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    1974 RQB-2127

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  1. I think the problem is semantics -- it's not really siphoning out. What is happening is that the acetone is evaporating inside the bottle, and the excess pressure created thereby is forcing the acetone/ATF mixture out of the nozzle. Most of us have experienced the same physical process after parking a Studebaker with a full gas tank in the sun on a summer day.
  2. A very minor nitpick to the above reference to the cloverleaf symbol. The cloverleaf symbol (with or without an accompanying serial number) indicated a HD engine, intended for use in trucks, police cars, etc. As noted in the truck parts books, the cloverleaf 289s had HD main and rod bearings, chrome top rings, and an aluminum timing gear. Some or all of these parts were also used in other engines. Cloverleaf-marked engines came as standard equipment in the two-ton model E40 trucks and were optional in other models. The cloverleaf association with replacement engines came when Newman &
  3. My 74 (bought used) is a sort-of gold/bronze color (a Chrysler color) with a saddle interior. Fortunately, no button-tuft velour. I like the color combo, but my wife comments on the dated shag carpet every time she sees it. I've left it in there (even though I have replacement carpet still in the box) because it's in almost-perfect condition. Geoff Newman gave a couple of us a tour of the Avanti factory in about 1977, and noted that they would provide any interior that the customer wanted, including from grandma's dining roof drapes.
  4. A very well-known Stude & Avanti expert named John Poulos (now pretty much out of the hobby) once wrote: "There is nothing more expensive than a cheap Avanti". It has become a watchword in the hobby.
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    I think the original post (dated Oct 20) has been in the Twilight Zone somewhere, as it was not visible last weekend. Anyway, if the original poster is still around, follow Gary's advice. Take a poss on this one unless you want to go into the used Avanti parts business.
  6. Back in the day, tires came in two forms: white walls on one side and black walls on both sides. White wall tires cost more, so if you ordered white walls, you displayed them. It would not occur to anyone to mount tires with the white wall side hidden. Nowadays, some size tires come only in a white wall -- they're cheaper to produce and inventory than two different types. So now one gets to decide how to mount them, rather than which type to order. Whether to expose the white wall side is a matter of personal choice. Some like them (I do), as long as they are more or less authentic to th
  7. Under firewall: 7.25". At front of rear spring perch: 6.75". (No visible rake!)
  8. Bob's 74 has been modified. My 74 is pretty much stock with somewhat tired front springs and 215-75x15 tires. I get 15.5" from the ground to the frame next to the radiator. I think we sometimes need to temper our expectations from this forum. I belong to a number of other forums (Camaro, Chev/GMC trucks) where I am 3 or 4 times as old as most other members. Many questions get answered in minutes. Others go unanswered forever, despite hundreds of views. One never knows. In my case, I didn't read the OP's question until a couple of minutes ago, and went out to make a measurement right
  9. For the record: http://www.studebakerdriversclub.com/V8EngineID.asp
  10. What Avanti83 said. Things that won't turn on or won't turn off are almost always due to bad grounds. The electrons are always trying to find a way to get back home to ground, and if their path is blocked, they will seek other paths, including gong backwards through other circuits. Add some grounds like Bob said, and/or add some temporary ones with alligator clips on test wires.
  11. Agree with Gary -- this is a question without an answer. You have to look at such things within the context of their times. Steve Blake had to do something to update the 12-year-old styling of the Avanti, and I think he did a decent job, given the resources he had. At least he didn't ruin the basic design. The 53-54 Stude coupes and hardtops have been universally recognized as milestone designs, yet they didn't sell very well, perhaps because the styling didn't translate that well to the family-friendly sedans. By contrast, the bullet-nosed 50 and 51 studes sold well, but are consider
  12. I think a lot of us would disagree with that statement -- there are several very good histories of Avanti that account for nearly every car. The fact that someone didn't read them or misquoted known info doesn't mean that the history is not known. The Altman Avantis all had the II on them unless the buyer specified its deletion. Steve Blake deleted it when he bought the company.
  13. Avanti Motors probably would have left the emblem off if the car was built to order and the buyer wanted it that way. I took a tour of the plant in the mid-70s and remember Geoff Newman telling us that several buyers had specified the deletion of several standard features and/or the use of the old Studebaker S emblem on the hood. My 74 has the S emblem, but it's not called out on the production order. You should be able to tell whether the car ever had the emblem by looking for evidence of filled holes on the back side of the panel.
  14. I don't think this has been posted here yet. Michael Webb posted a link to this on the Stude Truck Talk site. It's an ad for lighting fixtures. That's the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson. https://www.nichemodern.com/pod-modern-pendant-lighting-video?hsCtaTracking=f49d9d1d-801e-43b8-ae2f-7e86f8568e17|9bb9fd5d-b8f6-4398-9bce-a3ed2e475b2d
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