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  1. Jim78

    80 Avanti II

    If you think you need a steering dampener, you have other issues. The Avanti steering is an antiquated king pin set-up that has an unusual bellcrank design, but it will track well if it is in good condition and is properly adjusted. You need a shop manual and a knowledgeable mechanic. If you can share more detailed information about your problem here on the forum, there may be some folks who can get you started in the right direction.
  2. Jim,

    Is that your vehicle pictured with the Ls1 motor installed ?


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    2. 1963r2


      Thanks Jim 

      It does look a good install. I'm interested in the ls1 conversion.

      Where did you find the photo ?


    3. Jim78


      I really don't recall.  It's been a while ago.  Most likely from the AOA Facebook page.  I'll put it up there and ask if anyone claims ownership.

    4. 1963r2



      I think I figured it out, maybe it was Barlow Sopers car. His is red with an ls1.


  3. I also installed a pair of these struts on my '78. They were generously donated by sweetolbob when he went to a heavier spring . These do work well with the stock hood weight. I ran into a bit of a problem with mine. When the hood was closed, the force of the springs pushing the hood forward was enough to mess up the gaps on the front and back of the hood. The mounting points for the hinges on the core support were obviously not designed for a horizontal load, and they were actually bending. The movement was too much to make up in hood-to-hinge adjustment. So, I made up steel plates to reinforce the mounting points, as shown in the attachment. These solved that problem. The geometry of the mounting points is a bit tricky. Finding the mounting points that give the highest lift yet don't bottom the cylinder is the challenge. If additional pictures would be helpful to you, send me a message with an email address. Posting pictures on this forum quickly uses up one's allowable space. I didn't cut into the hood for a nutplate on the left side. IIRC, there was a reinforcement in that area that appeared to be a leftover from the days that the prop was on the left side. I fastened all of the the brackets with (3) 3/16" pop rivets, and that has held up just fine. I used back-up plates when I riveted the brackets to the fender aprons. All that said, I happened to see a picture of an installation of a gas spring that is much less obtrusive. If we could determine the owner of that vehicle, he may be able to share his experience with that mounting.
  4. FWIW, on my '78 the horn relay is under the dash, just to the left of the steering column, not far from the brake light switch. Gold metal cover, 3-wire connector, screwed to the dash support. One of the mounting screws has a ground wire attached. No idea if the '84 was still the same.
  5. I was told that the steering column in my '78 is from American Motors cars ca.1974. The attached picture is a '74 Javelin. IIRC, these steering columns were made by Saginaw, who also supplied GM, so there may be some parts interchange.
  6. Jim78


    This is as good as it gets... https://studebaker-info.org/Tech/Diagrams/AEC/aec.html Do you have a specific problem?
  7. Jim78


    It's interesting that the build sheet specified the Studebaker "S" badging on the doors and rear seat. Did they actually get installed ? I wonder what "special inside locks" would be.
  8. Jim78


    According to John Hull's research, cars sold as 1969 models ranged from RQA-0258 to RQA-0313.
  9. A complete shield set for a 350 (available from Corvette America) will set you back about $500. And, there's no guarantee that it will solve the problem. I would first check to see if there is a static suppression capacitor attached to the + pole of the coil. It could be missing or bad. Radio interference can also come from the alternator. A suppressor there may help. https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/acdelco-ignition-capacitor-d204/3964752-P?searchTerm=rfi capacitor https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/bwd-alternator-capacitor-sc139/10100275-P?searchTerm=alternator capacitor I would also check to see if the spark plug wires are of a radio suppression type. It is possible that over the years someone changed them to a copper core type for performance reasons. The spark plugs should also be a resistor type. Might there be a local automotive radio installation shop in your area? If you can find one there, look for a gray haired guy who might know what an AM radio is, and understand your problem. Good luck.
  10. The shielding from a 63-64 Studebaker engine wouldn't fit up to your Chevrolet engine. Similar shielding was used on Corvettes, and while it is available, it's quite expensive. Unless you are particularly attached to the old AM radio, I think that the best solution would be to upgrade to an AM/FM. If originality is a concern, there are vendors who can upgrade the internals of your existing radio without changing the outward appearance. Another option to maintain originality in appearance would be to add a modern radio in the glove box.
  11. I was thinking that it would really be nice if my Avanti radio had Bluetooth capability, like the new vehicles, so I could enjoy my choice of streaming music while I drive. I was a little surprised to find just how easy and inexpensive the solution was. I bought a Bluetooth/FM adapter from Amazon for $20. It is very small, and fits neatly into the cigarette lighter socket on the console. Pairing it to my phone and to the radio was a simple process that took just a few minutes. The sound is very good, This adapter has ports for phone charging and for playing tunes from a thumb drive, too. It also allows hands-free phone usage, although I'm not planning to use that function. Amazing how much technology is in that tiny package. The only issue that I have encountered is that the socket on the Avanti is "hot" even when the car is not running. So, the adapter would need to be unplugged to prevent battery drain if parked for an extended period (I have a "Green Knob" so I shut off the battery when parking in the garage anyhow). The icing on the cake was that the adapter included an offer from the seller to send me a $15 gift card if I gave the item a good review on Amazon. So, Bluetooth in the Avanti for $5 ! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V27CYPT/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  12. Another thought just came to mind... A number of years ago, I was having a problem with play in the steering on my '78. After much searching, I found that the steering box was actually moving on the frame. IIRC, the steering box that was used in that era was no longer the Studebaker box, but one from a fork lift. The holes in the box were oversize for the diameter of the bolts that mount it to the frame. Tightening the bolts cured the problem. The easy check for this is to have an assistant rock the steering wheel +/- about 30 degrees while you watch the steering box for any motion. As far as the bellcrank, while you or your mechanic are under the car, grab the bottom end of the bellcrank where the tie rods are attached. Try to move it up/down. Any movement there suggests a possible problem with the center pivot, or the pinch bolt that hold the bellcrank to the shaft..
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