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  1. Door alignment is done with shims and/or by loosening the hinge bolts and shifting/moving the door in relation to the hinges and/or the hinges in relation to the body. The technique is the same as with most automobiles. Its more an art than a science, since shimming or moving one door hinge usually requires adjusting the other hinge, too, and it can require several people and/or some jacks and wood shims to support the door and move it around in relationship to the hinges or body opening. See the Body section at the back of the Studebaker Avanti workshop manual, page 9. If you d
  2. My understanding is that Avanti Motors would paint a car whatever color the customer wanted (same with interior fabrics/colors)... and there were some pretty bad choices, although I expect they had some "standard" color choices to show customers, and probably built at least a few cars that didn't have a customer order at build time.
  3. I think that information is available from Nostalgic Motorcars ... https://www.nostalgicmotorcars.net/born-reports.html#/
  4. In 2006 I bought a remanufactured Quadrajet for my '71 from Recarbco.com, and about 4 years ago I rebuilt the Quadrajet on my '80 myself. The remanufactured carb looked and operated like new, it was much nicer than I imagined and certainly far better than the one I rebuilt personally. But it was expensive at the time: $280. Here is a pic of the '71 carb when it arrived:
  5. Like studegary, I am past 80 years old and have owned '63, '66, '69, '71, '80, and '89 Avanti's over my lifetime, starting at about age 34. Only the '71 remains in my "fleet".
  6. I haven't made that change, but I investigated it 2 years ago for a Jaguar XJS when I was contemplating new tires and had a hard time finding decent (and reasonably-priced) 15" tires to fit. I decided that 17" was probably my best choice because desirable 16" wheels and tires were becoming difficult to find. I did not go forward with that plan, I ended up buying 15" Kumho Ecsta LX tires (rode fine but I live in CA and they would not be a good choice for use in snow country). If I had made the swap in wheel size, my intention was to use one of these tires (not sure these would be a size I'
  7. It's tempting to say, yes it'll fit, but unfortunately its not that easy to tell you what will work, because offset also comes into play, Also, not all repro "Magnum 500" aftermarket wheels have the same exact measurements, nor do tires, which you will undoubtedly change. Your major issue will be clearance of the front wheels while in full/sharp turns and hitting bumps (fender and suspension clearance). Brake clearance is likely OK with the 4.125 backspace. Unless someone on this forum has installed the same wheels you are contemplating, you can probably only guesstimate by measuring your
  8. Can't answer the question of specs, 5x4 1/2 is correct, and 7" rims fit (Avanti originally probably used 6" rims), but I don't know the offset. Have you also talked to this vendor: https://www.truespoke.com/ I sold an '80 Avanti last year that had factory wire wheels; not show quality though, and wire wheels are extremely expensive to have refurbished. A problem I had with them was that I misplaced a lug nut and they took a very special one with a small hex head to allow a socket wrench to fit over them and also fit between the spokes (difficult to find). I can contact him to see if
  9. Have you looked here: https://www.cokertire.com/wheels.html?p=1 I think they get their wire wheels from Dayton: http://daytonwirewheels.com/catalogue.php
  10. I'm not certain, and I don't have an '83, but I looked through some of my photos. I'm attaching a photo of an '82 a friend of mine was considering purchasing some years back; my guess is that its the green(?) box just rearward of the right front corner of the engine compartment (but its also possible that's the headlight relay). If you can't trace the physical wires, a few simple tests with an ammeter should give the answer. There used to be some wiring info on later Avanti's on Bob Johnstone's website, but darned if I can find it on the website now; I did copy a few items from it..
  11. The column is a GM tilt column with a Chrysler key, and most GM cars from an extended period (about 1970 to 1987) used basically the same design (other car makers like Avanti and Chrysler bought their columns from GM). I believe the steering wheel bolt pattern is the GM 3-bolt pattern. I assume you intend getting an aftermarket steering wheel (MOMO, Nardi, etc) so you need a column adapter (of the spacer height you want) for that make of steering wheel, and a horn button, to bolt to a GM column of that era. Examples: https://www.carid.com/chrysler-steering-wheel-spacers-adapters/
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    Trunk key??? Must mean glovebox key, I guess.
  13. Confused me.... I don't see it above, so where did the info about "NU-Relics" come from????
  14. I bought my '71 Avanti from the original owner in the late '70s. I wasn't crazy about the shade of brown the car was painted, but it was in beautiful condition with low miles. I nicknamed the color "baby s**t brown". Some years later the RF fender was slightly damaged while parked (hit & run), and when I took it to the repair shop they identified the color as being from a dirt-cheap Japanese economy car (can't remember which brand now, but the repair color matched exactly); I've no idea why the original buyer chose that color, but I guess it proves that Avanti Motors would paint them
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