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Dan S

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  • My Avanti
    1978 RQB-2706

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  1. I just ordered mine, they'll be ready in about 6 months.
  2. Thanks. I have both and it does look much better with chrome, but just wondering for authenticity at AOAI or SDC meets.
  3. Did the 1978 Avanti II come from the factory with a chrome or black air cleaner cover? Thanks
  4. I agree with Gunslinger, "Initial quality and performance doesn't mean much now outside of rhetorical purposes like this." After 40+ or - years it's more about how the car was maintained, cared for or restored. I have a very original 1978 Avanti II and it's as solid as a rock. The mechanics, interior and body are fully operational and beautiful. I know much of the history including having talked to the original owners (the Petru brothers) and the last owner in Phoenix, who all took extraordinary care of the car. With only 55,000 thousand miles the one thing it needed was a new paint job, which is currently in progress. Even the paint was pretty good, but I wanted to take the car to another level. I can't speak of other years, but my '78 has been a dream come true and I wouldn't trade it or sell sell it.
  5. The Ray-Lin Restoration Studebaker Technical Pages are back on-line at Southern California's BCOIE Chapter's Website (Beach Cities, Orange, Inland Empire). Ray was gracious enough to allow our Chapter to post the contents his old website on our site. Currently it is about 90% up and running. We're just waiting for a few more items to arrive. Sorry for the delay, I promised this sooner, but ran into some technical issues on the conversion. If you have any problems with the site, please let me know, thanks. http://studebakersocal.com/RayLin_IndexPage.htm http://studebakersocal.com/BCOIE_TechSupport.htm
  6. Will do, thanks. The radiator supports look fine and no rust that I can see from laying under the car.
  7. Thanks Ed. I'm having it re-painted this fall, a perfect time to address the issue.
  8. I noticed another Avanti II (1970) with a stress fracture on top of the left front fender near the hood latch, just like the one on my 1978. Is this common? Can it be strengthened? Does it occur on both fenders?
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