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  1. 3M adhesive has been proven to work well when applied as directed. There's a YouTube video on this, try it.
  2. Maybe this? http://www.studebaker-info.org/Tech/Brakes/AVLARKBLS/avlarkbls.html That and more at http://www.studebaker-info.org/rjtechdec2017p1g.html#BRAKELIGHTSW
  3. Yaaaa.. similar to mine when new. Isn't that Monterey Green Firemist paint?... with Artichoke vinyl trim?. Lucky for you you have the artichoke seats also. Mine had ... wait for it.... "Tarzan Citron" seat inserts and door panels ( read White & Black Houndstooth cloth) Talk about gaudy.. I'll see if I can find an old pic..
  4. The one thing this time, which needed a lot of contorting was reinstalling the heat shields for the spark plugs. I had removed them to install the manifold, then forgot them until after the new one was in place..#@!**$ A long time ago, I cut one hole in the inner fender to service the #7 spark plug and another to adjust the steering box. The #5 plug could only be accessed by jacking the car up by the center pin, removing the RF wheel and sliding under from the passenger side, reaching up, etc Also...a long time ago... made a couple special tools to tighten the PS pump pressure line and rear mounting nut.
  5. Harder yet was the rear 2 bolts on the exhaust manifold. We should write a book on "The Avanti fixer-upper, what degree of difficulty is?...?"
  6. The three studs are case hardened 3/8X16 rod, brass nuts w/ lock washers. If you have a lift it's fairly easy. On your back, not so, but doable by moving the steering gear (left) out of the way for that one closest to the block and right for the others. Just used an ordinary 9/16 wrench on the inboard one and a long extension socket on the other two.
  7. I just finished installing a pair of 2.5" down port exhaust manifolds and the head pipes were made by Don Simmons.. Awesome quality and fit. pics are with steering at left lock, right lock, then bottom and top
  8. Just like the body... recoloring the Plastic/vinyl/whatever requires a primer before spraying the color. I used the seats from a 98" firebird GT ( with the blowup side supports and lumbar cushion). The plastic bellows & backing on the uprights and the lower seat trim all had to be changed to match the material for the upholstery.
  9. Did you disconnect the battery before removing the wiring? Of all things electrical under the dash, the tach sender is one of the most sensitive.
  10. The issue I had, regarding putting a blower on a GM powered Avanti ...was finding a mount for it. The one I used ( in 1997) was for an early 80's Chevy and used three 7mm drive belts. I ditched the "mm" belt system and fabricated a dual belt system like the 63. It may be a moot point now with S'chargers being in the mainstream, but you still have to do a lot of tweaking. Clearance below the hood will not be a problem on an Avanti II.
  11. Studebaker International has what you need. The 78 Avanti used the same steering parts as the 63 http://www.studebaker-intl.com/catalog_pdf/suspension.pdf Look up the number and give them a call
  12. Thanks. If they made it from scratch and they're OOB, then we're OOL (out of luck)..
  13. Brad said the supplier went out of business, but I'll suppose the company didn't really make the entire piece. More than likely, they took a production piece from another vehicle and trimmed it to fit the Avanti. The key here is to try getting in with someone in the business and see what crosses over. The auto glass industry has a pretty tight knit web and my recent foray into looking for a windshield for a 4 door was revealing. After I "found" one, it was quoted at over $1000.00 plus shipping, it turned out that the windshield is the same as any other Avanti. I see you have a nice 55 also.... They're great touring cars. What is the VIN of your Avanti? thx
  14. I was thinking near #6 or 8 due to the oil filter redesign
  15. http://www.studebaker-info.org/Avanti/Avtext3/89Avwindow.txt
  16. Cardone 5473105 / AMC (big block)Javelin w/ disk brakes, but Rockauto says out of stock / then this came up with no number reference https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/wearever-unloaded-vacuum-power-brake-booster-domestic-54-73105/18690235-p?c3ch=PLA&c3nid=18690235-P&adtype=pla_with_promotion&ds_rl=1269695&ds_rl=1269728&ds_rl=1274535&gclid=CjwKCAjw_MnmBRAoEiwAPRRWW1lxwCrfnELWr8D8g6sQjPbAr8YlNsQoL2jM6c76M9oP5gV2kkvjtRoCov4QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Don't know if it's the same but look like it You have to use 1/2" spacers on the firewall mounts
  17. Dick Van Dykes car...
  18. If you can find one, an old home wall thermostat had a mercury switch that could be transplanted into the silver case of the trunk switch.
  19. Anyone have his email address handy? thx
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