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    Made April 1963 R4042

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  1. The subject has come up before about trying to fit a 670-15 modern tire in the Avanti's spare tire well. I searched for quite a while among literally hundreds of tire offerings for a full size spare that would fit in the spare well. All of the 670-15 tires I looked at were just slightly too wide when inflated on the factory 5" rims. Tires needed to be less than 7" [actual measurement, not "list" measurement] to fit and allow the spare cover to close. Finally, I found a tire by Coker that would work . It is Coker American Classic Collector Radial Tire 6.70-15 Radial 700312. Price is very high at $250 delivered, but I've spent worse money. The tire has the bias look, but they say radial construction. Section width is listed at 6.59", but I think mine is very slightly larger, but just under 7". I believe they offer a similar tire [maybe the same number] in bias construction. Sorry, no whitewalls. Several vendors sell the tire on ebay, amazon, and the Coker website. All seem to be the same price.
  2. The old manuals specify Type A Suffix A transmission fluid. This type seems long gone. What transmission fluid do you recommend ? Can transmission fluids be mixed when adding a bit ? Thank you.
  3. Thanks for the thoughts above. I am not much of a mechanic, so need all of the help I can get. After thinking about the problem , it must have been either the solenoid or starter, of course. Since I had strong lights I reasoned there must be power from the battery to the solenoid. To find out if I had power to the starter, I hooked a jumper cable to the starter side of the solenoid and then touched the other end of the jumper to the positive post on the good battery. A few sparks, but the starter turned over , and then I immediately disconnected the jumper from the battery. I guess this told me that the solenoid was not giving power to the starter. Just for the hell of it, I tried to start the car again. After trying to start it 3 or 4 times, I only got a fairly solid solenoid click each time, but no starter. The fifth try activated the starter. After running the car a bit I turned it off and tried again. One click, no starter, then the second try activated the starter. I had purchased a new solenoid, but wanted to make sure the old one was broken. I cleaned the starter side terminal on the solenoid and reassembled. Now the car seems to start on each starting try, so maybe it was a bad connection that needed cleaning. We live in a semi remote area, so I still don't have complete confidence to take off in the car alone, and hope to get back home, but all ran just fine this afternoon. I'll keep the new uninstalled solenoid just in case, but with everything seeming to work, I'll not install it now. Again, thanks for the help, Daryl
  4. Not sure if this is a perfect match, but they might be able to help. Also, if you need just a small amount of fabric, there are quite a few folks who do Avanti restorations. One of them may have removed the fabric you need while doing a restoration. http://avantiparts.biz/upholstery-avanti-63-to-71/
  5. I have a 1963 Avanti and a hydraulic jack and jack stands. I wish to jack up the front end and install jack stands in front. I understand that the rear wheels should be blocked during this process. 1. What is the proper point to place the jack when raising the front end ? 2. Where should the jack stands be placed after raising the front end ?
  6. Just tried to start my automatic shift Avanti , and starter would not "kick in". As the key is turned, there is a solid click [not a chatter sound], but the starter does not turn over. A check of the battery shows it to be fully charged, and a test of trying to start while the headlights are on shows no dimming of the lights during the attempt. Are there any easy suggestions to solve this problem ? In the past there have been no starter issues. Thank you
  7. Thanks again to all. I ordered a few items to try out. My hope was to make the 56 year old paint look its best , without doing any harm.
  8. Thanks for the advice. studegary, I am not sure what DWG is. Daryl
  9. I would like opinions and recommendations for cleaning the exterior of my 1963 Avanti. The car has it's original white paint in quite good condition. We live in the country and use well water which is quite hard . Can you suggest soaps, solvents, etc that might work for cleaning the car , trying to be careful of the 56 year old paint ? Also, can you suggest after washing waxes or similar products that would protect or enhance the finish ? Thanks, Daryl
  10. Have a 63/64 Avanti. The interior door trim or panel consists of a vinyl top with carpet below. Between the vinyl and carpet is a metal horizontal trim. The forward end of this trim is loose. How is the trim fastened to the door panel ? If clips are used, where can one purchase the clips. Thanks to all, Daryl
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