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  1. IIRC, when the front was raised on the frame, the Avanti II has a filler piece added to the top of the front tire opening, correct? jack vines
  2. For those of you who've built some power and tires into your SBC/Avanti II, how do the OEM traction bars handle hard starts? jack vines
  3. Yes, your car is pretty much the way I'd do one, maybe with improved anti-roll bars, shocks, tires and wheels. jack vines
  4. As with any old car, what we buy today depends on how many sympathetic owners and their budget for maintenance and improvement during the past fifty years; also whether we want improved or restored. JMHO, but an Avanti with a all-aluminum LS 6.0 and six-speed automatic would be a nice ride. FWIW, I had a growing-family budget during the fifteen years I owned our 1965 Sunbeam Tiger. It was well-taken-care-of and carefully modified. I sold it to a guy with more money and during his twenty-five-year ownership, he added a 5-speed, aluminum heads and many other expensive improvements. My little brother and I bought it back and he has had the budget to take it to the next level with EFI, new suspension, new wheels, et al. Today, it's an infinitely better quality and faster and better handling car than an original 1965 Sunbeam Tiger and many design compromises have been corrected. Still, there are those who'll pay more if it were a restored original. Their money, their car, their decision. jack vines
  5. Hi, Bob, So you're saying from experience the last Altman Avanti II was the best in quality and materials? This begs the question of why essentially the same facility, same employees, same basic design, made a better car in 1983 than they did in 1974? To what do we attribute the difference? jack vines
  6. As a third-generation Studebaker guy and having owned too many to count, I've never owned an Avanti II. If one were to undertake a search, which years would you recommend and why? Here are my thoughts and rationale: 1. I'd never consider an Avanti II with a sunroof. I consider them an abomination in any car, but have heard nothing but problems with those in Avanti II. Obviously, Avanti II were often custom-ordered, thus could be had without the leaker, but were sunroofs standard in some years? 2. Many Avanti II no longer have the original engine/transmission, but which have you liked best? The 327", 350" or 400"? It's not a deal breaker in any case. The engine and transmission is easily and inexpensively converted to that of one's personal preference. The cost of a strong and reliable SBC and transmission to suit one's needs is barely antshit percentage of the cost of the car, paint and interior. If I were building an engine for myself, it would most likely be a 400" with aluminum heads and cast iron block hugger headers, a hydraulic roller cam, GM TPI and a TH200-4R transmission. Again, what have you liked best? jack vines
  7. Agree, the original Avanti/Lark suspended clutch linkage is a total POS and agree, he shouldn't replicate that. Also agree, it's probably easier to add a suspended pedal and convert it to driving a hydraulic master cylinder and a hydraulic throwout bearing. He'll love the feel and the action. Also agree, if doing a trans swap, go all the way to a 5-speed. It will transform the car and the driving experience. jack vines
  8. JMHO, but bias plys are for show cars and radials are for cars which are driven. I have run radials since the late 1960s. Same with air pressures; the recommended 24 front and 20 rear was suicidal, even for the crap bias tires which were OEM. The high-speed recommendation of 30 PSI was slightly less bad. With today's radials, it depends upon the size chosen, the wheel width and the manufacturer and how the car will be driven. jack vines
  9. Yes, thanks for the correction. If it in fact has a supercharger on a 259", it would be the second such fraud perpetrated on an Avanti buyer we've heard of. Some years back, a Spokane Avanti member bought an R2 out of the midwest and it arrived with a stock 259" under the Paxton. jack vines
  10. The only difference in standard engines is the 259" has a 3.25" stroke and 185 horsepower the 289" has a 3.625" stroke and 225 horsepower. Your Avanti should have come with an R1 engine, 289", 10.25 compression, longer camshaft duration, dual point ignition and a Carter AFB 4-bbl and dual exhausts for 240 horsepower. BTW, it's not unheard-of for CASOs to swap in 259"s and whatever when the original engine was worn out. The alternative possibility is someone used the 259" block and installed the 289" crankshaft and other R1 parts. jack vines
  11. When all the front suspension and steering parts are new and tight and properly aligned, the Avanti steering and handling need no apology. They're fine for a daily driver. FWIW, I've seen more Avanti screwed up by conversion to R&P and/or aftermarket front clips than I've seen improved. Same with the front disc brakes. When they're new and right, they are fine for a daily driver. jack vines
  12. Fairborn Studebaker has the axles. jack vines
  13. Actually only need the little L-shaped connecting piece, but will buy the complete latch. Can anyone with a parts book confirm what years will fit the '75? jack vines
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