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    1984 VIN # 12AAV1232E1003948
  1. Hi Gary: Update: The Bell steering unit is All good. I finally got it removed, taken apart, reassembled and installed.. The upper pinch bolt was what hung it up (DUHHHH). Once that was removed and the Zirk fitting was removed the Bell Unit almost fell out into my hands. Euraka! This one has the much desired roller bearing setup. It had been greased but needed a good cleaning and more grease when done. It worked fairly well when first removed, it works very well now. i ordered the extra long zirk fitting from SI just now. That lube location will not be missed in the future. I checked all the steering linkages for play and found none. Evidence found of lubrication in all the joints I saw. I think any king pin play is minimal so I may have dodged that $$ Bullet. I still have not had a response from the P.O.^ in Missouri so don't know the his lube schedule. *Dale E. Long, Bonne Terre, MO. I understand he is/was a member of AOI or SDC but I have not found him on the forum. This latest is good news but is still leaving me with about a 15 degree steering play. and an off-center steering wheel. Slight drift at speed. Annoying but do-able. I am pretty sure my next move is that Saginaw steering box. There are some good videos out there on those boxes. Everything from the side adjustment to full rebuild.. Maybe (Hopefully) the steering slop will be just an adjustment! FYI: This car does have power steering. and an after market Nardi steering wheel. I am probably going to take a whack at the steering box over the 4th of July weekend. Any thoughts? Thanks
  2. Studegary: i did not know of your response to my questions and only saw it today. Thank you and very sorry for the long delay in thanking you. I bought the 84 about two months ago. Previous owner is in Missouri. He changed the 305 to a 350. All computers and smog controls are disconnected. No cat converters either. Not sure about the frequency of his lube jobs. As you say, the zircs are dry! Best guess....not lubed often enough! My guess is that is why wear and steering drift is present. Rubber bushings at the control arms are cracked and dry. The car has 33,000 actual miles (verified by car fax and records of the car and previous owners here on the forum). Today I tried to remove the Bell Crank to check for wear. Could not get it to come out the bottom of the cross member frame.. After looking at the Stude. Intl. parts manuals for bell cranks, i now see there is a bolt through an indentation on the shaft above the frame cross member.\ Since I did not remove that bolt,, that probably explains why the shaft would not come out the bottom. FYI: I drag raced Studebakers in the 60s (1955 Commander V8) but never did any front end work so this is all new to me. i note that the oil pan is very close to the top of the bell crank mechanism so that bell crank probably has to come out through the bottom. The Center cinch bolt (I believe you refer to the one on the bell crank?) is tight and has two thrush washers under the nut. It was tight when I started the disassembly. And is now re tightened. I did not find a lot of play in that bell crank but was unable to take it all he way out to inspect the bearings or bushings. Not sure which bearing or bushings it has? I will definitely replace with a S.I. roller bearing unit if I replace it. But must get it out to inspect for wear first. The car has a tendency to drift with quite a bit of play in the steering wheel. Elsewhere on this forum are instructions on tightening the adjustment(s) at the gear box. I have not tried that yet. This car has power steering. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks Blaze
  3. I have a 1984 Avanti with Recaro Seats (Manual Controls). 1984 Owner manual (thank you for that post) says there is a separate owner manual in glove box for more info. on the seat controls. "For additional information see the Seating Booklet in the glove compartment." Anyone have a copy of that booklet? Or, simply a description of the seat controls functions would do fine. Could not find a post to this subject. I will be doing a front end rebuild soon, King pins, bushings, etc. What is the front end running gear in this 1984? Is it same as 1984 Caprice, Monte Carlo? Etc. Complete Kits from where? Help appreciated.
  4. Thank you for the welcome. And my apology again for that double posting and cluttering of this very nice forum. Car arrived in good condition last Monday from Missouri. A bit of work on little stuff is underway but nothing major. Thank you all! Blaze
  5. Posted just now Thanks for the info Silverstude. I saw only one other listing on the 1984 Avanti registry with an E in the VIN (and not RQB), Feb 3, 2009 1984 E100 3892 Jerry M. Dillon. All the rest started with RQB. That clears up a lot for me. So, do I substitute RQB when looking up my VIN and registering the car with AOIA? With the PO"s permission per the dealer, I would like to make contact with him. Is there a listing in the Studebaker Driver's Club, or the Avanti Onwers Association for members by name? I am told that he is a member of SDC. If so, I will send him a Private E mail. Not sure if I should post his name here in the clear so I did not do so. Thanks again! Chief Blaze
  6. Thanks for the info Silverstude. I saw only one other listing on the 1984 Avanti registry with an E in the VIN (and not RQB), Feb 3, 2009 1984 E100 3892 Jerry M. Dillon. All the rest started with RQB. That clears up a lot for me. So, do I substitute RQB when looking up my VIN and registering the car with AOIA? With the PO"s permission per the dealer, I would like to make contact with him. Is there a listing in the Studebaker Driver's Club, or the Avanti Onwers Association for members by name? I am told that he is a member of SDC. If so, I will send him a Private E mail. Not sure if I should post his name here in the clear so I did not do so. Thanks again! Chief Blaze
  7. Hi Sudegary. Thanks for your quick reply. The car is now on the shipping truck heading from MO to CA. This morning I asked the dealer if he recalled a signature on the steering wheel. He said there is one. I asked him if was Duntov. He says he thinks that is right but not certain as the car is on its way to me and he can't look. Gary: I wonder if this new bit of information helps to ID what model, etc. I have? I think I will wait to register with the AOAI until I am more certain about the car details. Previous owner in Missouri is Dale Long. Bonne Terre, MO. My understanding is that he is also a Studebaker Driver's Club Member. I have been unable to reach him by phone. I would P I him if he is in the SDC Drivers Club listings. Thanks Again! Blaze
  8. I am a member of Studebaker Driver's Club - Chief Blaze. (1955 President Coupe). I just joined this AOAI Forum i just purchased a 1984 Avanti Coupe, and I want to register the car with AOAI. On the registration form, I must select that it is either a 1984 Touring Coupe or a Blake edition. (I don't think Blake is right but am not sure). The VIN number for my vehicle does not match with the choices listed. My Vin # is 12AAV1232E1003948 My Title Paper shows 1984 Avanti. Vin# plate on the vehicle matches the title papers. Car Fax report from VIN # shows clean history. Also confirms it is a1984 model. Bought car from CARSMART in Missouri Any information would be appreciated. Thank You Blaze 1769695774.jfif 1769695775.jfif 1769695761.jfif
  9. I am a member of Studebaker Driver's Club - CHIEF BLAZE. (1955 President Coupe). i just purchased a 1984 Avanti Coupe, and I want to register the car with AOAI. On the registration form, I must select it is either a 1984 Touring Coupe or a Blake edition. (I don't think Blake is right but am not sure). Is the correct box Touring Coupe or Blake? The VIN number for my vehicle does not match with the choices listed. My Vin # is 12AAV1232E1003948 My Title Paper shows 1984 Avanti. Vin# plate on the vehicle matches the title papers. Car Fax report from VIN # shows clean history. Also confirms it is 1984 model. Any information would be appreciated. Vehicle is Burnt Orange metal flake. Dealer website shows pictures of the car: https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/64126053 Thank You Chief Blaze
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