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  • My Avanti
    1978 RQB-2758

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  1. If your auto body repairman is unable to analyse the problem and propose a solution, you need a new auto body repairman. Odds are that the fiberglass is broken where the steel nut plate is located. If that's the case, best repair is made with the hood removed. Be sure that your auto body guy is experienced in fiberglass repairs.
  2. Check the detail of your state antique motor vehicle regulations. I found that, in the state of VA, two plates are required except "...antique motor vehicles may display single license plates if the original manufacturer's design of the antique motor vehicles allows for use of only single license plates..." I carry a copy of this section of the Motor Vehicle Code in the car, along with factory photos showing the front of the Avanti sans plate or mounting bracket. I also carry the second plate to prove that it is not being used on another vehicle. Perhaps MD has a similar provision in their code. Truth be told, I've never had anyone question the "missing" front plate. If one felt compelled to use a front plate, a very simple bracket can be made to go behind the center rubber insert, to hold the plate just below the bumper. A slightly more complicated design could include a piano hinge in the bracket to allow the plate to swing back under the bumper for display purposes. For you James Bond fans, the plate could be remotely deployed/retracted via a solenoid or cable mechanism. 😉
  3. It does appear that there is a plate, with two studs pressed or welded to it, that was epoxied to the floor. The visible studs and nuts on top would give the appearance that there are two bolts going through the floor. That's the way my '78 looks from the top. I'll have to check for any sign of bolt heads the next time that I'm under it, but I suspect that there are none.
  4. The system tells me that I have used my limit of attachment space, and gives me a list of my attachments, to date. How can I delete old attachments so that I might add new ones?
  5. When I had my '63, I was concerned with authenticity. With my '78, I am more concerned with having the car the way that I want. I definitely agree with Gunslinger's opinion.
  6. My '78 had the original black GM cover. I picked up a chrome cover from Corvette America for $44. I think that it improves the appearance, and still looks "factory".
  7. Jim78

    Trunk hinges

    Is the weather seal shot? A new piece of rubber may prevent the front edge from dipping down and catching.
  8. Look for the DNV clerk with gray hair.😄
  9. Sounds very possible that it's running backwards. Many DC motors are polarity sensitive. Can you access the wires and try reversing the wires?
  10. It seems that the Saturn air dams that fit up so well to an Avanti have gone the way of the dinosaur. Has anyone found a more available solution ?
  11. I had checked their web site. It did not show the clutch disc, and only showed the pressure plate as a rebuilt, requiring the old plate up front exchange. I called SI and found that they actually have the disc and plate new in stock. Lesson here seems to be not to trust their web site or catalog. It's worth a few minutes to give them a call.
  12. A friend is in search of a clutch and pressure plate for his '64 Avanti, with no success. Are these parts really that scarce, or are we looking in the wrong places?
  13. Jim78

    Oil Pressure

    Any well equipped repair shop should have a calibrated pressure gauge.
  14. Jim78

    Oil Pressure

    First step is to check the accuracy of your gauge by using a direct reading gauge of known accuracy.
  15. If I may borrow from JFK's speech about going to the moon, "...and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard... " No doubt, he was talking about frame replacements! ?
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