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  2. Hi there folks, long time since I have been here. I have a frustrating mystery that I could use other sets of eyes on. I have a 1980 Avanti II, have had it since 1998. It had been off the road for a while due to totally shot brakes and mufflers. About 2 years ago I replaced the cat and all the pipes and mufflers, then I did the brakes, and I replaced every single component to get the brakes working decently. This past year the car has again gone into my garage until I can get to a major power steering issue, but that is not my problem. I had to move the car and do a few things with it, and I suddenly noticed what you see in the picture below. Not only is something missing, I don't know how I missed that it was missing. I believe the AC dryer is complete gone. This picture is the passenger side, near the front. The upper hose is coming from the firewall, the other appears to go into the body and then go into the AC condenser in front of the radiator. What are the thoughts here? I cannot believe that someone climbed into my backyard over the fence, got into my car, and unbolted an old, likely leaking AC drier and bracket from my car. All I can think of is right before I took the car off the road again, I took it to an AC shop to get an evaluation. This guy wanted to change everything and charge me thousands. I turned his offer down, and paid the $75 inspection fee. Could that guy have swiped it because he needed it? Or is there test equipment that some shops use to bolt in place to run tests, and he forgot to put it back? Regardless, I would love any ideas of what is supposed to truly be there, and if that "floating wire connector" has any relationship to what is missing. Once determined, my follow up of course is whether anyone has one to sell to replace whatever it is.... I am stumped and steamed about this one folks!
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  4. My venting hoses were toast as well. Having given a lot of thought to cooling down the transmission shifter, I came to the conclusion it just wasn't worth the time or money to replace them. So I plugged the upper holes and moved on. The 700r replacement for the Borg Warner transmission improved things somewhat as engine rpms have dropped considerably. Now please don't get me started on engine compartment ventilation 🤬
  5. Have them look particularly at the driver's side manifold connection. It's a bit of a b--th to fabricate. Here's the one I did on my 74. https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forum/your-studebaker-forum/tech-talk/76100-74-avanti-sbc-t-56-2-1-2-exhaust-system-and-undercarriage This is the finished project with 2 1/2" pipes. Your exhaust will be 2" so you'll need to find 2 1/2" manifolds. They are available aftermarket for reasonable dollars. Look for mid-60's Corvette manifolds.
  6. I received the 1 1/4 inch ID hose today from McMaster-Carr. The hose fits very well. The hose is flexible but a little heavier than the original. This is a rubber hose with spiral core. Part number 53145K19 and is sold by the foot. I think it will do the job just fine as I have no concerns of turbulence in this hose. Dave
  7. Thanks. I have a local shop that does my custom work. I will talk to them
  8. Less restriction translates to more power and less back pressure which helps fuel economy. How much depends on how efficiently the engine makes power and if you can keep your foot out of it. It may make a noticeable difference but it could also be negligible. The stock exhaust is probably 2” diameter tubing…move it up to a 2.5” piping for better efficiency.
  9. Great stuff! Thanks Kindly. 🙂
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  11. Thanks I had been thinking about that. My county does not care what exhaust is on my car. My 1971 Cutlass is run that way already. Do you think any difference would be noted in power or fuel economy? Not that we buy these for their gas mileage.🤣
  12. This system on your Avanti is very restrictive...especially the crossover pipe that connects the "cat" to the twin mufflers....My '83 had that same system.......My '85 Avanti has a similar system, however the factory took pains to smooth out the bends in that that connector pipe, which eliminates some of the restriction. Best solution, (in my opinion and if your State does not require an emission test on your '80 Avanti), is to replace what you have with a true dual exhaust system, as would be found on, say, a 1967 Avanti ll...It bolts right on, and relieves the engine of that back pressure in the exhaust system That's what I did on my '83 Avanti 'everyday driver' years ago.
  13. mfg

    Avanti Window!

    That's it exactly!,.... assuming a vehicle isn't air conditioned, and many Studes aren't...the Hawk vent windows will pivot to something like 160', giving a nice shot of refreshing "Texas Air Conditioning"...whereas the Avanti window pivots out 60' at best...not nearly as useful. (In my humble opinion!)
  14. mfg

    Avanti Window!

    See answer to 8E45E below.
  15. mfg

    Avanti Bodies!

    Sorry $800 is not correct,,,however, your second thought, $600 was!
  16. mfg

    Avanti 'Quad'!

    YES!...That makes perfect sense!!
  17. Hello, Google Aardvark Racing www.2002parts.com He has been rebuilding and selling parts for Recaros for years. I've purchased parts from them in the past and been very satisfied. Good luck with it! John C.
  18. I dont know the answer, but it seems that the windshield and vent windows on the Hawk and Avanti are strikingly similar. I know with late Studebaker cost cutting so are they one in the same? Avanti has Lark frame, Hawk windows, what else does it borrow from other Studes?
  19. I bought my 1980 Avanti in 1992 and it still had the original exhaust. The mufflers were very rusty and full of holes. I replaced them with some glasspacks that look like the mufflers on your car. Tim
  20. No luck and no answers from Wedge.😐
  21. Jim As you know I did my 74 with razor blades and it was not a fun job. Several years ago I bought a used ARE fiberglass topper for my truck that needed a repaint. After much looking I bought a gallon of water based stripper from West Marine. It did a darn good job on the cured base coat/ clearcoat on it. Washes off with water so no bad residue like the Aircraft type strippers. It's made for fiberglass stripping applications. If you want to try it you can buy a quart for about $30 to see how it works. If I had to do the 74 again, I'd use this stuff. https://www.westmarine.com/buy/back-to-nature--aqua-strip-paint-stripper-gallon--4563136?recordNum=1 Good luck, Bob
  22. I add: Regarding the discussion I think that the best compression will be 7.5 - 8.5 with modern fuels. Thats what I will have. How about having shallow / half dished pistons? With half or deep dished pistons the heat is better distributed to the head and to the piston. Flat top piston causes more heat to the head. This might be one reason why many R2 heads where broken.🤔 If somebody has better knowledge I will be glad to read and learn.
  23. Thanks Leo, I actually found this piece on Bob Johnstone's website, but I feel like it's just a stopgap. Also, I agree, the repair by metal refill does not seem a very durable solution as well to me. I found a workshop in France which can redo the endless screw... remains the question of the price...
  24. Some vacuum cleaner hoses fit those points also / You don't want anything with a lot of corrugation as it will cause turbulence and slow down the airflow. The smooth the inside, the better
  25. Hi billsr2. You find discussion about this issue here: https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forum/your-studebaker-forum/tech-talk/1923351-avanti-r2-1963-engine-head-535976-and-dished-pistons Hope this helps you. The post by StudeRich: https://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/forum/your-studebaker-forum/tech-talk/1923351-avanti-r2-1963-engine-head-535976-and-dished-pistons?p=1923562#post1923562
  26. In the '70 I owned, I replaced all the gauges with AutoMeter units. The gauges are all a standard diameter so you have lots of choices out there.
  27. 8E45E

    Avanti Window!

    The Hawk vent window has a further degree of swing room, allowing it to open further. Craig
  28. Hi Billsr2. I will check 976 Head CR with flat top piston and with dished piston. Please wait.
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