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  1. If you were to replace the nose panel with a '63, you would probably want to modify the slots for the bumper back-bars. With the Avanti II body sitting higher on the frame than the '63, the slots are too tall. If you compare a '64 Avanti and a II side by side, you can see the difference in the slots by looking at the distance between the top of the slot and the headlight bezel.
  2. Paint information should be on a paper label affixed to the top of the vanity tray in the glove box.
  3. Many consider the add-on bumper very unattractive. As a result, many of these bumpers have been removed. My '78 was originally equipped with one, but it is now gone. Some choose to leave the frame extensions in place and use them to mount fog/driving lamps. I removed the extensions, as well, and went to a '63-64 grill.
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    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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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    This is as good as it gets... https://studebaker-info.org/Tech/Diagrams/AEC/aec.html Do you have a specific problem?
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    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.
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    According to John Hull's research, cars sold as 1969 models ranged from RQA-0258 to RQA-0313.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Bear in mind that the control valve, by design, has some play in it. This is how the shuttle valve controls the fluid flow. When the engine is not running, this play is very obvious, and many mechanics assume that it is the source of steering "slop". So, before you get into a lot of work and/or expense, check out the rest of the steering. I have found that the most common source of sloppy steering is the center bellcrank bearings/bushings , or sometimes a loose pinch bolt, or incorrect end play. A little wear here translates into noticeable play in the steering. A shop manual is very hel
  16. IMHO, the II emblem (cut down from a Lark VIII) was one of the worst ideas for the Avanti. Remember that the Avanti was being sold as a very expensive, custom built vehicle, yet they used these awful emblems to save a buck. If they had the decency to produce a "II" that matched the font of the Avanti script it wouldn't have looked so bad. While I'm on a rant, the ugly "tool box" lock on the gas door was another disaster. Needless to say, my '78 no longer has either of these items.
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