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  1. The AOAI has a number of members in the Denver area. Check the new roster you would have received last month. If you're not a member, you can join online.
  2. Try Nostalgic Motorcars in Wixom Michigan.
  3. Obituary Johnny M. Thiele, 63, of Vandalia, Illinois, passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Fayette County Hospital, Vandalia, IL. Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church, Vandalia, IL with Rev. Don Price, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia, IL. Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Monday, January 27, 2020, at the First United Methodist Church, Vandalia, IL and 1 hr. prior to the the service on Tuesday. Memorials: Parkview Free Methodist Church "Backpacks" and/or FUMC "Coats For Kids". Miller Funeral Home, Vandalia, IL, is in charge of arrangements. Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.millerfh.net. He was born May 6, 1956, in Pana, IL, the son of Louie Seiler & Betty J. (Hoffman) Thiele. Married Brenda Dothager May 14, 1976, Mulberry Grove, IL, she passed away November 11, 2011. He was a Warranty Claims Adjuster for Case IH; Affiliated with the Baptist Faith; Member of Avanti Studebaker Club; and was a huge car enthusiast. He is survived by: Mother - Betty Thiele, Vandalia, IL; Son - Ryan Thiele & Lexi, Ramsey, IL; Daughter - Jaclyn Clay & Jason, Vandalia, IL; Sister - Jeannie Fesser & Darrell, Butler, IL; Grandchildren - Brenley, Griffin, Megann & Hunter; Father-in-law - Bill Dothager, and Brother-in-law - Gary Dothager & Donna, all of Mulberry Grove, IL; and Sisters-in-law - Lucetta Durbin & Mike and Carol Ferguson & Joey, all of Vandalia, IL and Barbara Reiss & Mike, Ramsey, IL. Preceded in death by: Father; and Wife. Funeral home: https://www.millerfh.net/notices/Johnny-Thiele
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    AOAI Board!

    Give up??? The answer is in your last few issues of Avanti Magazine. 😎
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    new calendars

    It is usually less cost to send one calendar per envelope, since two or more in one package is too heavy to go as 1st class large envelope mailing. That then requires priority mail which is anywhere from $7-$9, depending on the distance and weight.
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    Avanti Bribe!

    It was gifted to disgraced Ohio congressman James Traficant by then-Avanti owner JJ Cafaro. Traficant was convicted of receiving bribes, both the Avanti and a Corvette, and served 7 years in a federal prison.
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    R3 Item!

    Answer #5 is correct. All A and B series had all those items. But one BIG difference is that the A-series engines were 299ci displacement, and B-series engines were 304.5 cid. Working with a standard R2 engine as its base, the first prototype R3 engines displaced 299.5 c.i. These are generally referred to as "A" engines and were used in the first record setting Bonneville Salt Flats runs. When one of these engines pushed an Avanti to 170.78 mph it officially became the Worlds Fastest Production Car. The "production" R3 engine was bored out further to 304.5 c.i. and are stamped as "B" engines. Standard R3 camshaft was 276 degree with 288 degree optional. See the attached photo of the #9 Bonneville Avanti that shows the dual breathers on the valve covers, and a breather cap on the oil pan breather tube.
  8. Don Simmons at Silvertone Exhaust Systems used to sell correct trunk carpet, but I am not sure if he still does. try contacting him through his ad in Avanti Magazine. Brad Bez at Bez Auto Alchemy also has patterns and correct trunk carpet. His small ad is also in Avanti Magazine.
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    Nassau Avanti!

    It is #4, a 1987 Avanti and belongs to AOAI member Peter Armstrong in Nassau, NP Bahamas. By the way, Nassau had minimal effect from Hurricane Dorian, just a little stronger than normal wind and rain from the outer bands of the storm. I heard from Peter and the area had no damage.
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    Dick Vaux

    I hope members in the northeast can attend the celebration of Dick's life, September 8 in New Hampshire. Details are in the Boston Globe story about Dick, linked from this AOAI Forum post: http://aoai.org/forums/topic/9397-richard-vauxrip/ Also, read my review of Dick's book Dirty Work on Speedreaders, transportation book review website, recounting his expereince of retrieving the hijacked TWA jetliner from Beirut, Lebanon, in 1985. The review and his obituary will also be in the next issue of Avanti Magazine, in production now and going into the mail at the end of this week. At the end of the review are links to order either a digital version of the book or the paperback version. https://speedreaders.info/21052-dirty-work/
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    Richard Vaux..RIP

    Here's the story from the Boston Globe about Dick's passing. Hopefully other SDC and AOAI members from the Northeast chapter can attend the celebration of his life on September 8 in Greenland, N.H. Lew
  12. One thought: could the advance weights be sticking and not advancing the distributor on acceleration? Or maybe the weights or springs could be wrong for the engine?
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    Avanti 63R1325

    Not sure, other than it was the 325th Avanti produced. Last was owned by a former member, inactive since 2006, in Dixon, Illinois.
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    Odd Avanti!

    I actually took the photo, showing the first, #1 and last, #9 of the production 1964 R3 Avantis. Yes, according to the chart, only four of the EX prototype cars were re-assigned new serial numbers by Studebaker.
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    Odd Avanti!

    If you were at the AOAI meet last August in Tacoma, Washington, you would have received a prototype booklet written by John Hull that includes the attached chart showing all 10 prototype Avantis. Note that EX2942 was shipped to Paxton March 20, 1962 and was built as the R5 due Cento for Bonneville. EX2946 is the 8th prototype and the 1964 prototype that was sold as the last serial numbered Avanti as R5653. It is still in the northwest under restoration and as the chart shows, was Avanti Gold with fawn and orange interior, hand cut-out square headlight openings. At some time in its previous life, this Avanti was repainted orange and received a solid red metallic interior, possibly when the factory updated this car to 1964 style. EX2945 is the 7th prototype and is the other New York Auto Show car, later receiving the production serial number R5652. It is waiting to be restored by Brad and originally was painted Avanti White with a fawn and red interior. At some time in the past, the interior was changed to fawn and orange, but not known if it was done by Studebaker before being re-serial numbered and sold, or done by a previous owner. Both the 7th and 8th prototype cars used red & black speckled carpet, and both were the cars flown around the country for dealer introductions.
  16. Jim, you can buy them from the website, endurancebuiltproducts.com
  17. An AOAI member in the San Francisco area also has an electric 1985 Avanti. See past Avanti Magazines for several stores in the last 10 or so years. The Avanti Motors website is pretty basic now, while a group of investors in Virginia are trying to get the needed backing to build a fully electric car, based on the original AVX.
  18. There were probably some dealers that got in to see the race in special seating, so add in another 30? Probably 200 total ?
  19. You're probably correct, StudeGary.... bleachers were probably sourced locally. They would take some time to move and set up.
  20. Hagerty's price is in the ballpark, $16,000 for #4, Fair condition, although it could probably sell somewhere in the low $20k range. #4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. "Fair" is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle. It sounds like your Avanti is a running, driving car with few if any mechanical issues. I'd say that $16k to $25k would be a very good, fair price.
  21. FALSE!! Operation Airlift brought two cars, both EX-serial numbered prototypes (EX-R5652, a white car with orange interior and EX-R5653, gold with red interior) were either introduced in one or two cites each day, May 1 through May 24. May 1, 1962 in Boston; May 2, New York; May 3; Philadelphia in the morning, and Wash. DC in the afternoon; May 4, Pittsburgh; May 7, Detroit in the morning, and Cleveland in the afternoon; May 8, Dayton, Ohio; May 9, Chicago in the morning, and Minneapolis in the afternoon; May 10, Omaha; May 11, Kansas City in the morning, and St. Louis in the afternoon; May 14, Memphis in the morning, and Atlanta in the afternoon; May 15, Miami; May 16, Tampa in the morning, and New Orleans in the afternoon; May 17, Fort Worth, Texas; May 18, Houston; May 22, Los Angeles in the morning, and San Francisco in the afternoon; May 24, Portland, Oregon, in the morning, and Seattle in the afternoon.
  22. In today's mail from Old Cars Weekly:
  23. The Avanti convertibles from 1987 to 1991 are unique and not the same as any other car. The factory originally tried to adapt a Chevy Cavalier convertible top, but discovered that this would not work. Avanti Motors, at the time had the top material and mechanisms made by Dura Convertible Systems, a business unit of Collins & Aikman, Inc. In 2007, Collins & Aikman, and all of its holdings were liquidated in bankruptcy. Dura Convertible Systems was closed as an operating business, and its assets sold off at auction. Now, as to Dura's Avanti activities, they were never "regular" business for Avanti. The Avanti engineer that designed the system administered everything about Avanti as an advanced engineering project with Dura, and had prototype suppliers make or assemble all things. The patterns wound up in the hands of Lewis Vinyl Trim in Adrian, Mi. The owner does custom trim work on convertible tops, seats, carpets, door panels, etc. At one point, Avanti was supplied by Robbins Auto Tops in Oxnard, CA [ https://www.robbinsautotopco.com ], a large highly reputable after market convertible top supplier, with an '88 pattern. They don't list Avanti on their website, but may still have the pattern, as they seldom destroy a pattern, which may help you with the top material and pads, but not necessarily with the frame and bows. Anyway, I hope that helps a little. There is also a company in Florida that can make the top material for you, I'll have to look up the name later. But you still need the top and bows. If I may ask, what happened to the frame and bows? Lew
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    Air Pressure

    You should really replace your tires. 12 years is much too long to use tires. With steel belted radial tires, all tire manufacturers recommend replacing tires at least after 6 years, although some say it is safe to wait 8-10 years at most. The reason is that rubber degrades and can separate from the steel or rayon internal belts. Many automakers tell owners to replace tires six years after their production date, regardless of tread life. Tire manufacturers such as Continental and Michelin say a tire can last up to 10 years provided you get annual tire inspections after the fifth year. Cracks in a tire's rubber begin to develop over time, appearing on the surface and/or inside the tire as well. This cracking can eventually cause the steel belts in the tread to separate from the rest of the tire. Improper maintenance and heat accelerate the process. Since you say that your tires have been on your Avanti for at least 12 years, most likely the date code on the tire's sidewall will indicate that your tires are at least several years older. Over or under inflation can cause rubber degradation or separation from the belts on the inside of the tire, and that is most likely what caused the bubble to appear on your tire. Please remove your wheels and get your tires replace as soon as possible. They all me look like they have a lot of tread life left, but underneath the tread, they are an accident waiting to happen. If the tire comes apart on the highway at speed, that can lead to body damage and / or an accident that can injure or kill someone in your car or another car. Please do not drive on your old tires!! See: https://m.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=138 Or: https://www.edmunds.com/car-maintenance/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html
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    Air Pressure

    If the bubble is on the sidewall, It sounds like the tire has a broken belt and needs to be replaced. If left on the car, it could result in a blowout.
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