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    1976 Avanti II RQB-2431

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  1. I have a few tanks here if you need one. If I remember I have both versions for Studebaker and the later Chevy engines.
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    Thanks for posting Ed. Nardi wheels are not just nice to look at but they really offer a nice "feel". My 74 Avanti II had a Nardi from the factory and I really liked it. I currently have one on my 71 Rolls Corniche, also on my 78 Bentley T2. However, I was showing the Bentley and needed to install the factory wheel to not lose points so I put it on my 72 Stutz Blackhawk which was missing its original Nardi. Nardis were so popular with the European cars and in the 60s and 70s. A great wheel.
  3. + 1 Wayne +1 Wayne. Original steel wheels from the pre-radial tire era (1960s and earlier) are not strong enough to handle the additional stress radial tires present. I've heard of wheels failing altogether or flexing and hubcaps coming off. Used Ford or Mopar from the 1970s and newer were designed for radials and will fit the Studebaker chassis Avantis. If I remember, 5 x 4.5" is the bolt pattern. If you want originality, I don't know of a steel wheel I've described as narrow as the original Avanti wheels (5"?). FWIW, Avanti Motors installed Ford steel wheels or optional Magnum 50
  4. Good news Stormy. Ultrasonic soaking is remarkable. For those that don't have access to one, I've had reasonable success cleaning fuel senders by cleaning with a penetrating oil such as WD-40 or better. I have heard a bleach soak works too but don't know first hand.
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    The Avanti IIs I have owned that had the original keys used an original Studebaker "Lazy S" key blank for the glove box and console. Same as the one on my 63.
  6. FWIW, you can replace the Chrysler key and lock with a GM unit. I'm not a Mopar fan at all and my OCD side just couldn't handle turning a Chrysler key to start a Chevy/GM engine. Just felt wrong so I swapped them. 🤪
  7. If you know who insured the car during your family's ownership they may be able to check the file showing the VIN. Also, if you have any photos showing the license plate you could check with that states DMV. Modern day privacy laws may present roadblocks but since you are family maybe not. Dan Booth at Nostalgic Motors has all the build sheets and he might be able to find your build sheet as its only about a150 car range. If your dad ordered the car and it was built with his choice of features, then his name should be on the build sheet. If your dad owned a company, he may have purchase
  8. +1 . My 63 did not have PS and it was fine for me. Yes, it was harder to steer when parking, however, the added road feel while driving I really liked. FWIW, I heard that only about 5% of Avantis did not have PS.
  9. Contact Studebaker Intl. Thats where I got mine.
  10. I'll just add my comments. I purchased these from John about 20 years ago. Didn't think there were any more left. Very happy.
  11. I'm certain the seats were not redone. It was parked and in 1972 and not driven. I purchased the car from the original owner and had the service records but nothing for the seat pad. Good point, if it was dealer option or similar, another one would have turned up. Thanks for the comments.
  12. First thought too was it was aftermarket, however, its done in the correct slightly metallic red vinyl like the seats. I still have a suspicion its a dealer item not something done by a trim shop.
  13. 63 R1 I sold a few years ago came with this seat pad which to me looked like an original and not aftermarket. Its vinyl was the same as the interior seats which were positively original. Curious if anyone had seen one of these before? If factory or dealer option, I assume is was designed for the thin seats before the thicker seats were introduced. Last pic is how I found it when I purchased the car in 2008. It was sitting since 1972.
  14. Happy to help. I have restored and owned MANY 60s and 70s Cadillacs during the last 30 years. Newman and Altman offered more than a few Cadillac colors especially the optional "Firemist" colors that were slightly irridescent with a slightly larger metal flake than the standard "Poly" colors. I remembered San Mateo Red was offered in 1970 for Cadillac. From the photo of your car and the the color chip below, I would say that SM Red could be your color, or at the least a good place to start for a color match.
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