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    1983 RQB-3651

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  1. Let me suggest an alternative as you will need to build a mounting for the clutch master. My assumption is you are using the Avanti/Lark clutch pedal so get a Camaro master cylinder, Determine the correct ratio of the Camaro pedal arm length to total length and mount the master based on that. You can check for travel but I'll bet you'll be all right. The pictures won't help much but here's what I did. I do have pictures if necessary that photobucket hasn't mucked up. https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forum/your-studebaker-forum/tech-talk/69309-t-56-in-a-74-avanti-part-1-clutch-hydraulics If you decide to go with an hydraulic throw out bearing just talk with the mfg about the master cylinder you need and go from there as above. Just to be sure, The T-56 I chose came from the early 90's and was the LT-1series for dimensions and fitment purposes.
  2. Marc I found this on T56 dimensions on-line. 32 1/2" long 25 1/2" Bellhousing flange to Trans mount Wiring hookups include backup lights, VSS, CAGS, and Reverse Lockout (none of the wiring hookups are necessary for proper transmission operation) Shifter is located on the Tailshaft 29" back from front of bellhousing flange I'd have a hard time measuring mine currently as it's in storage. It's in my polebarn but put away for the winter. When I first started to think about a T5, I was told to look for the non-canted one. There was no explanation but the comment stuck with me so I passed it on. You have one so you'll know if there's an issue. I was lucky enough to buy the T56 on craigslist new from a guy building a drag car drag car that wanted to change to an auto and it wasn't selling so he gave me a good deal. It made the decision easy. I did need a special flywheel to bolt it to my 74 engine but you won't have that problem with your setup. If your rear end is in decent shape you might just want to try it. I believe the newer 44's (flanged axles) have a heavier axle and higher spline count as well as bigger brakes. If you have a pick a part locally the drive shafts from 70-90's Camaro's had length variations that were in the ball park to get me going. I did a custom length as the ones I found were just not close enough. You can probably find an Avanti rear end if you put out the word. Good luck, I don't have many miles on the 74 but it's a blast to drive, brings back the "old days". Keep asking if I can be of further assistance.
  3. Did a T56 in my 74 that was originally a four speed. There is no reason that you can't use a five speed although the 6 speed put the shift handle in the correct location. The five speeds have several positions so you can find one close. SBC's up through the early 90's use the same bell housing configuration so you just bolt it on. A couple of words of caution, some early cranks were not drilled for the output shaft bearing - check yours. Secondly, some T5 bell housings were indexed at an angle. Find one that the shift lever is straight up, generally most were. I'd chose an hydraulic throwout bearing for this setup, however I used the standard T56 hydraulic on mine as the 6-speed setup is pretty easy to install once a housing is built. The T5 is entirely different. I've got a ton of pictures and forum posts both here and on the SDC website about what I did. Muck around in Bob's site and I think you'll most/all of what you need. We still need to use this resource more. https://www.studebaker-info.org/rjtechdec2017p1g.html As an aside - modifying the rear mount is trivial and also change to urethane mounts when you convert and after you've driven it for a while you might want to change the rear gears and add a posi if you don't have one now. I won't drive a manual in these cars without a posi. No fun and I'm 77 yo. sweetolbob on the other site FYI Let me know what you need and I'll try to point you to where the data exists. It's available. Underside Topside
  4. As Gunslinger said above, one solution is to replace the cable but that requires removal as the replacements I know of are a complete assembly. It's still the best solution and not difficult once you remove the rear seat. If the cable is like mine, just a steel coil outer housing with the cable inside, you could try using a penetrating oil on the coils while holding it with a rag to catch the runoff. The problem is that it's usually corrosion from moisture that is causing the issue and once rust has roughened the surface lube helps but doesn't cure. If they are also like mine the cable can't be pulled out of the cover anyway. Realistically, it's not much more work to replace the cable than lube it as you need to access the entire length anyway. Also be sure the release is not the problem before you do the rest of the fix.
  5. I'm going to post the complete listings from Bob Johnstones site that will include the rear brake pads for a 73 Avanti. It seems neither forum can seem to remember that Bob has compiled a tremendous resource that hardly ever seems to be used. PD, if you scroll through the Avanti section you will find a listing under 73 Avanti that says rear brakes. I'll add it here and welcome. https://www.studebaker-info.org/Avanti/Avtext3/73avrearbrakes.txt Bob's site https://www.studebaker-info.org/rjtechdec2017p1g.html#dunlopreb Bob
  6. Frame is suspect is being kind. Hopefully, it's just the bottom plate but I suspect the hat will need some repair in a couple areas. Hog troughs and rear cross member look quite good compared to the frame probably suggests replacement at sometime. The rest of the car looks pretty good. Interested in what will sell for, if at all.
  7. Depending on the buyer, Yup! good buy. It's strengths are the engine/trans upgrade and solid troughs as long as they are in good shape as stated. The first thing I want to know is how does the interior small. If moldy, it takes a fair bit to remediate it, ask me how I know. It will need a full paint job and a lot of interior work so if you are going to hire that out runaway, runaway fast. I'm pretty sure it's had at least one repaint and that would suggest a complete strip and repaint will be required. If the buyer can do it all himself and not charge himself for his time, it could be a nice driver for under $10K including the purchase price. My 74 was a bit worse and I'll bet I've got under $10K in total money in it but if I paid myself $20/hr for what I did, it would probably be a $50K car.
  8. Avanti83

    Cored Avanti!

    I guess English is still my first language and I can still read it with a bit of comprehension so no where in the question does it specify sides only. IAC, Merry Christmas
  9. Avanti83

    Cored Avanti!

    A 400CI engine will have ......?..... core plugs in total. The question is not how many can I see but how many in total. Still 6 or 8. If it's how many can you see It will vary between 3 and 6 because the one is obscured by the starter and the other mechanicals so you might get a glimpse of the drivers rear but generally not so much. The correct answer to the question you didn't ask is either 4 or 6 core plugs. #1 or #2 in the first post.
  10. Avanti83

    Cored Avanti!

    #2 is correct but so is #3. Initially my mind pictured 2 core plugs on the front but not so. There are 2 in the back and either 2 or 3 on each side so either 6 or 8 is correct. That's why most core plug kits come with 8. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/mel-mpe-100br/applications
  11. Avanti83

    Cored Avanti!

    If ten is correct so is 8. The 400 blocks had provisions for 3 plugs per side but a lot of them didn't have the middle plug drilled so there was no core plug. I believe 10 is correct if the question was phrased as number of core plug locations indicated in the casting.
  12. Did the 700R4 come with a cable adapter or the electronic sender. If it has the adapter it would be a standard cable for late 80's GM cars of the correct length. If it's the sender unit then it needs to be replaced with the drive for the std cable. They are not easy to find but places like Bowtie transmission or Monster trans might have them. Be sure you get the correct gear also. If you just need the cable take the old one with you to be sure the cable end to the speedo head in the dash matches it, many do but just check to be sure. If all else fails contact Stewart Warner (or whomever owns them) and ask them for a suggestion.
  13. If you have the correct pedal and I'll bet you do, the pedal bolts through the floor and the lower portion of the pedal serves as the hinge. Both my 74 and 83 mount like this so my money is on your 78 being the same way. This is my 74.
  14. Avanti83

    Dash Pad

    I wasn't aware SI was listing Avanti dash pads again but they were previously the best bang for the buck supplier if they are back again. I believe Dan at Nostalgic is now reproducing them and his should be close/exact to the originals as he has most of the original molds etc. They are not cheap but for a quality repo they should be great. Just dashes has historically also done nice work but I don't know anything about their current status on replacements. There is also a Calif. outfit that repair them for about $700, just use "dash pad" in the forum search function. I suspect as Gary said, with care, glue and dye you could make yours look OK but I think from your pix that the foam is going bad underneath. IAC, if you want driver quality it could look quite good. Lastly, if you want drive quality not repo, look up a couple of auto upholstery shops in your area. I has a local guy redo a custom dash I built for my 74 and he charged me $300 to cover in high quality vinyl and it looks very nice. Like this.
  15. I'd check out the cost of shipping, you will be shocked, even with the "low" priced folks.
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