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    1983 RQB-3651

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  1. Hard to believe no one has registered a pre-80's car there before but you should be fine at the next level. Take a picture of your car and a small summary of the Avanti with you. I had a picture of my 83 which had no title as it was from Vermont and they don't issue them at that age. They did issue a document of sale, however. The gal at the local Michigan DMV loved the car and she was very cooperative in making sure it got titled here. BTW, the DMV had rules to cover these issues and she just looked it up.
  2. These should be Ed's comments, they are near the bottom of the post.
  3. Check the voltage from the solenoid to starter connection when someone turns the key. If you have voltage, which I think you will, tap the starter lightly with a small hammer or pipe to see if that helps. If that doesn't work, probably bad starter. If no voltage, either bad relay or no voltage to relay. Then check the voltage to the solenoid.
  4. Thanks Bruce, I'll run mine as it is and modify if necessary. Bob
  5. Bruce, A quick question about the Myer's setup, was he able to use the OEM fresh air intake that is fed from the cowl or did he just install the unit and close off the opening. I'm curious because when I looked at all the units from the aftermarket a few years back, they didn't have a provision for using the OEM opening unless I made a custom one to fit the unit. I chose to close the opening and make up any air with the vents in the kick panels. Thx, Bob
  6. Talk to Dan Booth @ Nostalgic Motors in Wixom Michigan. He will know what's available for your car and will probably have some suggestions. In my 74, I tore out everything and replaced the entire heating/ac system. The good news is generic systems that fit Chevy engines are widely available and pretty easy to install if you are a decent mechanic and can find the room.
  7. Looks like a very nice Avanti https://www.ebay.com/itm/1982-Studebaker-Avanti-II/293181704081?hash=item4442fdc791:g:r78AAOSwTBRdS2tJ
  8. An excellent idea. My 83 came with a similar piece installed by the factory. This is a great solution for the earlier models.
  9. Jack A fair question. My 74 and 83 both came to me with about 95K miles, the 74 was from the family of the original owner whom I spoke to several times before and after I purchased it so I know it to be original. Any service work was done by Dan Booth and I have some copies of his records. I bring this up only to let you know that there was not a third hand that may have altered the car. To be fair, it was a POS when I bought it but that's doesn't affect the discussion below. 1- Engine mount bolts had torn the frame apart. Nope not a 400 issue as the engine had been replaced with a 350 by NA because as the OP said, I didn't want a damn truck engine in my Avanti. Cause, no washers on the bolts or nuts. Even a lock washer would have helped. Cracks radiated from the corners of the hex. 2 - To mount the cow catcher, they needed to cut off the front frame rails. They did with a torch and the dingleberrys were still there from the cutting. The cow catcher was just jammed over the cut with no grinding nor paint added. 3 - Rear package shelf, It never fit right. I tried to use it as a pattern when I built the new one and had to make it larger and trim it in a number of places to get a correct fit. 4 - Under dash wiring was just a hod podge. Seemed like it was just hanging where ever it was with minimal tie up. There are probably more but this is off the top of my head. Are they major issues, Probably not but there is just a feel of lack of attention to detail on the car. Maybe it was a Friday PM build. The 83 had none of these issues. It just felt and looked like there was more attention to detail but AIS above, it was a $33K car compared to the 74. Everything just felt higher quality. Your question was what would I consider the best year and it's 83 because it looks like the originals and it has top end quality materials. Personally, I'd ashcan any of the front seats and have a new set from a modern car recovered to match but the later Recaro seats were OK. The 83 came with a goofy carb setup and ECM controller. If you chose to go another direction and you will, the wiring harness is essentially a stand alone entity and it can be stripped out leaving the original harness intact. If you find a screaming deal on an earlier model, there be no reason to not buy it and upgrade it but the answer to your question for the old body style is 1983 is the best. Final thought, if you buy one that has the cow catcher, be prepared to do a fair bit of glass work to repair the opening they hacked in the front fascia. The grill was also cut up to fit it and I know two people that have purchased aftermarket grills that were far from satisfied with the fit. It doesn't mean they are all bad but it's why I chose to repair my OEM 74 grill rather then try to find a old one or try an aftermarket. Bob
  10. I can only speak of 74 and 83 but the 83 is quality assembly with high end materials. The 74, I consider a kit car assembled by folks that didn't seem to care as much as the folks that did the 83. Materials are also lower quality than the 83. If I wanted to build a cruiser, I find the best 83 with Recaro seats I could find and start there unless you wanted the later style bumpers. Of course, the 83 stickered at $33K so it had a head start on the 74. I'd also agree about the sunroof, mine doesn't leak but I don't open it and it reduces headroom. I'm 6'3" with a 32"inseam for comparison and I can't wear a ball cap in mine. When I sent Leatherque a sample of leather from the 83 to match colors, they said it was one of the best leather qualities they had seen from that era. JMO, Bob
  11. Mecum listing - https://www.mecum.com/lots/PA0819-379190/1975-avanti-ii/
  12. Brad comes with first rate credentials. He's done several award winning vehicles and participates in both forums with advice and suggestions. Check out his website. https://bezautoalchemy.com/
  13. Wander around the Auveco website and see what you can find. This is their bolt section but you could into other sections also. https://www.auveco.com/body-bolts
  14. Bill, That's a very generous offer. One area that those era cruise controls were weak was the disconnect switch on the brake pedal assembly. Test it first by pulling up with your toe on the brake pedal before you engage the CC. If it engages, adjust the switch. A bad switch can be tested by applying 12v or an ohm meter and pushing the switch to get contact. I'm not sure if these are the vacuum type but, if so, apply a vacuum to see if the unit is leaking. Just a couple things to try while Bill's gift is en-route.
  15. Had the same thing happen a few years back. Went to a local show sponsored by the local Corvette club at a local apple orchard. I was the 126th car to arrive and they parked the 83 next to the admission entrance. Changed my opinion of my fiberglass brethren. I guess they like t-birds and VW's too.
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