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About BillyBob

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  • My Avanti
    1963 R4314

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  1. Yesterday, June 22, 2020, I received an update from Real Rodders on their replica Halibrand wheels for Avanti/Studebaker. There is Good News! A contract for a tooling supplier/manufacturer has been signed with several details pending finalization. There is Better News!! The updated Real Rodder spinners will be low-pressure cast and not sand cast as were earlier replicas. What does this mean? A high quality casting without any porosity, much higher detail and show polish finish and a much stronger part. Equal in quality to the finished wheels. Interested? Call Real Rodders at 805.402.2212. 50 sets are planned for production with no guarantee for additional runs. My place in the queue is set.
  2. JLBKY, very helpful - thank you very much! You have preserved well the trunk carpeting! Suspect exterior, mechanicals, interior are similar. If possible, a close-up of the bracket(s) holding up the fuel tank/seat back carpet would be helpful. I note there are screws used at the top of this piece - I presume they were there when purchased. Yes? I also see a screw at the top of the cover over the trunk latch. Also, as purchased/built to the best of your knowledge? Good move on the inertia switch. Why an electric fuel pump? ...hard to believe a grown man can get so excited about a 57 year-old car!
  3. if helpful, photos/images can also be sent to wckrueger@yahoo.com I "believe" carpeting changed "sometime" during Studebaker's short run of Avanti....Stay Tuned.
  4. 63R1388 - yes, please send what images you can. Most appreciate your help & cooperation! Bill
  5. JLBKY (John), thanks for input. Yes, your "tip" (thought I recognized the AOAI "Handle") on Home Depot was spot on - thanks! And, yes(!) I'd like some photos. Understand "weather" may get in the way of taking - that's OK, I plan to be around awhile. I'm particularly interested in knowing if you have all 11 pieces in your Avanti that I've identified. Particular photos of interest are, the brackets that hold up Item 1 in my sketch - both LH & RH sides if possible; interested in knowing how and where attached how Item 2 is installed (dressed) around the antenna does Item 9 have the hole for emergency release from someone locked inside the trunk (assumes that person took a screw driver with him!) photos showing that Items 6 & 7 are glued to the walls of the spare tire well ...and any other photos you think might be helpful. R2W55, glad you appreciate the info. The $70 piece you ordered - was it one piece to cover both sides? You are a brave person to take on the challenge of sanding and painting the inside surfaces of the quarter panels! I'd be stiff and sore about 5 minutes into the job! I wish you well! I believe your "equivalent" of Item 9 may be a molded plastic piece. I once had a '77 but wasn't into much more than getting it to run at the time. Long ago sold. Bill
  6. mfg & Regnalbob, please see my post of today, link above, in '63 Avanti. You both appear to have early Avantis, what can you add about trunk carpeting?
  7. At the 2019 AOAI International Convention in Dayton, my curiosity was raised for understanding variances seen in Studebaker Avanti trunk carpeting. My intent is to help improve the quality and authenticity of both restored and maintained Studebaker Avantis and their pieces and parts. And, in summarizing my findings on both the SDC and AOAI forums, hopefully more clarity will evolve for the marque. Please see attached file for my summary to date. Thanks, BillyBob Avanti trunk carpet SDC AOAI February 2020.pdf
  8. When was the first AOAI Convention held and how many have been held since? ...curious.
  9. I have but one regret - I didn't order Real Rodders Halibrand replicas while they were in stock. OKay, I may have a few other regrets - none associated with my '63 R1 Avanti. Over the past month or so, I've had numerous conversations with Pat O'Brien at Real Rodders Wheels (805.402.2212 -- and yes, he does answer and return phone calls). He's approaching the point where he'll make another - and probably final - run of Halibrand replicas updated for radial tires. Pat tells me his run will be limited to those for which he has pre-orders. My only interest in this post is passing on his contact info - pricing, delivery, options can only come from Pat. With a little poking around, if interested, one can find recommendations/referrals from past customers. I hope to be one. Currently, I am not.
  10. John, the day received I requested PayPal payment. I, too, see it is not posted. I will next (re) issue payment. I am so sorry. Honestly I am. I had no ill intentions. Bill
  11. Sorry for "typo" -- I lost ( can't find) the PM. Please resend contact info for PayPal. Thanks, Bill
  12. So sorry, list the PM. Please resend. Tnx, Bill
  13. It's almost embarrassing...one. I'll take two if you are offering to sell/can spare it. Thanks, Bill!
  14. Ok, Ok, Ok...hunting for a needle. I'm missing several fasteners, p/n 1350271, for the toe board plate as shown on p189 of the Parts Catalog. Ideas? Reasonable substitutions? Tnx, Bill
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