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  1. Steering Play Lots of play in the steering... · Check the center pivot cinch bolt. The steering bell crank is attached to the pin by means of a grade-8 bolt that must be tight to secure the bell crank to the pin. If the bolt is loose, there will be up and down movement and lots of steering play. The torque spec on the pinch Bolt? 60 to 65 Ft. Lb. · Check all tie rod ends for play. With the steering wheel centered on the steering gear high point, the wheels should be pointed straight ahead. If this is not the case, the car needs to go in for an alignment and t
  2. You may also want to have the driveshaft balanced.
  3. My '82 Avanti-II shuddered like I was driving over railroad ties, especially noticeable under acceleration. I suspected the U-joints and had them replaced. That didn't cure the problem. When the starter went bad, the mechanic who removed the old starter found that the plastic cover under the bellhousing was pinched by the starter and rubbing against the teeth on the ring gear. A Dremel tool relieved the interference on the plastic cover and that fixed the shudder. I experienced a similar "driving over railroad ties" sensation driving my Wagonaire home from a tire shop where I had
  4. Redline 80W140 GL-5 Gear Oil If it was good enough for Ted Harbit, it's good enough for me.* · Contains additional friction modifiers for suitability with clutch-type limited slip differentials - for most LSDs, no additional friction modifiers are required. · This product is not designed for use in manual transmission or transaxles with synchronizers, as its slipperiness may lead to shifting problems. · Popular in stock car racing differentials and transmissions* · Fully-synthetic formulas created from polyol
  5. HISTORY Avanti stainless-steel fuel tanks were virtually sole-sourced from a gentleman in Chicago named George Dimitsas. I looked for Mr. Dimitsas when I wanted to replace the fuel tank in my 1963 Studebaker Avanti. Advertisements in club publications that listed his address and telephone number yielded nothing. Dimitsas had disappeared and nobody knew of his whereabouts. I called Don Simmons in Ontario, Canada, to see if he perhaps had a source for a stainless-steel tank. Simmons informed me that Dimitsas had moved to Tennessee and gave me his address and telephone number.
  6. Brad, R4415 is the November 2019 AOAI calendar car.
  7. Brad, thanks for your comments. The items you mentioned would cause this problem. When the power steering components were installed, the Pittman arm was lined up with the mark on the splined shaft of the steering box. I did my best to adjust the length of the power steering reach rod to match the original reach rod. Maybe I was off a turn or so. When I backed the car out of the garage the first time after the power steering was installed and the clutch hung up, I didn't know what was going on so I had the car transported to an automotive shop. When we found out that the control valve was
  8. Thankfully no. I found this posted information useful: QUESTION: Anybody got any ideas on how to get the ceiling panel down without wrecking it. My sunshade is so stuck due to the cold temperatures I can't move it. ----------------------------------- I'm not sure what you mean by "ceiling panel," but if it's the headliner, don't even think about taking it down. It's a major job involving glued leather and fabric, and you're almost sure to destroy something in the process. Besides, you still can't get to what you want! Everything you want to do is do
  9. I installed power steering on my 1963 Studebaker Avanti. Afterwards, the clutch pedal would hang up and the clutch would not release when making a sharp left turn. On the lift, you could see that the control valve actually bumped into the lever on the clutch linkage when the steering wheel was turned hard left. Apparently, when the new steering bell crank associated with the power steering ram was installed, the right and left tie rods were switched. And this changed the toe in. In a Studebaker, the toe-in is adjusted by positioning the left (driver's side) wheel straight ahead on the hig
  10. The gasket adhesive cured overnight and today the glass panel went back in. (Note: open the inner sliding panel before installing the glass. A dab of the adhesive on the tip of a Philip screwdriver holds the screw and washers as you try to find the hole). The double hinges are attached to a springy plate that deflects a bit the first time the roof is closed; the rear of the glass slowly rises to level as the new gaskets compress. I now have a moonroof that closes perfectly and seals tightly. I took the car out for a late afternoon test drive and there is no wind noise. I like the moon roof,
  11. Owner's manual suggests that the engine should be running when opening or closing the moonroof; the moonroof motor uses a lot of current.
  12. When fully closed, the rear edge of my Avanti-II’s moonroof on the passenger side sags, leaving a gap between the glass and the body that allows water to pour into the headliner (and a lot of wind noise). This is generally a sign that the rear section of the moonroof frame has separated from the body. Repair normally involves removing the moonroof glass, cleaning the frame and roof surfaces and re-gluing the frame to the roof, clamping the surfaces together while the glue hardens. I removed the glass and found that the moonroof frame was securely glued to the body all the way around.
  13. Does anyone have any tips on how to remove the headliner to access the frame holding the moonroof? The headliner in my Avanti-II is wrapped in white leather and I don't want to damage it.
  14. I am installing a new fuel tank in RQB-3430.
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