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  1. I am also looking for a working, locking glove box latch. Seems no has a good one for sale I have found out they are also used on 60 Larks. I have found a similar but not exact item on a mid/late 60 Mustang. https://www.cjponyparts.com/scott-drake-glove-box-latch-1967-1968/p/HW1663/ If you try the mustang one let me know how it works
  2. Talking it over with the guys in my Chicago chapter, they agree. What concerns we is that it looks like the metal plate was a 'wedge' shape. I am assuming this was to give the proper angle to the pedal, for the accelerator rod. I think I will have mock this up with the new pedal to make sure I am not putting pre-pressure on the accelerator assembly. A few people have said mount to the floor with a hinge. But since the base is under the carpet, the carpet would raise and add pressure to the movement of the pedal.
  3. Thank you for getting back to me. What you stated and showed is what I would have expected but as you can see in the pictures I've attached, the old pedal has a piece of rusted out steel and the floor board does not have any holes. I also looked under the car and do not see any indication that holes had been 'filled'. I don't know if you can see it but the bottom metal has a lip like it was sitting on a triangular piece. There is considerable staining in this area probably from the rusting but this is why I thought the pedal had been epoxied to the floor. Any other thoughts?
  4. R2W55

    Dash Pad

    I bought the Brushed aluminum from Menards (or Home Depot) as the bottom kick plate for doors. I should also mention I am doing the interior in Black so the Brushed neckel really jumps out. I made cardboard templates from the existing Wood overlays, or what was left of them. I made sure the templates were correct before I very , very slowly cut and filed the metal to the correct shape. one of the harder parts was bending the instrument panel in the correct place and angle. you only get 1 chance! I would add some pictures of the instrument panel but I have it boxed up right now until I get ready for it. I have included the temperature console and the air conditional panels. The slight curl on the AC panel was a challenge. If you have a mill it would be easier as all I have is a drill press, hand shears and files. Good luck
  5. Does anybody have a source for a replacement glove box latch for a 78? the internal springs broke on mine. I've tried replacing springs but nothing seems to work right. I doesn't need it to be exact but I would like it to lock. I am not against doing a little modifications also
  6. Does anyone know how the accelerator pedal on a 78 attaches to the body? On the restoration I'm doing the bottom of the pedal was completely rusted away. I bought a new pedal from Studebaker International but it is only rubber and does not have any 'hinge' at the bottom. There are no holes in the floor so I am thinking the pedal had a hinge screwed to the bottom and was epoxied to the floor. Thoughts?
  7. R2W55

    Dash Pad

    I used the SI dash and had very few problems and I think it look great! While I was at it I am replacing all the 'wood-grain' overlays, dash and center consoles with a Brushed Aluminum. A lot of tedious work but I think they look great with the black gauges. On a side note: I need a new latch mechanism for the glove box. the springs broke internally. I do not need a exact duplicate but would like a locking latch. Anybody have a source for a replacement? I am not against doing a little modification
  8. oops I read that wrong. I was looking for a number for the gauge itself sorry

  9. I am also looking at replacing the Stewart Warner Oil Gauge.  Did you find out the correct number for the 0-80 lbs yet?

    Have you considered getting the 0-100 and changing the sending unit to the matching unit?

  10. R2W55

    Coil Springs

    I just double checked and the bushings have not been tightened yet. I just checked with a MOOG Representative and the 2 springs are compatible. I guess I'll have to wait until I get the body back on.
  11. R2W55

    Coil Springs

    Thanks. That eases my mind. I would hate o have to disassemble the control arms again to replace. just curious, about how much distance is there between your frame and the upper control arm bumper?
  12. I am now putting my 78 back together! But something does not seem right! I replaced the Front Coils springs with Moog CC653, variable rate springs. I had read a couple of articles on Avanti Websites sites that said these were a good replacement. The Moog CC655 were the recommended but are no longer available. I replaced all the bushings, rebuilt the kingpins and reassembled the upper and lower control arms (no engine or body yet) using a chain around the frame and floor jack (actually a truckers strap) to compress the spring and reassemble the king pins. All went well. As expected, with no weight on the frame, the upper control arm bumper was sitting on the frame. I have put the engine and transmission back on the frame. I expected at this point to see some compression of the spring. NONE! With a jack stand under the lower control arm, and pushing down on the frame, I still do not get any compression. I again put the floor jack under the lower control arm and wrapped a chain around it and the frame. I can get compression this way. The upper/lower control arms do move up and down as expected. Does this sound normal? Is the body going to add that much more weight? Did I order the wrong springs?
  13. R2W55

    Dash Panel

    I wasn't sure of years that would work so thank you for the information. I have the dash out of the car. Yes it was pain, but not too bad. Yes I have tagged all the wiring. I still have to trace out some of the 'extra' switches. I am probably about a year away from putting the interior back in but I like to line up all the materials ahead of time. I just finished the chassis, rebuilding the all the bushings and kingpins, steering, differential etc.... Just about ready to put Tie rods and steering box back in. Also put Turner brakes on front but still keeping the Drum brakes on back. I just thought if someone had a old dash sitting around I might try to recover it. As you can see mine is not too bad but i don't want to put it back in that way. If I recover it I 'might have to eliminate the pleating but I don't want to. Just want to 'play' around to see if can do it!
  14. R2W55

    Dash Panel

    Does anyone have an old Avanti Dash available? I want to try my hand at re-upholstering one but don't want to destroy my current one. I am aware of the reproduction one available from Nostalgic Motors. My car is a 1978 so it would have to be compatible. I assume anything before 1980 would work but don't know for sure. My current dash, while probably repairable, is very brittle and cracked which I know is a common problem. I would like to pay at little as possible as this is an experiment and I have never tried this before. I have viewed a few UTUBE videos and it doesn't look impossible just very tedious. If I am successful, I would try to document this for other owners to see if they would like to try it. I am in the Chicago area or I am going to be at the May 4th Studebaker swap in Southbend, Indiana, so I could pick it up there.
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