell.
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